How the hell is a floor mat illegal? The owners manual isn't a law book.
The thing that's good about weathertechs that are vehicle specific is they trap water rather than direct it onto the non-rubber-backed carpet which then leaks through the crappy insulation and onto the floor where it pools and sloshes around. Using universal floor mats will work as well as the user. We use cheap crappy floor mats on fleet cars, some have permanent wading pools and others are fine. All of the cars have permanent white salt stains on the floors. Some people haul in a bunch of snow and crap and others don't.
On the flip side....My current car made it 280k km without weathertechs. One of the first things I did was inspect the wiring behind the drivers kick panel and it was fine. Go figure...I did install weathertechs that I robbed from my previous Mirage though because I haul around kids and we have winter 4 1/2 months out of the year. The passenger mat doesn't have holes in it. The drivers side does but they're on a raised section of the mat so they'll hold a lot of water before draining onto the floor, which has never happened. I guess if you racecar everywhere it'd slosh around enough to maybe work it's way out.
Last edited by Fummins; 03-20-2023 at 12:53 PM.
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