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Old 04-14-2011, 10:17 AM   #6
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Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Annapolis, MD
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My Ride: 2000 323ci Convert
OK so I replaced all of the gaskets for the light fixtures and of course the main one for the convertible top storage compartment. It has rained several times since then and it looks like I have found the main problem since the trunk is dry!

The trunk is dry! The trunk is dry!

I have not yet had a real long nasty rain yet so I am still waiting to make sure it is indeed fixed. Checked the drains for the top compartment when replacing the gasket and it was also dry. Just to be clear - I did essentially what was in the link on how to clear the drains - and when you put water into the compartment it indeed runs out the drains as you can see it drain out under the car. I was pretty optimistic that the storage compartment gasket would help since the lid is now level when closed and looks to form a tight seal in the closed position. You could also tell how much the old gasket was worn when looking at the new one as the new one is much more pliable and firm. It's night and day when you compare the old one to the new one. Best $64 ever spent.

I'll let you all know if anything changes one way or the other.

Now if I can just figure out how to stop the convertible top from leaking in the front corners I will indeed be a very happy camper. I have already replaced all of the windshield / headliner gaskets and it is better but it still leaks. Sometimes it will leak on the driver side, others the passenger, and sometimes both. Sometimes it will not leak until you open the door during a rain storm and sometimes it just leaks. Seems like a weird design. I have had other convertibles (Miata, Sebring) and they either did not leak (Old Miata) or the leak was easy to fix (Sebring). The Sebring had drains in the A pillars that would clong but once they were cleared everything was dry.

I am open to recomendations on what to do next. Many thanks for your help.
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