- Dec 5, 2020
- Reaction score
- Star White Mach-E Premium AWD ER (ordered)
I don't disagree with you, in that to make a meaningful comparison the noise needs to be measured in a controlled setting. It is difficult to make a conclusion based on what different observers perceive in different vehicles, I don't think anyone has reported comparing two Mach-E's side-by-side. In the two I have test driven, a day apart at two different locations, I did not notice the noise, but that does not mean it wasn't there: in one car there was constant chattering, the other was parked right next to a road with heavy traffic, and my hearing isn't the best (but I do hear it in the recordings posted here); comparing audio recordings made by phones isn't particularly meaningful either, beside confirming the noise is there, because of the number of variables involved.This is what happens when you make a vehicle so quiet. I tried to measure the sound level. At the screen it didn't register on the sound meter I used, which means it was less than 50 dB. I have a better meter than measures down to 30 dB. When I get a few minutes I'll try that. It may measure less than that and I doubt I'd be able to pick it up if the meter is placed where your head would be when seated, even if the sound level inside the MME is 30 dB, which would be rather incredible.
Some people think if you can hear it at the screen then it's a problem, but that's silly. You you can hear down to 3 dB but anything below 50 dB isn't considered significant (hence the lower limit on the meter).
How loud the noise is can be quantified with an instrument, how people react to it is another story. I suspect it won't bother me, especially if I have to put my ear close to the steering wheel to notice it, because a buzzing sound bothers me much less than rattles or squeaks. Once I notice the slightest rattle/squeak, I will always search for it until I find it again, which then annoys me even more.