Considering buying a new A4 1.8T Quattro. I read in a couple of places
that the A4 has problems with water collecting at the door sills
whenever it rains. Apparently when you open the door all the collected
water drains out (and gets on your shoes).
Is this still a problem with the 2004 model? or was it really an issue
with the previous years?
Simply put, the "problem" is greatly overstated.
The outer door sill is *outside* the weatherseals. Water can't "build up"
there - it's not like you could ever have a deluge of water held back by a
door seal just waiting for the door to open, because the water is already
beyond the seals.
There's just a narrow flat surface atop the outer door sill that may end the
day with some globs (technical term for "large drops" ;-) of water a few
millimeters in depth.
And, fwiw, the water is not from the sunroof channel overflow tubes alone (if
at all - I'd have to check my Bentley to see where the tube(s) emit). When I
wash the car - most assuredly with all the glass tightly closed - when I'm
done drying the paintwork I open each door and wipe down the sills, and there
will be some globs of water on each.
Nowhere near enough to soak a sock...
'00 s4 6spd
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