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#127 of 596 Brand New Venza in MD
Feb 28, 2009 (8:20 pm)
Just purchased a brand new 2009 V6 AWD Venza from Darcars Toyota of Silver Spring for $33489 plus TTL. The MSRP was 37K odd and dealer claimed invoice was 33,889. It may not be a great deal but I am glad that my search is over. This car drives like a tank. Very study and stable. I liked the options inside and it is very easy to get in and out of the car. I was replacing a Lexus RX330 and this was a OK compromise as it was a little cheaper. The only thing I missed was the moon roof and seat memory. I did buy the extended warranty for 875 for 8 years and 100,000 miles. The finance guy offered me a platinum protection plan for 1600 and when I said I don;t want it he reduced the price to 875. Note I am sure you all will be able to negotiate this as well if needed.
I may have done better if I had searched and done my home work. But I needed to replace my car quick and I had actually not considered this car before seeing it in the show room.
Mar 01, 2009 (6:46 am)
I should have ordered AWD . Today it is SNOWING here in the deepsouth of Alabama. Of course when they predict snow here everything closes down,Schools, busnesses, even our local ice hockey rink
The weather is unpredictable here yesterday we had Tornados today Snow. Should get about 3inches with thunder,first snow in 3 yeras here.Should be 70 later this week
I should get my venza this week. I will keep it off the road nobody can drive in this mess,
Mar 01, 2009 (8:11 am)
Thanks for giving me the price and info on the Extended Warraty. Called the dealer yesterday and ask for him to send me info so I can educate myself before I pick up my Venza this week.He said he would have someone contact me. I may see if I can get something on line cheaper. Any suggestuions who is best
#130 of 596 Venza hard ride
Mar 01, 2009 (5:12 pm)
I've had my Venza for 4 days and I feel like I bought a truck because of the very stiff suspension. The model I test drove, before I special ordered one with Nav, was a softer ride. Anyone know if there is a way to adjust the independent suspension for a softer ride? I checked the tire pressure and they were set to spec. I don't understand how the test model could be a smooth ride and mine (exact model plus Nav) feels like a truck. The rest of the car is very sweet, and I was able to score $2700 off MSRP...which seemed o.k. for a new model.
#131 of 596 Import from across the border
Mar 01, 2009 (9:32 pm)
The Canadians were importing from the US when the dollars were at par. Given the exchange rate at > 1.25, I see a good reason from those who live close to the border to import from the north, especially when the Canadian MSRP is much more lower than the US. The fully loaded with NAV/JBL V6 AWD is only at less than CAD $40000. It works out to be only USD $32000. Just some thoughts for those who don't mind to put in some effort to get better deals.
#132 of 596 Re: Venza hard ride [mtg2]
Mar 02, 2009 (6:04 am)
Do you know if the one you test drove had a different brand of tires? V6 Venzas (I'm assuming you have a V6) come with either Goodyears or Michelins and that could be the difference. You also never know if the dealer's test vehicle's tires were inflated properly - if the test drive car's tires were under inflated, they may have produced a softer ride. I don't think you can do much to adjust the suspension settings; if it is really bad have the dealer check it out to make sure everything is working properly.
#133 of 596 east coast deals
Mar 02, 2009 (10:17 am)
I am amazed at those east coast deals you are all getting.
Mar 04, 2009 (10:01 am)
Bottom line--very pleased. I went cheap. V-6 in blizzard pearl, conv package and bumper protector, wheel locks, all weather mats, cargo net, splash guards and front window tint and mat package. MSRP was $30,450. Paid $27,500.
I drove a 4 cyl highlander to test the engine. The 4 is powerful but not refined after driving the V-6. So no 4 cyl venza coming my way..
My guess is that real world gas savings will be 1-2 despite EPA estimates. We got 27.7 mpg on 100 mile trip home at 68 mph or so. Regular gas is a plus.
Was surprise satellite radio standard even on non navi and non JBL model. Nice surprise.
#136 of 596 Re: Bought one [soonercat]
Mar 04, 2009 (7:42 pm)
hi can you send me the details of ur purchase and where did you buy it. i am planning to buy one soon.