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2005 Toyota Sienna

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2005 Toyota Sienna Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

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

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to an evaporative emission (EVAP) system fault. Our technicians tell us these EVAP system faults can be difficult to diagnose but it is not uncommon to find a failed charcoal canister or a loose or worn gas cap.

Suspension & Steering -- elevenbutnoe

2005 Toyota Sienna Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., May 27, 2010

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Southeast Toyota is recalling 2005–2011 models for failing to comply with federal safety standards on tire selection and rims. Affected models were sold without the proper load-carrying capacity modification labels, which may cause the driver to overload the vehicle, increasing the chance of a crash. Dealers will mail the correct labels to the customer or install the label free of charge.

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Body, Interior & Misc., May 27, 2010

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These vehicle were sold without the required load carrying captivity modification label. Dealers will mail the corrected label to vehicle owners. Owners have the option of requesting that the dealer install the label. This recall is expected to begin on May 27, 2010.

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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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2005 Toyota Sienna Questions and Answers

OB1, 2005 Toyota Sienna, Clearwater, FL

I need to replace the AC cabim filter ??

cmoore62, 2005 Toyota Sienna, 3.3L V6, Auburn, NY

Took my van to dealship for 3rd time today because the sliding door behind drivers seat keeps sticking. They're telling me $1,200 to fix. Shouldn't this be covered by warranty or isn'...

Alpa, 2005 Toyota Sienna, 3.3L V6, Hayward, CA

My gps system built in the car has stopped working suddenly after my 90,000 mile service at the dealership. where can i get it fixed ?

tpfpfl, 2005 Toyota Sienna, Peshtigo, WI

my gps has left and right turns mixed up will a 2009 map upgrade solve the problem Just bought the unit yesterday

RinnieThePooh, 2005 Toyota Sienna, Cumming, GA

These lights all come on as soon as the car moves forward after braking, and they stay on until the car is switched off. Owner's manual says take it to the dealer: NOT!! What gives?

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2005 Toyota Sienna Reviews

Cheap parts and many repairs. We will not be buying another sienna.

I own a 2005 Sienna XLE. I have replaced the run flats with Michelin tires, 3 times! Currently at 92k. 4 sets of tires and the Michelins are supposed to be rated at 70 to 80K!!

At 18k rear lift gate went and I replaced the struts. Less than 3 month later, gone again. Called Toyota and they were not doing anything. Eventually, there was a recall and they would not reimburse me my money! So the rear door is used manually because I will not pay again.

I have complained several times about a noise I hear in the steering column and it doesn't seem to be able to be duplicated. I hear it every day. My sliding doors are beginning to hesitate when closing...Uh-oh.

The other issue I have is that the transmission gasket seems to be leaking. I wonder if that is covered under my 100k warranty? It would be just my luck that it will run out and then the transmission goes. I have not been very happy with the tires taking such a beating. The alignment is constantly out and I am a very anal car care person. I would still buy Toyota, but I am not happy with the tire issue and the doors.

I drove a 91 Camry 5 speed, whose only real mechanical issue was a distributor at 97k and I drove an 84 SR5 that had 157k. Oil leaked, but I still got 37 mpg...loved both of those cars.

I'm a Toyota guy, and I take very good care of my cars. Currently own a 05 Sienna LE & 05 Camry. I must say, I'm pretty disappointed with this Sienna I bought new in 05. I think this was a MONDAY van :-)

The engine and transmission are excellent and have lived up to Toyota quality standards. My issues have been with the automatic sliding door, rotors and brakes are just terrible, very cheaply made. I am going to replace with performance rotors and pads and not use Toyota's anymore. Also the suspension (struts & shocks) didn't last too long. Replaced at 70K miles which i guess is recommended. The way this van is driven, I think they should have lasted much longer. On my previous Toyota's, I have replaced them after 120K miles.

I also have been noticing a loud humming sound when driving 40 MPH and up for over an year now. I though it were my tires but after swapping them with my Camry, I still hear it exactly the same. I have a feeling it's the drive train going out or something else (non tire related).

Other minor things (that still cost a lot of money to fix), my home-link button for controlling the garage door broke three years ago. Just to fix that, I need to buy the entire unit which costs $700. Again, just a cheaply designed plastic piece in my opinion.

Besides that, this is a pretty good van. I just hate the ride now because of the humming sound and poor brakes. My wife complains about it all the time and that makes it even worse. My Camry on the other hand has 115K miles, runs and looks as if it came out of the showroom. Amazing car!

I should also mention that my sister in law has the exact same model Sienna with about 75K miles on it and has never had any issues. I guess not all cars live up to the same reliability :-)

The Sienna XLE bought brand new from the dealership. Now has 130,000 miles and has always gotten us from point A to B along with C to D. The only 2 problems we have ever had is the very back passenger window leak when getting a car wash and the sliding doors are very used but only one door motor and cable had to be replaced. Vehicle is equipped with a V-6 and has plenty of power. The van is capable of towing 3,500 pounds. The vehicle also has ABS, traction control, and vehicle stability control. vehicle has front and side airbags. Back seats fold back out of the way making plenty of room. The van is very roomy and comfortable for a family of 5. The van is used for travel, work, and a lot of after school activities. Best van we have ever had. Vans we have owned before are dodge caravan (which was exceptional and only in the shop a few times), and a Chrysler (worst mistake ever, always in the shop costing tons of money and very cheaply made). The van also has excellent brakes. Stops on a dime. Average mpg is around 25. I would definitely recommend this Toyota Sienna XLE to everyone. Excellent buy for the money and very safe and dependable.

110K and still going. Never had a problem. Lots of room. Back seat a little uncomfortable but kids don't seem to mind.

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