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#1 Wildence

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

We live in the apartment block, on the second floor.
Right beneath of our 2nd bedroom (nursery), and our 2nd bathroom is our neighbors garage.
We love having a window open, especially on a nice day. To be honest sometimes we hardly ever close that window only on super hot and cold days.
Our neighbor (very nice family) drives this super old car, and the problem with the car is the horrible fumes that come out of it. Because it is an old car, it takes 10 min or so every day to start it up, and all those fumes go right inside our apartment! He drives his car to work every day. So every morning and evening we get some not so fresh air inside of our apartment. During weekends, its even worse, as they seem to come and go every 5 - 6 hours.
We tried talking to him about the problem, and he was super surprised to hear about it, apparently we are the only ones that complained about the smell coming out of his car.
I should probably mention that they have 2 cars and one garage, the smelly car is always outside and we have hardly seen him park the car inside.
I understand that ITS OUR choice to keep windows open during summer, spring and autumn, but would like to see if anyone has other ideas, and if there is anything we could try doing?
We secretly hope that one day his car will die, but we have been living here for almost 2 years and the car seems to keep going!

#2 MissingInAction

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:28 PM

I hate to be so blunt but if it bothers you so much you're probably going to have to suck it up OR just open the window a little while after he leaves in the morning... if it's a regular time you will know to shut it before the car starts up and then yeah, 10 mins later open it again.  Annoying, yes, but he's hardly going to sell his car to satisfy your needs with something that could easily be prevented by you shutting your window!!

#3 rainycat

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:29 PM

Ah the joys of apartment living.

#4 boatiebabe

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:36 PM

I don't think you can expect them to do much about it.

I think you'll just have to close the window when he starts the car up.

#5 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:44 PM

I think this is just one of those things about apartment living that you have to suck up.

#6 KT1978

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:47 PM

Can you swap car spaces so their car is parked elsewhere?

Maybe even say just due to noise waking bub?

#7 luke's mummu

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

I would keep the window shut unless you know they are out. We had a similar problem with a neighbours car (the block next to us) and there is not much they could do.

Other than sell their car.

#8 SqueakyPeanut

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:53 PM

You know its funny, not so long ago there was a thread from someone living in a unit and left their windows open a couple of times during the really hot days of summer & thru bring baby upset a neighbour & everyone said its her responsibility to think of her neighbours and keep the window closed at all times, but now this poster its bring told to suck it up.

I think personally in units you need to be respectful of your neighbours so in this instance it would be more neighbourly if they garaged the stinky car & parked the other one under your window.  Maybe try bringing it up with them again?

#9 Cyaira

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

Is the vehicle smokey or just smelly?

#10 Wildence

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:25 PM

QUOTE (SqueakyPeanut @ 12/02/2013, 03:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You know its funny, not so long ago there was a thread from someone living in a unit and left their windows open a couple of times during the really hot days of summer & thru bring baby upset a neighbour & everyone said its her responsibility to think of her neighbours and keep the window closed at all times, but now this poster its bring told to suck it up.

HA, can never win original.gif

#11 Wildence

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:26 PM

QUOTE (KT1978 @ 12/02/2013, 03:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can you swap car spaces so their car is parked elsewhere?

Maybe even say just due to noise waking bub?

We tried asking them to do it, but by law its their space / garage, so cant really expect them to park elsewhere.

#12 Phascogale

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

Might be worth a call to the EPA about the cars emissions.  Even just for advice as the fumes, although annoying, may be legal.

He may have to get the car tested.

Edited by Phascogale, 12 February 2013 - 03:28 PM.

#13 Wildence

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

QUOTE (~*Twilight~Zone*~ @ 12/02/2013, 04:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's what I was going to ask?  I thought there were laws about car emmissions and what is reasonable.

It is not smokey, but it just burns fuel in a funny way and leave this stink.

#14 kpingitquiet

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

A lot of emissions laws don't apply to older cars.

OP, it sucks but it's just a fact of life, apt or otherwise. We have  600sqm allll to ourselves and on one side have a drunk redneck who slams weights around at 1030pm, revs his motorcycle and never goes anywhere, has a dog who howls at every passing siren... we have another neighbor who drives a bigass flatbed for work which sounds like a train passing by when he starts it up each morning at 6am, and they also burn fires in their wood heater anytime the temp drops below 17 and (as best we can guess) fuel that fire with mostly green wood, plastic, and random bits of garbage, the smoke from which blows in a consistent downward pattern straight through our backyard and straight into our house, so it looks like the foggy moors of Scotland! biggrin.gif

Close your window or get a fan that points outward that you turn on during his leaving/arrival times.

#15 Cyaira

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:41 PM

QUOTE (Phascogale @ 12/02/2013, 04:28 PM)
Might be worth a call to the EPA about the cars emissions.  Even just for advice as the fumes, although annoying, may be legal.

He may have to get the car tested.

This is why I asked about smoke. EPA can send a warning letter for smoke if you report it. Fumes? Nah.
Requiring emissions testing or giving a fine is not done on public reports.

ETA: I'm referring to NSW but most states are similar.

Edited by Cyaira, 12 February 2013 - 03:42 PM.

#16 Soontobegran

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:11 PM

I am guessing if it smells so badly it is emitting some pretty toxic substances and you should report it to the EPA.
Old cars are not built with the same emission control features as newer cars but it doesn't mean they can escape conviction if they are spewing out rubbish.

#17 JRA

Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:10 PM

A car being old doesn't mean it needs to idle or rev for 10 minutes before it can be driven

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