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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,191 miles

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2005 Toyota Sienna accessories - exterior problems

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #30

May 202009


  • 80,000 miles


2005 Toyota Sienna driver side door makes loud noise when opening -- cable covering is cracked exposing wire to the elements. Cable may eventually break preventing door from opening.

- Morris, IL, USA

problem #29

Jun 262009


  • 20,000 miles
Cannot open driver side sliding door. Will only open 3 inches and gets locked in place.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #28

Jun 232009


  • 46,000 miles
Automatic sliding passenger side door not working on 2005 Sienna minvan at 50,000. Safety problem as told by service tech that door has been known to fly open when driving, also not easily solved by converting door to manual due to design it is connected to engine. As safety issue, I think Toyota needs to issue a recall and convert these doors to manual sliding doors or at least correct problem that they potentially fly open when driving.

- Summit, NJ, USA

problem #27

May 012009


  • 65,793 miles


Our passenger-side sliding rear door has frozen in place and will not open. It is a 2005 Toyota Sienna C model. We have had other issues as well, such as the rear hatchback supports failed within 3 years, our drivers-side front door makes a popping sound when opened, we have replaced the front brakes three times within 65,000 miles, and seat belts that constantly stick.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #26

Jun 012009


  • 53,000 miles
Toyota Sienna sliding door problem I could not sometimes close the sliding door. So I visited the dealer near my house. I heard that the hinge was almost broken and need to be changed.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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problem #25

May 012009


  • 40,000 miles
Power sliding door failed in my 2005 Toyota Sienna. This is a manufacturer's safty-related defect that should be fixed at Toyota's cost.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #24

May 192009


  • 65,308 miles


2005 Toyota Sienna le this vehicle has one electric sliding door, on the passenger side. This electric door has failed, and is stuck in the closed position. Dealer has said that the vehicle needs a new latch assembly and cables. We have had some type of problem with this door since we purchased it, including prior incidents where the door was inoperable. These previous fixes occurred when the car was under warranty, which it is no longer under. In each case, the dealer made an adjustment to get the door to work, but at no time changed any parts. Dealer informed me that Toyota is willing to provide the parts (lock assembly $146.35 and control 693.04) but that we will need to pay labor of 660.

- Sharon, MA, USA

problem #23

Apr 022009


  • 71,257 miles
Passenger side automatic sliding door will no longer open or operate and is a safety issue.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #22

Apr 212009


  • 41,955 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna van - sliding door failure (driver's side). Dealer says it is a broken motor & cables. Vehicle has only 41,000 miles on it (warranty expired at 36,000). Dealer wants to charge me $2,000. Searching the internet I found hundreds of posts from people with similar problems. This is a problem that Toyota knows about and should recall as they did with both the rear hatch struts and both front door hinges. I just had my vehicle in the shop last month for both of these fixes.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #21

Jan 032009


  • 49,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna power sliding door central hinge problem causing door to hang out of line and rub against body. Rubbing/banging does not allow door to fully close.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #20

May 012008


  • 36,000 miles


Left, rear manual door will not open right rear power door will not close Toyota service said all latches are bad, and need to be replaced they want to charge us $3,800 to repair the latches they claim that the latches are not defective.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #19

Feb 112009


  • miles
Sliding doors of Toyota Sienna 2005 xle AWD do not open at all when outside temperatures below 33 F. when starting car alarm goes on until the doors can slide again.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #18

Dec 152008


  • 30,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna side doors (sliding) constantly lock up in cold weather (less than 40 degrees) prohibiting me from using either door to get my children into my car. There is no way to correct this issue. Turning on your car and warming it up for even as long as one half hour has no effect. To compound matters, once someone has attempted to open either of the doors, the car alarm continues to beep (warning that a door is ajar). Also, I am unable to fully re-close the doors when this happens. Thus, I am forced to drive with my doors not fully closed (as they should be). This is more than an inconvenience. My safety and that of my children is being compromised, driving with the doors stuck in a slightly ajar position. Also, it is dangerous for my children to be climbing in and out of the car through the rear hatchback because the sliding doors will not open. I cannot solve nor prevent this problem. Placing the car in the garage has no effect. Same problem. I have complained numerous times to my car dealership to no avail. They simply tell me to graphite the door seals. This does not help. The door seals are inadequate.

