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Okay, i've owned her for over 6,000 miles now, and I've noticed quite often that she stinks like sulfur. I know this is normal catalytic converter stink, but it seems my Pilot REALLY stinks, almost like there's a leak, because it has overwhelmed me a few times inside the cabin. I tried to blame it on other junky cars around me, but it happens when I'm alone too. Hmm. I stink. HELLLLLLLLLP! Is there a way to test emissions for an exhaust issue like this? What could it be? Jeez, maybe it's normal? It isn't everyday, but the amount I smell seems abnormal. Someone in a parking lot after I got out even said PEEYOO! WHAT STINKS?! Dang, it was my Pilot. Anyone else- or should I have her looked at? I apologize for wasting your time if this is normal. I just don't know what a normal amount is.
 

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I apologize for wasting your time if this is normal. I just don't know what a normal amount is.
Not normal form my Honda experiance.

What type of gas do you use?
 

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REALLY?!

Usually costco or safeway since the gas price hike. Could this be it? I used to only pump Texaco until their prices in particular were at least 20-30 cents MORE per gallon than other stations in town. Just taking advantage, so I got pissed and boycotted them.

I should test this out. I never thought of that, but it makes sense...don't eat onions and garlic kind of thing. So some fuel can give our cars "gas"? Do you know what brand is best?

Thanks for your quick response by the way, N_Jay. :29:

How's the job search, BTW? Any luck? I'm heading back to work next week. I'll miss you guys!
 

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Usually costco or safeway since the gas price hike. Could this be it? I used to only pump Texaco until their prices in particular were at least 20-30 cents MORE per gallon than other stations in town. Just taking advantage, so I got pissed and boycotted them.

I should test this out. I never thought of that, but it makes sense...don't eat onions and garlic kind of thing. So some fuel can give our cars "gas"? Do you know what brand is best?

Thanks for your quick response by the way, N_Jay. :29:

How's the job search, BTW? Any luck? I'm heading back to work next week. I'll miss you guys!
May be just something to try. Some gas is worse than other.
How has your milage been?
 

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I'd think it was the gas, not the vehicle.
 

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I don't think it's your gas. I've been using a variety of different gas, including Costco and Safeway and never get that sulfur smell. Even fully loaded going over a mountain pass, I still don't smell it. I've even asked a friend following me over the mountains and he said no suflur smell.

I suspect it's your catalytic converter that needs to be replaced. I had an 86 honda smell all the time, until they replaced the converter. I also had a Geo Metro do that too. Both times you could smell that sulfur smell even under light engine loads. They also rattled at specific RPM's. Although, I think it was the rattling that convinced them to replace the catalytic converters more than the smell.

It's probably worth having your dealer look at it the next time you have it in.

-Pete
 

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I've used Costco gas almost exclusively for the last 14 months, and not a problem here. I'd guess it's the catalytic converter going bad.
 

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Sulfur smell

Over at another forum where they provide "True Cost to Own", look at the Toyota 4Runner discussions. Seems like the new 4Runner is experiencing some problems with sulfur smell as well. Some point to a vent located in close proximity to the exhaust pipe as the possible culprit. They say if you're smelling sulfur, then you are also probably inhaling carbon monoxide as well.

Maybe over-reacting, but some see it as a serious problem.
 

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Thanks guys, I'm going to have her taken in- having 3 little kids in the car with me, I'm not taking any risks with carbonmonoxide. It seems like this should have happened a lot later if at all. Odd.

N_Jay- my mileage has stayed between 16-18mpg in combined driving, but i've experienced this from the beginning. Maybe a new catalytic converter will = better gas mileage while I'm at it.
 

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It isn't everyday, but the amount I smell seems abnormal. Someone in a parking lot after I got out even said PEEYOO! WHAT STINKS?! Dang, it was my Pilot. Anyone else- or should I have her looked at? I apologize for wasting your time if this is normal. I just don't know what a normal amount is.
I notice a somewhat pungent smell sometimes when I pull into the garage. It doesn't last long. I've never smelled it anywhere else.
 

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How's the job search, BTW? Any luck? I'm heading back to work next week. I'll miss you guys!
I hope your not abandoning us completely? :(
 

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Thanks!!

Thanks for the great excuse. The next time "something" stinks up our car, I'll blame it on the converter and point the wife to this thread :p
 

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I notice a somewhat pungent smell sometimes when I pull into the garage. It doesn't last long. I've never smelled it anywhere else.
Hey Florida_guy-
I notice this smell in my garage too once in a while, but is it very faint. When I smell it on the road, it's usually at highway speeds, or if I've just accelerated hard. Do you have to accelerate up into a garage or anything? My garage is up on a hill, I wonder if this makes it more obvious?
Oh, btw I'm not leaving completely, but life's about to get crazy around here, returning to my old. So I won't have as much time to check the boards.
 

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Oh, btw I'm not leaving completely, but life's about to get crazy around here, returning to my old. So I won't have as much time to check the boards.
Back to the Gap, 74PILOTMOMMY??? :confused:
 

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woops. Meant to type "job".
Yep, back to the Gap. Women's Merchandiser...Was hoping to get back into baby gap, but they need me elsewhere. Bummer. But now I can get you all some good discounts for gaponline during friends and family days. Just be nice to me. ;)
 

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Hey Florida_guy-
I notice this smell in my garage too once in a while, but is it very faint. When I smell it on the road, it's usually at highway speeds, or if I've just accelerated hard. Do you have to accelerate up into a garage or anything? My garage is up on a hill, I wonder if this makes it more obvious?
Oh, btw I'm not leaving completely, but life's about to get crazy around here, returning to my old. So I won't have as much time to check the boards.
No big hill on my driveway. I smell it just as I come to a stop in my garage and not all the time.

Glad to hear you'll still be hanging around! I know all about to hectic to get on as much as I'd like.
 

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I haven't noticed even a whiff since! My gas mileage has recently improved, and I'm using the same gas. If it isn't consistant, I guess there's no real reason to worry?
I'm going to ask about it when I do my recall work. I'm sure they'll do nothing, but at least I'll go on record about it. I'll report back if there's anything interesting.
 

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I thought this was common on today's cars? I smell it on just about every car in front of me, or even walking by their exhaust pipe when the car is on....my Pilot and my GP included. I've really seemed to notice it worse on Nissans....even new ones. And seriously -- a catalytic converter going bad at 6000 miles?? If that's the case they must be getting these parts from like Mongolia or something... :8:

74PILOTMOM, let me warn you now....don't be surprised if the dealer says "it's just normal". :rolleyes:

But really, let us know what they say.
 

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int. cabin exhaust smell at 70mph

Was wondering whether anyone has noticed a faint exhaust smell inside the Pilot when accelerating to 65-75mph [I live in Arizona] I usually have the recirc vents on. The smell is not noticeable/present at any other speeds or when cruising on the highway at 65+.

Tx!
 
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