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      08-19-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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Question Just picked up an X3, and it's soaked with water.

Just purchased a 2005 X3 and the passenger side footwell is soaked. I didn't notice it until I removed the dealer's paper floormats.
I've discovered this can be a problem with the X3, often attributed to either:

1) Sunroof and A frame drain pipes
2) Water drains near windshield clogged
3) Vapor barrier not properly sealed

Since many of the posts regarding leaking sunroofs and poor sunroof drainage had complained of water in the rear seats, roof, and A frame, I'm thinking that my issue could be the vapor barrier.... but then again, I've only had it for 12 hours.

Currently, the floormat in the passenger seat is soaked (took it out to dry) and the footwell has visible water in it if you brush a hand or finger against the carpet. All other 3 footwells are completely dry.

Tips, advice, troubleshooting steps? I'm hoping this is an easy vapor barrier reseal DIY...
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      08-21-2011, 06:01 AM   #2
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Um take it back and have the seller fix it on their dime.
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      08-22-2011, 12:10 AM   #3
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I definitely will be contacting them regarding this. The idea is to be a bit informed before they jump to conclusions and repair the wrong thing, wasting weeks of everyone's time. I did notice that the drain holes in the area just below the windshield were plugged with many leaves etc. I'm also thinking it might be the AC, although I haven't heard anyone else complain of wet passenger footwells caused by the AC.
I've been drying things out and will try to determine the cause.
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Don't dry things out or do anything. Never interfere with a crime scene. You remove clues for experts. Get to the dealer and get then to fix it properly.
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Don't dry things out or do anything. Never interfere with a crime scene. You remove clues for experts. Get to the dealer and get then to fix it properly.
Nicely put +1
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This is not a big deal at all. I have an 05, and had the exact same problem. The vapor barrier in the rear passenger door had to be resealed. Just as a precaution, the dealer also cleaned the sunroof drains. It cost about $400. Apparently this is very common with the 05...
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This is not a big deal at all. I have an 05, and had the exact same problem. The vapor barrier in the rear passenger door had to be resealed. Just as a precaution, the dealer also cleaned the sunroof drains. It cost about $400. Apparently this is very common with the 05...
Vapor barrier costs all of $17 and change. The rest is labor. Tell the dealer to fix as they should have checked a well known problem prior to delivery.
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