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post #111 of 128 (permalink) Old 04-01-2017, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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I haven't see an reviews or comparison showing noise reduction with the 2.0L. Has anyone been able to confirm if sound level improvement were only applied to the 2.5L models?
I have the 2017 2.0L (18" wheels) and I'm unimpressed with the tyre noise. I even noticed a horrible resonance from the Dunlop Sport Max TT tyres on a couple of roads which I don't get at all with my other car. I put a layer of sound insulation in the trunk but this made no difference. It's hard to understand why Mazda have failed so badly in noise refinement when they have taken care in designing most other aspects of the Mazda 3.
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3-6 dB reduction in the 2017 models (my last car was a 2014 sGT). Not Mercedes quiet, but nice for its segment.

P.S. I had the dealer put on Michelins for both noise and handling.
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3-6 dB reduction in the 2017 models (my last car was a 2014 sGT). Not Mercedes quiet, but nice for its segment.

P.S. I had the dealer put on Michelins for both noise and handling.
Is the 3-6dB reduction (large spread) an accurate sound measurement or a subjective impression? Is that reduction with the Michelins and which tyres did you fit?
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Subjective, but I used to be in the sound business. It is a noticeable difference. The new car has the same Michelins that my 2014 had for the last 2 years.
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I have the 2017 2.0L (18" wheels) and I'm unimpressed with the tyre noise. I even noticed a horrible resonance from the Dunlop Sport Max TT tyres on a couple of roads which I don't get at all with my other car. I put a layer of sound insulation in the trunk but this made no difference. It's hard to understand why Mazda have failed so badly in noise refinement when they have taken care in designing most other aspects of the Mazda 3.
Don't blame the car because the tires are loud. Mazda didn't design them. Get better tires that don't make so much noise.
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Don't blame the car because the tires are loud. Mazda didn't design them. Get better tires that don't make so much noise.
The tyres are Mazda's choice fitted to a new car and customers should not be expected to replace tyres on a new car. That's an entirely fair criticism of Mazda.
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I just got the 2017 Mazda 3 and have no issues with road noise. I would say it is similar to my 2016 Ford Fusion. Maybe just a little bit noisier.
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I just got the 2017 Mazda 3 and have no issues with road noise. I would say it is similar to my 2016 Ford Fusion. Maybe just a little bit noisier.
Which engine?
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I just drove a 2012 Honda Civic a couple times to work. While some (many?) think the 3 is noisy, it's much quieter than the Civic was. This is not a criticism of the Civic (it's older), but the difference certainly made me appreciate my 3 a more.
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The tyres are Mazda's choice fitted to a new car and customers should not be expected to replace tyres on a new car. That's an entirely fair criticism of Mazda.
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Don't blame the car because the tires are loud. Mazda didn't design them. Get better tires that don't make so much noise.
Many manufacturers in the below $40,000 (U.S.) segment choose as OEM tires, those which are not optimum for many users. They do so because of cost, because of wanting to hit a specific fuel economy standard, want a specific weight, performance or other metric. For example my $35,000, 2017 WRX came with Dunlops, which while better than the Dunlops that come on even the highest model version Mazda 3 GT's in the U.S., are far from optimal! In fact, many of us new WRX buyers do the identical thing as new Mazda 3 buyers, changing them very early on, or at least once they wear out, upgrading to a better tire on our replacement set. I changed out my WRX tires to Michelins, just as I am going to change out my Mazda 3's Dunlop SP 5000 to Michelin's -- in fact the day I pick up the car, I will driving over to my tire shop and putting on Michelins.

Not saying this OEM typical lower-grade tires install process is a good one, but it is the cards that buyers across many brands are dealt.

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