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Old 09-20-2009, 07:51 AM
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Getting Rid of Cigarette Smell

I am looking at a used X5 and the owner is a smoker. Man does it smell in there. Any suggestions on how to get rid of that odor permanently? I am willing to invest the time to make it go away if I can. This issue could potentially be a deal breaker. Thanks ahead of time for the help. TJCIN
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:08 PM
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u can't do it yourself. As much wash, cleaning the headliner, etc...Got to a professional auto detailer. They generally use a ozone generator in the car to deal with it.

Can't speak for results...as I've never seen a before/after but afaik, the ozone generator does work. That's in conjunction with stuff you can do as well, which is the full interior cleanup, etc.....
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:00 PM
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Several suggestions on the ol'Net...try cut up apple slices on a glass plate,
front and back: couple days. If no luck, the commerical/full tilt boogie route
may be the way to go.
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:16 PM
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Your best bet is to pass on that vehicle. I don't know how sensitive you are to tobacco smoke but I would still be able to smell it no matter what anyone did, short of replacing the entire interior. That's why I would never consider buying a smoker's vehicle or a smoker's house.
Wake up every day that would be a start.
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:29 PM
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Your best bet is to pass on that vehicle.
Agreed. Hot days, rainy days, after it is closed up for a while, you will smell it. Just look for another car.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:08 AM
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I have never smoked and can really smell cigarettes. After some serious thought, I decided to pass on the vehicle. It's amazing to me that people who smoke don't realize how nasty and disgusting that addiction is, Thanks for the input. TJCIN
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Use OZUIM... Unload entire can on the inside from outside and use the key to role up the windows... Let it over night and should be fine.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:10 PM
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chefwong is right the best bet will be an ozone machine.

the service can cost anywhere from $100-200.

best bet though pass on the car.
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