I returned the next morning as promised with my faithful intrepator, A, in tow. His English is at 99% and his Spanish is 100% so I was set!
As I approached the mechanic, he greeted me warmly and asked what was up. Evidently all traces of the conversation the day before erased from his memory banks. I told him I was there to discuss the car window. He immediately called the body guy over who, incidently, had headed to the back of the shop when he saw me. So he trudges over and says "What!".
Long story short. Not only would he not admit to ever even touching the window, let alone somehow breaking it, he refused to even look at it! By this time I was really frustrated and the window had long since fallen inside the door panel. I could not even secure the car if I couldn't get the window rolled up. When told this, he basically said it was not his problem. I'm not sure what all she said because A would not translate it for me. I could tell from the tone that it was not too nice though. So I said, ok, hasta luego, and we left. Never to return or set foot in that place again. Even though the mechanic probably had nothing to do with it, it was still his employee and he was condoning the behaviour. Besides, I am positive that the car was being sabotaged each time so that I would have to return to get yet something else fixed.
I remembered seeing an ad for another mechanic posted at the licensing bureau when I renewed my drivers licenses last week. I drove over, wrote down the information and off we headed to this shop.
Those guys couldn't have been nicer. They said they could look at it right away. I explained that I had to drive A to work but would return immediately. They offered to take him to work on their motorscooter so that they could get right to work on the car. We declined and I did then return within 20 minutes.
Two hours later I had new inner workings for the window, it rolled up and down with ease AND the door speakers got hooked up. Evidently somebody had disconnected them when they fixed the door handle for me a few weeks back. Same person who didn't break the window handle.
So it looks like I may have found a decent replacement for my former mechanic. I'll know better next time something goes wrong and I go to him to fix it.