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#268 of 350 Jeep Commander Electrical Problems
Jun 28, 2011 (7:19 pm)
I feel the pain of all who have expressed concerns about stalling, dash lights going out, vehicle just not starting, check engine light going on and off, numerous (at least 8) electical checks of the vehicle all of which indicated "no issues." Yet, my 2006 Commander has become so unreliable, I am just afraid to drive it more than a few miles of home. This really renders the vehicle almost usless to me. Svereral certified ASE service centers as well as two dealeships have all told me that they cannot find anything wrong. Yet, over the last year, I have been towed 4 times, had the vehicle stall at least ten times and numerous occasions when it just would not start. The latest happened today as all instrument panel lights went our, the radio and air conditioner just stopped while driving at about 30-40 mph. The all came back on after a few seconds and then did the exact same thing about 20 minutes later before finally just not starting as I tried to leave my local Walmart. I went back into the store, got new booster cables and three different people tried to jump start the vehicle with no positive result. Finally, the tow truck came and the vehicle started as soon as the driver turned the ignition the very first time. I paid him for his efforts and decided to drive the vehicle back home (abour 2 miles away) and take it back to the dealer for a 5th time in the morning. As fate would have it, about half way home the exact same thing happend, insturment guages go out, radio cuts off and air conditioner dies but the vehicle continues to run and all goes back to normal in a few seconds. As I turned in my drive way it happened yet again but I did get safely home and I tried to restart it immediately. Nothing! attempted to jump it with my other car to no avail. A friend, then suggested that I replace the battery (third or fourth time someone had suggested this), he then stated that he would swap teh battery in his SUV with mine to see if it started. Absolutely not, his battery would not start my Jeep either. He then put my battery in his SUV and YES, you guessed it, it started his vehicle immediately. So, we then put our batteries back into our respective vehicles, again, my Jeep would not start and he easily drove away in his SUV with no issues. Finally, an hour or so later, I went back out and my Jeep started like brand new! Go figure! Yet, the Dealer keeps telling me there is nothing wrong! I'm sick of it and will just try to hold out until December when my other vehicle is paid for. At that time, I plan to dump the Jeep for anything I can get for it as it is basically worthless to me.
Sorry for the looooog entry but I wanted others to know that they are not alone!
#269 of 350 My Commander has been sitting for 3 months, undrivable!
Jul 06, 2011 (1:47 pm)
Registered on here just to voice my experience as well.....
2006 Jeep Commander 3.7, 4x4
New tranny at 36k! More recently I haven't driven my 2006 Jeep Commander for several months because it has become so unreliable in regards to stalling, hesitating and not starting.
Just trying to get it running long enough to bring it to the wholesaler and take a $4,000 loss on it. Going to try replacing the crankshaft sensor and see if that gets it going.
This is the biggest waste of money ever! I wish I didn't ditch my 4.6L V8 F150 (14 mpg avg.) for this 3.7L V6, the MPG rating is what really swayed me, 17 city, 21 highway. In reality it's 14.5 average! If you're really careful, going downhill with a good breeze behind you it'll get up to 21.5!
There are so many points on this vehicle that Chrysler went wrong, drivetrain and electrical of course but a traction control system that you can shut off.... but not really, it's still on! Misrepresenting the fuel economy, the fabric seats that stain from just water, clearcoat peeling off the wheels are just a few!
#270 of 350 Re: My Commander has been sitting for 3 months, undrivable! [wcatanesye3]
Jul 07, 2011 (5:30 pm)
my Jeep saviour re. this Commander is jeep specialist at BP, Wilton, CT. i don't know how well they can advise on phone or via e-mail but before you invest more why not give them a try?
#271 of 350 Re: Jeep Commander Stalling [itabot]
Jul 10, 2011 (4:30 pm)
Tonight turning left out of a parking lot after dinner my 07 Commander just stalled. Radio was on, lights working but engine just stopped!!! It happened so silently that I didn't even notice until I went to press on the gas and got nothing. We rolled out into the street, thankfully oncoming traffic wasn't close and I was able to go into neutral and roll back just enough to get out of the way. I don't know if it happened when I stopped or when I took my foot off the brake and onto the gas pedal. Either way it was scary and this is NOT the first time it has happened. About 6 months ago I stopped at a red light and it did the same thing. The dashboard stays on, everything seems to be normal except no engine. I have to turn the key off and then restart the car. I have two kids and this really scares me. The first time it happened I was alone, this time the kids and husband were in the car and it was very scary to be in this situation with them! Calling Jeep tomorrow, hope to get some kind of answers!!!
