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Old 10-03-2011, 07:43 PM   #1
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Road noise is incredibly LOUD

Okay, so I've heard all the reviews for the new 2012 Focus and they all pretty much applaud the car's quietness and lack of road noise. But I have to say, my Focus is freakin' LOUD. My girlfriend was the first to complaint about it, and as much as I'd like to think otherwise, I think she's right.

I can never have a conversation on the phone via Bluetooth above 30 mph or so. And because the Bluetooth sucks (call quality AND connectivity) I decided to use a corded Jabra earpiece that I've had very good luck with in other cars. The verdict? People still have a very, very hard time hearing me above 30 mph and pretty much not all on on the highway.

I got a 2011 Focus rental today while my Titanium is in the shop. The difference in road noise is night and day. At 60 mph the older car is much quieter. It's easier to carry on a conversation with a passenger, and although I haven't used my earpiece yet I bet it's easier to hear me on the other end of the phone too.

My educated guess is that the 18" PS3s are the culprit. I know many of you have boasted how quiet their new Focus is, but I'm wondering if Ford forgot sound sound proofing material in mine, or if the summer tires are to blame.

I would love to some input from others.

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How many miles are on the car? How is the air pressure? does it happen the entire time you are driving? I would take it to the dealer. I work on tons of cars with low pro ps3's and they manage to be quiet. sounds like its in your tires to me.

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Windows open?
The windows open the car is impossible over 30mph . Only with the window closed is it a quiet car.
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How many miles are on the car? How is the air pressure? does it happen the entire time you are driving? I would take it to the dealer. I work on tons of cars with low pro ps3's and they manage to be quiet. sounds like its in your tires to me.

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5,000 or so. Air pressure is at recommended 39 psi. Yes, the entire time.

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Windows open?
The windows open the car is impossible over 30mph . Only with the window closed is it a quiet car.
Of course with the windows closed.

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Of course with the windows closed.

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Yeah probably the tires.
They may be directional tires.. see if they are on backwards?
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If you have the handling package with the beefier suspension/lopro tires, expect a lot more road noise. You should be able to do some research and find some answers, but generally the larger your wheels and the lower profile your tires, the more noise you'll get. The stiffer your suspension the louder your road noise as well. When you have a stiff suspension and low profile tires it's just a recipe for a lot of road noise, there isn't as much insulation from the noise as there is with thicker tires and softer springs.
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If you have the handling package with the beefier suspension/lopro tires, expect a lot more road noise. You should be able to do some research and find some answers, but generally the larger your wheels and the lower profile your tires, the more noise you'll get. The stiffer your suspension the louder your road noise as well. When you have a stiff suspension and low profile tires it's just a recipe for a lot of road noise, there isn't as much insulation from the noise as there is with thicker tires and softer springs.
My '06 Mustang GT w/ 20-inch wheels and plenty of suspension mods doesn't seem as loud (or equally so), and people can hear me fairly well when I'm on the phone in it. Not so much in the Focus.

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I have an SEL with the standard 16.00" aluminum wheels. My wife and I have no problem conversing in the Focus and the bluetooth works very well.

I suggest you check the reviews from customers about your tires and see what they say. There are many reviews on the Tire Rack and Americas Tire store websites.
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check the brands of tires, I"ll bet they are different. I had a set of continentals a few years back; after 50% tread life they were MISERABLE LOUD!

try backing the tire pressure down to 32 PSI see if it helps.
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