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#106 of 140 Re: Cross shopping the Venza - Are steering wheel controls illuminated at night [sr8474]
Jul 18, 2011 (3:33 pm)
Yes, they are illuminated on the dash board but not on the steering wheel.
#107 of 140 Re: Cross shopping the Venza - Are steering wheel controls illuminated at night [jaimel2]
Jul 19, 2011 (3:36 am)
Thanks for the information regarding the steering wheel controls NOT being illuminated at night. Unfortunately, this is a deal breaker for me....reminds me too much of the late 90's era Acura's which required the overhead light in order to locate the cruise control and other functions while driving at night. Hopefully they correct this during the cycle mid-fresh since both the Camry and Highlander appear to have illuminated controls on the steering wheel.
#108 of 140 Re: Cross shopping the Venza - Are steering wheel controls illuminated at night [sr8474]
Jul 19, 2011 (11:40 am)
yes, I have an 09, v6 with all-wheel drive, equalent to the XLE model and steer-wheel controls are illmuniated at night.
#109 of 140 Re: Venza 2011 Base 4cl FWD with Moonroof & Smartke [edin06]
Sep 06, 2011 (7:46 am)
Just bought a Toyota Venza 2011 V6 AWD, Premium Package #2, all in! MSRP: 39k, Deal: 32.5K!!! After $1000 Toyota Rebate included.
#110 of 140 Re: Venza 2011 Base 4cl FWD with Moonroof & Smartke [roya4]
Sep 08, 2011 (12:00 pm)
Sounds like a VERY good deal...where did you buy it?
#111 of 140 Re: Venza 2011 Base 4cl FWD with Moonroof & Smartke [roya4]
Sep 13, 2011 (5:21 am)
That sounds like a great deal. With the 2012s coming out in few weeks, should see some good offers on the remaining 2011s.
#112 of 140 Sun Visor Extension...or lack thereof
Oct 28, 2011 (8:25 am)
Does anyone know why in the world Toyota would leave off an extension for the Venza's sun visors, or if there is a fix for it that doesn't look too cheesy? My commute to and from work is in the exact direction which allows the sun to poke in my side window at the exact place where the extensionless visors end. And, yes, the side windows are tinted.
I've owned several kinds of Toyotas over the past 25 years and although the Venza is great in so many ways, I am disappointed, in general, in the quality of product Toyota is making these days. I was hoping this would be the last automobile I would have to buy for a long, long time, but now I'm not so sure.
#113 of 140 Re: paint [cheers1]
Nov 26, 2011 (2:47 pm)
i work with a lady who has a silver 2010 venza,her front bumber had dime and quarter size chips she was told came from debree form the road. she was driving home in the rain very hard when something flew up on windshield it was a large section of paint from the bumper dealer contacted zone rep who agreed to repaint bumper they had the car for over 2 weeks kept telling her they hadn't got to it yet, when it was ready they told her they repainted it twice due to paint wouldn't stay on, they ended up getting a new bumper from toyota. they said they were having problems with the bumbers
#114 of 140 Re: Sun Visor Extension...or lack thereof [su922]
Nov 29, 2011 (8:40 am)
I agree that the sun visor should extend back to cover the portion of the window where the driver sits to block out the sun. I had a 2002 Lexus ES300 that had the extending visors - they would extend back on the rod nearly 5" to provide excellent blockage of the sun. Have you noticed that the back side of the visor, when it is folded down against the windshield, has a very rough seam along the mid-portion where the rest of the seam is smooth and appears to be sewn not glued.
I've had my 2011 FWD V6 for nearly 6 weeks and upon close inspection there are several fit/finish issues that my 2007 Highlander Hybrid never had. Unfortunately, I have an eye for detail and most people wouldn't notice the things I do. Although the Venza is a very nice car with great features, it's not as good as the Highlander I traded in. I don't have buyers remorse as I got a very good deal on the Venza but since this is advertised as a 'premium' Toyota I expected better. At least everything works as it should and I've had no issues at all with the Venza, I only hope it will serve me as well as the Highlander did.
Not sure if there is an aftermarket sun visor extension rod available but maybe you could get a visor from a Lexus RX since it is very similar to the Venza in many ways.
Regards - M. J. McCloskey
#115 of 140 2011 Venza - rough ride quality
Nov 30, 2011 (6:40 pm)
After test driving multiple 2011 Venza FWD models (both V4 and V6), purchased a well equipped V6 FWD. Immediate reaction was that ride was very rough, much different than test drive models. Determined that dealer delivered vehicle with excessive tire pressure. Adjusted all four tires to recommended pressure but found no noticeable change in ride quality. Drove vehicle approximately 200 miles on mostly highway roads and car exhibited excessive and consistent bounce.
Concerned about safety, took the vehicle to a dealer and had a technician take a highway ride with me. When we returned to dealership, service manager asked tech his impressions of the ride. He answered "horrible", said it was stiffer and bouncier than a Tundra or Tacoma. They put car on a lift and found no obvious technical issues. They called Toyota who said there are no known technical issues and claimed that a "stiff" ride is typical.
Although we liked the vehicle very much, we were unwilling to accept a truck like ride from a passenger car. My other vehicle is a 2006 Honda Pilot and the ride quality of the Pilot with 78,000 miles was significantly smoother than this brand new car.
We contacted the selling dealer and explained that this vehicle was not indicative of other Venza's and that we wanted to return the vehicle and void the sale. To their credit, they agreed to return the car for full credit. This was a remarkable act of customer service and we will certainly make every effort to buy another vehicle from this dealer.
To those looking to buy a Venza, make sure you take a highway test drive with the actual vehicle you intend to purchase. Buyer beware!