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Cabin/Road Noise Model 3 w/aero wheels

Dec 2, 2019
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Canada
So I’ve been reading threads where people are using all sorts of after market solutions (sponges, rubber seals etc.) to dampen cabin noise. I also saw a tweet from October of 2019 where Elon more or less acknowledged the issue and said the cabin noise was significantly improved since the October production. What’s the verdict here, I know it’s subjective but this is my main hesitation. It seems to be the only consistent criticism from people who are otherwise super satisfied with the vehicle.
 

BluestarE3

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Apr 2, 2016
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You mention Aero wheels in your title, but not in the body of your post. Do you suspect they are a contributor to road noise? If so, try removing them to see if they improve the situation with your car.
 
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Dec 2, 2019
21
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Canada
You mention Aero wheels in your title, but not in the body of your post. Do you suspect they are a contributor to road noise? If so, try removing them to see if they improve the situation with your car.
I dont have the car yet... I’m looking to get it. I put that in the title as most people who complain about the noise have the standard wheels that come with it... and I wanted to get feedback on that configuration. I’ll put that in my post...
 

BluestarE3

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Apr 2, 2016
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You may want to arrange a test drive or rent/borrow one to see if this is an issue for you. I had read that there have been improvements in sound dampening from the earlier production vehicles. I have a Fall 2018 with Aero wheels and I don't think my older car has excessive road noise. The car is by no means a "land yacht", so I accept and welcome the fact that it has a firm ride, even if that may translate to some road noise from tires, etc. But it's not anything irritating or distracting to me. Most of the time I don't even listen to music so I can enjoy the relative quiet of my ride.
 

Face_Disguise

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Aug 24, 2014
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Took delivery on Friday and the wind noise at speeds over 100km/h is my only complaint, and it's not a major one. I listen to my music loud, so that basically solves the problem! I will maybe look at some of the rubber/sponge solutions eventually. I'm on the 19" inch wheels and I don't find the ride that harsh at all, but I'm coming from an Acura ILX, not a super luxury Mercedes or anything.
 

HAHAyes

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Sep 10, 2019
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I dont have the car yet... I’m looking to get it. I put that in the title as most people who complain about the noise have the standard wheels that come with it... and I wanted to get feedback on that configuration. I’ll put that in my post...
Don't use someone else's complaints as your standard. Take a test drive before you decide to throw money at something that might not even bother you or exist.
 
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Icenks

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Dec 15, 2019
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For the wind noise. Stick a piece of foam in the a pillar from the hole when you open the door.

I did it and it’s gone. Then it rained and the foam got soaking wet. So I took it out.
Still thinking about what to stuff in there that’s more water resistance.

i got mine in dec2019. 2020 model is pretty quiet. Definitely more quiet than my Subaru from before.
Around the same noise level as a Glk.
 

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