20th Apr 2008, 20:41
First of all, 3 out of my 4 windows on my '99 Pontiac Grand Am have had a little plastic piece snap in half. I'm sorry if rolling these windows up and down is asking too much. Secondly, maybe I wouldn't slam the doors if I didn't completely disrespect this poorly manufactured GM car so much. Good thing I get free tape from work, at least I know the tape will still be working when I get up for work in the morning.
25th Apr 2008, 21:33
I have a 2001 Grand Am GT and have had the window problems and then some. I take good care of my car and I don't slam doors yet both windows have broken, the sunroof no longer works, my brakes wear out about every 20,000 to 25,000 miles and I've had the notorious $1500 repair for the DexCool (which there is a class action lawsuit for).I dread taking it in every 3,000 miles because my mechanic calls to tell me "There are some problems with your car". I've put more into the repairs for this car in the last 8 months than it's worth. Those of you who have not had problems... consider yourself lucky.
As far as the window motor/regulator, go to Advance Auto Parts (if in your area) or any auto parts store. They have these (in stock because apparently it's a common problem) for around $90 bucks. The Pontiac dealership where I live wanted $600, without labor, to fix the window. Instead, I paid $97.00 for them to pull the window back up and stick cardboard in it to keep the window from falling back in. I found a mechanic who only charged me $70 to fix the entire thing. If you have this problem DO NOT go to a dealership. If possible buy the part and have a local mechanic put it in. It's not hard... just takes a bit of work.
12th May 2008, 20:41
Hello, maybe this is going to make you people happy. I was looking for something new for my Pontiac grand am 2000, and I did it. I found those desired window sash clips!!!.
I really hope this comment helps you guys, cause I've had the same problem with my windows. Just go to ebay motors, in the search bar type grand am window sash clip fastener and that's it.
Hurry up and good luck¡
14th May 2008, 13:18
I'm just going to chime in as yet another person who has the same broken window sashes. Glad to see I'm not alone. I'll admit I didn't read every comment posted but for those who have done this already, how hard is it to get the old ones off the window and is there any special adhesive I should be using?
So how many failures and future lost GM customers does it take to generate a recall? Not to change the subject, but I'm sure many of you have replaced wheel bearings and lower intake manifold gaskets as well!
14th May 2008, 13:34
Is there a special glue I should use to re-attach the plastic clips to the bottom of car door window? Thanks for all the previous comments, all were very helpful.
16th May 2008, 15:34
Super Glue Gel works great for attaching the window clips. Be sure to clean the window and clips thoroughly with an alcohol pad prior to gluing. I know these clips are prone to break, but I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I'm a mechanic who owns a Grand Am SE-1 as a second car and after 8 years NOTHING on this car has ever broken. If you keep your wife, friends and kids from slamming your doors, you WON'T have this problem. Every single case that I know of where the clips broke, the car's owner acknowledged that they or a passenger had slammed the door and broken the clips.
17th Jun 2008, 00:42
The idea that the reason for the clips breaking on these vehicles is slamming the doors is ridiculous. The reason is poor engineering and cheap materials. The right rear door has never been opened on my vehicle, never, and it is broken. And if it was a jarring that caused it to break, then why didn't the rest break as well?
www.a1electric.com has a do-it-yourself guide as posted above, and the clips can be purchased there as well. Can you say class action lawsuit, if anyone knows a good attorney.
18th Jun 2008, 13:09
The GM part number for the sash (the part that the window actually sits in) is 22689012. the dealer initially acted like that these were not available but after I ask for some rubber wedges to hold the window up they found the part. Good luck.
20th Jun 2008, 11:34
I have been on various websites where people are complaining of things on their Grand Ams like bad brakes, defective manifold gaskets, Passlock systems that won't allow them to start their own cars, airbags that failed to deploy in crashes. With these consumers, it's usually one thing or the other. With my 2002 Grand Am, ALL of these things have happened!!! I purchased the car in 2003 with 20000 miles on it from a dealer. Since then, I have replaced brake pads and rotors with ridiculous frequency, I've replaced cam and crank sensors, manifold gasket! I was in a frontal collision on the freeway at highway speed, and the airbag didn't even think about deploying! The A/C is now blowing hot air! I have cared for it very well, with regular maintenance every 3k miles, and all I have gotten in return are problems, tow bills, and repair bills! I'm soooo over Pontiac! Never again!
4th Jul 2008, 13:15
Can someone share how to remove the old sash clips that are glued to the window? Both clips are still attached to the window but broken off just below the base of the window. Thanks!
11th Jul 2008, 11:20
Neither I, nor anyone I know who owns a Grand Am has EVER had the window clip problem.
One of my neighbors owns 2 Grand Am GT's (a 2000 and a 2002) and neither has ever had a broken window clip. My 2001 has never had one (or any other problem).
I am wondering if this problem (which obviously exists, because I see so many comments about it) might be related to cold weather. I live in the Sunbelt and it seldom gets below freezing here.
At any rate, I would encourage legal action against GM if this problem is as prevalent as it appears to be and is not due to hard slamming of the doors. I had never even heard of this problem until I started reading these comments.
17th Jul 2008, 20:13
Yet another window issue with a 2000 Grand Am. The 2 back windows have been rigged up because of the elusive white clippy things for months, and now the passenger side has fallen prey too.
It has nothing to do with slamming of the doors since the driver side (the only door that has ever gotten used) is the only window still working.
I took a suggestion from this site and found the clips, they're not the ones for my car, but they may be for someone else's... http://www.a1electric.com/images9/br0824.jpg
20th Jul 2008, 15:42
My neighbor has a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE and only one of the four windows in his car currently works... and he's afraid to roll that one down because he's paranoid about it failing too!
He's not very mechanically inclined, so I try to help him whenever he has a problem with the car. The rear passenger window falls into the door if he hits a pot hole on the road, two of the other windows do not roll down at all.
I ran into this forum today, and showed it to him so he could see that the problem is very common with his car, and after reading some of the comments, he has decided not to try to fix the window problem,and will just hang on to the car until he can buy something else... not GM, not Ford, not Chrysler... he has his mind set that his next car will be a Nissan, Toyota, or Honda.
You would think that American car manufacturers would get a clue and build better cars... especially after seeing how well the Japanese cars sell year, after year, after year, even with our poor economic state.
My brother has been a certified mechanic for well over 20 years, and he will never, ever buy an American made vehicle again! I'm going to help my neighbor rig his rear window so it doesn't fall again, and it will be sold off that way when he gets rid of it.
Get a clue, GM, Ford, & Chrysler... if you want to stay in business, then start building something that's worth buying!!