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 8 of 8)

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problem #20

Jan 262010


  • 87,000 miles


Our passenger side automatic sliding door failed ~3 wks ago. At ~ 6┐ open, it stopped and wouldn't open or close any further. My daughter tried several times to open the door until finally giving up. This wasn't an emergency situation and she wasn't in a panic but what if the other door had failed as well, w/O warning" would she have the time, composure, and ability to climb over the front seats to get out one of those doors in an emergency? how much time might be wasted trying to open & escape thru a partially opened door" I┐M told that fixing the door could cost from $1200 - $2000, but disabling the automatic feature (converting to manual) is cheaper. I suspect many will do this, but can a small child open these big doors that were designed for auto operation" this morning, the driver side door failed to open at all, but the ┐door open┐ warning sounded. Attempts to open or close further were futile but depressing the ┐manual door op┐ button did silence the alarm. Is the door latched or not? is my 7-passenger van now only safe for 2? we've owned our van for 4.5 years and ~87K mi - includes long distance miles that don┐T correlate to door use. Is it too much to expect a van's doors to operate beyond the warranty period? should there be a disclaimer that its doors may become unusable after 4 years, and a caution that it may transform into a potential tomb w/O notice" upon inspection of the passenger door [opening/closing] motor assembly, the door cable's plastic sheathing was shredded and the cable was mangled/tangled around the plastic pulley ass┐Y. this door has been used normally, in a southern climate, and has not experienced any external impact or damage otherwise. The driver side door started working this afternoon, albeit slowly, once the temp. Warmed above an unusual 32F experienced this morning. A complaint was filed with Toyota customer relations who indicated there are no recalls & suggested I attempt resolution with the local dealer.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #19

Jul 012009


  • 31,000 miles
With my 2005 Toyota Sienna xle fwd 1. the power sliding doors in both driver's and passenger's side won't close fully. 2. from some 6 month ago, once in a while(roughly monthly) the doors won't close fully and now the cable of one door snapped and the door is not opening. 3. when the door is not closing fully, I had to help the door close fully. But now passenger side door is not opening so that I locked that door without using it. And I have to open the other side door for my kids to get in and out to the road side and it makes me feel uncomfortable sometimes.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #18

Jan 032010


  • 135,500 miles
The passenger side automatic sliding door failed in a midway position and therefore, will not open or close.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #17

Sep 202009


  • 66,000 miles


The passenger side power slide door locked up due to a cable that rusted and fell apart. The door will only open about 6 inches on the manual setting; not enough to enter or exit the vehicle.

- Canajoharie, NY, USA

problem #16

Jul 252009


  • 53,500 miles
We have a 2005 Toyota Sienna and the passenger side power sliding door will not open or close on its own. There are 4 ways to engage, 1) on the key-fob, 2) a button overhead, 3) a button on the B-pillar, or 4) pulling the handle like you're opening manually. The only way to get the door open now is to disable the power door function and use it only manual.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

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problem #15

May 012006


  • 15,000 miles
Power sliding door on passenger side of 2005 Toyota Sienna xle minivan does not open.

- Kingstonp, PA, USA

problem #14

Aug 062009


  • 48,000 miles


2005 Toyota Sienna - the sliding door motor failed leaving the sliding door jammed in an open position. We have three small children that we had to get home with the door jammed in the open position. Now, the door can be manually opened and closed by an adult on a level on a level incline. On an unlevel incline, it is difficult for an adult and not possible for a child, making it a hazard if a child were to attempt to operate the door. The quoted cost to fix the motor was $1900 for parts and labor.

- Davidson, NC, USA

problem #13

Jun 192009


  • 50,150 miles
Toyota Sienna passenger sliding power door was opened by push-button automation. When the door was closed using the same method the door did not close and the cable, used to pull the door open and closed, snapped producing a loud pop. I was not standing next to the door so there was no injury sustained but a safety hazard seemed possible. The motor, cable and pulley system was completely replaced at my sole cost even though damage was not done by any fault of my own and the vehicle was only four years old (2005) with approximately 50K miles of wear and consistent maintenance.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #12

Apr 182009


  • 142,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna ce, manual rear lift gate struts have failed, will no longer hold the lift gate open. Toyota sent out a notice for power lift gates with the same problem. I took this complaint to my local dealership and they stated that my VIN number was not included in the notice, I then proceeded to address the issue to Toyota corporation and they have declined my request to replace a part that is defective according to the service manager at the dealership. I am really disappointed at the fact that you have to spend more money to buy a more expensive version of this vehicle to get taken care of. We are fortunate that this did not result in any injuries, as this door almost fell on my 3 year old child while I was holding it up and he was helping me remove some stuff from the back.

