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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,800 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 072008

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,800 miles


Opened rear hatch on 2005 Toyota Sienna. It opened then immediately closed, hitting me on the head.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 082008

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
I am having trouble with the side power sliding doors. Took it to the dealer twice and they said they could not duplicate the problem. Service bulletin was performed on a rattle. Dealer always tells me that they cannot duplicate the problem- but the problem is still there when I get home! the sliding back doors open but will not shut once pushing any button and I have to do it manually, meaning that I would have to hit the remote a couple of times to get it to open. Both sliding doors stuck closed. They would not work with the button are manually. At times I can't open it using either inside or outside door handle, nor has jiggling the door lock. There is a noise that the doors normally make. This does not happen every time I try to open and close the doors- only sometimes! so, yes it is hard to take it to the dealer and able to show him the broken part!! I fear that the doors are going to open and have the kids fall out or something! lift gate unexpectedly closed while standing at the back of the van. At one time the rear door light on the dash stayed on when the door was closed. I pushed the button on the B-pillar and the remote inside the vehicle and the door did not open. I manually closed the rear door and the light was still on. Eventually the light when off the automatic control worked. One time the driver side sliding door starts to open when I try to open it using either button on B-pillar or remote. It starts moving but only moves may be about 2-3mm - that's rights, about 1/12 of an inch. I can hear the motor working fine, and no sound is different from the sound the passenger side door makes when opening or closing (passenger side sliding door works fine). Now, when I try to open driver side door using the door handle, nothing happens no motor activation, no nothing. The door has even closed on it own when my wife was getting out of it and I can operate the vehicle with the side door open.

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #4

Sep 012007


  • miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The automatic back hatch/tailgate began to not work. When it opens it immediately falls down and even though there is some supposed safety feature that is supposed to have it pop up when it meets an obstruction, one must push with all their might to get it to stop closing. Although there have been no serious injuries I have been hit in the head and have strained myself to keep it closed. If a child ever were caught in it, my fear is it could be deadly. My mechanic called the dealer for parts and not only were they ridiculously expensive, but they are hard to get. I called the Toyota consumer line and was told they were unaware of any problems with the back hatch or any on going investigations. Because of high mileage on my vehicle, this is not covered under warranty any longer. I believe this is a potential fatal accident waiting to happen to somebody and Toyota should be responsible for fixing the problem. Updated 3/4/08

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 112007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


About a week ago, the rear lift-gate on my 2005 Toyota Sienna minivan (xle) started to drop down unexpectedly after being opened. If pushed, the lift-gate would go up, only to drop down again. A few days later, while I was unloading items from the back, the lift-gate started to close automatically and would not go up when I pushed it. I had to escape under the lift-gate or else I would have been crushed between the lift-gate and the car. Now, the lift-gate opens and then automatically closes; it doesn't stay open. I cannot use it - it is too dangerous.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 202007


  • miles
The liftgate on a power liftgate 2005 Toyota Sienna will not stay open. It has come down and wacked my wife and I on the head many times. I found out the replacement is $450.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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problem #1

Aug 222006

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was reaching into the rear part of my 2005 Toyota Sienna xle minivan when the hatch started to close right on me. Luckily I was able to get away quick enough where there was no harm done but it was a close call.

- Watchung, NJ, USA

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