: What does your car smell like?

03-18-07, 01:49 AM
Each car seems to develop its own unique smell with age. My Caddy smells faintly of old guy, cigar smoke, and old cologne because it was owned by an old guy before me. My dads truck smells like a workshop. What do your cars smell like?

03-18-07, 03:21 AM
Depending on whether it's been cleaned lately or it hasn't, it smells like "Little Tree" "Royal Pine" and leather cleaner or tobacco and old Taco Bell.

03-18-07, 07:26 AM
Mine kinda smells... Old food and cleaners that ride on my shoes, and drop onto my driver's floormat. I need to clean it again, but been too busy and tired.

03-18-07, 11:27 AM


03-18-07, 11:36 AM

03-18-07, 11:57 AM
Mine still has that leather scent as well.

I guess my farts must not stink that bad............

03-18-07, 12:00 PM
Wet dog!

03-18-07, 12:06 PM
Like the day it left the factory. Every 90-93 Q45 has a serviceable air freshening unit located under the driver's seat, so every Q45 from that era smells identical.

Also, like White Castle sometimes.

03-18-07, 12:06 PM


Seriously, just a faint Cadillac leathery smell... cleaner spray on some days though...

You guys shouldn't be eating and smoking in your cars... :gothicaleigh: that's disgusting. :p

03-18-07, 12:13 PM

Points for linking Robert Duvall with Leatherique..

03-18-07, 12:33 PM
Leather and cigar smoke.

03-18-07, 12:54 PM

03-18-07, 12:59 PM
Napalm in the morning.

Whoops, that's after I ate White Castle last night!

Mine usually has the faint odor of the new car smell air freshener, because I've got one of those hanging from my parking brake pedal. Although, I'm dying to find the cherry new car freshener scent that my Roadmaster had in it. That was such a good smell and that car reaked of it.

03-18-07, 01:02 PM
Combination of old carpet smell, fabric softener and most days its my cologne that remains in the air...

03-18-07, 02:49 PM
New car scent and freshly conditioned leather. When the rubber mats get full of water after snow/rain it smells like water till I empty them.

03-18-07, 05:50 PM
I love how Cadillac's Nuance leather smells! That's the only leather GM uses that has a real nice smell that stays after a few years. When I sit in a Tahoe or Suburban at work with leather, there's no smell, but when I sit in an Escalade or deVille with that leather it smells oh so good!

03-18-07, 08:07 PM
Mine still has that leather scent as well.

I guess my farts must not stink that bad............

Let's take a vote on that.

03-18-07, 08:15 PM
There's a reason Cadillac's smell so good. They're engineered that way.

New Luxury-Car Specifications: Styling. Performance. Aroma.

For Cadillac, the new-car smell, that ethereal scent of factory freshness, is no longer just a product of chance.

General Motors recently revealed that its Cadillac division had engineered a scent for its vehicles and had been processing it into the leather seats. The scent -- sort of sweet, sort of subliminal -- was created in a lab, was picked by focus groups and is now the aroma of every new Cadillac put on the road.

It even has a name. Nuance.

''You pay the extra money for leather, you don't want it to smell like lighter fluid,'' said James T. Embach, G.M.'s manager for advanced features. ''You want it to smell like a Gucci bag.''

Automakers like G.M. are recasting cars, and particularly luxury vehicles, so that the things that potential buyers smell, hear and touch are increasingly a result of engineering rather than chance.

Ford's Lincoln now uses light- emitting diodes to bathe its sport utilities in a white nighttime interior glow; Volkswagen uses bluish backlighting. General Motors is bringing an Australian sports car to America as a reborn Pontiac GTO muscle car, with a computer-designed roar for the previously quiet engine.

No sense can be taken for granted.

''For many years, we ignored the olfactory sense,'' said Mr. Embach, adding that G.M. has been expanding Nuance across the Cadillac line for several years and is now considering adding it to Buicks.

Certainly, there are different schools of thought about what stimulates customers the right way. Asian automakers tend to focus on eliminating sounds and smells, and that has helped bolster their quality rankings: consider that the most frequent complaint among car buyers is that they hear too much wind noise.

