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Toyota Venza, SUV
#815 of 1243 Re: #691-694 [felt]
Feb 25, 2009 (9:24 am)
It would be interesting to know if the delay is part of their marketing stragedy, or if there was a delay in delivery of the 4 cyl? Possibly a delay in EPA certification or some such thing
There really has not been that much of a delay, since Toyota originally said the 4 cyl Venza would arrive in Feb. 09. They are probably a little behind their production plan since the Toyota Georgetown plant shut down for nearly a month (Dec-Jan) as part of a Toyota-wide cost savings effort.Production is now back to normal, though Toyota has announced a number of shut-downs days for the remainder of 2009, these are sporadic and should not affect output significantly. Then again, if car sales in general don't pick up, who knows what the future will hold.
#816 of 1243 Carbon Friendly?
Feb 25, 2009 (10:44 am)
Wouldn't it be much more "carbon friendly" to keep driving and maintaining your current vehicle? Or to purchase a used vehicle? The natural resources consumed to produce a vehicle have already been expended on your existing car or a used car as opposed to the new one. Sorry, I don't mean to rain on your parade but every time I hear something like "carbon friendly" I think of some hollywood star or Al Gore type posing next to their prius and then finding out they go through cars faster than their private jets burn Jet A. I don't mean to suggest that you should feel any guilt about buying a new car, I sure would not, just that doing so in the name of environmental awareness is not as simple as comparing mpg ratings.
#817 of 1243 Re: #691-694 [md_outback]
Feb 25, 2009 (11:33 am)
Confirming what you stated.
In the training done by Toyota last Fall the planned rollout of the vehicle has always foreseen that the loaded V6's would be made first from Nov through Feb. The more standard I4's would begin arriving in Feb but as you note the economy has forced the vehicle makers to cut back production across the board to balance out inventory.
Our first I4's are now due to hit the ground from 3-4 through 3-15.
#818 of 1243 Re: [redrose1]
Feb 25, 2009 (12:50 pm)
You can look to see if the brakes and other clearances would allow a smaller rim, then run a higher profile tire. The added cushion is nice in winter, and the high performance loss would be irrelevant in PQ winters. We have done this with our vehicles whenever possible. It adds a little to the up-front cost, but the savings of running a smaller tire often get almost all of that back. Then add in the significant savings for rotating tires instead of remounting and balancing twice a year and it's a good investment.
Feb 25, 2009 (4:29 pm)
Well, no disrespect intended toward anybody... but who CARES about the 4 cylinder? I'd be happy to get the six cylinder FWD/loaded car I put a deposit on six weeks ago!
This is really starting to become annoying. The dealer is doing everything he can (put me in a loaner plain-vanilla Corolla and is buying the gas), but I'm getting tired of driving that beer can and WANT MY VENZA!
I see where Nissan is doing some pretty good rebates, etc., on Muranos... might go look at one tomorrow.
#820 of 1243 Re: Carbon Friendly? [kcflyer]
Feb 25, 2009 (9:47 pm)
I gotta say the MPG ratings are only one small piece of the pie...
I completely agree with you that building a new car is NOT very carbon friendly - but you gotta know that this will be the 2nd NEW car I have purchased (and I am about to turn the BIG five-Ohhh!). We will be replacing a 94 Volvo Wagon that has served us VERY well since I bought it in 95 (used) - to bring it up to speed would cost more than the Kelly Blue book is says it is worth. There are NO used vehicles that match what the Venza can offer - and I CAN'T drive a SUV or Mini-van (psychologically or philosophically!!)
The Venza is ergonomically the BEST vehicle for our family. Ingress and Egress are wonderful - added plus it looks kinda COOL!!
Even though the difference in MPG between the V6 and the I4 are minimal, over the life of this car (I am planning 150K or more) every little bit will help... I wish it came with a European Toyota Diesel - but I digress!!
"Carbon Friendly" has become a bit of a catch phrase - but I think if we all did a little to help out we might be leaving a slightly better planet for our kids... Our "little" is opting for the I4 and it's slightly better MPG.
BTW - No rain on my Parade - even though we live in the Seattle area!!
And No offense taken and I hope none given...
Feb 27, 2009 (6:04 pm)
Maybe they were reading this???
Took delivery this morning.
What a neat ride.
However, I think that those of you holding out for the four cylinder are making a mistake. I know my engine is brand-new, and will get a bit better, but it certainly does NOT have an over-abundance of power.
The one I drove six weeks ago was without a doubt peppier than mine. We'll see.
No drama, though. I bought it for style, comfort, and utility, not to be a street racer.
#822 of 1243 Re: [LSP972]
Feb 27, 2009 (7:02 pm)
Thanks for the update.
The dealership I have been dealing with just called to ay they also had a L4 ON the lot...
We may go tomorrow and drive it - I've been through my Racer Phase with the Turbo Volvo Wagon and am also looking for style - utility AND better MPG - ready to give up SPEED!!
Now, can we get one outfitted as we want??
LSP972 - How is your L4 configured - if you don't mind me asking???
#823 of 1243 Re: [david_k1]
Feb 27, 2009 (7:24 pm)
David...I think you mentioned in an earlier post that you are in the Seattle area. I am in Snoqualmie and would like to drive an I4. Can you tell me which local dealer has it on their lot? Thanks!
#824 of 1243 Re: [briegel]
Feb 27, 2009 (7:46 pm)
Sorry to get your hopes up -
I just listened to the message on our phone again from the dealer -
He said it was an I4 with a comfort package, security package and tow package and put it ON the lot LOT on the 13th of MARCH!!
I am not in Seattle proper and may start looking at the BIGGER Seattle Metro dealers inventory next week...
I am hopeful though - I was thinking that Toyota would be shipping only BASE model I4s initially and the fact that this one has at least leather is a good sign...
Still a little sleepless NEAR Seattle!!