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Toyota Venza New Owners Report

steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,571
Please report on your experiences driving your new Toyota Venza here.

Thanks!

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  • merrelmerrel Posts: 45
    Just took delivery of the 2009 Venza 6 cylinder in Golden Umber. Looks like the 2001 Roman Bronze which Jaguar made for one year only. Great color. I mounted my Garmin Nuvi on the dash instead of paying $2750 for a GPS package, etc. One important option which is NOT available from Toyota is 2 memory seats. I miss that badly. Sorry they put 20" tires on this. Michelins are $268 each when you go to replace them. 18" would have been more than sufficient. Car rides great and well appointed interior.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,571
    Some photos posted on your CarSpace page would be nice to see.

    /hint. :shades:

    Congrats on the new ride!

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  • imageproimagepro Posts: 7
    I have barely 900 miles on my Venza and was hit in the rear bumper on Saturday. I have to admit the Venza is built well. The truck the hit me had its bumper crushed right in. The plastic on the Venza just got scuffed. I looked under the car and there is a very sturdy brace behind the the plastic no damage to that. As for the car I do like it and has plenty of power( I have the V6) there is a bit of wind noise in the front pillars. I ready like the way you get into it. No climbing up or bending down.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,189
    You should still have it inspected before you settle. Often there can be more hidden damage than you think. Hopefully you made out.
  • deepsouthdeepsouth Posts: 30
    Tell me how to post pictures on here and I will; I have some I took with a fish eye lense and they look great. I have them on my desk top and everytime i try to email them it won't let me for some reason. I have a golden Umber v6 fwd, Nav, pano roof, mudgaurds, pack 2, extra tint on side windows,
  • wingrwingr Posts: 5
    Why not just upload them to Pbase or Flicker and post the link?

    Here's my two-week old;
    http://www.pbase.com/c_kuiphoff/2009_venza
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,571
    You can also upload them to your CarSpace page. Either way, you need to have a place to "host" the photos - you can't just email them or post them right in the message here without a URL to link to.

    Pic posting instructions are in the Help link below at the bottom right of the page.

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  • linnettlinnett Posts: 19
    Congratulations on your new Venza! I live in an older community with some roads in need of repair and railroad tracks that must be crossed to run almost any errand. My test drive was not as "cushioned" as I had hoped for. How do you find the "ride" for comfort?
  • wingrwingr Posts: 5
    For a Toyota, I was happy to find it pretty compliant and composed with NY/NJ roads. I'm coming from an Audi A6, so I'm used to feeling the road without being unduly impacted. I don't like the typical bouncy SUV or too distant Cadillac isolation.
  • Mine is one month old and I already put in 3000 miles on it. No issues at all. Getting a lot of comments from people on the road and parking lot how nice the car is.

    I got the classic silver and premium package 2...
  • linnettlinnett Posts: 19
    I really like the way it looks inside and out both. Ok, I probably just need to accept that I live in a place with more bumps per road mile. It was my only complaint about my test drive. I didn't think the blind spot issue was bad since the outside mirrors are so big.

    I may get one of these cushions and see if that helps a bit.

    http://www.drivingcomfort.com/index.cfm/fa/s/keywords/seat+cushion/sc/33154

    Any one ever heard of 5 Star Shine? I'm not likely to be good about washing and waxing even the Venza, so this looks like an interesting idea.

    http://www.5starshine.com/

    Teflon (I think there may be some in this product) is always a good thing and I plan to keep this car a long time.

    I plan on the Premium Package 2 as well. I love the idea of the back up camera in the large Nav Screen!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,571
    I think the Teflon mop & glow packages are gimmicks. I don't even bother waxing my cars - paint's a lot better these days and washing will shine them up nicely. Here's a blast from the past:

    tinytoo, "Teflon Paint Sealants Revisited" #1, 9 Jul 2003 12:13 pm

    Check out Store Bought Waxes Part II (No Zaino Posts) for lots of suggestions.

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  • headclamheadclam Posts: 1
    I bought my Venza about two weeks ago after driving an older Chrysler Concorde LXI. The experience has been eye-opening considering all the changes in cars. I love this white Venza 6 cylinder with NAV and moon roofs. Love the Smart Key feature and the storage area I never had before. The interior is quite nice and so many places to store things. The back-up camera is great and auto door feature for the hatch so convenient.

