First post to the forums here. I've owned my '15 WRX base model for just about two years, and I am on the verge doing something drastic to address the noise coming from my car. I may have overly sensitive hearing or something of that nature, but with the combination of wind, road, and drivetrain noise, potential mixed in with the subpar stereo quality, I start to go crazy for trips in my car on the highway and end up not using my car when I'd like to for fearing of being exhausted and having a headache when arriving. .
I've found great information for where to start on Sounddeadenershowdown.com, and if I go the sound deadening route, I plan to use their suggestions/materials. I'm currently debating between three options:
a. Ordering the materials and attempting to do the modifications myself. To be honest, this seems a bit beyond my skill level due to needing to take off many panels, and makes me a bit nervous, but would make keeping the car reasonable to me
b. Using a local audio/car sound shop, which would bring the entire cost of the job up to $2500-3000
c. Getting rid of the car for something else, if either one of these above options doesn't make sense.
I know many people look for ways to reduce the weight of their car, and the work seems like it would be nearly irreversible due to the gluing/taping. And I feel like I should go ahead and start upgrading audio components if I am taking everything apart, but that is likely to open an additional money sink.
I foresee heading back to school in the next year or two, and may even not need a car depending on where I end up, meaning I'd like to keep the option of selling on the table. I was curious if other owners/potential owners of WRXs could chime in here for whether the DIY/professional route of adding 150lbs of sound insulation will negatively impact the value of the car, in addition to requiring me to spend some serious money.
Best Regards, and looking forward to your responses!