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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
The B7 is a quiet car when compared to other sedans but isn't the quietest Passat ever. I think changing the tires will help a lot, especially in rough surfaces. This car is quiet overall, it's just a few small details that can make it even better. I'm sure VW will have everything fixed with the next model year and probably they will do a TSB to get the 2012s to that level. All I can say is that I really like this car and it's worth every single penny.
Specific for road noise, I opted for the undercarriage coating with a selling point being that they spray as much of the front fender wells as possible. We have the hankook optimos and our road noise dropped noticeably.
Majority of road noise is genrated by the vibrations and noise traveling from the fenders to the frame. The door frame can amplify that energy and instigate more resonance/noise. Perhaps we all should look into adding weight to the fenders in the form of coatings to help dampen the noise and give us a wider selection of tires
I know this is a totally different car, but my 2012 Golf 2.5 had some horrible tire noise, and vibes coming from certain road surfaces... came with the conti's, took it to the dealer, they said that I needed to go to a certified Continental dealer... drove to the local Discount Tire where they are the up most professional customer care reps I've ever dealt with, they gave me four brand new Yokohama YK540s which were about three tiers above the conti's and gave me 300 towards that purchase (already put 2500 on those stock tires in a month so full credit was not gonna happen), after that there was a little bit of time for break in and softening of the Yokohama's, but overall 10 X's better Ride with these, and I now have road hazard on them so if I decide one is getting a little low on tread, a nail in the side wall will cure that for only $12.50 for a new road hazard on the new tire! Take your Passat's to a local Discount Tire, and talk to them about the crap that is on your car, they will work with you on getting you off that, and on some good rubber and throw on the life time road hazard for around 48.00 depending on the make of tire!
Again, I know I'm not in a Passat, and it is a really nice car, but trust me, get off those bridgerocks and hancrooks and get on some Yokohama's or what ever Discount says is best for the ride and noise levels... Discount adv me of needing H rating tires because of the German tuned suspensions and the ride will suffer and road noise will be high unless you get on the correct Rated Tire for the brand of car we all drive; Found out the stock tires were rated for American Cars designed and engineered in America... And I needed the correct Rating to fix my problems
Last edited by Steven85; 03-18-2012 at 02:28 PM.
I agree with the other comment about getting better tires. I've had great experiences with the yokohama tires. Here's a site that sells a great spray product too...
Last edited by I800C0LLECT; 03-18-2012 at 02:52 PM.
We ordered a TDI SEL that might arrive in July, assuming all the hail damage problems don’t delay it. With a July delivery, I might wait for a 2013. I asked about getting 17” wheels rather than the 18’s and was told “no can do”.
Has anyone had a dealer swap out wheels during the final purchase process? While the thin tire profile might look good, I like the idea of having more rubber between the steel and the asphalt for a (hopefully) smoother, quieter ride.
Another question: Is the “tire” road noise only with the 18” or both 17” and 18” wheels?
TDI, the only reason to own a Volkswagen.