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S3 door trims: rust magnet?

DiscoPanda Jun 28, 2007

  1. DiscoPanda

    DiscoPanda Member

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    I was reading on the other S3 forum ('96-'03) about how the plastic trim thats on the bottom of the door has caused rusting due to it trapping moisture/dirt. Is this likely to also happen to the new S3? Or has it been better designed?

    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?t=13861
     
  2. JohnS3

    JohnS3 Active Member

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    The doors no longer have the plastic trims attached to them. But they might still catch leaves and **** behind the wheel arch liners ;)

    Regards, John.
     
  3. DiscoPanda

    DiscoPanda Member

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    Really? lol I was examining 55/56 plate A3's in the car park at work which had them. So the S3's doors are metal all the way?
     
  4. steve184

    steve184 Active Member

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    an S3 is no differnet to any other A3 body-wise and my march 07 A3 has plastic trims at the bottom - so yes they do have plastic trims at the bottom - i for one think this is an extremely good idea since if you ever catch the door on a high kerb or the like it will not rust - plus easier to get repaired dont have to repaint the door. Can't see how these would cause rust, especially since the body of the car is galvanised also.

    I would worry in the slightest.
     
  5. DiscoPanda

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    The 8L was the same setup though - galvanised. 2002 cars are rusting as its a water trap. Sure it saves scraping the paint in the short term but its a bit of a design flaw I feel. Unless they've done somehting differently? :S

    The strip removed from an 8L model S3.

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