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Toyota Venza Traction control light coming on?



  • Sorry, I thought since you stated very clearly in your response to ykckby that the hill-assist (and related VSC) issue "Is Dangerous" and you also stated that a hill-assist TSB is forthcoming that you were a Venza driver and that you also had some inside connections at Toyota telling you about the TSB. As far as how many Venza drivers will encounter the hill-assist feature? Maybe all of them. I can activate it at will, that's how I learned how easy it is to live with - simply step on the gas and the vehicle moves normally.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Yes, if hill-assist results in modification of DBW throttle response, yet to be definitively determined, and reacts in the manner a few owner posts have described, then it is Dangerous, TRULLY DANGEROUS.

    No, I am simply aware that Toyota is quite reasonably safety conscious, and if such a serious firmware flaw exists then a TSB will soon be forthcoming.
  • ob23ob23 Posts: 2
    I am having Venza for a month, 1500km driven, and here are the problems I've experience so far:
    1. I have seen messages regarding the VSC indicator and a delay before going into gear. I noticed this problem a month after I had the car (09 Venza AWD 4 cyl).
    After two trips to the dealer we found a way to re-produce it. When starting the car, or going from P to D or R, place a little excess pressure on the brake peddle. This is what is triguring the VSC. Not only do I consider this dangerous, it gets even worse. As folks have reported, once the VCS clears it will jump into gear.
    2. Three warning lights appeared simultaneously while driving and stayed on for 20 minutes until I stopped and turned off the engine (sunny day, no rain):
    1. Slip indicator light (p.515 - malfunction in the VSC or TRAC system).
    2. Brake system warning light (p.513 - malfunction in the break system).
    3. ABS warning light (p.515 - malfunction in the ABS or the break assist system).
    3. Cruise Control:
    a. Pressing Cruise Control “ON” switch wouldn’t maintain the set speed immediately, but would accelerate for awhile (with accelerator pedal off).
    b. With Cruise Control “ON”, adjusting the speed, accelerating and decelerating, doesn’t feel right. It’s jumpy, wouldn’t react right away, not comfortable, not safe.
    4. Average Economy display shows 15L/km (50% more than 10.5L/km as specified).

    I've talked to the dealership. I think they know about the problems with Venza. Still, They are in denial.

    I will try to get my money back. I am concidering to start.

    Penny for your thought...
  • ob23ob23 Posts: 2
    I agree with you 100%. Venza is not safe to drive. I've had had similar problems (see my m.#25) since i got the car 1.5 month ago. No help from dealership. They are in denial.
    After waiting for Venza for 2 month i got a lemon, a car full of problems, a junk nobody would want.
    We shouldn't have been put into this situation. After reading other messages i find it hard to believe Toyota was not aware about the problems with Venza.
    We purchased Toyota Venza for the Toyota name, meaning no problems, not in perceivable future, and definitely not right a way.
    I think we all should be getting ready for class action suit.

    Penny for your thought..
  • ob23,
    Sorry to hear you are having problems with your Venza. In my opinion, your best bet is to build a strong relationship with your dealer or find another who will work with you to correct the problems. Document the issues you have and, cooperatively with the dealer, work to find agreeable solutions. Document every time the Venza is in the dealer's shop, how long it is there and what the end result of each visit is. If the problems are not corrected, you should follow your local lemon law procedures to ultimately resolve your problems. There are no grounds for a class action law suit, as this requires an injury common to all members of the class and the number must be significantly large so that it would be impractical to bring them all before the court. If you read through all of the available Venza forums I think you will find that the majority of Venza owners are very happy with their vehicles. For example, connected to this Edmunds forum is a link to owner reviews showing that, on average, 124 owners rate their Venza an overall 9.1 out of 10. If you read through these, you will find a couple of unhappy folks, but not many. So my penny, or two cents, is to develop an amicable relationship with your dealer and work out the issues. Good luck, and let us know how it goes.

  • jgk2jgk2 Posts: 1
    I am currently having the same issues with #2-all three warning lights. Just wondering is your dealer was able to resolve the issue and if this is something common with the '09 Venza
  • There is difference between roll backwards and roll forward when the car is in drive
  • gowron67gowron67 Posts: 4
    I have a 2009 V6 AWD Venza and just had to have the transmission replaced at just of 16,000 km. The engine check light and AWD lights came on and it seemed to slip out of 3rd and 5th periodically.

