Originally Posted by krolholio
...I am unconvinced that any of the noises are "normal" as I was told by the dealer service center last week. I am now due for 5000 mile service, and I I am going to make the tech drive with me when I drop it off.
This is a wise approach, krolholio. Being able to show the service tech exactly what you're experiencing will help them with their diagnosis. Keep us posted on how things go at the dealership!