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Old 07-15-2004, 08:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just checked in my trunk and it smelled rotten in there and everything was wet. So I opened up the conv boot and there was standing water in there!! So i mopped most of it out and noticed that there are small black rubber plugs in there on either side of the opening mechanism (1 drivers side and 1 pass. side) well to make a long story short, i noticed some gunk in the middle of the plug so I wiped it out and when I did that the water drained away! I was worried that it may be draining in to the pass. compartment, but further inspection revealed that the water drains out along the rocker panel and out the bottom of the car about 1 foot in front of the rear wheel well... Please tell me I am right in this....

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Old 07-15-2004, 12:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll check mine out this weekend...but are you asking if this is normal? Cause' I don't think it is dude...I don't see how the water would get in there in the first place unless there is a leak from the edge of the boot somewhere....????
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Old 07-15-2004, 03:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot for checking for me. I too think it's not normal. I only started noticing the water back there after the dealer did a convertible strap adjustment, and then a strap replacement because the adjustment wasnt working. I think I might possibly need the boot cover readjusted or a new seal or something.

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PS are you anywhere in the NYC area? I'm in central NJ about 30 mins southwest of Staten Island
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we all should meet up for a bite sometime, would be nice to meet other fellow owners in the area. (I fear this thread will be moved) but still waiting for info on water drainage on the 'vert.

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I checked my 96 328 convertible. It was dry in the area where the top goes down. Then I washed the car. After I dried it I noticed a couple of small puddles of water on either side of the car, just in front of the rear wheels. I opened the boot and saw there was a tiny bit of water in the area now. I suspect when I washed the car water got in that area, but most got out using the rubber drain holes.

I suspect if you have any significant amout of water in the convertible top storage area you have some kind of a leak. Reed.
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Reed thanks for checking.... I unclogged the drains and it doesnt appear to be holding water as before, it seems to be almost 100% dry after a good soaking car wash...

As for Blanton... how many other e36 owners do u know in jersey? we should try to get a friendly meet together.

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