I am also having the same problem with my front seat. I bought my 2000 JGC used with 27k miles in 2004. Ii is not a 4x4 off road, but the seat did break. I am not heavy 5'04" 165lbs. It is the screw that holds the seat to the bracket in the floor. Very thin metal.
I've also have a problem now with the seat, it seems that not only the grand cherokee's, but a lot of chrysler's vehicles seats are like this... I should know, I'm an a employee for them. I will not pay since I know how to take it apart and fix it myself, but it's a total pain to do it without the proper tools. They won't sell you the parts, let's say just the motor bracket. You'll have to buy the whole seat and all! I will go to the junkyard and find the parts I need because the money they're asking is a little ridiculous as far as I'm concerned. Hope this helps someone out.
I too have had driver seat problems. I am 6ft, 200lbs. The welds on the inside torsion bar along the back of the seat gave away. At first I only heard the seat rattle when going over bumps. Further examine showed that 3 of 4 pivot (stress) points were the seat raises and lowers became fatigued and broke away. I was surprised that the seat moved at all at this point. Like others have said, thin metal. Researched the +$1000 dealer method, no thanks. Researched salvage yards. Finally a friend offered to arc-weld the mess for me. In about 2 hours and six-pack all was well.
Wow, This is crazy, I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee & the driver's seat broke. This is crazy, I am now researching to find a used seat from a Salvage yard in New York.
You are all making me feel better about my problem with my Jeep front seat. Yes it is broken! I have been driving around swaying back in forth in my seat as if I were on a boat in high sea's! Anyway, now I'm really upset because I just failed the New Jersey car inspection because my seat was too loose the man said. Unbelievable! Jeep should really do a recall on these parts and install new seats if this happens to people!!! Just another way for the dealers to rip us off more than they already have!!!
Freddy from Cali.
I also have a problem with my seat. The seat was making a funny sound every time I sat on it, so I took a look and the seat was ripped off the mount. Know am going to have to go get a new mount…..
My front jeep Cherokee seat also broke, but as I am a mail carrier and I sit in it 4+ hours a day 5 days a week, I am not surprised. I am, politely put, not petite, and the seat held up to mail delivery for over two years. My seat broke at the same point as most of the other posters. I went to my neighborhood junk yard and could not find a compatible seat due to design change on either the 1999 or 2000 jeep. The seats are available on Ebay used, though if this problem is so common it probably would be better to inspect it first before purchase.
I own a 2000 Grand Cherokee (91k miles) and I thought I was crazy when my front seat starting squeaking. Now I have to rock back and forth until I can get someone to weld the seat back together. I wanted a Jeep for years and I bought this one 3 years ago and its been nothing, but problems. I found a site that lists all of the recalls for the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and there are PLENTY of them! Jeep, you should have better standards! Things like this limit the number of repeat owners.
Thank you all for your postings. I am so relieved (and sorry for your troubles)...I thought I was just having a steak of bad luck!
My 2001 Jeep has the same problem with the drivers seat. Does anyone know how to fix this problem? Thanks.
I too own a 2000 Grand Cherokee, no real problems except for the drivers seat ripped off the brackets $1200 to fix by the dealer, and the left taillight melted the interior strip very common in that year chrysler's as I've noticed other models with the same problem.
I just acquired a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee... It is in great shape except that I had to replace the door locks (weird noise). At this point, the drivers seat is in a frozen position. The bad news is that it is at its highest point and I am 6 feet tall. I removed the seat assuming I would be able to swap out what I thought were the defective seat motors. I cannot figure out how to take them off. The seem to be welded in. HELP?
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokees totally suck.
I am now looking at about $700 for a new seat because the power seat motor doesn't move.
So far in the last month I have paid 500 for a power window motor and now 700 for a power seat motor. Chrysler won't reimburse because the car is past warranty. This is ridiculous. I will never buy another Chrysler product, period.