really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,901 miles

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2012 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 272016


  • 80,000 miles


On August 27, 2016 I was driving our 2012 Toyota Sienna on an interstate highway. Traffic was terrible and I rear-ended another vehicle in stop-and-go traffic. The impact was minor, but the engine caught fire and burnt the car to the frame. My wife and I were able to exit the car before it burned. When I exited the car, I took my keys with me. However, I was not able to open any of the doors and everything I had in the back of the van burned. Thankfully, our children were not in the car. If they had been, I would have needed to break windows to attempt to remove them from the car.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 042015

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
2012 Sienna limited electrical issues I have a 2012 Toyota Sienna limited with every option except AWD. On February 4, 2015, after driving for about 25 minutes, when I stopped and turned off the engine, the van completely died! I wanted to start again, but there was no power at all; nothing would function, door locks, radio, lights, nothing! I had to wait for about 5 minutes. Finally I was able to start; however the navigation dvd was reset. This is the second time it happens this week. Before these events; about one year ago something like that happened, that time the van was in the garage, we were ready to go to church and when I press the start button it tried to start but then it completely died, there was no power at all. I am really concerned that this will happen while driving and we will be in a very serious condition not being able to control the vehicle. I already called the dealer, but there was no help. I had the battery checked and it?S in perfect conditions!

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #2

Dec 112014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 41,605 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Sienna. While driving approximately 6 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle failed to respond. The contact stated that there was a sudden increase of engine rpms without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 41,605. Updated 1/23/15 the consumer stated the dealer could not duplicate the failure. Updated 10/6/2015

- Chelsea, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 202013


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that while driving 75 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. There was no braking power and as the contact attempted to guide the vehicle off the roadway, he crashed into a curb. The horn then began to sound as smoke filled the interior cabin. The six occupants of the vehicle became trapped inside and were able to climb out of a partially opened window as the vehicle became engulfed in flames within minutes. The vehicle was destroyed, there were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not inspected to determine the cause of the failure or the fire. The failure and current mileage was 23,000.

- Port Byron, IL, USA

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