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    Thread: Road noise and test drive

    1. 03-11-2012 12:26 PM #1
      Test drove the TDI SEL premium--what's up with the road noise on the highway? Very much considering this car, love the look but the road noise might be a deal breaker..

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      03-11-2012 12:33 PM #2
      I say its the tires, the noise changes with the road surface,, bad choice of tires by VW.

    3. 03-11-2012 12:36 PM #3
      So what would you do? Change out tires and what tires would you install? Would the dealer give a credit towards tires?

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      03-11-2012 03:36 PM #4
      I checked the dealer lot for other Passats for different tires. Had the dealer swap wheels from another car and wound up with Bridgestones instead of the crappy Hankooks.
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      03-11-2012 08:20 PM #5
      My Bridgestones quieted quite a bit after a few hundred miles. They were very loud when I first got the car. Now I notice the road noise in other people's cars but wouldn't go so far as to tell you it's a super quiet car.

    6. 03-11-2012 08:56 PM #6
      Thanks for the replies...downsizing from an Acadia, super quiet ride, I am disappointed in the road noise level of the Passat..

    7. 03-11-2012 09:51 PM #7
      I changed my tires to the conti. DWS tires and it a bit quiter but in no way is the car quite.....actually the car is really really loud over most freeway surfaces. The jetta is much quiter of a car and a bit cheaper if size doesnt matter.

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      03-11-2012 10:47 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by B7Passat View Post
      I changed my tires to the conti. DWS tires and it a bit quiter but in no way is the car quite.....actually the car is really really loud over most freeway surfaces. The jetta is much quiter of a car and a bit cheaper if size doesnt matter.
      Really? In my opinion, it is pretty quiet. Or maybe because I drive SUV most of the time.

    9. 03-11-2012 10:55 PM #9
      As compared to my 2003 jetta, 2007 jetta, 2011 CC, 2006 dodge diesel truck and every new loaner jetta I have driven YES its a very loud car! IMO its the loudest VW I have every driven or owned.

    10. 03-11-2012 11:25 PM #10
      I have excessive amounts of wind noise from both front windows, car only has 5K miles. Have taking it to two dealers and communication with CORP, who stated that this is apart of the Design and it was not an issue.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZptn...CEchcCboJBXrs=

    11. 03-12-2012 01:43 AM #11
      LOL thats a typical VW answer....and the reason I dont have my 2011 CC anymore.

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      03-12-2012 02:10 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by zeplman View Post
      I have excessive amounts of wind noise from both front windows, car only has 5K miles. Have taking it to two dealers and communication with CORP, who stated that this is apart of the Design and it was not an issue.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZptn...CEchcCboJBXrs=
      I just checked that video. I don't have that problem on my 12 Passat.

    13. 03-12-2012 07:36 AM #13
      I have this exact problem (from the video) with my Passat. I too reported to the dealer, and went as far as to road test another Passat (that was unsold) with a tech, and it also had the same problem. Until VW start getting some complaints and come out with a service bulletin on it, the problem will likely remain.

      What really sucks about is that I could have gone out and bought a $10,000 Pontiac and it would have been quieter.

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      03-12-2012 10:15 AM #14
      We test drove 2 different cars (including the one we eventually brought home), and we thought both were perfectly acceptable for the Passat's place in the market - my partner traded an '08 Saab 9-3 Sportcombi, and he was impressed with the Passat's ride/noise levels. Our car isn't Lexus-quiet, but it's not supposed to be.

      We will probably, however, replace the OEM tires with (GASP!!) Goodyear Assurance Comfortreds when the time comes. We did that for Steven's Saab, and it made a big difference in noise and ride comfort. Handling did not suffer one bit, at least for the way we drive.

    15. 03-13-2012 05:27 AM #15
      Zeplman--you do not look like a happy camper and I am afraid that's what I will look like for 30 something grand. My husband really likes the interior and all the options but I drive 80 miles a day to work, 1/2 highway, and I don't have the time or money to fool around with tire changes. Didn't notice the wind cause the road noise was so loud. Drove a Toyota XLE and SE--QUIET and smooth ride but definitely not as nice looking as the Passat.

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      03-13-2012 10:07 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by zeplman View Post
      I have excessive amounts of wind noise from both front windows, car only has 5K miles. Have taking it to two dealers and communication with CORP, who stated that this is apart of the Design and it was not an issue.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZptn...CEchcCboJBXrs=
      That is horrible. I don't know how they can call that normal when most of us don't have that. I get some tire hum on chip seal but wind is fine in my car. Hope you can force a resolution.

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      03-13-2012 10:31 AM #17
      if it makes anybody feel better, I noticed that some of the new arriving inventory are showing up with Bridgestone EL400 instead of the Hankook Optimo...But if you ever had the EL400, they are just as bad when half worn...terrible humming and whining sound.

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      03-13-2012 11:10 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by AsianDude View Post
      if it makes anybody feel better, I noticed that some of the new arriving inventory are showing up with Bridgestone EL400 instead of the Hankook Optimo...But if you ever had the EL400, they are just as bad when half worn...terrible humming and whining sound.
      No wonder! Cause ours came with Bridgestone ones...
      This could be the reason why I get much lower road noise.

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      03-17-2012 03:36 PM #19
      My comfort line TDI is exceptionally quiet, with virtually no wind noise and very minimal road noise. The Canadian TDI comes with 17" wheels as opposed to the 18" and in my test driving I found that the 18" (Hankooks in both cases) wheels were much noisier.

    20. 03-17-2012 07:40 PM #20
      Well went and test drove it one more time. Different Passat, different tires...still couldn't handle the road noise..so i won't be buying a Passat this time around

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      03-17-2012 07:53 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by zeplman View Post
      I have excessive amounts of wind noise from both front windows, car only has 5K miles. Have taking it to two dealers and communication with CORP, who stated that this is apart of the Design and it was not an issue.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZptn...CEchcCboJBXrs=
      Did ths wind noise show itself duing your test drive?

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      03-17-2012 08:04 PM #22
      We've had 2 Audis and a Saab, and our B7 SEL is as quiet or moreso than any car we've had.

    23. 03-17-2012 08:27 PM #23
      Man I wish mine was....unfortuntely mine is just the opposite.... Loudest "Road Noise" car Ive ever owned!

    24. 03-18-2012 07:37 AM #24
      Regarding the wind noise...didn't notice on the first test drive, on the second there was 'some' wind noise from the mirrors but not nearly the wind noise Zeplman has in his video. I am still bumming about this vechicle...it is such a nice looking car inside and out...ended up purchasing a Buick Lacrosse yesterday for the quiet and smooth ride..gas mileage is not going to anywhere near the TDI SEL but i couldn't pass up the quieter ride...husband said that VW was looking into tire changes from the complaints they have received. I also think they have skimped on sound deading materials cause I can't think of any other reason for such road noise..

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      03-18-2012 08:22 AM #25
      There will be some kind of recall if you want to call it, for door and Window seals, vw is aware of it, that's per service manager, he is on a vw commity

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