'04 Freestar (6k miles)

Bought it new 5 months ago.
Works fine, but the ENGINE is loud.
When standing outside it (idling) sounds like a truck.
I have noticed it since I bought it (new) months ago,
but just the other day when a friend with a Grand Caravan drove into my yard it REALLY became obvious.
I don't know anything is "broken", but it sure sounds like an inferior product.
Is there less sound insulation or something that a dealer might look at?
Just loud, like a diesel really.
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Have you listened to a similar Freestar? I took a look at the information at Cars.com and one of the "cons" listed for this model was engine noise. Likewise Consumer Reports said " The engines are still noisy..." and "The optional 201-hp, 4.2-liter V6 in our Freestar provides good performance, but it sounds and feels harsh. A 3.9-liter V6 is standard." So it is possible that your engine is "normal" for a Freestar at least. But I have not heard one that sounded like a diesel, so I suggest that you at least ask the Ford dealer to let you listen to a similar one to see if your is especially noisy and possibly broken. I can't imagine that it can be any noiser than my SO's Plymouth van's engine, so I do suggest you at least check further.
Ed
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Ed,
Thanks for thoughtful and informative response.
I will do just that.
All the best-
Yisroel
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If you hear a Toyota or Honda van engine you will really feel bad.

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Typical american auto...And they wonder why the Japs are kicking their azzes

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Yeah that's gotta be it.
The crippling Health care and retirement packages don't have ANY effect at all on the engineering, research or production budgets.
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When GM was pulling in big bucks, instead of fixing their car designs they bought Subaru, Saab and a bunch of other crap which they are now dumping. Health care expenses has nothing to do with their mess. They have been making crap for 35 years.
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