Power Window Stopped Working

2000 Buick LeSabre (Page 1 of 3)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Buick dealer.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
75,650 miles
Total Complaints:
53 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace window regulator (29 reports)
  2. not sure (14 reports)
  3. replaced with an aftermarket regulator (4 reports)
  4. disconnected the window lift in up position (1 reports)
  5. remove power track assembly, install 2x4 to hold up window (1 reports)
  6. replace mechanism (1 reports)
2000 Buick LeSabre windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2000 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #53

May 222015

LeSabre 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


Just purchased a 2000 Buick LeSabre for my son, the car is in great shape. Prior to purchase I asked shop to fix both driver side windows. They were held up by Duct Tape. After reading all the posts, you would think Buick would have done the right thing and redesigned the product and fixed all of the reported broken ones. I am 50+ and have never heard of this frequency of defects on any kind of car. Shameful Buick!

- Jonathan W., Canastota, NY, US

problem #52

Jan 022014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

What a PITA this 2000 LeSabre has been. I WILL NEVER purchase another Buick.

(THE LEAST IMPACTIVE of the FIVE WINDOW Failures); on a local freeway, I touched the right passenger switch and the window dropped OPEN. Even though it was during winter months, I was able to make it home, open the door panel and wedge the window closed (DUCT TAPE). I cannot remember the details of all of the failures, but I am very fortunate that my wife was not driving in a bad neighborhood when any of them happened. The first couple of them occurred during the warranty. I asked to talk to the Zone person after the 2nd occurrence. NO JOY with that experience. I was TOTALLY IGNORED.

Thank god I have mechanical abilities (dad). I discovered that I could purchase for a whole HELL of a lot less off of the internet a new/refurb unit rather than paying the extortionist rates of the garage. ALL FOUR windows have been replaced, and the drivers window, 2X. The last was in the driveway, and I tried to open the driver's window. You know the noise of the SNAP of the device within the door panel. I ordered a new opener within an hour. THIS NEVER SHOULD HAPPEN WITH A REPUTABLE MANUFACTURER.

- winterca, Walnut Creek, CA, US

problem #51

Apr 072012

LeSabre Limited 3.21 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

This is the twelfth time that I have experienced problems with the power window mechanisms on this car. The right front motor was replaced in Sep 2010 and now just one and a half years later it is broken again. In that time the window has probably gone up and down less than ten times. The driver side window had the motor replaced just two months ago. This design has to be the worst ever put into a vehicle that is supposed to be a near luxury vehicle.

- rogden34, Orlando, FL, US

problem #50

Jun 122012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


This is the third time that the window regulators on my car have broken. The back two windows, that barely get used, broke months apart from each other. One in the winter, which, since I live in Chicago, was FREEZING!!! The other was in the spring, which guess what...of course the weather couldn't be nice for spring, I got the weeks worth of rain.

So I guess the third one that broke, has to be in the summer in the blazing heat. I guess the fourth and final window regulator has to break in the fall for the completion of seasons and my windows!!! This is such a pain in the butt to happen! I have never heard of anyone have this happen to them for their vehicles, let alone happen THREE TIMES!! Sounds like there is a serious flaw for the window regulators, but Buick won't fix them!

- hilde112, Chicago Heights, IL, US

problem #49

Jul 162013

LeSabre Costum

  • Automatic transmission
  • 182,000 miles

My Niece wants me to fix her car but from what I have read the replacement parts are just as bad as the original.. I am thinking it is the motor. I flip the switch and nothing, the dome light does not dim which makes me wonder,,, I will have to take it apart and report back what I find,,, hopefully it is the plastic pulley some were talking about, I think I could come up with a cheap and permanent fix for that. if it is the motor then I am going after market, not OEM.

- vernonr, Boise, ID, US

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problem #48

Jan 022005

LeSabre Limited 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I have replaced all four window motors more than once. I am fully aware that this is another weakness of my 2000 Lesabre.

- Tom T., Mobile, AL, US

problem #47

Oct 012011

LeSabre Limited 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


this is the right rear window. have to warn anyone riding in the back not to touch the suction cup.

- Sandra B., Conyers, GA, Western Sahara

problem #46

May 012008

LeSabre Limited 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

drivers side window- couldn't go to drive-thru or atm or open to talk to passerby. not long after a/c stopped working. couldn't get air flow when stopped at red lights etc.

- Sandra B., Conyers, GA, Western Sahara

problem #45

Feb 022009

LeSabre 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Over a period of 3 years, all 4 power window regulators failed and required replacement. Appears to be cheesy plastic parts fail and the bale that is used to move the window up and down comes out of the spool.