- North Wales, PA, USA

problem #17

Jan 012009


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that both the driver and passenger side doors were inoperable. The keyless entry would not operate and she could only enter the vehicle manually. The contact had to manipulate the lock entry in order to enter and exit the vehicle by holding the manual lock in place while closing and/or opening the door. The radiator was also in need of repair. No repairs have been performed. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were over 100,000.

- Aberdeen, MS, USA

problem #16

Jan 132009


  • 38,454 miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Sienna xle limited AWD, the passenger rear door was opened yesterday and would not close. The cable that closes the door is hanging off the car and the motor on that side appears to not be working car has less than 39000 miles and 3 year warranty ended in October 2008, seems to be lots of problems with this issue.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #15

Dec 102008


  • 38,000 miles
2005 Sienna. Passenger sliding door is not opening or closing electronically. It will open and close manually with no apparent obstruction. When attempting to use the key fob or buttons inside the van, we hear the motor make a straining noise and a click, yet the door doesn't move. This has happened before twice, yet seemed to correct itself before I took it to the shop. Now we are 6 months out of warranty and I'm annoyed that it is happening again. Right now, my 6 kids get in and out of the car on the driver's side, which is very inconvenient as it is on the street side as opposed to the curb side of the car. Being a manual door requires me to exit the car also to assist with the door opening/closing.

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

problem #14

Dec 222008


  • miles
I have a 2005, Toyota, Sienna. While sitting in the far rear of my van, washing the rear window, the door shut and I was unable to get out of the car. I could not find the lever inside the covered area on rear door panel. Neither could the auto repair man, even after reading manual. There is no release even from the front of the car. And if we couldn't find it, how would my grandchildren or anyone in an emergency. I consider this an extreme safety hazard which could kill...and the design has not changed in the new cars. Please look into this and let me know what I can do before it's to late. Time is of the essence.........

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #13

Aug 032008


  • miles
2005 Sienna xle model. The passenger side automatic sliding door's latch does not lock and will close on slight incline. Myself, my wife and one of my kids has experience the door close on us unexpectedly. This is a potentially serious safety issue if the car is parked on a steep incline facing down. The car has been in the dealer for over a week and so far, they have tried to replace the motor, the latch to no avail. I think there is a design flaw somewhere in the door that causes this to happen. Strangely, the problem does not exists on the driver's side sliding door. It's unknown if the problem is caused by repeated use or not.

- Redmond , WA, USA

problem #12

Dec 202008


  • 16,600 miles
On both occasions preceding these events the weather was a contributing factor. Whether conditions were rain/ice/snow and freezing temps. On 2 separate incidents both sliding doors have become frozen shut. I was unable to open either door. On one occasion I had to drive the vehicle for about 45 min with the heat on high before I could open the doors. Also the doors were not completely closed causing the interior lights to go on and off and the warning chime to sound continually. We have four young children and will not put them in vehicle through the rear hatch. Not being able to open the doors is an unacceptable safety hazard.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #11

Nov 202008


  • 62,000 miles
Passenger power sliding door cable jacketing has come off and cable is fraying badly (unwrapping) and making much noise and making difficult for door to open/close. I am concerned this weakened cable may snap and hit someone (esp my children) who uses the door for entry/exit as it is under high tension. Driver side door cable jacketing is also beginning to come off and I am concerned it will end up doing the same thing. The van was purchased in March 2005 and since I am past three years, the Toyota dealer I originally took it to said it was not covered by any warranty (including my 7 year/100K mile extended warranty) and it would cost over $1700/door to fix. The car is not even 4 years old and the basic safety of the door open/close is already compromised! I was also told today by another dealer that Toyota issued a "technical bulletin" about the hinges/mechanism on 2004 versions (and the 2005 - at least through my production date) since they had a number of (questions?) about this issue - and it identified specifically how to fix it. To me if this is occurring enough to have a technical bulletin, then Toyota knows they have a problem. But since they do not consider this safety oriented they never recalled it. If this cable snaps I do not see how it could not be a safety issue. In summary it is happening on both doors (though faster on the more used passenger side) and Toyota seems to be aware of a number of issues in this area. The frayed cable also tends to scratch up the cable travel area for the rubber sealing and the paint.

- Cumming, GA, USA

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