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Jeep Commander Start Stall and Idle Problems



  • ericlidericlid Posts: 1
    We rent Jeep Commanders in our experience this problem has been due to a JB block under the steering column which contains 6 relays. The entire block has to be replaced. For details: attery-good.html

    This has been the problem for us once on a 2007 and now on a 2008

    Good luck!
  • cjrncjrn Posts: 2
    I love my commander but it died on me yesterday...I too thought it was the starter since I had full battery power and it just wouldn't start. It has threatened not to start 2 times before, all within the last week. I am planning on a road trip in June and now am worried that it wont be the starter after all. Note: after leaving it sit in a parking lot for 5hours it started back up. windows/locks worked during this episode in aux....not sure what to do from here.....
  • cjrncjrn Posts: 2
    mine just started but as I see....its a common problem. I own a 2007 V6 and I have owned the vehicle for less than a year and its done it three times in two days. I have not had any problems with it for the past year (except the windshield seems to break alot (twice in 7 months). I dont know what to do about the situation.....
  • ingridluvingridluv Posts: 3
    I have had problems with my 2006 Commander since October 2009. My Jeep stalled on me while coming home from Norther Calif. I had the jeep towed to the nearest dealership..$200 later, I was told the throttle body needed cleaning...In October 2010, I had the same problem again...I had the throttle body cleaned check engine light continued to come on and the RPM continued to fluctuate and my Jeep continued to stall. In April 2011, I had both exhaust manifolds repaired, rear diff oil changed AND throttle body cleaned...$1100 later, I was driving on the street, my Jeep stalled AGAIN..I took it back to the dealership and was told a piece of cloth somehow got into to the area of the air filter...Jeep was great for approx two weeks. Yesterday, I was driving my wonderful Jeep on the freeway 70 MPH and it stalled on me in traffic...check engine light once!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Took it back to the dealership they called corporate down and I was told it was my IACE valve and a sensor issue...
    Well after being at the dealership several times in April, each time the diagnostic testing showed nothing was wrong with my Jeep...I was told, they will try and give me a discount on services performed yesterday...hahaha
    Lets just say, I will never trust my Jeep on a road trip let alone the freeway...I am trading it in as soon as I get it from the service dept tomorrow...
    I have had this Jeep since October 2005 and I will never drive a Jeep again.. :mad: :sick:
  • itabotitabot Posts: 105
    I'm in same situation where I can't trust Jeep on long trips which is really what I got it for, i.e., I am now in NYC and purchased it for trips to Vermont/Maine and out to Long Island. As soon as i finish paying this off I'm going to go back to Jaguar, a.k.a., totally reliable.

    Would love to know value Jeep gave you on the trade in. My independent service center that seems to have all problems under control since starting repairs over a year ago, they let me know that in the Jeep Commander I now had a classic on my hands, i.e., I won't be trading it in (I probably wouldn't get much for it and as for trading it back in to Jeep it's not like I will ever get a jeep again).
  • Help! I have replaced my battery twice, been told that I bought "bad gas" and now my car is at the dealer - again. They claim it starts every time they try and that they are "unable to detect" any issues with regard to the car not starting or stalling. I have been told this several times -- and now I am concerned as I am a single parent of four children and I do not want to be stranded and/or stalled and hit.

    My dash lights also spontaneously blink sometimes and the clock on the radio flashes even when the radio is not on. I have also told the dealer this because my hunch was that there is a short or some odd connection causing all of these problems. They basically laughed at me.

    I read on this blog that someone had inside information that Daimler Chrysler is aware of this issue, and that the problem is due to a lack of "communication" b/t the hardware and software; thus halting the production of Commanders. Yikes. Please provide me with more information please!

    Thank you.
  • We have a 2010 Commander with the 3.7 doing the same thing. Initially it was going dead at idle or stalling while driving. Yesterday it died in the middle of an intersection while driving. So, it seems this issue is ongoing and has been happenning since 06 from what I've read in this forum. However, our engine light does indeed come on. I reset it once (in accordance with the manual) and it did ok for a couple of weeks, but now it is worse (about 28000 miles on the vehicle). Anyone that can point me in the right direction I would be extremely greatful for. And, if anyone from Chrysler is reading this, my wife drive my three sons in this vehicle. I'd pray nothing happens to them if I were you.
  • I just filed a complaint with There are many others that have been filed, as well. This is not good.
  • itabotitabot Posts: 105
    it seems that consumer affairs doesn't do anything until there are numerous tragedies.

    with all of these problems, this isn't the kind of car you put children into or anyone that isn't very quick with adjusting things to accommodate a stall. (and to think that most of us, I'm sure, purchased it for the increased safety that a good old reliable jeep offers no matter what the weather).

    check the jeep on line forums for mechanics that work at independent repair shops in your area- that's how i found the one person who knew what to do to repair mine., and though it still almost stalls it doesn't go into a full stall.

