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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,984 miles

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2008 Jeep Commander lights problems

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2008 Jeep Commander Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 042017


  • 128,141 miles


A couple nights ago I started my vehicle and the lights were dim at the dashboard. At the same time the headlights would only turn off when the vehicle was turned off, the turn signals quit working, but the hazards work though, the dome lights didn't work unless lens pushed on but not from turn signal lever and the windshield wipers quit working. This all happened at the same time. I thought maybe a cluster relay was bad. The more I look into it, it may be the tipm is faulty. In the past year I have replaced the battery twice, alternater is good and the vehicle stalled at random times.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 242014


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the air bag warning light illuminated and the headlights malfunctioned. Also, the contact mentioned that the ignition switch seized on the accessory position. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V567000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,000.

- Lavale, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 012011

Commander 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
Purchased 3/11. 6/11 myself/3 others were locked in the vehicle. Doors wouldn't unlock/open, windows didn't work, wouldn't start. We were held hostage for 5 min when it start up and everything worked. 6/11 exited-left the keys on seat 30 sec later lights inside flickered, doors locked, horn honked. 7/2011 driving down the highway at 70 mph it momentarily shut off for about 3 sec and turned its self-back on. This caused a drastic drop in speed before it restarted. 7/11 drivers side floor mat was very wet from rain entering the truck. 7/11 driving in a rain storm witnessed water coming down the driver's side pillar next to the windshield. 4/12 attempted to start it. Everything worked but wouldn't start 20 min later started right up. This happened 7 times since. 3/14 parked for 2 min wouldn't restart. Had it towed to a shop where they started it right up. They couldn't find anything wrong. Went to pick it up and it wouldn't start. So they started replacing things hoping they could find a problem. New battery-old battery was good, fuses, starter, relays and out of the blue two days later it started up even after attempts after the fixes 5/13 all lights went out, wipers, wiper sprayer, horn, blinkers, dash lights, rear park assist all stopped working. I was forced to drive home in the rain at night with none of these. 4/14 this happened again for about 24 hours. 5/14 this happened again for 5 days. I have called dealerships about recalls and always told no and to bring it in at $100/hour to find the issues. It has been hooked up to code readers 10+ time with no codes. Licensed mechanics who can tell me only what they think it could be, educated guesses. Every day is a guessing game with this Jeep and what it's going to do or when I'm going to get injured due to one of these numerous, chronic, magical issues.

- Germantown, WI, USA

problem #2

Aug 012009

Commander 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
This vehicle has an intermittent electrical issue, periodically all of the dashboard warning lights will flash on and then all of the electrical systems will fail - including the speedometer and other instrument gauges, the turn signals and the other lights, the windshield wipers, the radio, and everything else. Usually everything will reset after the vehicle has been parked, shut down, allowed to "rest" for several hours, and restarted. This event has occurred 8 or 9 times since the original incident. After the most recent incident the radio speakers went down one by one and you can no longer use the radio, however you do sometimes get a loud static sound over the speakers - even though the radio is turned off. I contacted the dealership after the original incident and was told that when this failure event occurs the system would "reset itself" without intervention, and that I would have to pay a diagnostic fee if I brought the vehicle in for testing, so I have been putting up with this ever since. However, now that other related systems are failing permanently I am not willing to put up with it any longer, I am concerned that eventually everything else will fail permanently including the instruments, turn signals, windshield wipers, etc. The consumer sent an E-mail requesting to add additional info. Yesterday, 07/21/2011, this vehicle stalled out twice while in operation while my wife was running errands in normal city traffic. In both cases she was able to steer the vehicle to the side of the road using the vehicle's momentum and was she was able to restart the vehicle a short while later. This is the first time that the complaint issue has actually resulted in the vehicle stalling out while in traffic. It is also the first time that the complaint issue has occurred in such rapid succession - for the last couple of years the frequency has been once every 3 or 4 months, now it is becoming once or twice a week (or in this case, in a day). Unable to add the last few lines of consumers sentence as there is a character limit. 07/22/11

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012010


  • 67,777 miles
Chrysler has a recall on electrical systems on the 2008 Jeep Commander. The recall details loss of headlights, wipers, blinkers, and for the engine to stall. But they are only covering it on certain vins. Our 2008 Jeep Commander has suddenly experienced all these problems. My husbands head lights went out in the middle of driving in the dark. The wipers quit working, we have no blinkers, and the engine keeps stalling. We called the Chrysler corporation and they refuse to take our Jeep in on the recall, yet acknowledged it had all the signs of the recall, they said it had too many miles. We have three small children and the recall states that it is a serious problem and could cause a crash. So what are we too do know?

- Lawrenceburg, KY, USA

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