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I think this perception of road noise depends heavily on the vehicle you were driving before the Element. I have a black 4WD EX Element that I've owned for just over a month.

I was born fairly deaf in my right ear, and I have a terrible time hearing conversations when I'm driving because my good ear is by the window and my bad ear is toward the passengers. For the first time I can remember, I can easily conduct a conversation in a vehicle while driving (regardless of speed). I think the acoustics of the Element cabin are actually terrific - I find a somewhat natural "reverb" because of the high ceilings that makes it easy for me to hear conversations.

After 1 month of ownership, I find myself still obsessed with this car/truck/SUV/Van. The existence of this owners group is testimony to the passion this vehicle inspires.
 

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Honestly, before getting my E I was slightly concerned about the "road noise" commented on by others in the group, but.....after test driving and getting mine....really there's very little.

Like my husband says..."if they think this is road noise, they need to take a Suzuki Samurai out for a drive!" He used to own one and comments relentlessly on how much quieter, zippier, and just nicer over all the Element is. :)

I've had ONE comment on the "road noise" from my Dad (who, mind you, is a complete nit-picker) while he was riding in the rear with my hubby during the "yay, I got a new car, lets go for a ride in it!" ride. *lol*

Ahem....ok....I'm done. ;)

Angie :D
 

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The road noise appears to be more of a (back seat) issue. During a recent lunch break, I took an Element out for a test drive. One of my co-workers joined me and decided to hang out in the back (I guess to check out the moon roof). He said there was a lot of road noise. I noticed some in the front but nothing out of the ordinary.
 

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Maybe it is a back seat thing...I test drove a couple models and was AMAZED at the LACK of E road noise. Then again, my other car is a convertible. :D

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I seem to have a little different opinion than the others. Anytime the vehicle is over 40 mph, I get a loud "whistling" noise much like a tea kettle. Is this common with everyone else and I"m just being picky or should I have this looked at?
 

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I would get the tea kettle looked at by the dealer. I read somewhere that some roof racks were missing parts that kept the noise down. Personally, I have never even seen an Element in real life. Heh, I am going for a 2004 model next year when I get back to the states. Anywho, my last ride was a 1997 Dodge Neon. Fine automobile. But it had framless door windows. Those things have been whistling since about 10 miles after the warranty expired. :)
 

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i'm w/you guys above...i've owned
1977 chevy pickup
92 plymouth laser
99 ford escort
95 chevy silverado
the honda is the quietest vehicle inside and out that i've owned.
nothing else even compares
 

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OK, the LACK of wind noise is going to get me in trouble.

My previous love was a '98 Jeep Wrangler (soft top), and I could pretty much tell how fast I was going by listening to the wind noise...

I don't know how many times I've looked down at my E's speedometer to see I was going WAYYYY TOOOO FASTTTTTT!

I think the E is oddly quiet with both wind noise and engine noise, but ... I'm coming from a Jeep. I can see the opposite side of the coin, though. Folks from high-end sedans/luxury cars are probably going to find the E a little noiser than they're used to.

Either way, with my new E, I can actually hear my passengers at speeds >= 30MPH, so I'm happy! :lol:
 

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I have my 270 Watt stereo pumped up to loud to worry about road noise..
Really tho, it's not that bad but I'm coming from a 4x4 tacoma so that's probably not the quietest ride out there either.
Eee is very quiet compared to my old CJ7.
 

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I also have noticed that I can converse easier in the E...I have always had difficulty hearing but the acoustics of the E lend themselves to speech.

The tire rumble is quieter than my Accord.
 

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I sold my Isuzu Trooper to get the Element. It was very luxurious and had no road noise to speak of. The only time I heard noise was when I opened the sunroof and would hear the wind whistling pass the roofrack.
After I sold the Trooper I still had my 13 year old Jeep Wrangler which really put things in perspective as far as road noise and bumpy rides. I had to drive the Jeep for 3 months every day until my ELEMENT arrived at the dealership. I can honestly tell you that if you want to REALLY appreciate you ELEMENT try driving a Jeep Wrangler around for a while and the ELEMENT will perform like a Cadillac.
I would say that after driving the Isuzu Trooper, and the Jeep Wrangler the ELEMENTS ride and road noise fits perfectly between the 2 vehicles I had, and for that it is perfect for me. Not to soft and not to hard, just right in my opinion. It's just what you have gotten used to. I may have felt differently had I not owned the Jeep Wrangler to really jostle my perspective.

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My E is quieter than my 2001 Odyssey was, and I'm sure it was quieter than my CRV. I fact, I can hardly hear when I am starting it if it is actually started.
 

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It really depends on what you are comparing it too, or the car you are currently driving. My E is much quieter than my 96 Civic and 99 Integra! A lot less tire roar. Conversations are easier now!
 

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[quote:1a593972c7="mortaaay"]I have my 270 Watt stereo pumped up to loud to worry about road noise..[/quote:1a593972c7]

hah! i was about to post the same thing. i actually took my first trip in it the other day without the stereo cranked (at 900 miles) and was amazed at the sounds-- the smoov shiftin' engine (compared to my '95 chevy lumina), and the surprising lack of road noise at 85mph.

yes, 85mph. chicagoland folks know what i'm talkin' bout :) i-90 is wonderfully devoid of speed traps 6 days out of the week.
 
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