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My wife has a 2010 Rav4 with loud road noise. How can one quite down the road noise? We love the car but so damn loud on road trips.

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Are the tires worn, it can make a big difference. Also, grab some cheap sound deadener (like for stereo installs) from Amazon, pop the door panels off and place a few pieces. Just cut it up and place it inside the doors, you don't need to cover the whole thing to make an improvement.


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Aside from what Azblue said, if you have low profile tires then road nose comes with them free of charge. Love my wife's Mazda and it looks great but tons of noise due to the "sport" tires
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Tires are going to be replaced this Fall. The ones she has seem a bit loud. I like the thought of insulating the door panels. Think passenger doors to? Probably should get some plastic tools to pop door panels off.

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I agree with the others, probably the tires...


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I always wanted one of those with the V6. Too bad I didn't grab one before 2013 when they stopped offering the V6 option.

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I'll tell ya, the 3.5l in that little Rav is a beast. Crazy power to weight ratio LOL.

The road noise is awful. You would have to apply dynomat/fat mat/second skin, etc... in order to do any justice. It will be time consuming and expensive but worth it.

Even one layer would make a large difference.

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My wife and I test drove one last summer when we thought about buying (still haven't) and I was actually disappointed in the ride of it vs others we drove. I had such good luck with my tundra until I just "figured" we would buy a Rav4, and I even had her on board. We test drove a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, 2013 GMC Terrain, and a 2013 Rav 4, and as far as comfort of the ride and road noise, Rav 4 was definitely the lowest, much to my disappointment. We had a baby and stopped to regroup and figure out what we wanted to buy, and still thinking about it.

I know Toyota is known for reliability, so that definitely plays a part in it, but I was just shocked at how much quieter and more comfortable the other two were. I was leaning more towards the Terrain and she was leaning more towards the Cherokee. Something about that 9 speed transmission scares me though.

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Was going to get my wife a Rav4 in 2013, but the sales woman was an idiot, we decided to look at a Santa Fe on a whim. Way way nicer than the Rav4, so we bought the Santa Fe and so far it's been a great vehicle.

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My 07 Jeep Commander (built on the Cherokee Chasis) just one day up and blew up the rear bearing (had them serviced / packed as needed) and that took with it the bearings in bell housing. The Commanders had the top of the line stuff, only thing that was better equiped would have been a Rubicon.

If you want to keep a Jeep past 100k miles that would be something to consider. The rear on the commander blew at 130K or so.

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Her vehicle, that i'm now driving because of the baby is a 2002 Wrangler, 2 door. It's only got 126k miles and runs great. I keep telling her not all vehicles that Jeep/Chrysler made were made as well as the wranglers!

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The new wrangler is available as a diesel. That would be a great vehicle.

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One other thing to consider is wheel bearings.

Those may be going at about that mileage, and would add to road noise.


Other than that, the Rav4 was not really known to have a quiet ride.

Sound deadening the door panels will make a good difference, also if you pull the seats and do the floor.

Not really expensive in materials, could use FatMat, pretty good pricing. Just time consuming.


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Going to start with the doors, possibly floor later. Found some Nico 80mm on amazon, has good reviews and cost is good. Cheap investment for my lady. The V6 engine is awesome, car will haul ass off the line, and in passing.

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