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#63 of 140 Re: Dashboard issues [ted_driver]
May 16, 2010 (4:47 pm)
I have a 2009 Venza V6 AWD.
The only issue that I have had is with paint chipping and flaking particularly around the wheel wells.
The Dealer tried to say it was a result of 20" tires blasting debri against the paint. I explained to the Service Manager and Toyota Rep that I now difference between flaking paint due to a poor paint job and paint being blasted off by debri from the tires.
In short, the complaint got Toyota to pay for the paint job.
Other than the paint issue, there has been no mechanical problems at alomost 25k miles.
I really enjoy drive the Venza and it was a dream to drive in all the snow we had this winter.
#64 of 140 Venza brake over ride availability
Jun 11, 2010 (5:35 am)
I'm considering purchase of Venza V6 FWD. Live in New York City and need more cargo space than current sedan but not as much as most SUV's offer. Like the look and feel of the Venza. A bit concerned by reports of paint peeling and dashboard warping. Also, does anyone know if the V6 is quieter than the I4?. And, I like the idea of the brake over ride system supposedly on production after April 15 but can't seem to find product availability yet in the NYC area as of June 11.
Curious about any thoughts out there on the car and related questions.
#65 of 140 Re: Venza brake over ride availability [hfnyc]
Jun 11, 2010 (12:38 pm)
Replying to hfnyc:
I just took my Venza for a 1000 mile road trip so I feel I have a more informed opinion of my Venza now. The big pluses about the car are that it is stylish and unique (unlike the ubiquitous Camry). The exterior is fine so far. My problem is with the interior -- the Venza interior is not as sturdy as Toyotas from previous years (e.g. the plastic panels feel less substantial). I checked a few 2011 Toyotas (Sienna and Camry) and I found they have the same problem so this interior quality problem is not unique to the Venza and could be the way Toyota is making cars for the next few years. I reported the warping in the forum but I also tend to notice little things and the slight warping may not bother you -- check with Venzas that have been on the dealer lot for several months in the sun and check how the dashboard panels fit together; and if you're okay with how the panels fit then the warping issue shouldn't be a problem for you.
The Venza cargo space is really not much more than a sedan if you want to still be able to look out from the rear window. The v6 is somewhat quiter than a v4 but not by much after the car is broken in. At the stop light, I can barely hear/feel my v4 engine running. You should know that (from reading the boards) people find it hard to achieve the stated fuel economy. From my experience unless you drive 55-70mph, it is hard to achieve the stated 29 mpg.
I bought my car last month and from the manufacturing info, my car was made in early April 2010. I was told by my dealer that all Venzas made after March 2010 have/should have the brake overide system.
Despite the quibles I have with my Venza, I like it. It is a fun ride esp with the moonroof. But you should really negotiate hard with the dealer. I still got a pretty good price, $100 over invoice, but the car with rebates for grad and military one can do much better.
#66 of 140 Re: Venza brake over ride availability [ted_driver]
Jun 12, 2010 (12:42 pm)
Thanks for your input. As far as I can tell the dealers in NYC area don't seem to have vehicles produced after April 2010 yet. I've considered the alternatives and the Venza seems the best choice for us. Still trying to find one that has the brake over ride. It may not be the answer but does make me feel a bit safer.
#67 of 140 Re: Venza transmission problems [allisonian]
Jun 13, 2010 (8:45 am)
Did you ever get your issue resolved on this "thinks on a hill" response by Venza? Was this resolved by recent electronics system retrofit to have brake pedal override accelerator (I think they are two different issues"?
Thinking about buying a 2010 Venza--also debating waiting on the 2011--thoughts?
#68 of 140 2010 Venza or wait for 2011
Jun 13, 2010 (8:50 am)
Need to buy a new car--have a Camry, new ones feeling small--considering a Venza instead.
Should I wait for 2011 or go with 2010's?
Also, net net net, any real concerns with Venza--i read about rattles, expensive 20" replacement tires, blind spots--are all these minor issues considering overall value?
I am a big guy, 6'4" 275 lbs and dont want to go all the way up to SUV.
Any thoughts appreciated. Really concerned that TOY quality has gone downhill but reviews of Taurus and Chrysler are even less encouraging...Thought about Avalon but know those are getting facelift within 2 years..would like to stay at max $35k.
#69 of 140 Re: 2010 Venza or wait for 2011 [camryloyalist]
Jun 13, 2010 (4:27 pm)
I had my heart set on the new 2011 sonata. We were disappointed in it and looked at several other cars. Wife spotted the venza, then we compared with other somewhat "similar" vehicles. We bought a 2010 6 cyl venza. We had a small rattle in the back (cargo net holder) and I hand tightened it. I'm not aware of any blind spots. We have the backup camera, but I don't really use it. I think the visibility is very good. The 20 inch tires will probably last you a very long time. They range in pricing, but you can get them for reasonable prices - I believe the Goodyears are about $109 each. We love our venza and do not regret buying it at all! Our first ever toyota. If we had a beef, it would be that on the slightest pull or hill it will downshift. Perhaps many of the cars do that, idk. My wife tells me I drive like "an old man" and I get about 25 mpg - all highway. When we compared it to Edge/Murano/Traverse, etc, I honestly think this was a no-brainer decision for us.
#71 of 140 Re: 2010 Venza or wait for 2011 [priggly]
Jun 14, 2010 (3:02 am)
No, I'm not a bit concerned about where toyota gets its parts. The venza is 80 percent american parts and 100 percent american labor. However, that means nothing to me. I've bought quite a few cars over the years and the only "disqualifier" with regard to where or how something was made would be being built in a union plant. Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice, shame on me, burn me five times and I become committed to non-union plants. Just my experience, not interested in convincing anyone else.
#72 of 140 Re: 2010 Venza or wait for 2011 [camryloyalist]
Jun 14, 2010 (11:33 am)
Other things I've mentioned about my Venza are not major concerns. My major concern is the blindspot because it is a safety issue. The roof supports are large but the C-bar (rear roof support) are big enough to hide a person so now I have to be a little more careful backing up.