really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,975 miles

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2008 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

Jul 012014

Commander 8-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


While driving on the highway, the entire dashboard went black and the car went completely dead. This has happened 3 times since the first incident. No lights, power steering or brakes, no power windows to put my hand out to wave cars around me. Car also stalls immediately upon starting up. Also another recurring issue is the entire dashboard lighting up and flashing, total power loss--no power in gas pedal, car stops, and then suddenly kicks back in. I called the dealership and they said I must pay $99.50 for a diagnostic test.

- Harrison, NY, USA

problem #21

May 062014

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while attempting to pull forward out of a parking lot, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 86,000 and the current mileage was 89,000. Updated 8/27/14 the consumer stated the vehicle the key would switch to the accessory position. Updated 09/11/2014

- Gregory, MI, USA

problem #20

Jun 062013


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact stated while driving at low speeds and before coming to a stop the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact indicated that the failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Enola, PA, USA

problem #19

Jul 172013


  • 70,000 miles


Last summer several months after purchasing the nicely maintained vehicle from a reputable dealership I was driving along subdivision street and that vehicle turned off. I put it in neutral and I was able to start it and get gas I thought it was odd.-----maybe I did something. The second time my son was driving on a five lane busy commercial street and it turned off. Again. I was able to easily coach him through it and it started up. This time we told my husband who works in automotive engineering. He talked to some people and came up with the idea that it was the extra keys that were on the ignition key ring. Seemed logical sometimes I do have a bunch of extra keys on my ring ----but I remember thinking that I didn't have the extra keys on that occasion. It didn't happen again------until yesterday. Daughter driving----in a parking lot----thought she ran out of gas. No extra keys----no warning lights-----nothing ------just stops running. Husband last to drive car the day before----no warning lights, no indication of any problem. Daughter gets in car checks dashboard indicators for gas ---determines she has enough to get her to work and drives in a remote parking space. While leaving the long lot her car dies at the exit of the county water park. The park is closed everyone leaves and she is there alone thinking she is out of gas. Husband comes puts five gallons in starts up with no problem--drives to gas station and the car will only take $10. It was not out of gas-------the engine stopped-------for no reason while driving for at least the third time. I am saying for at least the third time because it may have happened more than once to me-----I absolutely remember the first time, and then with my son, but it could have once or twice again in 2013.

- Rochester, MI, USA

problem #18

Jun 092011

Commander 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My daughter was driving down the hwy and a car came out in front of her from the left side and they hit. The other car's air bags all went off. My Jeep not one air bag went off after totaling the front end going through a ditch hitting a guard rail etc. Police but on report they went off just took it as they should of because of how bad she was hit. My daughter has back problems the other person cracked hip had to have back surgery. My daughter has to have surgery to but they wouldn't ok it at time so now applying for disability unable to work. We have every recall that you have list on here wrong with our Jeep and more. It starts to rev up as if putting gas on while holding brake or while just driving down the street, I was in car waiting for car in front of me to go with foot on brake it jerked so hard I thought I got kit in the back. We have taken it in to have tests run on the Jeep and they come back saying nothing wrong with it. So looking to trade in but the police report wrong trying to get that fixed.since accident the air bag light goes on might stay on or go off and on. I feel that there is a problem with the air bags but told they can't check unless take apart etc to look at them. They should have gone off in accident. The tire light is on all the time.so I feel unsafe driving my Jeep with two small children in it. We have taken it in for the recalls they say not for our Jeep VIN # and refuse to fix them have asked other people with same Jeep and they all got same problems. We have talked to the Jeep people over computer and they say they have no answer for air bag problem at this time. What is that suppose to mean.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #17

Oct 182011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted however, the failure recurred six times over a period of a year. The vehicle was not taken for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 6/17/14

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #16

Jun 192013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


The car starts on it's own without a key!! it does not have remote start, but I will be walking away from my parked shut off car or up in my kitchen and hear my car sounding like the pedal is down to the medal. It's not just running, it sounds like it is going to blow-up! it's happened 5 times, most recently 2 days ago. It sounds like somebody is racing the engine but it's in park and the car was off. Sometimes it's hours later, other times within 20 min of shut off. It scares me that it will start driving or catch fire in my garage!! the car literally turns itself on!! and it's not just electrical because the engine is running!! I has 65000 miles and started acting weird around 20000 when the electrical system would shut off while I was driving. Car would just shift down mid-drive. It was scaring me that my car's engine would shift itself down D/to the electrical systems. Now it's on and off on it's own!! please help!!

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #15

Feb 252014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle would suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The contact also mentioned that the failure recurred multiple times. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

problem #14

May 052010

Commander 4-cyl

  • 9,500 miles
The vehicle shuts off while driving. Car just shuts off all power and the engine. It restarts after a few minutes. I have taken it to the dealer, but they have never been able to replicate it. It has happened over 30 times in the last few years. I purchased the vehicle as our family vehicle. However, in the past couple years my wife and I mostly juggle our other vehicle, especially with our small children. This last time it occurred was 9/09/2013 while on the freeway at a speed of 60mph. I narrowly escaped a potentially horrific accident with a couple eighteen wheelers. I pushed it off to the side of the road by myself. Eventually it started long enough to get to an offramp where it stopped again. It was towed and is now at the dealership. However, now I see by looking online that it is a common problem. I am astonished that Chrysler would allow this to be happening and knowingly put us all in danger.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #13

Jun 122013

Commander 4WD 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
I have had several occurrences of my Jeep stalling while driving. Range in speeds are from 5 - 60mph. Changed a computer and still having the problem.

