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Has anyone looked at their weather stripping on the front doors? I brought my Ascent into the dealer to repair some sort of blemish on the leather and to replace the pillar cover.

The service guy is telling me that this slit is "normal"

Perhaps it is hard to tell from the pictures (sorry they are horizontal as I am uploading them. I don't know how to rotate them) but he is saying that the other Ascents on the lot have the same crack/line in the weather stripping. The back doors of the car doesn't have the same slits in the weather stripping.

As for the pillar cover, I think I read somewhere that this was a known problem. The service guy seems to think he can pop it back on despite actually saying the clip is too small for the hole that it pops into. He seems to be reluctant to actually replace the pillar (He says he has to call Subaru first to see if they have a fix.)
 

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can you take some wider shots of the weather strip?

If you think it's not normal, explain to them why. If they say it's normal, ask them why - you just have to put people on the spot sometimes
 

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Ours does. Top and bottom of that buldge in the weather stripping. I never even noticed or would have cared. I think I agree with your sales guy/dealer and say it's normal.

Looks like it's made like that on purpose, maybe as relief cuts.
 

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Ours does. Top and bottom of that buldge in the weather stripping. I never even noticed or would have cared. I think I agree with your sales guy/dealer and say it's normal.

Looks like it's made like that on purpose, maybe as relief cuts.
Subaru must have designed the gasket this way. However, they will catch on your clothing and eventually end up being much larger slits or holes. If Subaru did design the weather stripping to include this slit, then it is a poor design.

It will be interesting to see if Subaru changed the design of the weather stripping, which would explain why some have the slit and some do not. If they did, which weather strip is the improved design?

You could just wait a couple of years and the slits would be there anyway (wear and tear).

Too many fascinating questions to ponder on a newly introduced vehicle!!
 

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Ours does. Top and bottom of that buldge in the weather stripping. I never even noticed or would have cared. I think I agree with your sales guy/dealer and say it's normal.

Looks like it's made like that on purpose, maybe as relief cuts.

My car is the same as well.
 

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I inquired about that a couple of weeks ago. It looks like thats the design of the front passenger and drivers inner door moulding. They are in the exact spot on both sides and they do have slits in the back. We checked another Ascents and the same thing. Must be a new design to prevent wind and cabin noise
 

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I'm assuming they fixed your a pillar by now but incase not they can't just push it back in.... they need to order the clips and re clip the trim in, takes maybe 2 minutes as i head to have mine done as well... it's common to all subarus so the service guys should know what to do
 

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I went in to the dealership thinking my torn weather strip was a defect. The Touring they had in the showroom had the same exact ripped looking weather strip on all four doors. So they claim it's normal. The other models such as Forester, Outback, etc didn't have the same rip from the factory. Below are pics of my ripped from factory mouldings and zoom out of where they are relative to the front and rear door opens. All four doors have the rip.

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As it happens, I had the rear gate and front passenger weather strips replaced shortly after getting the car. (The rear strip had a tear and the passenger door had a small hole.) I also asked about the features discussed here. This one was deemed normal- it was on both of my front doors and those of the other cars at the dealership. It is also on the replacement strip for the passenger door. This was in March; perhaps a change has been made since.
 

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My limited was manufactured in May 2019. If any owners don't see this on their Ascent mouldings, please chime in with your manufacture date so we would know if Subaru had made a fix and us older owners can have the dealers replace ours.
 

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I went in to the dealership thinking my torn weather strip was a defect. The Touring they had in the showroom had the same exact ripped looking weather strip on all four doors. So they claim it's normal. The other models such as Forester, Outback, etc didn't have the same rip from the factory. Below are pics of my ripped from factory mouldings and zoom out of where they are relative to the front and rear door opens. All four doors have the rip.

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It's a vent of some sort. There are circular cut outs, and a slit from or between them. There are more elsewhere on the seals.

Other door seal designs have one, two, five, many (etc) holes instead.

Here's a 2010 Subaru Outback front driver door seal. You can see the whole in the top center, and a slit in the right top most part.

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They (the air slits) do tend to rip more if played with, but, under normal operation, should be fine. Mine still look the same as when I got them.
 
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