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Toyota Venza New Owners Report



  • 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. :P
  • 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.
  • sammy56sammy56 Posts: 1
    edited October 2010
    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).
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    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.
  • 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?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    15 or 16 inch wheels....
  • marvin6marvin6 Posts: 72
    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.
  • 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?
  • We just bought a 2011 Venza V6 about 3 weeks ago. I just recently started to pay attention to some of the dashboard details and noticed that our Venza dashboard is warping in some of the sections as well. Not sure if I should take it to the dealer afraid they might just make the problem worst, not sure if I should wait until it gets worst and then take it, or not sure if we should wait for a Toyota recall on that issue. This really sucks! Considering we have just bought a brand new car which is already showing problems for the next 5 years. What a screw up! Good luck to us the Venza owners!
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    I would take it it to the dealer so they can note the problem on their records. You can then decide whether to have it repaired now or in the future. Very doubtfull that a recall would be issued for a trim problem--not a safety issue.
  • I did get the dashboard panels fixed/adjusted. Doing so helped a little bit. My dealer in Orange County, CA was good about promptly fixing it but the process took over half the day in addition to the weeks it took for the parts to arrive. Also, when it was done, the repairman said this was the best he could do -- meaning that if you are one with an eye for detail, you can still notice some ill fitting panels. This is nothing major; I forgot about it after a while.

    If you do get it fixed, leave your car in the hot (I know it's winter) sun and let the plastic panels cure in the sun. This should reveal the most ill fitting pieces. Then take your car to the dealer. When they note which panels should be replaced, tell them to make sure those new panels (probably just fresh from the factory) are cured and don't warp after being placed in the car and adjusted for fit.
  • I bought Venza 2010 last November and it rolls back on a hill too ,I owned all wheel drive before and heavy cars like Citroen and Volvo no such issue I'm going for check up it is pre-owned certified hope will be fix
  • I purchased my Venza on January 3rd 2010 and had it nearly a year before my wife crashed it. It was a 2010, 4 cylinder with AWD. Two days ago, my wife was easing into a parking space at the local CVS with her foot on the brake when the car started to rev it's engine and lurking forward like a bull on it's own. This all happened when she was about to put the car from drive to park. The car jumped the slab of concrete that most parking spaces have in front , rolled another foot and jumped the sidewalk. The car was heading straight for the store when my wife turned the wheel and collided with a pole/column. This was the only way the car was able to stop. Luckily she didn't get hurt. The air bags didn't deploy either. Right now the car is in the collision shop with a 6,800.00 bill that the insurance company will have to pay. A complaint has already been filed and I am waiting for an answer from Toyota.
    This is not the first incident that we have had with this problem. A few weeks after we purchased the car was the first time my wife notice this. Almost the same thing, She was pulling into our driveway slowing down as she approached the house. The car started to lurk forward and rev it's engine. She managed to stop the car before it hit the house. She told me about her experience and I questioned her. I didn't think it was true because the car is new and not on the recall list. Another couple of weeks went by before I had the same experience. I was doing the same exact thing as my wife, about to park the car in the driveway when the car started jumping again. The next day , I brought the car to the dealership explained the problem to them. They said the car wasn't on the recall list and to make me feel a little better, they had someone test drive the car around the lot. Obviously the car performed beautifully. I drove the car home and haven't had a problem till 2 days ago.

