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top up, windows closed, mildly hard stop for traffic lite-exhaust fumes inside big time. what's going on here? dealership worthless. sulfide (rotten eggs) prob. from winter time additives but why inside? easy fix-don't drive in winter. unacceptable! anybody else have this problem? anybody have a fix short of putting the top down?
 

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If it is a really strong odor, you may have a malfunctioning catalytic convertor. I'm not aware of any fuel additives that smell that bad when they burn. I would think you also would have a trouble light or check engine light on, however I would not wait too long to find a dealer to diagnose the problem. If it is a convertor, they only get worse - and fast!
 

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I have never had any issue with exhaust smells, top up or down.

Amazing that the dealer would not be interested, since this is a potenital safety issue.
 

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I experienced a similar problem but the odor was more a chemical or glue odor.
Thanks to this forum, I am convinced that the odor is actually glue used to make the floor :flag boards and that it will go away in time.
 

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bobedwards said:
top up, windows closed, mildly hard stop for traffic lite-exhaust fumes inside big time. what's going on here? dealership worthless. sulfide (rotten eggs) prob. from winter time additives but why inside? easy fix-don't drive in winter. unacceptable! anybody else have this problem? anybody have a fix short of putting the top down?
mswaim is correct, there is no fuel additive that has a sulphurous smell. The culprit is likely your catalytic converter if the smell is indeed sulphurous.

People's perception of smells can be ambiguous. Are you certain the aroma is not similar to "airplane glue" ? If so, jackwells would be correct. It seems the glue smell is worse in hot weather - hence all the recent posts about it.

Here's a test you can do: Buy a CO (carbon monoxide) indicator. They're cheap. We pilots all have them. Try www.sportys.com

If the CO levels are high, a reactive disk turns black, and you have proof positive to present your dealer. This will force them to react. If not, buy a tube of airplane glue and (carefully) compare the aroma.

Please keep us posted.
 

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aviator said:
mswaim is correct, there is no fuel additive that has a sulphurous smell. The culprit is likely your catalytic converter if the smell is indeed sulphurous.

People's perception of smells can be ambiguous. Are you certain the aroma is not similar to "airplane glue" ? If so, jackwells would be correct. It seems the glue smell is worse in hot weather - hence all the recent posts about it.

Here's a test you can do: Buy a CO (carbon monoxide) indicator. They're cheap. We pilots all have them. Try www.sportys.com

If the CO levels are high, a reactive disk turns black, and you have proof positive to present your dealer. This will force them to react. If not, buy a tube of airplane glue and (carefully) compare the aroma.

Please keep us posted.
What a great idea , I tried it and after sniffing the glue I couldn,t find my car.
 
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Glued to XM radio

Threee cheers for XM radio. and golf, and Elvis
So tell me, how in the hell am I going to find NYC after the new fenders are glued on? What's more who the hell will care.


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What a great idea , I tried it and after sniffing the glue I couldn,t find my car.
 

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I was able to see your "little darlin" yesterday....You did some job..

Allen Cadillac was a pleasure. So good that I wrote to Scott Allen complimenting him on his staff.

Love my Corsas :flag
 

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Da nose knows...

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Threee cheers for XM radio. and golf, and Elvis
So tell me, how in the hell am I going to find NYC after the new fenders are glued on? What's more who the hell will care.
So you've been sniffing your fenders already, standby?

Howz the new PC?
 
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Wish I was sniffing my fenders, that would mean it's being worked on. I don't even want to go near the place for fear nothing is being done on it. I will then go ballastic
PC is about 90% back to normal, just a few more things to do. It's like a XLR-V compared to what I was dealing with before.
Bob

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So you've been sniffing your fenders already, standby?

Howz the new PC?
 
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I hate to ask this question, buuuuuuuuuuuuuut, was it being worked on? That dealership is 1st class and anyone in or around OC should be buying or dealing with this very reputable family owned dealership. They will make you a deal you can't refuse.

Bob

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I was able to see your "little darlin" yesterday....You did some job..

Allen Cadillac was a pleasure. So good that I wrote to Scott Allen complimenting him on his staff.

Love my Corsas :flag
 

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Bob, I'd say two or three times now Ihave had that rotten fume smell in my XLR. This happened months ago (in cold weather). I just opened the windows to breathe. Seems to me that I was getting a Check Gas Cap message on the display. This Check Gas Cap message would stay on for a few weeks sometimes. Haven't had this happen for months, though. The dealer had the car to investigate the gas cap error, and it seems like the car would reset itself back to normal after so many gas fill-ups. They did tell me to bring the car in immediately if I got the Check Gas Cap error any more.
 
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Julie,

Does it smell like rotten eggs? If so, it's your catalytic converter and that's probably due to some bad settings on your engine computer. You would probably notice this setting at a light while idleling.
Bob
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Bob, I'd say two or three times now Ihave had that rotten fume smell in my XLR. This happened months ago (in cold weather). I just opened the windows to breathe. Seems to me that I was getting a Check Gas Cap message on the display. This Check Gas Cap message would stay on for a few weeks sometimes. Haven't had this happen for months, though. The dealer had the car to investigate the gas cap error, and it seems like the car would reset itself back to normal after so many gas fill-ups. They did tell me to bring the car in immediately if I got the Check Gas Cap error any more.
 
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Thanks Jack. I just had to stop in today and saw that they had removed everything and Jim Smith, B & F man, said he had all the parts except one little smap clip for holding one side of the bumper on. If he doesn't get it by the time I leave, he will do some rigging of his own. Took some pictues of stripped down version, but took it with an old floppy type digital camera and I have no floppy drive on my new computer, but will get it copied on a stick and then post.
Jim seemed to be very sure he can get it to me in time.

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Bob...Good news, three techs were working on your XLR when I was there. :flag
 
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