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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
68,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace it (3 reports)
1999 Toyota Sienna body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1999 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012002

Sienna CE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Van was only off warranty for about 6 months when the rear tailgate latch handle completely snapped off. The door could not be opened until it was replaced.

This is pretty pathetic. Fortunately it was not outrageously expensive to fix (at a local mechanic's shop, not the dealer), even with a Toyota part. But it should not have happened at all, much less so early in the life of the vehicle.

- , Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #2

Jun 152005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

When this first happened I called Toyota. All I got was "Ma'am it is a plastic part that breaks" my response was, Why is a car company with the reputation of Toyota using plastic parts? Needless to say I had to pay to have it fixed. Not happy!

- , Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #1

Jun 012005

Sienna LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

The back gate door handle breaks off when you use it. It has happened to two of our friends too. They had a 2000 and 2001 model respectively. So I would say it is a design defect.

- , Germantown, MD, USA

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