really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,223 miles

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2006 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #40

Dec 222010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Right side electric sliding door on Toyota Sienna fails. Faulty hinges and drive cables.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #39

Jul 022010


  • 22,478 miles
2006 Toyota Sienna minivan. Both side sliding doors fail to close properly. Unable to manually close. Door will slide open. Repaired driver side sliding door in 2008. Now in July 2010, passenger side sliding door did not close but had been repaired but now again in December 2010 door continues to not close properly.

- Lewiston, NY, USA

problem #38

Oct 062010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
While starting forward after loading grandson in driver side second row of seats drivers side sliding door opened half way(doors are electrically operated). I stopped and attempted to close door automatically. Door would not close but remained half open. Tried manual operation to no avail. Called tow truck. Tow truck operator examined door and said that the cable that operates door was jammed and the only way to close door was to cut cable. After cutting cable door closed manually. Drove home. If door had opened at speed on highway it would have caused great danger as my grandson was sitting next to door. Called customer service at Toyota to complain. Was given no explanation.

- Laporte, IN, USA

problem #37

Apr 132008

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


The gas in the lift gate support of the back door escaped 3 years after I bought it.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #36

Jul 102009

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
2006 Toyota Sienna passenger power sliding door will not work. Drivers side manual sliding door works intermittently.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

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problem #35

Sep 272010


  • 63,000 miles
My 2006 Toyota Sienna right rear power sliding door would not close. It rolled almost shut, then opened again. The cable that pulls the door shut was loose along the track and I noticed it seemed to be frayed. I had my 3 children in the car and it was raining. I had to forcefully pull the door closed and still could not get it closed because the cable was keeping it from closing. I was forced to get pliers and cut the cable so I could keep my children safe and drive back home with the door closed. The car has just over 60,000 miles on it. Now I have removed the cable and use the door as a manual door because the cost to replace it is too high. This is unacceptable.

- Stanley, NC, USA

problem #34

Sep 182010


  • 74,000 miles


Power sliding door on passenger side does not always latch. It appears that the motor is too weak to make the door latch fully. This does not happen all the time, and it seems to be random. Have noticed that the door seems to move more slowly when it has the latching problem.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #33

Sep 262010


  • 78,144 miles
1. we were at church and tried to push the power door button to open the door, it opened fine, but when it went to close, it made a grinding catching noise and kept stopping partially closed and re-opening. We then had to manually close it and when doing so heard a loud pop. Upon further investigation at home, the door cables at the top corroded on the outside, frayed, and caused the jam, which ultimately caused the breakage. This is not a sufficient weather proof cable, and failure costs to repair over 1800. We have not yet attempted to repair due to cost being so high.

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #32

Jul 012010


  • 77,500 miles
The cable on my sliding door of my 2006 Toyota Sienna snapped when I pushed the button to close the automatic door. This resulted in a sharp piece of cable sticking out towards my child who was sitting in his car seat. I've taken the car to Toyota and they said it was not covered under warranty even though I have an extended warranty.

- Discovery Bay, CA, USA

problem #31

Jul 032010


  • 77,256 miles
Automatic sliding door would not latch. Cost $900 to repair.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #30

May 152010


  • miles


2006 Sienna manual rear hatch lift\struts are no longer working. Have to manually hold the door up, which is very heavy. Was told it would cost $270 for one side.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #29

May 212010


  • 55,000 miles
I own a 2006 Toyota Sienna van and the passenger side sliding door is not working correctly. The sliding automatic door does not close completely on a consistent basis. It requires assistance to close and when shut, it doesn't seem to be fully/safely latched. We can hear more road noise now that before. We contracted the local Toyota dealership where we purchased the van and they knew right away that the door motor was starting to fail and we were told it could not be fixed without replacement. We were quoted $1800 to repair without anyone even wanting to look at the problem. They indicated that this is a pretty common problem with these vans. After reviewing some web postings on this problem, I am in the same boat as a large amount of consumers that have purchased this make/model/year of van. Safety is of utmost concern to ensure my children are safely riding in the passenger area of my van. I am concerned that this door closing problem could lead to an accident. Toyota is refusing to pay for the necessary repairs and I feel that they should stand behind their product better.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #28

Apr 242010


  • 48,000 miles
Side sliding door cable/motor broke. There is no way to manually close door when this happens. I had to drive a considerable distance with 3 little kids in the car and the side door open. Toyota has to replace the cable and motor assembly and will charge $1800 to do that.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #27

Mar 292010


  • 80,000 miles
2006 Toyota Sienna le passenger-side sliding door does not open and close properly. Dealer says a bushing in the "hinge assembly" has failed. At present unfixed - the door will close with significant effort only. Toyota refuses to repair under extended warranty because "hinges" are excluded from coverage. They choose to define the glider assembly that holds the door in the track as a hinge, despite the fact that there is no pivot point, and nothing that meets an accepted definition of a hinge.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #26

