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Volkswagen Eos Water Leaks



  • It does seem to have fixed the problem with my car. Used 1/2 of a bottle. I highly suggest this be tried first before any type of adjustments.
  • Just to update everyone on my position. The car had it's seals replaced twice, the second time with modified seals sent from Germany the leak was still there so they trailered it to the roof specialist who had it for a month. There they completely removed the roof and realigned it. They sent it back to my dealership supposedly fixed. When I insisted it was water tested again before they put the interior back it still leaked. They did more remedial work on it but after 2 and 1/2 months I had enough. I only had the car for 5 days the dealer had it for the rest of the time. I got a full refund and am now a very happy owner of a Mercedes SLK.

    Interestingly when I went to pick up my cheque, the car was already for sale on the forecourt and the windows were covered in condensation. Seems my dealer was quite happy to pass it on to someone else with the leak. That in itself is enough to make me never want to buy a VW again.
  • I think it's great if the lubricant is alieviating this problem, but can't help thinking VW's using a lower quality rubber for their seals.
    I've had removable roofs before (Fiat & Nissan) that were water-tight from the get-go, and stayed that way for years.

  • I'd really like to buy an Eos, but living in the great Pacific Northwest, all the postings about the 2007s leaking has me worried (the car won't be garaged).
    I realise the "lubricant" solution has worked for many, but to my way of thinking, the rubber used on the Eos-leakers really must be the problem. There's very few reports of the Volvo or Mazda HD Convertibles leaking.
    I've been hoping they've upgraded the seals on the newer cars, any 2008 owners out there want to weigh in?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,893
    Hmmm... well, I just went back and checked since there are so few posts here and I only count 6 unique leaking problems that are not simply related to a high-pressure car wash. Personally, I find that to be an acceptable failure percentage for any problem on any car. But that's just me.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • Hmmm... without knowing the total number of Eos owners participating here, how can one calculate a "percentage"?
    VW issued a TSB on the problem (see VWvortex) which proves the problem exists.
    I know I could be suffering from Internet Research Paranoia (IRA)but that's the cross I bear.
  • There are also at least 10 different weather seals, maybe more I don't have one in front of me to count, in the EOS top so there are a lot of potential trouble spots.

    I would expect a handful of leaks once the cars got out in the real world and a TSB to correct some of those problems.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,893
    No, accuracy is not possible. BUT, I look at it this way, Honda tranny problems, which affected less than 1% of vehicles, got MUCH more attention and WAY more posts than these leaks. And, yes, way more hondas were sold, but that's just one example. It happens on message boards again and again and again. It does remain, however, that much smaller problems have resulted in much greater outcry than I'm seeing with these leaks.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,893
    Yup. And I think "handful" is the key word. If it was widespread, we'd see SO MUCH MORE activity on this board.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • Have I experienced any water leaks - you bet I have! My entire frame was out of line so that every time I lowered my top the paint was scrapped off both sides. After taking it to the shop and getting it re-aligned, I still have water leaking in when it rains. I guess I am just resigned to spending my Saturday mornings in the service department at the dealership. Anyone have any suggestions?
  • I bought my EOS in December, 2006. Since then I have had it in the shop at least twice a month. Sure, they gave me a loaner once, but it was not a convertible so I lost out on prime time to drive my convertible.
    Here are my problems, hopefully I am not the only one with these problems and maybe you can help me tell my dealer what to do with them.
    My top would not go down - the service dept told me that sometimes I would have to "jiggle" a part on the inside of the hood.
    My light comes on in the dash showing the tire pressure is low- the service dept. says that it comes on for the least change in air pressure, ignore it.
    My signal comes on showing error in airbag- service dept says that they had to repair loose connectors.
    The air inside the car does not recirculate- the service dept says that it does.
    The silver top on the back which the retractable top sits on is scratched - the service dept says that is where the top sits, there is nothing to be done.
    The top sides of the car had to be repainted because they were scrapping the sides as the top went down - they repaired it but gave me a small bottle of matching paint to use if it happens again.
    The back window goes up and then comes back down when I press the button to close all of the windows- I have taken it in over and over, they say it is fixed but it still happens.
    And of course the leaks are still coming inside when it rains.
    My last three cars have been convertibles and I have never had these problems! Makes me want to go back to my Chrysler Sebring!
    Still - I love the way the EOS looks and drive, I just didn't expect all of these problems. Might the dealer offer me a cut on my car notes?
  • herbmherbm Posts: 1
    I have had my '08 since 7-23-07 & not a single drop, leak, or any thing....maybe I am just lucky or VW has taken corrective action. I do not know but when I go in for my 5K service I am going to ask about a conditioning on all roof seals. Overall the car is terrific, great engine, DSG is a real winner, & I love the way the top works!!! So does everyone watching. Now I just have to be sure that there are no leaks in the future!!
  • barb11barb11 Posts: 1
    I just bought 2008 turbo last week and brought it straight to a car wash, not one leak.