- West Winfield, NY, USA

problem #12

Jun 012010

Commander 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


While driving at highway speed vehicle lost engine power slowing vehicle on highway. Speed is restored after foot is taken off accelerator and reapplied. Lights appear on days indicating the stability control and an electrical problem. Vehicle was brought to mechanic several times and could not locate any problems. Loss of power is now at random intervals at all speeds and all conditions. Mechanic is still unable to locate any problem. Fear an incident could occur at any time resulting in a crash at highway speeds. Lots of information about the same problem located on the web.

- Hudson, MA, USA

problem #11

May 062013


  • 80,000 miles
I've been having issues with my '08 Commander for several months now. The sunroof leaked and water got into the dashboard, shorting the radio out. Dealer fixed sunroof seal and radio. On the drive home from the dealer, dashboard lights started flashing. Returned to dealer the next day, but they could not locate a problem. Three days later, car would shut off while driving and all dashboard lights would flash. Returned to dealer, they were unable to "duplicate" issue. Tech from dealer drove car for 1 day and he could not find an issue. One week later, car smelled horrible of fuel and car would shut off while driving. Returned to dealer and dealer replaced O2 sensor. Picked up car and on my way home, lights flashed, car stalled and smelled worse of fuel. Immediately returned to dealer, dealer replaced a second O2 sensor. Picked up car, 5 miles from dealer, check engine light came on. Called dealer and he said to drive car until the engine "reset"(about 10 miles) or until light began flashing, then bring it in since they can not find a real problem. Issue seemed to resolve for a couple weeks of not driving car much, but then the dashboard lights began flashing again, car smelled of fuel and car seemed bogged down. Today, car barely started and was very bogged down. Attempted to drive, but check engine light came on and flashed repeatedly. Car would not go over 40mph, shook horribly and finally shut off. I am afraid to drive this car with my child inside. I am a disabled single mother and I need a dependable car and definitely not one thats going to keep costing me money. I have a warranty that I purchased with the car, but it seems to still cost an arm and a leg to get this car running for a few days before it chokes up again. This car has sucked up all my savings and still no resolution to the problem.

- Lewisville, NC, USA

problem #10

Mar 262013

Commander 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
As I was slowly pulling into a parking space with my foot on the brake pedal the car was coasting slowly into the spot. I began to depress the brake pedal to begin stopping when suddenly the brake pedal depressed all the way to the floor and the vehicle began to accelerate. I tried to pump the brake and the vehicle continued over the curb into the building. The airbag never deployed. I did not have my foot near the accelerator during this time, the floor mat was nowhere near the accelerator or brake pedal and the vehicle was in drive. The brakes failed to work and the car accelerated on it's own.

- Seaford, NY, USA

problem #9

Mar 162013


  • 48,500 miles
Started Jeep, backed out of parking space, turned left out of parking lot, drove 20 feet to stop sign, Jeep stalled while waiting for traffic to clear for left hand turn.

- Saginaw , MI, USA

problem #8

Jan 262013


  • 62,200 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was later taken to a dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 62,200. The current mileage was approximately 64,200. The VIN was unavailable.

- Rodchester, NH, USA

problem #7

Jul 102012


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without any warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but they did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included on any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 79,000 and the current mileage was 84,000.

- Port Washington , NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 172012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
While traveling northbound on the New Jersey turnpike on June 17, 2012, at approximately 4:00 pm the vehicles engine just stalled, rate of speed at the time was approximately 55 mph. My wife was able to guide the vehicle to the side of the road. Got out check the engine compartment, could not identify any issues. Wife restarted the vehicle. This has occurred at least six times over the past six months, seems to be occurring more frequently lately. Most of the stalls seem to be at speeds above 45 mph, but she has mentioned that it recently stalled at an intersection.

- Middletown, CT, USA

problem #5

Jan 102012

Commander 8-cyl

  • miles
Traveling on the interstate hwy at 70 mph no warning the vehicle shut off. I pulled over to the emergency lane. Shut off engine and it started back up. This has been an ongoing monthly issue, sometimes it shut off 10 to 15 minutes after I have been driving. Sometimes the engine comes on for a few days and goings off. It has become a dangerous situation, when driving I have stay in the right lane so if it happens I wont be stop in the middle of the interstate. This recent time on November 30, 2012 was traveling with business clients, several other times with my wife and grandchildren. Taken to the dealer, they have tested on their equipment (charge me up to over $200 to test) and told me tech couldn't find anything wrong; replace a switch. This issue has forced me in my business to travel to rent a rental car to travel out of the town as before I drove my Jeep. This is expense and making a decision if I need to purchase another vehicle: Not a Jeep.

- East Point, GA, USA

problem #4

May 012009


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 55,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 172012

Commander 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
My Jeep will stall while driving it without any warning. I have been driving as slow as 20 mph and recently driving on the expressway at about 60 mph and my car will suddenly stall. There have been times ( as recent as yesterday) that it has stalled while driving the expressway and then again at a stop light. It has become increasingly frightening to drive my car as I never know what will trigger it to stall. There are also instances where it will start only after several attempts. I recently had a full diagnostic check-up done and the mechanic reported he could find nothing wrong.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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