Air fresheners?

NOLA_TDI

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Does anyone have a clue how to spruce up the funky smell that lingers inside my near 10 year old TDI? I really can't stand the air fresheners that you can purchase at Wal-Mart, unless you have a good suggestion. Those don't seem to last long at all.

Boy, do I wish this car still smelled like the day it came off the lot!!! :)
 

shegel

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Jan 1, 2007
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bonney lake
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99.5 jetta 2015 Passat
I was really happy with those little air de-ionizers you can get for like 10 bucks at autozone.
 

Lefty

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Lazear,Colorado Population 60
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Jetta, 2000,Green GLS
NOLA_TDI said:
Does anyone have a clue how to spruce up the funky smell that lingers inside my near 10 year old TDI? I really can't stand the air fresheners that you can purchase at Wal-Mart, unless you have a good suggestion. Those don't seem to last long at all.

Boy, do I wish this car still smelled like the day it came off the lot!!! :)
I believe they sell a new car smelling freshener.
 

greensideup

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Sep 30, 2009
Location
cambridge Ontario
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2009 jetta
Sprinkle baking soda around fabric and floor .Then deep vacum. Leave bakingsoda box open under seat.Check with a dealer I do believe there is a filter that should be changed.
 

Lefty

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Lazear,Colorado Population 60
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Jetta, 2000,Green GLS
NOLA_TDI said:
Does anyone have a clue how to spruce up the funky smell that lingers inside my near 10 year old TDI? I really can't stand the air fresheners that you can purchase at Wal-Mart, unless you have a good suggestion. Those don't seem to last long at all.

Boy, do I wish this car still smelled like the day it came off the lot!!! :)
Have you changed out the Cabin filter?
 

fixumrich

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Mar 13, 2006
Location
live wash . shop in portland
TDI
2001 bug
Remove the wiper arm's . Remove the Window rain cowling . Chances are there is enough leafs and compost in their to start a small garden . Vacuum all the stuff up . Remove or replace the cabin filter . Now with a bright lite check the cabin filter housing seal . Signs of water . If so you can remove the housing and apply a little ( Dirko) on seal and reinstall . Now you can re-assemble in reverse order . For a constant good smell you can hot glue a Dryer sheet to the top of the new cabin filter .
Have had a lot of stinky nasty cars over the years . Good luck ! R
 

daedalus

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Aug 3, 2005
Location
Pittstown NJ
TDI
05 Variant TDI Black w/Gray
We always used Ozium spray in the back of ambulances. Trust me, you can get a lot of really funky odors there! It seems to somehow neutralize the stink, not just cover it up. It does have a bit of a pefumey smell at first but when that dissipates the original offending smell is gone.
 

Phil_R

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Sep 28, 2002
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Live Oak, FL
TDI
2000 Golf GLS TDI
Hunter's Specialties "Scent-A-Way" is good at both eleminating and preventing odors. Scent-A-Way is odorless itself, no perfume smell to irritate you. Available in the hunting section of my local Walmart... should find it nearly anywhere hunting supplies are sold.
 

F250_JR

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Birmingham
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2005.5 Jetta TDI Special Edition
I have had good luck with ozium spray in rental cars with weird smells. For my car, it is not really old, and I have kept it clean during my ownership, so there aren't any bad smells inside. The single scent I like just to keep my car smelling nice is leather scent...you can get cheapo ones from Wal Mart or Autozone, but they don't smell like real leather. I use Yankee Candles Car Jars...more expensive, but they last longer and smell good.
 

Funguy

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Front Range of Colorado
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2015 Golf Sportwagen dsg and 2015 Passat 6 M/T
Stuff a sock or fabric bag with some cedar shavings like they use for small animals. You can add some cedar oil to juice it up.
 
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