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      05-23-2005, 07:43 AM   #1
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how to prolong that "new car" smell

Hi All,

Just curious to know how does one go about keeping that "new car smell" in the car for as long as possible - it is addictive almost like puppy breath hehe. im rather silly and tend to close all airvents, windows and the sunroof when there is a truck ahead spewing out large amounts of exhaust fumes.
How long on average does the new smell last in the car and is there a way to prolong its most welcome stay in your car.
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Try not to eat or drink in your vehicle if posible, and dont smoke in your vehicle, that one way to prolong your health.
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Hi All,

Just curious to know how does one go about keeping that "new car smell" in the car for as long as possible - it is addictive almost like puppy breath hehe. im rather silly and tend to close all airvents, windows and the sunroof when there is a truck ahead spewing out large amounts of exhaust fumes.
How long on average does the new smell last in the car and is there a way to prolong its most welcome stay in your car.
Easily!! Use BMW OEM cleaning products! Mine was in my E46 for over 6 months, and was as strong as the day I bought it when i sold the thing...Dont use the crappy stuff, and use leather conditioner even if you have leatherette! the plastci dash cleaner is most important..let me know if you cant get a hold of any...
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Easily!! Use BMW OEM cleaning products! Mine was in my E46 for over 6 months, and was as strong as the day I bought it when i sold the thing...Dont use the crappy stuff, and use leather conditioner even if you have leatherette! the plastci dash cleaner is most important..let me know if you cant get a hold of any...
Either that or a New Car Smell Magictree
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      05-28-2005, 01:53 AM   #5
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Either that or a New Car Smell Magictree
HAHA!! And a lot cheaper too!
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.....how does one go about keeping that "new car smell" in the car for as long as possible?.
-Try not to fart in it.
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It's actually the oils in the leather that give it that smell. Here's my tips:

1. Some BMW dealerships use Lexol and Vinylex. You can get both from any Pep Boys. Not only do they recondition and clean the leather, but they leave that "new car" interior smell.

2. Try to keep the windows up as much as possible when parked even in the garage to prevent the oils from drying. Sun shields help cool the interior when the car is parked outside.

3. Prevent dust build-up on the leather. That desaturates it and dries the oils over time. That means vacuuming the carpet, too, to prevent more dust from flying around.

This isn't a guarantee that your leather will always smell new, and it's different accross certain types of leather and their colors (dye used). But I can tell you that four years of operation and my BMW's interior still smells like it came out of the dealership, without the aid of air fresheners.
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-Try not to fart in it.
I was waiting for that!!
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