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#2 of 17 HELP 2 inches water in rear seat
Jun 24, 2006 (6:13 am)
Every time it rains I get water in the rear seat driver side. The harder it rains
the more water I get. I had 2-3 inches of water the last time it rained hard.
It's not coming from the roof or window seals. It looks as though it's coming from
the drivers side door area and making its way to the rear seat area.
I closed off the drivers door with a large plastic garbage bag and then shut drivers
door thinking that would stop the water from entering but the water was still coming
A friend told me to check the moisture barrier that is in door. I had new speakers
installed a few years back at Circuit City. Could not replacing the plastic barrier
cause such a leak. The water does build up rather quickly.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
#3 of 17 Re: HELP 2 inches water in rear seat [dustie3]
Sep 06, 2006 (1:00 pm)
i dont know if you still have the water problem, but ny wife's 97 has the same problem. i know the water is getting in between the top and the seal at the rear of the back window. i took the car to the VW dealer who changed the seals.$350.00
guess what? water is still getting in.
i'm at a loss to know what to do at this point. any ideas?
#4 of 17 Re: HELP 2 inches water in rear seat [dustie3]
Oct 18, 2006 (7:49 pm)
Hello, I have this same problem with my 2001 cabrio. It has been going on for a long time and I never really investigated. After the last hard rain, I reached back to grab a baseball hat from the floor of the drivers side rear and realized the cap was soaked! I always have a moldy smell after a rain. If you find out what is causing this, can you let me know please? I have had one prob after another with this car! My warranty has expired now (except power train) so i dont think the dealer will fix anything like this. Also, now the ABS light wont go off and my mechanic cant find anything. I notice it affects the AM radio station when it is on. Further, my check engine light is on and mechanic cant find anything. I just spent 2000 bucks on this lemon in repairs that "needed" to be done.
#5 of 17 Re: HELP 2 inches water in rear seat [saraki]
Oct 28, 2006 (7:38 am)
We just bought a used 2002 even after reading all the problems that folks have been having...I have seveal friends that I work with at my firehouse that are great mechanics. I had a check engine light that we've taken care of. It was the water temp sensor. It cost 5 buck at Carquest and less then 5 mins to replace. There were 3 codes and this took care of all three of them. If you make the repairs you must still use the code reader to erase them. If the problem persists, the code will come back. If not, they'll still show up.
On the water. I've noticed the weatherstripping doesn't seat around the glass properly when they're in the up position. I'm not sure how I'm going to rectify this one yet. I've read that many people have had this and some have replaced it without relief. We are fortunate enough that this is a pleasure vehicle and she can drive the van in inclimate weather. For now, I'm leaving the VW in the garage with the windows down hoping the weatherstripping will relax and seal better. If anyone has had luck with this one I'm all ears.
#6 of 17 Cabrio leaking
Oct 06, 2006 (11:26 am)
After a couple of very rainy days, I heard some water moving on the paasenger door. Went to dealer and they want to change 6 seals for $1,300 !! Anyone knows what those seals are and how much the repair should cost? Thanks. FYI it's a 01 Cabrio.
#7 of 17 97 Cabrio opening trunk
Oct 09, 2006 (12:24 am)
Hey all I got a 97 cabrio that I am in the process of getting the top changed on but I cant figure out how to get in the trunk I dont have the owners manual and havent been able to find one online not for the 97 I have tried the key in the trunk turning it every which way and it feels like the trunk releases i thought when I got the car that you pushed in on the key and turned but that dont release it either any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks
#8 of 17 Re: 97 Cabrio opening trunk [fiestyvermin]
Dec 15, 2006 (7:38 pm)
I have a 96 Cabrio and the trunk is tricky. Put your key in, turn it as far to the right as it will go, then push in and turn it about one more click. It should open.
#9 of 17 Re: Cabrio leaking [stephang]
Feb 10, 2008 (7:30 am)
I have a 99 Cabrio with similar symptoms. 3 inches of water in the backseat plus water sloshing around in the driver's door. Were you ever able to get yours repaired? Any advice would be appreciated - I am about to start tearing apart the door!
#10 of 17 Re: HELP 2 inches water in rear seat [dustie3]
Feb 21, 2008 (12:01 am)
I am on my second Cabrio. I now have a 2001, I am having problems with the musty smell of wet in my car after it rains. My passanger side seatbelt gets wet and smells horrible. I have already had the weather stripping replaced. Still nothing.
As far as the ABS light and check engine light... my '97 Cabrio, I had the worst time with. The ABS light was coming on after I got the brakes done at a local brake master shop and the check engine light would come on and off as it pleased. And on top of that my automatic transmission would slip into neutral in the middle of driving.
I found later on the internet that the transmission problem was due to a temp gauge.
Please fill me in on the water leak if you find anything.