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#191 of 350 IGNITION SWITCH?????
Aug 02, 2008 (5:43 pm)
OK...so my commander is a piece of junk i am having all of the problems listed on this forum. they scariest of all has to be the stalling though while driving though. who knows what will happen when i make that left hand turn across traffic?????
the even more frustrating thing is....
EVERYTIME i take it into the dealer to get fixed, they call to tell me my car is ready, i go to get it and attempt to drive it off the lot and something new is wrong with it. for example, i took it in to have my back up sensor lights fixed. when i picked it up they said nothing was wrong with it. i drove off the lot and my AC was going on and off and all my warning lights were going on and off too.
turned right around and told them what happened.
when i picked my jeep up AGAIN they told me my a.c. was not working correctly because it was my ignition switch and they had to replace it.
i attempted to drive it off the lot and my front (power) windows wouldn't roll down!
does anybody know what the ignition switch powers????? does it have anything to do with powering my windows and other non engine things in my car???? my problems sound electrical and every time someone works on my car some new problem happens!
i am going to pick my jeep up tomorrow and i want to be prepared!!!!!!
FYI- my jeep is a 2006 only has 15,000 miles on it.
#192 of 350 My Commander is fine. Why?
Aug 02, 2008 (7:13 pm)
This post is not to defend the Jeep Commander, but simply to state that my 2006 Commander is fine. None of the issues that I see on this board. Mine is a 3.7 liter with 4x4. Great looking. Ride is near perfect. Fun to drive.
Not to belittle anyone on the board, but if you are having problems your Commander within the warranty period, your remedy is to have Jeep (Chrysler) fix it. If your dealer can't or won't fix it, then you really need to get a new dealer. Chrysler rates their dealers and 5 Star dealers have to work to keep their good rating. So you should only go to a 5 star dealer IMHO.
Also, when the dealer says he fixed something (and this applies to all car repair work, whether under warranty or not) you should insist on seeing the old parts and inspecting them to assure that work was actually done. Now, if you don't know a fan blade from a wiper blade you're not going to be able to discover a possible fraud (yes dealers do sometimes say they fixed a part and don't - and still bill the warranty work out to Chrysler), but merely asking to see the parts is a good practice and if they don't have them, you know something is really not right.
Very important is that you keep all of your receipts and that your receipts have a clear description of the problems that you are encountering. If they are not fixed properly within the Original Warranty period, you have recourse against Chrysler. You have to notify them in writing, usually within 60 days of the failed repair, and the warranty will not expire as to the problem being repaired.
And just to be clear, Chrysler is not the Dealer. Dealers are independent franchises and not under the control of Chrysler at all. So if your dealer is a bum and can't or won't fix your problem, it's not Chrysler or Jeep that you should hate....But repeatedly going to a dealer that doesn't fix your car is YOUR fault. Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.
For some reason, I get good service from my dealer and they actually fix anything that is not working. The Commander has some issues - but all car makes and models do - just go to the NHTSA site and see the list of recalls. It will blow your mind. Japanese, German, American, no one is immune.
But that is why there are warranties. And while frustrating, unnerving and even scary, the bargain made by any new car buyer with the manufacturer is that the company will pay for the repairs during the warranty period. And generally they do...unless you have a bad dealer.
Unfortunately with new models of cars such as the Commander (new in 2006), there are inevitable production problems that don't manifest themselves until thousands of vehicles are already on the road. Again...common to all car makers and models.
I see a lot of "talk" of class action suits and lemon law suits from some owners. While sometimes successful, that is no easy route to satisfaction. I've seen it many times and it compounds frustration. You think Car Dealers are frustrating?? Now you want to hire a lawyer? Wow...that's like adding salt to a wound. And by hire...I mean you enter into a contingency agreement...you haven't really paid them anything until and if you win and they get their fees. So don't expect them to jump when you want them to jump. It's just another case of many...and it's a long road...so don't expect a quick resolution.
I like my Commander. It's a great looking SUV. The fit and finish are very good, though not perfect. The ride is superlative and quiet compared to my prior Suburban. It has good power for a V6. Mileage is acceptable for the size, but is certainly not a strong point.
