31st Jan 2009, 14:59
Greetings. My seat has recently gone as well. I couldn't believe that there were so many other people with this issue. Daimler Chrysler is a horrible company, I've never spent more money on a car than I have with my 2000 JG-CL 4x2. I've contacted D.C. via Email, I hope to hear back from them soon. I'll be trying to fix this problem myself today by following the instructions a few posts above. Thanks for the inspiration to get up and do something about this problem!
DO NOT stay silent!!!
Please call National Highway Traffic and Safety Adm. if you have this problem. This is Daimler Chrysler's responsibility, they need to recall this part before people are killed. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!
31st Jan 2009, 17:21
Hello. I've just posted a short while ago about my seat being broken. I've since (with the help of my engineer roommate, Peter) found a 5 dollar fix to this problem. Go to your local auto part store and get some 3" radiator hose clamps (the type you screw tight.) Simply put a clamp on each side of the broken bolt and tighten, making sure to put the clamp around the entire track not just the broken metal piece. This has worked like a charm! I've picked up 4 of the clamps for less than 6 dollars, and that took care of my entire driver seat. I'm a big guy, 250#, and this thing will not budge. I don't recommend the type of clamps used for plumbing, they are a little on the weak side. This way, until D.C. issues a recall, you're safe driving your vehicle. Also, it doesn't weaken the metal anymore than it is by drilling holes in it. If you have any questions email me firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope this helps!!
31st Jan 2009, 21:24
That just happen to me 2 weeks ago. I was a stop light and went to take off, next thing I knew I was in the back looking at the roof of the car. Thank God I didn't have an accident. But the point being I went to the junkyard and got another driver seat for 40.00 (I lucked up). But there should be a recall on this problem before someone is killed.
17th Feb 2009, 13:36
And here I thought I was the only one with this problem. I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo.
As with others, my drivers seat started wiggling a little then broke. I can't find a used one in town and a new one costs way too much. It really is a wonder that no one has been killed from this. Probably why it hasn't been recalled yet. It's a shame companies won't stand behind their products.
I've also found info that there was a recall on the radiator fan motors but never got any info from Jeep about it. I ended up having to buy a new radiator and fan motor.
23rd Feb 2009, 16:30
Dizzam! Interesting to see so many having the same problem. I recently "fixed" my broken seat with the help of a buddy and his welder. Both the support bar (lumbar bar?) was disconnected on both sides and the bracket under my right butt cheek was cracked all the way through. The weld didn't hold, however. Only lasted about 2 weeks and we welded the @#$% out of it. I run about 225lb. but I'm not wrestling in the front seat or anything? I'm going to try and build something up myself along the hole/bolt/support plate route.
10th Apr 2009, 14:31
Ditto... ditto... ditto! I have a 2000 GCL. The bolts have been giving way for a few years until now a single bolt hold the driver's seat to the vehicle. I am (a) trying to get it fixed, and (b) will be filing a complaint with the TSA.
5th May 2009, 22:28
My 2001 Grand Cherokee Limited with 10 way power seat was rear ended about 2 months ago. Hitch took most of the impact, but I was shoved hard forward a good 15 feet from a dead stop. Since that time my drivers seat is making a "ticking" sound going over bumps or if I just sit there and rock side to side. Sound is coming from left side of the seat where a bolt joins the seat to the rail in the front. I will make a careful inspection of the seat and hopefully get it fixed under insurance.
13th Jul 2009, 14:34
Same thing here the drivers seat started to wobble and now is broken. I contacted Chrysler and they said that it is not covered under the extended warranty. I think that this should be a legal issue due to the safety issue involved. I almost got in an accident with my 2 young daughters in the car.
14th Jul 2009, 02:33
My seat has now broken twice in my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both times the metal has TORN. I first blamed it on my brother because he would slam back in the chair whenever he drove it, but now I know that the metal has the strength of soft lead LOL. So I attempted to fix it myself by putting two large washers (much larger than the hole torn) on either side of the torn metal. It held for quite a while, then it broke again just recently... the metal tore around these giant washers I put in it, now I have to spend another $200 on a new chair and am very unhappy.
25th Jul 2009, 20:37
I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and my seat has broken twice already in the past year. I feel that there needs to be a recall on the seats in these trucks. I've just been throwing money into my Jeep from cooling fan, to radiator, and now another seat. This has gone far past expensive. It's like every time I get paid, my Jeep has my check already planned out and I'm tired of it. Warranty will not cover the problem so something needs to be done. Recall.. Recall. Recall!
7th Aug 2009, 00:56
2001 Grand Laredo. Same problems, started with a wobble and ended with me in the back seat with a fully torn frame, torn on both front bolts and sheared the bolt clean off the chassis. I heard these were junk, but wow I had no idea...
12th Aug 2009, 19:26
2 new radiators within a month (plus labor) : $1000.00.
New seat to replace Wobble-Monster: $700.
Sledge Hammer & a gallon of gasoline: priceless.
Am I in Wonderland? What is the deal with these freakin' Jeeps? They suck!!! Broken seats, overheating, brakes going out. All within one year! Did I miss a meeting that says if the seats break like peanut brittle, it's not the manufacturer's fault? I'm not giving those vampires a single penny. I'll fix the thing with duct tape if I have to! Here I thought I was the only one with these problems, and now I see it's all over the place!
13th Aug 2009, 17:10
Our 2002 seat just broke. It was moving oddly before. when you moved it forward (power seat) it felt like it went over a bump. Then my husband drove it the other day (a mere 200 lbs), and it broke completely. He says it's like a rocking chair now. He's been on the phone all afternoon with salvage yards trying to find a new seat. Reading all your posts, I suggested certain parts to him or taking it to a body shop that can weld it if possible. I won't however, take it to the dealership.