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well - my amazing mechanic - Ernie at Automeister 2 in Kirkland WA - has finished getting the 300D in proper running baseline of maintenance.

now I must rid the car of the weird smell. After taking out the seats and cleaning everything in site - the car still has an old funny smell.

i think this must due to the old horsehair seats (horsehair! yikes) so I want to get rid of them and get new seats - all 3 of them (the two front and the one rear seat plus the rear seat backrest)

anyone know the best way to ensure getting clean, non-smelly good quality seats?

this is going to be a sweet little car. hoping to get another 200k out of it

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Prior to replacing the seats, you may wish to take the seats out of the car and then smell the car. It may or may not be the seats.

Take a good whiff of the seats once you have them out.

I replaced my leather seat covers and horsehair about 5 years ago. The leather was dry and cracked and it was (apparently) impossible to remove the old seat covers without severely ripping them. Vinyl may be a different story--not sure if you have vinyl or leather seat covers. It was difficult to find an upholstery guy to do this job for a good price. The guy that did mine for about $1500 is in Santa Monica, CA. Seats still look and feel soft/nice with regular Lexol treatments and sun visor.
 
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