Avant rear side window "seal" fix

Kneale Brownson kneale at knitknacks.com
Sat Feb 18 16:46:03 PST 2012

I remember someone describing this "fix" years ago, either here or maybe 
AudiWorld, and reported that the trim piece went back to looking like 
fried bacon relatively quickly.  Sounds like a fun driver for warm climates.

On 2/18/2012 4:32 PM, Tony Hoffman wrote:
> For those of you who own an Avant that has the bunched up/wavy rear side
> trim, my employee just showed me a trick that I can't believe I never
> thought of. He took a heat gun, carefully heated the "rubber" part of the
> trim, and pulled it straight with pliers. Probably 10 minutes each side
> (drivers side was worse on this one) and it looks nearly like new. He said
> he had done this to his former boss' car and it held up well. We shall see
> this summer with the Texas heat, but certainly looks much better and had me
> pretty excited. I've been installing the euro's, took off the roof racks,
> pushde the bumpers in about 3/8", eliminated teh center tail black piece.
> I'm going to eliminate the pinstripe, should have it done this week. I'll
> post a link to pics then.
> I know several others have posted solutions to this, as it was discussed
> recently, but this is an incredibly easy fix, so thought I'd post it.
> BTW, this one is a 1989 100 Avant 5-speed FWD. I bought it from the second
> owner here in Houston. He has owned it for the last 12 years, was in Mass
> for the previous owner for the first 10 years of it's life.
> Wish it were Quattro, but they didn't bring 100 Avant's here in Quattro :(
> At least it's a 5-speed!
> Tony
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