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#125 of 350 Jeep Commander Stalling
Sep 28, 2007 (4:33 pm)
The dealership where I purchased my 2006 Commander gave up on trying to duplicate/fix the stalling problem. They called the service center at Benchmark Chrysler Jeep in Birmingham. From what I understand, when Benchmark ran my VIN through their computer system it was noted as needing a software upgrade. I took the Jeep in on August 13, 2007 for the upgrade. Good news....knock on wood..the jeep has not stalled yet. I am not sure how this works but here is the number to Benchmark 205-957-1313.
By the way, The dealership in which had purchased the Jeep had indicated that they had loaded the software upgrade. My guess is that their upgrade did not work.
#126 of 350 Jeep Commander Complete Shutdown
Oct 01, 2007 (5:46 pm)
Have owned this vehicle for alomost two months. It only has 2,145 miles on it.
First time it shut down did not think much of it. It also happened when my wife was driving the car and she did not think anything of it and we never made the connection. Yesterday it happened again, twice, both on my way to a soccer game with my wife and two children and then on my way back. On the way there I was turning left after stopping at a stop light in front of oncoming traffic. The engine shutdown and all power steering and power brakes were lost. The car coasted into the turn and down a slight incline. I was able to muscle the car to the side of the road and slowly stop as I pulled over to the curb. Put the car into park and was able to restart. On the way back from the soccer game I was accelerating after stopping at a traffic light and the vehicle shut down completely. This time as the car was coasting to a stop, and cars behind me were honking, I shifted into neutral and was able to restart the car.
Called a Jeep delaership today and took the car in tonight. When I explained the problem to them, they did not acknowledge that this is an issue with these vehicles. Will see what they say tomorrow but the postings on this board have certainly confirmed that there is a problem with this vehicle. I also called NHTSA and reported the problem as a potential tragedy waiting to happen.
It is incredulous to me that these vehicles are even being allowed to be sold. The good news is that the more people speak up about this problem the greater the likelihood that the word will get out and hopefully sales of this car will come to a halt. In the meantime, it is completely irresponsible on the part of Chrysler/Jeep to be selling them.
#127 of 350 Re: Driving and My Commander TURNS OFF [lemon06]
Oct 13, 2007 (6:11 pm)
I wish i had known all this...
My husband is currently about halfway through an 18 month deployment with the US army to the middle east. He was home for two weeks in september and we purchased an '06 Commander, used, for a great price and were THRILLED...at first. we hadn't had the car for a week before the first stall...we thought it was something WE did, like bump it out of drive or hit the keys and didn't think anything of it. Less than a week later, driving 65mph down the highway it turned off again!! and the transmission light came on...hubby put it in neutral and got it started again but i was flipping out! i made him pull of and take it to the nearest dealer which was less than two miles from where we were. it was hooked up to the diagnostics and the guy told us the computer said it was some freak accident where our onboard system read a weird barometric pressure and shut the car off because of it...whatever the heck that meant. I was skeptical, but the car seemed fine after that.
last week i was driving home late at night from about 3 hours out of town...after about 2 hours of driving my headlights started flickering...it increased in frequency and duration the whole last hour and became increasingly difficult to keep on...thankfully i made it home before the completely died. i haven't driven in the dark since.
two days ago i was on the last few minutes of a six hour drive to see relatives and i was sitting in traffic and just starting to move and THE CAR DIED AGAIN!! i had NO STEERING and NO BRAKES and i almost got rear ended. I was TERRIFIED!!! i couldnn't get it to resart for about a minute. this time i knew it wasn't anything i did or some stupid "barometric pressure freak incident" and started doing my research...
how the hell can they sell this car to people?!?!?! i have two toddlers and i'm TERRIFIED to put them back in this car.! We are a military family, we have limited funds, and we sunk all our savings in to buying this car! My husband is overseas and the car just rolled over 36,000 so is oout of warranty.
i don't know what to do. i've lodged a complaint with the NHTSA and Chrysler and as soon as i get enough money to take it to the dealer, I'm going to do that too, but it doesn't seem like anyone really knows how to fix the problem, so i feel like its pointless.
I'm also planning on contacting some of my lawyer friends and see what i can get done.
i'm angry, i'm so angry that i put so much of my husbands hard earned $$$ into this vehicle and i'm scared to drive it. My husband thought he was buying us a SAFER car and its worse than what we had (which is VERY hard to do). I don't even want to tell himm because i don't want him to have to worry about that while he's getting shot at everyday.
this whole situation makes me LIVID
sorry, i just had to vent. does anyone know if this problem is only with the 06 models or are the 07's just as bad? which "fix" is the most effective? what the heck should i do with this thing?
#128 of 350 Re: Driving and My Commander TURNS OFF [cbestbaby]
Oct 13, 2007 (11:31 pm)
the car just rolled over 36,000 so is oout of warranty.
Not necessarily! You brought the problem to the attention of a dealer while the car was still under warranty. They failed to fix the problem and the problem continues. You may still be covered by that warranty.
