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Old 10-06-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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I'm a new owner of the Audi A6 C7. It's a great car, but I have a very sensitive hearing and some noises annoy me. I wanted to confirm if they are standard, or maybe it's just that my car has some components that I should have replaced.

1. High pitched noise from the head unit (cd slot-in/SD card area). It's very faint, but I can hear it when the engine is off.

2. The heater blower/AC makes annoying noise when on 1st or 2nd gear. It's not the typical 'air-flow' sound, rather like a bad transistor or small engine whine.

3. The xenon lights make high-pitched noise when warming up (mainly).

4. There is quite a bit of wind noise since more or less 50-60 mph. Is that standard in this car or should something be checked/fixed?

Thanks in advance for feedback!
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Hi,
I'm a new owner of the Audi A6 C7. It's a great car, but I have a very sensitive hearing and some noises annoy me. I wanted to confirm if they are standard, or maybe it's just that my car has some components that I should have replaced.

1. High pitched noise from the head unit (cd slot-in/SD card area). It's very faint, but I can hear it when the engine is off.

2. The heater blower/AC makes annoying noise when on 1st or 2nd gear. It's not the typical 'air-flow' sound, rather like a bad transistor or small engine whine.

3. The xenon lights make high-pitched noise when warming up (mainly).

4. There is quite a bit of wind noise since more or less 50-60 mph. Is that standard in this car or should something be checked/fixed?

Thanks in advance for feedback!

Do you have an obsessive compulsive disorder?
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Hi,
I'm a new owner of the Audi A6 C7. It's a great car, but I have a very sensitive hearing and some noises annoy me. I wanted to confirm if they are standard, or maybe it's just that my car has some components that I should have replaced.

1. High pitched noise from the head unit (cd slot-in/SD card area). It's very faint, but I can hear it when the engine is off.

2. The heater blower/AC makes annoying noise when on 1st or 2nd gear. It's not the typical 'air-flow' sound, rather like a bad transistor or small engine whine.

3. The xenon lights make high-pitched noise when warming up (mainly).

4. There is quite a bit of wind noise since more or less 50-60 mph. Is that standard in this car or should something be checked/fixed?

Thanks in advance for feedback!
Hello and welcome. My last hearing test the audiologist asked me if I sleep well. I said fine. I asked why. He stated I could probably hear the grass growing! I can tell you that I hear the lights igniting on all my cars, BMW,Benz and GM. I would say "normal". My car has no odd electrical noise from the head unit, maybe a little from the hard drive booting,normal, the air/fan seems normal too. However, the wind noise is a problem on mine. I blame the dealer for this, not Audi as they installed a new window track and now the car has more wind noise. I will be going to a new dealer to remedy this. I will say that the passenger side seems to have noise from the mirror. I tried blowing low pressure air near and around the rear mirror assy. and can hear noise by the directional light insert and the drain hole. When the weather clears I will tape up these areas for a test drive and report back.
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Were you serious about your post though? Just wasn't sure. Did not mean to offend if u took it that way. Cheers!
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Were you serious about your post though? Just wasn't sure. Did not mean to offend if u took it that way. Cheers!
Naah, it's okay I was a bit upset, because for me those were really some 'issues' I spent a lot of money on the new car that I will be paying off for the next 3 years and in some ways it seems more noisy than my VW CC (wind noise around mirros). In general I hate noise and if something is my car only specific then I will complain about it. If it's a common feature for this model then I will just have to live with it
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Perfectly understandable. =o) Welcome to the forum, am new here as well.
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Do you have an obsessive compulsive disorder?
fyi, i do have OCD when i first have the car. I wouldn't park in jam packed area. i would look for the most minor scratches and try fixing it..but most of the time, i put more scratches trying to fix it..... until today, i still have OCD, but not to that extend.
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Naah, it's okay I was a bit upset, because for me those were really some 'issues' I spent a lot of money on the new car that I will be paying off for the next 3 years and in some ways it seems more noisy than my VW CC (wind noise around mirros). In general I hate noise and if something is my car only specific then I will complain about it. If it's a common feature for this model then I will just have to live with it
That is what your friendly dealership is for. Or the salesperson who sold you the car. They will be the first 2 to raise your concerns. Nothing we can do here except to offer suggestions (like this one) and moral support. Good luck.
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Items 2 and 4 can probably be addressed.

Items 1 and 3 you'll want to test yourself on other new A6 models to see if it's normal for your hearing.

I'm sure if my ears weren't ringing all the time, I'd hear it too.
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Hi,
I'm a new owner of the Audi A6 C7. It's a great car, but I have a very sensitive hearing and some noises annoy me. I wanted to confirm if they are standard, or maybe it's just that my car has some components that I should have replaced.

1. High pitched noise from the head unit (cd slot-in/SD card area). It's very faint, but I can hear it when the engine is off.

2. The heater blower/AC makes annoying noise when on 1st or 2nd gear. It's not the typical 'air-flow' sound, rather like a bad transistor or small engine whine.

3. The xenon lights make high-pitched noise when warming up (mainly).

4. There is quite a bit of wind noise since more or less 50-60 mph. Is that standard in this car or should something be checked/fixed?

Thanks in advance for feedback!
I have most of these noise issues plus misc rattles. I am making my 3rd trip to dealer tomorrow to address a steering wheel rubbing/noise. I also got my car a month ago. I have been disappointed in the build quality.
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I have most of these noise issues plus misc rattles. I am making my 3rd trip to dealer tomorrow to address a steering wheel rubbing/noise. I also got my car a month ago. I have been disappointed in the build quality.
Mine had the steering wheel rubbing noise as well. I tilted and telescoped the wheel maybe a dozen times and the noise has not returned. Maybe a little tight from the factory.
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Mine had the steering wheel rubbing noise as well. I tilted and telescoped the wheel maybe a dozen times and the noise has not returned. Maybe a little tight from the factory.
That worked for a day, but it returned. There is a TSB to fix it.
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That worked for a day, but it returned. There is a TSB to fix it.
They could not resolve the steering noise, so they ordered a new steering column. I am hoping I don't end up with other issues from replacing the column.
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I understand where you are coming from. I recently had a terrible service experience for what should have been an easy repair. If I had know that complications would have occurred because of the work performed, I would have opted out. Thanks to another forum member and AOA the issues should be resolved in a few weeks. If you have a great dealer service manager and the techs are good you should have no issues.
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