Mk 3 leak
Jan 31 2010
My 2006 Mk3 is leaking somewhat. I purchased the car last summer from a main dealer but I've noticed over the winter months quite a bit of moisture on the windows and inside of roof lining on mild days. I've also noticed a small trickle of water in the drivers side footwell (running down the panel just under the bonnet release). I should say I'm in the UK so it's a right hand drive car. I didn't notice any moisture in the summer months, but I only bough the car at the end of July so there wouldn't have been much rain, and if there had I guess it would have dried up quickly with the roof down.
I took it back to my dealer end of Dec and he thinks it might be a drains problem but they're not sure if the warranty will cover it, I'm still waiting for them to come back to let me know. What experiences have other people had with main dealers in getting this fixed under warranty? (I did get the years Mazda warranty when I purchased the car but the policy wording seems to excluded weather channels). Given I've seen an official Mazda pdf on how to replace the drains I would think I have quite a strong case against the dealer / Mazda (if only to go half on the repair).
Can you also confirm this is likely to be the drains, given that the boot seems pretty dry and the water is running in down the panel by the bonnet release, I though the drain problem was more behind the seat? There have never been any puddles of water, but I pulled back the drivers seat today and the carpet looks like it might have been wet for some time. The car isn't left under any trees and on e level drive.
I'm really pi**ed off actually, I was looking at buying an Elise when I bought the MX5 but was put off by the unreliability and weather problems. I specifically told the Mazda sales rep this when I was buying the car.
So if you could share any thoughts on whether this is a drain problem or not, and if people have been successful in getting Mazda to replace the drains under Mazda warranty, I'd really appreciate it.