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Old 05-10-2015, 08:35 AM
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Tobacco smoke filled Rubicon

We found a used Rubicon that we like - and would make an offer on it, except;
It smells like a tobacco forest burned up inside of it. Previous owner was a heavy smoker.
And the odor is heavy and oppressive.

We hope that there's a chance of saving this vehicle by returning it to a clean odor free condition.
We're not buying until we know for sure.

Can it be saved?
Has anyone fixed this sort of problem?
How?

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Things you can do to help but don't think you will ever completely get rid of it.

Found a couple the same way when I was looking and just walked away. If it was a easy solution the dealer would of already got rid of the smell.

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You'll never get it odor free. Smoke gets into everything; inside, under, behind the dash, everything. Of course some detailers will say it can be cleaned. The detailers I know and trust say otherwise. I would walk. That Rubicon's interior is basically destroyed. The only thing that could possibly be worse would be flood damage. I would give another smoker the opportunity to buy it.
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We found a used Rubicon that we like - and would make an offer on it, except;
It smells like a tobacco forest burned up inside of it. Previous owner was a heavy smoker.
And the odor is heavy and oppressive.

We hope that there's a chance of saving this vehicle by returning it to a clean odor free condition.
We're not buying until we know for sure.

Can it be saved?
Has anyone fixed this sort of problem?
How?
Once that residue gets inside the a/c vents it's almost impossible to get out. You'll kick yourself for buying it every single time you turn the heat on; it'll blow ashtray right into your face... Nothing ruins a beautiful clean snowy trail run like the stink of buyers remorse. Be patient, I know how hard that is, the right jeep will come along.
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As the above posters already stated, you'll never get rid of the entire smell. I bought a used car once with the same problem. I shampooed the entire thing twice top to bottom, cleaned out the air vents, added air fresheners and drove with the windows down when I could. After about 6 months you could notice a slight bit of odor but I lived with it. I only paid $1600 for the car and needed transportation.

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I had 2 cars that were previously smoked in. I had to constantly invest in air fresheners and the smell never fully went away.
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you will never get that smell out. I'd look for something else.
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If the smell bothers you, don't buy it. Yes, a detailer could get reduce a lot, but as stated there's a film in the vents and underside of things that have to be disassembled to clean. With time, the smell of the cleaners will fade and the smell of smoke will return.
There's a reason car rental places will fine you for smoking in their cars, and they flip them often.
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We found a used Rubicon that we like - and would make an offer on it, except;
It smells like a tobacco forest burned up inside of it. Previous owner was a heavy smoker.
And the odor is heavy and oppressive.

We hope that there's a chance of saving this vehicle by returning it to a clean odor free condition.
We're not buying until we know for sure.

Can it be saved?
Has anyone fixed this sort of problem?
How?
I agree with everyone else, the smell will never completely come out, of course like others said you can do things to try and mask the smell, but a real deep cleaning is a waste of money in my opinion. When i bought my old XJ the previous owner smoked lightly in it. Fortunate enough for me with a real deep cleaning of all the fabric and what not the smell was noticeably minimal. But with a heavy smoker, not a chance.
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If the smell bothers you, don't buy it. Yes, a detailer could get reduce a lot, but as stated there's a film in the vents and underside of things that have to be disassembled to clean. With time, the smell of the cleaners will fade and the smell of smoke will return.
There's a reason car rental places will fine you for smoking in their cars, and they flip them often.
Dealers use ozone generators and they can do a majority of the work. I purchased a vehicle with bad smoke and an ozone generator. I would run the engine with heat on full blast for 20 - 30 minutes with the ozone generator, then I would run the ozone generator all night for like a week. I no longer smell it and, most importantly, my wife never smells it.
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No, no and no!!!!!!!!!
It's like going to purchase a used home. You can gut it, and repaint, but the smell still re-mains!

I would never buy a vehicle, that has been smoked in....
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I had a 72 Cad one time, it smelled of ciggs ( I don't smoke.. ) I talked to a used car
salesman one day and asked him what he used to remove Tobacco smoke smell.
He said to pour some Coffee grounds into a open dish or pan and put it under the seat.
I did this and after a couple weeks the smell was gone...
The OZONE generator idea is a good one, Hotels use em to remove Cigg. smells from "Non-Smoking" rooms as well as odors from repairs in the bathrooms ( RTV ) and other
adhesives...
Personally I don't know your worrying about , if ya read these threads on this forum the first thing people do is take off the tops and the doors !! You wont smell it then....
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There was a faint smell in my Jeep when I bought it too. Dealer said they would desmoke it for me as part of the deal. They used the Auto Shocker Odor Eliminator from Biocide Systems. I was going to leave it with them for a day but when they explained it really just needed to be set off then left in the Jeep for a day or so I just did it at home. I was more then a bit hesitant if it would work. I followed the directions, let it sit for the weekend (boy that was tough) and aired it out the following Monday with the Freedom panels and windows open. Due to rain I had to seal it back up after that, I was pleasantly surprised that the smoke smell was gone. Even my wife couldn't pick it up.

