really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,094 miles

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2004 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 8 of 14)

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problem #124

Oct 012010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


The doors on our 2004 Sienna frequently "freeze" shut and we are unable to open them automatically or manually. This happens routinely when the temperatures are at or below freezing and are not resolved with turning off the power, doors, lubricating the tracks or warming up the car. The doors spontaneously unlock when we have been driving the car for 15min-1hour. The unlocking occurs while driving and bells sound, dash lights come on. We've taken it to the dealer, but they are not able to replicate the problem, because the issue is intermittent and temperature and time dependent. This is a tremendous inconvenience as we have a newborn, toddler and two school children and a serious safety issue.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #123

Jul 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Power sliding door on the passenger side stopped working, so we started using it manually. Now the door is locked shut and won't open from the inside or the outside (the child safety lock is disengaged). I would attempt to fix it myself, but screws are located in an area you can only get to with the door open. I can partially pry the interior panel, but only gives me very limited access. Very frustrating!

- Kaukauna, WI, USA

problem #122

Mar 102012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
Our passenger side rear door stopped opening and closing with the remote or inside buttons 4 days ago but we could open and close it manually. As of this morning it will no longer unlock to allow us to open the door. My children are required to exit that side of the car at school drop off so this is now dangerous for them to have to get out on the driver side and walk around the car. I also worry that if we were in an accident my children would not be able to exit the car from the right side.

- Russell, KY, USA

problem #121

Jul 122011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


The cable on the power sliding door snapped. Now the door is non-functioning and can not be opened.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #120

Nov 232011


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated the sliding interior door on the driver's side would not release open whenever accessing manually. In November of 2011, the sliding door would only release open or close with substantial force exerted and over a period of time the malfunction progressed. The contact planned to take the vehicle to authorized dealer for diagnosis and repair. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 122,000.

- New Bern , NC, USA

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problem #119

Sep 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The sliding door has a faulty door hinge and a broken cable.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #118

Dec 162011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


Driver side passenger side manual door will open but will not close. Internal latch appears to be broken or loose causing the door not close properly. Car is undriveable as door will not close.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #117

Feb 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Power locked up due to metal wire connecting it to the motor is shredded. The metal wire has some black coating that has worn off and the metal exposed looks rusted and caused it to break. The door can only open partially causing ingress issues.

- Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #116

Dec 272011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
Cable snapped on right hand power sliding door opener. The cable protective coating had shown signs of cracking and allowing the cable to rust and ultimately fail.. the door would not open and close properly until the cable was cut. The cost to repair this through the dealer is approximately $1800! the part alone is $1200! the fact that there is a recall for "rusted tire cable" that presents a hazard, leaves me to believe that Toyota did not adequately test their cables that are exposed to road salt conditions. I would have no problem replacing the faulty component if the price was somewhat reasonable..

- Scarborough, ME, USA

problem #115

Dec 292011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
Please note that the door hinges are no longer welded. According to 3 repair centers and Toyota dealer stated that this has been a common repair but that my car is no longer under warranty. This is a defect as the auto shop that I am speaking with regarding my car has had about 3 to 4 vans (including mine) with this issue. My repair will cost approximately $315 plus or minus. Toyota should have a recall on this instead of just labeling and categorizing it as "service bulletin" instead of a "recall". there are multiple ODI cases listed in this website. What are we going to do about this issue? I have taken good care of my car and feel I do not have to be responsible for repairs out of my control. Both front doors should be serviced under a recall notification. Thank you,

- Red Bank, NJ, USA

problem #114

Feb 162012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 105,123 miles


Driver's side sliding door cable is frayed and has apparently jammed the mechanism such that the door is stuck half-open (I'm an optimist or I'd have said half-closed).

- New Paltz, NY, USA

problem #113

May 162007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The drivers side sliding door failed in the open position due to a corroded/parted wire in the door motor assembly. The door wouldn't close and van had to be transported to the dealer for repair. The passenger side door experienced a similar failure in mid 2011. This is an unsafe, but all too common problem with Toyota Siennas.

