Hi, all! This is my first post here ... be gentle.
I have a 2004 wagon, bought March 2004. I've always loved it ... except for one* thing.
Now, I'm not talking about the fact that this car has a lot of road noise (it does) or that the roof rack makes it even noisier (it does). That I don't mind.
This car's interior is infested with squeaks, rattles, and creaks. I can't count the number of times I've brought it to the dealership. A few changes have been made, but it's still so noisy I find myself grinding my teeth when I drive. Even cranking up the stereo only drowns some of them out (and that doesn't help when I have someone in the car with me). The dealership also had a bunch of staff and management turnover while all of this was going on. I get the impression that it's now much more stable and hopefully competent.
Unfortunately, the problem is intermittent. I drove all the way up to Beaver Creek in silence. On the way back to Boulder, it wouldn't shut up.
So, anyway, I went to the dealership this week and spoke to the service manager, expressing my frustration. The good news: they will take the car for several days next week, and they will give me a loaner. The bad news: obviously they can't guarantee that they will be able to silence the car.
So, my questions:
Do you have any suggestions on trying to isolate the noises? I haven't been able to find a pattern to when they happen.
Are there any known WRX wagon likely culprits?
Finally, does anyone have contact info for a regional service manager for Colorado? I would love to write a letter expressing my frustration and asking for some help.
I am really hoping that this week in the dealership will do it, but if it doesn't, I'm going to have to figure out what to do next. I have zero experience with taking apart a car, even the interior, and from what I understand, trying to remove the dash myself and isolate these noises would be a serious undertaking.
* Actually, two. The trim around the windows keeps "popping" out, and the dealership keeps replacing it. I swear, sometimes I think a tribe of monkeys assembled my car.