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Car Problem Reports
Jeep Commander Delayed Transmission Engagement
Jeep Commander Problem
Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, 4WD
Average Mileage: 71,052 mi (35,000 mi - 163,000 mi)
Visitor, 2006 Jeep Commander, 4WD
When first starting car, delayed engagement of transmission, and hard shifting
Visitor, 2008 Jeep Commander, 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".
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
Visitor, 2007 Jeep Commander, 4WD, 46,000 mi
Trans feels like its slipping and or not engaging between 1st and 2nd
Visitor, 2006 Jeep Commander, 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.
Visitor, 2008 Jeep Commander, 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.
Visitor, 2006 Jeep Commander, 163,000 mi
Had the car since 2005. First people in Maryland to have one, and even though we got an Audi a6 to replace it, still couldn't part with the car. One issue is that it seems when you start the car cold, it slips. Either in reverse or first. Revs really high before moving at all. And when going from reverse to drive, it hesitates for a second before quite violently jolting to engage the gear. Been to countless shops and even our local dealer. Each and every time we've been told that there's not a problem with the car. Hopefully I'll get a chance soon to get it looked at again.
Visitor, 2006 Jeep Commander, 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.
Visitor, 2007 Jeep Commander, 4WD, 64,000 mi
Transmission "slams" into 2nd from 1st, severity depends upon acceleration, and drops back into 1st with similar conditions when stopping. Jeep wants 4K for a new trans, Trans shop wants 3.5K. Looking for alternatives as the rest of the transmission functions, 3rd, 4th, 5th and R are working fine. Not sure if on borrowed time or alright to deal with 1st and 2nd issues indefinitely? Please advise, thanks.
Visitor, 2006 Jeep Commander, 4WD
Very slow to go into gear, mostly when it is cold. Must sit and wait before shifting into drive. Took to jeep and they told me the trans is made that way.