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Musty smell from HVAC in cabin? ... and odors in general entering the cabin?

Reluctant to make a post that sounds like a complaint, but has anyone else experienced a genuinely 'musty' smell emitted from their HVAC upon starting up the car?? It last for a minute or two and is particularly intense as you turn on the HVAC system right at startup. I'm in Florida, so its humid, I get it, but my car is garaged and we've had consistently high heat and little rain for several days. This problem started about 4-6 weeks ago and just isn't going away. Very curious if this is unique to me.


Also, I've noticed that odors in general seem to permeate the I-Pace cabin more easily than any other car I've owned. Is my sense of smell just improving with age or has anyone else experienced this phenomenon?
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Believe it or not, I still have that "new car" smell after 5 months. I know that smell are all the plastics off-gassing but I love it. What I noticed is that with the I-Pace, odor seems to penetrate the cabin easier compared to other cars I've driven. Case in point: I pass thru marijuana stores/dispensaries on my daily commute, and the smell easily comes into the cabin. Some of it smells "skunky."

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Mine is stinky sometimes ... it's lactic acid bacteria growing in the residual condensation water of the AC system ... same bacteria as smelly feet and yogurt. It's a fairly common problem with many cars. Put the blower on high with the AC off and let it run for a few minutes to dry things out. It will smell at first but then go away.
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Not getting the musty smell and I'm in humid Florida as well. I have a fairly sensitive sense of smell as well, for what it's worth. Try Sciencegeek's solution. Hope it works.

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Mine is stinky sometimes ... it's lactic acid bacteria growing in the residual condensation water of the AC system ... same bacteria as smelly feet and yogurt. It's a fairly common problem with many cars. Put the blower on high with the AC off and let it run for a few minutes to dry things out. It will smell at first but then go away.
Now if I could just get rid of the smell of grandchildren's poopy diapers in the garage, car would smell like roses... Something gives me the feeling I've been through this before but I'm too old to remember... 🤪
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I get this smell from time to time as well. I also notice the car lets in a lot of outside smells even with that special cabin option thingy...

I've heard there may be some software update that helps this?
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Mine is stinky sometimes ... it's lactic acid bacteria growing in the residual condensation water of the AC system ... same bacteria as smelly feet and yogurt. It's a fairly common problem with many cars. Put the blower on high with the AC off and let it run for a few minutes to dry things out. It will smell at first but then go away.
What he said.
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Reluctant to make a post that sounds like a complaint, but has anyone else experienced a genuinely 'musty' smell emitted from their HVAC upon starting up the car?? It last for a minute or two and is particularly intense as you turn on the HVAC system right at startup. I'm in Florida, so its humid, I get it, but my car is garaged and we've had consistently high heat and little rain for several days. This problem started about 4-6 weeks ago and just isn't going away. Very curious if this is unique to me.


Also, I've noticed that odors in general seem to permeate the I-Pace cabin more easily than any other car I've owned. Is my sense of smell just improving with age or has anyone else experienced this phenomenon?

Same exact problem...in South FL; began occurring just after they fixed my "leaky" A/C valve a couple months ago. Hmm? Going in for service tomorrow for the Brake Regen Recall so I will mention it to my dealer SA to try to resolve as well.

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Not worth a special trip to the dealer (although my Regen Brake Recall letter just arrived), but when I visit I will lodge a 'service ticket' for it to see if there is some magic software update (sgtpeper, above?) for this.
FYI, I *did* get the "Ionic cabin air filter" option but apparently to no advantage. I've since read on the UK forum others mentioning the ease with which odors enter the I-Pace cabin. Maybe without the fear of CO entering the cabin from an ICE propulsion system, the EV design is more tolerant of air/smell penetration?
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@dtgsrq - That's what I'm talking about as well. Someone said one of the module updates makes the ionic cabin filter work correctly and that after it was done smells stopped entering the cabin as easily.
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