First long outing in the new car last weekend! M5 down to Somereset very Nice!
Enjoyed the drive but was disappointed with the level of road noise on anything but the smoothest surface and I was wondering whether any one had found any way of improving the soundproofing.
Anything in particular, tyres/road, wind, creaks or rattles etc causing you the problems?
There is a little bit of wind noise from the drivers door but I am hoping Audi will be able to sort that.
It is the noise from the Tyres. The M5 is not a bad surface and was fairly quiet and the A1 near home is a super smooth new surface and very quiet but the A roads and minor roads where the tarmac is a coarser surface were disappointingly noisy.
I was hoping someone might have found a soundproofing specialist who could quieten things down a bit
What tyres (size and brand) are you running as that will have a big impact on the noise levels.
Alternatively you can start adding sound deadening such as used by the car audiophiles e.g. Dynamat Extreme to the chassis and firewall but that will require pulling up carpets and trim.
Did you not test drive a similar model before buying? I can't say I find the A3 a noisey beast and haven't seen many complaints before.
I remember a thread a while back about the choice of tyres making a difference on the 'noise' impact too.
I must say i don't find the tyres noisy on my car but am running Continental Contact 3 (or 2) if it makes a difference at all.
I went for a specifically quiet rated tyre (Vreidstein Ultrac Cento) but the car is still very noisy in terms of road and tyre roar. Borrowed a 207HDi yesterday and it's like driving a limo on the motorway lol soo quiet on the motorway. I can't imagine what an S-line or S3 with firmer suspension and bigger wheels is like!?
It's only quiet like any car on that smooth modern tarmac, but most surfaces it is below satisfactory with a rough "hollow" drone; I think it's the case that UK road surfaces have not been accounted for when sorting the acoustics of the car. It is an otherwise quiet(ish) car (noisy diesel engine aside at low speeds), but road surface changes can be horrendous sometimes and it is my main bugbear with the car. I found a MK5 Golf TDI to better in this respect somehow.
It's probably not the outright db level of the car that is particularly IMO, it's probably the type of sound.
Last edited by c_w; 17th June 2010 at 22:07.