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Old 04-20-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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Power window problems seem to be common with C5s. I was wondering whether GM has made any improvements in the electric window motor in the later year C5s. Specifically, have owners of 2003 and 2004 C5s been experiencing this problem. Both windows of my 1999 are now nonfunctional.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:21 PM   #2
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No problems with my 01 windows....
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:27 PM   #3
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According to my service records on my 02. Both side window regulators have been replaced under warrantee. 47k miles on my car now.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:37 PM   #4
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In my experience, not only vettes, but every GM car I have ever owned has given me power window problems. I still love em though
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:50 PM   #5
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No problems on my '03! Head light motor under warranty, clutch return spring and thats it. 24k miles.. got fingers crossed!
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:28 AM   #6
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My 2000 Coupe's windows work just fine. But you ought to listen to the folks with 4th-Gen f-bodies and all the power window failures they have. I'm on several f-body boards and it's a common issue. I really haven't heard it so much on Vettes, though I'm sure they use the same motors.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:32 AM   #7
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My 2000 Coupe's windows work just fine. But you ought to listen to the folks with 4th-Gen f-bodies and all the power window failures they have. I'm on several f-body boards and it's a common issue. I really haven't heard it so much on Vettes, though I'm sure they use the same motors.
I hear that. Had to fix the driver's side window not long after the warranty ran out on my '97 Camaro. No problem with my '99 coupe so far (though only 30K miles) or TrailBlazer (53K miles).
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:34 AM   #8
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I was fortunate that my '96 Camaro has manual windows. Who would have thought that to be a blessing?
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:35 AM   #9
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No problems with the power windows in my 98.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:40 AM   #10
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My driver side one occasionally won't go up unless I motivate it by bumping the window switch... don't know if it's the window valet or LED's, but she can be fickle!
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:47 AM   #11
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02 with 21,300 miles, no issues with windows so far; however, right hand door lock is intermittant.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:59 AM   #12
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99 with 50k, never had any issues
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:47 AM   #13
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Have had my share of the common problems (e.g. rear differential leak, rotted fuel level sensors, defective relay in door control module), but the window problem has not bitten me... although I have heard of others with this problem. I've got an '02 with 45K on the clock.
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:55 AM   #14
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Bakersfield's thread shows how to replace the relays on the window motors. From what I see that seems to be the main issue - a cheap relay.

Interestingly, Verts seem to be less affected. That may be because we cycle the windows every time the top comes down so theres less chance of the relay sticking. Also passenger doors seem to be worse than drivers doors maybe for the same reason.

This may be just a coincidence and I have no hard facts to back it up but its logical I guess.
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Bakersfield's thread shows how to replace the relays on the window motors. From what I see that seems to be the main issue - a cheap relay.

Interestingly, Verts seem to be less affected. That may be because we cycle the windows every time the top comes down so theres less chance of the relay sticking. Also passenger doors seem to be worse than drivers doors maybe for the same reason.

This may be just a coincidence and I have no hard facts to back it up but its logical I guess.
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:19 AM   #16
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my passenger side power window has gone out twice within a year. I have an extended warranty on it still, but waiting on parts now for 3 weeks from the dealer to get it fixed.
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:57 AM   #17
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2004 with 10K..No problems.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:28 AM   #18
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I have on 04 Z06 and at the same time I installed my Window Valet and was testing it. something broke inside and now when the window rolls up, when about 1/2 way up, it start to go inward. I have to open my door, roll it all the way up then close it. I can hear something loose rattle in the door everytime I close the door. I plan to open up the panel this weekend to hopefully find something that's gonna be an easy and cheap fix. I've never opened up the panel before so hopefully I know what I'm doing and don't mess anything else up.

I'll post later whatever I found the broken piece to be. Has this ever happen to anyone else?

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Old 04-21-2009, 06:04 AM   #19
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No problems with my '01.
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:46 AM   #20
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No problems on any of my five C5s from 98 which I had for six years to my two 03 or my two 04 cars. Still have the two 03 AEs for six years now. Never heard of this problem before. I don't agree that it is common.
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