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Transmission whine?

My 2019 has just under 600 miles on it. Since I got it, I've noticed a whining noise. I dismissed it initially because I have very sensitive hearing and figured it was probably something no one else would notice. Today while driving I identified that it only seems to whine at 1200 rpm or above and when it shifts and causes the rpms to fall below 1200 it isn't present.
Is this something I need to be concerned about and have looked at? Or could this just be the car isn't anywhere near "broken in" yet and it could go away, or is this normal and I'm just overly sensitive to the pitch?

I don't want to ignore it if it is the sign of an issue, but, I also don't want to take it in and have them look at me like I'm out of my mind.

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My 2017 SX has had a slight transmission whine since day one, over 50,000 miles on it now, no problems at all so far.
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My 2017 SX has had a slight transmission whine since day one, over 50,000 miles on it now, no problems at all so far.

Ok. that makes me feel a little better. I'll just keep an eye on it.

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This could simply be a function of the gears. Gears are noisier the closer to a straight cut they are. Thisb is why many cars make a whine sound when they reverse. Reverse is commonly made if straight cut gears

Australian V8 supercars use straight cut gears and have a distinctive sound because if it.
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Please give your vehicle some time and miles to break in. Even with superior manufacturing standards used today components still need to 'bed', 'seat, and 'match' to one another. Transmissions are no exception. Try not to perform WOT starts from a stand still for at least 1200 - 1500 miles. If the perceived noise continues beyond this have the dealer look at it during your first oil change.
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My wife says that she can hear a similar whine so i took into the dealership ship and of course they could hear anything......well else is new.
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I checked the fluid level multiple times to be sure it was full, the whine is very slight but barely noticeable at lower vehicle speeds , nothing severe at all, and is also a noise I have heard on lots of transmissions in the past.

A loud whine would be concerning, as that could be a clogged filter or pump issue. Slight whine not so much. If it is shifting and doing it's job properly, not running too hot, and generally behaving, I don't think a very slight low speed whine is anything to get concerned about.
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