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5.5

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,375 miles

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2004 Toyota Sienna accessories - interior problems

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2004 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 032016

Sienna

  • 106,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the passenger side sliding door cable fractured and caused the door to remain ajar. The contact stated that the failure also caused the battery to be drained because the dome light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 022004

Sienna

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Internal reading lights do not turn off when key is removed from ignition leading to battery death.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #6

Aug 112004

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
Radiator ruptured and the engine overheated; hose replaced in steering column recall; rust protective tape recall; dvd screen replaced and the entire dvd player replaced(screen still not easily visible in middle row); passenger seat belt replaced; middle passenger seat belt failing; gasoline smell inside of car with ac on recirculation; driver's window fell inside door in snow storm and was not considered a safety issue to get a loaner vehicle even though the vehicle could not be locked; tires completely bald and leaking under 30,000 miles, dvd player must be at a high db volume and when returned to radio/cd will almost deafen you; interior lights have to be manually over ridden or will drain battery; car hesitates 1-2 seconds when trying to quickly accelerate and then lurches forward alarmingly; cruise control is not functioning; waiting to have fuel mixture sensor replaced. I was not informed of first 2 recalls until I my engine overheated. I did get the rust recall and a sticker on my sliding door informing user of danger of having middle windows open while opening the middle door could catch a head or other extremity. Toyota dealer service manager says mine is the only 04 Sienna experiencing any problems except for the recalls on the radiator; the steering hose; the rust tape; and the middle seat belt. Not so according to all I have read here. Most of the problems have occurred between 22,000 and 34,000 miles; the dvd screen always failed to lock into a good position for the middle row viewers.

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #5

Dec 162004

Sienna

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The rear dome lights are wired such that they can be turned on by pressing on them (by the person sitting at that particular seat position). If the light is turned on this way, it will not turn off until 1) the driver turns off all the rear interior lights by use of a button on the dashboard or 2) the battery dies. This is hazardous because you run the risk of your battery dying if you don't manually override and turn off all rear lights. If you do manually override and turn off all the rear lights, then when the rear doors are opened, no lights turn on. At nighttime, you cannot see where your feet are going, and it is very easy to trip over anything that might be on the floor (or your own feet) (the manual override not only turns off the dome lights above the passenger, but also turns off the courtesy lights which would normally shine on the floor of the van when the rear doors are opened.

- Stevensville, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 012004

Sienna

  • miles
The door was left ajar which caused the battery to go dead. The vehicle was supposed to be designed so that the interior lights shut off after twenty minutes if the ignition was off and any doors are left open. The consumer was told that this feature was only available in Canadian or australian vehicles.

- Orange, CT, USA

problem #3

Dec 062003

Sienna

  • miles
Driver side outside door handle would get jammed in the open position. The interior lights would be on, which was noticeable if it was dark outside. But if it was bright and sunny it was easy to miss. The door appears to be closed, but it was not. A few times I started driving with this condition, and the driver side door flew open when I turned! you would have to stop the car, and get out and push the outside handle back to its normal position for the door to stay shut. I took it to the dealer, and they just squirted some lubrication into the handle. This seems like a short term fix, and it could start happening again.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 012004

Sienna

  • miles
The interior lights do not turn off automatically after 20 minutes as stated in the brochure and owner's manual. This drains the battery, and leaves people stranded.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 052003

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Owner of 2004 Toyota Sienna xle limited - pruchased in July 2004. When the any of the vanity lights are left on in the inside of the van and the key is out of the ignition the lights never turn off...there is no automatic battery saver/shut-off. However, I noticed that in vans released since then Toyota has made this standard on current releases. (mid-model change). Does this seem right from a safety standpoint? my wife is the primary driver and I do not want to see her stranded with our liitle one somewhere. Had this been an option in a kid-friendly van at the time of purchase, I would have bought it.

- Glen Mills, PA, USA

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