Auto-Trail cracked interior beneath front roof window (1 Viewer)

Apr 5, 2018
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Auto-Trail Imala 732
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Hi Funsters,

I'm looking at buying a 2018 Auto-Trail Imala.
Wifey noticed what she first thought was a bit of cobweb running down the ceiling beneath the front roof window (above the cupboards over the 2 front seats)
On closer inspection it's a long irregular crack in the internal ceiing liner.
Also, I noticed a sideways crack (3 or 4" ) about half way down the left side of the same roof window, but it looks like someone already filled it, but not too neatly.
The dealer says it is what it is, and Auto-Trail wouldn't cover it under warranty and it's probably a stress crack.
From the ground outside I couldn't see signs of external impact damage on the front "dome" without having steps available
What do peole think ?
Possible external impact that only repaired the dome, or internal stress crack (but what's behind the liner on the inside of the dome if I could take it off ?)
Or poorly fitted roof window that wil eventually allow moisture ingress ?
Is it possible to repair, or just steer clear ?
Photos are attached, and the one of the vertical crack seems to show smoothing of the dimpled surface (zoom in), so has it already been treated and reopened ?
Am I just being too suspicious ???
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Aug 18, 2014
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32,898
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Transit PVC
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16 years since restarting
From the ground outside I couldn't see signs of external impact damage on the front "dome" without having steps available
tell the dealer you want access paltform to see the roof.
If you are asking & having doubts then you probably know the answer as others have already stated.

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Minxy

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Run away from it ... if it has had that sort of damage it's had a big smack on the roof and that means that the structure could be affected at worst, at best the outer has been cracked and repaired badly and you have no idea how much water ingress there has been in the ceiling etc.

There's no way on earth I'd buy a MH with that issue as I'd constantly be concerned about what's to come in the future ... it will certainly change the future value.
 
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Tombola

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I had an imala from new, had so many issues more than just snagging I was glad to get shut of it.

Didnt have them cracks though so its not my ex :)
 
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Jul 6, 2021
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Autotrail Tracker RB
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The crack seems to be adjacent to the clip to secure the opening sunroof - maybe someone has tried opening the sunroof without releasing the clips? Unlikely that would cause a crack in the headlining.
Leave it for someone else to deal with - maybe you should post a comment on the selling dealership’s webpage to see if that prompts them to get it sorted?

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Mar 16, 2017
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I'll say the same thing again, why go to the trouble of inspecting a van for possible faults or problem areas and when you find problems you try to convince yourself that it will somehow be "OK".
You may as well just walk onto a forcourt and say "I'll have that one".
Just think about it, why do we inspect a vehicle before we buy it ?
You did the right thing by looking it over, you found a problem so walk away, or get it at half price and decide if you can risk it.
 
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