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I noticed there is a little bit of wind noise on highway starting at around 60-70 mph. Seems like it's coming from the driver's side door frame. Sometimes it's louder and sometimes a lot better, probably due to the outside wind speed and direction.

It's not loud enough to say uncomfortable, but it's there for sure. Maybe the interior is quiet to begin with, and that makes the wind noise more noticeable? Just trying to see if this is somewhat normal or something wrong with mine.

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On our recent trip to California we were traveling a mix of highway speeds from 60-65 in some areas to 70-75+ in areas posted at 70. I definitely noticed that there was wind noise when we got into the 70MPH and up range. I thought it was coming from both the driver and passenger sides and wondered if it was originating around the mirrors. Otherwise the car was very quiet (and comfortable). I was discouraged by the wind noise, but the given where we live we don't go that fast unless we travel out of town and even then much of that travel isn't going to be at those speeds (although Oregon is planning to raise the speed limit in some areas). So this is going to be a fairly rare issue. When we tested a BMW X1 before buying the Q3 I noticed wind noise in the X1 even going 50 on country roads and it seemed to be coming from the front windshield/roof area. Glad we are way better than that.
 

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Same here as above 70 it seems as though the wind noise is buffeting around the front A pillar near the windshield and driver door a lot more

That said I think the overall sound deadening of the Q3 is excellent and as owners we tend to focus on any anomaly such as in noise that make its way into the cabin.
 

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Totally agreed with you guys. On my previous car at that speed, the cabin will be full of road noise and it's a lot louder than the current minor wind noise. I really think the Q3 did a very good job.
 

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I use my Q3 for daily driving, to and from work. the noise is unnoticeable unless you're running in a speed of 70mph and up
 

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I use my Q3 for daily driving, to and from work. the noise is unnoticeable unless you're running in a speed of 70mph and up
With a name like AUDIble I think I will nominate you as the expert on this one!!!:)
 

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I too am impressed with the quiet ride of the Q3. It is quieter than my 9 year-old Lexus.

Not sure if the noise level increases appreciably above 70mph....so far I've just been the navigator with my wife doing all the higher speed driving with one of her 60's era rock band (usually The Who) CDs playing at warp 10! :rolleyes:

I was not particularly impressed with the cabin quiet of the 2015 Q5 demo car we borrowed for a 500+ mile trip.......
 

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After a few more weeks of driving and experimenting, I think my Q3 might have some wind noise issue.

Even at speed of 45-ish mph, sometimes I can hear wind noise coming from the driver's door top corner. Probably also depends on the outside wind speed and direction too, that's why only sometimes. And of course the faster the louder. When it gets to around 60 mph (even on a calm day), it becomes relatively loud (as said before the cabin is fairly quiet to begin with, that might make the wind noise more obvious).

What makes me think it's a real issue is that 1) it starts happening at such a low speed 2) the passenger side seems to be a lot better.

I will probably talk to my dealership regarding this. Just curious does anyone encounter or heard of similar issue?
 

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Every car has wind noise - it's just there. The only way to get rid of its effects is to insulate the heck out of your interior (or windows - double panes) - both at extra $$ and weight. If the Q3 is too loud for you (provided all weather stripping and trim is factory fitted and secure) then buy and A8L ... $120K. For this segment (compact SUV) the Q3 is amongst the quietest already - enjoy that.
 

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I use my Q3 for daily driving, to and from work. the noise is unnoticeable unless you're running in a speed of 70mph and up


On our 1200+ mile road trip last week I only noticed significant wind nose over 70 MPH (and I confess that I drove that fast or faster whenever I got the chance) but we were also driving in higher winds the majority of the time. Actually, I noticed that strong cross winds contributed to the noise more than head winds. I didn't find it to be bad and around town the Q3 interior is quiet. All in all I'm quite happy with the Q3's cabin and haven't found wind noise to be a big issue.
 

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Finally, I visited my dealership regarding the wind noise as I really think it's not normal. Especially after reading all the comments above.

Test drove by a technician and within 30 seconds he said that's definitely not right! They adjusted a few things but still won't able to fix the issue. At the end they replaced the entire window seal on the driver's door. Now it is a lot better!

I didn't ask whether it's a workmanship issue or the seal was bad to begin with... in any case, I am pleased it's a lot better now.

