A Subaru question......................

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:08
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No I am not buying one.

My tyre bloke has a customer with a 2005 Subaru Forester. The customer is VERY UNHAPPY with the noise levels in this vehicle especially on gravel roads. The tyre man is at a loss as to what it may be. So he has asked me to put the question to you.

Offhand, I have suggested

A. That the new wagons are all made of plastic and that road noise is a built in factor. (Our Xtrail is noisy on dirt roads)

B. The tyres have a noisy disposition( Customer runs the Yokohama Geolanders at 30psi)

Any advice or comments about Subaru's and tyres will be welcomed.

Smart arse comments from known protagonists and stirrers will be dealt with accordingly....LOL

Cheers
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:20

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:20
Hmmpphhhh ... you're no fun at all Willem :)))))))

p.s. Looks like you've scared everyone else off
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:55

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:55
Yes Gramps, I should de-tone my profile a tad, eh?...lol

Anyway will be gone for 3 to 4 weeks from Saturday, so you can all take a breather...hahahahahahaha

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:03

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:03
hahahaha Naahhhhh I think you've got them thinking. Should be an interesting evening LOLOL

You guys stay safe on your trip. We're all looking forward to the 'uncensored' version of the trip.

Regards
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:29

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:29
Quote: "The customer is VERY UNHAPPY with the noise levels in this vehicle especially on gravel roads."

Answer: Tell him to stay on really good, smooth, bitumen, roads......problem "solvered"

Quote: "Smart arse comments from known protagonists and stirrers will be dealt with accordingly....LOL "

Answer: I'll send a Member Message to Bonz and warn him off.......we don't want him and that bloody Lucy trouble-maker to detract from the seriousness of your question!!!! ;-)))

Cheers

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:30

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:30
Forgot to add.........

Tell him to turn the stereo up (or fit a 18" sub woofer).......it works for me....hahaha
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:43

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:43
Yeah Bonz and Lucy are a worry.

Good to see you had a trouble free weekend while the Tojo's floundered in your wake....LOL
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Reply By: Baldivis Boy - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:39

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:39
Hi Wllem

I just took a 2006 Forester for a test drive on Saturday. Did notice alot of road noise when we got it up over about 80K's. Asked the dealer and he agreed that the OEM tyres were probably not the best, and replacing them should solve the problem.

Don't know if this was just "salesmen speal" or worth looking into?

Catcha
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:46

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:46
Yes isnt it amazing that 2 Subaru questions get posted at the same time...lol

Cheers
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:10

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:10
Hmm, I always thought the noise on gravel roads was part of the fun anyway a big lift and some ear muffs will fix the problem.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:19

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 18:19
Yeah but this customer is precious and not a wild child like You or I....lol
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Reply By: Utemad - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 19:07

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 19:07
Don't know about the tyres but my Wife has a 2004 Corolla hatch. When I am in it I am always looking for a window that has creeped open a bit. As even with the windows up you can hear everything going on around you.
It is a weird feeling.

Maybe Subarus are the same?
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 19:12

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 19:12
We had problems with noisy tyres on the pulsars we've owned, but one of the recently was fitted with Toyo Transas TEO which are a silica tread tyre - quietest tyre we've used, and grips very well.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 00:50

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 00:50
Went to perth a couple of weeks ago in a mates Misus Pulsar probably around 2001 model. The noise was unbelievable especially when i took my turn driving. Nearly as much noise as the 80 and cross plys and certainly much louder than the MTR
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 21:37

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 21:37
G'day young fella, We still have 2 nearly worn out Geolanders left and I noticed on the weekend that the road noise was a little high. The front 2 are Goodyear or something similar. They have been on for a little while but since I don't drive it much and rarely allowed to take it on the dirt, can't say I've noticed anything particularly loud.
I thought the Geolanders didn't wear that well as the car has done around 55k now although it's taken nearly 6 years to clock that many up. LOL. The 2 that are left have been rotated as spare and 1 was replaced at 10k due to a side wall fracture of unkown cause. I guess the front 2 wore out at about 40k.
Look forward of hearing of your adventures when you get back.
Keep safe
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 23:59

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 23:59
Thanks Uncle

I have passed all the info on. Its up to the fell with the noisy Subaru to work things out.

Yep will let you know what fun and games we had when I get back, some time in May.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member Colin - NSW Bungendore - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 23:44

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 23:44
Hi Willem
I haven't been 'on air' for a while but I still look at the Forum.

I 'lost' my Forester at the start of the year - something went astray with my 3 way frig - I know I shouldn't have lit it while it was in the car - anyway!(burnt it to the ground)

The tyres fitted to Subarus as OE are s..t - but I dont think they are noisy.
And I now have a '03 Forester and it is so quite - both on the road and when it is standing still with the motor running. The car is totally different to my old '98 model.
So I dont know what your friend is on about.

As far as tyres are concered there aren't a lot of choices with the newer models as far as tyres are concerned - I am looking for a set of 15" wheels as the tyre choice is much better (you have to grind a little off the the brake calipers to get the wheel to clear) I had 205/75/15 Toyos on my old car.

Hope this helps.
Have a great trip
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 23:57

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 23:57
Thanks Colin

I wondered what had happened to you?....lol

No I don't know what the problem is with the fella's car. He says its noisy. Our Xtrail is noisy as well on dirt roads but it doent faze us........

Cheers
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