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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,676 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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2001 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 072010


  • 141,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sienna. While the vehicle was being serviced, the contact was informed that the spare tire was missing. The contact referenced recall 10V160000 (structure) and was informed that the parts were backordered. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 141,000 and the current mileage was approximately 150,000.

- Cooperstown, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 092007


  • 60,000 miles
2001 Toyota Sienna... the plastic door handles are breaking off... the right, rear slider handle broke off in the left, rear slider handle broke off... this was dangerous since the child lock was on preventing opening the door from either inside or outside the vehicle with the children trapped the front passenger door handle has broken.....Toyota dealership charges $89.73 for each handle not including is obvious to me plastic fatigue is the problem...3 of 4 handles have failed in past 3 years...I contend these handles as well as the fourth remaining were and are defective.

- Middletown, CT, USA

problem #5

Dec 272008


  • miles
We own a 2001 Toyota Sienna van. All but 1 of 5 door handles on this van have broken and the door handles on each of the 4 doors (except passenger front) have cracked and broken clean off the door. Currently, the driver side is taped on. I feel that this could have happened to 1 by user wear. However, I'm not inclined to believe that all could break so easily from user wear and tear. This creates a significant safety hazard in accessing the vehicle in emergency situations as clearly the only access will be through windows at some point.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 062009


  • 119,734 miles


My 2001 Toyota Sienna xle power sliding door on the passenger side (came only with this one power door) did not work properly. It did not open by pressing the button, it works to close but not tight. When I choose to use it manually, it is so heavy that the children have not enough strength to open it. They have to exit the car from the driver's side other than on the curb side. It places the passengers in dangerous situation, as well as to the driver if he has to come out of the car to help open the door at the curb side. My complaint is that door should be operated as light as the other door when it is in the manual mode and the cost to fix is too much (about $2,000) to afford.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 022001


  • 3,000 miles
The sliding doors of our 2001 Toyota Sienna xle are not reliable operated. Sometimes work sometime not, sometime stuck, no safety sensor. Only a man can push the closing door back open. If a child in the path of a closing door, manually pushing back the door is impossible for me. The push button and the key button sometimes work sometimes not since the first year. We brought in elmore Toyota many times. They said nothing wrong with it. We complained to cooperate Toyota, they referred us back to elmore Toyota, with the same answer nothing wrong. We fear for the safety of our children. This is our last resort for help. When we have money to replace this car, there will be no more Toyota on our list.

- Westminster, CA, USA

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problem #2

Jan 012006


  • 35,000 miles
Water leaks into front passenger and driver areas and settles and soaks on front carpet. It enters through the roof area or door seals. Happens when ever it rains.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 152007

Sienna 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that she noticed water on the floor of the front passenger side when it would rain. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The current and failure mileages were 94,000.

- Floral Park , NY, USA

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