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Old 06-02-2014, 09:30 PM   #15
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I have a FRED. There is some noise but I suspect it's quieter than a Gasser. Then only time I notice it really is when Starting from a full stop or pulling up a grade. The rest of the time DW and I have no issues with it. You can add sound deadening insulation to the Dog house and/ or fire wall if you need to. I so far haven't seen the need.
As another poster said, take them for a spin and decide for yourself. Your going to test drive them anyway.
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My FRED in a C Class is a little less common than the A's, and the engine is probably even physically closer to me. I think there must be a few of us that actually enjoy the muted sound of a turbo diesel engine..its a thing of beauty to the mechanically inclined! Okay, maybe I'm in a minority
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My FRED in a C Class is a little less common than the A's, and the engine is probably even physically closer to me. I think there must be a few of us that actually enjoy the muted sound of a turbo diesel engine..its a thing of beauty to the mechanically inclined! Okay, maybe I'm in a minority

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I own a 2014 gas with the Ford V10 but I had the opportunity to drive a Fred with a Maxxforce 7 last week so here is my two cents. At idle, the V10 is quieter. At normal cruising speed, there is not really and difference in the noise level, just a different sound. Hit a hill and the V10 downshifts and builds RPMs, the Maxxforce 7 just lugs along and is much quieter than the V10. Uphill, the diesel is quieter. Downhill, the gasser is quieter. On level ground, flip a coin.
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