Mar 142010


  • 96,000 miles
The passenger side power door will not open or close electronically

- Aptos, CA, USA

problem #25

Jan 072010


  • 27,442 miles
I have a 2006 Sienna and have a few complaints. As I have learned from reading some other complaints I know I am not the only one who has experienced a hesitation upon acceleration with the car from day 1 (January 2006 when the car was purchased). I have been told by the Toyota dealer nothing is wrong. Recently, on a very cold day I noticed the steering wheel was extremely stiff and hard to move- almost like not having powering steering. The most important reason why I am filing this is because I too have started to have a problem with the right side passenger sliding door. It started to malfunction in January of this year (2010)- one month ago. First the door wouldn't open. It would pop to release but not really open. You could not move the door to fully open it or then close it. After a while you could then manually open the door. This happened several times but would sporadically work. Toyota replaced the motor- we have platinum warranty. Then a few weeks later it started to malfunction again. I took it back and they adjusted the door. Almost immediately started to malfunction again and is worse than before-inoperable most of the time. I've been told that the whole door is out of alignment and the body shop has to adjust the door I don't know how this could happen and Toyota doesn't seem to have an answer. Door is still not fixed- I have to bring it back, but another person I think is on the right track with the hinge failing and that is probably why the door is not aligned. Aside from the inconvenience a door failure is a serious safety issue that needs to be addressed asap!

- Port Washington, NY, USA

problem #24

Dec 172009


  • 3,000 miles
Couple things happened- right after we both Sienna, about 1 month later the brake light went on. It was late Sunday night, so the dealership was closed. We went there the following week. They couldn't find a problem, cause the light went off. When I left the dealer, the light went back on so I left my car thereand told them I'm not going to drive until they find a problem. I have 2 small kids and their safety is first. They fix it and said that some sensor unfortunately was damaged during the delivery and they replace it. Then I got problem with my power side door- will still be closing even if you try to stop it. Solution from the dealer- lubricate and that's it- it still happen from time to time. Next- front passenger and second row seat belts- lock during the trip. Dealer solution- they don't see the problem. Now about 2 months ago my accelerator got suck while driving for about 15 seconds. I did not made a big deal out of it, because I was sure it suppose to happen, but nw after hearing what going on with other Toyota models, I'm just not sure. The gas pedal did not got stuck to the carpet for sure- I would see it, it was like it got stuck at 70mph... I love my Sienna and husband drives corolla too and we both love Toyota. I just think now it's not about love for the engine, it's about safety of our children. If necessary I have documents regarding the brake sensor replacement, seat belts complains, etc. I spoke with the dealer about the gas pedal and said to me that my model its not in the recall and it could be something else, but did not offer to check what could it be...

- Bidgeport, CT, USA

problem #23

Feb 162010


  • 80,000 miles
Description of problem: 2006 Toyota Sienna sliding door on driver's side won't close. Events leading up to problem: Drove vehicle about 25 miles from home, opened sliding door for child to exit vehicle, door would not close after that. Front latch can be secured with great force, however the rear latch will not engage. Door remains open and is a very serious safety risk as the front latch security/reliability is insufficient. Sliding door could open without warning while driving 70 mph. Lights in van stay on, presenting another risk at night because vision is inhibited greatly by interior lighting. Had to drive home without door fully closed at night. This lack of visibility nearly resulted in several accidents. Problem stems from the mechanism that grabs the metal loop that is connected to the rear door frame. The C shaped latch is covered with a plastic coating which when worn or damaged allows moisture in and the metal clamp swells up and binds the latch. No amount of lubrication will help. Toyota made a big mistake by plastic coating a metal that would rust and swell up the outer coating from the inside making the latch not function properly. This is a serious design defect. There may be other design flaws contributing to the malfunction of this critical mechanism.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #22

Mar 262007


  • 4,615 miles
2006 Toyota Sienna two potential safety failures: (1) the drivers side sliding door when opening will slide into the gas fuel door while another person is fueling the vehicle. There is no stop that prevents the door from striking the gas door when a person is exiting the vehicle. When this happened, the fueling nozzle was jarred loose and fuel was splashed on the vehicle. Also, the fuel message stayed on following this event on the dashboard. (2) driver's side and passenger's side front door power locks both failed(driver's side at 37,000miles & the passenger's side at 58,000 miles.) this may or may not become a safety failure; however, if the doors are not locked manually, the lack of locked doors could prove to be dangerous when the car is moving.

- Grand Island, NY, USA

problem #21

Jan 222010


  • 50,000 miles
2006 Toyota Sienna power sliding door jammed (partially open). Was unable to move door either direction. Power door disable switch did not release door. Had to drive car with door partially open. Fortunately this was in a parking lot and not during an emergency.

- Roseville, CA, USA

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