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Window Regulators Broke

1999 Pontiac Grand Am (Page 1 of 2)

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Typical Repair Cost:
$218.00
Average Mileage:
102,011 miles
Total Complaints:
21 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace window regulators (9 reports)
  2. not sure (4 reports)
  3. use wooden blocks so they don't fall down! (4 reports)
  4. fix it or you will be constantly in the weather (2 reports)
  5. bolted window permanantly in up position (1 reports)
  6. rigged in the up position with wire until fixed (1 reports)
1999 Pontiac Grand Am windows / windshield problems

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1999 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

May 112013

Grand Am SE 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 304,850 miles

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

Since 2001 I have owned this 1999 model delight, purchased in Michigan around 40,000 miles. I didn't pay too much for it and it really never broke down too much. We've loved its performance so much, we bought a second and then a third Grand Am, both 2004 models, a coupe and then another sedan.

Roughly 4 years ago in Texas, my 1999 car was broken into and the dude broke out the driver window. SafeLite Glass replaced it for about $300. Not even a year later, that very window dropped. I took back to SafeLite and they replaced the regulator at No Charge. I'm very happy.

A few days later the 2004 coupe drivers window dropped. Back to SafeLite... $300, cha ching!

Weeks later my daughter buys an antique dresser, and uses the backseat of the 2004 sedan as a pickup truck. Opened the rear windows to make room and the rear drivers side drops. Well, it's a rear window, so I bolt it in a fixed up position. No problem. I disassemble the door, drill holes through the top of the inside panel down to the aluminum window holder attached to the regulator track. I put a large bolt and nut through the holes at an angle so that it actually lifts the window up with tightening the nut.

Months later the passenger side rear window drops in the 2004 sedan. No problem, I bolt that one up too. I'm getting experience how to do this pretty fast already.

Last weekend I rolled down all the windows on my 1999 to let out the heat, and the rear drivers side window drops. Now this car has driven so far for me, now at 304,000 miles, so no biggie. I bolt it up too. Well I get my son to do it, after all he drives it a lot.

Yes it is obvious there is a defect with Grand Am regulators. But it really isn't an expensive fix, and if you still are driving one of these popular models, you probably got your money's worth.

Oh, by the way we bought a Pontiac G6 (the 6th Generation of the Grand Am, renamed), and a Pontiac Grand Prix too! I wish GM would bring the brand back.

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #20

Jan 122010

Grand Am SE2 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

While waiting to drop my daughter off in her mothers driveway, my drivers side window randomly decides to start rolling down..... then snaps free!!! Oh, it was also 0 degrees outside & i was 25 miles away from my work!!! So i got it replaced, then 1 month later IT HAPPENS AGAIN!!!! Worst POS i have ever owned

- , Fall River, MA, USA

problem #19

Dec 222010

Grand Am SE 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Windows fall to bottom of doors. Took in for estimate to replace window regulators and it was $190 each for both front windows and $220 for one rear window. I guess I will go without windows for a while.

- , Fergus Falls, MN, USA

problem #18

Jul 312009

Grand Am 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

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

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window regulators broke window regulators broke

i live in Washington, that day i was going to go on a trip to California, right after work, so that day in the morning while i was driving to work i heard something a on the door and when i turned because i was aware of the noise, my window was missing, i could not believe this was happening to me, and not on that day i was more surprised at that, than the fact that i was missing a window, i just couldn't believe it.

after work i called the local dealer where they deal with Pontiac and the man asked what was wrong and he said he wanted to look at it, so i took it and he tried rolling the window up and you can hear the motor working but the window wouldn't roll up and there was like something broken inside, then he said he thought it was the window regulator, he didn't even look at it for 5 minutes, and i told him i had read, that this happened alot to these cars, and he agreed to that, then he said it would cost $360 to repair and i had no money for that, it was so unexpected and unfortunate, i asked him what the cost for the part was and he said it was $160, i told him it was outrageous, and that the company of Pontiac should be responsible for the part in part. i couldn't fix that day, i really had to go, and i know it gets cold in the states i was passing by and at night it gets cold, so i had to take furniture pads to cover my kids at night while driving, cause it was freezing cold, and i had no window, at one point i had to drive with plastic taped to the window to prevent the cold, but i couldn't see through the mirror, i felt i was handicapped driving like that, and i sure didn't want anything to happen to my babies, so we had to suffer through the cold, on our way there and back, and in California it was another story, it was hot hot HOT!, i couldn't even turn my AC on, and my poor Pomeranian was crying and crying of the heat, i had to put her on the floor on the passenger side and turn on the ac for the feet only, she felt better but it was extremely hot.

i can't believe they have not done any recalls on this, they should have by now, done a part that will not brake as easy as the one on the regulator, made from a more durable and resistant material, i've posted the pics of the parts that were in the door, good thing my window didn't brake when it fell in the door(whew), i'm still upset, cause i have to go in two weeks again to California and the problem is still there, i feel like i want to really have Pontiac pay for the problem, i really think this is not a normal wear and tear issue, it is a defect of the company they should recall on.

well we will see who does what, i don't want to wait for anyone to take action, what about you Pontiac, what are you doing to do for your clients, at least in appreciation on the purchases, i mean the part isnt that expensive for you, or is the greed taking over?

