25th Feb 2007, 11:57

I agree, I'm surprised at the thin gauge hollow tubing used in seat frames of all vehicles. The dowel is a good idea. The other way that is more permanent is to use a low-amp arc welder (set down to 20-30 amps) to weld the break. Either a stick welder or wire feed welder should work.

27th Feb 2007, 04:54

I too am stuck with a 2001 Jeep Laredo. This past year my power window broke, my transmission went out, brakes went bad, and now my seat is broken. I did the brakes myself, my warranty covered the rest, but my warranty is about through, and I shudder to think about future costs. It's a beautiful and comfortable vehicle, but I do not find the problems worth it. I recently was in a low speed front in impact. I didn't even feel it. It broke the bumper, the grill, the headlight mount, and a half dozen other parts. The price tag is 4k. I stuffed a rag under the headlight. it looks fine.

Has anyone had a problem with the headlights looking like they were sand blasted? The only time mine look clear is when their wet.

4th Mar 2007, 22:03

I have an '01 Grand Cherokee Laredo and have the same seat problem mentioned here many times before. The frame broke right next to the bolt and now the seat rocks. The problem happened after the warranty expired, the dealer said to replace the whole seat at around $1000. I'm not about to spend that kind of money. I thought about welding it, but I'm not sure if it will hold. Has anyone had any luck just replacing the seat frame? So far I have not been able to find any replacement parts online for the seat frame assembly. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

21st Apr 2007, 19:26

I too have had many of the same problems with my 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee. My seat bracket broke where the bracket meets the floor near the bolt hole. I fixed that by welding on a fender washer. In the last year I have had far too many problems with this car. First the cooling fan solenoid. I had to have transmission rebuilt around 93,000 miles. I replaced rear axle seals and bearings when it hit 100,000 miles. Front brakes and rotors at 101,000 and just today I had to replace the cooling fan assembly.

I bought this car because I thought the 4.0l engine would save me money compared to the Chevy Suburban I traded in for it. I guess I was severely wrong. I figure I've spent over $200 a month on maintenance in the last year for the Jeep while I was budgeting $50 a month for the Suburban. I think this must be a Jeep thing that I just don't understand.

14th May 2007, 17:42

Well, I was looking on line to find information on replacing the driver side seat because the seat has come away from the frame on the floor. I guess I'm not the only one to have this problem. I have also just (May 11th) put 172.00 into having the transmission pan replaced. It rusted and leaked. Earlier this year it was the oil pan because of an oil leak. Also, last year I had to replace brakes (rotors and drum) for the second time. I can't lock the doors unless the driver's door is closed and my key-less entry stopped working shortly after one of the buttons fell out of the key fob. What's sad is... I really liked driving the Jeep until all these strange things started happening. Especially the seat thing. I have never seen that happen in all my driving career.

6th Jun 2007, 18:47

First of all I wish I had read this site before I purchased my 2000 Jeep GC. I now know what else to expect to go wrong on my jeep.

I too have the problem with the seat brackets breaking. I had to disconnect both front and rear door lock actuators because the noise was embarrassing and the locks would not unlock anyways. I am also having a problem with the vehicle shifting into 3rd gear (I notice it mostly when the gas tank is low).

I was able to get replacement headlights off of ebay for around $40 each because the originals looked sandblasted.

I concur with the majority of post here and I will never buy a jeep again and give Toyota a try.

7th Jun 2007, 21:10

I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee with the same seat problems. Can someone help me with any advice on how to fix it? I will never buy another american made car again.

9th Jun 2007, 14:31

I also have a 01 Jeep GCL and have the same problem with the drivers seat. The check engine light is on. Starting is very rough and it runs like it is fixing to go kerplunk until it gets around 20 mph. My rear door has been locked shut and won't open, rear taillights loose and going out all the time, replaced water pump, window motors on both front doors. I am now getting a dtc p1494. These are ridiculous. You pay 25,000 for a decent SUV and get a hunk of junk. I will never own another Jeep after this mistake.

23rd Jun 2007, 09:51

If driver seat breaks like my 01 gc take it to a welder and have him add some heavy gauge washers to reinforce. cost me $60 to fix.

16th Jul 2007, 06:49

I have had just about all of the similar problems, the Jeep GC is a piece of overpriced junk and I will never EVER own one again!!!

22nd Jul 2007, 15:05

Wow I have to agree with a lot of these comments. My seat is also broken and my transmission will not shift out of first gear. It was like magic one night it worked the next morning it didn't. Also most of my rear suspension had to be replaced and the Jeep Grand Cherokee 2001 only has 120000. And people say chevy and ford are bad,this thing will nickel and dime me to death never again.

30th Jul 2007, 21:08

Wow! It looks like I'm in good company here. My driver's seat is broken, too. I'm waiting for the dealership to get the frame in. That's going to cost around $500.

Also had problems with my transmission, not shifting INTO first gear.

Had to fix the driver's side window; regulator needed to be replaced.

I bought this vehicle used, with 45k miles on it. I'm beginning to think it was a mistake. Good thing I bought a warranty! Should have looked at the Ford Explorer. I heard there's more leg room in them.

1st Aug 2007, 00:04

I have a 2001 Grand Cherokee that belonged in the junk yard the day it rolled off the assembly line. A business associate asked me recently what I thought of my Jeep as his administrative assistant was talking about getting one. My reply was she had better have a mechanical ability and a toolbox, and if not she had better make a lot of money from you. My Grand Cherokee has had a new transmission, sensors, oil pan (rotted out), transfer case seal, rear main seal, brake rotors so many times we keep new spares on hand, transfer case linkage, display console/computer, brake light problem etc. Yes I have the rocking seat (I start rocking and my wife says, "Now stop that."), and one rear door actuator that does not unlock. The folks at Chrysler forget we all communicate out here. May I suggest upon buying our new vehicles that we have our Jeeps cubed and delivered to Daimler/Chrysler's corporate offices. Never Again!