    Can anyone give me the part number for the sealant. It seems
    the VW dealer can't seem to find it.
  • medhamedha Posts: 4
    can anyone who bought a 2008 please post the price paid over invoice. The price paid forum hasn't been updated since august
  • Claire@EdmundsClaire@Edmunds Chicago areaPosts: 968
    Hi, Medha,

    Since this topic is for discussing roof leaks, it's a slim chance that you'll get an answer to your question. Although nobody's posted in the Prices Paid discussion recently, people who follow that topic will see your question if you post it there.



  • alicebaliceb Posts: 7
    Where can I see the TB's or TT's on the 2007 Eos? I haven't experienced leaks, but it has always been garaged and only hand-washed. I also haven't noticed a creaking, although the radio is always blasting when I have my top down! :blush:

    I just want to keep up-to-date on it's possible issues.

  • Claire@EdmundsClaire@Edmunds Chicago areaPosts: 968
    edited December 2013
    If you're looking for TSBs and Recalls, you can find them here: Maintenance Schedules, Recalls & Technical Service Bulletins



  • Hello, I'm new to this forum....considering buying an EOS . . . but maybe not after reading about these leaks.....I was curious though about what you said ....what exactly is it that happens "again and again and again" on forums? Please let me know.

    I would LIKE to buy a convertible...and the nicest one out there seems to be the EOS....yet I do NOT LIKE VW ! I have owned a VW Jetta & a VW Cabrio Convertible and I do NOT LIKE HOW VW treats its customers. :lemon:

    However, there aren't any nicer convertibles out there ! (I just don't fancy a seabring, a mustang , a solara, a spyder)
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,893
    Well, as I stated previously, what happens again and again is that a problem that affects a small number of vehicles appears to be a much larger problem. This is typically caused by the vocal few who have a problem being much louder than the thousands of happy owners who have no need to seek out a message board. I mean, look at it this way, how often do you go around posting how reliable your toaster has been? On the other hand, if that toaster caused your house to burn down, I'm sure you'd lay that story on anyone who would listen, right? So it is just something to keep in mind, that's all. Regardless of the vehicle you research, you'd find plenty of problems posted on the internet.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • EOS ......What I am frustrated with is that I want to pick a FANTASTIC convertible to purchase...and the EOS seems to be amazing . . . . convertible AND sunroof AND dual comfort zones & navigation ! Wow ! But.....I am worried now after reading everything...and what I wonder is many Eos owners are having A HAPPY TIME ? Because of what you said about TOASTERS ...there could be 99.8% of Eos owners REALLY REALLY satisfied ! The happy customers might not come on this forum . .... so now I am worried (as someone else wrote) that I am getting more stressed than necessary . For example, I own a VW Cabrio at the moment and it DOES NOT LEAK. Yet, if you look up Cabrio on this forum, there ARE CABRIOS that leak ! I want to buy an EOS, they look GREAT ...but I'm nervous about it . . ... the Ford Mustang convertible, Seabring Convertible, Camry Convertible just are not as COOL looking as the EOS ! :P
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