really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,813 miles

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2004 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #22

Mar 182011


  • 100,955 miles


On the automatic sliding door on the passenger side, there are two cables that assist with the motor mechanism. One of the cables is exposed to the outside and got corroded. This cable snapped and prevented the door from opening. The internal cable then slid off its track and fell between the sliding door and the body of the vehicle, further jamming the door and scratching the paint. The biggest concern is that in the event of an accident, this faulty mechanism can prevent the occupants from escaping the vehicle if there is a dangerous situation. The sliding door cable design and the backup mechanism is flawed and dangerous.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #21

Jun 012007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2004 Toyota Sienna with sliding door problems. The cable has frayed so badly on the driver side the door is inoperable and has been so for several years. The cable on the passenger side door is also frayed and I fear will become inoperable soon. Car was out of warranty and Toyota wants $1400 to fix the door.

- 25315, WV, USA

problem #20

Jan 102010


  • 68,000 miles
In January of 2010 the cable for the spare tire carrier froze up and would not operate. As a result, I purchased and replaced the spare tire carrier in January of 2010. I received the recall for the spare tire carrier (NHTSA 10V160000) notice from Toyota in August of 2010. I submitted my part receipt and information for reimbursement, but was denied.

- North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #19

Dec 232010


  • 50,000 miles


In 2008, we had work done on the liftgate of our Sienna to repair the liftgate struts and mounting brackets. The liftgate was not lifting entirely or it would lift and then unexpectedly begin to lower again. This repair was done under a recall from Toyota at a Toyota dealership. At christmas time this year, I was picking up my sister-in-law in the busy arrivals line at O'hare. I opened the back liftgate from inside so she could quickly put her suitcase in the back. As she put in her suitcase, the door began to shut on her. Fortunately, she was not hurt. Since then, the liftgate has not been opening fully. It opens just to the eye level of my husband and myself, so we risk bumping into it with our eyes each time we put something in the back of the van. We have to exert quite a bit of force on it to get it to lift all the way up. I called Toyota customer service in California just after the new year to see if they would repair this problem again, but they said no--the repair was beyond its warranty. I explained that this was a significant safety issue, an accident waiting to happen, but they were unmoved. The repair will cost close to $500. Because this is a safety issue, and not just one of convenience, my husband and I feel we will have to pay to have the repair done. However, since this issue was one that warranted a recall before, we thought you would like to know about it, especially since Toyota has been made aware of it and has elected not to address it voluntarily.

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #18

Oct 012010


  • miles
I own a 2004 Toyota Sienna and for the past 2 months I have been having problems with the steering. I took my car to the mechanic and was told they could not find anything wrong with it. Within the past week I feel the steering is getting much worse. I feels as if I have 4 flat tires. The car will be very hard to turn and wheel needs to be turned back into position when done turning. I am afraid this will cause an accident. Please investigate this and see if there are any other complaints for this problem.

- Kings Park, NY, USA

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problem #17

Dec 112010


  • 66,000 miles
My 2004 Sienna has leak in water pump with 66K mile.

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #16

Nov 212010


  • 65,000 miles


Accelerator pedal pushed to the floor to rapidly pass a truck. When accelerator was released, it did not return to idle position but stayed at floor. Floor mat did not interfere with movement of accelerator. Required several kicks with foot to release accelerator pedal. Dealership claims incident might have been caused by dirt in throttle body.

- Greencastle, PA, USA

problem #15

Aug 012009


  • miles
2004 Toyota Sienna. The passenger side automatic sliding door will not open automatically or from within. Children sitting in the back that could not open from the inside and had to crawl out over car seats to the other doors. Myself included when I shut the door to clean the interior. The passenger side seat belt (second row cabin chair) won't retract and was checked and found that the seat belt was not twisted to cause the malfunction, but with the device itself.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #14

Mar 262010


  • 77,500 miles
Cable on power rear sliding door of 2004 Toyota Sienna snapped rendering door useless

- Oakland, MD, USA

problem #13

Jan 102010


  • 77,000 miles
Both rear sliding doors refuse to open, intermittently and randomly. This issue happens when weather is somewhat cold and wet for the manual sliding door. For the "automatic" door, it happens continuously. We've had the motor replaced in the automatic door and it fixed the problem for 2 years...but now it has happened again. Kids have had to get into and out of the car via the back hatch. Major safety concern.