- , Richland, WA, USA

problem #17

Jul 142008

Grand Am 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

ALL 4 WINDOW REGULATORS BROKE AT ONCE!! THAT IS ANNOYING AS CAN BE. I FIXED ONLY ONE WHEN I FOUND OUT IT WAS $200 A WINDOW. NOW I HAVE MY 2 BACK WINDOWS TAPED UP WITH METAL FILES IN THE DOOR FRAME TO HOLD THE WINDOWS UP AND MY DRIVES WINDOW STAYS UP BUT SLIDES DOWN A CRACK EVERY FEW TRIPS...YAY PONTIAC. I HATE THIS CAR AND CANT WAIT TO REPLACE IT

- , Tipp City, OH, USA

problem #16

Jun 012004

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

First, the regulator on one back window failed but I was able to keep the window up. Then when the other side failed, so I went to the dealer and said it must be a manufacturing defect for them both to fail. The service manager got with the regional representative and fixed it for free, even though warranty was over.

What really got me was having to replace the window motor and drivers window, twice!!

- , Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #15

Oct 112008

Grand Am ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

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

IT'S ME AGAIN ABOUT MY DAUGHTERS CAR, IS THERE A LAWSUIT OUT THERE FOR THIS WINDOW PROBLEMS, THEY ARE ALWAYS FALLING AND BREAKING PART INSIDE, ALMOST EVERYTIME THE DOOR SHUTS ANYMORE AND IT'S GETTING VERY EXPENSIVE

CLMALONY

- , Makanda, IL, USA

problem #14

Mar 192008

Grand Am GT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

well i just bought the car in march and not even a full month the passenger side window fell and then about a month later the other window fell.i really think there should be a recall because it so dangerous.i don't have money to fix it.so needless to say i will be freezing this winter!

- , Jackson, MI, USA

problem #13

Sep 262007

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I might as well copy and past some of the complaints i read about this. First my front driver window would not roll down then it just stopped working. Not long after that both rear windows just fell and had to hold them up with rubber door stops until i could afford to get them fixed. Both had the regulator worn out. Very annoying if you don't get it fixed right away. The body shop new what it was right away telling me they get these all the time on this car. Didn't take more than a couple hours to get the part and fix it.

- , Stockton, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 012007

Grand Am SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Pretty much I've had the EXACT SAME PROBLEM EVERYONE ELSE has had- my back left window refused to roll up or down by itself- but would stay in the up position if you pushed it up, and then the very next week the EXACT SAME PROBLEM happened to the front window. I didn't fix it for a long time and just left both windows up until my GF rolled one down and it fell all the way into the door... Not the safest thing to park your car with the window rolled all the way down. The mechanic said for both windows it would cost $600 or $800 so i'm super mad at Pontiac cause this isn't the only quality defect I've had with this car. :(

- , North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #11

Nov 082007

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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

I've had this car for about four years and i've had some electrical problems and stuff but one day I was rolling down my driver side window and heard a really loud pop sound and the window just slid down into the door. I took off the panel and found out that the plastic things that hold the window on the regulators snapped. I just duct taped it shut and didn't worry about it too much because it was winter and i didn't need the window anyway. After that happened both rear windows did the same thing within a week of the drivers window!

- , Scottsbluff, NE, USA

problem #10

Aug 232007

Grand Am SE Coupe I-4 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,563 miles

So I bought my '99 Pontiac Grand Am off an older fellow, he took great care of the car and only drove it as a Sunday car. About a month after getting it the drives window (Coupe) started going up and then it dropped into the door. So I'm pissed, make it home and start taking part my door to find that there is a plastic bracket attached to the window with a metal "L" shape combined. The plastic had snapped in half. Bought a new window regulator for $147 and installed it, although it didn't come with the braket and they were fused onto the window, so I took it to a shop and they installed it, lasted a week and broke again, shop replaced it again, lasted a month and then it broke again, so then the mechanic calls Pontiac and asks if there are any recalls for this, there are none, although after talking to everyone I know that has a Pontiac Grand Am, they have all had this problem, so he ordered a regulator direct from Pontiac in hopes that the quality would be better and so far I haven't had any problems with it... going on 3 months now, but I've also been babing it in hopes of it not breaking again, last time it was winter and snowing, already had to retint my window. And the last 2 regulators were replaced free of charge even though Pontiacs cost nearly $80 more.

