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Model S New Car Smell...

Discussion in 'Model S' started by ozweepay, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. ozweepay

    ozweepay Member

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    The New Car Smell (NCS) of my Model S is really potent. More potent than any other new car I've been in, in fact... Does anyone know what it is?

    An old thread on these forums (http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/10770-New-car-smell) says it's actually bad for you, but their Teslas could be very different from today's.

    Second question: do you try and get rid of NCS or preserve it? And to preserve, does that mean windows up and pano closed? :)
     
  2. Zextraterrestrial

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    my 2012 still smells new. it is the leather smell though and not benzine/ other 'toxic' smells although I'm sure the smell that is in the leather can't be 'good' for you.
    oh -the smell of cars with the ionizers is totally different too
     
  3. clx

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    I had the same issue when the car was new - the smell was so bad that I'm worried to put my kid in it. I got the Meguiars Whole Car Air Refresher (Whole Car Air Re-Fresher (Citrus Grove Scent) | Meguiar's) and it helped eliminate some of the smell. The air refresher comes in 3 favors, and they can be picked up from Walmart. Choose the one you like best (hope you are not choosing the "new car smell" favor to get rid of your new car smell :p )
     
  4. fieldalias

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    Mine seemed fine, smelled like every other new car w/ leather I've had.
     
  5. Cyclone

    Cyclone Active Member

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    I rather enjoy that my 2013 has the new car w/ leather scent when I let it sit (so basically each morning).
     
  6. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Mine has been mild from day one and still smells "new", but not much. I notice it more when it has been sitting the hot sun. Otherwise, no oder at all. I garage all day and night at work and home.
     
  7. techdoc

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    Picked up mine yesterday. Smells wonderful - the exact same as pretty much every leather / luxury car I've had in the last 10 years.
     
  8. rjcbox

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    Hate the smell too. However, I don't think this is specific for Tesla, but typical of new cars in general
     
  9. yo mama

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    I like it. Smells like success.
     
  10. johnny

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    Smells like... victory! apoc.jpg
     
  11. blanche

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    I like the smell, but my girlfriend gets nauseous from it. Understandably so. That "new car smell" is basically plastics and sealants off-gassing. Yeah, that's toxic for your health. A lot of that off-gassing comes from steering wheels, dashboards, armrests and seats -- so nothing specific to ICE cars.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_car_smell
     
  12. MassModel3

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    That's the smell of all those chemicals they use to build the batteries. If you check the owner's manual, you'll see that nowhere in there does it recommend breathing at any time. :tongue:

    My S is a 2013 that I got 10 months used. It has cloth seats, and never once did I smell anything other than a typical clean car. My wife likes the air fresheners that stick in the vents, so now-a-days that's about all I smell. It makes sense that it would be the leather, though, but I never noticed anything odd in any of the newer leather loaners either.
     
  13. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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