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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,833 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Toyota Sienna brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #12

May 172004

Sienna

  • 106,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving 5 mph ABS engaged. This caused the consumer to have extended stopping distance when the brake pedal was depressed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Athol, MA, USA

problem #11

Apr 162003

Sienna

  • miles
When the consumer attempted to brake, the ABS failed, which caused the vehicle to experience extended stopping distance.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 102001

Sienna

  • miles
ABS actuator failed on 38 month old vehicle with less than 40,000 miles, resulting in toal failure of ABS system.

- Getzville, NY, USA

problem #9

Jul 072000

Sienna

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brakes making clunking and scraping noise. Dealer says drums are cracking.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 262000

Sienna

  • miles
The motor acutator for the ABS system was found to be defective as indicated by a ABS warning light. The dealer said the item was not covered under the warranty and the cost to repair was $1300 for part and $300 for labor. The dealer indicated that I would have no ABS on the vehicle but that it was safe to drive. I spoke with a service representative named mark. I think that the ABS system is a safety device and should be fixed by the manufacturer. I am seriously concerned that if this system decides to malufundtion because of a defective part that the vehicles brakes could be affected causing a serious wreck and putting my family in harms way.

- Schertz, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 042000

Sienna

  • miles
The actuator pump for the ABS locked up, Toyota is refusing to replaced the pump because the vehicle is out of warrenty. Nlm

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #6

May 222000

(reported on)

Sienna

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Front brakes with loud grinding noise especially bad when applied going downhill. Dealer says all the Toyota do that! this is my third Toyota vehicle and have experienced the same problem with brakes on all three vehicles. Guess this will be my last Toyota! worried about brakes possibly failing as it "takes too long for braking to be effective". this has been a problem since aprx. 12,000 miles! brakes have been checked and are at 70% (30% worn). The rt. Side passenger sliding door is difficult to open from the inside, and when finally open, difficult to get it to lock in place (kids can't do it) I have to slam it back really hard to get it to lock in open position to avoid slamming shut on us! it also rattles while driving. The electrical system intermittenly stops working correctly, driver unable to control passenger-side windows and locks. Even unable to unlock driver side on one occasion.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #5

Feb 242000

(reported on)

Sienna

  • miles
The brakes have made lots of noise since 1 month after purchase.we heard popping noises, sounds like a spring unloading, snapping sounds. Dealer (classic Toyota, waukegan, Illinois.) has attempted to repair 3 times. Latest fix stopped popping snapping noises but now the ABS system engages without need, the brakes moan and make new noises. We havent experienced failure, yet. I looked up registered complaints and many have experienced failure. We are taking the van back for the 4th time Friday 2-24-00.

- Waukegan, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 151999

Sienna

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake pedal almost goes to the floor, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealer has adjusted the brakes three times. The manufacturer has been notified. Also, rear brakes are not self adjusting.owner should be notified of possible extended stopping distance.

- Pine Knoll Shores, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 011999

Sienna

  • miles
My wife was driving on I-5 on our 1998 Toyota Sienna van, when the brakes got locked-up and we started skidding. The vehicle went out of control and swerved to to the median and collided with the cable divider. We all survivived because of the cable, the van is still in body shop. I am worried about the safety of its brake system and the related parts.

- Corvallis, OR, USA

problem #2

May 021999

Sienna

  • miles
While consumer is driving tire pressure light goes on. Dealer says ABS actuator is dfective. Dealership is waiting for parts to repair vehicle. Please add VIN#

- Williston Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 101998

Sienna

  • miles
Whenever the brakes are applied, they make a lot of loud noises. At dealership, the entire brake system had to be changed. Problem occurred after an accident (rearended by another vehicle).

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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