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Old 02-25-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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New Owner (2012 Hatchback SEL): Engine Noise, Parcel Shelf/Cargo Shade Questions


I'm a new Ford Focus 2012 Hactchback SEL owner. It offered the best combination of price, fuel economy, quietness, and hatchback-ness out there and drove quite nicely.

I just have a couple questions/comments...

Wind noise is really good. Road noise is okay. But engine noise is kinda bothering me. It's really a low frequency rumble (like below 60 Hz). It's noticeable when I first turn on the engine and is pretty loud whenever the engine is revving, though it's less of a problem when coasting. Is that the norm?

Has anyone had experience with adding sound deadening? ie, dynamat and related materials? Does anyone have experience with how that has improved engine noise? I started calling shops and people were saying that they could also put sound deadening stuff behind the dashboard, but they could only go so far without removing the dash, and that removing the dash would basically double the cost of the job. Anybody have thoughts on that? I'm woefully inexperienced with cars and don't have the time to install the sound deadening stuff myself.

Second, it was carelessness on my part, but I didn't realize that the car (or at least my car) didn't come with a parcel hatch/cargo shade (ie, the retractable thing that covers the trunk). I tried calling my dealer to get one, but they said that the car doesn't even have the retractable option. Is that true? I thought that retractable cover thing was pretty much standard for cars. What do people do to cover the trunk then? I like to keep a bag of supplies and such in the car but I don't want it broken into.

Overall I'm still pleased with the car. Every car out there was going to be a compromise in some way. I would like to take care of the noise if possible, though.


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