- Ringwood, NJ, USA

problem #112

Oct 312011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
The power sliding door on the passenger side stopped working. The buttons do not open or close the door. The door is so heavy that it cannot be opened or closed easily. The cable that moves the door snapped and visible (hanging outside the body). We had the extended warranty for 7 years and the car was serviced regularly, but this problem occurred after the extended warranty expired. The dealer says the whole motor, not just the cable, should be replaced, asking for more than $1500 for parts and repair. Snapped cable, loose and visible moving parts outside the body of the van, and a heavy and hard to operate "power" door present a safety problem, especially with the kids going in and out of the passenger side sliding door. I would appreciate it if you could take a closer look at the issue and have Toyota own up to its design problems. This issue has its own forums online, has its own facebook page and it seems that Toyota will not listen one customer at a time.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #111

Mar 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that while parked, he noticed that the dashboard was cracked along where the front passenger side air bag was located. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for a diagnostic test and the technician stated that the dashboard would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was concerned that the crack on the dashboard may have a negative affect on the deployment of the air bag if involved in a crash. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 02/13/12

- Satellite Beach, FL, USA

problem #110

Dec 202011


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the automatic rear lift gate would not stay open when using the automatic system or when opened manually. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the rear door stay kit was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 123,000.

- Fernandina Beach, FL, USA

problem #109

Sep 172008

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 72,890 miles
The left power sliding door on my Sienna failed. While out on errand with a friend's child, I could not shut the power sliding door. Had to drive to my home with the child strapped into their carseat in the back and the door open. Took it to dealership and they said the motor failed and it would cost $1900+ to fix the power or $300 to turn in into manual door. Husband looked on internet, found instructions to take door apart and fixed himself as this was a very, very common problem. Sure enough, the problem was not the motor, you can hear it run to this day, and it was the cable used to slide the door - there was stripped plastic shielding bunched up on the cable which kept the door from running on the cable. This is very dangerous as the door did not respond to the power button and would trap a child in it. Second issue is the weld on the driver's side door making popping sounds. My husband looked and the weld was coming off and the metal underneath the weld had actually torn!! he took the welded piece off so that the door would be operational. Once again, the door can close unexpectedly on a small child without warning without door being replaced. Third issue is the sonar which comes and goes without warning. I try to leave my sonar on all the time, but in process of backing up, will realize the sonar has turned itself off. It comes and goes-sometimes will just beep on and off and on and off while driving down the street without anyone else around the car. Fourth issue is when the car is cold, the back hatch door will rise and then immediately come down forcefully on your head (it runs with a motor). All of these issues are listed all over the internet as problems with this car and everyone is told by Toyota that is you don't have a current warranty, they will not fix it for free. These are design flaws and safety issues!!!!

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #108

Nov 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I would like to file a complaint about Toyota failing to take full responsibility for a manufacturing defect in the front doors of their Sienna minivan. Like thousands of other Toyota Sienna owners, the welds on my door have failed and now the door must be completely replaced at a cost of more than $2000. Toyota covered this failure for just 5 years and did not notify owners during the coverage period that they should have this manufacturing defect repaired. I have complained to Toyota, but they have refused to cover the cost of this defect. There was nothing I could do in the repair and maintenance of my vehicle that would have prevented these welds from failing. The fault lies with Toyota manufacturing practices at the time my van was built and the cost should lie with them as well.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #107

Dec 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
The spot welds for the "check strap" on the driver's side, front door of my Sienna have failed. Toyota headquarters advised me that they recognize that there is a problem and they have expanded their warranty to 5 years/100,000 miles to cover it. Unfortunately, my 2004 Sienna is beyond the limits of the expanded warranty. I do not understand why this is not a "safety recall" issue covering every impacted Toyota Sienna. Clearly this problem has serious safety implications. Without this "check strap" in place, the door can unexpectedly swing shut on a person causing serious injury, particularly if it slams into a child. Also, there are additional safety issues associated with a car door that can swing open freely. How can the NHTSA possibly allow Toyota to get away with correcting this safety issue on some but not all of the defective Sienna models involved?

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #106

Jun 292009


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the dashboard was fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but was not repaired. The contact stated that the dealer could not confirm that in the event of a crash, the air bags would operate as designed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #105

Dec 012006


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sienna. While parked, the contact noticed a crack on the passenger side dashboard where the front air bag was located. The contact stated that pieces of the dashboard were detaching from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technicians stated to the contact that the dashboard would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

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