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

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #51

Sep 202016


  • 85,000 miles


Power door is unable to open due to a cable wire came out from system.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #50

May 202015


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the dashboard developed several cracks in three places. The contact brought the vehicle to a dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Lancaster, SC, USA

problem #49

Jul 212015


  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. Approximately five years ago, the rear passenger side sliding door failed to unlock. The contact mentioned that now the rear driver side sliding door would not unlock. Both doors were equipped with power locks. The vehicle was taken to dealer. The technician diagnosed that the pulley was broken and needed replacement, but the doors would not open manually either. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 190,000.

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #48

Mar 022015


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the sliding automatic rear door independently opened. When the failure occurred, there was an abnormal noise. The door was switched to manual mode, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #47

May 022011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Sliding doors stopped opening.

- Watervliet, NY, USA

problem #46

Feb 012012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I have struggled with how to handle the failure of both power doors on my 2005 Toyota Sienna van. The doors fail to open and do not close with power without pushing them closed. The problem is that when you push the door past the catch point it will not return if your hand is in the way. When it was originally designed it would go back if your hand was in the door. Now if it goes beyond that catch point it lunges and will catch your hand and will not release. The doors have bad hinges and cables which Toyota refuses to admit are faulty. They offer and extended warranty for you knowing that the 120,000 mile limit puts most out of coverage. This is just another game to put off the safety of the consumer. I have a 17 year old downs child. She gets out of the van every day and has to push the door shut. She has to use two hands and it is not safe. If she slips her hand will be in the way of the door and it will not reopen. I have tried to talk to Toyota and they just say we are out of their coverage time limits. I reported the door way back in early 2012. This would have been in the scope of their liability. At that time they said it would cost two to three thousand dollars to repair the faulty equipment. I ask the obvious" when does this stop" do a search on google for sliding door problems for Sienna vans and you will be overwhelmed at the blogs and sights dedicated to this one issue. This is a massive problem and should have been addressed by Toyota. The other issue is when the cable for the door breaks you can't get out of the van. When you can't get out of the van there is a major mechanical problem. Toyota needs to replace the parts causing this issue at no cost to the consumer. The parts are the lock actuator, the sliding hinge and cables which fail and causes door to hang, the cable which when broken renders the door useless. Please help!!!

- Wrens, GA, USA

problem #45

Jan 212015


  • 163,860 miles


While driving on 4 lane highway, I began to smell burning rubber, then noticed that the battery discharge indicator light came on. Found that the serpentine belt driving the alternator and compressor had been shredded and was hanging to the ground. Upon a closer look, the crankshaft pulley had failed (it had come apart). It appeared that the outer ring had separated from the rubber inner ring of the pulley and the outer ring had become misaligned. The misalignment appeared to have caused the serpentine belt failure. It also caused damage to the timing belt cover, the timing belt and the power steering belt. The battery light came on because of the failed serpentine belt. Fortunately, I maintained power steering because the power steering belt had not completely failed when I pulled off the highway. The failure seems to be identical to that covered by safety recall NHTSA campaign number: 11V539000. However, Toyota claims that my VIN number is not subject to the recall. Toyota's response to me does not make sense since this is the same model, same model year, same engine model, same parts manufacture (pulley contains the mark noted in the recall), same manufacture date (Feb. 2005), etc of the vehicles covered by the recall. Seems that the recall has not covered all of the vehicles affected by this failure. My vehicle was purchased new on September 15, 2005.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #44

Jan 052014


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the automatic rear door failed to open. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not notified of this issue. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Round Lake, IL, USA

problem #43

Aug 312011


  • miles
The power sliding door does not open. The dealer and Toyota corporate have said tough luck get it fixed for ~$1,500. There are enough complaints on this issue that this should be a recall by now. It's a safety concern of the greatest degree. The door will not open. Example below of typical complaint: ¿¿to date, Toyota has not issued a recall for the Sienna, although some owners have reported that the automaker has issued technical service bulletins (tsb) for the automatic sliding doors. A tsb is effectively a hidden recall, meaning that Toyota is attempting to handle the problem in-house. Contact your Toyota dealer for assistance. Check the NHTSA website for current recall information. Please force them to fix this problem.

