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#82 of 140 Love my Venza but...
Jul 12, 2010 (7:36 am)
I have a 2009 FWD V6 Venza that's loaded with everything, Before buying my wife and I had the l4 overnight for a test drive. It seemed a liltte under powered and noisy. Next we tested the V6 out for a test could immediately see the difference in ride and noise. I would highly suggest the V6 over the l4. FWIW I my average is 22.8 mpg with 20,000 miles (about a 50/50 split of city and highway). I have the Micheclin 20" tires, which do give a better ride over the Goodyears (we tested both). My only concern is that I have several paint chips on the front hood that Toyota claims are due to highway rocks. Could be but my previous Jeep Grand Cherokee went 100 k without any similar chips. I;m not sold on the paint job because of this. Other than that no problems. I love way it handles and the blue tooth phone and iphone music.
#83 of 140 Car Alarm sounded off for no reason
Aug 12, 2010 (11:47 am)
Somehow, Edmund did not accept my new topic post about Venza's alarm sounding off randomly for no reason. Anyway, I did a google and discovered other Venza owners having the same problem. For mine, I took it to the dealer and they discovered that it was the faulty HOOD SENSOR. I bought my Venza Feb 2009 so kind of short time for the sensor to fail. Anyway, Toyota replaced it for free and all is good now.
Overall, I just love driving this car. I already put 32,000 plus miles...One thing I noticed, my driver seat right side is now touching the center storage console when the lumbar support is all the way up so it is making a squeaking sound when I move. I had to adjust the lumber support half way. Not sure what Toyota can do.
#84 of 140 Re: 2010 Venza or wait for 2011 [camryloyalist]
Aug 26, 2010 (2:47 pm)
Short answer: Is there going to be any difference at all between the '10s and 11s? My impression is no, but I may be wrong, so waiting would be pointless unless you are banking $ for the downpayment. If so, then wait. If your present transportation may not make it another month, then buy now.
We're in no hurry. The 2011 is going to be based on the outgoing Camry platform and the 12 should be based on the new platform. Besides, if we fully load a 4 cyl, it will come in around 30k, about $32k for a v6, so we'll be riding our 2 reliable toyotas while banking $ for the venza. Also a couple concerns about the present model. The 4 cyl has very limited tire replacemnt selections, the gas mileage on the upcoming model hopefully will be a bit better and I think Toyota's drive to grow resulted in some slippage of quality/reliability based on reviews. Perhaps better to wait a year or two (or 4, in our case!) and see how their drive to regain their reliability crown goes.
Besides, who knows what bells and whistles will be added by then! But that's just me. Bells and whistles are fun for about the first month, then it's all a matter of reliability for the next 119 months.
#85 of 140 Re: V6 vs I4 [bdyment]
Aug 27, 2010 (1:41 am)
I doubt your doubt. Very happy with Toyota after owned Fords and realized if they can't figure out how to build a RELIABLE automatic transmission after 100 years in the auto business, another 100 years is unlikely to yield any improvement. Ford builds job security for their service departments into every automatic transmission vehicle they build.
#86 of 140 Roll back on 10 degree hill??
Oct 01, 2010 (1:21 am)
Just bought a new I4 FWD Venza a couple hours ago.
Anyone else notice their car rolling back on a 10 degree hill? Did not notice that before buying and still would have bought it but... I use to work in a shop so I understand how this can happen, though I do find it somewhat strange because all my previous cars have not rolled back .. well ever.. On a steep enough hill, sure, but on 10 degrees?
Am I alone or is this standard on the Venza due to added weight (my other cars have been sedans, my Camry, for instance, doesn't roll back at 20 degrees).
#87 of 140 Re: Roll back on 10 degree hill?? [sammy56]
Oct 01, 2010 (8:12 pm)
Now that the use of the torque converter lockup clutch is common above 1st and second gear the torque converters need not be as efficient at coupling torque. So must vehicles now have hill-hold.
Press harder on the brake pedal as soon as you're fully stopped to engage this feature. Shortcoming is it engages the brakes and doesn't release them until you again depress the accelerator and then there is a short delay in DBW throttle response until the brakes can be released.
#88 of 140 Re: 20" tires on Venza [west]
Oct 25, 2010 (8:58 am)
I have 18 " wheels Bridgestone Dueler tires in my 4 cyl. The ride as you say is not a soft ride as my late 2005 Highlander with Michelin tires. Every imperfection on the road is felt like a 1950 pick up truck. who knows the solution for a better ride?
#89 of 140 Re: 20" tires on Venza [jaimel2]
Oct 25, 2010 (9:30 am)
15 or 16 inch wheels....
#90 of 140 Re: 20" tires on Venza [jaimel2]
Oct 25, 2010 (10:07 am)
I have the 20" goodyears on my venza. Yes, it rides very rough. You feel every imperfection on the road. I rode in a 2002 tacoma - stripped, no options - this weekend. It rode smoother than my venza. Perhaps those who have owned SUVs and pickups in the past do not find it bothersome.
#91 of 140 Re: 20" tires on Venza [marvin6]
Oct 26, 2010 (8:52 am)
Thanks, but my Venza 2009 is a lease for 36 mo. I think i can not make any changes on any Toyota factory parts or accesories, am I correct?