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So...I was driving home last nite with the drivers side window down at about 60 mph on our local highway.
I prefer the window down over air conditioning when possible.
I found the wind noise (buffeting?) inside the cabin to be so odd and disturbing that I was forced to open the passenger side window for relief.
This is something I never experience in our old soul in 7 years of ownership.
The harmonics created by the cars revised shape has made for a most disturbing ride with only 1 window opened.
It really was that bad!
Has anyone else experienced such disturbing behavior from their beloved soul or is it simply old age getting a hold of me?
 

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Yes. Gen2 harmonics sound similar. At higher speeds the buffeting can lead to insanity.

You have to find just the right formula of "crack openness" for comfort.

FWIW, this is common in most all small SUVs. Not just a Soul-thing.
 

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Yes. Gen2 harmonics sound similar. At higher speeds the buffeting can lead to insanity.

You have to find just the right formula of "crack openness" for comfort.

FWIW, this is common in most all small SUVs. Not just a Soul-thing.
I never noticed in in 7 years of ownership in our 2012.
How can that be possible?
No question though...the noise I experienced last nite was akin to Chinese water torture only it would be Korean wind torture instead.
It was That Bad!
 

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I agree. I'd never experienced that in my life, but I owned sedans. I've ridden in an HR-V, Rav4 & Sportage now that do the exact same thing.

I think the wind gets trapped in the back and works to blow your eardrums out.
 

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I agree. I'd never experienced that in my life, but I owned sedans. I've ridden in an HR-V, Rav4 & Sportage now that do the exact same thing.

I think the wind gets trapped in the back and works to blow your eardrums out.
I was about to resort to this for wind deflection:
 

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So...I was driving home last nite with the drivers side window down at about 60 mph on our local highway.
I prefer the window down over air conditioning when possible.
I found the wind noise (buffeting?) inside the cabin to be so odd and disturbing that I was forced to open the passenger side window for relief.
This is something I never experience in our old soul in 7 years of ownership.
The harmonics created by the cars revised shape has made for a most disturbing ride with only 1 window opened.
It really was that bad!
Has anyone else experienced such disturbing behavior from their beloved soul or is it simply old age getting a hold of me?
Every car I've had since 2000 did the same thing. Roll down the driver's side window and Wop, Wop, Wop sound was like someone hitting you up side the head with a pillow. Arggg!

My 2013 Soul was exactly like that. So with a lot of experimenting, I finally found out that if I lower the passenger side REAR window, that stopped that buffeting. The drivers window can be as much as 50% lowered and the back window should be down about 4". That allows for good Flow-Through ventilation. Lowering the front passenger side window, just seems to exacerbate the problem.

FLH

PS: I was able to fill up my gas tank this morning at one of our new Wawa stations, for just $2.31 per gallon for regular unleaded gas. Looking at gas prices across town this morning, it looks like we're having a little GAS WAR! Bring it on!!!
 

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Every car I've had since 2000 did the same thing. Roll down the driver's side window and Wop, Wop, Wop sound was like someone hitting you up side the head with a pillow. Arggg!

My 2013 Soul was exactly like that. So with a lot of experimenting, I finally found out that if I lower the passenger side REAR window, that stopped that buffeting. The drivers window can be as much as 50% lowered and the back window should be down about 4". That allows for good Flow-Through ventilation. Lowering the front passenger side window, just seems to exacerbate the problem.

FLH

PS: I was able to fill up my gas tank this morning at one of our new Wawa stations, for just $2.31 per gallon for regular unleaded gas. Looking at gas prices across town this morning, it looks like we're having a little GAS WAR! Bring it on!!!

I can't believe I've never experienced this?
Maybe it was waxy build up or I'm just a $hit-head as so many have suggested?
I'll give it a try hamster and see how it works out.
 

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Thanks buddy!
I can only guarantee that it works fine for me. You may have to fiddle some with the drivers window to get just the right air flow and keep the noise down.

OH, someone mentioned that their Drivers Side Window button didn't have that Auto-Down feature. My 2013 Base Soul had it, and my new 2020 Soul LX (base model) has it. I just checked that out this morning.

OH, and the card stock I jammed in beside the ISG button is still in place and my motor keeps right on running when I stop at a stop light. (Ref. OM, page 5-98)
You (or others) may just Love the ISG feature, but it was driving me crazy and my dealer said there was NO WAY to permanently defeat the feature. OH YES? That's what they think! lol

They haven't come up against FLH ingenuity yet! lol

Cheers Mate,
FLH :cool:

PS: Getting to the back of that switch, and installing a shorting wire across the switch would defeat the ISG feature permanently. However I'm pretty certain that if Kia found that wire, they could VOID the warranty. It's easy to pull out the card stock from beside the switch whenever the car goes to the dealership, for Oil Changes, etc. Thus, avoiding the Warranty question.
 

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.....awe you're getting old...........adjust accordingly :joyous:
 

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Wind buffet is nothing new, and is not confined to SUVs. I had a SAAB 93 (aerodynamic subcompact with a 2-cycle engine, oh my that must have been 50 years ago) that would get violent buffet under the right (wrong?) conditions. The nice thing about electric windows is, you don't have to stop the car to experiment with window combinations to fight it.
 

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Wind buffet is nothing new, and is not confined to SUVs. I had a SAAB 93 (aerodynamic subcompact with a 2-cycle engine, oh my that must have been 50 years ago) that would get violent buffet under the right (wrong?) conditions. The nice thing about electric windows is, you don't have to stop the car to experiment with window combinations to fight it.
As a motorcyclist it's never been new to me!
It was the extremely odd noise that was new/never heard by me before, is all.
 

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As a motorcyclist it's never been new to me!
It was the extremely odd noise that was new/never heard by me before, is all.
If you come to Florida, take note of the road noise, from different blacktop roads. We've got blacktop roads around here that are as rough and noisy as a gravel road. Then you'll come upon a brand new section (we have those too) where the road noise, at least in my 2020 Soul, just vanishes. It's amazing!

I too subscribe to the "leave the windows up and use the AC" group. I have allergies and I like my air to come through the Cabin Air Filter, minus dust, pollen, etc., so I just keep the windows UP.

Has anyone accessed the Cabin Air Filter on the 2020 Soul yet? I'd love to know how it's done.

Happy Trails Mates,

FLH :cool:
 

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I was born and raised in Minnesota so when the warm weather comes the windows go down, but I still keep the A/C on. Best of both worlds

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On those freezing, clear winter days sometimes I do the opposite, windows down, heat on full. Like you said, best of both worlds :)
 

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If you come to Florida, take note of the road noise, from different blacktop roads. We've got blacktop roads around here that are as rough and noisy as a gravel road. Then you'll come upon a brand new section (we have those too) where the road noise, at least in my 2020 Soul, just vanishes. It's amazing!

I too subscribe to the "leave the windows up and use the AC" group. I have allergies and I like my air to come through the Cabin Air Filter, minus dust, pollen, etc., so I just keep the windows UP.

Has anyone accessed the Cabin Air Filter on the 2020 Soul yet? I'd love to know how it's done.

Happy Trails Mates,

FLH :cool:
Is it not in your Owners Manual?
 
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