really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,063 miles

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2001 Toyota Sienna brakes problems

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2001 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 062011


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sienna. While applying pressure to the brakes, the contact heard a loud grinding noise coming from the ABS motor. The brakes did not engage and the contact crashed into another vehicle. The contact did not inform the dealer or manufacturer of the failure nor was the vehicle repaired. The current and failure mileage was 120,000.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #6

Mar 012010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,770 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the brakes were depressed with the vehicle turned off. He then shifted into reverse and the vehicle began to roll backward. The contact was able to maintain control of the vehicle until it stopped. In addition, the driver side running board melted and fractured in several places. The dealer advised that they were unable to replace the running board because it was no longer in stock. The manufacturer did not provide any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 113,770. Updated 11/15/10 the dealer was able to duplicate, but was unable to solve it. Updated 11/26/10

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #5

Jan 082010


  • 51,000 miles
Toyota Sienna brakes pedal goes down to the floor giving not enough braking to stop vehicle. The brake work has been done on this mini-van three times within last 2~3 years at Toyota dealerships service center but the condition has not been improved. The dealership has worked on both front(disc brakes) and rear(drum brakes) including part replaced and repaired. Brake cylinders at rear tires replaced. The front disc had been changed with brake shoes. Rear brake rotor was machined and brake shoes have been replaced. None of the old parts are available with vehicle owner.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 022008


  • 76,400 miles


I own a 2001 Toyota Sienna minivan with 76,400 miles. I have owned this vehicle since it was new purchased in late 2000. #. anyhow, my wife was driving the car near our home on August 2, hit the brakes moderately hard to avoid striking a deer, and the right front brake disintegrated. It was replaced today by chippewa auto, located near here. They told me, and gave me the pieces, that the right front rotor broke loose from its mounting and broke in half, because of corrosion. Furthermore the left front rotor was in danger of doing the same, and was cracked loose for 2/3 of it circumference. I could supply you the pieces for both rotors, or I could send several digital photos by E-mail. This is unacceptable and should never have happened, especially from somebody like Toyota and their vaunted quality program. Is there a recall on this? it cost me $235.48. Paul garner

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 182002

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Vibration in rear brakes causing a harmonic noise when coming to a complete stop or if on a downward incline with brakes applied and just barely inching along. This is not the normal squeal from brake pads. I have been concerned that this vibration is causing other parts to become loose. I purchased the 2001 Toyota Sienna xle van new in Sept 2000. All of my service is done according to Toyota's schedule and at Toyota of greensburg, pa. The noise started aprox. Feb of 2002 with 19,000 miles on the vehicle. It was reported to Toyota of greensburg, pa on May 10th of 2002 with 22,166 miles. Between may and August of 2002 the van was taken to the dealer 4 times for this problem. During that time they replaced the linings and drums, cleaned the brakes or did something other but the noise always comes back. On August 5th 2002 Toyota of greensburg told me that Toyota was aware of the problem and working on a fix because it is happening on all Sienna vans since 1998. Between then and April of 2003 I keep asking about the repair and the answer was it is not ready. At that point I went to Toyota's arbitration process but they would not do anything since the van now had over 36,000 miles even though the problem started well within the warranty period. I feel there is a vibration problem (sometimes you can actually see the road wheel vibrating also) that could cause other more serious problems but do not know what else to do. As far as I know Toyota has still not developed the repair.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 252003

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
The brakes make noise when ever I apply them. I have taken the vehicle to the dealership for repair a couple of times. First 2 times, they said need service. They did service to clean dust. Even after that, the sound did not go. They mentioned this is normal for all seinna's. they said the sound coming when metal pads hits metal rings, drum. I believe the sound is due to design fault or fault materials. I bought a brand new vehicle and only 20000 miles on it. They refused to replace any parts. They said there is no problem and every thing normal. I am disappointed in buying a brand new seinna xle (higher model) and paid around $30000. Please help me resolve the problem. I called toyata customer service. No help from them. They have 100 reasons to cover up any complaint.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #1

Nov 112002

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,272 miles
Brakes have been acting up since purchased and have taken this vechicle in several times, the noise stops when I leave with the different things they have done but it continues to come back. Being a new vechicle I am dissatisfied with it and have ask to be placed in a different vechicle but they refuse. I feel unsafe

- Kaufman, TX, USA

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