The bolts attaching the front door window glass to the window regulator may come loose. This can cause the window regulator to become damaged and possibly causing the window glass to break. Some 2003 & 2004 models have been recalled for the issue.
Window Won't Roll Due to Loose Regulator Mounting Bolts on Pontiac Vibe
Average mileage: 112,171 (10,000–169,000)
26 people reported this problem
Loose bolts. Recalled once and repaired....problem re-appeared.
Front door window problems are caused by swinging door outward so hard that the door stop strap bends the door edge outward which changes the geometry of the door stop strap travel. Symptoms start with an audible "clunk" when lowering the window with the door closed (not with door open), then when the bending gets worse, this interference can stop window travel or break window or loosen window mounting bolts. Fix my pounding door edge back in so it is flat as it was when the car was new, then avoid slamming the door open hard enough to bend the door edge again. Replacing window mounting bolts does NOT fix the bulging door edge which is causing the problem. Fast easy fix about which dealers seem to know nothing. They only fix a symptom by replacing bolts loosened by many impacts between the door stop strap and the window. Cost to fix was $0.00 cash + about 1-hour time spent figuring out why the door stop strap end was extending into space through which the window must pass when it is lowered if the door is closed. If the door is open the strap does NOT interfere with the window. Just beat the door edge back to flat, then never swing the door out HARD enough against the door stop strap that it bends and bulges the door edge outward again which would cause this problem to reappear. Letting the door swing out really hard just one time in a high wind so the door strap yanks violently to stop the door from swinging around and hitting the front fender can be enough to cause this problem. The original design should have had a load-distributing plate inside the door so those impacts would not pull only against a small region of sheet metal.
2003 Pontiac Vibe 103,352 mi, Visitor
window is loose and does not move up and down smoothly, sounds as if it might break.
2004 Pontiac Vibe 152,977 mi, Visitor
got bolts replaced at time of recall now window has difficulty going up and down.
Well the window never did function right and now it finaly shattered inti little pieces as I was trying to roll the window up.
2005 Pontiac Vibe 10,000 mi, Visitor
bolts have failed on both front doors damaging power windows and breaking one.
2003 Pontiac Vibe 130,000 mi, Visitor
Nylon window bolts which attach to regulator are broken; window won't open or close properly
2005 Pontiac Vibe 87,000 mi, Visitor
Front drivers side window gets stuck and won't open.
Driver side window makes it a lot of noise, when going down there sounds like it is going to shatter. Lot of clicking noise.
2006 Pontiac Vibe 130,000 mi, Visitor
The window clamp is detached from the window, and the regulator arm is damaged. Repair estimate was $500 to replace the window (not broken), including a new regulator. There is no way to reattach to plastic clamp to the window so it must be replaced with a new window which has the clamps attached already.
2007 Pontiac Vibe 90,000 mi, Visitor
Price that connects the window to the moving arm breaks off. Window goes off the track and or cracks.
2003 Pontiac Vibe 101,500 mi, Visitor
The rear plastic connector on drivers window broke. The window came out of track. Thankful I caught it and it did not break. One of the arms on the regulator was bent. Looking for a replacement plastic piece. Glueing it doesn't seem like a reasonable fix considering the stress put on it during window use.
2005 Pontiac Vibe 82,000 mi, Visitor
Still haven't verified but it seems like that what it was
Need to again repair passenger window as plastic connector between regulator bolt and glass fractured in half. Can't just buy replacement plastic saddles for glass but rather GM will only sell me a $400.00+ window!
I brought it to dealer after getting a notice and it was taken care of
I had a problem opening and closing the driver's window. Someone told me that their window had shttered and then I found out about a rcall so I did not open it unless absloutely necessar until the dealer got the parts.It took a while because they had to get special bolts made. I gound out when the dealer had the parts and called for an appointment myself and it is fine now.
Have had to replace drivers side window three times at 400 bucks apiece due to plastic connector to regulator breaking