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Toyota Sienna Accessories & Modifications

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  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,436
    Aftermarket will be better quality and less expensive. Factory will look more integrated, but you are past that point. If you mean having the dealer install a system then that is the worst case scenario as it will be neither integrated nor inexpensive.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I went aftermarket for both.

    First, the DVD. The OE system is grossly overpriced, let's face it. For less than half the price I got a 12" DVD player installed, which dwards the OE one. 2 years later and the kids still love it.

    The GPS is a little harder to decide. You can get a backup cam with a built-in one, and the screen is bigger. I heard that you can install the newer GPS from a Solara, but I was also told that you would lose the steering wheel audio controls unless you have the JBL sound option, so I passed. I think that was around $1400 last time I looked.

    Even aftermarket, you still have choices. We own 3 portables, all Garmins, and they're great. 4.3" screens are now well under $200, and they're easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy to use and install.

    I'd also consider a Kenwood in-dash device, though, for the big screen. They're about $800 plus installation, but the sky's the limit, you can add backup cams, bluetooth, etc. I think you can have it all for about half the price of OE built-in.

    Good luck.
  • Hi,

    Has anyone installed a "7" Tft Lcd Color Rear View Backup Camera System with Audio" by Camera View Safety System (Rear View Safety) on a 2006 Toyota Sienna Van?? I am thinking of buying this system, which I found on Amazon, but don't know if it will work on the Sienna. I'm afraid of interfering with the existing electrical system(s), which include a remote starter device and automatic side and back door opening and closing...Any comments? The system sounds good because the camera uses infrared to see, but I just have no idea. Please help if you can. Thank you, best, sos
  • I just traded my '05 Matrix with 273,000 km (all mine!) on a used 2007 Sienna LE with 40k. It came with the extra value package - heated and powered leather seats, power doors, etc. The only issue I have with the van is the shortage of driver kneeroom. I'm 6'1" and a lot of it is legs. I didn't have this problem with the Matrix, my '98 Sienna that I had before that, or my wife's 06 Camry or '96 Corolla. I have noticed that many new vehicles have a lower dash and kneerom is an issue (including the new Matrix and Corolla).

    I love my Toyotas because in over a half million km, I have never been left at the side of the road, a claim I can't make with Ford, GM, or Chrysler, and I've owned them all! I expect to put at least 250 on this Sienna, and a little discomfort will turn to outright pain when spread over a six hour trip.

    I took a look under the seat and it appears there is an alternate mounting point for the seat rails that would give about 3" extra room, which is more than ample. Has anyone else had this issue, were you able to solve it, and how?

    I will also contact the dealership (I have a pretty good relationship with the service manager there) and see what I can find out.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm tall and wanted to improve leg room on my Miata.

    Surprisingly, I did so by modifying the dead pedal.

    I removed it, shaved about half an inch off the spacers in the back. That moved the dead pedal farther back away from the seat.

    I know it seems like a small improvement, but with my foot deeper in the footwell, the angle lowers my knee below the steering wheel, and it's just more comfortable.

    Take a look at the Sienna's dead pedal, see if you can make similar modifications. It's worth a look and would be a LOT easier than changing the seat track.

    Good luck. :shades:
  • Can anyone recommend both:
    1) a good aftermarket backup camera system for the Toyota Sienna van (2006), and,
    2) a Florida dealer in the vicinity of Monroe County to install such a system?

    My husband and I are hoping to have a back-up camera installed before we start on the trip north, around January 18th, but have no personal knowledge of reputable Toyota dealers in the area. I am asking this because the installation instructions for various cameras say that dis-connecting the negative terminal of the battery may "...require the dealer to reset the internal computer." So we are seeking both a camera AND a reputable dealer. Thank you in advance if you can help! SOS
  • madams1madams1 Posts: 101
    Hello Ateixeira, we are considering an aftermarket DVD like you. I know that you bought yours at Circuit City(no longer in business), but what brand did you choose? The ones at best buy are Acoustik and the reviews are not very good.

    Thanks
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I can't find it on-line any more so they must have discontinued it.

    Best Buy usually has samples on display, I'd check them out. You want good contrast and wireless headsets. If they look good to you, go for it.

    I think mine is Jensen? Can't remember now for some reason.
  • I am purchasing a 8 pass 08 Sienna.

