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So basically, I've noticed whenever I run over the slight bump up my driveway (2 inches high), the car sounds like its going to crack in half. Also, whenever I'm on the freeway, the road noise sounds pretty loud. Could both these problems be related to bad door seals? I feel like if they were fixed, the car would be substantially more solid feeling.
 

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Same problem with my EX
 

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My SX needed a 'Strut Noise Repair' where they installed a strut insulator pad attachment. Much better now.
 

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I find the road noise fairly loud in my EX, still running on OEM tires. Remember tho, this car is technically an Entry level car, ie, cheap. So they have to cut costs somewhere. There is certainly a lack insulation throughout.
 

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That's true but it's strange that reviews on the net suggest the car is much quieter than it's competitors but from experience it isn't :/. I still love the car but it's just these little problems
 

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I think the 'quiet' factor is when it's at idle. The road noise is awful on these cars. Thankfully, they have a decent stereo.
 

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Like others have said above, the Forte is marketed to sell in the economy class so it competes with cars like the Civic and Mazda3. If you read the forums of those other cars, you'll find the same complaints about road noise. As a subjective comparison, I have driven in Civic's and Corolla's and the road noise in those cars over rough roads are pretty horrible. I used to owned a Corolla before the Forte and there is one stretch of road on my commute to work that was quite bad before they recently repaved it. With the Forte, I immediately noticed a marked decrease in road noise on the same street. The Corolla rode on 15 inch tires as well, compared to the 16s on my Forte. Less road noise than the Civic and Corolla? I would say yes but compared to my Honda Accord, I would say it's no contest. Never really had the chance to test the Mazda3 over rough roads but when I was taking it for a test drive, I can tell you that the OEM tires on it were extremely lousy and noisy... Goodyears I think?
 
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