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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Toyota Sienna steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 232015

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles


[this incident has also been reported to Toyota - case # [xxx].] I exited parking lot and turned left to travel North on two-lane street at 5 pm. Immediately after entering the lane, my car began to decelerate. I pressed the accelerator, and it was stuck in position. I tapped the pedal, at which point the pedal locked in the down position, and the car raced forward, with tires screeching. I immediately hit the brakes and put in car in neutral. The engine continued to rev at 5000-6000 RPM while I pulled off to the shoulder on the right. After putting the shift into park, I reached down with my hand, noted there was no carpet interfering with the pedal, yet it was stuck in the downward position. I pulled back a few times and was able to free the accelerator pedal movement, at which point the engine began to idle. I tested the pedal several times before resuming my route. At my first left turn after the acceleration incident, I noted that the car had no power steering, and I was barely able to turn the car a sharp 90 degrees to the left. The remainder of my ride home, the car had no power steering. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). Updated 4/19/2016

- Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 072011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated while driving 20 mph, the vehicle started to drift from side to side and she was unable to control the steering wheel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was unknown.

- Germantown , MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 012009


  • 45,000 miles
I have been complaining for the last 2 years to Toyota about my 2002 Sienna regarding steering wheel vibration while driving on the highway. They have checked the car and told me they found nothing. The car is dangerous to drive at high speeds.

- Newyork, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 212003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My brakes have been sqealing for some time now. I've had the rotors turned, dusted, etc. Now it is affecting my steering. I am due to take it in to have this checked out.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012002

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
Leased vehicle new in April 2001. To date, have had 11 brake replacements in a period of 21 months. Brakes squealing immediately after being replaced, sounds like a semi coming to stop. Filed under Florida lemon law, which dealer said "could not duplicate concern-operating to design & intent". brakes grind metal to metal after a short period of time. Vibration & uneven, premature tire wear despite several alignments. Vehicle also makes clunking sound when breaking in reverse & initial acceleration.

- Stuart, FL, USA

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