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Jeep Commander Delayed Transmission Engagement

Jeep Commander Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2006, 2007, 2008

Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, 4WD

Average Mileage: 89,630 mi (35,000 mi - 163,000 mi)


Delayed engagement of the automatic transmission may be due to a faulty internal cooler return filter. Our technicians tell us all cooler filters with the "AB" suffix on the part number are suspect and should be replaced.

  • Visitor, , 35,000 mi

    Within days of purchase of used vehicle from dealer, car failed to auto shift as I entered onto highway. No power and rpms through the roof. Limped onto breakdown lane. Shifted into neutral, then turned off car and re started. Happened 2 more times. Reported immediately to dealer. They insoectd and found "no porblems".

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  • Visitor, , 4WD

    When first starting car, delayed engagement of transmission, and hard shifting

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 71,000 mi

    First time out for the day after reversing out of the driveway, trying to engage the Drive mode, transmission will not engage. acts as if on Netural. Most of the time shifting to Park and putting to Drive again will engage the gear.

    has had situations where the transmission does not shift up during acceleration. most of these happen during cold weather and it is the first time out for the day.

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 46,000 mi

    Trans feels like its slipping and or not engaging between 1st and 2nd

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  • JoandRich, , 4WD, 98,000 mi

    Tranny feels like it is slipping during rapid acceleration, front end jumps and feels like tranny slams into 2nd gear... Only had the problem on hard acceleration, no idea as of yet if there is a problem

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  • Visitor, , 67,000 mi

    Same issue as the rest. If the vehicle is cold on start of the vehicle it will hesitate and then slam in to gear. It also slams when when ascending or descending on a large incline. recently, It has started to hesitate when hard accelerating from a stop light/sign or highway on ramp. Check engine light ignited today. This is one of many issues I have had with this vehicle since purchase a little over a year ago. The last issue resulted in a car accident while on family vacation which, took over a month to diagnose the issue and correct. Thankfully no one lost their life.

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 133,000 mi

    Banging from park into drive

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 72,000 mi

    When I out the vehicle into drive there is a hesitation and then a boom type of sound when it engages.

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 60,000 mi

    Exactly the same as this report. My was like this the day I drove it off the lot. It comes and goes though. Also, the 4.7L takes a while to break in until acceleration is not as slow. Much prefer the 5.7L's instant response.

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 90,688 mi

    While driving, car stopped without brakes being applied, shifting into gear did nothing, car would not move.

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