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Old 07-10-2011, 08:15 AM   #1
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I've had my q5 for about 1 month and noticed (two days ago), a significant whistling coming from what sounds like the passenger side, side-view mirror,at speeds above 60mph. The wife says it was always there (I usually drive alone with the stereo up way too loud).

I'll attach a recording of the sound later today for those that are interested.

Has anyone experience this before?
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Are you sure it IS the mirror?
There are plenty of other posts saying the roof rack/cross-beams makes whistling noises too ... do you have your roof rails on your Q?
If not the rails are you sure the mirror folds down completely? Yes i'm assuming you have the Q programmed to have the side mirrors fold up & then down during locking/unlocking.
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:34 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response.

The roof rack rails are not on and i don't have the side-view mirrors programmed to fold up. I did experiment a bit bit manually folding the mirrors, but it did not have an effect.

While I'm not sure it's the side-view mirror, it sure sounds like it. It's certainly possible that it could be from the passenger front door (perhaps a problem with the rubber insulation).

On a side note, I washed the car yesterday and haven't noticed the sound since then... I only hit about 60 MPH for a short stretch this morning (stupid Northern California traffic), but there was no whistling during that time. I'll check it again on the way home tonight.
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Years ago, on one of my A4s, there was an annoying wind noise -- not quite a whistle but not just swooshing -- that turned out to be the driver's side mirror. It seems that its design combined with just how I had it set created a small crevasse that was the culprit. I got some (dark-colored) felt insulation (I think it was weather stripping) and stuffed it in the crevasse, and the noise stopped completely.

I don't know how these new Q5 mirrors are designed, but look for differences between the exposed surfaces of the two and see if there might be something of this nature going on. If the driver's side doesn't make the noise and the passenger's does, perhaps you can spot something. HPH
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Had the same issue on mine, and it drove me insane. Never could figure out where it was coming from.
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Thanks for the tip. My wife's '07 A4 also has a driver's side whistle and it sounds like it's coming from the mirror. I'll have to try covering that (which would be a bummer since the mirrors have power fold-in).

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Years ago, on one of my A4s, there was an annoying wind noise -- not quite a whistle but not just swooshing -- that turned out to be the driver's side mirror. It seems that its design combined with just how I had it set created a small crevasse that was the culprit. I got some (dark-colored) felt insulation (I think it was weather stripping) and stuffed it in the crevasse, and the noise stopped completely.

I don't know how these new Q5 mirrors are designed, but look for differences between the exposed surfaces of the two and see if there might be something of this nature going on. If the driver's side doesn't make the noise and the passenger's does, perhaps you can spot something. HPH
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I had the same issue on the drivers side of my Q5. It started after about two months. High pitch whistle was there from 26-60 mph. It drove me absolutely insane. I took it to the dealer and let them fool with it. They figured it out that it was the mirror. Audi authorized a complete replacement of the side mirror. My driving is peaceful again.

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Audi is aware of this issue... demand that they fix it. No excuse for this to happen.
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I am the dealer right now and have the same complaint, I wonder what they are going to do? I will let you know.
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:35 PM   #9
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Quick followup as I finally had a chance to drop the Q5 off at the dealer today.

The service rep grabbed the shop foreman and listened to the sound file I recorded on my phone. The shop foreman thanked me for the file and said 1) that it was unusual that a customer provided this kind of info 2) it was unusually loud compared to issues he's seen in the past and that should make it less difficult to diagnose.

I left the car and some time later the foreman validated the sound and contacted Audi central since it was such a new car (it has around 1200 miles on it and is just over a month old). Audi told them to order a complete replacement side-view mirror and to send mine to their lab to test for manufacturing errors. The part is on order and should be here next week.

This was my first experience with the service department at this dealer (Carlson Audi in Palo Alto, CA) and I think they did a great job, end-to-end.
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Hopefully this is the last update on this topic from me. The Q5 went in today to have the passenger, side-view mirror replaced. Part had to be painted (which worried me) and they had the car most of the day.

When I arrived to pick it up I asked who had tested it and what the finding were... and no one tested it. I guess I'm the guinea pig. I closely looked at the new part and paint job... couldn't tell the different so good job there.

On way home there was a bunch of traffic so I wasn't able to test for long periods, but I did get up to 70 MPH a couple of time. Seems like the sound is now gone. I thought I heard some new rattles form that area, but I'm not sure... will need to keep checking.

so far, so good and I hope it's fixed.

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Sorry for dragging up an old post but I have some new information.

