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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Toyota Sienna steering problems

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2004 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #4

May 042009


  • 63,000 miles


Large noise in the steering column while turning left.

- Avenel, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 192007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sienna. While driving 10-15 mph, the steering wheel vibrated and he heard a clunking noise when he made a turn. The dealer stated that there was a defect for the intermediate steering shaft. The steering shaft was replaced with an upgraded part. There had been no other occurrences since the replacement. The current and failure mileages were 68,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 302007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Our family is deeply troubled and worried about the safeness of our 2004 Toyota Sienna le-8 every time we use it on the road. Our van has been having intermittent vsc, kicking which started early this year. First, it will hesitate to accelerate followed by vsc kicking then automatic braking engages then sudden pull of the steering to the left. The vsc keeps flashing and beeps continuously unless I slow down to around 20mph. I even showed the dealer copies of Sienna owners complaints with similar problem and tsbs regarding yaw rate sensor and steering column sensor. But still could not fix or duplicate the problem. Nothing was done to correct the problem and no parts replaced or repaired.

- Plainfield , IL, USA

problem #1

May 122007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
We noticed that the steering for the 2004 Toyota Sienna was beginning to get hard. Sometimes it felt like there was no power steeing, then it would become easier. I thought it was a lack of power steering fluid, but found out it was the intermediate steering shaft. The switching from hard-to-turn steering to regular power steering made driving difficult and unpredictable. Toyota issued two tsb's on this steering shaft component, and, I understood had recalled the same component in its prius model. Something should be done about this danger.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

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