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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,216 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.

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #19

Jan 072009


  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the front driver side door hinge fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the door hinge was replaced. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Dayton, NJ, USA

problem #18

Mar 012014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the driver's side door made a loud popping noise when it was opened. The contact also stated that the drivers door swung open and hit her legs. A local mechanic inspected the vehicle and noticed that the driver's door hinge was fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 117,000. The approximate current mileage was 118,000. Updated 11/12/14 updated 01/26/15

- Highland Falls, NY, USA

problem #17

Dec 012010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Toyota Sienna 2005 developed two major problems about 6 years and 40,000 miles on it (right after warranty runs out). 1. passenger side front airbag malfunction resulting in airbag lights being on. Dealer is quoting $700 dollars. More importantly, the fact that this important life saving device malfunctioning at just 6 years and right after warranty runs out. Several other people have had exact same issue as evidenced by discussions in consumer forums on the internet. 2. driver side door makes loud popping noise while opening and closing. Dealer confirmed that the welds in the driver hinges have broken. Cost to repair (replace door !!) is $2400. Toyota customer experience center claimed that a notification about this issue was mailed out, which I have never received. They extended the warranty to cover 5 years and guess what? it breaks at 6 years. Both issues are important safety concerns and speaks volumes about Toyota quality and cutting corners by designing products that work only until warranty is valid. Toyota customer experience representative refused to escalate the matter to higher ups in Toyota saying that she has the authority to decide what should be done. They also refused to shoulder the cost to repair. The representative was also unaware of the reasons why the airbag would malfunction. NHTSA should investigate these issues and force Toyota to recall.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #16

Aug 012011


  • 78,000 miles


Cable on the automatic door snapped and the door is inoperable and unsafe. It will cost $1500 to fix. The van is only 6 years old.

- Blooming Grove, NY, USA

problem #15

Jan 022010


  • 65,000 miles
Sliding door failure, passanger and driver side, force passangers to climb over front seat to exit vehicle. Automatic sliding door and hinge failure.

- Huntersville, NC, USA

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problem #14

May 072008


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated the passenger side sliding door would involuntarily close when a passenger was entering the vehicle. In order to prevent the door from closing, the contact had to hold it open manually. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed the door hinge may have failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage were 65,000.

- Clarksville, MD, USA

problem #13

Apr 052010


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the passenger side rear sliding door would not close due to a ball joint that connected to the door assembly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the ball joint would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted who provided no assistance. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #12

Mar 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,200 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna. Consumer states driver door squeaks and makes popping noises

- Unadilla, NY, USA

problem #11

Nov 052010


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the passenger side sliding door cable fractured and the door was no longer operational. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance as the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The current and failure mileage was approximately 76,000.

- Greenwood Lake, NY, USA

problem #10

Jul 052010


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact observed when the front driver side door was opened the hinge would make a popping noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The technician informed that the door would need to be replaced to correct the problem. The repair cost was $1,600. The manufactured issued a voluntary recall related to the defect; however, the recall expired. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 83,000.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #9

Jun 132007


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the rear door rises when it is engaged. The two struts that support the door are known as the rear gauge strut assembly. The door closes on its own and could cause injuries. The contact went to the dealer to have the door repaired and was informed that NHTSA declared that the replacement struts were also defective. The failure mileage was 35,000 and current mileage was 80,000.

- Brasstown, NC, USA

problem #8

Feb 022008

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,365 miles
The power sliding door cables corroded ( rusted away all but two (2) strands) and snapped between the top two rollers that guides the open/close cables. This problem is a definite and serious safety hazard, as it may trap the rear seat occupants in a emergency.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #7

Dec 232007


  • miles
2005 Toyota Sienna: Power rear door unexpectedly closes down thereby causing danger when removing cargo.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 132007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,900 miles
The driver side door inner retention hinge on 2005 Sienna le van, the spot welds broke and the local Toyota body shop is charging me $ $261 dollars to fix it. The vehicle only has 46,000 miles on it and they said there were no recalls on the product.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 152007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The welding on the driver side door has separated from the hinge. As a result, the door would not remain open. The door began making noises six months ago. The contact stated that the passenger side door began experiencing the same failure. The door has not been used frequently and is currently working properly. The dealer has agreed to pay seventy five percent of the cost to repair the door; however, the contact believed that they should pay the entire cost. The current mileage was 44,000 and failure mileage was 40,000.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #4

Sep 122006

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,646 miles
I have a 2005 Toyota Sienna with numerous problems. 1st, rear hatch would not stay up. Many times it hit my head with no severe injuries. Due to extended warranty uac covered replacement at 73,646 miles. 2nd, driver's front door was making popping like noise when opening and closing door. Uac (extended warranty) declined claim. Problem has not been corrected. Now when I roll down my window, it feels like it is going to brake. Both problems started six months from purchase date (10/05/04).

- Tucker, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 282005

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The hatchback door handle detached two days after purchasing the vehicle. The handle was replaced by the dealer. The passenger sliding door handle and the driver side front door handle also failed. The doors could only be opened from inside the vehicle. The remaining three handles cracked and in the process of failing. The dealer will not replace the door handles. The failure mileage was 79000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 012007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
- the contact stated that the driver's side front door of the 2005 Toyota Sienna made a loud screeching noise when he opened it. The contact stated that when he openedthe door it felt like the doorwas going to fall off. The dealerships informed the contactthat it was due to a poor welding job. The vehicle currently had 42,000 miles.

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 062005

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna ce. Vehicle has two sliding doors they are manually operated when the glass is up on the two sliding doors it electrically locks. The doors opened. When putting the windows down it does not lock, the doors open. When parked in a driveway or facing downward the doors will slide shut when the windows ares down.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

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