Sign in to follow this  
Drew Dowdell

The Sound of Cars

14 posts in this topic

I'm wondering if you guys do this to. There are certain cars that, with my eyes closed, I can identify simply by noises they make.

List the car and describe the sounds that you can identify.

Honda 4-cylinders - sound on startup

Mitsubishi 4-cylinders - sound when engine revs <they have a very unique whine to them>

Chrysler FWD automatics - sound when decelerating to a stop.

GM 3800s - start up, engine rev

GM Quad4 with low oil - has a very unique engine knock after it's been abused.

Ford 302s - very unique, unrefined, start up sound

Northstar V8 - unique startup sound

GM 5.3 - idle... though I'm not sure that I've not mistaken a 6.0 for a 5.3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

VQ engine in RWD Nissans and Infinitis: Best sounding V6 this side of an exotic.

3.0L V6s in Toyotas and Lexuses have a distinct starter and idle sound.

Aircooled Porsche 911s: Unmistakably angry-sounding SOBs.

Subaru boxer engines have a distinct sound as well (especially WRX/STis with aftermarket exhausts).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The starter motor sound of an old Chrysler product - can't miss it.

69 Plymouth Satellite, Jesus the battery would die before that thing started

69 Mach 1 mustang 351 I know the sound of that thing from any where. Another car that never wanted to start left me stranded more than 78 times

any late 80's Mustang 5.0 L

GM 3.4 and 5.3

I can go on but those are the ones i can tell you from anywhere what they are.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

BMW inline-sixes

BMW V-10

Porsche flat-sixes

VW inline-five

VW VR6s

Ferrari V8s

Audi V8s

Nissan V6s

GM starter sounds

Honda starter sounds

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Start-up and idle are very distinctive for me... that old Chrysler starter (yeah Camino), a 5.0 Mustang or any older Ford V8, Chevy smallblocks, every engine has a distinctive voice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest YellowJacket894

I'll just make a quick list of my top three:

  • Vortec 4.3L (I could identify the sound of this one even in my sleep. We've had two vehicles with this engine, both of GMCs -- an '88 S-15 and a '97 Jimmy -- and they have a distinct sound when you start them.)
  • Magnum 318 (As WMJ said, these tend to sound like a diesel, although I'm more used to the sound of the 318 in the late 90s Chrysler products. I blame the catalytic converters on that one, though -- after about 50,000 miles total they start to go and they rattle like crazy. Which brings me to another point, I can also tell if a 318 is running without one, too. :P)
  • GM 3400 (These things just roar when you take off in them.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Camino is correct about those old CHrysler starters...I would know my '85 Fifth Avenue had "that sound" I can also identify Hondas, Jeeps with the 4.0 liter on start up, as well as the FWD chrysler products that a few mentioned that have that moan, groan, whatever you want to call it sound, when they're slowing down or being put into gear.

Also Rocket 350's I've owned 2 so far, I can tell when an older Olds have a rocket under its hood.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, very true about start-up noise for the stuff mentioned.

Back in the day I owned a couple of GM cars with the 12

valve 3.1 V6s, those have a distinct sound too... but who

cares? New stuff is all generic, there's not much sound in

today's cars anyway.

The real story is all the old school stuff. Ever heard a GTO's

Tri-Power 389 going down a dragstrip? Or how about a

true DZ302 powered, cross ram 1969 Camaro Z/28 at high

RPMs? It's a sound one can never forget.

A Cadillac 472 or 500 also makes a very special sound

when echoing inside the fenders of a early 1970s car?

With some cars it's the LACK of sound that makes 'em so

special. Ever heard a super-quiet 1940s car with a 7.0:1

compression motor? Course you haven't, that's the point!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

Guest
You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoticons maximum are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this