Last post on May 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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Toyota Venza, Tires, SUV
#107 of 109 Re: Should I get AWD? Tire Question... [dime51]
Dec 24, 2011 (10:41 am)
Purchased 2011 Venza AWD with 20 inch rims on 9 December. Issue with sturcturing of Toyota options list. Wanted navigation package but not leather. Could not do it.
Best feature on car is 6 speed auto trans with ability to select each gear manually. Great idea for snow country.
Remote start, remote trunk door opening and keyless entry are nice. Need more range. Eighty feet is not long enough.
Received opinions, because of AWD, would not need studded tires. To this I say BULL. To go to studded tires I am going to have to go to 18 inch rims. Have not been able to find 20 inch studs. Anyone in NW Seattle - Tacoma area having experience with this, please reply to this blog.
Gas mileage observed is 22 highway and 18 around town. Something to think about in these economic times.
Car has AM/FM, Sirius, Ipod, USB and Bluetooth media center. Overall my family likes it: however, has issues pairing and maintaining pairing of bluetooth phones. Can get my Android to pair for phone use, but not media. Have to enter phone numbers manually. Will not copy phone book. Wife's older MOTO will pair for media but not cell phone use. Go figure. Once phones are paired, cannot maintain connection next time in the car.
Have to pair again. Toyota blames Android and Verizon. Following Android bogs, Androids in general and the Charge in particular have these connection issues.
BIG KUDOS, to Diane, at Verizon Customer Service. She was great help with trying to get this mess untangled.
My Car rides well. Stops well. Minimal road noise for vehicle of this size. 20 inch tires are HEAVY. If someone with low upper-body strength is going to drive this car, get some sort of road service protection plan. They will need it.
Lots of cup holders and power plugs. Sadly, only power plug for the rear passengers is in the back of the vehicle. Great place for a plug would have been in the back of console under the AC vents. I am going to do that mod myself.
Overall I am satisfied with the car. Would I buy one again or do it all over again...NEUTRAL.
#108 of 109 Re: Hello from Toyota [verndog]
May 10, 2012 (10:30 am)
I recently took delivery on a 2012 venza ltd with goodyear tires and the car rides great. each of the four tires has quite a bit of weight, more than on my 06 GTO with really big tires too and I was surprised to see quite so much. But its very smooth, and I don't intend to upset the factory balance at this time.
I suspect that there was no attempt to index the tires and the wheels which is a shame. There was no color dot on the wheel or the tires, and I have not seen any at any other dealership when I was shopping around, and I saw plenty of venzas. my conclusion is that toyota doesn't bother to index tires and wheels which save a few cents per installation. Hope that helps. RR70
#109 of 109 Re: Hello from Toyota [roadrunner70]
May 10, 2012 (2:27 pm)
Indexing tires has to do with uniformity, not balance. The result is an assembly that is more .... ah .... let's call it "round" and you'll be close.
The marks for this indexing process may not be readily apparent. It might be a small red dot on the tire that gets lined up with the valve hole. I'm not sure of the specifics for Toyota, but many vehicle manufacturers use stickers that are removed before the vehicle is prepped for delivery.
After indexing, the assembly is balanced - and that's where the weights come in.