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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,682 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee accessories - interior problems

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments

problem #4

May 282015

Grand Cherokee

  • 106,728 miles


While the vehicle was parked, unoccupied and locked. The front passenger seat had a catastrophic failure of the seat heater system that caused the seat to catch fire. Interestingly, no fuses were found to be blown. The seat catching fire spread to the passenger door panel. It continued up the door panel and spread to the door trim, headliner & visor. The entire interior was smoke damaged. The fire department responded quickly so that's why the damage was not worse.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012009

Grand Cherokee

  • 120,000 miles
I have a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and it seems the driver's side seat has become broken at the base and now wobbles and is just about unusable. Upon further inspection and online research it appears this is a very common problem with these vehicles. The Jeep dealer will want $400+ to repair this. Since these seats break while driving and thankfully for me I wasn't involved in an accident I can't believe that there has been no kind of recall on these. The steel used for these parts is very cheap and thin and break way too easily.

- Macungie, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012001

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
Consumer states car seat mountings broke off requiring replacement. Vehicle covered under warranty. At 70,000 miles vehicle failed inspection due to loose driver seat. Not covered under warranty.

- Chatham, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 151999

Grand Cherokee 4WD

  • miles
Drivers seat power recliner motor fails. Has been replaced 5 times. Last replacement was a new desgin to eliminate problem. Seat still falls back to reclined position while driving at any speed. Several near miss accidents do to being started and losing grip on steering wheel. Dealler states no known fix at this time. Problem for 13 months now. Arbitration scheduled for 08/20/1999.

- Marysville, WA, USA

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