    one of many repairs/adjustments that that jeep expert did was to replace hoses that were clogged and deteriorating. you could see that they were worn thin to the point of fraying. that fraying slowed liquids from getting in and out.

    i don't know exactly what stopped the stalling but this is another thing that i had done and was part of process of clearing up the problem.

    just put aside at least $4k to rebuild it to point of safety (i shelved ideas of road trips in it because of it's earlier unreliability)
  • I have had so many issues with my 2006 Jeep Commander it is ridiculous. The brakes were replaced before 12,000 miles. I have had the hood replaced for rusting. The bolts on the manifold broke off and now I have had trouble with the car not starting twice in the last week. The first time I took it to my mechanic he thought it was the battery needed charging. He did that and it ran for three days with no problem. Today I went to leave and it wouldn't start again. The mechanic feels it is the alternator. Which according to every website I go to the alternator should last the life of the car or close to it. My car has 70,000 miles on it and every time I turn around something else is wrong. These cars are obviously made very poorly. This is the second jeep I have bought. The first one has 106,000 miles on it and has never had the alternator replaced. What can we do as a group to get Jeep to stand up to the piece of crap that they have manufactured. Enough is enough. I called Chrysler about this issue this morning and of course I have to take it to the dealer before they will consider doing anything. But since it is out of warranty the chances are slim and nil. HELP!!!!!!!!!!
  • galangalan Posts: 2
    I wish I had something helpful to say to you....we ended up at the dealer with ours and even they had a difficult time diagnosing any trouble... it read starter issues.. ignition switch... cellinoid issues... ultimately, they landed on starter and so far (knock on wood) the Jeep is running fine. I have close to 90k miles on mine... I am the 2nd owner though.. it was a lease turn in and had 60k on it when I purchased it.

    I am seriously looking for a new/newer SUV. I don't think that I will ever buy another Jeep based on the few issues I have had with this one. Being stranded with it was 1 time too many for me.
  • itabotitabot Posts: 105
    Smart advice that I was given is to send your complaint to Jeep Corporate certified. Also, I think it's a good idea to contact your local congressman about this considering that Jeep Chrysler benefited from the US Taxpayer Funded auto industry bailout.

    Maybe a new thread should be started for everyone with longstanding, recurring and various complaints about the 2006 Commander. Everyone who fits that criteria and wants to address Jeep Collectively should congregate there and coordinate efforts.

    Though my Jeep Commander has now been rebuilt on my dime, I am still having - as of Friday - problems with it not feeling reliable in that I can sometimes feel it hold back when I am accelerating, dashboard lights are blinking and the control panel for information - the one that you press and it shows you temperature, wheel pressure, etc., the buttons get broiling hot so that you can barely touch them. This has been a problem since I first got the commander...but, remember, my dealer didn't process my warranty paperwork as requested and we didn't double check so they wouldn't cover anything.

    If someone starts a thread for us all to congregate and coordinate efforts towards forcing Jeep Chrysler Corporate to address these problems, I will join it.
  • I just purchased (by Mistake) this jeep commander-06. It start to show all these signs mentioned here. Like everybody else I went to the dealer no help whatso ever.
    Couple of questions:
    1. Is it the first model of the commander in 2006 ?
    2.Does Firmware Upgrade help inthis case ?
    3.Has anyone changed the Ignition box/start and the stalling/flashing of the front panel (diagnostics mode) issue fixed ?

    4. Since it is a big safety issue for me and my family. Will a collective law suite from all the current users having problem help ?
  • I fully agree that we need to start a comon thread and discuss our options.

    I posted my response under a different title....I will post my questions under this thread again. Here they are:

    I just purchased (by Mistake) this jeep commander-06. It started to show all these signs mentioned here. Like everybody else I went to the dealer no help whatso ever.
    Couple of questions:
    1. Is it the first model of the commander in 2006 ?
    2.Does Firmware Upgrade help inthis case ?
    3.Has anyone changed the Ignition box/start and the stalling/flashing of the front panel (diagnostics mode) issue fixed ?

    4. Since it is a big safety issue for me and my family. Will a collective law suite from all the current users having problem help ?
  • cindyw16cindyw16 Posts: 1
    I had the battery replaced a year before i should have needed to. Plus, My commander has stalled several times on me. thought it was just my fault. then recently, I heard this weird clicking sound but it would go away when the car went over 20mph. I thought it was normal but a mechanic friend heard it and said that it wasnt normal. So i took it back to the dealer and they sort of acted like I was nuts. Come to find out, that a gasket on the manifold had busted and when the mechanic was fixing it, they broke a screw off into the manifold head. then wanted to charge me $1000 to drill it out.. I just told them to fix the gasket like they were supposed to. The dash lights (where the air unit and radio are) have been out for like 3 yrs. When i asked them to check it, they acted like it wasnt a big deal. they said that it was a circuit board problem. they ordered a new one, put it in, and it still doesnt work.. they arent sure now what the problem could be. They also told me not to use gas with ethanol in it because it ruins the injectors. Im glad that my problems arent as bad as some others, but for the amount of money that we paid for a "reliable" Jeep, it just angers me.. what can we do.. I have a Toyota 4-runner with 245,000 miles on it and never had any major problems. did have the heads replaced but that was at 230,000 miles. and my Jeep doesnt even have 100,000 on it yet. I just expected more from JEEP.
  • jaypea54jaypea54 Posts: 1
    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!