But even companies like Toyota Motor engineer in sounds they think people want to hear. It recently overhauled the tone of the Camry's horn from a bright and friendly pitch to a more macho bark for the American market. Engineering the new-car smell is at the industry's sensory frontier.

Such is the new-car smell's mystique that it can be bought in aerosol form. But thus far, the focus inside the car has been on odor elimination, partly in an effort to remove some fumes that studies have shown can be toxic.

But some see signs of a much broader sensory manipulation ahead in Cadillac's efforts.

The auto supplier Collins & Aikman has a division that specializes in ''aroma quality management'' -- a picture of a big nose hangs in the lobby of the company's headquarters in the Detroit suburbs. The operation makes its money reducing smells, but it is pitching carmakers on adding them.

During a recent visit to one of the company's labs, Siying Chen, a chemist whose skills would not have been needed in the industry a decade ago, opened a clear jar containing a rubber strip and waved her hand to sweep up the bouquet of what smelled like fine leather.

Could she make plastic smell more like leather than leather?

''Of course,'' she said, and offered up a swatch of plastic that both felt and smelled like leather.

The new-car smell need not stop at leather, however. ''We believe there is growth potential in people wanting to be in this big burly S.U.V. with rich walnut and they want it to smell like wood,'' said Jeff Rose, senior vice president at Collins & Aikman.

Wood perfume would be needed, he explained, because wood parts are so heavily lacquered that they ''don't even smell like wood.''

Naturally, there is skepticism.

''We're more about the driving experience,'' said Adrian Von Hooydonk, the president of Designworks USA, BMW's North American design operation.

''We test our cars in all sorts of weather conditions. The interior, if you put it in the sun for a few days, whatever is in there, the solvents or glues, will smell,'' he added. ''And we don't want them to smell bad. But beyond that, I'm not aware of us trying to tweak it into a specific direction.''

While European automakers are puzzled about creating smells, they are not oblivious to the senses. They can be obsessive about engineering the right engine sound, for example.

Likewise, Ford used computers to generate, and focus groups to confirm, a signature rumble for the engine of its redesigned F-150 pickup truck.

Once Ford had its sound, it asked its largest supplier, Visteon, to find a way to get the pickup's engine to make it. ''They came to us and said, 'We have a sound that we want to hear,' '' said Greg Green, a manager in Visteon's air induction department. '' 'We want you to fine-tune the engine so we get that sound.' ''

Visteon added four resonators to the engine's intake system. The devices, which cost a few dollars apiece, produce sound waves tailored to cancel certain sound waves from the engine, peeling back excess white noise to reveal what Mr. Green called ''a classic V-8 sound.''

Mr. Embach of G.M. said Cadillac's smell project began a decade ago, when the company experimented with various manufactured scents. Different luxury cars have long been characterized by the smell of their leathers, but changes were made ''by the tanner based on his or her own nose.''

''The new-car smell was a smell by default,'' he said. ''It wasn't designed or engineered.''

To test its scents, the company brought 340 Cadillac owners together in Houston, presented them with six different Cadillacs and asked them for their impressions of the interiors. Five of the otherwise identical interiors were imbued with different scents and a sixth was a Cadillac in the buff, so to speak.

The owners were asked about everything but smell and they favored the car scented with what would be dubbed Nuance.

''We didn't even want to tip our hands that this was about aromas,'' said Mr. Embach, whose research has also included sniffing dozens of prototype cars at Detroit's annual auto show.

Dr. G. Clotaire Rapaille, the founder of Archetype Discoveries Worldwide, a consumer research firm in Boca Raton, Fla., that advises both the Big Three and the scent industry, said that smell would not be the first impression that a potential car buyer would have, but it could be a deal breaker nonetheless.

He likened the situation to finding out that a beautiful date had bad breath.

''I'm not going to buy a car because of the smell only, I'll buy it because of the look, the identity and the message,'' he said. ''But then I'll get in the car, and smell can be a turnoff.''

Considering that the rise of Nuance has roughly coincided with the resuscitation of the Cadillac brand -- no S.U.V. has more street cred than the Cadillac Escalade -- there is a question here. Most analysts credit the brand's distinctive new designs, which feature hard edges and bold grills and a supersize version of the old reliable Cadillac wreath and crest emblem.

Then again, what if it was the smell?

