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Old February 7th, 2018, 09:51   #1
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Default 99.5 Golf Drivers seat not connected to front frame!

The drivers seat on 99.5 Golf has become completely disconnected from the center rail that is mounted to the floor. Both the base and back will rock back to an almost reclining position. Is this something repairable, or should I be looking for a new to me junkyard seat?

Currently I have the back seat folded flat and the seat slid back into the back seat cusion so that rocking is minimal. It ok, but a little too far back for comfortable driving.
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Old February 7th, 2018, 11:42   #2
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Well, did you recycle the two bolts when the price of steel was up??????
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Old February 7th, 2018, 12:53   #3
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Sounds like someone pilfered the two nuts that are at the front center (and secure the seat frame), that or you should find them poking about close by.
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Old February 7th, 2018, 20:33   #4
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If the front attachment bolts are missing, replace. If new bolts won't tighten securely and keep turning in captive nuts, it may be possible to tap next size up and install larger bolts.

If bolts are in place but floor is rusted and lifting with seat, another seat won't begin to solve the problem.

If bolts in place, yet seat front lifts, replacement with good junkyard seat may remedy the issue.

Continuing to drive as is puts you at risk should you get rear-ended...
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I didn't expect this!

Took the seat out yesterday. The metal mount completely sheared apart. A "new" seat from a $35 trip to the junk yard solved the problem. I have to go back tomorrow and get the airbag connector. I'd much rather solder on the vehicle side, than the airbag side.
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Continuing to drive as is puts you at risk should you get rear-ended...
Luckily I only had to go 3 days. We usually have a spare car, but I let both daughters take a TDI back to school with them, leaving me with the 99 Golf with a blown heater core and no heat.
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Holy smokes! How much torque you pumping out of that car?
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I didn't expect this!
Took the seat out yesterday. The metal mount completely sheared apart. A "new" seat from a $35 trip to the junk yard solved the problem. I have to go back tomorrow and get the airbag connector. I'd much rather solder on the vehicle side, than the airbag side.
You've got to stop abusing your seat so much!!!
Seriously, I've only seen the brackets break when in a car which suffered a severe collision. Perhaps this seat was removed from such a wreck which cracked the brackets, and then installed in your car at some point in the past?
Whatever the cause, glad you're now in a seat with better attachments. Now, quit being so ROUGH...
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You've got to stop abusing your seat so much!!!
Seriously, I've only seen the brackets break when in a car which suffered a severe collision. Perhaps this seat was removed from such a wreck which cracked the brackets, and then installed in your car at some point in the past?
Whatever the cause, glad you're now in a seat with better attachments. Now, quit being so ROUGH...
I had seat rails break on one of my tractors. No suspension on tractors. You get beat up pretty well. Ended up finishing some mowing work sitting on metal tails (no seat)!
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I had seat rails break on one of my tractors. No suspension on tractors. You get beat up pretty well. Ended up finishing some mowing work sitting on metal tails (no seat)!
So, perhaps his old seat was removed from a tractor? That would explain the break...
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So, perhaps his old seat was removed from a tractor? That would explain the break...
Or the car was a demolition derby car (no mention of how battered the exterior is)
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Or the car was a demolition derby car (no mention of how battered the exterior is)
It'll be interesting to learn condition of the Passat Wagon and 04 Jetta once school lets out...
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Two daughters and a bad heater core. All of a sudden things in my life don't seem so bad!
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Honeymoon seat! Been there.................
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You guys crack me up.

The seat seems original, as far as I can tell. I do know the car was in one accident since there is some bodywork by the passenger side rear door/fender area. No idea of the severity. We've had the car for about 100k miles. The first 180K miles came from the original owner.
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