I haven't heard the wind howling coming from the passenger side-view mirror, but I noticed a harder to reproduce howling coming from the driver side-view mirror. I took a recording and brought this new information in and they agreed to replace that one as well (it's in the shop right now).

So I'm two for two on manufacturing defects on the side-view mirrors.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:18 AM   #12
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My Q5 is back and it seems as if the howling noise from the drivers side mirror is fixed. I'm now hearing a much softer howling coming from somewhere in the back (I think)... perhaps the passenger side back door.

Other than that mirror assembly replacement, they replaced my sunroof weather stripping (the Q5 was delivered with a tear and I was worried about water leaking though) and performed a software update (campaign 37G1... I'll post this in a different thread to see what it is).

On a side note, I couldn't figure out how to mount my front license plate (required in my state) and they tried to sell me a $225.00 part since mine didn't have the right piece. I then read about that problem on the site... looks like I can force them to give it to me for free. Not sure what I want to do now :\
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I have exactly the same high-pitched noise from passenger side, with new 2 months old Q5.
I have it checked, at local dealer, yesterday. And, it turned out that there is a defect in transmission which causes the noise. they said that we need to replace the whole transmission!
It is a brand new Q5, and it needs transmission replaced!

Would you help me with the options I have now? can I ask Audi USA to replace the defected Q5, or, ask them to take it back?

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putting in my .02 on this ...
so my Q was in for it's 25K service and I was given a Q5 loaner. On my way to pick up the Q from the dealership the loaner had this very unnerving whistling sound coming from the passenger side mirror - I mean it was HORRIBLE! If this is the sound some of you have been encounter OMG how crappy and simply disturbing!!

On the same roads at the same speed(s) in my Q I did NOT have the whistling and the only 'difference' I could notice was that I do have the side assist and the loaner did not. Maybe that small insert of plastic redirects the air in a way that eliminates the whistling?

So somthing to consider in those of you with this issue - do you YES or NO have the insert in the mirror for the side assist? I honestly wonder if something that small is the difference??
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I do not have side-assist, but i do have the same assembly (it has a section that is clearish, near the window, where I assume an LED is located).

The whistling sound was quite loud and very annoying... but is now gone since both side-view mirror assemblies were replaced. My concern now is paint wear... the color's match but there is a bit of an orange peal on them (not overly so)... it makes me wonder if that paint will fade at a different rate than the rest of the car.
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What did they find with the transmission. I have the noise from the drivers side mirror and the dealer says there is no fix for it. He also said I am the only one to complain about it. I don't believe it!!!. I ask about the transmission because I wonder if something is wrong with mine. Every time I slow to a stop the transmission down shifts through every gear. Very difficult to come to a nice easy controlled stop with the engine/tranmission down shifting. Anyone else noticed this? I inquired at dealer and once again thats the way the car drives. Hmmmmm?

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Isn't the engine suppose to down shift?

I've never had a problem with the transmission... though it is possible the shifting is smoother in D (I drive primarily in S).
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I do not have side-assist, but i do have the same assembly (it has a section that is clearish, near the window, where I assume an LED is located).

The whistling sound was quite loud and very annoying... but is now gone since both side-view mirror assemblies were replaced. My concern now is paint wear... the color's match but there is a bit of an orange peal on them (not overly so)... it makes me wonder if that paint will fade at a different rate than the rest of the car.
OK the loaner I had did NOT have the clear part for the side assist in either mirror. :/
so much for an 'easy' answer to the issue ... onwards we continue for solutions.
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OK the loaner I had did NOT have the clear part for the side assist in either mirror. :/
so much for an 'easy' answer to the issue ... onwards we continue for solutions.
Thanks for the information.

This issue is driving me nuts, I just finished a road trip off 800 miles the wind noise is annoying. I tried tape this and that but the fatser I go the louder it gets from both mirrors now. I can roll down the window and put my finger on the clear plastic turn signal indicator on the outside of the mirror and the wind noise is gone. Remove your finger and the noise is there.Pretty simple, I can show the dealer and he agrees there is noise but he doesn't have a fix. I do not not have lane assist on my car.
Has anybody got Audi to address this issue?
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..... Every time I slow to a stop the transmission down shifts through every gear.

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"Functioning as designed"

THEY say it's to have you in the right gear for a quick start if you do not stop

THEY also say it cuts fuel supply during this to save gas ...

some have said they have a hard 2-1 shift and it shifts like hitting the brakes hard...

ours has been buttery smooth for the most part... even on the downshifts now that we got that tsb / campaign...

actually on my large diesel suv I use the tow haul to force a downshift as I slow.... the tranny has a 100K warranty and the brakes have no warranty - so it saves the brakes
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