Vauxhall Tigra

Friday, 9th of December 2016

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A Vauxhall Tigra question from Louise Leek

I have wet footwells on both driver and passenger sides in my Vauxhall Tigra. As I turn corners I see water leak in from the bottom of the doors. When I open the doors I sometimes see a collection of water by the door`s seal which then leaks onto the footwell. Also as I drive around I can hear water swishing around somewhere. All this only tends to happen in the rain. Can anyone please help me with this problem as I’d like to fix it? Thank you.

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Hi Louise, I have the same problem which has only got worse over the last couple of years and I’m yet to find the solution. I took it to Vauxhall who quoted £150 to investigate but wouldn’t guarantee to find the problem and if they did the cost to fix it would be on top. I`ve just written to Vauxhall to complain and also logged it with Watchdog as it appears that it’s something that is affecting lots of people. If you can please also log it on Watchdog as if enough people make a noise, hopefully they will actually agree to fix without us having to pay for it Katy Cresswell from Berkshire

I had the same problem. The water is leaking out of your speaker housing, onto the door rubber and running into the car at it’s weakest point. Normally water enters the inside of your door through the window rubbers but drains out through the drain holes in the bottom of the door. If these become blocked and the waterproof membrane inside the door perishes the first point of escape is the door`s speakers. The slushing of water that you sometimes hear is the amount of water sitting in the bottom of your doors. This is a common problem in the Tigra. To solve this problem you should unblock the drain holes along the bottom of the doors (near the seal), remove the speaker and apply a waterproof mastic sealant. This saves removing the entire interior door trim and replacing the whole plastic membrane. If you have any problems come back to web-site – Pete from England

My driver’s footwell kept filling with water, in the end they found the seal had gone round the pedal box, it is 2005 Tigra and had only done 12,000 miles at the time. This cost me £360 to repair!!! Water still comes in from the doors, biggest pile of crap I ever bought, unfortunately it’s on finance so I can’t sell it yet Andrea Frazer from England

Hi folks, my girlfriend also has the dreaded drivers wet footwell syndrome! After trying many things i think i may have fixed it. Please note I believe from much research and hours and hours of fiddling around there are actually 3 areas the car leaks from. The biggest one is in underneath the window wiper motor, first step pull up the carpet and remove sound deadening , you will see a cut out where the steering column goes through if you get someone to pour water by the window wiper motor you will actualy see the water coming through under the brake pedal (well there about) it doesn’t take long to see the water come through! You will have to remove scuttle panel and wiper motor to see and seal the area. I used a lot of silicon here and tested it after few days, seems to have done the trick. The second was a lesser leak is on the cill if you pop out the grommets you will see the water come out. I believe this comes into the cill under the wing various holes there again just silicon them up. I think the main culprit here is where the wing joins the cill. And lastly the boot drains (I didn’t have this one but a lot of folks do)... Just a side note the holes I sealed were tiny but the floor was like a pool after heavy rain. I hope this helps as I know it’s incredibly frustrating. Good luck Steven Astbury from England

I’ve gone to my 04 Tigra today and have scooped the water out from my boot, I parked on a hill to see if water might drain from my watery foot wells I’ve had going on for ages. They are still soaked too... help! It’s a nightmare and its stinking so bad! Rebecca from Warwickshire

This is a Vauxhall recall problem. Vauxhall should fix the seals for free as it is an identified fault and can damage the abs system. Tanya from Durham

Hi my car had the same problem and had tried all the suggestions to resolve it, none of which worked. I finally solved it by trial and error. The problem is that there is no ’plastic liner’ behind the door speaker and after a while the water, which enters down the window and would normally run through the door and out of the drain holes at the bottom, causing the rubber around the speaker to perish and allow the water to run into the footwell. You need to remove the door card, be careful as the electrics for the window are in there, then fit/glue a plastic liner behind the speaker. This has worked for mine with no more leaks! Margaret McAloon from Northumberland

I am getting ready to take legal action now as my 08 Tigra Exclusiv - the second one, bought new, has been in and out of the garage for two and a half years having seals replaced, everything checked and carpets dried out. For that whole time we have had a smell of mould and every autumn the problem returns and the footwells are saturated. The mould is in the leather seats and steering wheel and we have to spend ages drying all the windows before we can use it. We can’t keep anything in the boot as it rains large drips off the lid when opened and small space dehumidifiers turn liquid in less that a week due to the amount of water in the car. I am not prepared to give Vauxhall any more attempts at repair as even if they take it to Luton and strip it down they will not be able to replace the seats so the mould will still be present. A big let down as we really loved the car. As we had no problems with the 55 plate we kept for 3 years we thought we had been unlucky with this one, but after reading all the evidence of an inherent fault on the internet we are now veering towards the fact that we were extremely lucky with the first one! Janet McPherson from Somerset

Hi guys I also have both foot wells in my Tigra saturated with water on the pasenger side it comes in through bottom of door i now have a towel there and have to change this every day in wet weather, the driver side I'm not sure where it's geting in yet but i have a puddle now behind the seat it seams everyone I know who have had or know someone with a TIGRA as suffered this problem it really is let down by Vauxhall not entertaining this problem it's no coincidence there's definatly a problem and it needs sorting VAUXHALL !!! So my solution is wellies towels and never buy another VauxHELL Julie from West Yorkshire

Hi guys I also have both foot wells in my Tigra saturated with water on the pasenger side it comes in through bottom of door i now have a towel there and have to change this every day in wet weather, the driver side I'm not sure where it's geting in yet but i have a puddle now behind the seat it seams everyone I know who have had or know someone with a TIGRA as suffered this problem it really is let down by Vauxhall not entertaining this problem it's no coincidence there's definatly a problem and it needs sorting VAUXHALL !!! So my solution is wellies towels and never buy another VauxHELL Julie from West Yorkshire

