That is funny about the Sega. That smoke certainly permeates everything from cars to computers!
I have only bought one smoker car. It was the 1997 F-250 Light Duty that I use as my firewood, winter, and the truck you leave at the river access when you go kayaking and such. I actually traded for it and it wouldn’t have been worth it if it had been given to me as a look back. I traded a rifle and a laptop computer for it. The rifle was one of those Albanian SKSes which are pretty rare. They are the least common of all those eastern bloc rifles and usually beat to hell. Mine was also in really good shape which I understand is even rarer. I kinda regret letting that go.
Anyway, the truck was a mess. It had been smoked in and was so dirty. I almost wonder if it had been through a flood. One of my neighbors had seen me cleaning it with a garden hose and the streams of muddy water running out onto my driveway. There were also deposits of sand and rocks forming as well. The radio was already toast and the thing just stunk so I decided to disconnect the battery and pressure wash the interior with a mix of carpet cleaner and laundry detergent. I think this was a good move. That neighbor is like “So, you are pressure washing the interior now.” It was that bad.
I was using a large shop vac to suck up all the water and filled two tubs full of mud, rocks, sand, cigarette butts, fast food wrappers, beer bottle tops and can tabs, shell casings, dead mice, and who knows what else. The thing just reeked of all bad smells before I did this. I let the thing dry out for about a week before I reconnected the battery with the windows cracked and a light bulb inside for heat.
This thing was overall a mess and wasn’t worth what I put into it for sure. I would fix one thing and then something else would break. I replaced the serpentine belt and when I released the tension on it, all the fluid would drain out of the power steering pump and the alternator died soon after. It was also a 1997 light duty and they only made this one year. I have the rare VIN number so the parts are really funky and hard to find for my model. Any mechanic who knows these can see them from a mile away because they use 7 lug wheel rims. It was just a strange deal overall and I don’t know why they did this.
The truck is solid now but still a real beater. I have no doubt that rust will take it out before any mechanical failures. I have kept the cab body rust in check but the bed is a lost cause at this point.