#272 of 350 Re: Jeep Commander Stalling [shawnafl]
Jul 10, 2011 (5:53 pm)
please share Jeep's response.
i was told to coordinate and send Jeep Certified Registered Letters detailing problems. If we all do so at the same time...
#273 of 350 Re: Jeep Commander Stalling [itabot]
Jul 12, 2011 (1:05 pm)
Got absolutely no resolution but did have to pay $100 for a diagnostic test that I knew would not show a thing. They wanted to let a technician drive the car home but I declined. It's not something that happens all the time which is what makes it even that more scary because you don't know when it's going to happen!!! I'm going to write a letter and then get rid of it. It's not worth risking the life of my family.
#274 of 350 Re: Jeep Commander Stalling [shawnafl]
Jul 12, 2011 (5:59 pm)
i don't think there is much of a market for these cars, i.e., the only real solution is to sell it for parts (of which i don't think that there are that many in this Jeep of value) or scrap metal.
that was my predicament when i first realized how much $ had to go into recreating the car so that it functioned consistently (though i still can't call it reliable), i.e., i realized that there was no alternative but to do so. Once you buy a jeep commander, it is - for reasons above - yours forever.
#275 of 350 Re: Jeep Commander Stalling [itabot]
Jul 12, 2011 (8:51 pm)
You are right there, battery nor the starter are not the problem. I owned an '08 V6 which had a stalling problems too.I replaced the starter and the battery with brand new ones, new key pod and computer, but the poblem of stalling at any time still exist. It happened for 18th time in two years, and had spent a lot of dough curing my Commander's relentless illness, I call it cancer. I used my Advantage warranty for their towing services and it's good having that. Then I had known that the stalling problem was the result of incompatible electrical and computer design which was installed during the manufacturing process and there was no long term test at all for the vehicle and was placed in the market in a haze. So the result and the ultimate decision of the corporate "Daimler-Chrysler Motors, LLC" is to stop the Commander's production in 2009, 2010 is a carry over of the dealers to ged rid of the remaining stocks. (Sources came from the corporate insider). Come to think of it, why would they stop its production when in fact it was selling in 2006 and 2007?
I traded my '08 last year with a different SUV. What a surprise, as I was with a buddy in his Hyunda car for his scheduled oil change in a Hyundai Dealer here at Lincoln Ave, Chicago, I saw my Commander park behind the building full of dust along with other cars. I know my Jeep since the grille was replaced with a chrome mesh screen, like a Jaguar and the front and rear "Jeep" logo was removed for Ebay. I inquired its status, and a salesman told me it was a trade-in for a new Sonata. So it was sold and later used as a trade-in again from that time period I disposed it. And the jeep was never resold. They could not fix the problem, so its just sittng there for almost 10 months now.
Maybe some owners does not have the same problem or is it? We all love our Commanders, but is it a reliable SUVs? We can keep it and why not, but we have to brace ourselves when the rough gets going! Good luck.
#276 of 350 Re: Jeep Commander Stalling [jeeptech1]
Jul 21, 2011 (6:20 pm)
I have a 2006 Jeep Commander that only has 38,883 miles on it. About two weeks ago I was driving to work and all of the dash board lights came on. The air conditioner cut out at the same time this happened. Sometimes it would happen 4 or 5 times in a 4 mile span to work.
Then I pulled into my driveway and wondered if it was my a/c doing this but turning it off and on did not make the dashboard lights come on. Then I accidentally hit the key while it was in the ignition and the car was still running and the lights came on again!
Today I took it in for an oil change and asked them to come to my car I wanted to show them what was happening so maybe they could fix it. I jiggled the key in the ignition with the car running and the dashboard lights came on!
They told me it was my ignition switch making that happen and was told to get it fixed right away as my car would eventually stall if the switch went totally out!
Does all this make sense? Or is it something else?
I have been reading all the stall posts and now I am a little worried about driving this curvy country road to work!
Thanks for any help with this ...
#277 of 350 Re: Jeep Commander Stalling [vanessa54]
Jul 21, 2011 (7:14 pm)
I posted a few months ago about a problem related to accidentally hitting the key in the ignition. Just after I pulled away from a stop sign and turned right, my knee accidentally brushed the key in the ignition and the car died on me. I just reached down and recranked it before it ever came to a stop and that was the end of it. But there may be something to these problems being related to the ignition....just my opinion.