    Where is the best place to purchase nice all weather mats?
    Do they make one's that truly custom fit or would I have to go to Toyota for this?

    What happen in the center area where the 8th seat can be placed? I like to have my floors as covered as possible since I have 5 kids going in and out all day

    Thanks
  • I am looking at Lloyds's all weather rubber mats for my 8 pass Sienna.

    What is the best shape for the 2nd row? I am unsure if a L shape will be ok when all 3 seats (buckets plus 8th seat) are in, or should I go with just straight across?

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  • yatesjoyatesjo Posts: 186
    The mat from the dealer is straight. The L shape will be a problem with all the seats in.
  • Try "Weathertech" -- www.weathertech.com -- I am very pleased with the mats I bought for my Sienna 2006 last August. You enter your car model and they give you choices of mats to fit that model. shipping is fast, also.
  • Anyone know if the "VIP" Toyota remote start advertised on the accessories section of their website is compatible with my 2007 Sienna XLE Ltd AWD? If not, anyone have a suggestion as to a product, keeping in mind the car has power sliding doors and power trunk? Thanks!
  • I am looking at some 2009 LE but we want leather seats.
    Has anyone done those ship and you fit leather seat cover packages ?
    Can you add heaters to them ?
    Are the arm rest's and door panels included.
    Seems like a great idea as you can choose a wide range of colours.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I've looked at some leather seat packages for my Miata, but haven't actually bought them.

    For Miatas, yes, there are seat heaters available. I imagine you'll find the same thing for Siennas.

    Actually, the nice thing is they come in a wide variety of colors, and you can also choose if you want them perforated.
  • Does anyone have any installation instructions?
  • redpearlredpearl Posts: 14
    I installed both front and rear mud guards on a 2009 LE and found the instructions for the Toyota mud guards on line.
    Instructions were also in each box. Installaion not very difficult but front easier than rear due to better access.
  • redpearlredpearl Posts: 14
    I installed both front and rear mud guards on a 2009 LE and found the instructions for the Toyota mud guards on line.
    Instructions were also in each box. Installaion not very difficult but front easier than rear due to better access.
  • okdadokdad Posts: 1
    i am looking to install running boards on 2011 sienna xle . anny one got info where to get them thanks
  • Do you have a link to the instructions? Nothing came in the box. It doesn't look too hard, I just want to do it correctly.
  • ericj712ericj712 Posts: 1
    anybody know about adding an aftermarket DVD to a Sienna with a sunroof. I am worried about the liner sagging after a while. any ideas or just go with the headrest models. Would like to use the Alpine with a 10" screen. Thanks for the input. Eric J
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I installed one, but no sunroof on mine.

    I doubt there would be clearance, so go with the headrest ones.
  • I purchased a used 2003 Toyota Sequoia Limited, and it has a rear audio system and the wireless headphones are missing, can I purchase them somewhere else, like Radio Shack, instead of having to go through Toyota
  • rwenrwen Posts: 6
    Hi ateixeira
    Do you know a reputable website to get aftermarket genuine Toyota Sienna 2011products? Dealership way too costly.
    I have found sites like Bernardi parts for Honda, but not Toyota. Thanks.
  • Wireless headphones are more or less all the same. Most of them are IR, and should be under $30 for decent ones. Some headphones are RF, they cost about the same. In any case, you can go to almost any electronics shop that installs stereos and they'll tell you for sure which ones you need, if you have any doubts.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Not really - I bought some oil filters from Toyota of Dallas on-line back in 2007, when I got mine, but my last order went to carpartsdiscount.com instead. To be honest I don't recall exactly why I didn't go back to the same dealership the 2nd time around, most likely price or shipping cost.
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,732
    Adding a Curt hitch earlier this year resulted in frequent 'tail dragging' incidents on some driveway accesses. Rear height went from around 10.5" down to around 8.5", even less when the van is loaded. The reducing departure angle is enough to cause problems.

    After some reading, I decided to install Air Lift bladders in the rear springs, with fill valves located in the rear valance panel. So far, they seem to be doing the job. We have some bigger trips planned as we approach the holidays, so I'll let you know how they work when the van is loaded.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's a common upgrade and I've heard lots of good experiences with that, so hopefully you benefit as well. Congrats.
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,732
    If anybody is considering it and is interested in some details, I could post more information about the process. Pictures as well if I can only figure out how to do so! I miss the 'carspace' section of the forums...
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