pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
74,125 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replaced door motor (3 reports)
  3. use silicone spray (1 reports)
2005 Toyota Sienna electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 222016

Sienna EXL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


The power fold up ramp stopped working completely and blocked the wheel chair exit and entry access in the Toyota Sienna 2005 braun ability rampvan. None of the door switches would open the passenger side door in order to deploy the ramp. The alleged manual ramp operation function failed to work trapping the wheel chair occupant inside the vehicle. Luckily we were able to use other ramps we had at our house on the driver side sliding door to get my husband out of the van. Our problem is why could we get the door open? We could not even open it manually. We changed the circuit breaker on the IMS system and that did not work. I checked all of the little fuses under the dash and they were all good. What else can it be? What else can it be? We need our van. This is our only means of transportation.

- , Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 022012

Sienna LE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

passenger side power sliding door stopped working with remote fob and all interior buttons. Was only working when pulling on the exterior latch handle. Now that works so infrequently we turned off the power door feature altogether. Toyota initially quoted me 1500 dollars to repair the actuator. Brought it back again today, and they now say its a 491 dollar repair, and not covered under the extended (BS) warranty. There are multiple complaints of this issue including my SISTER!!! She has the same year and make and has the same exact problem. Its ridiculous. Toyota needs to own up to it already and repair it at their own cost.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 012012

Sienna XLE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

They put in some complex cable mechanism that cost $1000 to replace. All do get the door to open from handle. Way to make something complex so it breaks.

- , Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #5

Apr 012011

Sienna LXE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


We've had this car since 2007. We had some issues with problems but the most serious failure is when the passenger side sliding door stopped working electronically with the inside button and key bob. Within about a week the door failed completely and can no longer be opened from the inside....it will only open from the outside. Next the driver side sliding door failed with the EXACT same problem. Both failures occurred at about 59,000 miles in 2011. A FOUR YEAR OLD CAR should NOT have this many failures, especially on something as CRUCIAL as doors. We finally got a notice from Toyota stating that they were going to extend their warranty for sliding door issues. We took the van in to our dealer and to our surprise learned that their extended warranty ONLY covers the motor and cable system, not the electronic latch release...ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! One door, I can understand, but we have had failures on BOTH DOORS and this is NOT an uncommon problem. Do an internet search and you will see that the sliding doors are a constant source of problems and repairs.

- , Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012010

Sienna LE 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

2nd report on doors. Again, I was now 69 years old and a retired(after 35 years) school bus driver who DID NOT abuse the vehicle. While still under warranty(barely) the new motor Toyota installed in the back passenger side door failed again. Same motor as the first time still $1200 parts and labor. After it was fixed I told the service manager that I was afraid the other(drivers side back door) could go at any time and it was now out of warranty. She advised me to quit using the electric door openers and use the doors manually. I guess you get what you pay for. On to the 3rd door report.

- , South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 092009

Sienna LE 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

First.let me say that when I bought this minivan,new, in 2005 I was 64 years old and had been a school bus driver for 35 years, and I DID NOT abuse this vehicle. I put a lot of miles on a vehicle but they are highway miles. I wanted to buy the safest car I could as I have my grandchildren with me most of the time. I checked on many different makes and models and based on my research (and Consumer's Report) I felt that this was a very safe,reliable(HA HA HA) vehicle even though I'm am not really fond of minivans. This is the 1st of 6 complaint I am filling out this evening--3 on the doors, 1 steering yoke, struts, and air conditioning. My grandson was the rear seat passenger most of the time but I did not let him pull on the door handles to open the sliding doors, I had him push the button to activate the door. Later, I was told by someone at Toyota, that I should not have had to push the button to open the doors as the minivan was built to withstand use by a family. 2 months after I bought it the sliding doors began to malfunction. Of course, when I took it in for service they could never get it to malfunction. The doors could not be opened from the outside either by pushing the button or by using the handle. After the car was out of warranty the doors quit working altogether. Both doors needed the motors replaced($1200.00 each parts and labor---read $2400.00) I reported this to the safety board as I felt this was an extreme safety hazard as you could not get anyone out of the car if there was an accident or fire. The service manager at Toyota said to just have the passenger remove the door panel and operate the door manually(tell that to a 3 year old) Because I had been reporting this problem for years Toyota picked up most of the tab(I had to pay $300.00). On to the next report.

Update from Dec 4, 2010: 3rd complaint on sliding side back doors. Still 69 years old, still retired(after 35 years)school bus driver, still DID NOT abuse this vehicle. Now, as per Toyota service managers advice, the automatic door opener function is turned off and I open and close doors manually----except they don't always open. No rhyme or reason. They just won't open. From the outside or from the inside. Service manager doesn't know what to do now. I don't know what to do now. I'm betting Toyota doesn't want to hear it. This makes 3 out of six complaints. On to number 4.

- , South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 022010

Sienna LE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

this happens every winter - every day. You have to get in the back and push the sliding doors open from the inside. Silicone spray helps a little, but it's the way the car was built. Makes loading up the family a pain in the ass, when you have to go in the driver door and crawl into the back to push the doors open.

- , New Berlin, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 012009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

My parents owned a toyota sienna and had SEVERAL problems with it. One of which was the automatic rear sliding doors. Both of them (at seperate times) required fixing. They either would not open at all or they would not close properly. It was eventually found the motors in the doors went bad. Im unsure about what mileage and date it occured.

- , Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

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