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Toyota Venza New Owners Report

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  • 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
  • yatrayatra Posts: 1
    Any suggestions to fix or comments on why my Venza has bouncy ride? Within first week, dealer checked and replaced defective tire, but ride still bouncy.
  • The same old problem appeared again today, the VSC stayed-on during startup and the Venza wouldn't move. Had to restart. It had been good for about two weeks since I have it checked by the dealer who, of course found nothing wrong and asked me to call Toyota, for the fourth time, to request a field rep appointment.

    The Brakes/transmission gear griding noises are getting worse and worse, especially if the venza has been under the sun for a while. The technician said that all Venza have those noises, therefore it was NOT a problem, because they were by design. What a logic!

    This is the worse $35000 I have ever spent!
  • Have you had any luck in finding what will allow for a better ride on your Venza? We have recently purchased a Venza, but have found the bumpy ride to be very frustrating. Toyota service suggested smaller wheels and tires, then Toyota Customer Service discouraged that idea. They told me if I wanted a smooth ride, maybe the Avalon would be better.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Smaller wheels, maybe 16", with the appropriate TALLER sidewall tires would most definitely help.

    I don't understand, other than BLING, why suddenly we're seeing such LARGE wheels on so many new models. Maybe wheel "net" cost lower than tires with more rubber...??
  • Are you aware of anyone that has switched to a smaller wheel and tire size for the Venza? I am interested in hearing if someone has taken that step with results yet?
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    Maybe it's just me. But if I just spent 30K for a new car. I don't think I would be real happy about spending another $1200 for a set of new tires and wheels just to make it ride better :sick:
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 643
    I had been considering a Venza as opposed to a 2010 Outback but the reports of transmission problems and the 20" wheels have put me off.

    Why didn't they use smaller wheels and tires???

    I do like the fact that you can get HID headlamps, however.
  • You should test drive both the Venza I-4 and V-6 and decide for yourself if the wheel size is a reason to look elsewhere. Ride quality is a very subjective thing, so you should really experience it for yourself. My wife's Lexus IS has 17" wheels and rides much more firmly than my Venza with 20-inchers. But it is designed that way. And don't listen to folks who say that the 20" tires are extremely expensive to replace - the Tirerack lists several 20" tires ranging from under $100 to over $200, but there is a reasonable selection. The choices for the I-4's 19" tires, on the other hand, are very limited. I have had more than 5000 trouble free miles from my Venza and I'm very happy with it - and my previous vehicle was a Lexus RX350. Most of the "transmission problems" I've read about are related to the hill-assist feature that may sometimes slightly delay the activation of Reverse or Drive. Once you know it exists, it's no big deal, but it is not really a problem.
  • mervasmervas Posts: 8
    I lease a Venza 4 cyl, AWD, great ride, great comfort, so many standard features comparing to other brands I have a little over 1k miles.....BUT ENGINE SOUNDS LIKE A DIESEL...ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNING...SO ANNOYING ....I see that I'm not the only one with this problem. Is this a general complaint for all 4 Cyl? Beside that noise I love the car.
  • halwickhalwick Posts: 45
    I got used to it, even though I don't like it. Let's me know the engine is indeed running. The engine block and pistons are all aluminum and the clatter is piston slap. As the engine warms up, the pistons expands and the slap quiets down. I've talked to a couple of dealer technicians at different dealerships and they say it's "normal". Now if the slap continues while the engine is fully warmed up, that's a different story.
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