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Old 01-23-2009, 05:28 PM   #1
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2001 black leather "aroma"

So Carl tells me that when he used to sell Saabs, that the 2001 9-5 with black leather supposedly has a certain smell to it. Something to do with off-gassing of adhesives or something.

Scott told me the same thing about 9000 aeros (although his story was something about cows that eat fish or some weird thing).

Anyone else experienced this?

My wagon is one such car, and sometimes I wondered if my cabin filter (which is new) is dirty (which is can't be).

I think I might just have the Saab "aroma".

Anyone?
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:01 PM   #2
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your not the only one.... as i work for a saab dealer i can atest to the aroma... it is the leather and has nothing to do with color... my g/f's aero smells a lot like crayons which i have found to be the same for the rest in the 99-03 year range.... after that the smell no longer seems to be present. perhaps change in leather or adhesives....

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When I was 17 I bought my first car, a 1996 900SE Coupe, Black on Black Leather. The purchase decision was based in part, on smell. That car had only 69,000 miles. That was in 1999.

I miss that car, that smell has only got weaker with time.

I know what you mean!
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your not the only one.... as i work for a saab dealer i can atest to the aroma... it is the leather and has nothing to do with color... my g/f's aero smells a lot like crayons which i have found to be the same for the rest in the 99-03 year range.... after that the smell no longer seems to be present. perhaps change in leather or adhesives....

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i was told the crayon smell is water gettin in something somehow. i forget exactly...

our 99 lpt has the crayon smell. then again i found mummified fench fries inside the dash when i repaired the blend door on the acc system
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:07 AM   #6
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i was told the crayon smell is water gettin in something somehow. i forget exactly...

our 99 lpt has the crayon smell. then again i found mummified fench fries inside the dash when i repaired the blend door on the acc system
I can't find water anywhere... The "crayon smell" is the best way to describe it too, ha.
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Something to do with off-gassing of adhesives or something.
I have heard this many times when working at a Benz dealership. From what I remember it has to do with the plastics in a car and the seat pads.
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I believe the crayon smell is related to the carpet underlay. Many MB's and VW's used the same stuff, and they have similar complaints.
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:07 AM   #9
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I actually heard that it was from the toddlers that they let design and build their cars, their parents still haven't taught them to pick up their toys. So once in a while a crayon or two gets stuck between the cushion and leather in the seat, and under the carpeting, you know how it goes. When they grow up, it doesn't get any better. They just begin to leave their wrenches under the hood, and socket extensions in the cabin air fan.
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