Power Window Problems - Rear Doors

This summer the right rear power window went out on our '00 Wagon. Mechanical problem. A plastic part of the regulator assembly broke, allowing the cable that actually lifts and lowers the window to jam.
(I haven't yet fixed it, but I had to cut the cable to get the window up and I've got a pair of Vice Grips holding the window in the up position.)
The other day my wife commented that when one of her carpooling teacher friends used the left rear window, it was making some scary noises. I'm thinking the same thing might be happening to it.
Is this common? Anybody else have experiences?
Matt 00 Focus Wagon
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On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 16:26:13 -0700, Matt Mead
:>Mechanical problem. A plastic part of the regulator assembly broke, :>allowing the cable that actually lifts and lowers the window to jam. :>(I haven't yet fixed it, but I had to cut the cable to get the window :>up and I've got a pair of Vice Grips holding the window in the up :>position.) :> :>The other day my wife commented that when one of her carpooling :>teacher friends used the left rear window, it was making some scary :>noises. I'm thinking the same thing might be happening to it. :> :>Is this common? Anybody else have experiences? :> :>Matt :>00 Focus Wagon
That sounds familiar. I had the same failure on an '02 ZX5 that was about a year old. One rear window regulator broke. I had it replaced under warranty and 3 days later the other one went out. This was also replaced under warranty. When the car was a little over 2 years old I sold it to my brother so I could buy an '04 SVT Focus. Just before the original 3 year warranty was up the driver's window regulator broke so he got that done under warranty also. So far it's been almost a year now and he hasn't had any more of that kind of problem. He's been a bit nervous about the passenger's side but it hasn't gone yet. My SVTF is around a year and a half old now and "knock on wood" I haven't had a single problem with it.
So I don't know how common it is since your case and mine are the only two I've ever heard of. We've got a local Focus club that has quite a few members and, as far as I know, none of them have ever had that problem either.
In any case, good luck.
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Exactly the same happened to my 1999 Focus 1.8 LX 5 door. The window that failed was the front passenger side one. My son was just lowering it and basically the same thing happened, although nothing actually broke. The cable was so badly damaged as it had wrapped very tightly around the plastic pulley it came off, that the whole assembly which included the motor had to be changed. The car was about four years old when this happened and had covered only about 24,000 miles.
I seem to remember the part alone was around 150 inc VAT, plus about 80 for fitting.
I wonder if this is a inherent problem, and if it has been addressed on the later Focus's - not the latest shape ones.
Hope this info helps.
Mike - Northern England, UK.

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