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If it has permeated the foam in the seats and the fiber and carpeting everywhere, it will be impossible to get rid of. You can steam clean the carpets, and wipe down everything and even steam clean the seats over and over...highly unlikely that the foam will give up that yellow nicotine and chemical molecules. I had a friend try for months- professionally too and he used a few chemicals like Ozium and others stuff. It got better but always smelled nasty. Smoke is just too nasty. He sold it a year later. I could not even bear to sit in it though he could.
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You'll never get it odor free. Smoke gets into everything; inside, under, behind the dash, everything. Of course some detailers will say it can be cleaned. The detailers I know and trust say otherwise. I would walk. That Rubicon's interior is basically destroyed. The only thing that could possibly be worse would be flood damage. I would give another smoker the opportunity to buy it.
I agree, the stuff is hideous and it will never go away. If your spending the money find another one that smells better. The dealers will always tell you a line of BS to get rid of it.
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At minimum you'd have to replace the seats, the top, the carpet, the HVAC hoses, and probably the inside door panels.

Consider that in your price when you make your offer.
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You'll never get it odor free. Smoke gets into everything; inside, under, behind the dash, everything. Of course some detailers will say it can be cleaned. The detailers I know and trust say otherwise. I would walk. That Rubicon's interior is basically destroyed. The only thing that could possibly be worse would be flood damage. I would give another smoker the opportunity to buy it.
Walk away, unless you can get it for half price or less. Then you would need to drive it topless, without doors. The stink will never go away.
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We found a used Rubicon that we like - and would make an offer on it, except; It smells like a tobacco forest burned up inside of it. Previous owner was a heavy smoker. And the odor is heavy and oppressive. We hope that there's a chance of saving this vehicle by returning it to a clean odor free condition. We're not buying until we know for sure. Can it be saved? Has anyone fixed this sort of problem? How?
If you really want the rubicon and think the smell will be there for the the life of the jeep take this thread with you and show it to the seller. And see what $$ can be deducted of the price.
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ha ya a smoker will say it can be cleaned but that is because they have no idea how bad they actually stink.. everybody here is right about walking away.
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fry bacon in the Jeep once a week. bacon makes all things better.
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If you must smoke in a jeep never have the ac on while you do it. Must have the windows always cracked and never roll them up when your done. You have the have a vacuum going on so the smoke doesn't go everywhere and goes right out the windows. Hold that ish outside too when your at a red light. No one likes a stinky keep. Shucks my sisters was rained inside so many times it smelled like worms you go fishing with. No Bueno
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Walk away from it. I am sure at some point you will find what you are looking for that is smoke free. A few months ago I unknowingly had a cigarette butt that I must have walked on remain on my shoe sole and it came off on my mat without me knowing. I couldn't believe how bad it smelled after only a few minutes. I couldn't imagine being in a Jeep owned by a smoker.
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Guilty smoker here that has defiled my jeep. I will say that these vehicles can tolerate smoke much better than the older ones. Probably due to the lack of headliner above where most of the smoke goes. I have heard good things about those odor "bombs" that you set off inside with the heat running full blast. Never tried it though. Best of luck to the OP whatever the decision is.

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You will NEVER get the stench out of it. Find another. If you really want it, offer $5,000.00 less. You'll spend as much trying to decontaminate it over its lifetime.
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If its a Great deal.... An ozonator would probably negate the smell. If its a run of the mill deal - why bother.
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As a cigar and pipe smoker I would never smoke in my house or cars, mainly because my wife would kill me, but I can walk into a smokers home and quickly pick up on the odor. I'd pass on the Jeep, there's too many out there.
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I'd buy it. Smoke smell doesn't bother me. Can you tell I am a smoker? Jeesh, do you all dislike the smell of slow smoked BBQ pulled pork or a nice beef brisket too?
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Lost cause. Pass.

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