NHTSA — Visibility: Power Window Devices And Controls Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,400 miles

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2003 Pontiac Sunfire windows / windshield problems

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2003 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 132007

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,800 miles


In Dec. 2005 my driver side power window failed to operate - it will stick and not roll down. After while it will roll up and down as normal. I took the car to dealer mcelveen Pontiac, summerville, SC (I had bought this vehicle from this dealer) as it was still under warranty. Dealer found nothing wrong and no work was performed. Above problem continued with driver and passenger side window intermittently normally happened when it was drizzling raining. In Dec. 2007 my passenger side power window failed and it will not roll up. It was drizzling when it failed. I took the car to dealer lou sobh Pontiac, duluth, ga on 12/13/2007 and got repaired on 12/17/2007. According to dealer passenger side window assembly had failed. Dealer replaced the regulator assembly. Since than both windows are working ok so far. This can cause accident if it is raining and window fails to roll up or in the event of poor visibility (morning with heavy fog or frost on the window) when you want to roll down window to see upcoming traffic before taking left turn. This failure occur at the same time when my rear signal light failed. It turned out that there was electrical problem and socket had melted. Therefore, there is a possibility that these two incidents are related.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Driver's side window began losing ability to lift/lower after being lowered one day while window had moisture on it. Took it to GM dealer after window became totally stuck down and was told it was motor. A month later it happened again. Was told it was regulator. Three months later happened again, only this time to passenger side window. Have yet to take it in again because car is no longer under warranty. It is my understanding that window motor regulator should last around 5 years. It also makes me wonder why this only happened after the windows were opened/shut with moisture on them (dew from am. This does pose a safety hazard in my opinion as we have trouble makers in the neighborhood who delight in shooting paint balls at cars at night, and I don't like having an open window in which it can go flying through and hit me in the eye/head), as well as a general inconvenience. I would like an investigation done on whether or not the moisture has anything to do with these failing windows. Please update on what is found out. Thank you. And I checked property damage because of the moisture damage that resulted to my vehicle (and everything in it) because of a storm we had while the window was stuck down. So to me that is property damage.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

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