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Old 05-25-2010, 05:29 PM
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Default Greetings from Raleigh and my '09 Venza AWD

Bought my '09 4-cyl. AWD piece of Crap last October too!

Just got it back from Fred Anderson Toyota this afternoon with new Motor Mounts.

Apparently, there is a new TSB describing bad vibrations while shifting between gears (auto trans). This was the second visit for the same issue! The first time, they told me the car was "within specs". lol

This time, after having a Tech ride with and exclaim..."it shouldn't be doing that"!... they replaced the motor mounts following a new TSB...which they would not discuss with me.

Funny thing is.... the transmission still shudders badly when shifting!

What a piece of junk this car has turned out to be.
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Old 05-25-2010, 05:53 PM
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Default Re: Let me elaborate a little...

sorry... should have given more background info.

I bought the new Venza to commute between my three offices in North Carolina.
They are all about 60 miles apart (95% highway) and I'm on the road all day...to the tune of 42,000 miles already! (in 6 months).

Got the 4-cyl for the extra fuel mileage and I do get good results... averaging 27 mpg by driving conservatively. And when you need it to, this little motor will get up and go! And the car itself responds quite well in the handling department.

The downside to the 4-cyl... the Transmission is busy shifting allllllll the time!
And it seems that this powertrain combo is proving to be way too inadequate forthis 4,000lb car. ...Motor Mounts ? Transmission issues ? ....is this going to be a wide-spread issue?

And let us touch on the design and aerodynamics of this car. In 40,000 miles, I have managed to hit every bug in North Carolina, and been hit by every rock ever thrown by a truck !!! The front end of the car looks like it went through a mine field! You can hardly see out the windshield in the early morning and late afternoon sun.

For comparisons sake... I also have a 2003 Toyota Sienna van with 120,000 miles on it. I have used it for the very same commute for the last two years. The front end actually look quite nice with just a few rock chips here and there. The windshield is original and is in 10 times better condition than the Venza's. Something tells me the Venza never saw the inside of a wind tunnel.

OK ...more later...thanks for listening!
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Old 05-26-2010, 05:25 AM
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Default Re: Greetings from Raleigh and my '09 Venza AWD

Welcome to the site. Sorry to hear about all your problems and might be the Quality problem that Toyota now has we keep reading about.
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Old 05-29-2010, 08:13 PM
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Default Re: Greetings from Raleigh and my '09 Venza AWD

Ron,

Greetings from Charlotte and my '09 Venza V6 AWD!

I have only 18,500 miles on my Venza, but I have experienced the bug problem and rock problem. I already have two unsightly 2" long dings in my hood from rocks that have been kicked up and scratched the front side. I would add a rock guard, but it makes the Venza look ugly, IMHO. My Venza is silver, but the front end looks black after my long trips to High Point and Fayetteville. I have found a simple solution for the bugs: I use Griot's Garage products on my cars (have been since 1997) and in addition to the excellent Paint Sealant I apply twice a year, I use a product called Bug Off! which you spray on the front of the Venza (not the windshield!), let dry, and then buff up. It forms a very smooth barrier that bug jerky can't really stick to. I just ran my bug-encrusted Venza through one of those power jet car washes, and 70% of the bugs came right off. The other 30% came off with a quick rub of an all cotton (non-scratch) towel (they sell those too!). Be sure to coat your headlights, fog lights, and side mounted rearview mirrors with the Bug Off! also. It is a serious elbow grease saver. Just apply it now and then...and the bugs come right off. You can also use a glass polish on the windshield to minimize the bug stick there too. This is NOT a commercial for Griot's Garage, just my honest testimonial...their website is Car Care, Detail Supplies, Garage Organization, Car Accessories - Griot's Garage 800-345-5789, check it out for yourself!

Sorry you are having problems with the 4 cyl. I got the V6 since the car is used for company business and all gas is reimbursed. I also loved the power and performance of the V6, especially when the added weight of AWD is applied. So far in 18,000 miles of driving, I have had just a few rattles that needed adjusting, otherwise I really like the car. The V6 rarely has to hunt between gears, you just punch it and it goes (and the MPG drops when you do that!). I felt getting around 21 MPG overall, with 19-22 City and 23-26 Hwy was fine considering most of the competition got much worse fuel economy (see the Murano and Edge!)

Hope the suggestions help. I also have a 2002 Sienna Symphony Minivan...with only 71K on it...runs well, but is not the rocket and looker that the Venza is...funny, it gets about the same MPG as the Venza (a little less around town) but is nowhere near as peppy (210 HP with 4300 lbs makes for 0-60 over 9 sec). Probably due to the 4 spd Auto and lower power. It also can't get out of its own way in the snow, having no Trac or VSC. We probably will replace it next year with the NEW Sienna...which has a lot of Venza-like styling!
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