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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-14-2019, 06:52 PM
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It starts when you open the door. Sounds like a space ship getting ready to launch.
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That would be the transmission hydraulic pump priming.

Then when you turn the key, you hear the starter motor.

When you put it in reverse and back slowly, you may hear the clutch engaging/disengaging/engaging.

What else?
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Noisier on occasion: On chilly mornings, the 4C is a creaky and noisy bugger. Seats, dash, and seemingly everything is jostling for your ears' attention.

If warm and on decent roads, the tires (while no autocross glue balls) are still sticky enough to grab dirt, sand and grains of stuff and fling it all into the tub.

It's a racket. You can hear the injectors firing, but the whole direct injection mechanism/compressor in particular is noisy. The transmission competes for noises and clunks without apology.

Some days, my seats have a low frequency moan and groan.

I once sold a boat with a 502 cubic inch engine (8.2 liters) that was in prime condition, and no explanation in the world ever made the Honda Civic driving kid that bought it understand that it is PRECISELY as is should be when it comes to making a racket. He had no idea what 8.2 liters of worked up engine sounded like, and he called me every weekend for a summer scared to death of the racket.

If you're under warranty, drive it and get to know it, then you'll start to notice patterns and it is the deviations that become important. But get with others who have 4C experience, or get your dealer tech's mobile number and call him every week for assurance!


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The noises are the 4C's USP, just enjoy them or buy some ear defenders
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Noisier on occasion: On chilly mornings, the 4C is a creaky and noisy bugger. Seats, dash, and seemingly everything is jostling for your ears' attention.

If warm and on decent roads, the tires (while no autocross glue balls) are still sticky enough to grab dirt, sand and grains of stuff and fling it all into the tub.

It's a racket. You can hear the injectors firing, but the whole direct injection mechanism/compressor in particular is noisy. The transmission competes for noises and clunks without apology.

Some days, my seats have a low frequency moan and groan.

I once sold a boat with a 502 cubic inch engine (8.2 liters) that was in prime condition, and no explanation in the world ever made the Honda Civic driving kid that bought it understand that it is PRECISELY as is should be when it comes to making a racket. He had no idea what 8.2 liters of worked up engine sounded like, and he called me every weekend for a summer scared to death of the racket.

If you're under warranty, drive it and get to know it, then you'll start to notice patterns and it is the deviations that become important. But get with others who have 4C experience, or get your dealer tech's mobile number and call him every week for assurance!

That’s gonna be one P’d off tech.
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I don't hear any funky noises. What the hell are you guys talking about?
Play that funky music white boy....

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I love my 4C Spider but when I drive it I hear all these noises coming from various areas. I do not know if there is something loose or wrong with the car or if this is normal being I am sitting on a carbon fiber tub low to the ground.Am I just hearing things hitting the carbon tub? Sometimes car is very quiet and tight, other times it has much annoying noise from various areas (mostly front under dash, but never the same area or consistent). Alfa dealer drove it briefly, didn't notice anything. Is this just a normal part of driving the car, carbon fiber tub, etc?? I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions....
Hello redalfa1961,

We can't give any technical feedback but if you end up going into the dealer, let us know. We're available via direct message and would be happy to escalate to a case specialist for further handling.

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I am driving the same 4C spider as you and you may want to check all the body panels underneath the car. I had similar problem when I first gotten my ride, which I found out later that the problem is due to a loosely botted screw that was partially holding on to one of the panels and it rattles when the car was in motion and quiet down when it was stationary.


Time to get dirty and climb under the car to check if all the nuts are securely bolted.


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