Thanks for all the comments!
 

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Glad to hear your pleased with it, was about to say you should contact Audi about this.

Hopefully no other issues come up. Are there any things you discovered over time that you like/dislike about it?
 

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Hi,

I noticed there is a little bit of wind noise on highway starting at around 60-70 mph. Seems like it's coming from the driver's side door frame. Sometimes it's louder and sometimes a lot better, probably due to the outside wind speed and direction.

It's not loud enough to say uncomfortable, but it's there for sure. Maybe the interior is quiet to begin with, and that makes the wind noise more noticeable? Just trying to see if this is somewhat normal or something wrong with mine.

Thanks,
I have a little bit too, seems to come from the same location as yours. When I next go in for service I'll ask them about it. I don't hear it very often, seems like the wind has to be blowing pretty hard before it is audible.
 

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I have a little bit too, seems to come from the same location as yours. When I next go in for service I'll ask them about it. I don't hear it very often, seems like the wind has to be blowing pretty hard before it is audible.
I hope yours is OK. Mine is a lot worse, it starts happening as low as 40 mph with light wind outside!
 

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Glad to hear your pleased with it, was about to say you should contact Audi about this.

Hopefully no other issues come up. Are there any things you discovered over time that you like/dislike about it?
I have the car for about 3 months now. There are a lot of good things to like about such as the handling & ride comfort, but I also discovered a few little things.

- Pretty much every morning when the car is cold, the very first shift I can feel and hear a click sound from the transmission. But it happens only once in the morning. Searching on the internet it seems like some other Audi models have the same behavior too.

- Sometimes when I released the brake pedal, I can feel and hear a click sound from the brake. I think it's a known behavior, some other members have reported this on the forum as well.

- Sometimes there is some clicking sound coming from the bottom of (or near) the steering wheel. It sounds like some relay switching sound. Again, I think it's a known behavior.

- The sun visors are on the small side in my opinion. With the fact that the top part of the window is not blackened (only slightly tinted), the sunlight is getting into my eyes a lot more often.

- The engine is quite a bit louder (especially under acceleration) than some other Audi models, such as the 2015 A4. It also has more vibration too when rpm is low (could be a combination with the transmission). Some other forum members have mentioned the engine growling noise too.

- The down shifts are more noticeable when comparing to my previous entry level Japanese cars.

- The fuel door isn't flush with the body. My fuel door is sticking out quite a bit. Mentioned to the dealership, but apparently it is not consistent at all after checking out a few other Q3s in the lot. I was told it's not adjustable.

- Wind noise issue, as mentioned already in this thread.

Overall I am still pleased with the Q3, even though I have to visit the dealership a few times to fix a few things. But honestly, I am a little surprised by all those known behaviors (and the fuel door issue). Maybe I am just being unlucky to have them all in my car. I keep reminding myself that the Q3 is pretty much the cheapest model in the Audi lineup, so adjust the expectation accordingly.
 

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I have the same problem. On speeds higher than 100 KM, I hear wind noise from driver and front passenger side window. I took my car to Audi dealership. The technician agreed that there is a wind noise but could not find any good reason or fix for it. He mainly focused on door sealing and that is fine. He asked me to wait until Audi comes up with a solution and to recheck when I come back for the first service at 8000 KM. After my visit I paid closer attention and realize the wind noise is coming from window and not the door. I will call them again to let them know about the solution
 

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First of all, welcome to the forum!

Unfortunately, the wind noise that you start hearing at about 100 km/h is "normal" on the Q3. From my understanding it is not an official defect, even though a lot of us would disagree with that. None of my previous entry level cars had this amount of wind noise at this speed.

For my case, it's definitely something wrong as I start hearing wind noise at only 60-70 km/h. After the seal was replaced, now I start hearing wind noise at about 100-110 km/h.

I actually did some research to see if I can apply some extra seal around the door to minimize the noise, but I haven't found a good solution yet.
 

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So is it better now? At about what speed did you start getting wind noise on a calm day?
Yes, it seems quieter, but I have not done a lot of highway driving this week. I was getting wind noise around 60-70mph. Today it's very windy so I'll take her out on the highway later and see if I can notice a big difference. I shall report back!
 
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