    I think the Venza drives smoothly and I am really enjoying my purchase. the place where I bought the car has been so helpful and checks with me weekly to see if there is anything I need from them. I couldn't be happier.
  • linnettlinnett Posts: 19
    Thank you Steve!

    The last discussion of paint protection was in 2003?

    I can just rinse it with clear water when it gets dusty or covered with pollen? Can it just air dry or must I hand dry it?

    I'm wondering which paint will look better twelve years out, Blizzard White or the medium blue of Tropical Sea? :blush:
  • linnettlinnett Posts: 19
    Headclam,

    I'm making my Venza purchase while :) driving a very old Accura sedan. All the bells and whistles (more than an avalon or camry would give me) are a delight to me too. The back up camera in the big Nav screen will be really nice. Between that and the huge outside mirrors I think the rear visualization and blind spot concerns are answered to my satisfaction. :)
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,571
    The last discussion of paint protection was in 2003?

    The Teflon gimmick is a pretty old fad.

    Can't help you on the color - my 12 year old car is red. And my 10 year old one is silver. The paint seems to be holding up fine on both of them. I like white cars, and like the medium blue ones too. Just don't get a black one unless you really enjoy washing and dusting. :shades:

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  • david_k1david_k1 Posts: 39
    Hey,
    1) Does anyone have a Venza with dealer installed mud flaps ??- I think it is a SE toyota "option".
    2) Any photos of your Venza WITH these installed???
    3) Any supplier that you know of offering these for sale (besides E-Bay)???

    Thanks from the Great NW (where we have MUD as well!!)
  • Just bought a new Venza yesterday and after getting home I noticed that the rear wheel wells don't have the same black plastic lining that my other cars (or the front wheel wells for that matter) have. There is just a fuzzy grey material - like insulation - and body colored metal.

    Could someone please look at their wheel wells and tell me if yours is the same?

    Thanks.
  • md_outbackmd_outback Posts: 185
    Hey hansonclan,
    Don't worry, nothing is missing. The fuzzy, felt-like material is normal and I've seen the same stuff in a number of vehicles I have owned since about the 2001 model year. My wife's Lexus has the exact same stuff. I think it is used as a sound insulation. My guess is that they don't use it for the front wheel wells because it cannot handle the higher heat from the front brakes and engine compartment. I have not had any problems with the "fuzzy" stuff holding dirt and road grime, but I always hose off the wheel wells whenever I wash my cars.

    MD
  • Have my Venza AWD V6 for 2 months/3000 mil. Silky smooth for two weeks. Then Unusual griding/clunk noice with every shifting(P to R or D). Particularly bad in the morning. The noice is getting worse. 3 days ago, the car would not move for more than 2 minute on Reverse when start in the morning. The VSC sign stayed on. Turned off engine/ restarted, the car moved. In the afternoon, the car would not move for more than 15 seconds on Drive, then jumped forward all the sudden. What a let down for this expensive Toyota (traded in a 2000 Avalon).

    The Tech confirmed the unusual noice but not the other problem and said that other new Venza also have similar noice issues I knew other venza owners in this forum reported similar problems with the transmission and start up. Manufacture defect?
    Toyota needs to get to the buttom of this.

    I do not feel safe driving the Venza with an erractic transmission. I will report back with more info as well as the repair results.
  • not sure why you had to post this 4 times from 4 different forums! You got a lemon car so find the law in your state how to deal with lemons if your dealer could not fix the problem.
  • mommomk59mommomk59 Posts: 6
    Past several days, the VSC has been acting up..I end up turning the engine off to reset it. No rhyme nor reason, no special time of day. I called the dealer and he said I could take it in tomorrow to be checked out, but, if it doesn't happen for him, it's really a waste. Wasn't the smartest thing to say to me! He has never heard of this problem before. Is this common for the Venza or is it something I should be concerned about?

    Everything else works like a dream..touch wood! I would like to hear what other Venza owners have to say.
  • md_outbackmd_outback Posts: 185
    Hi mommomk59,
    You'll need to provide more detail about what "the VSC has been acting up" means exactly. What are the exact symptoms? When does it occur? How often does it occur? Can you repeat it at will or is it random? There is a known "issue" related to the Venza's hill-assist feature turning on when you least expect it. This shows itself with the VSC warning light. Please provide some more info.

