pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
90,500 miles
Total Complaints:
64 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (19 reports)
  2. replace window motor (16 reports)
  3. replace regulator (11 reports)
  4. regulator broken needs replaced at dealership (8 reports)
  5. replace the cable unit (4 reports)
  6. jerry rig a repair for broken plastic part (2 reports)
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problem #44

May 082007

(reported on)

Bonneville SE 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

buy honda or toyota

- Peter M., Concord, OH, USA

problem #43

Feb 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

I have a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville with 88,000 miles and the drivers side rear window just fell when I was sitting idle at the bank. Really nice considering I live in Minnesota and its -20 fricken below. Went to local dealer and was informed it was the motor and regulator for the window, and that its very common, but no recall was available. The cost was estimated to be $385-$420.

Broke after Christmas so I just taped the damn thing. Last Pontiac I'll ever own.

- Patricia B., 6506 West Broadway, MN, USA

problem #42

Jun 172007

(reported on)

Bonneville 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

I purchased the car with 66000 miles it had been sitting for almost 2 years. I use the car about 100 miles a week. I can not stand the fact that i have no control over the windows. I had things all apart but saw no visible damage. This car is an embarrassment.

- Justin P., Andover, NH, USA

problem #41

Jul 202007

Bonneville Ssei V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

So far when I mention the windows on the Pontiac I hear, Pontiacs are really bad for the regulators breaking. They have been out of stock for a while now. If it is such a problem, why not recall them?

- Dee N., Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #40

Oct 212007

(reported on)

Bonneville SE 3800

  • Automatic transmission
  • 198,000 miles

Within a month both of my rear windows quit working. Instead of spending a crap load of money we took the door apart and clamped the window so it would not fall down. Then soon after our gas gauge quit working (so now we keep up with mileage).Now there is something wrong with our drivetrain (we have replaced passenger axle, bearing assembly, new tires and an alignment) and it is still not fixed. The car vibrates so bad it sounds like the dash is going to fall in your lap. And nobody seems to know what is wrong with it. This is the last Pontiac I will ever own (anymore I think I would rather ride my horse to the grocery)

- Leslie P., Caneyville, KY, USA

problem #39

Oct 052007

(reported on)

Bonneville V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

Well,I think Pontiac should have to fix these window problems.I have 2 children and 1 on the way and both of my rear windows regulators are out,it also caused my rear drivers side window to fall and break.So withmoney being really tight at the moment I can not get them fixed and replaced.And another thing that pisses me off is the trunk leaking!

- Tiffany L., Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #38

Sep 182007

(reported on)

Bonneville SE 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

same damn pontiac and both issues window and transmission, cost me to haul it home and to get it fixed.

- geneg, Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #37

Sep 242007

(reported on)

Bonneville SE 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

I have a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville SE with 98000 on it. I have replaced the drivers door window regulator and the right rear passenger in less than 2 months of owning this vehicle. This is the first GM product I have owned. It probably will be the last at this rate. I have spent more than $900 dollars on repairs to the windows and have done the work myself to save costs. I went through three after market window regulators on the drivers side and am crossing my fingers on the fourth. This is a terrible design and GM should honestly look at the problems people are having. I'm sure the folks on the higher side of GM are still collecting their profits at our expense. GM if you care about people and your product check into this and be honest. I know vehicles need repairs but this is getting to be a joke!!

- Bryan R., Red Wing, MN, USA

problem #36

Sep 032007

(reported on)

Bonneville SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


- Suzie B., Muscatine, IA, US

problem #35

Jul 222007

(reported on)

Bonneville SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

A little less than a year ago my driver's side window regulator went out. Last month my passenger side went out and guess what? Last night my freaking rear left one went out too. I am so freaking pissed right now. The hell if I am paying 300-400 to fix this, it is OBVIOUSLY a factory problem. I found some after market regulators on ebay but it is still gonna cost me $218 just to get the parts. I'm gonna try the epoxy like that guy said before and if that doesn't work I'm gonna throw a sh*t fit with Pontiac. UUUUGGGGGHHHHHHH I'm so disgusted!!

