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2004 Toyota Sienna

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2004 Toyota Sienna Problems

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Models with electric sliding doors can develop problems with the door mechanism. The cable in the door becomes frayed, which will damage the electric motor.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Multiple cracks may develop on the upper surface of the dashboard. At this time, the only suggested repair is to replace the dashboard.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

One or more oxygen sensors may fail resulting in illumination of the Check Engine Light.

Suspension & Steering -- mackieman1967

THE REASON i WROTE the problem in large letters is my wifes car has this problem and I replaced serpentine belts and still had same problem!!! I cannot take credit for this solution as I found it on another fix it web site...but the solution is pure genious and rediculously easy!!
According to that person,,the steering for the siennas comes down at an ODD angle and is prone to rust and debris from salt and water etc from the road getting u...

2004 Toyota Sienna Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., August 5, 2005

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The shoulder portion of the seat belt in the middle row seating position may bind in the bezel trim piece. If this happens, extra belt webbing may be caught unknowingly and the seat occupant may not be properly restrained in an accident, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the seat belt bezel and clip. The recall began August 5, 2005. The Toyota recall number is 50L.

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Body, Interior & Misc., October 12, 2010

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Toyota is recalling 1998–2010 Sienna models manufactured or registered in twenty-two Eastern and Midwestern states because of problems with the spare tire carrier and assembly cable due to road salt corrosion. This may cause the spare tire assembly cable to break and the spare tire to separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners via letter with instructions on how to remedy the problem. For a list of the affected states, call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

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Body, Interior & Misc., August 1, 2008

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The gas struts used to help lift the power liftgate may wear out sooner than expected. If this happens, the liftgate may fall unexpectedly approximately ten inches when it reaches the full open position and power closed. This could cause an injury if a person is struck when the liftgate falls or is closing. Dealers will replace the gas struts with improved gas struts. The safety campaign began August, 2008.

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Body, Interior & Misc., January 26, 2009


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Engine, August 18, 2003

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It was found in the 40MPH frontal offset crash test that the fuel tank may be damaged from the impact force and leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank. The recall began August 1, 2003. The Toyota recall number is SSC 30K.

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2004 Toyota Sienna Questions and Answers

Louie, 2004 Toyota Sienna, Staten Island, NY

The Alarm does not make a sound and open the door on both key chain,it is not the remotes or batteries in the remotes it is the alarm, and we must use the key to open the door and start the car. Do...

Louie, 2004 Toyota Sienna, Staten Island, NY

Does the 2004 Sienna have an interior fuse panel and if so where is it located.

Louie, 2004 Toyota Sienna, Staten Island, NY

My remote start is dead both remotes are good and batteries are good power door locks dead from remotes but work on doors of car. Alarm will not set but once in a while it might try and set. Can th...

johnd68, 2004 Toyota Sienna, Hellertown, PA

Is it true that the 2004 model is having major air condition failures because the compressors are failing and sending metal particles through out the system causing $4000 in repairs

whatever16, 2004 Toyota Sienna, 3.3L V6, Pompano Beach, FL

I replaced my in cabin air filter. I found a foam pad that has foam on both sides lying on top of the filter. It has a notch on one end that looks broken. Could this have to do with the recirculati...

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2004 Toyota Sienna Reviews

I purchased a 2004 Sienna five years ago. So far, the unscheduled problems have been for the 2 rear seat belts not working and sliding doors getting stuck. I had to make the sliding doors manual by cutting the cable so we can open and close them. I called Toyota about the seat belts but they said that the warranty has expired. Are the seat belts supposed to last only 36,000 miles??
Other repairs have been for the front wheel bearings and brake rotors.

After having a Ford Explorer with problems I was hopeful that my 2004 Toyota Sienna would be a better choice for the family hauler. Boy I was wrong there. The quality of this vehicle is marginal at best. The list of problems I have had over the years includes:

- Heated Seats stopped working
- Radiator had to be replaced
- Lights on overhead console are completely out
- Sunroof is constantly loose and rattles
- DVD player/unit had to be replaced (under warranty)
- Weld on drivers side door was poor quality and required an entirely new door

Now one might question about how the vehicle is driven. It is driven in normal daily around town doing the usual thing people who own minivans normally do - haul kids to/from activities, mostly by their mom. Normal oil changes and major maintenance was done on this car.

Suffice to say, this will be the last Toyota I ever purchase. Very disappointed with the quality of this car. Sadly the Explorer I previously purchased was better, which is not saying much.

Bought mine brand new in 2004. It has 120k miles now. So far only two unscheduled maintenance/repairs. One is the A/C which was not getting cold at all. Fixed that under warranty. Now its in the shop getting the front wheel bearing replaced. After reading the reviews here, I guess its pretty common for the wheel bearings to go out at around 100k miles. My other vehicle, Honda Accord, is 5 years older with 170k miles. Zero unscheduled maintenance/repair.

After a rainny day i smelt a burn on the dashboard after that the warning light for the doors stays on however the doors were closed, the next day hazard light stayed on as well. i do not know what was that all about? any ideas ?

Bought new in 2004 - 135K miles now on AWD LE. Had to reaplce front wheel bearings around 100K, now have converter issue.
Am on 4th set of tires also - thjis thing eats tires badly - I have done numerous alignments to try and save, but that and regular rotation don't help much.
Overall utility is good, but just too much maintenance cost.

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