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Toyota Venza, SUV
#70 of 94 Re: A mistake called Venza [roho1]
Jun 03, 2010 (6:41 pm)
I agree. I just got a new 2010 Venza and it blows away most of the competition, including GMC's Terrain/Chevy Equinox, Ford's Edge, and lots of others. But comparing it to the Pacifica or Taurus?... Uh, there is just no comparison.
The Venza's quality and comfort was only approached by the Subaru Outback but the difference was all in the price and features. Dealers are very eager to negotiate right now, given the amount of bad press Toyota has been getting. We got ours at 2% over dealer cost (cost, not invoice) and without a lot of hassle.
I don't think the steering is particularly light. I would call it "subdued". And the fit and finish of the materials are top notch, as is their quality. Not sure what vehicle that guy was looking at, but it doesn't sound anything like the Venza.
#71 of 94 Re: Wish list for 2010 [wwest]
Jun 03, 2010 (9:34 pm)
Yes I am a big LED fan and I can't wait until the lighting suppliers come out with a retro kit to make the tail lights into a new fully led style system.
#72 of 94 2010 Venza Tracking Issues
Jun 03, 2010 (10:05 pm)
I have a front wheel drive 4 cylinder Venza that seems to be all over the road when I drive at highway speeds in a straight section of road.
I had the dealer test drive it 3 different times. The car now has just 5000 miles on the odometer. The first time they said they aligned the front. On my second visit, I notified my salesman and with him, I test drove a new 2010 Venza. I felt the difference between that car and my car right away within a short highway drive.
Then I went with the salesman and the technician for a test drive in my car and it only did a squirrely move one time during the test drive in which the technician said "oh that was a cross wind". But the salesman in the back seat later told me he felt the car was wondering left and right during most of the test drive.
Just prior to this test drive I had nitrogen put into the tires at the dealership and they over filled the tires by 8 pounds from the recommended tire pressure of 32 psi.
On my last visit which was yesterday, I dropped off the car for an oil change and another check of the squirrely steering problem. A technician took my car and a new Venza for a test drive and I was told that both cars felt and drove differently.
Does any Venza owners have this problem with their car? I consider myself a car buff and I know it is not my imagination that the car drifts either left or right for no obvious reason while traveling in a straight line of roadway. I do take into consideration that road surfaces vary continuously. And I monitor those situations closely while driving.
I can not put my finger on any reason in particular why I am experiencing this problem with the steering/tracking. The dealer said there is no adjustments for the front alignment, there are no damaged parts on the suspension and they put a call in to Corporate to see if there are any bulletins on this issue.
This was my first purchase of a Toyota brand vehicle and I sure do have a bad taste from this experience.
#73 of 94 rocker stains and suspension creaking
Nov 10, 2010 (5:30 pm)
I have a 2010 venza v6 blizzard white with 1600 miles. After only 2 days from the time I got my new venza, I noticed black splattering on the side of my pretty white new car. So, like any proud new car owner, I took a damp cloth and wiped the black spots off the front doors, and it came off just fine. When I tried to remove those same stains from the plastic painted rocker panels, the black spots came off OK, but the black spots left a brown stain in the paint that I could not remove. I went to a local detail shop and they tried everything they had to clean it off and the stains did not budge. The next day I called the dealership,and I made an appt. for them to look at the car. They could not remove the stains either, and they had to send it out to get rocker panels repainted, It was staining from the tire shine they put on which splattered all over the side of the car. I spoke to a couple of paint shops about this problem, and they said it might be the new environmentally friendly paints which are now water based that could be causing the problem. Nobody knows why it did'nt stain the painted metal parts, but only the painted plastic rocker panels. I know that this is a problem I have read about from other blizzard white venza owner forums and wanted to make others aware of this problem as well. Oh, no charge for the new paint job on the rockers. I just hope I don't have the same problem again, and will only use tire shine applied by me, not a carwash where they slop that stuff on.
I also developed a creeking sound in the rear right suspension. I have to get that checked durining my first oil change. Aside from these two problems, I really like my venza. I had a 06 highlander previously and like that as well. Good cars after the kinks are taken care of.
#74 of 94 Re: 2010 Venza Tracking Issues [ricmic]
Nov 11, 2010 (12:18 pm)
If you have electric stearing assist/boost then over-inflating the tires by 25% might have the effect you describe. Electric power stearing assist is very substandard at holding a "line" when compared to the old hydraulic assist system.
In fact EPS "on-center" assist is virtually non-existent in comparison.
#75 of 94 Re: 2010 Venza Tracking Issues [wwest]
Nov 11, 2010 (11:11 pm)
thanks for offering your answer to my problem on the steering issue. I have noticed the difference when the tires pressure is lowered to 32psi as the door plate recommends vs the 44psi that the tire mfg suggests. Its crazy that a harder tire would make the car not hold the road as the tires were constructed to do at the higher pressure.
Funny the dealership's service department had no clue as to why this particular car was doing this. They claimed that after polling other dealerships across the country, nobody else was complaining about this issue. I find it hard to believe that not one other Venza owner can feel this shortcoming in the steering system????
#76 of 94 Re: 2010 Venza Tracking Issues [ricmic]
Nov 12, 2010 (8:21 am)
Caution! The tire mfg. does not recommend 44psi. That is the maximum allowed pressure for safety reasons. Go by the door sticker,
#77 of 94 Re: 2010 Venza Tracking Issues [ricmic]
Nov 12, 2010 (9:24 am)
"..nobody else was complaining..."
EPS complaints electric
#78 of 94 Re: 2010 Venza Tracking Issues [ricmic]
Nov 15, 2010 (10:20 am)
yes i have the exact same problem. They know they have a problem when 3 dealers I talked to said to inflate front tires 3-5 psi above normal. You have to keep both hands on wheel at all time to correct left then right
#79 of 94 Re: 2010 Venza Tracking Issues [venza2]
Nov 16, 2010 (12:08 am)
Finally! Someone has read this blog and stepped up to the plate. Thank you! I know I am not crazy now! What, if anything has your dealer done besides changing the tire pressure? How many miles have you logged on your Venza. I have about 10500 or so. It has been 10 months since I purchased the car.
I hope more people find this blog and express their findings while driving their Venza and how it holds the road on highway drives.