What I found today is pretty interesting.
While at the muffler shop, I and "the muffler guy" were looking over the car and I popped the trunklid to inspect the seal and water damage.
He stuck his hand up under the left side of the fender and felt water. Imagine that.
We determined that the missing lower left corner of the window seal on the outside was definetly contributing to the leak. At the top, the seal is lifting out of the channel and has about 5 or 6 waves in it.
NOW, the trunklid seal at the left corner is not like the right corner. It'* missing piece of the trim at the corner, leaving a nice open area for water to flow...
The two missing chunks of seal, plus the lifted area at the top, MUST be where the leak is originating from.
The car salesman, when asked about this problem the first time I looked at the car and before I discovered the puddle in the spare tirewell after we bought it...assured me, since he said he'd worked in the autoglass industry for a number of years and his dad had a similar car with a similar leak and foggy taillight lenses...that this wasn't the problem!!!
Of course, we bought the car "as is", with no repairs implied or promised, but, this gentleman was asked about the problem, and I believe misled me.
I'll mention now that we test drove the car, not knowing the brakelights weren't working---the hazard lights were out, too---and the horn!
They fixed all this because it'* a safety feature(*). Had to.
I contend that because the salesman denied the trunk/window seals were a problem, yet, the car exhibited quite a bit of INSIDE condensation on the FRONT WINDSHIELD as well, this, too, is a safety issue and should be taken care of by the dealer...
To keep good PR
, I think it wouldn't cost the dealer too much to just replace these two seals and send me down the road with a dry car instead of a $5000+ water bucket.