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#298 of 349 Re: 2007 Commander won't start, now stalls in transit [ingridluv]
Nov 28, 2011 (2:29 pm)
We bought our 2006 Commander used from Carmax and it ran great for several months. Then it started behaving much the same as yours. On highway trips, the RPM on the engine would move erratically from 2000 to 3500 RPM -- up and down the entire way. I took it to a mechanic who said it was because I had the cruise control on and was going up and down hills. I knew this was not correct because it just didn't feel right.
The problem stopped for a few weeks and then started again, this time on fairly flat terrain with and without the cruise control engaged. I tried several things, including keeping the jeep out of overdrive and only in fifth gear while driving. It seemed to make a difference so I took it to a Jeep dealer here in Houston. They couldn't find and specific problem with the engine except that a bulletin had been issued to upgrade the computer software for a problem with the cruise control similar to what I had described. The problem again went away for a little while.
On another road trip, the car started the RPM thing, then there was a loud bang from the engine, the whole car shuddered and then stalled out doing about 75 MPH. We managed to wrestle the car to the side of the raod and it started right back up so we nursed it to our destination. When we drove home, the car did the RPM thing but no more stalls, thank God. I took the jeep to a mechanic I had been using and trusted and he said that a fuel intake sensor was bad which may be causing the ragged performance. Plus he said we probably were noticing our fuel economy crapping out, which it had.
That didn;t do it and the car is worse than ever. This weekend, my daughter drove the car on a road trip for the first time since the work was done and at first, it ran good but on the return trip, the car stalled no less than eight times in 350 miles! One time, it stalled and she tried to get it to the side of the road but was approaching a bridge and couldn;t get over far enough. A senmi starte blowing its horn at her and she freaked out and ran into the bridge abutment, damaging the blinker, fender, hood, front bumper and tearing off the fender flair on the passenger side of the car.
If there isn't a lwasuit pending, then someone should sue them before someone really gets hurt!
#299 of 349 Re: 2007 Commander won't start, now stalls in transit [behouck]
Nov 28, 2011 (2:45 pm)
Ours was a very similar issue. it was fixed by the dealer replacing the cam position and the crank angle sensors. We've been months now with no trouble, and ours was stalling like yours. Incidently, I have a dodge Neon that we did the same thing with. It's what I suggested when we took it to the shop in the first place. Good luck.
#300 of 349 Re: 2007 Commander won't start, now stalls in transit [mickeyd_28]
Nov 28, 2011 (3:15 pm)
WOW: that story about The Commander stalling on your daughter like that is really horrific. I now know what can cause The Commander to RPM up or down spastically so I can adjust where I'm at in traffic, road pitch, etc., accordingly.
I wish that Jeep Chrysler cared about the safety of the vehicles they have on the road, but in the case of our Jeep Commanders, they do not; in my experience they are purposely turning a blind eye.
I was lucky to find that Jeep Expert in Wilton, CT BP station; finding a local independent station with an actual Jeep Expert seems to be the solution.
I was lucky to find that Jeep Expert and doubly lucky that he is not only talened but honest. They did a lot of work on The Commander but just enough to make sure I don't have recurring problems that interfere with the practical reliabiliy of The Commander. I can't say enough to get all of the hoses checked and if they are the originals that the commander came with, see if they need to be replaced.
Regarding the class action someone else proposed. does anyone know what is the statute of limitations on that possibility?
#301 of 349 Re: 2007 Jeep Commander Overland Engine Stalling [kam888]
Dec 01, 2011 (4:57 pm)
Hi, I went through the same thing. the dealer suggested a tune up, did that. still no luck, went to the dealer again. the they changed both heads and the ECM. they were still not able fix it. Eventually they change the serpetine belt and that did it. it has been working for over a year. it took them more than a month to fix it.it does not make sense at all. but that was the fix. it costed me thousands $$ to for all those parts. but is was a simple fix. hopefully this will help you.Good luck!
