Car Problem Reports
Toyota Sienna Head Gasket blown
Toyota Sienna Problem
Model Year Affected: 2008
Average Mileage: 84,600 mi (61,000 mi - 124,000 mi)
Visitor, 2008 Toyota Sienna, 124,000 mi
Took my 2008 Sienna in for an oil change and was told, and shown, by the mechanic that I had a blown head gasket-engine was so hot that all the coolant bubbled up on the seams, explaining why we never saw any drips on the garage floor or driveway. No prior warning-heat worked fine, no indication of overheating on the temperature gauge. Have owned the van less than five years-still owed $2000 on it but traded it in last week for a new vehicle rather than sinking the estimated $3700 in repairs into it-figured if we did so it may never run right again plus getting to the point where other costly repairs (transmission?) may be right behind. Very disappointed-really loved this van and all it's features and planned on keeping it another 5 or 6 years-so much for Toyota's 200,000 mile reliability; not in this case.
Visitor, 2008 Toyota Sienna, 61,000 mi
We coolant leaking from the head gasket as well as a oil leak with around 61000 km. Had to drop new engine into the car.
Visitor, 2008 Toyota Sienna, 62,000 mi
I have a 2008 with 62K miles. I started having heating issues. No heat in the back. Took it in and found out the water pump had a hole in it. Replaced it. Two days later there was no heat in the car at all. Could not bring it the car back as we were on vacation. While driving home, the check Engine light came on as well as the VHS light. Within 10 minutes the car stalled on the highway. After getting the car towed and checked out again, we were told the Head Gasket had gone. After doing some of my own research it appears the head gasket was going first which caused the hole in the water pump. Don't know the cost yet to fix this.I am extremely disappointed in this car. I too bought Toyota for its reliability. I have already spent $1,500 on the water pump and estimate it will be another 5k for engine repair.
Visitor, 2008 Toyota Sienna, 86,000 mi
I went in for an inspection today and was told and shown that my head gasket leaking too!
I purchased this vehicle preowned with 65000 miles in April of 2011. Had all maintenance done by toyota dealer. After oil change at 90000 I noticed drops of pink liquid on the driveway. I thought it was cooling fluid since it is pink too. After 3-4 days didn't see drops anymore, I thought it was just overfill of coolant. However at next oil change at the dealership I asked them to see where leak could have come from. They showed me from underneath that vertical seam of the engine head had buildup of pinkish crud on the front of the engine. Dealers estimate $4100 without complications, but maybe more. But could be more. The reason that I bought this van was its reliability, but now I think maybe Toyota is just another car brand like US brands (which now supposedly are improving their reliability). I am not ready for $4100 bill 12 months after purchase.