  • 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!
  • itabotitabot Posts: 105
    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?
  • shawnaflshawnafl Posts: 2
    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!!!
  • itabotitabot Posts: 105
    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...
  • shawnaflshawnafl Posts: 2
    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.
  • itabotitabot Posts: 105
    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.
  • lowenivylowenivy Posts: 14
    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.
  • vanessa54vanessa54 Posts: 1
    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 ...
  • ron189ron189 Posts: 6
    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. :)
  • itabotitabot Posts: 105
    Honda is doing,regarding the software problem (see link below).

    Has anyone else had and successfully fixed the software problem, i.e., is that what is the source of the stall issues and blinking dash?

    I've pretty much - nearly $7k to do so - got Commander to the level of almost reliable, but the blinking dashboard and feeling of lag when quickly accelerating from what, if I was in standard, would be 1st to 2nd to 3rd, the mechanics think is a software problem. I'm reluctant to put more $ into the Commander but it isn't fair to pass such a dangerous problem on to someone else and I feel like - if this 1 hopefully last manufacturer's mistake is corrected, it will be a great SUV to have on hand. In addition, I love it's contemporary design.

    DETROIT (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co Ltd will recall 1.5 million cars and small SUVs in United States to repair the software that controls the automatic transmission, the automaker said on Friday.
  • I have had my 2006 commander for going on 3 years now and just recently started having the leak, about 2 inches of water on the passenger side floorboards. I have noticed drips of water coming from what I believe is the screw cover near the handle near the windshield on the passenger side. If you are bringing a class action lawsuit, please include me as I take meticulous care of my commander, now the inside, for several days after drying out, stinks like mold and mildew... I'm also having stalling problems.
  • itabotitabot Posts: 105
    I had that problem; if you have a sunroof what you need to do is get the drain holes in the sunroof cleaned out. there is one drain hole in each of the 4 corners; eventually these holes become clogged with dirt, leaves, and wax from car wash.

    jeep dealer - they are really too much - told me that they couldn't just clean holes out but had to replace several pieces estimating cost $500+. however, 2 independent service stations explained that just cleaning them out would end the leaks into the passenger side. I was charged $135. they use a high pressure air hose. I have been through several storms since they were cleaned out, i.e., no more leaks since cleaned out with high pressure air hose.

    you'll know if it's clogged drain holes if you park over dry pavement, pour windshield fluid into tracks of drainage area of open sunroof and over the wheel wells - if the sunroof drains aren't clogged - you will see the fluid; if the sunroof drains are clogged it will remain dry.

    Hopefully that's the problem. It's easy to remedy.
  • I guess this will all be redundant but I too have a 2006 Jeep Commander limited. Bought it used last year. I would say for the first 6 months it ran like a top. No issues no problems at all. All of the sudden one day, I was backing out of my driveway and when I put the car in didn't move. Once I realized it had stalled, I was able to start it right back up without any trouble....however the volume on the stereo began going up and up and up all by itself. I shut it off, and didn't think much of it.
    Since that day it stalls randomly for no reason, even while driving at high rates of speed, dashboard controls go out, headlights go out (yes even on dark roads at night). I have found that if I am patient when I turn the key, and wait a few seconds for all of the controls to climb up before actually starting the engine, that the dash board will function normally, but occasionally the engine light is on after an "incident".
    Jeep had a recall for some computer chip so I contacted them to see if that could be the problem and they said that my VIN was included in the recall but had already been repaired.
    Based on all of the things I'm reading I'm considering having the ignition switch replaced but haven't tried that yet b/c I'm not into throwing money away for no real reason.
    Why hasn't more been done? I bet I have seen hundreds of posts for this or very similar issues with this are they getting away with what is clearly a manufacturing defect as significant as this? Does someone have to die first????
    I wonder if any type of class action suit has been filed...if not maybe I will pursue that :)
  • My 2006 Commander is dead in the driveway - AGAIN!!! I, too, was told that my computer chip was replaced (although I am the original owner, I do not recall them ever mentioning this on a service or receive a letter stating this problem) ... Really? Now the dash says: Programming Active. Huh??? I have had it ... I have four children and I am a single parent. This car is not reliable or even safe to drive, in my opinion. Jeep assured me in June that that they "could not duplicate the problem."
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