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Just bought a used 2016 forester premium. Nice car but I noticed today that when I opened the passenger and drivers side doors, on a sunny day after a rainy day, water dripped out of the bottom edge of both front doors. The car was on a slope in my driveway facing uphill. I poured some water between the front and rear doors and the same thing happened. Is this fixable? Also, is this normal? I'm concerned about rust or long -term water problems. Any insight is appreciated.
 

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Yes, the drain holes are all clear on the bottom of the plastic cladding. Looking closely at the door, the design of the bottom cladding shows about a half inch of open space - at the latch side of the door (not the hinge side) where the rubber seal ends. The same on the passenger and drivers doors. Seems like a design that's faulty, but if not normal, then I wonder what's going on....
 

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Mine does that as well if left on slope facing uphill. I’d see that the rear drip holes are not far back enough for the water to come out if not on level surface. Not worried about it. I have added thin, oil like rust proofing agent inside all doors to protect the seams from rusting.
 

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Our vehicles park outside & I've seen this after a heavy rain. Usually it's a very small amount of drainage. Once the residual rain water drains out, no more dripping.

The bottom interior of the door is well coated, my guess, to prevent issues caused by any standing water.

Bobby...

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I just hand washed my 2016 and took the time to lay down to look under the door. I can find no actual drain holes. There is a rubber seal and a large plastic strip. My doors appear to be dry inside. Any drips are from water running off of the exterior seal. Door itself was dry after heavy water sprays.
 
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