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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:42 AM
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I'm NEVER buying a car with power windows ever again.
$400. Four. Hundred. Fucking. Dollars. Both the motor and the regulator gizmo are busted, and the window's stuck open. I have half a mind to have them just put the thing up and never open it again, but I'm going to need to sell or trade that car someday, and you lose SO MUCH value for every little thing that doesn't work. But $400 literally out the window? Fuck. Fucking Fuck.
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:43 AM
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1. Warranty?
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:48 AM
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5. It's a '97. No more warrantee.
I bought warrantee coverage for the drive-train when I got the vehicle (I bought it used), but aftermarket warrantees that cover those kinds of nonessential systems cost a friggin' TON, like I-might-as-well-buy-a-new-goddamn-car-then kind of money.
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Squatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:50 AM
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9. Any other major fixes you had to pay for?
What make and model?

Did you have it fixed at a dealer?
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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:44 AM
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2. not only that, but if your car ever falls in deep water....
You have to make sure you get those windows DOWN before the motor shorts out or you are royally SCREWED!

That's what worries me.
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:49 AM
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7. OK, that's a way scary thought that never occurred to me. Eeeek. (n/t)
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progmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:44 AM
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3. i hate that
just kissing a bunch of money goodbye...i'm sorry. :hug:
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:44 AM
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4. FOUR HUNDRED dollars??!!??
That's out and out larceny. Ridiculous.

I don't blame you. Are power windows THAT much of a necessity? I don't think so.

Fuck, fucking fuck is right.

T
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RPM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:49 AM
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6. they are the worst
i think they put the junior interns on the window switch and window motor design duties
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:21 AM
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26. No, it's rather like "planned obsolescence", isn't it?
These things (most durable goods) are designed to wear out after a certain amount of time.

If they didn't make things that way, we wouldn't have to spend any more money, see...
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:49 AM
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8. Same thing with power mirrors...
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:50 AM
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10. Yep... this has happened to TWO windows on my car...
New regulator... almost $400 a pop.

I was able to pull my window up manually before it was fixed. If the regulator is broken, you should be able to do that.
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:03 AM
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17. I tried that, it stuck at halfway up!
It was probably a pretty amusing struggle to watch, though - I'm a bit of a marshmallow. Perhaps if I were a stronger fellow I could have closed it, but maybe not, I dunno. :shrug:
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:06 AM
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20. Yes, but you're...
a CUDDLY marshmallow!

Ya big lug!
FSC
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:10 AM
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23. Awwwwwwww!
:pals:
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:52 AM
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11. Junk yard
Get a motor and regulator and put it in yourself.

Window on my wifes car stopped working but we lucked out. Took the door panel off and wiggled the thing and it started working.
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readmylips Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:53 AM
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12. This is funny...we're on the same page..
With the heat in Phoenix 116 degrees, I parked my 14 year old car and for the first or maybe second time in its life-time, I cracked opened the back windows when I parked. To my surprise, one of my back windows dropped all the way down inside the panel. My hubby was able to pull it out but of course, $400 or more for my Mercedes-B to fix my window is in the works, and it's a must necessity.

I know it's not funny but it's early morning in Phoenix and with this heat, I need funny. We were on vacation across the US for three weeks. The rest of the country was rainy, cold and hurricanes in the works. I was glad to be home in the heat and running around half naked.

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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:55 AM
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13. My husband is a mechanic and he'd never let me
buy a car with power windows. It's just one more thing that can go wrong in an older car and end up costing a fortune to fix.

The wind-up, wind-down windows do just fine for me. The only time they got stuck is during the winter from snow/ice and even then all I have to do is turn the heat on.
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MsAnthropy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:57 AM
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14. $180 to replace a power side mirror on my Saturn Ion
I told them to forget, I'll use superglue.
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:58 AM
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15. What a racket.
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 08:58 AM by Beware the Beast Man
If I recall, when my window left motor went out, the part itself was only $80. I tried to fix it myself, but it's no easy task. That really sucks, man.
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dhinojosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:00 AM
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16. What kinda car do you have? nt
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:03 AM
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18. We paid $331.00 for the exact thing in our '91
No one ever even used the damned window, but we had to fix it because we could not lock the car :grr:
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:05 AM
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19. That sucks!
You could have had one of these instead:


Cars suck.
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formerrepuke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:06 AM
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21. Those pop-up headlights are a pain, also.. but at least they can
be hand-cranked open when its little motor finally dies.
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:17 AM
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25. Ah yes, another "never again!"
I had those on my old Accord - when the car got older, the wires became brittle and the repeated open/close of the flip up gizmo eventually snapped them, so they'd go up, they just wouldn't light up. Grrrrr...
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:09 AM
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22. You need eBay
They sell parts for cars on eBay that you might not find anywhere else.
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:16 AM
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24. Good Luck Finding One
I rent cars a lot for travel. I sometimes just rent the little, disposable transportation if i'm not going to be doing any significant highway driving and lots of stop and go, city stuff.

I haven't had even a subcompact in at least 3 years that didn't have power windows.

Maybe the absolute, bottom of the line, basic transportation models come that way, but even the Geo Prism has power windows!

So do most Kia's! And those things are almost solely marketed as basic transportation, starter cars.
The Professor
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trogdor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:05 AM
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30. Thank you.
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 10:05 AM by trogdor
Last time I went car shopping, every car in which I had the slightest interest had power windows as standard equipment.

A motor/regulator for a 94-97 Honda Accord (generation immediately previous to my car) costs $60 on
eBay. I'll bet the installation cost for a new car, in which the door is off the car, and is sitting on a table or something, is minimal. Yet the service department would probably charge you $400 to put a new one in. Bastards.
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:13 AM
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31. No Doubt About It
Quick story. My wife and i had a power window TRACK break on her car. $360 repair, paid for on March 31st, but with track on back order. The car is there TODAY having the track installed! Almost 15 weeks on backorder for a stupid window track!
The Professor
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JimmyJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:46 AM
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27. I hope there isn't rain in the forecast.
:o
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:48 AM
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28. I can top that.
I spent $1000 to fix the A/C in my '93 Integra, and then 4 months later spent $400 to fix the automatic door locks, which then became manual door locks because the mechanics couldn't find a replacement part. It took me only one month to have my tire blowout on the free way and my car to get totaled when I crossed the grass median into traffic moving in the opposite direction. Final price for my automobile: $250.
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:34 AM
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32. Holy shit, what a bum run of luck!
I hope you weren't injured in the oncoming traffic! My god... :scared:
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XNASA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:04 AM
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29. Are they American power windows? Or Japanese power windows?
Let me guess..........American.
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