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2002 Pontiac Grand Am windows / windshield problems: window clip breaks, window falls into door

Window Clip Breaks, Window Falls Into Door

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7.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$227.00
Average Mileage:
71,689 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. buy new window motor and regulator (6 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
  3. replace the window clip (1 reports)
2002 Pontiac Grand Am windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 052012

Grand Am SE 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,769 miles

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

The clip was broken when I closed window, I fixed it by myself

- , winkler, Manitoba, canada

problem #9

Dec 052007

Grand Am SE 2.2L Ecotech

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,244 miles

So I inherited this car at the age of 19 when my dear old man lost his license due to a DUI. The first time the problem of the collapsing window occurred, my dad had it fixed at a dealer. Anyway, the same door ate the same window again about a year after I started driving the car. I was broke at the time and there was no way I had $300 to spend on this sort of !@#, rent and food were far more important. But winter was coming, so I took off the door panel and took out the window regulator and cables and got the window back on its runners and shoved back up into place. It kept falling back down so I shoved a piece of the regulator under the window to hold it up. Eventually I replaced this with a 2 x 4 under the window, which has worked the best to date. If I want the window down, I just take the 2 x 4 out. I am 26 now, finished school, and have my journeyman heavy equipment technician red seal tickets, both on and off road. I'm no longer broke and struggling to pay my bills, but the Grand Am still has a 2 x 4 holding the driver's side window up. Some people question my logic. But why would I even pay for parts and waste my time putting a new regulator and cable assembly into a coupe door when the probability is so high that the window would just pop off the runners again?

- , Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada

problem #8

Mar 012012

Grand Am

  • 106,876 miles

GMC.. = Government Monetary Crate

This car has been my biggest grief and the window has fallen in the door for the 4th time. I became so fed up with paying $400 to fix it every time, I did it myself. I went to a auto dump and pull the The clips are flimsy and cheap plastic. So now I am looking to solidify it with either duct tape or another way. It costs about $100.00 to do the whole job yourself... However to put the door back together requires another person.

- , Vancouver, BC, Canada

problem #7

Nov 292011

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

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

This is the 1st time that this happened on my Pontiac Grand Am 2 door, with very few miles on this car. I have a Pontiac Grand Am 4 door that this has happened twice. It is freezing cold in MT, so this is not only an inconvenience but also I could freeze to death!!

- , GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, USA

problem #6

Oct 112008

Grand Am 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

The 2002 Grand AM apparently has a common issue of poor workmanship and GM cutting corners. The window regulators have these cheap pieces of plastic they call clips that secure the window to the linkages, of course this plastic is flimsy and will fail and the window will suddenly fall into the door. I lost both front windows and one rear to this issue and GM, being as brilliant as they are, decided half way through the production year of this model to change the type of motor and regulator, so I had to pay nearly twice as much since mine happened to fall under the old setup and throw away a perfectly good motor that would not mate with the new (barely changed from what I saw) setup. It cost me close to $1000 to fix the front windows and I refused to fix the rear window that failed. I have never had a vehicle, or heard of one, with this problem until I experienced it. I guess there is a good reason why Pontiac is no longer in existence. I finally got rid of this thing and went with a Toyota.

- , Woodland, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 012010

Grand Am 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Plastics parts that under go stress, and are as thin as a dime, are sure to break. Creating plastic parts so thin was not creating quality. GM should be ashamed. They saved 50 cents. The consumer now spends $300 to fix the problem. I have read numerous GM car owner's reporting the same problem. It is not safe having windows slide down while driving or in a bad part of town. This has not been a recall item. At least GM could create a metal replacement part for this.

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

May 132004

Grand Am GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

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

This made me really mad, it happened while I was moving across the country, and the next day I passed the 36,000 mile mark and couldn't use my warranty!! BOO!

- , Reno, NV, USA

problem #3

Nov 022008

Grand Am GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

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window clip breaks, window falls into door

For those of you who read my previous post, this is the second time, last time was drivers side, this time passenger.

As you can see, this just happened. And, on top of that, when it did happen, I was driving and it was pouring the rain mixed with snow crap. LOVELY.

- , Reno, NV, USA

problem #2

Jun 042007

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

First my driver side window fell in the door on the home from work one day. I went to have it fixed and it cost me about $400. They gave me a three month warranty and after only one month it fell in the door again. Four months later it once again broke and they would not fix it. Probably two months later my passenger side fell in. Instead of getting them fixed every few months i just put a pair of channel locks on the window track and they have stayed up every since.

- , Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 162006

(reported on)

Grand Am SE

  • 10,000 miles

The clip that holds my window has broken 3 times.... so far! I have had my 3 times to the GM dealer to have this fixed and the only thing that they can say is that it's a big problem with Grand Ams. Most recently I came out to my car thinking I left my window down only to realize it was broken again. Anyone could have gotten into my car! The GM dealer refused to fix it the last time because it was over a year since the last time it broke. What a joke. So now to close my window all the way I have to stand outside the door and push it up the rest of the way. Lets just say this is the least of my problems. The car has a water leak into the backseat. It looks like I have a kiddie pool on my floorboard everytime it rains. The alternator went at 50,000 miles. The breaks have had to be fixed 3 times and the back brakes had to be rebuilt. The drivers seat does not screw down all the way and squeaks and slides while driving. The steering wheel started making noises at 30,000 and dealer said they would have to take apart the whole steering system to try and figure out the problem. The ticking noise that the turn signal puts out stays on for about 15 minutes after the turn signal goes off. Annoying! The latest is that my timing belt went out, it needs a new water pump and new valves. The whole engine needs to be rebuilt. After calling around to several places i was told that the 2002 Grand Am SE was known for these problems and that everything typically starts to go on them at around 70,000. Well that was not very comforting. The Pontiac dealership that I bought my car from even told me that they think the car is a LEMON and to get rid of it.

- , Portage, WI, USA

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