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I had the front panel of the roof mended in November 2016 and all has been well until lately when I noticed water ingress coming from the driver's side A pillar. A close inspection revealed that the 'flexible' seal at the back of the front section had failed in two places and that seems to be the source of the water given it was happening only in heavy rain when the van was parked.
Fair play to Steve and the team at the Sheffield Van Centre. I took it in this morning and within a few hours he's got it booked to go back to the repair centre, Claridges, in early August and promised me a loan vehicle for the duration. In the interim he's going to try to seal the join because I need to use the van for a trip this month.
Can't fault the VW Van Centre Service but what does worry me is that their seems to be a fair degree of flex in that roof panel and I don't want to be taking the van back every couple of years. We'll see what the solution looks like!
Think they found the fix which we had on our t5 but they changed to a cheaper fixDoesn't inspire a lot of confidence that there's much/any science behind any of the many solutions. More Poke and Hope!
Still, glad the latest front cap fix doesn't involve letting them loose with an angle grinder, mind you covering the rot doesn't sound like a permanent solution.
We had the front cap replaced completely removed and replaced - not the cut the rot out and stick a platic cap over the remains.Is that the angle grinder job? There have been a few with the caps becoming detached though.
do not think it will make much difference as to were you go to get pictures and details sent off - the dealer was like a clearinghouse for VW HQ - they get the info - put you on a Bodyshop list and take your van off. (that is how it was)Without working through 200 pages and 7 years of this situation is there a recommended dealer in Hampshire/Surrey/Berks/Dorset - frankly will travel for a decent fix to our 2013 t5.1
Good luck. Ours has been to Claridges three times and water is pouring in again. Temporary repair by myself fixed it and so far has lasted three months in really bad weather at times. I agree the guys at Sheffield have been helpful but it is Claridges who have made a bodge of it. I'm almost tempted to keep repairing it myself now as I have no confidence in Claridges at all.Mines at Claridges at this point in time. Speaking to them it seems that the new repair may be similar to the original repair with different adhesives/sealants. So the panel has to come off and a new one painted, dried, set in place, and left for the seal to cure ( if that’s the right term). We’ll see how it goes this time.
Does look like a proper job.
Did they suggest it was worth sending in for repair in this case? I have a small amount of bubbling along the offside only, not sure if to go through the pain of assessment/fixing?I too took my 2015 in for a service, they told me about the recall. They took the rubber seal off and found some very small amounts of blistering, then only half replaced seal, literally it was just dangling there, I was furious, when I called them to report it, I was told the mechanic was very apologetic. How can you not put back what you take off?