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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
80,646 miles

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2006 Toyota Sienna body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #9

Jan 102010


  • miles


We have a 2006 Toyota Sienna with dual automatic sliding doors. About 6 months ago, the passenger side door would scrap, and needed to be closed manually. We took it into the dealer, as it was scratching the paint, it cost us almost $800 to replace the hinge. This week the otherside is starting to do the same thing. I have checked other sources and have found that this is a systemic problem with these models and that it clearly presents a danger to passengers including children who are often passengers in minivans. The problem itself appears to be caused by poor design. Toyota has had other recall problems with it's door designs and this appears to be another one.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 032010


  • 88,000 miles
Left side power sliding door stuck in 3/4 open position, during foul weather. Unable to close manually. Noticed slack cable on front side of center hinge and stripped cable from rear of hinge. Also, metal pieces have fallen out of hinge track from upper door rail (below window). Unable to drive safely (obvious), with door open. Now vehicle extremely wet inside. Covered van with plastic. Checked internet for other occurrences besides those listed in the complaint log this website. Too numerous to count since 2004. Why can't this be fixed. Vehicle still in extended warranty period but this is not covered?

- Rockport, ME, USA

problem #7

Nov 102009


  • 57,000 miles
Right-side power sliding door is beginning to fail. There are there hinges that support the door. Two are located at the front of the door (one at the top and one at the bottom). The third hinge is located at the rear of the door (in the center). It is the center hinge which is failing. The hinge is sagging, and scraping the rear body panel (under the rear quarter window). Given the failure of the hinge, proper clearances are not maintained, and the door scrapes the front edge of that body panel. It also catches on the door frame (body frame) when opening and closing. This is a well-documented problem with these vans and Toyota refuses to acknowledge any fault. Eventually this door will cease to function. Others have had it fail in the open position, while others have had it fail in the closed position. There have been recorded incidents of this failure causing strain on the cable that controls the function of this door (leading to it fraying/snapping). Other owners have experienced the rear quarter window shattering and even having the door fall off. Light internet research (using the term "Sienna sliding door" or "Sienna sliding door failure" will help to reveal the gravity of this problem and the extent to which the consumers are feeling it. Average cost for repair is in excess of $1500. Please force a recall. Make Toyota own up to this issue and its resolution.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #6

Dec 122009


  • 36,500 miles


Found below on the web and we have the same issue. We purchase the extended warranty so they will replace the motor-cable assembly but not the central hinge. They said that we have to pay for it at $300+. ******************************************************************************** 2006 Sienna slide doors is the center hinge wears out and that's when the cables break. There is a tsb (EL004-04) that addresses this. We replace the hinge/motor-cable assy/and a bracket. *********************************************************************** now just waiting for the other door to break. We found numerous issues with cold weather. We just had snow and a cold spell in rocklin, ca (sacramento, ca)this past week which we rarely get snow. The folks at Toyota said this a know problem but there is nothing they can do. The hinge is part of the van which holds the sliding door in place and if it fails the sliding door has a good chance of completely off while driving. This could cause someone getting killed. I guess we have to wait until that happens, before anything is done. We purchased a 2006 Toyota Sienna Sept 2006 and purchased with extended warranty.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 162009


  • 89,000 miles
Toyota Sienna rollover accident at low speed (35 mph) resulting in roof and driver side structural failure and fatal crushing injury to driver.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

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problem #4

Sep 062009


  • 55,000 miles
Our sliding door stopped working about a year ago. This morning, despite the electric doors being turned off, while my husband was driving with all 4 of our babies the door opened and got stuck. My husband can't open or close the door.

- Coeur D'alene, ID, USA

problem #3

May 012008


  • miles


2006 Toyota Sienna - excessive paint chipping and rust. Vehicle has been taken to two Toyota dealerships for excessive rust caused by paint chipping. Both dealers claim that stones on roadway are the cause. Rusting began to appear in the rear quarter panel area; directly behind both passenger doors. Toyota placed two clear plastic strips in both these areas (factory installed). The clear plastic strips have done nothing to prevent to chipping and rust. In fact the rust has appeared under the clear plastic strips. Paint has also begun on the right passenger sliding door. Toyota corporation was contacted concerning this problem. Toyota's answer was that is was not their problem. The rusting is now 1/4 of the way up the frame of the van on both sides. Every chip in the paint rusts, regardless of size. This vehicle was bought new. The wheels were replaced in 2008 by Toyota, as a result in a defect in the metal which caused the paint on the wheels to bubble and chip away.

- Mercersburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 122009


  • 90,652 miles
Drivers side door pops when opening and the door stop/ strut device has loosened where it is welded to the door allowing the door to move more freely. I have not yet sought to repair the problem but have read where this has been a problem for other owners. Tsb 07017. I plan to take it to the dealership this coming week to see what they can do.

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

problem #1

Apr 152009


  • 30,494 miles
Since purchasing our 2006 Toyota Sienna xle we have experienced problems with the power sliding doors - a grinding and/or rattling sound as well as jerky operation (as opposed to opening and closing smoothly). The dealership greased the cables and track which seemed to eliminate the sounds. Last week the door stopped opening all the way - it would open about a quarter of the way and then automatically close on its own. This problem occurred whether the door was operated with the key fob remote or the interior button. I checked the track and there were no obstructions. We took the car to the dealership where it was purchased and although they could replicate the problem only once (naturally) they replaced the power door motor and clutch assembly under warranty (we are within the warranty period). Important to note is that the reason they replaced the motor and clutch assembly is because we had brought the vehicle in complaining of the door operating poorly in the past. Had we not had problems previously and brought them to the attention of the dealership I suspect they would have claimed there were no problems with the operation of the door. Therefore, I strongly recommend that anyone having issues with their power sliding doors report their problems to the dealership and document their problems/complaints with the dealership.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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