really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,317 miles

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2005 Toyota Sienna electrical problems

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #31

Jan 022012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles


The Toyota Sienna sliding doors no longer slide. After numerous complaints, Toyota issued an enhanced warranty. Unfortunately, the parts covered will not fix the doors. The additional quote is $1,000. If you research online, this is a common problem. I believe Toyota is trying to avoid a recall on doors and parts they know to be malfunctioning.

- Fort Thomas, KY, USA

problem #30

Aug 242012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 96,524 miles
I tried to close the rear door after putting my groceries in the rear well. The door closed part-way then went back up. I did it again manually and using my remote 'clicker'. same thing happened. In order to close the door I had to push it manually to close the door. We took it back to the dealer who said the struts needed to be replaced (approximately $500). Later I realized there had been a recall on faulty struts. These are the replacements. I notice on the internet where are others are now having problems with the replacements that were installed.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #29

Aug 302007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Sliding door is not open and close when using electrical button. We got the extend warranty but when we bring to Toyota dealer they told us have to pay $295 to check it. If a defect is not under warranty. I fill it is not fair. Door is not open because the latch was not release by pushing button. Is it safe when children are in side? if we remove the latch everything is working fine. Please help american consumer to make Toyota responsible for any lack of assembly. They have to pay for the time of inconvenient also. Please investigate this issue. Thank you

- Gardena , CA, USA

problem #28

Apr 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles


We have had complete sliding door failure from the latch release motor for both the passenger and driver side doors. The malfunction is electrical and was in no way caused by mis-treatment or an accident. The passenger side door failed first and several weeks later the driver side sliding door failed in the same manner. This failure has resulted in passengers not being able to open the sliding doors from the inside of the car. The doors will only open from the outside.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #27

Jun 082012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Our right side-power door stopped working and we then received a warranty enhancement notice "certain 2004 to 2007 model year Sienna rear sliding door latch assemblies and power sliding door cable assemblies" extending the warranty to 120,000 miles. We took it to the Toyota dealer and they stated that the door latch assembly in our vehicle is not covered because the part numbers are different. It seems if they are having an issue with these components they all should be covered. The part number needed is 69631-08021 which includes the parts in the recall. It seems if there is a problem that required a warranty extension, and those parts are some how defective then the entire unit should also be covered.

- Holliston, MA, USA

problem #26

Mar 012010


  • 55,000 miles
Automatic sliding door will not work properly. It will not shut unless done manually. Occurred soon after passing 50K miles. Dealership "could not diagnose problem" and wanted ~$1200 to replace motor in door. Appears this is a common problem that Toyota will not address.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #25

Mar 222012


  • 62,000 miles


Cable on driver side sliding door snapped and is now hanging down on outside of vehicle. Can only open side door about a foot manually and it locks and closes. Can not get kids in and out of that side at all. Door closes shut very quickly and strongly which is a safety hazard especially with children sitting in the back and trying to get out of the side doors.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #24

Jan 012009

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Our 2005 Toyota Sienna has had multiple problems with the power sliding doors. Originally, the driver's side door stopped closing automatically. When button was pushed to close the door by all methods, on remote control, on driver's head panel or on panel next to sliding door, the door would begin to close then slide back open without warning or without us doing anything to open it back up. Our local dealer fixed this original problem as it was under warranty, but now the passenger side power sliding door has the same problem but we are out of warranty and the cost is too exuberant for us to have it fixed. This appears to be a problem for many Toyota Sienna owners and can possibly be a danger.

- La Mesa , CA, USA

problem #23

Feb 152011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that noises were heard from the dashboard. The noise had not caused any problems with the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the dealer was unable to determine what caused the noise. The failure mileage was 112,000 and the current mileage was 136,420. Updated 4/2/12

- Takoma Park, MD, USA

problem #22

May 022011


  • 72,300 miles
Driver-side power sliding door stuck open. Door cable motor assembly locked-up. Door would not close. Entire cable assembly "fell apart" when mechanic removed door panels to repair. Complete door motor assembly failure. Door motor assembly was so damaged it had to be completely replaced with new motor assembly unit. Cost $1800 to repair. Door stuck open is a serious safety hazard for passengers. When will opposite side-door motor assembly fail?? the failure of these type parts should not have happened at 72,300 miles.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #21

Sep 132011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 54,257 miles


1. second row seat belt locked tight to passenger (unable to loosen) during steady speed as well when in standby. Need to unlatch and fullly retract in order to extend it out again. 2. rack and pinion starts leaking power steering fluid and starts generating noise when making a turn. 3. passenger side slide door fails to open from inside and by remote. Further research confirmed failure of lock release actuator.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #20

Sep 212011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Passenger door will not open or close. When it does open it start to close than stops or continues to close. Not good if a child is trying to enter or exit from the door. Toyota quoted 1800 for repair and said it was a broken wire on the door motor. You have to purchase the entire piece to fix door. Extremely concerned the door could open or not shut properly and having children sitting near door. Toyota has not been helpful in this issue at all. Safety concern.

- Fletcher, NC, USA

problem #19

Sep 062011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The Toyota Sienna's sliding door cannot open or close.

- Ellensburg, WA, USA

problem #18

Jan 102011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Toyota Sienna xle 2005: Automatic sliding door problem purchased this vehicle used one year ago (2010). There were no previous problems with the door, that I know of. Both sliding doors started failing during winter time. One motor was replaced, the other one not due to cost. The driver side sliding door worked "on and off", but is not working now. It opens and shuts with a manual pull of the handle.

- Fox Island, WA, USA

problem #17

May 212011


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. While the vehicle was parked the contact attempted to close the passenger side automatic sliding door but the door would not close. The contact was able to close the door manually. The door also would not open automatically. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- South Windsor, CT, USA

problem #16

Jan 012008


  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna le. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger seat belts were inoperative. The electrical passenger sliding door had also failed to function, she had to manually close the door. The air bag warning light also illuminated on the instrumental panel for at least two years. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that they were unable to assist her due to the vehicle not being under warranty. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 3500.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #15

Nov 242010


  • 74,000 miles
Middle row driver side seatbelt failure and passenger side sliding door power failure.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #14

Sep 172010


  • 60,500 miles
The cable related to the automatic sliding passenger door on my 2005 Toyota Sienna snapped. I took it to the dealer and he said it rusted through. The wire for the sliding door mechanism is on the outside of the vehicle. I has thin layer of black protective coating. It will cost $1800 to repair as the cable and motor are one unit. It is beyond comprehension why an oem would design an automobile with the cable system exposed to the elements. The extreme weather in Minnesota we experience is quite taxing to an automobile, regardless of electrical design. But to have the electrical components exposed to salt and other corrosive materials is just really bad product design and should be corrected.

- Falcon Heights, MN, USA

problem #13

Jul 122010


  • 80,000 miles
Automatic rear doors will not lock or unlock or open or shut with remote. Are extremely difficult to open manually. I was told they could be repaired at a cost of over $1200 per door. I also had a problem with the rear automatic hatch which was repaired under warranty. I see a pattern here.

- Oro Valley, AZ, USA

problem #12

May 212007


  • 21,600 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the passenger front air bag warning light continuously flashed while she was driving at approximately 35 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership for times and the passenger seat was replaced the first three times. An electronic part (the contact could not recall the part) was replaced the fourth time. The failure mileage was approximately 21,600. The current mileage was approximately 57,000.

- Lexington, MA, USA

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