NHTSA — Visibility: Power Window Devices And Controls Problems

CarComplaints.com Notes: The Pontiac Vibe is the mechanical twin of the Toyota Matrix.

Both models were a joint GM-Toyota venture, manufactured together at a NUMMI production facility in Fremont, CA. Only the heating & A/C systems are different.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,403 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Pontiac Vibe windows / windshield problems

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2005 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 152009

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


For the second time now, the front driver & passenger side windows of my 2005 Pontiac Vibe fail to go up and down (holding clip failed). The windows get "cocked" when trying to lower/raise. The first time this happened was shortly after I purchased it (new) and had it repaired at the dealer (under warranty). It has happened a second time, approximately 4 years later. I noticed there were recalls issued for this very same issue on 2003 & 2004 Pontiac Vibes, but nothing for 2005 Vibes (even though I believe the issue is the same for 2005 Vibes as it was for 2003 & 2004 model years - the solution was replacement with a stronger clip).

- Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 212009


  • 65,819 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that the front driver side window regulator failed. As a consequence the glass unwarrantly shattered while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and was in the process of being repaired at his expense. The failure and current mileages were 65,819.

- Pleasant Gardens, NC, USA

problem #5

Mar 102007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
My automatic driver's side window makes a popping noise every time it is lowered. It may not be aligned or installed properly and I am afraid it will shatter.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #4

Apr 112008

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


After reading about the GM/Toyota recall of the power window bolts becoming loose on 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibes, I took off the inside panel of the driver's side door. My wife had been complaining of the window catching. After taking off the panel, I found the power window bolts to be loose. The 2003-2004 power window recall needs to be expanded to 2005.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 012008

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Front power window regulator problem ; front driver-side window is loose within regulator ; taken to dealer in fall 2006 for repair within warranty period ; repair only temporarily corrected problem (for less than 2 months); situation has only gotten worse since; author of this complaint believes window likely could separate from regulator in short term leading to compromised occupant protection or in worst case sudden distraction which could cause driver to lose control of vehicle; complaint writer is aware there is a recall for model year 2003 and 2004 Pontiac Vibe vehicles for failure of window regulator retention fastener.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 102005

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The drivers and passenger side power windows in my vehicle have been popping and catching in my car since I bought it. I took it to the dealer under warranty and they said it was normal. It has ruined my window tint on the drivers side and I as well as having the drivers side shatter on me one time. I am afraid this will happen again as it is still doing the same thing. Updated 10/24/07

- Emporia, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 072007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,000 miles
Drivers side window pops when raising the window to its fully closed position. It sounds like the glass is cracking or breaking. Its not shattered, but I feel that it will one day. It does not happen every time the window is raised; usually happens approx. 50% of the time. The passenger side window exhibited the same symptoms. However it was shattered by a burglar and was replaced. Since that time, no popping sound has been heard. I would replace the drivers window proactive, however the cost is greater than $250 usd.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

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