I would recommend the Commander. I believe I am in the vast "silent majority" here. You just don't hear from us because we aren't surfing the web searching for answers to our car problems or posting them on forums. Not to say that your problems are not legitimate, but 191 posts and there are thousands of Commanders on the road....any many of the owners are happy.
In short, take these Forums with a grain of salt. Don't be afraid to test drive a Commander. You might like it. Rent one for a weekend and see for yourself.
#193 of 350 hard to start in the cold
Feb 17, 2009 (12:02 am)
I own a 2006 commander. I love it! It has 46k miles on it. I drive everywhere for my job. I recently started driving to NH. I am from Texas. Is it normal for the engine to be so hard to start when the temperature drops below 30? I have the 3.7L and can you suggest anything that will keep my engine perfect?
#194 of 350 2006 Jeep Commander Cabin Air Filter
Feb 22, 2009 (2:18 pm)
Our jeep was recently at a animal farm, it was a dirt/dusty parking area and ever since then when we turn on the air conditioning we get this fresh from the farm odor that is not so pleasant, I don't think it ever goes away just gets more bearable.
I understand there is is cabin air filter. Is this the source of the recurring odor? and I can't find a repair manual showing the location of this item.
Does anyone have a diagram showing the location.
#195 of 350 Engine stall
Mar 11, 2009 (10:30 pm)
I actually had this same problem i was on a hill one day and my Commander just cut off. It really caught me by surprise i couldnt figure out what happened so i drove straight to the dealership and told them that i was at the light and it just cut off and they asked me if i hit the key with my knee we asked him if he was joking but he wasnt my keys never touch my knee. They claimed a lot of people hit their keys and this causes the problem.
#196 of 350 Never notified of Recall causing tranmission to go out
Apr 17, 2009 (6:19 pm)
I have a 2006 4.7ltr commander.. The problem started as stalling, And eventually led into transmission issues. I never recieved notice of a possible recall and now I am having to pay for a new tranmission at 40,000 miles. My warrenty was up at 36,000. Im just wondering if any one else never recieved recall info? This is crazy. Is this because my warranty was up? And they were looking to make a few bucks? Im looking into my options, Any comments would be great! Lisa
#198 of 350 Jeep Commander, Stall and No Start (2times)
Apr 27, 2009 (4:15 pm)
Read, and then haven't been able to recover, a posting that reiterates my experience, i.e., my Commander, twice now, has just refused to start. It takes about 3 attemps and then the engine starts. And, these two times are separated by months, different weather conditions, etc. the only common denominator is that i went to a different gas station than usual, called Mercury. Some people have suggested that poor gas may have been the problem.
I also noticed that when driving it in town (Westport, CT,i.e., slow going here because everyone takes great pride in driving no more than 30mph when they're not driving 25) it feels like it needs me (I'm a game theorist/international relations and not an engineer so i apologize with errors in vernacular) to put more pressure on the gas pedal, once i do that it runs more smoothly.
I spoke with local dealer where it was purchased and their mechanic who has been there for one year said that he's never seen this problem; but, now i see that there's an entire forum on the issue.
Has anyone had experiene of receiving the remedying diagnosis for this? Because it happens so infrequently, I don't want to drop off at dealer (they'll say that they can't replicate it).
#199 of 350 Re: 2008 Jeep Commander Stalling/No Start Issue [eric02910]
Aug 26, 2009 (6:15 am)
I'm having the same problem. I own a 2007 and have had trasmission problem and know when I try to start my car nothing. I have had to turn the key up to thirty times to get the engine started. I have know Idea what is wrong with it. My warranty is up I have 44,000 miles. I'm not every happy with this car. When I did have a warrranty the dealer never could find what was wrong. I don't know what to do.
#200 of 350 2008 Jeep Commander U-connect
Aug 31, 2009 (12:26 pm)
Just bought a 2008 jeep commander. No problems yet. However, the blue tooth buttons above the radio, for U-Connect, says "U-connect" unavailable when pushed. What do I have to buy/install to activate my hands free device? I have bluetooth for my cell in my other vehicle which is great. This one is for my wife and she really needs blue tooth as much as she talks?