03-18-07, 08:39 PM
Stale beer, taco bell, mcdonalds, jack in the box, del taco, etc. Basically not something that I really should be taking people in that aren't aware of my lifestyle. :alchi:

03-18-07, 09:35 PM
There's a reason Cadillac's smell so good. They're engineered that way.

Cool Article!

03-18-07, 10:38 PM
link to original site for the NYTimes article. sorry my eyes hurt.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0DE0DF1331F936A15753C1A9659C8B 63&sec=health&spon=&pagewanted=all

03-18-07, 11:17 PM
1981 cpdeville - faint smell of winston cigs and Vitalis (the smell of my grandfather)
1990 eldo spring ed 1 - faint smell of my grandmothers perfume
1990 eldo spring ed 2 - mostly leather
1992 STS - little tree strawberry and origional scent ozium
1994 ETC - little tree new car and irish spring

03-19-07, 11:22 AM
My previous Jags used to smell very authentic way of combination of polished woods and leathers .That's still my fave smell.

03-23-07, 02:00 PM
trust me. I've been in pabstcadillac's car, there is no exageration on the smell.

03-23-07, 05:20 PM
lol, did you sign up just to say that?

Silver Dollar
03-23-07, 05:26 PM
Come on people, this is the Cadillac Forum.

90% of the cars here smell like the dirty laundry bin in nursing home.

03-23-07, 06:52 PM
Is that your attempt at humor?

Silver Dollar
03-24-07, 08:31 AM
Well, it cracked me up. :)

Jonas McFeely
03-26-07, 09:10 AM
My Brougham smells like Marlboro lights and some kind of beach air freshener i got at 7-11,which actually smells good.And up untill last week smelled of stale beer,which is a scent that is all but easy to get out.I made the mistake of letting a drunk friend drink in the back,and he went to throw the empty beer out of the window(which wasnt fully empty) and smashes up against the window,sending shards of glass and beer all over the car and me. My arm still has a cut and i still find slivers of glass...Bastard.

03-26-07, 10:22 AM
lol, did you sign up just to say that?

If you look he joined back in Dec of 2005. blackdog just happens to be a good friend of mine, who has witnessed many of my antics. :alchi:

03-26-07, 10:51 AM
Well, beings it was a good weekend, mine kinda smells like puzzy

03-26-07, 10:56 AM
Well, beings it was a good weekend, mine kinda smells like puzzy

Internet Hi-5! :highfive: :alchi: (Points)

03-26-07, 11:00 AM
Internet Hi-5! :highfive: :alchi: (Points)

Thanks (points for bringin back the hi-5)

03-26-07, 01:58 PM
Mine smells like cake and coffee.

03-26-07, 06:56 PM
I keep my '91 Brougham smelling like leather cleaner/treatment.


03-26-07, 07:48 PM
If you look he joined back in Dec of 2005. blackdog just happens to be a good friend of mine, who has witnessed many of my antics. :alchi:
He's been here since 2005 and that's his first post?

03-27-07, 12:27 AM
He's been here since 2005 and that's his first post?

He's an excellent lurker. :food-snacking: Actually his computer really sucks and he just started logging in again a few months back after I started telling him about the site. He hadn't been on for over a year. :alchi:

03-27-07, 07:17 AM
:cloud9: Still smells like "new car". Ahhhhh.

03-27-07, 07:28 AM
Just got back from the Bristol NASCAR Cup race. Smells like beer, pretzels and arm pits. Fun time though!!

03-27-07, 09:15 AM
:cloud9: Still smells like "new car". Ahhhhh.

Soooooo overrated it's not even funny. The sooner I got my car smelling like a mans domain the more of an extension of my penis it became. :alchi:

03-27-07, 09:43 AM
The sooner I got my car smelling like a mans domain the more of an extension of my penis it became. :alchi:

Hmmm, a problem I don't have. :alchi:

03-27-07, 10:55 AM
After 22 months and 18,000 miles, mine still smells like new.

It's the first vehicle I've ever owned that has never been smoked in.

03-27-07, 11:45 AM

04-03-07, 10:44 AM
Our 1999 Deville smells like the damn burnt oil smell that we can't find the source of. It's gotta go.

Peter Baumgartner
1999 Deville
1991 Alfa Romeo 164L