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My 2015 QX50 is around 6 months old with 1000 miles on it. Sometimes the air that comes in from the vents when the AC is off smells bad, something like feet! The smel sometimes also comes out when the AC is on. This happens around 20% of the time and it only lasts between 20 seconds to 5 minutes.

One thing that could be causing the problem is that I used to park the car for around two weeks under trees. So leaves and little woods covered the hood. It was then cleaned by the dealer and I never parked again under the trees.

What your guess would the problem be? Anyone had similar issue?

The dealer (without any inspection) is suggesting to replace the cabin air filter! I guess if it is related to the cabin air filter, then the smell would be continuously coming out. what do you think?

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Glad to hear you got it resolved.

Did you by any chance go with an aftermarket filter or get the OEM one?
This might also be a good time to look into the frequency required in changing the cabin filter and keep a spare one around.
 
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