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#42 of 70 Re: Venza electrical system behaviour [nilkitwa]
Apr 29, 2010 (10:05 am)
Exact same problem happened to my 2009 6-cyl Venza (mileage = 5,500 kilometers) in mid April after leaving it parked in the garage for 10 days. The battery was compeletly discharged. Required boosting through Roadside Assistance. Drove it to the dealership. They did a "battery load test" and gave the battery a clean bill of health. They probably dismissed the incident as another case of "owner incompetence" - I could tell from the service department personnel attitude when they asked insulting questions like: "Are you sure you didn't leave any lights on?" I suspect the incident rate will pick up soon. I'd encourage you to write Toyota so they can start tracking the problem seriously. I will be writing my letter shortly.
#43 of 70 Transmission Failing in 2009 4-cyl. AWD Venza
Apr 30, 2010 (10:39 am)
I may have an advantage on other Venza owners. My 2009 4-cyl. AWD Venza, purchased 6 months ago, has just turned 40,000 miles!
For the past several weeks, the automatic transmission has been "shuddering", and even the occasional "clunk" when shifting between gears.
I drive quite conservatively in order to maintain about 27.5 mpg., since I drive so much.
I took the car into Fred Anderson Toyota in Raleigh at 36,000 miles ... and they told me that the car was "within factory specs"!
Are you kidding me? Factory specs ??? Sounds more like an Insurance Adjuster trying to save Toyota money rather than stand behind the product!
The noise is so bad now that it sounds like I'm going over bumps in the road (when I'm on perfectly smooth asphalt, and passengers comment about the noise.
This is all too reminiscent of the Sienna Transmission debacle.
#45 of 70 2011 venze transmission issues
Feb 01, 2011 (5:00 pm)
I am considering a 2011 VEnza. Have the dead battery and transmission issues been resolved. I would like to hear from 2011 owners. Thanks. RR70
#46 of 70 Re: 2011 venze transmission issues [roadrunner70]
Feb 01, 2011 (7:42 pm)
Not resolved-had a switch installed to disconnect battery to car but this messed up the electronics causing the car to blow fuses and entailed towing the car 350 km to the closest Toyota dealer from Alaska all resolved and dealt with very properly but ''a bit of a hassle factor!'' Now I have a dedicated wrench and I just disconnect battery from engine when parking it for more then 3 weeks not a big deal takes about 3 minutes. Otherwise have been driving to work on the Alaska border all this winter and the car has handled exceptionally well in snow to the ''gunales'' ice and ice ''ridged '' high speed hwy driving ,car goes like a ''bomb'' when needed, tracks well and am very happy with it. Deep snow slush ice all has been good have little comment on city driving since this is not in my lexicon. The Toyota dealership here in northern B.C. has treated me exceptionally well and I guess that's what it's all about, hope this helps.This battery drainage with any prolonged parking seems to be a problem in most new ''electronically dependant'' vehicles.
#47 of 70 Re: 2011 venze transmission issues [nilkitwa]
Feb 02, 2011 (7:27 pm)
thanks for your reply. the easiest way to solve the battery drain problem is to purchase a screw style battery disconnect switch. this is what I used on my show car. it should not cause a problem with fuses etc, since its just the same as disconnecting the battery cable.
it sure sounds to me like there is a parasitic drain in this car. toyota needs to fix it.
i will still consider the car, but less so, and with more healthy distrust. rr70
#48 of 70 Re: 2011 venze transmission issues [roadrunner70]
Feb 03, 2011 (10:40 am)
Every time you disconnect the battery all of the engine/transaxle control parameters, LEARNED parameters, will revert to the factory default parameters. Now, until the "REAL" operational parameters can be relearned (200-1000 miles) the engine control parameters and transaxle shifting patterns will be less than optimal. In the meantime the shift pattern will often be enough different to be quite noticeable.
#49 of 70 Re: Transmission? [bdyment]
Feb 05, 2011 (8:12 am)
ABS are simply brakes that apply and disengage and are controlled by the ECU ( a computer ) to make stopping safer. You have a Camry, are you still alive ? The ABS brakes are not a new thing not unlike air bags, both of them killed a lot of people when they first came out. They should not really make any sound but the disc brakes could if they were not installed right or are out of OEM specs. Don't waist your money on the organic pads just get the higher priced kind. ABS brakes can't lock up as you will feel the pedal move when applied. I've had cars with out ABS and once had to make a fast short stop,
the Dodge Charger (1968) made it happen for me as the car locked up and if I had ABS I would have hit the car in front of me. It was a multiple car accident
and my Charger was the only one to drive away untouched. Air bags and ABS are things that engineers thought up and tech's have to deal with their issues at the dealerships every day. My Master Tech. Instructor said that he removed an air bag that had the imprint of the woman drivers face on it ( even the color of her lipstick ), yes she had a broken nose. The seat belts would have been good enough. Notice that you now can't put an infant in the front seat, too many deaths with that. We have all learned how to drive with ABS and air bags and yes they sometimes save lives, but sometimes not.
#50 of 70 Re: 2011 venze transmission issues [wwest]
Feb 05, 2011 (8:45 am)
For small money you can buy a device that has a small battery in it. Just plug it
into what was called a cigarette lighter and that will supply the computer with the small voltage to keep the memory alive. As todays computers in our cars can total over 100 don't take all day to change the battery. There is voltage lost on top of a dirty battery that can be measured with a multimeter, just ground one side of the meter and drag the other meter wire over the top of the battery, there is an OEM spec for that. Turning on the head lights with the car off can get rid of that, but spray some battery cleaner on a rag and wipe
it down get rid of the grounding effect of the dirty battery top ( don't forget to remove and clean the connections ). Check the wiring for an unwanted ground
and if you spry down a battery with cleaner, NEVER use high pressure air to blow it off as the acid will do all kinds of damage to your car or truck. There is a whole lot more but that is enough for now. Try your multimeter to test the voltage from the clamp to the top of the battery terminal on each side, ( don't disconnect thing )
see what you get. There is an OEM spec for that to.
#51 of 70 2010 Toyota Venza 4cyl Fwd Transmission Issues
Mar 31, 2011 (6:16 pm)
Hi, my 2010 Toyota Venza has just 11,000 km on it. I've recently started feeling the transmission slip on the change from 1st into 2nd. Since I drive pretty conservatively to maximize fuel effeciency it cannot be attributed to driver abuse etc. i am really worried about this. I've driven older cars with transmission issues which is probably why i noticed it immediately a day or two ago and have since confirmed it several times again. This is a brand new vehicle, i'm really worried and dissappointed as its not what I expect from Toyota. I love my Venza. what should i do? Obviously i'm taking it to the dealer asap, however, I am skeptical about that entire excersize after reading some other owners experiences with dealers over various issues. Can anyone confirm similar issues and/or suggest what my next steps should be?