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#129 of 350 Re: Driving and My Commander TURNS OFF [cbestbaby]
Oct 14, 2007 (6:22 am)
I am so sorry you went through this!!!!I truly believe Chrysler needs to take all the 06 Jeep Commanders off the road. There is a design flaw in this car and somebody is going to get very hurt or worse. My husband and I bought a used 06 Jeep Commander in July of this year. Just as you and your husband did, we found a great deal on a used one. We were so excited! However, that quickly turned to anger and disgust with a flawed car that we were sold. We now have a car that I am afraid to put my children in and won't drive. While driving at 40mph the car just stalled/died and I lost my breaks and steering capability. I had my children in the car and I was TERRIFIED, just as you were!!!!! It happened again a few weeks later. The jeep dealership had a Chrysler engineer come down and run a diagnostic test and they replaced the ignition switch, but I was told that they can't guarentee the stalling will stop. The dealership acted like I was this ignorant woman, they kept telling me they are going to keep the car and put a recording device on it to recreate the stall. Of course it never happened during the two weeks they had my car. I will tell you my husband and I have come to find out their is an ongoing investigation called an Engineering Analysis on all 06 Jeep Commanders. We found this out after we filed a complaint with the NHTSA. Also filed one with Chrysler, but they neglected to tell me they have an investigation ongoing regarding the stalling issue.. Real nice Chrysler! Go to the NHTSA website and you can find the monthly defect investigations reports... The jeep Commanders investigation is EA07-007 for you guessed it ENGINE STALL the investigation was opened on April 27,2007 and is still ongoing.....and of course Chrysler is still selling these cars to innocent people. Here is what the investigation reads. The office of Department of Investigations ODI has received 76 vehicle owner complaints alleging incidents of engine stall while driving in model year 2006 through 2007 jeep commanders. Some of the complaints reported one or more incidents of engine stall with a simultaneous loss of some or all lightining systems, including headlamps. Two engine stalls resulted in vehicle crash. In its response to a request for information, Daimlerchyrsler indicated that it has NOT determined the cause of engine stalling in the subject vehicles and that it has formed a multi-discplinary task force to investigate the issue. An engineering analysis has been opened to further assess the frequency, scop and potential safety consequences of the alledged defect.}}}}}}} Ok so with that Chrysler has no idea how to fix this prblem yet these dealerships are coming up with these off the wall excuseds just as you said "barometric pressure freak incident". I was told what happened was an "onamally". Then we were told the stall happened because of carbon build up on the engine, then we were told my knee probably hit the keys and caused and electrical circuit...finally they brought in the engineer and they switched out the ignition switch, but all in all the car is not fixed and yet even though Chrysler knows this horrible problem exists which they currently have no fix for....they are still selling these cars used!!!! This has been one of the worst experiences of our lives. I hope that you are able to find resolution to the problem and I thank your husband for his service to our country! My brother in law just got back six months ago from Iraq. He was there for 18 months.
#130 of 350 Re: Driving and My Commander TURNS OFF [cbestbaby]
Oct 17, 2007 (7:52 pm)
Its not just the '06s. I bought my '07 towards the end of July '07. Its truly is irresponsible and incomprehensible that Chrysler is still selling these vehicles or that there has not been a recall. My guess is that the actuaries have calculated that it will be cheaper to defend a lawsuit than it would be to stop selling and/or recall the cars. They realy don't care whether someone dies.
#131 of 350 2006 Commander fix
Oct 18, 2007 (8:19 pm)
We have a 2006 commander 5.7 Hemi that started stalling..we almost got in a couple of accidents...we printed off stories from this message board and took it to our dealership in Riverside, CA. They replaced the MAP sensor and we haven't had any stalling problems like that since.
#132 of 350 Re: 2006 Commander fix [akennedy]
Oct 19, 2007 (6:14 pm)
My '07 is a Jeep Commander Sport 4X4 with a 3.7L engine. The dealer I took it to told me they were not aware of any problems with the Commanders and that they do not know what is causing it. Once I explained to them that the NHTSA was investigating the problem they offered to look into it further but said they would need the car for a couple of days. Didn't help.
#133 of 350 Re: 2006 Commander stalling fix [eucnoble]
Oct 22, 2007 (5:47 pm)
Well, I was pulling out of the dealership after picking my Commander up from having them work on my stalling issue. The dealership could not duplicate the problem (for the second time). And sure enough, as i drove out into traffic and attempted to make a left hand u-turn, the thing stalled on me. Absolutely uncanny. Me and my service rep (who has been excellent throughout the process) even joked that as soon as I drove off, the vehicle would stall. I love the Jeep, but it replaced an Acura MDX which had no problems during the 4 years we owned it. I dont want these kinds of issues in a brand new car.
#134 of 350 Re: 2006 Commander stalling fix [csamos2]
Oct 24, 2007 (8:06 am)
Does anyone know what is causing the jeep to stall. mine is doing the same thing and its going to the shop on MOnday .