#302 of 349 EBC Module - Safety Recall
Dec 30, 2011 (2:37 pm)
speaking w/ chrystler corporate custom relations yesterday and today regardin the leaking sunroof-icing on inside of windshield as well as cruise control problems, I was also informed that there had been an electrical related safety recall titled 'EBC Module'. i never received notice of this recall but it regards the stall that occurs when the commander slows down before a hill then has to accelerate quickly, i.e., the stall feeling that occurs is actually addressed via this safety recall.
#303 of 349 Re: 2006 Commander 5.7 Limited Won't Start [lowenivy]
Jan 10, 2012 (11:47 am)
would you mind telling me, when you traded it in, how close to the Kelley Blue Book value did you get for it? I've got another year to pay this off and then I am back to BMW, Jaguar, Mercedese; they may have a higher sticker price and the cost of repairs is higher, but they never need repairs
This jeep has cost me much more-$ and anxiety than my former BMWs or the Jaguar.
#304 of 349 Re: Jeep Commander Stalling [steve_]
Jan 13, 2012 (5:56 pm)
My 2006 commander just would not turn on yesterday - lights, etc came on just engine would not turn over. AFter googling the problem and noticed lots of owners with this problem - we tried 30 more times to turn it on. this morning I turned it on5 times, 5th time it to turn over, 6 tt is on the time it did turn on - so I drove it to the dealership - told them I had 50 miles left on my warranty....they kept it - computer showed nothing - however there is a leak or something they will fix under the warranty. This happened while my low fuel light came on, the lights inside flickered......this is a duplicate problem that is reported on the jeep commander forum. UGH - 2nd time this has happened - first time - 3 months ago the starter was bad so they put a new one on and it was covered (minus the $100 deductible) I too am really disappointed in my Jeep purchase - I have had the run off lines from the sun roof replaced as well, they were not even adhered to stay put originally. Will not go Jeep again.
#305 of 349 Re: Jeep Commander Stalling [deezie]
Jan 14, 2012 (11:22 am)
I'm so sorry that you are experiencing same manufacturer's defects with your Commander as the majority of Commander owners also experience. Chrysler Jeep is aware of these defects; they can be found in the Technical Service Bulletions issued by Chrysler, i.e., Chrysler Jeep acknowledges the manufacturer's defects of the Commander but so far does not take effective responsibility for them.
From my experience, I suggest you do not let that commander go out of warranty before you have an independent service station jeep specialist check it out; because, when the starter has gone on a vehicle with such low mileage there are likely other problems that are on the verge of erupting and will cost a few thousand to repair if you don't include towing.
In my case, same experience as yours with starter going (mine at 30,287miles); after being treated horribly by the Chrysler Jeep dealer that I purchased from I brought to local jeep specialist who discovered and showed me that the following also needed to be replaced and quickly: transcooler lines; power steering hoses; front and rear brakes rotor and brake pads. He physically showed me and an engineer who I took along for a 2nd opinion how worn out and how much fluid was leaking from the hoses. as he said, if the starter is gone at only 30k there are other parts about to cease too.
#306 of 349 Re: Jeep Commander Stalling [deezie]
Jan 14, 2012 (11:27 am)
also, did replacing the run off lines from the sunroof solve the problem of water pooling at footwell of front passenger seat? i'm curious because jeep has two solutions to the problem, i.e., 1. replace runoff lines and 2. new door seals. that said, i've received 2 outside opinions saying that the runoff lines are the problem.
and, why don't they just repair the runoff lines instead of replacing them? repair because it sounds like the run off lines are separate pieces put together and they just need to be reconnected.
#307 of 349 Re: Jeep Commander Stalling [itabot]
Jan 17, 2012 (6:04 pm)
i replaced my run off lines and i was all good. I too have the stalling issues every once in a while, but I have 140k on it now, bought it new, it made it to pay off.