- N. Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #42

Jul 212014


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the key fob failed to unlock or lock the doors and failed to activate the sliding doors. The contact mentioned that the batteries were changed from the key fob but the failure persisted. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The contact was advised from the dealer that all five door actuators needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #41

Sep 232008


  • 30,000 miles


My mini van Toyota Sienna sliding door on passenger side cannot open from the inside, after open from the out side and checked child lock is in unlock position, remote control and button inside is not working at all. I took my van to southbay Toyota to inspect they charged $192 but not fix the problem, I believed Toyota was recall to repair this problem, but until now my car has not been fix yet, dealer said the charge can be over $500. I had no money to pay for it, I 'd like to report this is safety issue. Please help.

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #40

Jan 012014


  • 128,000 miles
On hwy 1 from pacifica to santa cruz, driving approx, 45-50mph around the bends and curves, the van's vsc light would come on along with warning beeping and the car would try to "correct" itself by steering straight when I needed it not to. This happened again approx. 1-2 months later while driving along hwy 50, at approx. 45-50mph up to South lake Tahoe on the same dry, but winding/curvy roads, the car would try to "correct" itself by steering straight. Again, on June 17th, along hwy 50 approx. 45-50mph just taking the exit off of the freeway, steering into the right hand turn lane, the car vsc light, beeping and steering "correction". this is very dangerous!!!! I am surprised that it has not caused an accident yet!. I need the car to turn for a reason!! please feel free to contact me for further information. I took it to the Toyota dealership and they said that the van had no logs from the sensors (steering angle or yaw). We asked them to recalibrate it (set it back to zero), but that obviously hasn't worked. I have ordered a new steering angle sensor and I am having it installed and the system recalibrated, in hopes that will fix the issue.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #39

Jun 022014


  • miles
2005 Toyota Sienna. Consumer writes in regards to recall inquiry on sliding doors. The consumer stated the right side sliding door, would stop functioning at times.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #38

May 172014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Power sliding passenger door failed in the open position. Auto-door turned off and finally with much effort closed the door manually. Door will now not open without the major effort of a full grown adult. Failure was sudden and unannounced. In case of an accident or emergency, there is no way any mid or rear seat children or small adults could open this door enough to egress the vehicle. Several people with the same failure report having to drive with the door jammed open to get to repair shops. Failure of this drive cable (and sometimes the associated motor) is well documented on-line, even in much younger vehicles. Toyota even added it to the extended service plan.

- Darien, IL, USA

problem #37

Jan 172011


  • miles
First dashboard has numerous cracks, then rear camera stopped working, then navigation system stopped working, now radio works intermittently - I believe the problem is electrical because of continuous humming sound radio emits. I am concerned about the airbags and also being without rear camera frightens me. Toyota has refused to fix problem 0 states out of warranty.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #36

Feb 242014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 160,109 miles
The driver's side power sliding door will open about 4 inches then returns to close. There is nothing blocking the track. Estimates that I have read have been anywhere from $1500 - $2500 to get this fixed. I have three small children, one of whom is disabled. If there was an emergency, I would not be able to get my children out of the vehicle quickly. I do not have the finances to get this fixed. After reading about this same complaint from hundreds of other owners, could there be an investigation or recall for this problem" is there any place I can get help for this problem" my children's safety is of utmost importance to me.

- Murray, KY, USA

problem #35

Jan 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While engine is running, key may be removed. Technician could not find any problem which would allow the key to be removed while the engine is still running. Repair could not be made since no problem could be found to correct the issue.

- Seabrook, TX, USA

problem #34

Sep 012013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The driver rear power sliding door is stuck in closed position and does not open either in automatic power mode or manually. The door got stuck after the power cable was ripped, due to rust, and the door was manually shut. It is now stuck closed and can't be opened using either automatic or manual way.

- Vestal, NY, USA

problem #33

Nov 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
Toyota recently recalled the power sliding door cables for certain Toyota Sienna years. The broken cable inhibits the door from working correctly. Ours, a 2005 Sienna, was taken in and it turned out to be the power sliding door actuator. Five days ago, the other sliding door actuator failed. Both doors cannot be opening correctly and poses a serious danger to the safety of our 2 young children. Toyota fails to recognize all of the complaints about failing actuators that are posted online. They are charging $1,100 to fix each door. There should be a safety recall because of the actuator failures. Thank you.

- Milford, DE, USA

problem #32

Jul 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The lock motor in each sliding doors has stopped. The doors open via manual door handles. Keyfob, internal door buttons near the doors, and buttons near rear view mirror do not work to open or close the doors.

- Hastings, NE, USA

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