- Christine M., Macon, MO, USA

problem #34

Jul 182007

(reported on)

Bonneville 3.8V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

The rear driver side window just stopped working one day. I had only had the car for two years (2002). I finally replaced the regulator three years later (2007). It only cost $120 per window regulator. Now my freaking passenger side is acting up and I think is going out also. What a pain in the butt. Why can't they make something that won't break?? LOL

- Ryan B., Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #33

Jul 032007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

Driver window problems, fixed twice; told by the dealer that the window regulator needed replaced. I was shocked at the cost for repairs!! I rarely open windows and now after reading about owner problems with all four windows in other vehicles, I will lock out all windows and limit using the driver window. What a shame that Pontiac avoided these complaints- now it's the Owner's problem!!

- Julie H., Latrobe, PA, USA

problem #32

Apr 152007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

I had a total of 3 window regulators break within 1 month of each other. I could only afford to have one replaced at a cost of $365.00, unfortunately the window is not aligned so it still doesn't work. When I spoke to the dealer I was told that there was no reported problems, however after I got the car and it was under warranty at the time my back window regulator broke and was fixed. However, the other 3 waited until the warranty ran out. I have the windows propped up with a clamp. I also had another bonneville that the same thing happened. Not a problem Pontiac???

- Sandy C., Orlando, FL, USA

problem #31

Apr 062007

(reported on)

Bonneville SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Have replaced each window cable twice and starting on third round in back. My dealer says there are no reported problems that he knows of with these window motors/cables. Well, he will be given this website to read! so glad I found it as I thought I was the only owner with this problem. 5 times while under warrenty and I have paid for 4 myself. I am going with the epoxy fix before another one breaks. In the shop now to replaced a/c compressor and hose, bad shocks, some sensor to stop surging problem. This is the first and last Pontiac I will ever own. Have never had these kinds of problems with my Chevys or Buicks.........

- sandy_5050tx, Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #30

Jan 142004

(reported on)

Bonneville SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,800 miles

All I have to say about the window is GM still has quality problems. Too bad they only worry about Cadillac now days.

- ozzyrulez420, Corunna, MI, USA

problem #29

Feb 062004

(reported on)

Bonneville SLE

  • 55,000 miles

The back window broke off it's track while raising the window. Since it was out of warranty I took off the door panel and inside I found A TREE BRANCH!!! It has to have been put in at the factory because the door was sealed with plastic. I called Pontiac Customer service and was told it was not under warranty and they wouldn't fix it. The service rep actually laughed at me. I guess pranks from the factory are funny to them. They will never again hace the chance to laugh because this is the last pontiac I will ever own. I will also highly discourage anyone else from buying one.

- Mitch G., Russell Springs, KY, US

problem #28

Mar 072007

(reported on)

Bonneville SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

The back windows and door locks stopped working. Fortunately, the windows were closed when it happened. I have owned Pontiac's in the past without any problems or issues. This must be a factory flaw.

- Jay N., Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #27

Aug 022006

(reported on)


  • 40,000 miles

Replaced window motors for three different windows. The first was under warranty. Now another has quit working that has already been replaced once. The mileage is now 67000. I have always bought American vehicles but am now considering foreign made and will never purchase another pontiac. From all information I can gather this is not an isolated or limited problem it has occured enough that pontiac should have to pay for junky equipment.

- Clif S., McAlester, OK, USA

problem #26

Mar 102007

(reported on)

Bonneville SLE 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

Both my rear window regulator/motor have stopped working within weeks of each other. At what point does GM figure out that the parts they are using are defective!!

Last three car purchases have been pontiacs.. never again!!!!

- Deneen B., Madison, WI, USA

problem #25

Oct 142006

(reported on)


  • 60,000 miles

Both the rear windows stopped working within weeks of each other. I was mad before, but now that I see that others have had the same problem, now I'm really pissed off. This is obviously a design problem.

- Renee D., Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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