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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,282 miles

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #119

Jun 022011


  • 57,985 miles


Auto was purchased new from Toyota dealer in March of 2005. Received an extended warranty enhancement notice for front door check mounting panel from Toyota in 2007. The warranty was for 5 years or 100,000 miles. In June of 2011, my driver door began making the popping sound described in the information I received from Toyota. I took the car into a Toyota deal and was told the extended warranty had expires and I would need to pay for any repair. This was a manufacturing defect identified by Toyota yet the refuse to cover the repair, $2,000. August 2013 took the Sienna into the dealer because of a clunking noise when window was being lowered. I paid for the "repair" but still have a malfunctioning window. I was informed, after discovering the window still wouldn't work, that the door weld would have to be fixed for the window to function properly. I am concerned because now I have a nonfunctioning window and a door that has a manufacturing defect that Toyota refused to acknowledge as a long term safety issue. Interestingly enough, if you were lucky enough to have the door weld fail prior to Toyota issuing the "extension" they would have reimbursed the owner for repair. Or, if you experienced the failure during the 5 year period, it would also have it fixed by Toyota. This should be a mandatory recall based on it being a safety issue.

- Moon, PA, USA

problem #118

Aug 212013


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the passenger's side sliding door failed to open from the inside or outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Rockland, MA, USA

problem #117

Jun 012011


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the driver's side door made a squeaking noise when being opened or closed. The contact inspected the driver's door and discovered that the support brackets were broken. The contact replaced the door well. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximately failure mileage was 45,000 and the approximate current mileage was 60,000. The VIN was not available.

- Newark , CA, USA

problem #116

Jun 012013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


I purchased my van in November of 2012. My husband has a Toyota Tundra that we purchased new in 2004 and it has over 300,000 miles on it. When my Buick stopped running, I knew that I wanted a Toyota van. We have a physically challenged daughter so when we go anywhere we have to take the walker and her wheelchair with us. Apx. 3 months ago the sliding door on the passenger side began to not open every time. It gradually got worse and finally stopped completely! we just used the driver side door and crawled in and out. After a while the sliding door on the driver side did the same thing. Now neither door will work!!! after reading other post on different sites, I realized that I am not alone. Come on Toyota, get it together!!! I love my van but I really need the doors to open!!!

- Nahunta, GA, USA

problem #115

Aug 042013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 80,120 miles
Several months ago, the panel spot welds on the front door (driver's side) door check mounting panel became detached causing a "popping" noise when opening and closing the door. Today, I heard a "clunk" noise when I opened the door and the "popping" noise stopped. However, now I am not able to open the window more than 1/2 way nor open the door properly which has me rather concerned for my safety. If the window is open at all, I cannot open the door wide enough to get out even though I am not overweight nor am I a large man. If I close the window first, I can open the door 3/4 of the way before it stops. Toyota is fully aware of this door check problem. I received a notice from them a number of years ago indicating that, because this problem is quite common, they are offering an "enhanced warranty" for 5 years from when the vehicle was first put into service or 100,000 miles, which ever comes first, to fix the door. I bought the vehicle new in 2005 so the enhanced warranty expired in 2010. When I first heard the popping noise, I brought the vehicle back to the dealer who informed me that I would have to pay for the repair since the enhanced warranty period had expired. The cost, $2300 dollars. When I asked, "why so much?" their body shop gave me a long list of parts and work that needed to be done to "repair" the problem it included removing the headlights, bumper, quarter panel and rear door among other things. The reason they could not just replace the door was that Toyota redesigned the entire door and had to retrofit the newly engineered door to my vehicle. So unless I pay $2300 to repair what is, essentially, an engineering design flaw on Toyota's part, I am left with an unsafe situation if I need to quickly get out of the vehicle and cannot close the window first as would happen in case of an electrical system failure for example.

