Water Leaks

Tiny
DEAC14
  • 1988 BMW 528

Interior problem 6 cyl Rear Wheel Drive Automatic 182000 miles

I have a wonderful 1988 BMW that is like a child to me. The car has low mileage, excellent performance, and has been well serviced and cared for. When my BMW mechanic asked me to let him know if I ever wanted to sell it, I decided to fix the cosmetics and few aging parts it needed replaced to go another 150K - 200K miles, and keep drive it for enjoyment.

Everything is wonderful, except for a leak that has developed in the rear of the car. When it rains hard, the trunk will get soaked and several times the back seat carpet has gotten soaked as well. I keep it covered all the time now, but I cannot drive the car if it might rain. I have had several repair and body shops try to fix it without success. They have replaced the weather- stripping, blown out all the drains, sealed around the rear window, and even gotten into the trunk while heavy water ran on it.

Do you have any ideas of things they might have missed or not fixed well enough. Please. What would you and where would you look if it were your car? I am not familiar with this service, however I will gladly donate much more if you can help me successfully.
Thank you

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Monday, January 11th, 2010 AT 2:44 AM

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Tiny
DR. HAGERTY
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The doctor is in! I know your problem, the tail light assemblies are leaking past their gaskets. Remove them and seal them with silicone sealer. This should take care of the leak.

Please let us know what happens.

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Monday, January 11th, 2010 AT 8:39 AM
Tiny
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Sorry to say Dr. Hagerty's fix is only one of at least 3 common leak problems with ALL BMW drain systems. I see this is 8 years old now, but finally a class action suit (with comments to Judge approving paltry settlement closing 6/27.17 sill give some 5 series folks some relief leaving everyone else out in the rain.

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Saturday, June 17th, 2017 AT 9:23 PM
Tiny
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Great addition to this thread! Please feel free to help out whenever you are on the site :)

Cheers, Ken

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Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 AT 10:07 AM

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