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    Thread: RE: Driver's side power window regulator

    1. 08-17-2008 10:41 PM #1

      I was driving the car today, and I heard a clunky noise when I opened the driver's side power window. When the window gets toward the bottom of its travel, I heard a clicking noise. And when I went to raise it, it did the same thing.

      Is this an early warning sign that the window regulator is on its way out? And how much do these usually go for at the stealership???

      What do you guys usually do? Used or go with an OEM one to minimize the chance of the used one going bad??

      My car is a 1990 G60 Corrado, the regulator has never been replaced before. What other VW cars used this style of regulator? Or is it particular to the Corrado? And does the motor come as a part of the unit?

      Thanks in advance,
      Rohit29


    2. 08-18-2008 02:34 PM #2
      BUMP!

      Anyone??


    3. 08-18-2008 05:50 PM #3
      Sounds like the symptoms to me... Ive had to replace both of mine in my 4 years of ownership.

      My .02... Try eBay before the stealership, that is where I got both mine. eBay = A fraction of the price


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      08-18-2008 08:02 PM #5
      Sounds like what happened to my passenger side window. The plastic clips break and the whole thing goes down hill from there.

      I got my replacement here:

      http://www.a1electric.com/catalog/cat_vwmtr.htm

      Plan on about an hour to remove it for the first time.

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    6. 08-18-2008 10:02 PM #6
      Ive been reading a few things about the kit from a1 electric, how does it compare to the factory regulator in regards to:
      -speed?
      -noise?
      -one touch down feature
      -holding the key over to close the windows on the car

      I know the dealership is not going to be kind to me if buy from them, was quoted a price of $715.00 for a driver's side regulator. I almost had a heart attack!


    7. 08-19-2008 07:23 PM #7
      Anyone???

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      08-20-2008 04:58 PM #8
      Sorry, I don't have the A1 kit in yet, so I can't comment.

      Will post back if I get it installed this weekend.

      Lloyd


    9. 08-20-2008 09:52 PM #9
      Thanks Lloyd, I appreciate it. Im a little apprehensive in trying anything other than original and dont want to go used because you know what will happen.

      You wanna laugh? I was at VW Specialist Perfomance Shop two days ago and I explained the problem I am having with my driver's side window, the guy behind the counter said that Corrado window regulators are "bulletproof", and he has never changed one. He has been in business since 1993.

      I find if a little hard to believe thats all.


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      08-20-2008 10:10 PM #10
      I replaced my passenger side with a used OE one, just to have it break in 2 months. Sucks! There are so many design flaws with the OE setup. It's cable driven, they use plastic clips etc. That's why I decided to try the A1 setup.

      To be honest, I wish they just had cranks.

      Lloyd


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      08-21-2008 09:01 PM #11
      Quote »

      -speed?
      -noise?
      -one touch down feature
      -holding the key over to close the windows on the car

      -Speed seems about the same
      -noise if different then the cable drive one, but no louder or softer
      -one touch down works - it's controlled by the WCM
      -window close w/ key SHOULD work, i didn't test it. It is also controlled by the WCM.

      I tested it out tonight. They sent me a drivers side regulator and not a passenger side one. Took me over an hour to figure that out

      Hope this helps,
      Lloyd


    12. 08-22-2008 03:36 PM #12
      Thanks for replying back about your new window regulator.

      I was driving the car today, and initially it made the clunking noise, then it went away and hasnt made the noise since. Does that mean that the part that was going to fail has failed? I checked the window for up/down/side to side play, and there is none.

      I got the AC fixed on the car, so now I wont have to roll the driver's side window down as much

      Please report back on your findings once the passenger side window regulator has been installed on your car, this way you can test the window close feature as well.
      Thanks again Lloyd for the update and the info!

      Cheers,
      Rohit 29


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      08-22-2008 04:00 PM #13
      my passenger side has the same problem. Your window regulator is most likely bad and won't be fixing itself. VW is notorious for bad window regulators. I haven't replaced mine yet either but I need too. You most likely need too also. I've also heard they aren't that easy to do. Kinda like Karmann took a window, motor, and regulator and decided to build a door around it. not build a door and then cut a hole that is sufficent to insert a regulator.
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      10-07-2008 08:48 AM #14
      Corrado passenger side window regulator=fail. So mine has also ceased to work. All those who've tried the a1 motor no problems still? Want to go the least expensive route but want to make sure as stated above it won't also fail shortly after install. Please let me know thanks!

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      10-07-2008 08:52 AM #15
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    16. 10-11-2008 10:41 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by post-it-note-killer »
      I've also heard they aren't that easy to do. Kinda like Karmann took a window, motor, and regulator and decided to build a door around it. not build a door and then cut a hole that is sufficent to insert a regulator.

      Eh, you can get the regulator in and out if you try. The fun is getting the window out of your way first. To get the window out of the way, you almost have to stand on your head while twirling 3 plates with your toes, and spinning a hula-hoop around your waist. If you have tint, you'll be lucky if you only have 3 big scratches in it when you're done.

      Count me in for a defective passenger regulator. My A1 regulators are at my house already. I just have to stop working 85 hours per week at work (getting paid for 40 hours on salary) The install might take me 2 hours each, if I get all my parts and tools together. I need to get some Mk1 Rabbit radiator mount studs with the rubber bushing in them (search Google for VWW083811 Meyle or W0133-1642582 FEQ Radiator Mount). The A1 (Polytechnica) regulators have have threaded holes in them for mounting hardware. (they do not appear to come with mounting hardware).

      I'll have to see if a generic place like a NAPA can come up with the radiator mount studs listed above. I've seen them as low as $1.95 each online. I found what looks like them on NAPAs website: ATM 17111113699 Then again, there are several others that look the same. ~$3 each, I guess I'll just go order some and see what I get.


      Modified by where_2 at 11:04 PM 10-11-2008


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      10-21-2008 04:23 AM #17
      ^^^how did your mounting situation pan out? Were you able to get all the parts locally without having to order?

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      10-21-2008 10:47 AM #18
      Get the A1 regulators you won't regrit it




    19. 10-23-2008 10:27 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by tgkkslavens »
      ^^^how did your mounting situation pan out? Were you able to get all the parts locally without having to order?

      NAPA was useless. Not only was each rubber mount going to cost $6 @ Napa, but they didn't have the silly things in my hemisphere and were talking about having to put UPS charges on top of their 3X price tag. I told them I'd order it online, and walked out. If I have to pay UPS, why bother to go to a local store at all?? The internet will ship stuff to my door step.


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