- Scarborough, ME, USA

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problem #114

Jul 092012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
As I opened the driver's side door, I heard a loud pop. Upon investigation, it turned out that the spot weld on the door had separated. After taking it to my local Toyota dealership, I was told that this was a known problem (see tsb NV003-07), I was told that my vehicle was out of warranty and that the only fix was to replace the door at a cost of approximately $2000. Although Toyota insisted that this is not a safety concern, it seems that this failure could lead to the door falling off or slippage of the window and subsequent broken glass.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #113

Jul 152013


  • 111,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the driver's side sliding door could not be unlocked manually or when using the key fob. The passenger's side automatic sliding door would only operate intermittently. The lift gate would sporadically open while the vehicle was in motion and would not latch when closed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #112

Jul 152013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 118,751 miles
The weld holding the driver's side front door check failed causing the door to swing out of control. No other damage was caused, but this creates a potentially dangerous situation.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #111

May 152012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated there was a loud popping noise when opening and closing the front driver's side door and the front driver's side window only opened half way. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #110

Jul 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Driver-side door started making popping noises when opened or closed. Now, the window on driver's side will not open fully unless the door is opened at a certain angle. This is a known issue with Toyota Sienna's from 2004/2005. However, there has been no recall. If you happen to still be under warranty when the problem starts, Toyota will pick up the charge. If not, the cost can be anywhere from $685 to $2000, depending upon the extent of the problem. A technical service bulletin was put out by Toyota in 2007 "door check popping noise", but they still refuse to fix the problem on their dime. A manufacturing defect should be covered regardless of warranty times and conditions.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #109

Jul 092012


  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that when he opened the front driver side door there was a loud noise reminiscent of a firecracker. The failure recurred numerous times. He received information from Toyota stating that the welds were broken but he did not qualify for the extended warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 84,000 and the current mileage was 95,000.

- Wellington, OH, USA

problem #108

Jun 102013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
The door check on the driver side failed. Toyota (local dealer and headquarters) denied it was the door check (a known manufacturing defect) and gave me an estimate of over $1500 to repair the defect. I took the vehicle to a reputable body shop to look at the door and they confirmed the damage was caused by a faulty door check. The body shop did repair the defect, which as I understand it, if not repaired can allow the door to swing freely. Toyota did not correct or acknowledge the faulty door check on this 2005 AWD Sienna.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #107

Apr 012013


  • 54,189 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number 08V244000 (structure lift gate) was performed but the repair did not correct the failure. The lift gate did not have a resistor and caused the gate to swing open and was difficult to close. The contact also stated that her Toyota Sienna was a handicap vehicle. The dealer advised that they did not know how to correct the lift gate failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 54,189.

- Jackson , NJ, USA

problem #106

Mar 092013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
Catalyst system failed/ not working properly. The left rear door has failed, the cable not working at all. The door does not slide, gets stuck when your trying to open it.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #105

Oct 292011


  • 125,000 miles
Three of the four doors of our Toyota Sienna have broken. When the cable that operates the rear sliding passenger door snapped, it became entangled in the door mechanism. When we tried to shut the door manually, the glass from the door shattered on the children sitting in the rear seat. Previously, the driver's door hinges snapped. We discovered this problem when three of four hinges had snapped. The door was at risk of falling off entirely. We have brought this to Toyota's attention (now a small claims matter). Toyota has refused to acknowledge or remedy the situation and has not issued a safety recall (it has offered repairs in some cases (ours was not covered because of mileage)as a limited extended warranty).

- Wilton, CT, USA

problem #104

Mar 042013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Drivers door started to creak as if the hinges were dry. Tried to lube the hinge but did not solve the problem. The door the started to click and have a banging sound as if something was loose or broken. Upon investigation found the lower weld that attaches the door open holding arm to having been broken.

- Wantage, NJ, USA

problem #103

Sep 032012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 90,150 miles
The vehicle hinge of the driver's door becomes unwelded from the door causing a clicking noise. After several openings and closings of the door the hinge loosens even more causing a interference with the window. The driver's side window is only allowed to fall 2/3rd of the way down before the hinge stops it causing potential breakage of the glass while the motor vehicle is in operation.

- Fort Benning, GA, USA

problem #102

Dec 272012


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that when opening and closing the driver's side door, there was a loud pop. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised the contact that the mounting panel was damaged and needed to be welded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 69,000. The current mileage was approximately 69,900.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #101

Oct 042011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the front driver's side door would exhibit a loud pop whenever being opened or closed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Renton , WA, USA

problem #100

Nov 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
Toyota recently recalled the power sliding door cables for certain Toyota Sienna years. The broken cable inhibits the door from working correctly. Ours, a 2005 Sienna, was taken in and it turned out to be the power sliding door actuator. Five days ago, the other sliding door actuator failed. Both doors cannot be opening correctly and poses a serious danger to the safety of our 2 young children. Toyota fails to recognize all of the complaints about failing actuators that are posted online. They are charging $1,100 to fix each door. There should be a safety recall because of the actuator failures. Thank you.

- Milford, DE, USA

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