hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,488 miles

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2005 Toyota Sienna steering problems

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #27

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 #26

Aug 072011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Steering has become difficult on 2005 Sienna. Feels like it is binding and releasing. It is intermediate and can happen during turning or a sticking when adjusting down a straight away. Thru the internet, it seems the intermediate shaft assembly with a universal joint that fails from corrosion is to blame and I will be replacing it soon. After documented cases here and several Toyota tsbs this isn't getting as much consideration as it deserves.

- Ashburnham, MA, USA

problem #25

Aug 112011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 41,882 miles
Vehicle did feel safe to drive because it was very hard to turn and driving was like there was a loose wheel. My wife almost climbed curves when she tried to make turns. Brought the car to the dealer and they replaced the binding steering shaft and binding steering rack. The 2005 Toyota Sienna had only 41,000 miles on it. The car was not involved in any accident or major repair. I believe this is a safety issue and a recall need be issued.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #24

May 092011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 82,438 miles


Steering leaking.

- Dekalb, IL, USA

problem #23

Apr 042010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Less than a year ago my power steering became stiff. Changed pump as it seemed to burn out at 40,000 miles also changed belts. Less than a year later the stiffness is back and the pump and belts are fine. Starting a 33,000 miles and 3 years I have had to change sliding door motor, struts on back door, steering pump, middle seat belts along with other things. I find that this van is not built for the safety of my children and Toyota does nothing about this. I am seeing that a lot of their Sienna seem to have the same problem. It is a 2005 Sienna with 52,000 miles.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #22

Dec 142009


  • 45,000 miles
Universal steering shaft binds causing potential driving hazard. $800 to repair, if this was not my family car, I would have continued to operate until complete failure.

- Lebanon, NJ, USA

problem #21

Jul 012010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


Toyota Sienna 2005 shows excessive corrosion of the lowermost universal joint installed on the steering intermediate shaft. Thump noise can be felt and heard from steering wheel. Safety concern steering.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #20

Mar 012009


  • 65,000 miles
5 years ago, we needed a mini van and shopped Toyota, Honda, and Mitsubishi. After some research, we chose a new Toyota Sienna for it's value, it's reliability, and it's strong rating from consumer reports. I have, in the past, driven one Toyota to almost 200,000 miles with little repair, just regular maintenance! when the Sienna was about 39 months old, we began to have some steering issues. Occasionally, it would be "stiff" to steer. It was still drivable and after taking it to a local mechanic, we were convinced we needed new tires, so purchased 4 new tires. The steering issue continued, however, and became worse and worse. We were perplexed because the Sienna was a new car purchase, garaged year round, and was a Toyota. When we received a recall notice about the spare tire recall, we took the Sienna to haley's automall in farmville, va for repair and asked them to also replace the tailgate struts and investigate our steering issue. The mechanic there replaced the tailgate struts, told us it was under warranty, then removed the spare tire from under the vehicle since Toyota admitted "the corrosion resistance of the spare tire carrier cable is insufficient when vehicles are operated in areas where a large amount of road salt is applied. In the worst case, the carrier cable may fail and the spare tire could become separated from the vehicle, a road hazard for following vehicles. ". he put the tire in the back of the mini van, and then told us our U-joint was corroded in our steering shaft from the steering column to the steering rack. The cost for repair was quoted at $1169. Since the recall admittedly involved "insufficient corrosion resistance", which is exactly what also happened to our U-joint, causing further damage to the steering column and rack, we were certain Toyota would also cover this repair, as clearly a new vehicle should not have corrosion of this magnitude after only 3 years of use!

- Amelia Courthouse, VA, USA

problem #19

Jun 012010


  • 70,000 miles
Power steering has become very stiff/sticky. The stiffness is not steady throughout a turn, however. There were no events leading up to this - it just got steadily more and more stiff over time. About 2,000 miles ago, Toyota checked it once, injected something into the steering apparatus (I was told) but now it is back and, in fact, more stiff than ever.

