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First. let me say my 2016 SV, 42,000 miles runs perfect in every way. EXCEPT.... it has an odd noise specifically at or around 1100 RPM. It makes a growling sound akin to a manual transmission in high gear at low speed. I only notice it when cruising at speeds (20-40 MPH) that maintain this RPM. The instant I accelerate, or lower the engine RPM, it disappears. Does not seem to affect performance in any way, but is annoying and unsettling given the history of these trannys. Has anyone experienced this? I know if I go to the dealer I'll hear the canned " that's normal" when I know it isn't. Would appreciate any feedback/advice.
 

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First. let me say my 2016 SV, 42,000 miles runs perfect in every way. EXCEPT.... it has an odd noise specifically at or around 1100 RPM. It makes a growling sound akin to a manual transmission in high gear at low speed. I only notice it when cruising at speeds (20-40 MPH) that maintain this RPM. The instant I accelerate, or lower the engine RPM, it disappears. Does not seem to affect performance in any way, but is annoying and unsettling given the history of these trannys. Has anyone experienced this? I know if I go to the dealer I'll hear the canned " that's normal" when I know it isn't. Would appreciate any feedback/advice.
I know exactly what your talking about... i think. Lol. I had this same experience when circling the airport waiting for my guest. I noticed once i took it out of auto (awd) and put into 2wd it went away. Also i recently had my tranny fluid changed and no longer experience this. I have 2018 sv 4wd.
 

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First. let me say my 2016 SV, 42,000 miles runs perfect in every way. EXCEPT.... it has an odd noise specifically at or around 1100 RPM. It makes a growling sound akin to a manual transmission in high gear at low speed. I only notice it when cruising at speeds (20-40 MPH) that maintain this RPM. The instant I accelerate, or lower the engine RPM, it disappears. Does not seem to affect performance in any way, but is annoying and unsettling given the history of these trannys. Has anyone experienced this? I know if I go to the dealer I'll hear the canned " that's normal" when I know it isn't. Would appreciate any feedback/advice.
I think I know exactly what you're talking about. Mine has done this since I got it (16,000KM) and it's had a replacement transmission at around 40,000KM. Both the original and replacement transmissions made this sound at low load/low RPM. I'm at 94,000KM now and the noise hasn't changed.

I don't know for certain but I don't think it's causing any damage, it seems to be normal. I haven't tried in 2wd honestly but seeing the other comment saying it doesn't happen in 2wd, it could be transfer case noise.
 

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I think I know exactly what you're talking about. Mine has done this since I got it (16,000KM) and it's had a replacement transmission at around 40,000KM. Both the original and replacement transmissions made this sound at low load/low RPM. I'm at 94,000KM now and the noise hasn't changed.

I don't know for certain but I don't think it's causing any damage, it seems to be normal. I haven't tried in 2wd honestly but seeing the other comment saying it doesn't happen in 2wd, it could be transfer case noise.
I did try this again in 2WD but noticed little to no change in noise/volume. I also had a tech fail to put the airbox on correctly after an oil change and that's a very different noise than what I hear. Not sure if it applies to OP but it's worth checking at least.
 

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I run a cold air intake, so would that cause the same issue?

Also by growl do you mean sound more aggressive/sporty?
CAI would give you more intake noise. If you're familiar with intake noise, you'd be able to tell pretty easily. You can hear more of the engine and air rushing; but it's not really a "growl".
 
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