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#581 of 596 New Owner - 2011 FWD V6 Venza
Oct 22, 2011 (2:08 pm)
I took delivery of my Classic Silver 2011 FWD V6 Venza (build date 10/11) yesterday and feel I got a great deal on a very nice car. MSRP was $37,954 which included Preimum Package #2, DVD-Nav w/JBL, Panoramic Roof and Floor mats. Dealer offered car at $32,999.95 (30K) plus 3% VA sales tax, registration & title fees ($22.00) and that dreaded dealer processing fee ($395.00) which is a rip!! Their offer on my trade-in (2007 Highlander Hybrid) was way low so I took the HH to Carmax and they gave me 5K more! I applied that amount (22K) to the Venza plus took advantage of zero percent financing for the balance.
The car is very nice but has a somewhat firm ride because of the low profile tires and large wheels. I had read that the interior is mostly hard plastics but found that the dash and upper front door panels that run along the bottom of the glass are soft touch as are the armrests. The rear upper door panels are hard plastic so only the front seat occupant and driver are treated to the soft touch treatment. The engine is extremely quiet even under brisk acceleration and the transmission is super smooth. My HH had a CVT and I liked it but this 6-speed unit is very slick.
I was waiting for the 2012's to hit the lots (December I think) but the only changes are the 3 trim level lineup (LE, XLE, Limited). I sure hope they didn't make any visual changes which Toyota usually does in a vehicles mid-life cycle. Maybe just the trim levels are all that's really changed. Since my car is optioned like a 2012 FWD Limited I guess got a late 2011 sans the Limited badge that will come on the 2012's.
One more thing - have any of you Venza owners gotten/installed the mud/splash guards on your Venza? I ordered a set and hope to have them within a week. I noticed there are no screws at the back of the rear wheel wells where the read guards would attach like on the rear of the front wheel wells.
Regards - M. J. McCloskey
#582 of 596 Purchasing New Venza
Oct 23, 2011 (7:42 am)
Need some suggestion for me.. I am planning to Buy New Venza 2011 this is my first new car. I got the quote from my dealer for $32582 V6 AWD with out JBL and Navigation is this price good to go. It includes the following Packages:
FE, CQ, LS, SA, SR, TO, CF,EJ , GN,
Thanks In advance...
#583 of 596 Re: Venza AWD V4 [srikanthgsk]
Nov 05, 2011 (8:46 am)
srikanthqsk - Sorry for the late reply, No without taxes
#584 of 596 Re: Venza AWD V4 [qualitie]
Nov 07, 2011 (7:28 am)
Then what would be the better price i can negotiate with the dealer.
#585 of 596 Re: Venza AWD V4 [shreyan]
Nov 07, 2011 (8:04 am)
I guess I was trying to say the price w/out taxes is a good one! If you can get a even lower price then more power to you, maybe there is an opportunity with the year end approaching
Nov 14, 2011 (9:14 am)
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#587 of 596 Re: New Owner - 2011 FWD V6 Venza [mmccloskey]
Nov 15, 2011 (2:53 pm)
I purchased a new 2011 Venza last week and installed the mud guards myself. I had to drill three holes on the edge of the side panel to properly align the holes for the installation. I had to jack up the car and remove the rear tire to drill the holes because I didn't have a right angle drill. After removing the tire it's easy to install the mud guards but don't try to do it without removing the tire.
#588 of 596 Re: New Owner - 2011 FWD V6 Venza [golfer625]
Nov 16, 2011 (3:43 am)
Thanks for your reply and info on the Venza mud/splash guards. I ordered a pair the same day I got my 2011 Venza. The guards arrived 4 days later and I installed them w/o issue. The front ones were a snap - just turn the wheel away to clear the rear of the front wheel wells to install. The rear guards (as you noted) were more of a challenge. They fit/look great and will provide that extra protection to the lower portion of the car.
I've got about 750 miles on my 2011 FWD V6 after 4 weeks of ownership and the mileage is averaging 24.5mpg which I calculate manually. This is with mostly rural 2 lane roads and divided highway driving. I hope it will improve and achieve the 26mpg that is advertised.
Dec 13, 2011 (12:33 pm)
Live in the NYC area and looking for a new Toyota Venza I4 FWD. Anyone have any idea when the 2012s will be on the lots?
Any suggestions for tri-state area dealerships and suggested pricing? In terms of options, we really only need the Security Package and maybe the Panoramic Glass Roof. Is the roof worth the extra $1K?
So far the pricing I've gotten from 1 dealer in Queens, carsdirect, and Amex for the I4 FWD with Security Package are all in the $28K region including destination charge and tax. Is that much cheaper than the 2012s?
Do you recommend using a car buying service like carsdirect, Amex, or Costco?
#590 of 596 Re: New Owner - 2011 FWD V6 Venza [mmccloskey]
Dec 13, 2011 (9:55 pm)
Which dealership and your OTD was 32999?