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Toyota Venza, SUV
#602 of 1243 Re: Toyota Venza Availablity [microwaveguy]
Dec 29, 2008 (9:18 am)
The reason for the inflexibility at the moment is that there just aren't that many Venza's in the pipeline. Most stores are getting one a month!!! That's it. Sell it and it's gone until next month.
As production ramps up and the 4 cyl models begin to arrive I'd expect only a very very very limited availability of V6 loaded versions.
But even with that consider what Toyota's planned expectations are for this vehicle. At tops.. in a normal 15 million unit market ( 2009 is expected to be in the 10 million unit range ) the Venza was forseen to be a supplemental vehicle selling about 75000 units.
With about 1250 stores in the US that averages out to about 60 per store per year....or 5 per month. But as in most businesses 20% of the stores do 80% of the business. Huge retailers like Longo in LA are 10 times larger than your local store. They will get 10 times the volume of an average store. Ditto Laurel Carmax in MD the #2 store in the US. Most local retailers will get one or two Venza's a month even at full supply.
But that's all predicated on a booming automarket with full production. This year is likely to be the worst year in our lifetimes as regards to sales, and thus production/availability. I'd expect most stores to have one on hand at any one time. Sell that one and it's gone.
#603 of 1243 Re: Toyota Venza Availablity [kdhspyder]
Dec 29, 2008 (7:36 pm)
Well since I am in silicon valley I have 5 dealers within 15 miles of my home. All of the dealers have atleast 2 with one having 6 instock. LA has always been the place for a good car deal. I have a friend that made a deal over the internet for a car and flew down , signed the papers, drove home and saved over $1000 by doing that. Like I said , I am in no hurry. When I find someone ready to deal , I'll be a buyer.
#604 of 1243 Re: Toyota Venza Availablity [microwaveguy]
Dec 29, 2008 (10:48 pm)
I am in Norcal also and, in general, good deals can be found here. We just don"t have the megadealers, they have down south, that beat each other over the head every week trying to move the metal. It's a more orderly type of,one only,chaos.
Hey, it's Norcal!! We're used to paying more for everything!!
#605 of 1243 Re: Toyota Venza Availablity [CanStacker]
Dec 30, 2008 (1:43 pm)
I bought the first Venza a Seattle area dealer got in stock. It has every option except Rear Entertainment (not available with Panaromic Roof). With my trade I paid right at $2000 over invoice which was my offer price. They took it gladly. This is a buyer's market even with this new launch. On the East Coast Fitz Mall is selling Venzas for $700 over invoice. I would think someone could probably find a West Coast dealer that would do the same. I couldn't and I looked a little. But when the 4 cyclinder models begin to be delivered in January dealer inventory will most likely continue to stack up. There will be deals out there.
#606 of 1243 Re: Toyota Venza Availablity [bill]
Dec 30, 2008 (2:12 pm)
Congratulations! Which dealer did you get it from? Did you negotiate with any other area dealers?
#608 of 1243 One month review
Jan 05, 2009 (7:36 pm)
It's been just over a month since we purchased our Venza and I thought I would share some thoughts.
We purchased it on December 5th and have had a lot of snow during the past month. We are very pleased with it. The seats are comfortable, the ride is smooth and the power is more than adequate (OK, you can never have too much power, but for everyday driving, it's really good).
The two things that frustrates me at times are:
(1) The limited use of the Nav Screen while driving. I'm referring to all Toyota and Lexus vehicles where many features are locked-out or blank when driving.
(2) Could have much better iPod integration that could be controlled from the steerring wheeling.
Other than that, it's been great!
#609 of 1243 Re: One month review [macpro]
Jan 05, 2009 (10:03 pm)
(1) Yes this blockage is intentional in all Toyota's. But that's why they gave you the voice command options to overcome that blockage. The voice commands are a lot easier IMO in this Gen 4 Navi installation.
#610 of 1243 Re: One month review [kdhspyder]
Jan 06, 2009 (6:35 am)
I do like the voice commands and find they work extremely well, but what I was referring to, but didn't give a good example is when you receive a call, the phone number field is empty, unless you're stopped.
Although rather minor, I just wonder how they choose to leave some fields showing when driving and some field empty?
#611 of 1243 Re: Toyota Venza Availablity [briegel]
Jan 07, 2009 (7:53 am)
Sorry for the delay. I have been out of commission. Michaels Toyota. I contacted 6 or 7 dealers, all the way to So. Cal. At the time, most dealers were playing it close to the vest. I wanted a fully loaded Venza in one of two colors and when I found it I just went for it. No buyers remorse here. I am very happy. Good luck.