Does the Car Still Stink? - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: Does the Car Still Stink?

May 02, 2012

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In the wake of yesterday's dealership fail, the homegrown suggestions for ways to end the odor in our Sonic have been pouring in. Here's our first test: baking soda.

I didn't like the idea of having an open box of Arm & Hammer bouncing around in the car, so last night, I decided to put a goodly amount of the powder in a little plastic bowl and cover it with a thin layer of cheesecloth. That would minimize the mess and still allow for the soda to neutralize the smell.

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The rear of the Sonic's console has the perfect holder for what I had hoped would be this odor-stopper. Sadly, I didn't notice a big difference after the baking soda had been in car overnight. But we'll give it a couple more days. If there's no effect, we'll move on to another approach.

We appreciate the ideas so far and we'll test as many as we can. If you have a sure-fire stink-sinker that no one has mentioned yet, please tell us about it. Our noses will thank you.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor


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