Just bought a volkswagon golf but theres one annoying problem

Bought today but only get to drive it on thurs. There is a sort of stuffy air to the car if you know what i mean and doesnt make the driving feel as good.

Its not long since had a valet and the garage said it may air off within a week. Is there any way i can get rid of the damp air inside it? apart from piling it with air fresheners.

Or is it best to just leave it and wait for it to air off.

Another thing, anyone know any really good scratch remover things that work. Its a black car and got quite a few visible scratches as you'd expect from a black car.

Thanks to all replies.

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can you not leave windows open over night ?? i mean if it in garage or some where safe

Ive had 3 golfs over the years and every single one had leaky door panels. I dont mean the doors leaked themselves, i mean inside the door there is a plastic sheet that stops the water that runs down your window form coming into the car. Every golf i had, 1996, 1999, 2003 all had the problem after a while. So you might have a problem there causing the damp. If not then just leave it in the sun with all the windows and boot open, that should clear it out.

For the scratches, nothing truely works forever, i found waxing it did the best job of all the stuff i tried.

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vicknanth;2411834

can you not leave windows open over night ?? i mean if it in garage or … can you not leave windows open over night ?? i mean if it in garage or some where safe



not really the best idea in my area lol. Only park it in the driveway but still that risky round here l:thinking:

Tcut to remove the marks m8, make sure you get the right one for your paint ie mettalic etc or a touch up pen (but this can be hard as the paint will never match up 100%) is there anyway you can leave the windows open for a few hours a day (ie is it parked on your drive etc)

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ThePasty;2411838

Ive had 3 golfs over the years and every single one had leaky door … Ive had 3 golfs over the years and every single one had leaky door panels. I dont mean the doors leaked themselves, i mean inside the door there is a plastic sheet that stops the water that runs down your window form coming into the car. Every golf i had, 1996, 1999, 2003 all had the problem after a while. So you might have a problem there causing the damp. If not then just leave it in the sun with all the windows and boot open, that should clear it out.For the scratches, nothing truely works forever, i found waxing it did the best job of all the stuff i tried.



cheers for the post. So do you know if there is any way of fixing the door seal panels?

This is a 2001 Golf, test drove it today and thats the only thing i would say about it.

Chose it over a 2005 Seat Ibiza... mainly coz i wanted a black golf all along. Did i make the right choice though?

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Dub1;2411851

Tcut to remove the marks m8, make sure you get the right one for your … Tcut to remove the marks m8, make sure you get the right one for your paint ie mettalic etc or a touch up pen (but this can be hard as the paint will never match up 100%) is there anyway you can leave the windows open for a few hours a day (ie is it parked on your drive etc)



Cheers mate, ill look into investing some money in that.

To soak up damp you could try leaving a plastic tub half full of 'salt' inside on your boot lid, and to remove scratches a bottle of T-Cut can be had from your local garage for about £6. Be careful with the T-cut though, it's strong stuff and only needs the tiniest bit applied to scratches. It uses paint surrounding the scratch to try and cover it up, I'd recommend trying it on a small area first to test, and read the instructions before use! What year of Golf did you get? If it's fairly new I'd demand the dealer sort it out :thumbsup:

ok just called my dad he has a bmw convertable and when he first got it he had the same problem as you it stunk of damp as it had a leak, he said fill a sock or a sock washbag with decent cat litter (the type that really absorbs) thats what he done and it worked good + try some of that pot puree (not sure if thats the correct spelling lol)

Auto Glym is fantastic polish which also mildly cuts the old paint back, used to be recommended by Bentley I think. has a couple of royal warrants so can't be bad: google.co.uk/pro…tle

SHINY SHINE SHINE ( can you do mine afterwards ?? give you a tenner for a cut n' polish ;-) )

Can you not just go for a nice speedy drive (within speed limits of course:whistling:) with the windows open to get the air circulating through the car and give it a good airing? A nice day like today with the hot air will do wonders! Also gives you a good feel for the car.
Mind you with todays prices for fuel may be an expensive trip!

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Dub1;2411909

ok just called my dad he has a bmw convertable and when he first got it … ok just called my dad he has a bmw convertable and when he first got it he had the same problem as you it stunk of damp as it had a leak, he said fill a sock or a sock washbag with decent cat litter (the type that really absorbs) thats what he done and it worked good + try some of that pot puree (not sure if thats the correct spelling lol)



thanks for the info, i might try it act, have to invest in some cat litter first though. Thanks again.

If you have some damp you could use something like this. Stick them in the car and it will soak up the damp.

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Cheers to everyone who has replied. Going to definately try some of the things wrote on here. Maybe not the best idea to lreave the windows open overnight lol.

Grateful for all the replies and gave rep where i felt necessary.

Keep the replies coming

Thanks again

This sounds daft but if the scratches are very minor then you could go over them with a wax crayon and then polish off afterwards. The wax that has gone down into the scratch should stay in there making the scratch a bit less visible. Worked for me anyway!

If that doesn't work and you buy a tin of touch up paint then make sure you also buy a really fine artist's brush - the brushes included with the touch up paint are way too big.
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