really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,191 miles

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #50

Nov 212009


  • 53,000 miles


General ware lead to the drivers side automatic sliding door on my 2005 Toyota Sienna is failing to open or close without assistance. I am concerned it will bind or break preventing me from closing the door. I am not the first have this issue and feel it requires some attention.

- Corte Madera, CA, USA

problem #49

Dec 272009


  • 62,000 miles
Sliding doors unable to be opened in freezing weather. Had to put vehicle into warm garage to get doors opened.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #48

Jan 132010


  • miles
2005 Toyota Sienna passenger side door had to be held closed by my seven year old, ( because of a latch problem)from his school where my wife picked him up, to our house where we were unable to secure the door. After a $600 bill by Toyota I spoke to several owners of the same vehicle as well as read a bunch of blogs where it appears this has been an ongoing issue. Has there ever been an investigation of this problem?

- Newington, CT, USA

problem #47

Aug 152009


  • 37,000 miles


Rear power hatch, when opened either with remote, by hand or cabin switch, it slowly goes to it's full open position, then violently closes on you. The first time it happened it hit me on the head, made me dizzy for a minute. The second time it caught my wife on her thigh, she was pinned against the bumper causing some discolouration on her legs.

- Cliffside Park, NJ, USA

problem #46

Dec 062009


  • miles
The sliding doors on our Toyota Sienna minivan freeze shut. There is a manufacturing defect such that the seals have to be siliconed multiple times every winter. Now Toyota is recommending changing the seals to a new seal, but instead of issuing a safety recall they are charging $200. In an accident or car fire being able to exit the car or extricate a child from the back seats is a safety issue.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

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problem #45

Oct 162009


  • 49,537 miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Sienna xle. The plastic on the sliding door cable chipped away causing the cable to become exposed. It corroded and snapped, which made the door to stay wide open without being able to close it back manually. I found out that simillar incident happened to lots of owners putting us and our children's lives at risk. Toyota is not taking responsibility but only documenting the complaints.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #44

Oct 122009


  • 48,000 miles


2005 Toyota Sienna driver's door and side slider fail. Dealer advised that the drivers door welds have failed. "says" Toyota knows about the defect and will fix. Why wasn't I advised of these dangers of my door failing before this" should I have fallen out of my car first"

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #43

Sep 072009


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna van. The contact stated that the rear passenger sliding door lock system failed. As a consequence the doors could not be opened. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, and the technician replaced the lock assembly at an expense of $800. The failure and current mileages were 70,000.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #42

May 272009


  • 87,500 miles
Electric door closer failed in parking lot and we were unable to go anywhere because we couldn't close door.

- Hickman, NE, USA

problem #41

Aug 242009


  • 45,000 miles
One morning my wife and I decided to take the kids to the park and went out to load the things we would need, my two and a half year old walked out with me with her favorite ball. I opened the back door with the remote and waited while a gathered everything, but my daughter ran towards the van to place her ball inside, and in a split second, noticed the door coming down violently on her. I dropped everything and yanked her out of the way before the door could close so she started crying because of the force in which I pulled her. I started to yell at my wife thinking she pressed the button inside, but she was nowhere near the car, or the remote. The door has not worked since, anyway I open it, remote, inside button, or manual, it just slams down hard. Very dangerous and scary to know there are alot more individuals with this problem from Toyota.

- Cliffside Pk., NJ, USA

problem #40

Jan 012008


  • 50,000 miles


I own a 2005 Toyota Sienna le without automatic doors. 1. in the winter the doors freeze shut and will open on their own while driving once the temperature warms up. Anything under 38 degrees this happens. 2. the sliding rear doors do not open about 50% of the time, once the passenger side door did not open for 4 months and then started working again out of the blue. I find these glitches dangerous to my family. Especially, when the frozen doors open while driving or when the sliding doors will not open from the inside or outside. What if the car was on fire or submerged in water? we would die.

- Hahira, GA, USA

problem #39

Aug 042009


  • 83,563 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna AWD mini van- purchased used from a reputable small town car dealer- not an exclusive Toyota dealer- after 1 month of ownership driver side slider would not open. Took back to place where purchased and they took the door apart, cleaned it, and got it working again- 5 months later: Door not opening again- took to Toyota dealer this time as limited warranty expired with original dealer- told it will cost $700 plus to fix.I was surprised at the cost, over $500 for the part alone. I asked if the door could be over-ridden and operated manually only, and was told no. I expressed my concern of my child's safety if ever in accident and needed to get out this door. The door cannot be opened at all if this part is broken. I was given Toyota customer service number to call and express my concerns. I spoke to a Toyota rep who informed me there was nothing they could do for me because of the age and miles on my vehicle. Toyota obviously is not concerned with the safety of their vehicles or their consumers. I will not buy a Toyota again.

- Nichols, NY, USA

problem #38

Aug 012009


  • 83,000 miles
The sliding door on my 05 Toyota Sienna minivan does not latch or lock in the open door position permitting the door to rapidly close if parked on a hill for instance. I have been hit by the door multiple times and my child was injured today while exiting the car. The other problem that occurs is that the motor cables that move the automatic door become slack and bound and therefore have forced the door to stay in the open position.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #37

Jul 062009


  • miles
I tried to open the automatic sliding door with my remote in the morning and it would not open. The motor tries to run, but the door does not move. I have to force the door open and force the door closed. This is worse then manual doors, because I have to struggle with the door. Sometimes I can not get the door to close and my children are in the back and we are not at home. Nothing has been done at this point.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #36

Jul 282009


  • 60,443 miles
Driver side sliding door stuck closed.

- Brunswick, ME, USA

problem #35

Jul 032009


  • 92,000 miles
Passenger automatic side door on 2005 Toyota Sienna le failed and will not open anymore.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #34

Jul 182009


  • 95,000 miles
Both sliding doors on my 2005 Toyota Sienna fail to open.

- Medway, MA, USA

problem #33

Jul 162009


  • 69,500 miles
Power sliding door on 2005 Toyota Sienna does not close properly when on a slight slope. Door does not go far enough to latch and must be closed with manual assistance.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #32

Jun 302009


  • 79,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna side loading door with power slide will not open. Cannot open door with any manual means. Huge safety issue for children.

- Machesney Park, IL, USA

problem #31

Jul 032009


  • 58,756 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna rh sliding door component has failed and door can not be opened. The latch and locking assembly has a plastic sliding button that prevents the door from being opened while locked, but allows door to open if unlocked. This tiny inexpensive part has broken. Toyota does not have a replacement part. For the manual door, you must purchase the entire door module for $400. Total to repair $1000. This is a design flaw. The door part should not fail due to normal wear and tear, and if so it should be easier and cheaper to repair. This is a safety issue. Imagine not being able to open the side door in an emergency because a 3 cent plastic part fails. I have read online about several cases of this same part failing.

- Brunswick, ME, USA

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