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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside? in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Especially after driving the car. My 2012 made this smell too and now my 2013 Vagon. Anybody figure out what ...
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    Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside?

    Especially after driving the car. My 2012 made this smell too and now my 2013 Vagon. Anybody figure out what it is? Maybe some kind of oil on the exhaust from the factory which will go away? The smell kinda make me feel sickish, although it's not real strong. Trying to think of what I could compare it too? Maybe burned Calimari, lol. I have not been hard on the cars so it's definately not trans oil smell. Could it be the brakes? These huge brakes do generate a lot of dust.

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    Re: Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside?

    I have not noticed any unusual smells coming from my '13 v coupe and I have gotten on the gas a few times.

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    I picked up my '13 V Wagon last week and I have noticed an odor in the garage. It only had 35 miles on it so I just assumed It was residue from the manufacturing process burning off. Wasn't very strong or bothersome, but I did notice it.

    Just walked out to the garage and checked. I don't know if it's fading or I'm just getting used to it, but I didn't notice the odor.

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    Re: Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside?

    Might be the material inside the cats burning off or something. It kinda smells like poly foam on a hot exhaust or something, weird smell, never had a car make this smell before. Hopefully it will go away in time, mine is fairly strong.

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    Re: Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside?

    My 2012 V had that smell, I must be use to it, I don't smell it anymore, 1700 miles later..

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    Re: Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside?

    Yes, I have a smell, but that's just the new mufflers fresh from the factory burning off stuff. It goes away after 1k-1500 miles. Nothing to worry about unless the dealer left your plastic door clips taped to yor exhaust, as was once reported here.

    I've changed out enough exhausts on cars to recognize the odor.

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    It should burn off soon. My 300 did it when it was brand new.

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    Re: Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside?

    I don't know. I have a 2013 Vagon. I swear it smells like a dead mouse under the hood. Close to the left strut tower. The coolant has a very similar kind of something dead smell. I have 2000 miles on mine.

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    You said your 2012 had the smell too. Did it go away?? I have a 13 wagon and I don't have the smell.

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    Re: Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside?

    Mine smelled funny when new. I blamed it on the stickers on the cats. And it was me with the door striker post covers on the exhaust manifold. The smells went away after awhile.

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    Re: Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside?

    my wives non -V coupe smells like a wet dog in the garage after it's driven in the rain

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    Re: Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside?



    After 4500 miles my 2012 still had that smell and at 2600 miles my Vagen still has it. The stickers on the cat theory sounds possible, thats about what it smells like. Anyhow it's no big deal, I'm not going to worry about. It is there though for sure, I just opened my door from the house to the garage to clean my wheels with the garage door shut and it stunk up the house a little bit, I do kinda wish it were a more pleasent smell like the new car smell of the interior. Anyhow, after all I've been through it's the least of my problems.

    Are these cars suppose to have door edge guards? My car does not? I was thinking of taking a ride to the autoparts to get some as with my wheelchair I've gotta swing the doors wide to get the chair in and out of the car and they might come in handy at some point.

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    Re: Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside?

    Yes. My 2013 Vagon has that burning smell. Still does after 600+ miles. Dealer said it'll be around for 1k-2k miles.

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    Re: Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside?

    Quote Originally Posted by iupgraded View Post
    Yes. My 2013 Vagon has that burning smell. Still does after 600+ miles. Dealer said it'll be around for 1k-2k miles.
    Quote Originally Posted by 1997BlackETC View Post

    After 4500 miles my 2012 still had that smell and at 2600 miles my Vagen still has it. The stickers on the cat theory sounds possible, thats about what it smells like. Anyhow it's no big deal, I'm not going to worry about. It is there though for sure, I just opened my door from the house to the garage to clean my wheels with the garage door shut and it stunk up the house a little bit, I do kinda wish it were a more pleasent smell like the new car smell of the interior. Anyhow, after all I've been through it's the least of my problems.

    Are these cars suppose to have door edge guards? My car does not? I was thinking of taking a ride to the autoparts to get some as with my wheelchair I've gotta swing the doors wide to get the chair in and out of the car and they might come in handy at some point.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Moroso View Post
    I don't know. I have a 2013 Vagon. I swear it smells like a dead mouse under the hood. Close to the left strut tower. The coolant has a very similar kind of something dead smell. I have 2000 miles on mine.
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    Thank you for bringing my attention to the odor concerns in your new Vs! I'm sorry to hear this has been frustrating for you all, and I'll document this thread's URL where the appropriate GM teams can view it. If you all would like me to document your concerns further or contact your dealer on your behalf, please email me anytime at Katie_Lucille@gmexpert.com.

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    Re: Anybody who has a 2012 or 2013 CTS-V notice a funny smell from the outside?

    My 12 had it, but went away after a day (keep in mind I drove it for the whole day I first got it, probably over 600km in an afternoon, bwahah)...

    I picked up my new 13 end of December, it's been snowing like a mofo so it's just been parked. We had a few days of above freezing so the roads dried up... Took it out today and I could smell it right away... Same smell as my 12 had on day one.

    I actually got stuck in snow in an alley. When I was trying to get unstuck, you could really smell it. (And as a side note, I only had to deal with an alley with snow, but DO NOT DRIVE THE PS2s IN SNOW!!! Bwahahaha)


    To be honest, I wouldn't be concerned at all about it...

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