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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
173,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. ran a wire from working high beams to the low beam post (1 reports)
1998 Toyota Sienna lights problems

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1998 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 042011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 223,000 miles


While driving in NC in 2010, I lost my low beam lights suddenly. Took it to the dealer in Kinston, NC, who said it was the Headlight Switch. They did not have one in stock and it would be 3 days to get it in. Part came in, was replaced, and did not solve the problem. Ordered wrong part. Replaced old part, while I waited for new. With old part back in lights came on and have worked well for almost a year. Now lights have gone out again. Dealership wants $185, upfront, for the part. WEb search found a replacement part, new with 1 year warranty, for $45.00. Even the website has it for $78.00 Kinda beginning to think I'm getting ripped on the price here and think I can do it myself.

- , Bristol, CO, USA

problem #1

Nov 222007

Sienna V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

First, I want to apologize to anyone driving on I95 in Jacksonville, Florida to Savannah, Georgia at about 10pm on Thanksgiving weekend. I hit a bump while driving and at that moment lost my low regular beam lights. My Sienna automatically jumped to the high beam switch and would not change back. The lights at first went completely dead for a split second and then my high beams came on. That was a very painful three hours of driving.

When I came home a good friend who dabbles with cars advised me to check a bunch of the electrical stuff. I had checked the fuses and the bulbs but neither were malfunctioning. So he suggested that we use the high beam connection that was working to run the power for my high beams. We ran two short wires to the low beams post and tricked the car into thinking my high beams are on. So inside the car it says my high beams are on but it is actually the low beams.

- , Cocoa Beach, FL, USA

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