Delayed Transmission Engagement on Jeep Commander

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.

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Average mileage: 96,815 (15,900–186,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD
3 model years affected: 2006, 2007, 2008
81 people reported this problem
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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
2006 Jeep Commander - 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.
2006 Jeep Commander - 4WD 163,186 mi,
Hard shifts into reverse, put into Drive and only registers 3rd gear.
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.
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.
When first starting car, delayed engagement of transmission, and hard shifting
2006 Jeep Commander - 4WD 70,000 mi,
At acceleration transmission would not shift into higher gear creating higher revs at higher speed stuck in a lower gear
2006 Jeep Commander - 4WD 133,000 mi,
Banging from park into drive
2007 Jeep Commander - 4WD 46,000 mi,
Trans feels like its slipping and or not engaging between 1st and 2nd
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.
2006 Jeep Commander - 4WD 90,688 mi,
While driving, car stopped without brakes being applied, shifting into gear did nothing, car would not move.
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.
2006 Jeep Commander - 4WD 98,000 mi,
Driving downhill gear will shift to neutral while driving. Even when I'm backing out of my driveway and shift tho drive it acts like it's on neutral
2007 Jeep Commander - 2WD 92,000 mi,
Same problem with delayed engagement
2006 Jeep Commander - 2WD 142,000 mi,
Transmission has problems engaging and it hasites to shift gears
Goes into 3rd instead of drive after a long drive. (7 or more hours)
2006 Jeep Commander - 2WD 101,000 mi,
Jeep is slow to move in 1st gear. 2nd - 4th gear are fine but 1st gear is hesitant.
In the mornings or when I get out of work when I put my Jeep in reverse it hesitates a couple of seconds and then it engages.
2006 Jeep Commander - 2WD 186,000 mi,
Hard shifts into 3rd gear and will only register 3rd gear when put into Drive. Does this after a long drive. (7+ hours)