Why would the windows on a '97 Grand Am GT stop working?

check the fuse and then check the window shitch The basic answer is that GarandAm design is driven one goal, "production cost", and cost of components such as window motors is an important part of the total cost. So they are cheap. This is further enhanced by the profit the manufacturer derives from selling the cheap replacement parts for high profit. My 97 GrandAm has two power windows and each has had the window motor replaced once and now another has stopped working. Buy a brand of auto which has a durability/reliability as a design goal. Consumers report can help identify those brands.