- Vestal, NY, USA

problem #12

Feb 242010


  • 74,000 miles


While I was trying to open my 2004 Toyota Sienna passenger powered sliding door the cord ripped. It is too costly for us to repair this item and I can not use the door with children as it is to hard to open for a minor.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #11

Nov 302008


  • 65,000 miles
We own a Toyota Sienna xle 2004. Back in November 2008, the driver sliding door cable snapped, making the door jam and unusable in "power" mode. Cable dangling out of its socket, we drove to our dealership to have it serviced. The repair came to over $1800!!! after researching this issue on the internet, I'm finding that many people are experiencing the same problem!! I'm thinking that it doesn't necessarily have to do with mileage but perhaps more with age of vehicle ie: 4-5ish years old. The cable, which drives the sliding door, is completely exposed to elements. (you'll find it within the groove located under the rear side windows) this cable is made of some kind of metal (steel? who knows.) then coated with a black plastic/acrylic/rubber casing (such as an electrical wire). With time, the casing begins to dry and be brittle, causing it to crack and fall off the wire, leaving the wires completely vulnerable to getting wet, rust, freeze, etc, also rubbing extensively unprotected against the gears. Within a few months or even weeks, the metal cable wires snap thus getting caught in the mechanism. One thing leads to another and the whole cable snaps, making the door jam altogether. Per my own experience at the dealership, and subsequently reading and researching many blog sites, the only way to fix this issue is as follows: Remove the entire door, remove and change the entire mechanism. Extremely costly, there's just no way around this. Asked if there was a way to simply change the cable, I was informed that the cable is part of the motor and that it is not a part that can be purchased or repaired separately. Now, we are faced with the problem of the second side which has snapped just a few day ago (only 3 months after the last one). We don't feel we should have to pay another 1800$ to have this fixed. We feel there are enough complaints about this that Toyota should issue a fix.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #10

Dec 252004


  • 5,000 miles
I bought a 2004 Toyota Sienna ce in ottawa, Ontario, Canada, from a dealer, new, off the lot in August 2004. By the first winter, both back sliding doors would freeze shut, especially the passenger side, and would not open until the vehicle got really hot inside. The dealer had no solution, offered no solution. In addition, by the second year we had three radiators installed, and had both front doors repaired for rusting under a general recall. Also, the rear fan has been going on and off, even with the switch in the "off" position. We have taken this issue to the dealer many times, but they do not have an answer, nor a strategy to figure out why it does this. Finally, this vehicle has rattled inside from day one and is unpleasant to drive. I find the Toyota dealers not interested in you once you buy the car, but after three years to the day the called me wanting to know if I'd buy a new one. I will not buy another Toyota.

- Ottawa, 00, USA

problem #9

Jan 282009


  • 85,000 miles
Toyota Sienna 2004 rear hatch fell on me...shocks just didn't work and now will fall without proper support.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 102008


  • 89,000 miles
My Toyota Sienna xle sliding door broke. It stop working all of a sudden, bring it back to dealer but it will cost me about 1800 dollars to fix it.

- Central Falls, RI, USA

problem #7

Dec 012007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sienna. The dashboard on the vehicle is cracked. The cracks originated from the air vents near both front doors to the windshield. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of the cracks, but they were willing to pay for half of the charges. The contact believes that the cracks were due to a manufacturer defect based on the amount of complaints that were found in other Sienna's. the failure mileage was 32,000 and current mileage was 42,000. Updated 10/16/08. Updated 10/17/08.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #6

Jun 012008


  • 48,000 miles
Both sliding doors on the minivan began rubbing against the body about 4 months ago. The problem continues to get worsen. On the driver side, the door has rubbed down to the metal at three points on the body where the back of the door closes into to the door housing. Additionally, the door is sagging enough on the hinges that the paint is being rubbed off along the track of the door as well. The passenger side door has also begun to sag on it's hinges and has rubbed the paint off the body in one spot. The issue is clearly related to the door sagging on it's hinges - whether the issues is design flaw, or parts that can not handle the weight I do not know. The dealer said that they would replace the hinges and fight for 100% coverage from Toyota (the care has 51000 miles and am past warranty).

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 162008


  • 106,000 miles
Spare tire fell from under vehicle, causing blowout on R/R tire. Metal threaded rope had sheared off. Unable to locate spare after incident. When buying replacement part at dealer, stated this happens all the time. Posibility of injury or death very high in similar incidents.

- Sherman, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 202005


  • miles
I have a 2004 Toyota Sienna all wheel drive vehicle. In June of 2005 my tires had to be replaced. I had approx. 20,000 miles on the car. The tires were run flats. It would have cost me over $1,100. Then I go ahead and buy regular tires and find out that there is no where to mount a spare tire on the car. So now I am driving around with no spare tire in my car. Toyota claims this is an isolated incident but now I am finding out that is not true.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 012004

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
See complaint number 10120930 and 10112448. I do have had this problem on my 2004 Sienna le AWD.. my problem is identically to complaint number 10120930. I have contacted my Toyota dealership and they gave me this "oh you have to rotate your tires and tires wear more on minivans" crap. My tires should not be wearing at 6-12,000 miles. They replace both front ends and now they are wearing out again. I sincerely hope that you take this matter seriously and have Toyota look at the suspension and drive train issues and do a recall.

- Auburn, WA, USA

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