Power Windows Drop And Stop Working

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
78,600 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the window motor (5 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2000 Oldsmobile Alero windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2000 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 302013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


I had to have the motor replaced for every window (4).

So bad that I asked if they could install roll down windows instead.

- rdaum, Portland, OR, US

problem #6

May 272010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

First the left one. now the right window. insane. dropped right into the door and will not roll up.

- Sophia D., Montebello, CA, US

problem #5

Sep 162008

Alero 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

This happened back in September of 2008. I was diving my car to the ATM to withdraw some money. Pulled up to the ATM and proceeded to roll down my window. Now, I've heard some bad squeaking from the window in the past few months, and it kept getting louder the more times I rolled down my window. Well, on the 14th of September, when I rolled my window down, it went DOWN. I heard a loud crack and the window free-fell into the door. Imagine my surprise when I tried to retract it up and heard nothing but a cracking noise. I panicked and drove straight home (dealership was closed for the day) and parked my car in my garage that night.

The next day, my father and I spent the day taking the door trim and electrical systems off the car door to get at the power window motor and to assess the damage. Apparently what had happened was that two plastic clips that held the window had snapped and the window had fallen into the door (luckily it did not shatter). Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! I've never heard of anything like that happen before. So, I drove it to the dealership to see how much it would cost to replace said part. They told me that they had to replace the whole power window motor (with clips) and that it would be $70 dollars for the part and roughly $250 for labor.

Now, I don't have that much money to replace a window; I'm a college student working part-time making minimum wage and have to pay for health and car insurance; so I did the next best thing, I took a two-by-four and a roll of duct tape and shoved the board into the door frame; bonded it to the frame with duct tape and placed the window on top and reassembled the door trim and electrics on the door. My driver side window is up again, but I can never roll it down. So now when I need to pay a toll on the highway, or take a parking ticket for a garage, I have to step out of the vehicle and do it. This is very, very annoying.

The worst part is?

My passenger side window has started to make a squeaking noise from inside the door....

- Gregory K., New Britain, CT, US

problem #4

Aug 042007

(reported on)

Alero V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles


This occurred when the car, which had been owned by my 87 year old father had hardly been driven but was out of warranty and belongs to my daughter. GM power windows fail frequently and repair is insanely expensive. Also it's not something you can replace yourself with a replacement, it's impossible to reach without special tools. Again GM engineers their cars so that simple repairs cannot be made by the owner.

- carlinda, Yukon, OK, US

problem #3

Jun 052007

(reported on)

Alero GS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Come on, I'd rather have had window cranks. Same as the blinkers, sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. What was Oldsmobile smoking? No wonder they're out of business.

- Christian A., Warsaw, NC, US

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problem #2

Sep 272006

(reported on)

Alero LX

  • 68,000 miles

I just bought my car and I am really annoyed. The car dealership i bought it from.... temporarily fixed the issue and about 2 weeks after I bought it, two windows started jacking up and now my drivers side window is making crazy noises.... i am soooo annoyed.

- Kristy M., Kansas City, MO, US

problem #1

Jun 132006

(reported on)


  • 86,000 miles

3 of 4 window motors have fallen apart. The windows fall into the door if I don't rig the window with cardboard to keep it up. No, this is not due to excessive use of the windows. $300 to fix each one! BS

- jenlee3110, Houston, TX, US

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