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Does anyone else's car smell like a box of old crayola crayons? I can't figure out what this lingering odor is. :confused:
 

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My friends w203 does and my other friends 2000 Jetta does.

I read somewhere that it is from the interior heating up.
 

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Haha funny to read this, my brothers '01 jetta smelt like a crayon boxeven though he smoked religiously in it. I can't think of the technical term but it's the pad on the back wall of your engine compartment that melts.
 

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Firewall insulation is what it's called I think. And yeah all of those early 2000ish Jettas all smelled like crayons.
 

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ha ha! I did some other research and it could be caused by:

a) The firewall insulation
b) the heating up of the dashboard plastics
c) the adhesive used on the plastic parts

Thanks everyone! :thumbsup:
 

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Just be glad your car doesn't. The smell gets annoying sometimes, especially on long trips. Like sticking your face in a box of crayons for hours..
 

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Once made a car smell like dead fish.
Oh wait, it was. We didn't like the guy, and a carp was placed under his seat.

No crayons though.
 

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MB-Tex interior, The smell never goes away.
My old VW's and Porsche's smelled like rotten carpet in the summer, and oil fumes from the heater boxes in the winter.
 

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MB-Tex interior, The smell never goes away.
My old VW's and Porsche's smelled like rotten carpet in the summer, and oil fumes from the heater boxes in the winter.
W201, W124 and W126 MB-Tex interiors smell like crayons. The leather counterpart does not.

After a good cleaning and thorough detailing, the interior of my 190E doesn't smell like crayons anymore. But the familiar "smell" lingers.
 

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Wax Cabin Air Filter

The reason a lot of the early Jetta's smell like crayons is because they have a wax cabin air filter...I don't think that is the case with the 190's :(
 

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every single one of the MB's that i have had, have smelled like that. even growing up, my grandmother had several 190's... they all smelled the same.... Ive learned to like it, it brings back memories haha to me< its just the smell of a 190E lol
 
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