really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,552 miles

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 6 of 9)

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problem #63

Jun 202010


  • 65,000 miles


2005 Toyota Sienna Toyota knew about these issues and they don't put out a recall or fix the problem. The motor to pull the sliding door on the passenger side broke on my van and the actuator to release the lock also went out at the same time. I search on the internet and they have more than 100 pages from other consumer about this problem. This prevent the door from closing, or if the door is close then it remain lock at all time and we can't even open the door. In case of accident we can't open the door how are we going to get out. I have three children in the car and these are very important safety issues. I had to pay almost $2000 to repair these issues. Please help me and other owner to make Toyota pay for these repair. They should learn their lesson, because they have too many issues with their vehicle. My family is a loyal Toyota customer. Please help us to get reimbursement for this repair, and help our family and other family in the us and the world about this issue.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #62

May 052010


  • 65,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna sliding door failure - won't open or close.

- Parsippany, NJ, USA

problem #61

Jun 182010


  • 49,563 miles
Power sliding door on Sienna 2005 not working. Seems like cable snap. Van has 50,000 miles.

- North Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #60

Jul 312010


  • 96,371 miles


The cable on the driver-side sliding door of my 2005 Toyota Sienna minivan snapped making the door hazardous to operate.

- Mcgraw, NY, USA

problem #59

Jul 312010


  • 45,300 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna power doors are failing. Today I could not get my kids out as both doors failed to open. The drivers side door opens about 4-6 inches and it make a loud noise and closes again. The passenger door has failed about a year after we bought the vehicle and the dealer replaced the electric motor. Also seat belts get stuck and you are not able to retract them, dealer said it was normal for seatbelt to get stuck when it folds in incorrectly. Very unsafe situations as we have our kids in the vehicle most of the time.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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problem #58

Jun 282010


  • 54,598 miles
1 - no events (accidents or the like) leading to failure. 2 - failure is power sliding door (passenger side) - 2 parts - one is power sliding door does not open when buttons are pressed (though it attempts to, but fails to open), second part is that the door does not open manually either (whether using interior or exterior handles for exiting vehicle) 3 - have attempted to reset system as online tsb and blogs state to do for all Sienna sliding door errors (no end to the number of complaints in chat rooms or blogs); now have service appointment safety concern - since door will not open at all, and children ride in the rear of vehicle, in the event of accident, children cannot be extracted thru door without breaking windows unless they can make it to another working door.

- Springville, NY, USA

problem #57

Apr 202010


  • miles


Power sliding door on 2005 Toyota Sienna.

- Corning, NY, USA

problem #56

Jun 212009


  • miles
2005 Toyota Sienna, power, passenger side door stopped working completely. At first the power buttons worked off and on starting about a year ago. If we moved the lock up and down several times the power button would work. Now nothing.

- Amesbury, MA, USA

problem #55

Jun 102010


  • 60,000 miles
1. no irregular usage. Just stopped working. 2. power sliding doors fail to open/close properly. 3. no action taken as of 6/12/2010.

- Windsor, CA, USA

problem #54

Mar 202010


  • 90,000 miles
Sliding door cable on the driver's side was torn and tangled. It was impossible to open the door.

- Woodbridge, 00, USA

problem #53

Jun 042010


  • 108,350 miles


2005 Toyota Sienna power sliding door problem - in the span of less than a year both cables snapped. 2nd owner, first owner traveling businessman, so mileage is high (108K) but sliding doors were seldom used until May 2009. Doors are now quite dangerous as they sometimes don't lock open. 11 year old often can't open the door manually himself because handles are fussy. 4 year old could easily be pinned between door and frame. Great concept but poor design makes an expensive feature dangerous and worthless.

- Montrose, PA, USA

problem #52

Jul 012005


  • 1,000 miles
Toyota Sienna 2005 automatic sliding door fails to shut and stay shut. Jack sherman dealership sent me home with only one latch working, inside interior lights indicating doors not shut and the auto locks would not engage because the door was not shut properly. Have had this issue going on for 5 years that I have owned this vehicle new.

- Johnson City, NY, USA

problem #51

Feb 152010


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that both rear doors stopped functioning and could not be opened from the interior or exterior of the vehicle. In order to operate the doors, the contact had to sever the cables that powered the doors. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed he would have to pay for the repairs. The vehicle was not serviced. The failure mileage was 91,000 and the current mileage was 92,609.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #50

Feb 072010


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the rear door would only open partially. The failure progressed to the point where it would not stay open or it would just close forcefully. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that there was a technical service bulletin (08001) but because it did not apply to her VIN; therefore, she would be responsible for the repair cost. The current and failure mileages were approximately 70,000.

- Wichita Falls , TX, USA

problem #49

Oct 022009


  • 78,000 miles
Drivers side rear power door cable broke and jammed door open. My wife had to drive the car home from work with the door open because the cable had become tangled inside the door and would not allow it to close. This should not happen on a 4 year old top of the line car. (Sienna xle limited AWD) that costs over $40K. The dealer says repair will cost more than $2000!

- Norwich, VT, USA

problem #48

Apr 212010


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the metal on the top of the driver side door was broken and the hinge was not properly attached to the frame of the vehicle. The window would open and close; however, the door was difficult to open and close. The contact called an authorized dealer who stated that they would pay 60 percent of the repair costs. The vehicle had not been repaired when the complaint was filed. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 106,000.

- Sanderson , FL, USA

problem #47

Aug 012007


  • 25,000 miles
Both automatic doors on our 2005 Toyota Sienna have been malfunctioning for the past 2 years. One does not close unless manually pushed and the other closes on people when they are in the way of the door. The "bounce-back" safety feature which is supposed to prevent the door from closing on people does not work. We have barely avoided serious injury with this door and do not allow our children to use it. Toyota refuses to repair (even when it was still under warranty) unless we pay $1,800 per door.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #46

Jul 152008


  • 40,000 miles
The cable that is used to open and shut the automatic sliding doors of 2005 Toyota Sienna started to corrode and eventually snapped at about 40,000 miles. We removed the broken cable and open and shut the door manually. The cable on the other side of the van is experiencing the same corrosion and I am expecting it to fray and snap too. I checked in to fixing the problem and was quoted $1500 per door.

- Chaumont, NY, USA

problem #45

Apr 192009


  • 65,000 miles
-the contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. While the vehicle was parked the contact observed that the passenger side automatic sliding door would not function unless operated manually. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician stated the vehicle could not be repaired under the service warranty without an involvement of a crash. The failure continued to occur. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 65,000. The current mileage was 80,000.

- Park Forrest, IL, USA

problem #44

Mar 102010


  • miles
I own a Toyota 2005 Sienna, the sliding door got jammed and does not slide open, tried both manual and auto none of them work, need some great attention as this is a safety hazard, as it could suddenly start working and the passenger could fall out.

- Mundelein, IL, USA

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