really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,025 miles

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2008 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #7

Jul 032009

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 38,439 miles


2009 non power slider door transmission replaced by dealership I paid for labor since I was out of warranty......2012 @ 99000 miles same door doing same thing...will not latch. Dealer got it to close but says that it needs a new latch system at a cost of $700 this door is rarely used.........might be opened once every two or three months......this seems to be a defect....

- Cranberry Twp, PA, USA

problem #6

Dec 282009


  • 9,000 miles
Rubber on the trunk release hatch melts and sometimes causes the trunk to unlatch by itself. Contacted 2 local dealerships and no recall has been issued and they want about $300 to replace.

- Sachse, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 292011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Son opened power sliding drivers side passenger door. Upon closing, door would not latch shut. Door had to be held shut by adult. Dealer has quoted $995 at this point just to get door to close, stating a "rusty cable" is causing the issue. Representative at Toyota customer care advised that vehicle is beyond warranty and Toyota will provide no relief.

- Powell, TN, USA

problem #4

Jul 102011


  • 50,200 miles


The exposed cable of the automatic sliding door on passenger side snapped while the door was in motion.

- Huron, SD, USA

problem #3

Apr 102011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The sliding doors, passenger and driver are now closed. Passenger side door was automatic and closing on my children when they would enter or exit. Doors would stop in middle and then refuse to open or close. As I stated now they can not be opened. Dealer said it is $400 to fix manual and $1500 for autodoor.

- Colchester, CT, USA

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problem #2

Jan 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
Initially in cold weather only, the tail gate / hatch / rear door would start to close slowly of its own Accord. The electrical system would then assume you had attempted to close the door by hand and the electric motor would kick in and close the door on top of you if you did not realize and move. The force of the closing door is quite high to a degree that it was a struggle to stop it crushing a person. A child would not be able to stop it closing. The problem has continued to get worse and the weather has little effect anymore, the door will not stay open even on mild days.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 012008


  • miles
I have had problems with my 2008 Toyota Sienna van pretty much the whole time of ownership. (bought new Feb 2008). The passenger side sliding pwr door sticks closed. I would take it to the dealer, and it wouldn't do it, and they couldn't find a problem. They just kept telling me it was because I live down a dirt rd. I have had it in the shop numerous times. My car now has 46,000 miles on it, and they are finally acknowledging there is an issue other than my dirt road. When you turn the pwr switch for the doors off on the dash, a strong grown man cannot even get the door open, and the driver's side opens easily with just a finger. It makes horrible sounds when it does open. I had 5 kids in my van the other day, and I was an hour from home. My door opened that day, and then it would not close back. That is the fourth time I have had to drive with my door open! I took it back to the dealer, and they sent me home, saying it was the dirt road, and they cleaned the tracks. They instructed me to clean and grease the tracks at least once a week! I went up the rd and tried it, and it did not work. I am supposed to take it in tomorrow, but have read thousands of complaints. Just google, "Sienna power sliding door problems". you will be astonished like I was! it is awful that they are not taking responsibility for this problem! I don't feel I should have to pay to repair this, especially since I have had it in the shop many times before my warranty went out. I feel it is a safety hazard. The other day my son was sick, and I could not get the door open, so he ended up puking all over my car. I worry about my car being on fire and me not being able to get the kids out of their carseats! it is also a danger when you are in a busy parking lot or something and cannot get your car door open so your kids can get in. It is a huge problem that needs to be addressed by Toyota immediately! thank you for your time and consideration. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Everton, AR, USA

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