- Mount Kisco, NY, USA

problem #18

Aug 152010


  • 114,672 miles
Toyota Sienna 2005 was taken into dealership for regular maintenance service which included a check of the brakes. Was told rear brakes needed to be replaced and that was performed. Was told by dealer that front brakes were fine. 1 month later having problems with brakes still. Took it to private mechanic and was told that master brake cylinder needed to be replaced. I would think this problems would have been detected when it was at the dealership. I am lucky that my brakes did not fail and cause an accident. Other issues with this 2005 Toyota Sienna include having to replace the A/C compressor twice, rack and pinion replaced, and now the rear struts on the tailgate have failed. This vehicle is a serious safety risk.

- Viera, FL, USA

problem #17

Jul 202010


  • 88,000 miles


I noticed that occasionally the steering would be a little stiff. Then the steering became very stiff when turning. Often the steering would jerk to one side or another leading to the car moving suddenly. The car is not drivable now. The entire steering shaft is being replaced at an approximate cost of $1500.

- Holliston, MA, USA

problem #16

Apr 012010


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. While driving at approximately 50 mph, the steering rod failed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the steering rod was defective and needed to be replaced. The repairs were performed at the contacts expense. The contact called the manufacturer and opened a case. The VIN was unavailable at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000. The current mileage was approximately 84,000.

- Erial , NJ, USA

problem #15

Apr 182009


  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the brake indicator lights illuminated, the vehicle began to shake, and move to the left without assistance. Whenever driving over a bump or a pot hole, the brake indicator lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician advised the contact that the recall notice must be presented for recall repairs. The vehicle had not been repaired for the malfunction. The contact was uncertain of the remedy for the recall defect, and stated that the vehicle could possibly need an alignment. The failure mileage was 28,000. The current mileage was 33, 000.

- Corona, NY, USA

problem #14

Mar 012010


  • 67,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna xle.. steering sluggish and hard to turn. Seems like you have manual steering.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #13

Nov 252009


  • 100,516 miles
Steering problems. Steering shaft assembly had to be replaced. Steering was difficult and sometimes would turn to sharply.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #12

Feb 232010


  • 112,000 miles
Power steering appears to be failing, steering is getting stiffer. Has been going on for almost 2 weeks and appears to be getting worse. Had it checked out at Toyota dealership yesterday and they can't pinpoint it at this point but believe that it is either the power steering pump or the entire rack and pinion mechanism. Minimum of $1,000 to fix.

- Wales, WI, USA

problem #11

Nov 152009


  • 54,000 miles
Binding occurs while turning. Problem is intermittent and varies in severity (can bind and be very difficult to turn or simply feel like a slight grab. Problem came on suddenly being intermittent the mechanic could not find problem until I found related issues. Additionally being intermittent and the fact that it could grab without warning and suddenly be very difficult to turn the vehicle it a sever safety concern.

- Waitsfield, VT, USA

problem #10

Jan 192008


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact noticed that the vehicle made a noise when she turned the ignition on, off and when she opened and closed the electronic windows. She also noticed a noise when turning the steering wheel with much resistance. The contact has experienced the failures since January 2008. The dealer told her that they could find nothing wrong. She had not called the manufacturer to-date. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage is approximately 32219. The failure mileage was approximately 15,000. Updated 3/16/10 the consumer stated the electronic device used to closed the trunk was defective. Updated 05/10/10

- Duarte, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 012009


  • 60,000 miles
Steering is no longer smooth, especially at low speed, feels like it kinks.... been like this for about a year (date is estimate) matches description here: EA08- 024 2004-2006 Toyota Sienna steering intermediate shaft binding 28-Oct-2008.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 012009


  • 110,000 miles
The intermediate shaft on my 2005 Toyota Sienna binds and locks causing tough steering and many near miss accidents due to difficult steering. Repair is to cost $800 dollars which is ridiculous for something that should be recalled.

- Steinbach, 00, USA

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