really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,993 miles

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 7 of 8)

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problem #40

Oct 292011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles


Our 2005 Toyota Sienna's power side door broke at 127,000 miles. The cable that is attached to a motor inside the door snapped. The only thing wrong is the cable. But, you can't purchase just the cable. You have to purchase the whole motor/cable assembly for $1,100 just for parts directly from Toyota!!!! that doesn't include labor to install it!!!!! apparently this is a common problem for many Sienna owners and Toyota should be forced to make a recall to fix the problem.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #39

Aug 152011


  • 60,000 miles
Door stay on driver's door: Weld attaching stay to door failed and door no longer will stay open. Automatic sliding door on passenger side will no longer open or close without manual assistance. Sliding door on driver side will intermittantly not lock in the open position.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #38

Oct 222011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 14,800 miles
Cable to drivers side rear sliding door failed. Sliding door (driver side) is stuck and cannot be opened or closed.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #37

Sep 172011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that there was a small fracture in the dashboard which later spread tremendously. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised her that due to the severity of the damage, they were not comfortable with attempting repairs with the possibility of erroneous air bag deployment. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 105,000. Updated 12/12/11 updated 12/16/11

- Atlantic Beach, FL, USA

problem #36

May 012008


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the driver and passenger side rear sliding doors failed. The passenger door made a loud noise and would not lock manually or automatically and the driver side rear door cable failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to perform a diagnostic because the doors had to be removed in order to locate the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Worcester , MA, USA

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problem #35

Jun 012011


  • 101,000 miles
After Toyota dealership replaced liftgate struts due to recall number 08V244000, the new struts cause the liftgate to open rapidly when opened manually, that is not using the power mode. Liftgate opens so rapidly that injury is possible if you are not prepared to or are unable to move out of the way.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #34

Jul 252005


  • 63,500 miles


My 2005 Toyota Sienna xle sliding door cable snapped 07-25-2011. I only have 63,500 K on the minivan. It's out of warranty. Called local Toyota dealership and they gave me a quote of $1,092 to fix the problem. This is not affordable for us. I will probably have to cut and remove the cables and open and close the door by hand and hope this modification does not cause a safety issue. This seems to be a common problem with the Toyota Sienna. Result of the broken cable is the door is inoperable to the point you could not exit that side of the van.

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #33

Jul 282011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 102,944 miles
Sliding door cable snapped. Filed a complaint with Toyota after discovering that there were thousands of other complaints about the sliding doors on the Sienna vans. There is as of yet no recall, which is unbelievable. I will contact sales manager at local dealership tomorrow but with 100K miles, I highly doubt they will be very helpful. Upon inspection, it is clear the cable on the other door will soon be wearing out as well. This is a safety hazard as the doors are inoperable even manually without the cable.

- Boyertown, PA, USA

problem #32

Jul 192011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The driver door on my 2005 Toyota Sienna is splitting on the seam by the hinge. The automatic sliding door has not worked for years. During the winter the sliding doors routinely freeze and cant be opened. My mechanic says these problems are "big problems with Siennas"

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #31

Jul 012009


  • 50,000 miles
Driver side rear sliding door started to sag and would not close all the way when using the power close option. Also took off the paint in the track under the far back window and is now taking paint off on the rear quarter panel up high and down low.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #30

Mar 152011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that a loud noise would emit from the front driver's side door whenever opening and closing the door. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the door latch would need to be welded. The vehicles warranty was expired, so the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. There was a technical bulletin related to the defect under NHTSA item number 10021711 (structure: Body: Door). The approximate failure mileage was 45,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 09/29/2011

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #29

Jun 152011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 54,800 miles
Passenger sliding door inoperable; faulty lock actuator & motor assembly unit.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #28

May 092011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 59,650 miles
My 2005 Sienna mini-van gas struts for the rear hatchback/liftgate failed to lift up the hatchback door on 5/9/2011. When I tried to lift up the hatchback door - it felt heavy and found that one of the gas strut had fluid leaked out onto the strut.

- Matawan, NJ, USA

problem #27

Mar 102011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 59,200 miles
The drivers side door mount has failed. It "clunks" as it opens. This is a factory defect the manufacturer is aware of. Toyota issued a "warranty enhancement" offering to fix the problem if the failure occurred prior to 5yrs/100,000 miles. The failure of the mount could result in injury as the door will begin swinging freely. We were told that our door replacement wouldn't be covered because we'd had our car for 5 yrs, 6 mos. Finally, I was able to get Toyota to cover the parts, but not the labor. Why would there be any limit on the repair of a factory defect? driving with the door as they installed it isn't safe but to have the door replaced is cost prohibitive, especially when you consider it was made this way and we did absolutely nothing to cause the failure, nor could any maintenance have prevented it. It was a defect that was caused by the manufacturer, for which they now refuse to take full responsibility.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #26

Dec 012010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna driver and passenger doors getting stuck on jamb. This is a very serious safety issue as the driver was not able to open the door from inside and had to seek help from someone outside to open the door from outside. Toyotoa representative told that you should be able to roll the window and open the door.. but that is not possibel since a force is required to open the door. Both panels are popping out and gettijng stuck on the jamb of the car and the insulation mareials are cloming out. Toyota even when having so many quality issues, do not want to take responsibility of this and fix the issue claiming that the vehicle is already out of warranty and they cannot do anyting.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #25

Jan 022011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 78,500 miles
Drivers side door check failure. Door swung back. On review with Toyota, they said the door check weld failed and causes door to swing. Vehicle has warranty by miles but not by years. My vehicle is 6 yrs and 78500 miles. Extended warranty covers for only 5 yrs or 100,000 miles. Toyota refuses to fix this under warranty. This is a manufacturing defect and will probably cause injury if not corrected.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #24

Aug 012010


  • 90,000 miles
2005 Sienna van - purchased new; the driver's side door started popping when it would be opened and closed. The welds had broken and the entire closing mechanism had to be re-welded. The van has not been misused and this should not have happened.

- Moores Hill, IN, USA

problem #23

Aug 142010


  • 61,937 miles
Cable for driver's side power sliding door broke, rendering the door completely inoperable. This door is now completely unusable; it will not open or close manually or with the power operation. This would be a significant safety issue in an accident or other emergency situation.

- Cabot, AR, USA

problem #22

Apr 162010


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2005 Toyota Sienna with 55K miles. I bought new and have had all service completed at the Toyota dealer. At apx 50K miles the sliding door cable on the driver's side power passenger door started to fray and make a crackling noise as it opens and closes. After doing my internet research and reading many horror stories about the door not opening, falling off its tracks and potentially trapping children inside in the event of an accident I took the van to the dealer on 4/16/2010 for repair and its 55K service. The dealer declared that this was not covered under any warranty or recall notice and that the estimate to repair was $2028. There are two sliding doors so this would cost over $4000 to repair once the second one goes out. This is obviously a design flaw in that such a high use item on the vehicle has worn out after only 55,000 miles. If this was designed as something that was expected to wear out, like tires, brakes and oil, why is it so difficult and expensive to repair. Please research and advise.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #21

Feb 112010


  • 52,888 miles
The weld on the drivers side door has come loose. It is the weld that holds the bracket which is attached to the hinge which controls the door stopping at certain intervals when opening and closing it. This is a safety issue with respect to opening and closing the door along streets as well as an issue in the wind. The door could be damaged along with injury to the driver. The door still opens and closes, but pops loudly when using it. There are many posts concerning this problem on the internet. Seems Toyota has ignored it over the years.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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