I have a 2001 LeSabre and just had the passenger back window regulator fail for the second time in just over one year. My car has 120,000 miles. These should be recalled. This is just one more reason the domestic car companies receive the bad reputations they deserve. GM is aware of the problem and has done nothing to make it right.
I also am replacing a window regulator I have only had the car for three months It has 71000 miles this is bullcrap.
I own a 2001 Buick LeSabre. Just the other day my son and I were backing in our yard when we heard this strange noise from behind us... Well when I got into the car the next morning I noticed the back driver side window was down and when I went to put it up, it would not go. I spent about an hour tearing it apart to find out that the part would cost me $160+ to fix it myself. Right now I have a wedge in the window to keep it up. I am going to order one off the Internet for $35.00. Just hope it holds up.
I did not realize that Buick had this problem... and I agree this should be a recall!! Come on Buick... Recall the window regulators. This is my first regulator to go bad. But from the sounds of it, all will be going shortly, and they all seem to go between 77,000 and 100,000 miles. My car is now just shy of 90,000 miles.
Knowing this is a common problem, I asked a gentlemen at work who has one if he had any problems with his windows. He had and said his mechanic told them that the part is only expected to last for around 80,000 miles.
If anyone knows where to find the directions about replacing the regulators, could you please post it? We have to replace both front and rear passenger side. Since the $1100.00 as quoted by the dealership is not coming from us, we need to know how to replace them.
I too have had problems with a regulator breaking. It is a small plastic piece in the part. I bought a regulator on ebay for around $55 including the motor. Took a $10 tool from Advance Auto and about 30 min to 1 hour to replace. Not a big deal to replace if you are fairly mechanically inclined. Google it and you can find the diagrams. Shame Buick has not agreed this is a design problem. Way too many people having the same problem. My Toyota's don't fall apart like this car has. Good luck.
It is true that these windows should last the life of the car, but unfortunately they do not. Yes, I agree that Buick installed cheap window parts. But to be honest, the Camry I had had cheap parts installed also. I had more problems with that Camry than with my Buick.
The only real problem here is that the local GM dealer will charge us $86.00 to tell you that it will cost you $600.00 to have one window regulator installed. I am buying the replacement parts for these windows from www.DirectAuto.com for $60.00, and will do it myself or find a local mechanic. I will continue to enjoy my Buick, since it has had a better than average repair record.
2001 Buick LeSabre Limited.
40,000 miles transmission went out.
50,000 miles almost all lights in radio/AC/heater panel burned out - $1100.00 repair bill.
60,000 miles driver side heated seat no longer works.
70,000 miles both rear window regulators went out. Fixed for a mere $1300.00.
80,000 miles barely runs.
I will never purchase another GM AC product, and hopefully they will go under and no one else will have to either.
We own a 2002 Buick Le Sabre. When we purchased the car, it had 24,000 miles and looked like a brand new car off the showroom floor. Now with 54,000 miles, we had to replace three windows because the window fell into the door, and it would not roll back up. The first one cost us $640 at the dealership. The second window cost us $590 at our service repair garage, and the last cost us $ 120, for by that time, by watching the repair, we installed it ourselves. We hope the fourth one does not go.
Up to now we have always had Buicks, and we have always had good cars with very little problems. This particular Buick already has cost us more in repairs due to factory defect than any Buick we have ever owned. Buick should face up to their poorly designed windows and give us a rebate regardless of warranties.
PURCHASED 2001 LeSabre Custom new. Now has 42000 miles.
Have replaced drivers window twice. Rear passenger window once. Front passenger window once.
I'm done with GM. We never let the windows up or down. Dealer said GM doesn't think GM is responsible. I've heard enough.
My Mother in Law has a Buick LeSabre 2001 Custom. Has 120,000 miles. Her rear passenger rear window also has failed. She is looking to trade in got a quote for $539.00 to repair. I see on eBay and other online auto part distributors that I can get a motor and actuator for under $60.00. The tools required should be another $40 or so.
He also sent me the PDF file with some pictures.
I am going to try to fix this myself.
Bought my 2002 Buick LeSabre 4 months ago used. So far it has been great until today when my driver's side rear passenger window just dropped. The car has 83,000 miles on it. I was wondering if anyone has found a replacement regulator that has not broken since being replaced? I was thinking that by now a company has made a better regulator?
Check eBay. They have dozens listed for sale, most for under $100 and many have warranties.
I have a 2003 LeSabre with 69000 miles, and I just ordered regulator #5 tonight. I have replaced all 4, and now the drivers window for the second time. I paid $69.10 for it.
I started work as a mechanic in a Ford Dealership in 1964, and worked in the business until retirement, and I have never seen anything like this before. I don't like the situation at all, especially after the politicians are using my tax money to bail out a company that makes junk like that, and refuses to do anything about it.
I've had the same problem with the window regulators - I haven't even had the car a week and the back driver regulator broke. I was washing the car & noticed the back window was down 1/4". I put the key in the ignition to roll it up & heard a "Clunk!". I looked back and the window was wide open. I took the door apart and found the cable is broke on the top side. I hope I can figure out a way to fix it, I don't want even pay $60 for a new one - I'm afraid it'll have the same problem!
Oh - BTW - This LeSabre only has 73,000 miles on it. I hope I don't experience the intake problems others seem to have!