Thanks for the tip it's nice to know there new and improved I'll be buying the new ones for sure.Kdirk said:Very common problem on the 94-99 cars. I've replaced both of mine (they were surprisingly cheap from the dealer - about $25 a piece) and they have held just fine since then (over 20,000 miles on the car since I put the new ones one).
FWIW, these were redesigned in 1997 without the center screw on the side, they have a molded in "catch" and steel clip on the inside of the panel instead that latches into the seat frame.
I don't know if this reduced the rate of breakage or not, but there must have been some reason GM changed it and I figure it was due to the lack of long-term durability on the earlier cars becoming evident by the time the 97's were in the design phase.
Also, JB weld will not likely hold this in the long term due to the type of plastic it is, it's nearly impossible to get decent adhesion. Save yourself the headaches of ongoing disassembly and repair and and get the new trim.
If you happen to remember the part # could you please post it?