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I'm very new to Smart. Just picked up my new Blue Passion Coupe last saturday. Have have put over 1k miles enjoying it this past week, although that won't be the norm. Have noticed a burning smell after you shut it off after having driven it for awhile. Now having worked for car dealers for over 3 decades, I'm familiar with the burning smell you get from the protective coatings they apply before shipment, but I thought that would have disappeared by now. Has anyone else experienced this? - Thanks, T.J.
Ps, After reading other members posts after posting mine, I have to assume this is normal, since there's no smoke present and everything seem to be operating normally, but I'd still like to hear opinions. Thanks
 

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I'm very new to Smart. Just picked up my new Blue Passion Coupe last saturday. Have have put over 1k miles enjoying it this past week, although that won't be the norm. Have noticed a burning smell after you shut it off after having driven it for awhile. Now having worked for car dealers for over 3 decades, I'm familiar with the burning smell you get from the protective coatings they apply before shipment, but I thought that would have disappeared by now. Has anyone else experienced this? - Thanks, T.J.
Ps, After reading other members posts after posting mine, I have to assume this is normal, since there's no smoke present and everything seem to be operating normally, but I'd still like to hear opinions. Thanks

I think it's normal. Mine has 3,800 miles on it and I still get a whiff of the burnt smell at the rear of the car. I guess it just takes longer to "cook" everything off the engine. That's not as bad as Jeep Liberty I had, though. I liked the vehicle, but the first 3,000 miles had a skunk-like smell from the engine bay. :eek: Yuck...
 

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It is normal, usually smell is gone at 500 miles (at least in my car). If you opened engine cover, make sure that it is closed properly.


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Most of the stuff in the engine compartment is powder coated and that takes a little longer to burn in (so to speak) You notice it more because the air intake is right by the drivers door so when you get out, you step into the smell.
 

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I get that same smell as well. It smells like cosmoline and I am hopefull that it will burn off. I have 1500 miles on my smart and the odor is noticeable usually on shutdown during a hot day.
 

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There is a sticky label on the exhaust system which has the part number on it which burns off from the exhaust heat. It disappears after a few days.
 

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Mine does that even after 3200 miles... I have a good amount of dust all over the engine, so that might be what I'm smelling. It smells like random dust being baked on a hot engine. I see no indication of leaks... it's part of its charm, I suppose.
 

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Thanks to all of you! I must admit I was a little concerned at the smell, but with everything working so well, I didn't think there was any serious problem, just a nasty little smell! It's really good to know it's not just mine! - T.J.
 

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7000K+ on Farnsworth and still smell the burnt odor every time I park her

New Yellow Bee with 70+ miles is noticibly harsher smell
 

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Hole in Carpet at handbrake is problem.

This is also discussed in other areas,but I fixed my problem of Smell and heat coming from handbrake hole with solutions form American Smart Solution's Cover that valcro in place covering the opening

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the older rear-engine Volkswagens and Porsches seemed to have this "hot engine" type of odor as well...could it be because of the hot exhaust system residing in the engine compartment?
 

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I know it sounds strange but my car smells like cinnamon after a long drive or anytime the engine is well warmed up.

It's actually quite pleasant. =)

As for the concerns about the burning smell, that is normal for any new car. It's a combination of rubber seals settling into place with heat, detergent burning out of the engine components, suspension components flexing and a host of other things just breaking in.
 

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At a thousand miles I have the same rubber burning smell. It doesnt happen all the time though, so if its curing paint, maybe it depends on how long you drive it for.
 

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Chiming in.... 80 miles on my '09, also get the smell, also bad at the rear of the car (which makes sense, since you're walking right by the vent ports over the bumper). I did get it inside the car briefly while doing 55 this morning, but I'm not feeling any heat from the handbrake area. Then again, on my 122k-mile '99 Saturn, if I open the hood after a drive I get the same smell. :shrug:
 

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1400 miles. Still smells when warm. Took it to the dealer and they said they can't smell anything. I'm glad to know now it's not just my nose.
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