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If the rear door is open 30-45 degrees, the front door does not have enough clearance to open and close, the rubber seal on front door hits edge of the rear door... making loud popping noise

All my other cars including other model Subaru have almost 1/2 inch clearance.. Ascent is 1/4 inch short ...
 

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Same here. I'm worried about paint damage where it rubs

I remember comments somewhere about the door seal being cut and everyone had the same cut so it was deemed as normal but I'm wondering if that's just Subaru's fix and some of us didn't get the 'fix'
 

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I just tested this on ours. Same issue at that certain degree of rear door open. It's the weatherstripping on the front door hitting the rear. strange, i want my money back.
 

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If the rear door is open 30-45 degrees, the front door does not have enough clearance to open and close, the rubber seal on front door hits edge of the rear door... making loud popping noise

All my other cars including other model Subaru have almost 1/2 inch clearance.. Ascent is 1/4 inch short ...

What trim level do you have? I wonder if it is a different seal for each trim level. I just played with a premium trim and both passenger and driver doors have at least a 1/4 inch gap between the rear door edge and the front door seal.
 

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What trim level do you have? I wonder if it is a different seal for each trim level. I just played with a premium trim and both passenger and driver doors have at least a 1/4 inch gap between the rear door edge and the front door seal.
I have a Premium and the seal hits the rear door on mine.
 

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Just checked mine and it does the same thing. It's slightly worse on the passenger side than the driver's side, which leads me to believe that there might be some wiggle room for a fix. I don't plan to touch it yet unless the dealer can't fix it when I take it in for the 6k oil change in a month or so.
 

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What trim level do you have? I wonder if it is a different seal for each trim level. I just played with a premium trim and both passenger and driver doors have at least a 1/4 inch gap between the rear door edge and the front door seal.
i have Touring

but i checked 6 ascents on the lot , all have exact same problem , open rear door 30-45 degrees..

They all have same doors and door seals

it took me 3 month to realize it.., as i normally don't have rear door half open
 

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The “popping” sound some have described is very muted, but after 30 years in the Field Artillery my hearing is not what it use to be. Since I never have a rear door open, at least partially open, when I’m opening a front door, it’s not an issue for me. I’m sure this issue is found on every 2019 Ascent regardless of trim level. I had to visually verify the rubbing as the sound it makes wasn’t very noticeable.
 

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What trim level do you have? I wonder if it is a different seal for each trim level. I just played with a premium trim and both passenger and driver doors have at least a 1/4 inch gap between the rear door edge and the front door seal.
The “popping” sound some have described is very muted, but after 30 years in the Field Artillery my hearing is not what it use to be. Since I never have a rear door open, at least partially open, when I’m opening a front door, it’s not an issue for me. I’m sure this issue is found on every 2019 Ascent regardless of trim level. I had to visually verify the rubbing as the sound it makes wasn’t very noticeable.
It may come down to how well the seal is seated. Can someone that has the issue try pushing the seal in farther to see if it makes any difference?
 

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It may come down to how well the seal is seated. Can someone that has the issue try pushing the seal in farther to see if it makes any difference?
pushing the seal only help till door closed once.. Seal need to be redesigned IMO
 

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The door seals are held in place by several plastic clips/plugs and appear to be mounted correctly. There is no way to manipulate the seals by pushing them further into a mounting seam/groove like many door seal applications.
 

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I wonder what Subaru's fix will be and how extensive the issue is. If Subaru does not address this issue right away, they could scare off future purchasers. I plan on ordering my Ascent on Monday and take possession in February. If upon my inspection I notice this issue, I will have to have it in writing that it will be repaired at no cost to me.
 

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I wonder what Subaru's fix will be and how extensive the issue is. If Subaru does not address this issue right away, they could scare off future purchasers. I plan on ordering my Ascent on Monday and take possession in February. If upon my inspection I notice this issue, I will have to have it in writing that it will be repaired at no cost to me.
Everybody gets a statement like that in writing.
It's called a warranty.
Save the worries for the engine blowing up, or (in the case of certain Dodge's) the wheels falling off.
 

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Is this really “a door design flaw” ? Or something else ?

Door design flaw or assembly error ? :tango_face_surprise
Sounds like people should take it to their dealer and have it looked at/ fixed under their warranty......Mine does not have this problem so I assume it can be corrected, if taken to a dealer so they can correct it.....
“Door design flaw “ does sound so dramatic though, doesn’t it...:nerd:
 
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