really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,684 miles

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2006 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #35

Feb 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


Door very hard to open and close. Plastic sheeting comes off the cable making it non functional. Bad design if you ask me. $1800 to replace the motor which is outrageous. $1100 for the motor, which again should not cost as much. Highway robbery. I can understand if it couple hundred for the motor. This needs to go on a recall. Too many Sienna owners have similar problem. Just google and you will find all the forums. My first and last Toyota.......

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #34

Aug 222010


  • miles
Our automatic sliding door is not working at 55,000 miles. The Toyota company refuses to pay to fix the sliding door. I am surprise with Toyota's reputation that the automatic sliding door has stop working. I am very concerned about the automatic door not working. Right now the door is on manual. It is very difficult to open and close for my family. My spouse and my hands hurt when we pull to open and close the sliding door. Our three kids are unable to open and close the door on their own. I am very concerned because god for bid if we were to get into an accident my kids may not be able to get out.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #33

Aug 102010


  • 83,814 miles
The contact owns 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the sliding doors on both sides of the vehicle had failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the actuator motor had a shortage and would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the vehicle was out of warranty and would offer no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 83,814.

- Garnet Valley, PA, USA

problem #32

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 #31

Nov 272010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 80,069 miles
I have 2006 Toyota Sienna le van and the side power sliding door has stopped working. The door is frozen in open position and will not close. The motor will move it a little before freezing. This is a garaged vehicle that has no ice.

- West Somerset, KY, USA

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problem #30

Nov 222010


  • 59,000 miles
My 2006 Toyota Sienna has sensors on the sliding door to ensure it doesn't close and injure people. My kids usually step out and operate the sliding doors by themselves. But two days ago after I parked the car in the driveway, my four year old daughter's fingers got stuck in the door while she was closing it. The sensors did not work. Her fingers were stuck in there for atleast 20 seconds until I opened it. The injuries were minor and she is doing ok now, but I'm now concerned about the safety of my family especially while operating the doors.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #29

Oct 062010


  • 32,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that while at a complete stop, the driver side rear sliding door suddenly opened and was unable to be closed. The contact called a tow truck company and the driver disconnected the door wires so that the door could be closed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 32,000.

- Laport , IN, USA

problem #28

Sep 202010


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. While driving 25 mph, the left front passenger door motor seized, the cable snapped and the door flew open. The door would not close. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the motor and cable were replaced at the contact's expense. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that there were no recalls. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #27

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 #26

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 #25

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 #24

Apr 222010


  • 68,000 miles
We have a 2006 Toyota Sienna that we have had for 3 years. Yesterday the passenger side automatic door jammed. I had to manually close it as far as I could. I had to drive around with it partially open. When I got home I got down under it and noticed that a piece of plastic casing that surrounds the cable(that shuts the door) was cracked open, it had split off of the cable and was wrapping all around the wheels that slide in the channel that shuts the door. There was also a larger piece of plastic that had broken off somewhere up inside the door. Now the automatic door won't work at all, nor will it open or shut manually without a lot of force. I called the dealership and found out that there was not a recall on this which is surprising us because of all of the complaints online about this problem. The dealer informed me that it would cost $1200-1500 to fix the problem because the cable is combined with the motor. Obviously the design is inferior and they have used cheap plastic parts in the manufacturing. I also think Toyota is price gouging because their design is combined into a "one unit" price to fix this problem. Now we are going to be forced to cut the cable that runs the automatic door, just to be able to operate the door manually. Who can afford to put out that kind of money for a door motor? my vehicle only has 68,000 miles on it. Please help us. Help the little guy. Toyota has already given out extended warranty/recalls on this vehicle for the two front doors - popping. And the rear hatch struts. I think this problem should be added to this list. Toyota needs to be held responsible for this poor workmanship. Thank you for your consideration.

- Clinton, UT, USA

problem #23

Apr 142010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the sliding door would not close so she had to get in the back of the vehicle, force it closed and lock it from the inside to keep it closed. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who suggested that the door be removed and the motor be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000. The current mileage was approximately 60,500.

- Somerville, MA, USA

problem #22

Mar 082010


  • 62,000 miles
Power sliding door will open but not close automatically.

- Lunenburg, MA, USA

problem #21

Mar 012010


  • 60,000 miles
06 Toyota Sienna le passenger side automatic door does not work. I cannot open it manually or automatically. It appears the motor died. We cannot use the door at all because it doesn't even open 1/2 way manually. My concern is with the kids getting out the car on the street versus the sidewalk.

- Norco, CA, USA

problem #20

Oct 242005

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The driver stated that while driving 10 mph in an attempt to increase speed, the vehicle began to hesitate and surge. The dealer stated that there was nothing they could do to assist him since the failure was electrical which was also a normal function of the vehicle. The failure mileage was 10 and the current mileage was 75,000. The consumer stated when slowing down between 5- 10 mph and then speeding back up again, the van would hesitate and then surge forward to the point of jerking the consumers neck. The vehicle would slow down once the accelerator was released. Also, the drivers side door was exhibiting a popping/scrapping noise when it was being opened or closed. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed there was a recall regarding the thinness of metal which allowed the cracking of the metal where the door stop was attached to the door. Updated 04/21/10

- Loranger, LA, USA

problem #19

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 #18

Jun 012009


  • 38,000 miles
Hello, this is my second complaint about a 2006 Sienna that I purchased. There seems to be a problem with the air bag light going on and off. When this happened earlier, I immediately took it to the dealer to get it fixed. Now, it has come on again and just recently it turned off. I don't know if this is normal, but I would like to know what else can I do so that my family will be secured in case of an accident. Also, the automatic slide door on the right that came equipped with it is not working properly. This happened about a 6-7 months ago. This door used to make a beep noise to let us know the door was not shut, and now when we close it, it acts like it is going to close but it opens. In other words, it does not shut unless you force it to shut which is dangerous to my youngest child.

- Azusa, CA, USA

problem #17

Jan 022010


  • 51,000 miles
The motorized sliding door on the Sienna 2006 stopping working at 51,000 miles.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #16

Jan 142010


  • 51,167 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna which was purchased in August 2006. She stated that the driver's side sliding door would malfunctioned unexpectedly. The dealer stated that they did not have an explanation for the failure or what caused it to occur. The estimated repair cost was over $1200 at the owner's expense. There were no recalls. The contact was concerned with the safety of her small children in the rear of the vehicle since the door could potentially open on its own. No repairs were made to date. The current and failure mileages were under 51,167.

- Backaville, CA, USA

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