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NHTSA — Visibility: Power Window Devices And Controls Problems

5.0

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,923 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 Buick Regal windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #13

May 102011

Regal

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicle has had 14 power window mechanisms replaced and the windows continue to be a problem. 14 replacements in one car, this can't be the only vehicle in which this is occurring.

- Albany, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 092008

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Buick Regal. While driving 1-5 mph, the vehicle would constantly stall. In addition, the vehicle stalled while driving in reverse. The contact stated that the vehicle would shut off when the check engine light illuminated. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after it stalled. The failure mileage was 92,900 and current mileage was 92,988. Updated 02/15/08. The consumer has experienced other problems with the vehicle such as steering gear failure, which the rack and pinion was replaced. Air condition failure, transmission torque converter, which the entire transmission was overhauled. The ignition switch shorted out. The right front window regulator was replaced. Updated

- Horizon City, TX, USA

problem #11

May 282005

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The window regulators are defective on 3 windows. I had to get them shut permanently with tape. Unable to open all three windows - front driver and two back windows. The part alone is about $400 -visibility-power window devices and controls.

- Zuni, NM, USA

problem #10

Feb 212004

Regal

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

One day while driving my wife's 1998 Buick Regal when I heard a sudden gust of wind noise. I had found out that both of the rear windows had fallen as if they were off track, but these were electric windows. A few weeks later the front driver side window fell as well. I called 3 different Buick dealers who all told me that the regulators on my year model have a very bad tendancy to go out. They also informed me that the regulator for each window is $400 plus labor. I spoke to Buick's customer service who said that they have never received a complaint on this, but I have found countless forums online with many people who have the exact same problem of two or more windows malfunctioning all at one time...this is no coincedence. Although it sounds like it's just a few window problems, unfortunately when it rains the windows fall and my wife and daughter have ended up in a very wet car trying to come home. I believe this to be an electrical problem as I have also had the wires in the rearview mirror short out and melt. This has hindered the view from my mirror as well as leaked black goo all over my console. When I told this to Buick they didn't see it as a problem. I have one other complaint that the rear seat belts are not properly done. They work and don't work whenever the mood strikes them. This is very disconcerning when I have children to put in the back.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 262003

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
Power window regulator failed on left rear door in March 2002, and on the driver's door in March 2003. Both failures were of the plastic retainer for the cable end which holds the window up. Both windows dropped several inches. The rear window dropped while driving, causing driver distraction. In both cases the window could not be raised without removing the door upholstery panel. The only repair is to replace the entire window regulator assembly. List price for the driver's door parts only was $352.

- Bixby, OK, USA

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problem #8

Mar 042003

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Electric windows--front passenger can only be used via controls on driver's door and rear passenger side window came down and will not stay up--we cut off the power to it and it still creeps down. It lacks about 2-3" of being shut and has to be taped to keep air/water out. This happened last summer.

- Alma, AR, USA

problem #7

Aug 202001

Regal

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The driver side and passenger side rear electric windows failed.

- E Linthicum Hgts, MD, USA

problem #6

Aug 202001

Regal

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The driver side and passenger side rear electric windows failed.

- E Linthicum Hgts, MD, USA

problem #5

Aug 132001

(reported on)

Regal

  • miles
Window drive motors fail. All windows effected at least once. Some fail abruptly others creep down either with car running or parked. Cost per replacement is overly high.ak

- Mesa, AL, USA

problem #4

Oct 011998

Regal

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear window switch and seal failed.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 011997

Regal

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Left front door window motor makes noise during operation.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Regal

  • miles
Driver side power window won't go down.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 011998

Regal

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical power exterior rear view mirror failed, resulting in poor visibility due to adjustment problems. Mjs

- San Diego, CA, USA

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