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Whether you’re looking for a daily driver or a vehicle to take you on off-road adventures, you can never go wrong with a Jeep Commander.  But despite being an all-around midsize SUV, it may still develop issues as it gets older. Let’s take a look at some of this model’s most common problems to figure out the type of repairs it may need in the future.

Are Jeep Commanders Reliable?

The Jeep Commander is a fairly reliable SUV. RepairPal gave the model a 3.5 out of 5, ranking it 15th out of 32 vehicles in its segment. The 2010 model, in particular, scored a 3 out of 5 from U.S. News and World Report, while the 2007 model only got a 2 out of 5.

You can make the most out of this model’s service life by following its regular maintenance schedule and staying on top of needed repairs. A well-maintained Jeep Commander can last between 150,000 and 200,000 miles, which is equivalent to 10 to 15 years.

Jeep Commander Common Problems

Just like any other vehicle on the market, the Jeep Commander is far from perfect. Here are some of the most common issues you may encounter with this model as it racks up mileage:

Broken Exhaust Manifold Bolts

There have been reports that some 2006-2010 Jeep Commander units with 3.7 V6 and 4.7 V8 engines have been prone to exhaust leaks. Owners describe hearing a ticking noise coming from the exhaust manifold and later discovering damaged exhaust manifold bolts. Replacing the faulty exhaust manifold gaskets and bolts appeared to solve the issue on most affected vehicles.

4WD System Warning Light On for No Reason

Some owners of the 2006-2010 Jeep Commanders also report that their service 4WD system warning light would suddenly activate even if there are no fault codes stored in the final drive control module (FDCM). A software update for the vehicle’s FDCM corrected the issue on most affected vehicles.

Warm Air Coming From Instrument Panel Outlets

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Several owners of 2006-2010 Jeep Commanders have reported cases of manual temperature control malfunction. Image source: Wikimedia.

Several owners of 2006-2010 Jeep Commanders have reported cases of manual temperature control malfunction. Drivers of affected vehicles have noticed warm air coming through the instrument panel outlets even after selecting the cold setting. Some mechanics recommend installing a revised air distribution housing to solve this issue.

Delayed Transmission Engagement

Some units from the 2006-2009 model years of the Jeep Commander may exhibit delayed transmission engagement because of a faulty internal cooler return filter. Cooler filters with the “AB” suffix in the part number may need to be replaced to solve the issue.

Electrical Issues

If you’re planning to buy a 2008 Jeep Commander, you may want to check the vehicle for electrical problems. Owners have reported issues with their radio, faulty backup sensors, and malfunctioning dash gauges for no reason.

Although some of these issues are minor, they shouldn’t be ignored. Have your vehicle inspected by a mechanic right away to accurately diagnose your Jeep Commander’s interior components.

Leaking Sunroof

One of the common problems with 2007 Jeep Commanders can be linked to an apparent design flaw in the vehicle’s sunroof. Owners were surprised to discover water leaking from their vehicle’s sunroof tubes. In some cases, the leak was severe enough to cause damage to the seatbelts as well as the electronics in the vehicle.

Sunroof leaks were mostly discovered in low-mileage vehicles. While one owner was able to get their dealership to repair the leak, the issue recurred after a few months. At that point, the shop advised them to contact the manufacturer.

Engine Problems

Engine stall is a common problem among several 2006 Jeep Commanders. According to one owner, his vehicle would unexpectedly stall at various speeds multiple times a day, prompting him to have his Commander checked. Another recalled an incident when his vehicle just shut off in the middle of the freeway.

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Some owners of the 2006 Jeep Commander have reported an issue with the engine stalling. Image source: Wikimedia.

Chrysler recalled 24,461 2006 Jeep Commander vehicles with 4.7L V8 engines. According to reports, the powertrain control module (PCM) on the affected units needs to be reprogrammed to fix the stalling issue.

Several owners of the same model year have also reported hearing a loud sound before their engine started overheating. Upon inspection by a mechanic, they were able to identify an issue with the valve on the #4 cylinder of their engine.

If you’d like to know if the Jeep Commander you’re planning to buy is part of any recall, you can check out this article for more information or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website.

Broken Door Handle

Broken door handles are also included in the list of 2006 Jeep Commander common problems. Owners of affected vehicles speculate that the quality of the plastic door handles may be affecting its durability.

 A door handle replacement may be needed to solve the issue. Good thing there are many high-quality aftermarket door handles available on the market. A replacement interior door handle may cost you anywhere between $15 and $90 exclusive of labor costs.

As reliable as the Jeep Commander is, it’s bound to have issues as it racks up mileage. To help you make the most out of your Jeep’s service life, it’s better to do your research and ask for advice from other drivers who own the same vehicle. This will give you a better idea of which parts may need to be replaced and help you minimize costly repairs down the road.

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