    There is definitely something wrong with the car. This is something Toyota has to fix. Lives are at stake here. I don't want anyone to go through what my wife went through. Like I said before, luckily she wasn't hurt and my kids weren't in the car. I would strongly suggest anyone thinking about buying or leasing a Venza to reconsider different options. Toyota is not going to admit that there is a problem with its cars unless enough people complain or seriously get hurts or even dies. They always come out with a recall when its too late or 3 years later. This is there MO. I'm just venting because I am mad. I bought this car because the car looks nice and wanted my family to feel safe. Toyota failed in the latter of the two.
  • I bought my 2010 Venza 4 cylinder AWD and it has 19 inch Toyo tires that ride very smoothly. It thus far has been a great vehicle and has plenty of get up and go with the 4.
  • horsepower4horsepower4 Posts: 5
    edited March 2011
    ">We just traded our Kia Sedona van for a certified 2009 Toyota Venza with 8000 miles. While I loved my van (and do miss the space, ride, convenience), the Venza is much more stylish and affords me the versatility of the fold-down seats and space in the back. Besides the looks of the car, we really like the mileage. Got the I4 and it seems to have plenty of go-power to pass and accelerate. The best part is, we have gotten as much as 34 mpg. with a tailwind on interstate driving and consistently average 26-27 combined city and highway driving.

    The car is comfortable to drive, plenty of seat adjustment, and room in the back seat. We do notice road noise at highway speeds and it is not related to the sunroof. For that reason, we are thinking of having the radio speakers replaced to improve sound, and while they have the door panels off, will probably have some insulation added. Something we should not have to spend extra money on.

    Mechanically, we do not have any issues with engine noise or transmission shifting. It runs very quiet and shifts just like it should. I don't think the steering link to the front-end feels as "connected" and tight as it should (compared to my van); nor does it ride nearly as smooth. We feel the bumps and they actually can throw the car slightly. Of course it's a lighter-weight car than the Kia Sedona van, but still overall does not hold the road or steer as tight as I would expect for a new car with only 8000 miles on it. We drove new 2010 Venzas before purchasing this used one and I did not notice so much wind noise or handling issues. This 2009 is Toyota certified and had a clean CarFax report, so it shouldn't be flawed.

    We held out for a Venza with leather interior because, as a repair professional who works on car interiors, I had some reservations about keeping the cloth seats clean. As far as the quality of the interior materials, Toyota has reduced the quality. The plastic parts seem to scratch and scuff much easier than those in my Kia. (It was very durable and near perfect after 5 years and 75,000 miles.) And the leather used in the seats is not as thick or of the quality as that in cars of a few years ago. Same can be said for the vinyl and plastic parts.

    We purchased a Toyota extended warranty which hopefully will take care of any issues the car may have while we own it. It is transferrable to the next owner as well. The gas mileage is enough to help us overlook the handling and noise problems for now. We will drive it for awhile and see what else comes on the market in a year or two. As far as appearance, we got the blizzard pearl and it is a head-turner. Get lots of compliments on it and it does turn heads. Overall, we are satisfied with the car and the money it saves us at the pump!
  • I recently bought a 2011 vanza, and I had same issue on uphill. This car would roll back on drive UNSTOPPABLE until you press brake or accelerate pedal. I really think it's a safety hazard and a design flaw. So I did some googling, and found you have to manually activate the feature by fully stepping on the brake pedal until a beep is heard and the traction control light comes on. I have tested it on my car, it works fine when stopping on the uphill. I hope anyone see this post would post it on your forum or somewhere else to let other people to know and get safe on this car.
  • gurbeer4gurbeer4 Posts: 1
    I have an Honda Crv. and I want to change and will keep this car atleast next 5-6 years.. Do u recommend this car. I like the car to drive and be nice and steady...I kinda also do 4-5 hrs road trip here and there, so I need something nice .. Do u guys recommend this car ?
  • edin06edin06 Posts: 5
    Is anyone here know what is a best price for Venza 2011 Base FWD 4cl with Moonroof,smarkey?

    Please advise

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,667
    Hi edin06...

    We have a forum devoted especially to pricing...

    You can find it here: Toyota Venza Prices Paid and Buying Experience


    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • Hal, I have the exact same noise coming from the drivers front wheel area. It sounds like a chain clacking inside when driving on rough pavement or railroad track overpass.I took it to the dealer and they could not try to fix it because " the mechanic could not locate exactly where the noise was coming from". I plan on taking it back before the warrantee expires. If no help I am going back to a Honda.
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