Are notorious for failing; and not just the drivers side. I see many with the top down and the rear windows up.
I understand that the motor has a problem with rust, due to exposure to water coming down from above. I was told you can remove it and clean it up if it's not too bad, but I didn't get a definition on what not too bad looked like.
A dealer might still have replacements, even this late, given that they had an early failure problem, but the price will likely be 'How high is up?' The other choice is a scrap yard, but be sure they work.
In any event, try to do something to limit the exposure to water, or you'll just have to keep replacing them. Don't just duct tape it in plastic; you probably want something more like an umbrella, so if water does get in, it can drain out...
Alternatively, and it's something I've considered even though I have winter here, is make it a fair weather car; put them down and leave them that way. Or see if you can retrofit some kind of hand crank, but I don't have a clue what you'd use or how you'd go about it...
Thursday, February 5th, 2009 AT 7:00 AM