Hi To add another wow to the Tigra saga, my daughter has had the dreaded water leak through the top of the windows which soaks you when in the car, to solve the problem vauxhall have quoted £1500 pound to fix the leak. One thing we have learned is not to buy another vauxhall convertible. Dale from Bedfordshire

Hi To add another wow to the Tigra saga, my daughter has had the dreaded water leak through the top of the windows which soaks you when in the car, to solve the problem vauxhall have quoted £1500 pound to fix the leak. One thing we have learned is not to buy another vauxhall convertible. Dale from Bedfordshire

Hi, have had on-going problems with water leaks in footwell of driver side but vauxhall original fixed problem back in 2008 stating that it originated from beneath due to blocked seal, and resolved. Unfortunately, problem re-appears when it rains. Have resorted to removing foot mat for a towel to soak up excess water. Hate it when it frost as not only do I have to scrap the external windscreen but internally as well. Today, I have taken car to Vauxhall dealer who how states that it is a common problem with Tigra's and fault lies behind the foot pedals which will cost £650.00 to fix. Now looking to get a more affordable quote from other garages. To be honest. Vauxhall employees. are fully aware that this model has a common fault and should 'recall' them to reticify the problem and not put the onus on fixing their manufacturing fault with the car owner. That is my personal view. Ann from Surrey

Hi, have had on-going problems with water leaks in footwell of driver side but vauxhall original fixed problem back in 2008 stating that it originated from beneath due to blocked seal, and resolved. Unfortunately, problem re-appears when it rains. Have resorted to removing foot mat for a towel to soak up excess water. Hate it when it frost as not only do I have to scrap the external windscreen but internally as well. Today, I have taken car to Vauxhall dealer who how states that it is a common problem with Tigra's and fault lies behind the foot pedals which will cost £650.00 to fix. Now looking to get a more affordable quote from other garages. To be honest. Vauxhall employees. are fully aware that this model has a common fault and should 'recall' them to reticify the problem and not put the onus on fixing their manufacturing fault with the car owner. That is my personal view. Ann from Surrey

Unfortunately I do not have an answer to this question - I wish I had. I've had this problem since I bought my 2005 Tigra from a dealer. The dealer did try and fix the problem and actually spent a fair bit of money trying to sort it out. I then spent a load of my own money with a Vauxhall Dealership attempting to sort it out - all to no avail. It's now 4 years since I bought it and I've still got soaking wet foot-wells. I just put wads of newspapers under the mat and keep changing them weekly. I would dearly love for someone to solve this problem as I really do love the car, but it's always a worry when it starts to rain as I know I'll have soaking wet foot-wells. I think it is disgusting that Vauxhall do not get to grips with this problem and recall all affected cars. Pam Taylor from Worcestershire

Unfortunately I do not have an answer to this question - I wish I had. I've had this problem since I bought my 2005 Tigra from a dealer. The dealer did try and fix the problem and actually spent a fair bit of money trying to sort it out. I then spent a load of my own money with a Vauxhall Dealership attempting to sort it out - all to no avail. It's now 4 years since I bought it and I've still got soaking wet foot-wells. I just put wads of newspapers under the mat and keep changing them weekly. I would dearly love for someone to solve this problem as I really do love the car, but it's always a worry when it starts to rain as I know I'll have soaking wet foot-wells. I think it is disgusting that Vauxhall do not get to grips with this problem and recall all affected cars. Pam Taylor from Worcestershire

I also have the same problem with a pool in the foot well, depending on which way the car is parked depends on the puddle, if its half on curb and half on road then the water will obviously run to the lowest point. This has got me demented as my car is constantly stinking and soaking inside and windows even drip there is that much condensation on them. Personally i think it is coming in from the windscreen next to the wipers, so today that is getting some sealant put on to see if it solves the problem. I also get a lot of water gathering around the door seals and sometimes runs in once the door is opened. Vauxhall want to get this problem sorted as its costing people small fortunes trying to tackle the problems this design of car has when they clearly know they have issues. Kerry from Tyne and Wear

I also have the same problem with a pool in the foot well, depending on which way the car is parked depends on the puddle, if its half on curb and half on road then the water will obviously run to the lowest point. This has got me demented as my car is constantly stinking and soaking inside and windows even drip there is that much condensation on them. Personally i think it is coming in from the windscreen next to the wipers, so today that is getting some sealant put on to see if it solves the problem. I also get a lot of water gathering around the door seals and sometimes runs in once the door is opened. Vauxhall want to get this problem sorted as its costing people small fortunes trying to tackle the problems this design of car has when they clearly know they have issues. Kerry from Tyne and Wear

Finally found where the leak is coming from....behind the break fluid bottle is the servo, well behind that is a black plate that has been bolted in with a seal around it which had turned to mush due to all the water running in and not being able to escape due to leave and dirt through the 2 black flaps which are at each side of the car where the water runs in from the windscreen. the break fluid bottle, servo and the black plate all need to be taken out to re seal the plate as you cant get in to do it properly without removing them. Kerry from Tyne and Wear

Same problems with my 2009 model. Spent a fortune trying all sorts of repairs, all to avail. Components and door latches failing due to corrosion from the wet; utter shed on wheels, constantly soaked interior. Costly finance agreement on this thing which I have tried and failed to get out of; essentially paying a fortune for scrap. I've reported it to Watchdog, hopefully Justice will be done. Fran from West Yorkshire

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