- , Warsaw, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 032007

(reported on)

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

This is the 2nd time that this has happened to the car. first time was the passenger side window a few yrs ago. I was at the beach and we shut the rear door and heard something drop. Since I was there when this happened before, I knew what was wrong. .

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 162006

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • 85,000 miles

I have owned two pontiac grand ams for the past 7 years and the regulators are a pain! I have replaced 4 window regulator/motors under warranty, and then one broke again last December, right now my car is in the shop to fix the driver side window again! The other pontiac has had 1 window fixed twice the other window once(it only has two windows). I'm tired of paying the $500 bill each time.... I'm afraid to even roll down the window because who knows when it will decide to "chunk" and get stuck!! Also had cruise control button stop toggling... and just as a bonus annoyance my odometer likes to blink 3 numbers and 5 seconds later the other 2 numbers.... one last irk, the "lids" to the mirrors on the visors like to break and fall off.

- , Oroville, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 062007

(reported on)

Grand Am V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I was going to the bank drive up window last night, and of course it was pouring cats and dogs... When I went to put the window down it went thud and I couldn't get it to work.. I tried to push it back up but instead it dropped into the door!! I had to use a table cloth to cover it for the night!! I will be going to the dealer in the morning. My arse will be sitting there when they arrive!! This is the second time it has happened and I just got the car in June!! The first time they said they fixed it and I won't have any more problems!! LOL my arse!! I should have insisted they look into the problems when I saw the scratches on the passenger window glass!! Now.. I have other complaints about the lights and computer codes!

- , Hornell, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 132006

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • 92,500 miles

Yeah Grand Ams suck! I have replaced the window regulators in my car twice once at 92,500 miles and again at 102k don t ever buy one everything goes wrong. Don't force the windows when they are frozen.

- , Central Square, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 302006

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • 130,000 miles

Don't try and roll the windows down when you are in freezing conditions

- , Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #4

Apr 192006

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • 120,000 miles

ALL 4 of my regulators and MOTORS broke on my power windows! THIS CAR IS A PIECE OF SH*T! I have wooden block holding my windows up so they dont fall down and so it doesnt rain in my car anymore! I know I could buy new regulators but they are just going to break anyways and the car isnt even running right now because of something with the engine. O yea by the way my car takes a minute or two to turn on also! Well right now it stalls back out and smokes! PIECE OF SH*T! It doesnt matter how many people have owned it, I am the only owner of my car and I have always taken GREAT care of it because I didnt want this sh*t to happen but it does anyways! I think we all should blow pontaic up, stupid american cars, AND I AM AMERICAN!

- , Richmond, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 232004

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • 70,000 miles

and its not only even the window, my power steering pump is already bad, my side-view mirror on the driver side is broken off and my freagin' ignition sucks. Most of the time it takes a minute or so to turn the damn thing.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

May 022004

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • 72,328 miles

THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT MY DRIVERS SIDE WINDOW REGULATOR HAS BROKEN ON ME. I HAVE HAD SO MANY PROBLEMS WITH MY GRAND AM, THAT I AM 'HEAD OVER HEALS' IN WITH THIS PIECE OF SH*T~ I HAVE REPLACED MY WINDOW REGULATOR TWICE NOW. UNFORTUNATLY ONCE AGAIN AS I AM WRITING THIS COMMONTARY, I AM WAITING ON MY 3rd DRIVERS SIDE WINDOW REGULATOR TO COME IN SO THAT IT CAN BE REPLACED YET ONCE AGAIN. I DONT THINK THAT THE PROBLEMS ON MY PONTIAC GRAND AM SE WILL EVER DESIST, THEY ARE COMING SO FREQUENTLY NOW THAT I CANT AFFORD TO FIX ONE BEFORE ANOTHER PART OR PIECE NEEDS TO BE REPLACED! IM FURIOUS WITH GENERAL MOTORS & THE PONTIAC ASSEMBELY LINE! PONTIAC NEEDS TO RETURN TO THE DRAWING BOARD & PRODUCE, VEHICLES THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC CAN RESPECT, AS WELL AS TRUST IN DEPENDIBILITY & SAFTEY FOR THEIR FAMILIES!

- , Springfield, MO, USA

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