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Delorean Smell

Postby Dan 6511 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:59 am

I know a few people have mentioned the infamous delorean smell before, but I'm sure mine is excessive. I don't remember my old car being that bad.

Even if I take the D to work which is about 40 mins drive, I arrive at work stinking of the thing. I have cleaned the seats and even tried driving it with a towel over the seat this morning, but sat here at my desk all I can smell is delorean interior! Its not as if its even a nice quality leather smell, just old musty car smell. I have lee patison's seat covers and the carpet has been cleaned.

Does anyone else suffer this and any idea what part of the interior is letting off so much stink?
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Re: Delorean Smell

Postby andyd » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:35 am

:lol: 80s plastic!!

Have you tried going over all the carpet bits with some kind of odour neutriliser powder. I store it with the windows open in the garage, but dont notice it as being too offensive...

Magic tree in the glovebox ("New Car Scent" :lol: ) also may help mask it.

Although I think most of my interior has been (badly) recovered, so may not have that quality Dunmurry covering...
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Re: Delorean Smell

Postby MikeWard » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:41 am

Mine is the same, my mrs always knows when I've been out in it as my clothes get a distinct smell on them.
I have also got Lee's cover's (although I had the same smell with the original covers so I don't think it's the covers themselves). If I had to guess perhaps it's the underlying foam of the seats which is holding the smell and/or the foam sound deadening on the parcel shelf? :? If it is, I'm not sure how you would go about eliminating the smell short of removing the covers and steam cleaning the foam?

I just accept that it's DeLorean smell and live with it :)
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Re: Delorean Smell

Postby Dan 6511 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:56 am

MikeWard wrote:Mine is the same, my mrs always knows when I've been out in it as my clothes get a distinct smell on them.


Haha same here, but slightly more embarasing when stinking out the office at work :lol:

Its probably normal then, but I just dont remember my old car doing it. Then again it was 10 years newer :shock:
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Re: Delorean Smell

Postby DMC1983 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:13 am

Whilst my interior has a smell, i cant say its that bad or even stains my clothes with the smell either.
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Re: Delorean Smell

Postby CFI » Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:17 pm

MikeWard wrote: If I had to guess perhaps it's the underlying foam of the seats which is holding the smell and/or the foam sound deadening on the parcel shelf? :? If it is, I'm not sure how you would go about eliminating the smell short of removing the covers and steam cleaning the foam?

I just accept that it's DeLorean smell and live with it :)


The smell is mostly from the sound deadening material found both under the parcel shelf and the footwell carpeting. Owners who have replaced both noticed a dramatic improvement in smell.
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Re: Delorean Smell

Postby jerzybondov » Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:26 pm

I know exactly what you mean Dan.

And if you've got a stainless exhaust on it, then you get to smell of fuel too! Especially if you've spent a long time sitting in traffic :dance:
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Re: Delorean Smell

Postby arranj » Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:38 pm

As above mentioned a couple of times, it is certainly from the parcel shelf area sound foam, it stinks - even "new" (old stock) ones do - must be whatever it's made from.
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Re: Delorean Smell

Postby jerzybondov » Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:29 pm

I wonder what they smelt like when they left the factory? Did they ever have that 'new car smell' or did they always smell like this?!
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Re: Delorean Smell

Postby Dan 6511 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:53 pm

Probably always stank Gez. I can't imagine the smell being good based on the quality of the rest of the car :lol:
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