    MD
  • mommomk59mommomk59 Posts: 6
    I'm sorry I'm vague, it occurs after it's been sitting for several hours, whether it is on a hill or on a flat surface. This is a random thing, when I say random, I can't repeat it at will, but, it is becoming a daily thing. So far, the only exact sympton is, when I first start the car, that light remains lit, and although I can put it in gear, it remains frozen as the car won't move. I can correct it by turning the engine off and then restarting it again. There doesn't seem to be any other problem that I am aware of just yet, such as engine, transmission, starter. The book isn't much use and I would really like to know more about this problem that I'm dealing with.
  • md_outbackmd_outback Posts: 185
    Okay, this sounds exactly like the hill-assist issue that many Venza owners have experienced at one time or another. The hill-assist feature is meant to hold the car still by applying the brakes while in gear and on an inclined surface. But there has been evidence that the hill-assist can kick in for other reasons, such as depressing the brake pedal extra hard while standing still (i.e. at a traffic light). I have had it happen to me when I first start the car, even though my garage floor is about as level a surface as you'll find. Try this if it occurs when you first start the car: Don't push too hard on the brake when you start the Venza (do you have the push-button start?); When you put the vehicle in gear, if you see the VSC light come on, release the brake. If you keep your foot on the brake, the hill assist will think you don't want to move just yet. After releasing the brake, there will be a delay of 2 to 3 seconds (that seems like forever) and then the vehicle should move. If it continues to happen when you are not pressing hard on the brake or you are on a level surface, return to dealer and tell them you read that other Venza owners are seeing some strange happenings related to the hill-assist feature. Maybe they can trace down a possible malfunction. Good luck.

    MD
  • This is the exact VSC problem that my Venza has. I posted the issues at different forum to raise owner awareness, because very one of us reported the same problem has been told by Toyota rep that they had never heard about such a thing!

    I brought my Venza in for a check up. Of course I could not reproduce the same problem. Contrary to your suggestion, the Toyota tech told me to step on the brake as hard as I could when start up.

    The identical problem has been reported here by different owners. The fact is only few Venza owners participate in the Edmund forum. The real frequency of the VSC issue should be more common than Toyota would admit, that would be never heard of it.

    We need to press Toyota to find a solution. The dealer service said that unless Toyota come up with a solution, nothing could be done.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    All of us now know, have learned, that it often takes a FIRM depression of the brake pedal in order to trip the gear shift release solenoid. Now it appears that that FIRM brake application is triggering the "hill-holder" if you happen to keep the firm pressure on the brake as you start the engine.
  • halwickhalwick Posts: 45
    I've got a 4cyl Venza with about 5100 miles and 4 months ownership. I'm pretty much satisfied with the car except for a few annoying rattling noises. Wasn't expecting rattles this early. Anybody know of any TSBs that covers the below problems?

    1) I'm hearing a metallic rattling noise from the left front suspension area when driving over uneven, wavy surfaces at freeway speeds. Note: this is on the freeway, not unimproved roads. The noise is noticeable when the wheel is oscillating rapidly up and down rapidly. The dealer tried tightening the upper strut mount bolts but sound is still there.

    2) Sometimes hear front inside door panel and dash buzzing under circumstances described above.

    3) The 4-cyl engine is noisy during cold startup, almost sounding like a diesel engine clatter. In addition, the engine makes a low-pitch knocking noise that sounds like piston slap. When engine warms up, noise not so noticeable. Anybody else with similar noise issue?

    Thanks,
    Hal

    Hal
  • halwickhalwick Posts: 45
    Repost:
    I've got a 4cyl Venza with about 5100 miles and 4 months ownership. I'm pretty much satisfied with the car except for a few annoying rattling noises. Wasn't expecting rattles this early. Anybody know of any TSBs that covers the below problems?

    1) I'm hearing a metallic rattling noise from the left front suspension area when driving over uneven, wavy surfaces at freeway speeds. Note: this is on the freeway, not unimproved roads. The noise is noticeable when the wheel is oscillating rapidly up and down rapidly. The dealer tried tightening the upper strut mount bolts but sound is still there.

    2) Sometimes hear front inside door panel and dash buzzing under circumstances described above.

    3) The 4-cyl engine is noisy during cold startup, almost sounding like a diesel engine clatter. In addition, the engine makes a low-pitch knocking noise that sounds like piston slap. When engine warms up, noise not so noticeable. Anybody else with similar noise issue?

    Thanks,
    Hal
  • I am scheduled to take delivery tomorrow on a 1009 Toyata Venza V6 and am extremely concerned about your reported transmission problems, Have they been resolved yet and what is the current status of the problem?

    Thanks, Bassman10@comcast.net
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