    My dealer told me that when they called Toyota they were told that this was a known problem caused by some inferior parts used in the transaxle (from an ouside supplier) and it would need to be replaced. No issues getting this done but makes you wonder that if was a `known issue`, how many other people have had this problem.
  • Since mind happens on a flat ground and NO beep, just a flashing TRAC light, I will not consider this normal. Mine is going back to the shop AGAIN this week. I live on a steep grade driveway and can stop and start without activating hill hold or what ever Toyota calls it.
  • Is anyone still having this issue. I recently started experiencing these same problems with my 2009 Toyota Venza. The dealership says its needs a brake light switch. Has anyone else said this to you about your car?

    Any answers i could get would be greatly appreciated.
  • My 2009 Venza has the same issue as #32 - the ABS, VCS and parking brake light come on simultaneously. The first time, at a STOP light, the car locked up, I could not switch from Drive to Park or anything. I had to turn off the car and turn back on. The second time was today in a parking lot. After applying the brake I noticed all three lights on however this time the car did not lock up. Since there was no car parked in front of me, I continued to drive in the parking lot with all three lights on. The parking brake was *not* engaged. I turned off the car, turned back on and all went away. *PLEASE* if you'd had a similar issue and were able to fix it, please reply.
  • I am also having issues with the slip indicator, brake and ABS warning lights coming on. I have a 2010 FWD Venza with about 18,000 miles on it. It has happened twice within a month's time. They clear if I turn off the car and turn it back on. I am worried if the car is safe to drive or not. I am taking into the shop this week, so I don't have any feedback from Toyota service yet.
  • responding to #34 message... I kept driving it even after having the brake light switch fixed.

    I still happened again after having it repaired.

    I just traded it in and got something else.
  • I have a 2005 Toyota Sequoia that has experienced the same loss of brake function and all steering control. Like you, luckily it happened on a clear day and I was driving slowly at a routine stop. This was after over six months of the brakes lights had been coming on intermitttently. I took it to the dealership and was given reasons from a short in the light to finally the replacement of the traction control and the master cylinder. In spite of spending over 2000 the brake light is still coming on - and now sits in the dealership - not fixed. I refuse to get back in that car and am getting trade in value with no trade. I believe Toyota is well aware that this is a long standing issue and in my experience with them, they prefer to not address it and keep unsafe cars on the road than find a remedy for the problem. So, in my opinion, no your car does not sound safe to drive. Mine is not either. I can't risk losing control of the vehicle AGAIN....brakes and steering. Sure I will lose money, but my life and the life of my child is worth the loss. I documented mine on the National Highway Safety. The more people that do, the more likely the recall. In time perhaps there will be a recall, but I have found Toyota essentially nonreponsive to my safety.
  • When I am parked on an incline, the traction control light comes on and stays on. I put the car in park and then put it in drive again. This makes me so sad. :sick: :( :cry:
  • I'm in Alberta and have made a couple of 5K mile trips down to San Diego. The 2009 V6 AWD Venza is 3 years old and just out of warranty (63 K kilometers). I have the same issues with warning lights and went to the dealer in High River, got it scoped and they say that it needs a new rear wheel speed sensor. Their estimate is $500 which includes the $300 sensor. I can get one in the US for about $180 and would install it myself.

    Has anyone had this experience?
  • I have a 2010 Venza AWD. I to was having the ABS VSC light coming on everyonce in a while. Finally, I was able to show the dealer the errors. They put the high power laptop on it and found the error codes. Mine was the brake light swithc (we will see), but I was informed that as of 2/2/12, there is a TSC to Toyota dealer that '09 through '11 Venza's ABS sensors are getting water in them and setting off the lights. There are new parts that are coming out to replace the bad parts. I don't know if this will be a recall or not.
  • rae109rae109 Posts: 1
    For the second time in less than 2 years I have had all 3 of these lights pop up at the same time. THe first time I got it fixed it was under warranty this time however it is not. This time it is the rear speed sensor that is out, last time it was in the front. This time it will cost me over $400! I guess I'll be getting it fixed but it seems like an odd problem and not one I or anyone else should be paying for.
  • vahlovahlo Posts: 1
    I've had my 2012 Venza for two weeks (325 miles). While driving with my family it suddenly shut off while stopped at a red light. It took 2 attempts to restart. Then the VSC and engine light came on. It also said check the VSC. I drove straight to the dealer. I received a call from the dealer stating the vehicle needed to stay because they were getting a number of ignition codes. They were concerned it would stall again and considered it unsafe. I have to wait for the master mechanic to look at it Monday or Tuesday. Not sure I want the car anymore. : :mad:
  • All ,
    I just rec'd a letter recalling the brake light switch that i had replaced on my 2009 Venza in August 2011. I already traded my car in for another car but i wanted to inform you on this site that I had that part replaced and my car did the exact same thing it had been doing. All 3 lights came on in the dash and the car stopped in my driveway..I believe the problem is more serious than a brake light switch and when you go to get your car repaired ask them to please check it thoroughly.
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