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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 16-04-2017, 20:23 Thread Starter
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Interior Noise

Hi all, I assume this has been posted - but I haven't found much in the way of answers. I've recently got hold of a lovely MK2 ZR. 2.0 diesel. No issues mechanically, lots of history - but the noise in the cabin! I'm not sure how the insulation is on these; I'm getting noise from the engine/bulkhead, road noise and can't hear the radio past around 60mph unless I turn it right up. Any of you know any good ideas? I'm toying with the sound dampening panels on eBay and lining the floors, boot and bulkhead. Anyone done this?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 17-04-2017, 11:12
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Z's are noisy, especially the later mk 2 ones that were after Project Drive (which was aimed and reducing the production costs by removing 'unnecessary' bits). Some people have added additional noise deadening with some success. Try doing a search on it on this site.

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TBH, the Mk2 is no worse than the 2003 on Mk1- Project Drive had already seen the deletion of all the sound insulation that was removed by then, and whilst the difference in noise levels between the pre- Project Drive cars and those that had some of the sound insulation deleted is certainly noticeable, it isn't actually a massive difference.

Also, the ZR is noisy compared with the 25 deliberately - a larger bore exhaust than the equivalent Rover 25 gives them a throatier, more sporty sound.

The L series diesel engine is quite a noisy engine compared with the K series petrol, and the exhaust system fitted can make a huge difference to the noise level in the passenger compartment. Many have been fitted with deliberately noisy aftermarket exhaust systems by (mainly youngish) owners who seem to think noise = power. I would check what system is installed on yours - if fitted with one of those noisy 'performance' systems, a return to a standard exhaust system may see a very big reduction in cabin noise.
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I have a Rover 45 2003 2.0td L series. No mods. Low miles and the previous owner maintained it in a way so it warms up very quickly. It is extremely noisy to start from cold and tick over with the bonnet open. Embarrassingly noisy. But once driving it is very quiet, not like a diesel - as any other car of that size.
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