Originally Posted by jstarsshag
Diving around (2011 SCREW 4x4 Lariat), I had the radio off; around 50-55 mph and above, I notice rather loud wind noise. I tried pulling in the mirrors, but no change in sound. Is this the same for everyone as just part of the design, or do I need to see if something is amiss? It just seems unusually loud for a vehicle of this build quality.
The wind noise I hear in my truck comes in through the side window glass. Smaller cabs have less noise than larger cabs because they have less glass.
Unless it is a bad seal, the only way to fight wind noise coming in from the side window glass is to use thicker glass. Thicker glass is why German cars are often referred to as led-sleds because it is heavy.
Firsthand knowledge wise, my 2011 EB Lariat is quieter than many LUX cars. For example: it is quieter than my old Escalade (an '08) but is slightly louder than my '05 supercab (again because there is more glass).
Also, wind and weather seals tend to fail nowadays since everybody exposes them directly to the high pressure point on top of the A pillar. A quick way to check if the double weatherstrip has failed or is not sealing correctly is to stick your finger up under the inner seal and feel for a draft while you are driving down the road. Just run your finger along the inner window seal lifting up that seal as you go. If you feel a draft, bring your truck in and ask to talk to the wind and rattle guy or a tech who knows about wind and rattles. Keep in mind that your service writer may try to blow you off so talk to a tech because he or she is an idiot, isn't a tech, and normally doesn't know much about fixing cars and trucks.