Defective Power Window Assembly Drops Window Into Door

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Power window assembly

Cheap plastic clips inside of Buick's power window assemblies is known to break and allow the window to drop right into the door. GM dealerships insist on replacing the entire pulley assembly to the tune of $450 per window.

Complaints From Other Buick Owners

Many, many Buick owners have written to say they have had to replace most or all four power windows assemblies, and some even had to replace the same power window assembly multiple times. GM has not changed the design of the replacement parts, so once fixed by the dealer, the problem still exists.

The best way to deal with the power window failures is to get the power window assembly from a salvage yard. A lot of people get sick & tired of replacing these again & again, & tape up the window permanently.

At this time, there is no recall for the power windows, because it is not a safety issue (according to the NHTSA). So far, a class action lawsuit has not been filed. At the moment, the Buick Bonneville has the most complaints on file, closely followed by the Buick LeSabre. Just to give you an idea of the wide range of GM models with this defect, we also have the same complaint for the Buick Century & Regal, Chevy Cavalier, Impala, Lumina, Malibu & Silverado, the Oldsmobile Alero, Buick Grand Am & Buick Sunfire.

Generations Where This Problem Has Been Reported

This problem has popped up in the following Buick generations.

Most years within a generation share the same parts and manufacturing process. You can also expect them to share the same problems. So while it may not be a problem in every year yet, it's worth looking out for.

OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, here's a handful of things you can do to make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases.

    Add a Complaint
  2. Notify CAS

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits.

    Notify The CAS
  3. Report a Safety Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues.

    Report to NHTSA