- Sault Ste Marie, 00, USA

problem #11

Apr 292009


  • 48,200 miles
For 2005 Toyota Sienna facing problem with right side power sliding door. Went to dealer and was told that the cables which actuate door movement are binding and striking out of tracts. New motor/cable assembly is required to repair the door. The total cost for door replacement is around $1700 + labor. It seems this is a recurring problem with 2004/2005 Toyota Siennas and Toyota has not acknowledged this to be an issue. A lot of Sienna owners have contacted Toyota in the past and the response from Toyota has been different with each person. Can this issue be taken with Toyota motor so that a recall is issued and Toyota accepts responsibility for flawed design.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 012009


  • 105,000 miles


The driver's side car door of my 2005 Toyota Sienna van makes a loud popping noise when it is opened. The middle hinge is pulling the car body frame out. I have read that this is a welding problem on the part of Toyota. Toyota has refused to fix this problem or issue a recall as I am over their mileage by 9K but I never received any notification of this problem in the mail. The drivers side door hinge has become dangerously loose from the metal door frame.

- Morrow, OH, USA

problem #9

Feb 062009


  • miles
My 2005 Toyota xle limited, driver's side sliding door stopped working. During this winter, it's frozen few times and went back to normal working condition and finally today it's stopped working properly. On open button the motor seems to work, however, I need to slide to few inches to make it work, and same to closing the door I need to slide few inches or more to make it work.

- Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #8

Dec 102008


  • 38,000 miles
2005 Sienna. Passenger sliding door is not opening or closing electronically. It will open and close manually with no apparent obstruction. When attempting to use the key fob or buttons inside the van, we hear the motor make a straining noise and a click, yet the door doesn't move. This has happened before twice, yet seemed to correct itself before I took it to the shop. Now we are 6 months out of warranty and I'm annoyed that it is happening again. Right now, my 6 kids get in and out of the car on the driver's side, which is very inconvenient as it is on the street side as opposed to the curb side of the car. Being a manual door requires me to exit the car also to assist with the door opening/closing.

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

problem #7

Dec 012007


  • miles
We have had several door problems with our 2005 Sienna xle limited (less than 30,000 miles). Sliding doors routinely freeze shut. Have to climb through front doors. Sliders have also frozen open slightly--forcing us to drive with doors unlocked & ajar with our children in the car. Now the automatic passenger sliding door no longer functions. This is a common known issue--cable snaps. Cost is estimated at $1800. Our children now use the driver side sliding door which is typically street side & extremely unsafe. Or they climb in through front. Can't climb in through back because rear liftgate closes at will. Rear liftgate was replaced prior to recall & now needs repair again. Slams down without warning--usually hitting us in the head or back.

- Montclair, NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 302008


  • 41,600 miles
My 2005 Toyota Sienna's rear door liftgate strut was failed and it's not open the rear gate fully and door close unexpectedly. This cause some minor injuries for my family members including my 3yrs old son I went to dealer to report this problem but the dealer has no idea about any recall or tsb information for this. The dealer just suggested me over $500 to replace the strut.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #5

Dec 202008


  • 16,600 miles
On both occasions preceding these events the weather was a contributing factor. Whether conditions were rain/ice/snow and freezing temps. On 2 separate incidents both sliding doors have become frozen shut. I was unable to open either door. On one occasion I had to drive the vehicle for about 45 min with the heat on high before I could open the doors. Also the doors were not completely closed causing the interior lights to go on and off and the warning chime to sound continually. We have four young children and will not put them in vehicle through the rear hatch. Not being able to open the doors is an unacceptable safety hazard.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 102007


  • 55,000 miles
I own a Toyota sena 2005 the driver side door has a slide bar with rollers to keep the door from swinging wide open. Inside the door the weld for the holer has broken loose. This is a structural damage and very costly to fix. It should be covered by warranty or recall.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #3

Dec 042008


  • 38,000 miles
Every winter if the outside temp is below 32 degrees (almost every day in wi) both rear sliding doors (one powered, one manual) in our van freeze shut. This is a serious safety issue as I cannot get my 2 small children out of the van without crawling through the front seat to unbuckle them, unacceptable in an emergency. The doors will not open either from the outside or the inside. This does not appear to be an isolated incident; several other Sienna owners have the same problem on various model years. Also concerned because attempting to open the doors leads to the latch coming undone and unable to be relatched; thus I am left to drive with unlatched doors that could open on their own at any time (if they thaw) with my children in the backseat. This has occurred twice this year and numerous times last year since we bought the vehicle used in 2007.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 102006


  • 8,000 miles
The power sliding doors on my Sienna van "freeze up" under certain cold moist winter conditions making it almost impossible to open them (you have to climb in from the front door) and then once you manage to get them open, they will then not close properly. I have had to drive miles with the door alarm sounding and the heat full blast before I was able to stop and get them to finally close. This is dangerous, because although the door looks "closed" it is not hooked in as signaled by the alarm. I doubt if I was hit if the air bags would function properly either. This occured the first winter I had the car and then a few times each winter thereafter, but since ouir winters have been mild, and certain conditions are needed for it to occur plus lack of time, I have not pursued it. When I happened to mention it to my dealer, they didn't understand how this problem could occur and it was then dropped. Other Sienna owners however, have told me they also experience this problem.

- Hellertown, PA, USA

problem #1

May 062008


  • 38,000 miles
The power rear door lifts normally and then immediately goes down suddenly, if some is putting something in the cargo area, the door will hit the person on the back or head. As resistance is applied to the door coming down, it will start lifting again and continue the same pattern.

- Pinecrest, FL, USA

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