i have the exact same issue... the dealership replaced the struts 2 weeks after i bought the E (used, with 50K miles on it), as i'd complained of the same noises... well, even with new struts, it still makes the noise. more like a "twang" that you'd hear when metal cable is stretching. only happens with coming to a complete stop. i have nearly 80K miles on it now, and the noise has not gotten any better or worse, and it's intermitent. i'd say ~50% of the time when coming to a stop it will "twang."