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 3 of 3)

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problem #20

Sep 102009


  • 47,000 miles


The passenger side electric sliding door has failed. The door kept going open and shut one evening and then stayed shut and has been inoperable since. The door will not open manually now and has created a safety hazard. Toyota has refused to fix the problem and says that it can only replace the motor which will cost over $2000. The failure is that the door will not open at all. It is a safety hazard for the passengers. The door has a manual mode, and should therefore be able to operate manually without the motor. The dealership would do nothing to help besides charge over $2000 for what will surely be a temporary repair.

- Cherryvale, KS, USA

problem #19

Nov 102009


  • 57,000 miles
Right-side power sliding door is beginning to fail. There are there hinges that support the door. Two are located at the front of the door (one at the top and one at the bottom). The third hinge is located at the rear of the door (in the center). It is the center hinge which is failing. The hinge is sagging, and scraping the rear body panel (under the rear quarter window). Given the failure of the hinge, proper clearances are not maintained, and the door scrapes the front edge of that body panel. It also catches on the door frame (body frame) when opening and closing. This is a well-documented problem with these vans and Toyota refuses to acknowledge any fault. Eventually this door will cease to function. Others have had it fail in the open position, while others have had it fail in the closed position. There have been recorded incidents of this failure causing strain on the cable that controls the function of this door (leading to it fraying/snapping). Other owners have experienced the rear quarter window shattering and even having the door fall off. Light internet research (using the term "Sienna sliding door" or "Sienna sliding door failure" will help to reveal the gravity of this problem and the extent to which the consumers are feeling it. Average cost for repair is in excess of $1500. Please force a recall. Make Toyota own up to this issue and its resolution.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #18

Dec 152009


  • 34,000 miles
I have a 2006 Toyota Sienna with an automatic sliding door. The car is 6 months out of warranty. Recently, I drove my children somewhere and the door would not close and became completely inoperable. I took the car to a local dealer and Toyota motor Corp would no take responsibility to have it fixed. I checked other sources and have found that this is a systemic problem with these models and that it clearly presents a danger to passengers including children who are often passengers in minivans. The problem itself appears to be caused by poor design. Toyota has had other recall problems with it's door designs and this appears to be another one.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #17

Sep 012009


  • miles


Rear passenger sliding door will not lock..remains unlocked and ajar in both manual and power setting. Door has large scratch on side. Door worked fine for three months after scratch then stopped working. Took van to advantage Toyota in lynnbrook NY who blamed lock problem on door scratch and will not fix under extended warranty.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #16

Dec 052009


  • 56,500 miles
2006 Toyota Sienna xle; door began opening when in an unlocked position. Then unable to close door and therefore unable to operate vehicle is safe manner. Contacted dealer; after inspecting vehicle told cable fraying/failure side door stuck in open position. Dealer states unable to rectify problem by overriding cable system to allow door to be operated manually; forced to replace entire mechanical door operation system because of cable failure resulting in cost of approximately $2000 to dealer.

- Miami, FL, USA

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problem #15

Oct 172009


  • 55,623 miles
I have a 2006 Toyota Sienna minivan. The latch on the driver's side passenger sliding door failed to keep the door secured when driving down the road. The door would become unlatched and open slightly in transit. I took the car to the dealer and they informed me that the latch would have to be replaced. I talked to the service manager who told me that there was nothing he could do about it nor was it covered by any recall or warranty. I tried to have the regional parts manager call me, however, he would not return my call. This a major safety issue for Toyota, but they did not want to hear about it nor do anything about it. What really bothers me is that this door gets used when the grandchildren are traveling with us. I find it very upsetting that this door unlatches by itself without any prior warning.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #14

Dec 032009


  • 48,000 miles


Power slider door failed on 2006 Sienna van. Will not close.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #13

Nov 102009


  • 31,000 miles
Automatic door failure.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #12

Oct 012009


  • miles
2006 Toyota Sienna manual sliding doors have faulty latch system. At least once a week when I open them they will not latch open. I've discovered why it won't latch, but dealership refuses to fix it since they cannot reproduce it. It happens to both doors at the same time and ten minutes later they are both working again. I have actually been hit in the head once already when the door flew back at me instead of locking in place.

- Folsom, LA, USA

problem #11

Sep 052009


  • 67,800 miles
The buttons that open the right side door do no open or close the door. This could be dangerous in an emergency.

- Pierre, SD, USA

problem #10

Aug 142009


  • 41,000 miles


Automatic slide doors and back door won't open in auto.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #9

May 262009


  • miles
The manual sliding door on my 2006 Toyota Sienna sticks because of a latch problem. It can cause the door to either not shut, or not open. This is a serious concern, I couldn't imagine not being able to get my child out of a burning car. Toyota really needs to fix this, there are hundreds of Sienna owners with the same issue. It sounds like this could lead to a negligence lawsuit. townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.F0eb3fd/289.

- South Elgin, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 012007


  • 40,000 miles
Toyota Sienna, 2006, sliding doors do not open from the inside. This problem started about 2 years ago and has gotten progressively worse. Now the doors never can be opened from the inside. These doors are the manual type (not power). This van was purchased new in April 2006. It has 62,000 miles on it.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #7

Jan 012009


  • 45,000 miles
Toyota Sienna both sliding door mechanisms do not work unable to open doors from inside or out dealer says need to oil locks. My children have to crawl in through the hatch, safety hazard how do they get out in event of accident. We had the same issue on last Sienna. All our friends with Siennas have experienced similar problems.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 112009


  • 30,504 miles
2006 Toyota Sienna xle - automatic sliding door does not shut. When you attempt to close the door using the automatic function in any form (the side or front button or use the handle) it will close partly and then open again. I have to disengage the automatic and put it on manual for it to work. Toyota looked at it and said it was caused just from extended use and the door is off track due to a loose hinge (we purchased it 12/05). Toyota told us to take it to a body shop and that it is not covered by the warranty. We have an appt. At an auto body shop to fix the problem.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #5

Aug 072008


  • 17,000 miles
Drivers side sliding door would not shut worked to shut now hasn't open since 34 month after purchased. I went to the Toyota dealership to 'did you purchase it here? when I told them no, she sent me around to service where I waited until I left without even my name given. I went back when my van was 38 months past purchase... to have my tail gate under recall and asked when Toyota will recall these vans with sliding door issues.

- Loxahatchee Groves, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 242009


  • 84,000 miles
Drivers side rear sliding door will not open...cost to replace from Toyota was approx $500 parts. Door just all of a sudden wait working around 55K miles. Now the passenger side door is not working (sliding) same symptoms. Car only has 84K miles on it. I did some searching and noticed there are quite a few people with the same issues, therefore I am filing this report.

- Victoria, KS, USA

problem #3

Feb 142009


  • 51,000 miles
The gas struts on the manual liftgate on my Toyota Sienna have failed and they are only recalling to power struts. But if they are the same struts used on the power and manual liftgate then they need to be included in the recall also. The liftgate itself is very heavy and has nearly smashed one of my children, it could have cut her in half

- Grovetown , GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 092008


  • 39,000 miles
Driver's side passenger power door has failed. Sometimes it will open when the buttons are pressed- and then it will not close. I have to manually close the door. Was told warranty is no longer in effect at 39K miles. I feel this is a huge safety hazard.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 112008


  • 52,000 miles
Toyota Sienna 2006 sliding door cable assembly malfunction.

- Glenmoore, PA, USA

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