2014 Nissan Rogue: Stink Removal
January 28, 2015
Back when I used Meguiar's Whole Car Air Re-Fresher in our long-term Kia Cadenza, it was met with mostly positive reactions. I recently decided to give the same treatment to our Nissan Rogue, but the reactions were anything but positive. Ooops.
The Rogue had a much more offensive smell than the Cadenza when we took delivery of it. It was a very thick synthetic odor that gave me that throat-scratch discomfort. When I informally polled my colleagues, the Nissan was the clear "winner" of the worst smelling car in our fleet.
Buoyed by the last time I used the Re-Fresher, I performed the same treatment. Windows up, air on full and recirculation. Unfortunately, the scent of the Re-Fresher ended up being far too strong.
Jay Kavanagh was the next person to drive it and he had some rather strong complaints. And for good reason, it was pretty awful. So bad, in fact, that he was calling into question my dating choices. Yes, the chemical reaction smelled like really cheap perfume.
The complaints kept rolling in for a few days. It was unpleasant.
Fast forward a few weeks and I decided to sign out the Rogue. The scent of the Re-Fresher is still rather strong, but nowhere near as bad as it was. At least from my point of view, it's an improvement over the throat-scratchy chemical cocktail that once overpowered my senses.
So for all you Rogue owners looking to de-stinkify your car, I'd suggest shortening the treatment time.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 18,800 Miles