really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
79,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
1999 Toyota Sienna accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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1999 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #1

May 312010

Sienna LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles


The button (on the door handles) which are pushed to open the rear sliding doors remain "in," thus the doors are unable to be closed. If, by clicking the driver's lock/unlock switch, the doors are able to close - but the buttons remains IN - the doors are unable to be opened'

Usually if this occurs to ONE rear door the we have learned to STOP - don't try the other door - the driver or front passenger will open the door from the outside.

Examples: 1. Door won't close, so passenger must hold door closed while we drive. 2. " " " so now what do we do when wanting to shop, etc.? 3. Door won't open, and all passengers are forced to exit by the one functioning rear door, being mindful of how dangerous this could be. 4. Neither rear door will open; passengers are very aware of the hazard this poses in an emergency situation, AND must maneuver into front seat to exit. 5. (This was the last scenario) We were unable to open either rear door without the help of the driver, who was able to open ONE from the outside. When we returned to the car neither door was able to be opened from outside, nor by working at the buttons, nor by clicking the switch. It was last Sunday...80's; both my husband and our friend have Multiple Sclerosis. This means that they are very susceptible to heat; they become extremely weak. At last our daughter was able to pry the button "out" so that I could enter first (as handicapped friend wouldn't be able to enter on one side and transfer to the other seat). It was so difficult, by this time, for our friend to raise her bad leg and manage to get her foot inside. I could see that, if we had an emergency, (collision, submersion, fire) we gals in the back seat would be in serious trouble. Final outcome: husband has been extremely weak from Sun. afternoon until now, Thurs. morning from prolonged time in hot parking lot/hot car. Yes, he should have been in the shade, but it was far away - AND HE'S A GUY!

AGAIN we will take the car in - but this time we have one stuck door as proof. Other times we have been told that they find nothing wrong when testing the door, and have no idea what it could be and and have never had this complaint from another client.

- , Woodridge, IL, USA

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