I've read so many threads on this that my head hurts, but I've never been too concerned about the noise. I just figured it was the nature of the beast, but reports of short block changes etc. does get my attention. I guess I have been conditioned to tune out noises from my ownership of GM products with piston slap, and a myriad of sport bikes with noisey inline 4 cylinder engines in a high state of tune. My car has a little over 29k, is modded, and gets driven, not abused, but not babied around either. It has the inconsistent tick that does indeed have a little snap or pop like a grill ignitor. I can live with the noise, but if is something that could lead to a catastrophic failure I will have the car looked at asap. The car performs great and I love it, I don't want anyone monkeying with it unless I absolutely have to. I had a fob programmed a few weeks back at the dealership and the shop guys were all swooning over the car like a bunch of horny teenagers looking at a hot cheerleader, so I can envision the "road test" it would get. It is under warranty but is also modded. Has anyone just lived with the noise and drove the car and posted results? It isn't a lowend knock or anything, or I'd be at the dealership right now. But I am curious as to if there are any relatively high mileage "tickers" out there?