- cswhdcswhd, Smiths Creek, MI, US

problem #44

Jul 132010

LeSabre SL 2.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

We replaced the two front windows the backs are STILL not fixed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Karen B., Tuckerton, NJ, US

problem #43

Jan 232013

LeSabre Limited 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


When rear window stopped working, took panel off the cable had twisted around the Teflon pulley ,and fixed that then 3 months after that the front window stopped working. after taking it apart saw same thing, but this time it twisted so bad it snapped the cable. took off the motor and put it on the new window regulator, cost $150.00 ...

- John R., Issaquah, WA, US

problem #42

Jan 082013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

Since this problem is extremely common with Buicks, why in the world has it not been recalled? I have known other Buick owners who had the same problem. We had to duct-tape the back window until we got it fixed, and the driver's side window gave out with the previous owner and also with us, two years later.

It is a MANUFACTURING DEFECT and is VERY EXPENSIVE TO FIX! We have paid over $400, and it won't last!!!

What the heck are we supposed to do, never use a drive-through or ATM? We live in the Midwest, with FREEZING winters, and it is DEADLY to drive with a window down! Yet the manufacturer does not consider it a "safety issue" and therefore will not take any responsibility for the defect.

- Ck S., Roodhouse, IL, US

problem #41

Sep 032011

LeSabre Custom 4door 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Buick should take responsibility for there defective power windows. I could see if one window would break but all four, what a piece of crap. Would be glad to hear any solutions.

- Russell L., Pittsburgh, PA, US

problem #40

Sep 042012

LeSabre Limited 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

plenty of complaints about buick windows. This is why the Feds had to bail GM out. Crappy design and planned obsolecense. Second window failure in 6 months. Soon will have more $ in window repair than the car is worth.

- Mark B., Moorhead, MN, US

problem #39

Sep 102005

LeSabre Custom 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,500 miles

Bought car in Aug 05. Drivers window failed Sept 05, covered by warranty. By 2007 at 48000 mi all 4 windows failed. I paid 325.00 to have 1 fixed, others I blocked up. Problem is not excess usage but plastic parts that dry out over time and become brittle. The entire mechanism has to be bought at GM dealership. The old motors and regulators are fine. Looks like GM could have invested another $1 and used nylon instead of plastic.

- jrayfl, Cantonment, FL, US

problem #38

Jun 212011

LeSabre Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,905 miles

3 of 4 windows on my car have broken power window problems.This complaint is about my passenger side front window which doesnt work.Living in Florida with the sudden thunderstorms and hot humid air this is a real PITA! Being unemployed currently limits my ability to fix this problem. I'm in for a class action lawuit, lets go!


- allniter89, Crestview, FL, US

problem #37

May 032010

LeSabre Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,407 miles

3 of 4 windows on my car have broken power window problems.This complaint is about my drivers side rear window which doesnt work.Living in Florida with the sudden thunderstorms and hot humid air this is a real PITA! Being unemployed currently limits my ability to fix this problem. I'm in for a class action lawuit, lets go!


- allniter89, Crestview, FL, US

problem #36

Mar 312010

LeSabre Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,532 miles

3 of 4 windows have broken power window problems. Luckily I was able to get 2 of the 3 closed but my drivers side front window is only 3/4 closed and refuses to move further (up or down). Living in Florida with the sudden thunderstorms and hot humid air this is a real PITA! Being unemployed currently limits my ability to fix this problem. Currently I have clear postal shipping tape over the open area but this fix is indeed temporary because the rain and humidity plus the hot sun destroys the glue on the tape and it loses its stickiness.

I am not mechanically minded and I have no idea how to fix this w/out putting out alot of money. I am open to suggestions, hell, I'd be happy if I could get the window to close completely. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER BUICK OR GM PRODUCT!!!

- allniter89, Crestview, FL, US

problem #35

Dec 052011

LeSabre Custom 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,890 miles

Hear in MN I had to put a peace of plastic and duck tap to keep out the cold weather and that was very !!!!!!!! loud and cold we got it fixed and what a relief that was .

- Daniel K., Farmington, MN, US

problem #34

Oct 202011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

Sadly this was my dream car. I have a 100 thousand mile extended warranty..guess what? they will cover it if it is the motor but because it is the regulator they will not. I was told by the local dealership that I could not order the regulator without getting a new motor, I was quoted 615.00 for 1 window and I had 3 go out within a 3 month span. Found you can buy a rebuilt regulator at Nappa for 108.00 and took it to a local glass place and they charged me 42.00 to install it. Not only am I disappointed in GM but extremely offended by the local dealership and the extended warranty spends more time trying to get out of any coverage they led me to believe I would have.

I am afraid to ever go to a GM dealership as I feel I was being taken advantage of.

- Lisa A., Lebanon, OR, US

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