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Toyota Sienna Accessories & Modifications

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  • 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: 3,729
    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: 3,729
    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...
  • quizzerquizzer Posts: 14
    I'm planning to buy the basic Sienna LE version and get an after market installation of GPS, RES, Backup camera with sensor, Bluetooth and Ipod interface etc

    Can somebody tell me how much will it cost approx and will it void the car warranty?

    Thanks
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,729
    Go to someplace like Crutchfield an look at the options. Getting the whole pkg including retaining steering wheel controls can top $1200 (your labor), but you get exactly what you want.

    You will not automatically void the whole van warranty, but you will get no coverage for anything that can be traced to the aftermarket parts, installation, or interaction damage between the new hardware and the rest of the electronics.
  • We plan to purchase a new 2011 Sienna, adapted for disabled driver. It needs 3 factory modifications: a dropped floor; a side-entry power-driven ramp; removable Captain's chair and front passenger chair. All these are Toyota-factory-modifications; then sent to Convert-A-Van types of dealers. We would love to know the price-to-the-dealer, so we can estimate how much profit margin he has. Otherwise, very difficult to negotiate with him. The prices that
    3 dealers have quoted, are all approx $ 55,000.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Ouch, that's spendy. Dodge also converts Grand Caravans, FWIW.

    If you can't find any more info, aim for similar margin discounts, i.e. about 10% off MSRP or so.
  • linealinea Posts: 8
    I have the similar modification but my modification was by Braun now bought out by IMS?. I afraid they have a monopoly so you really can not negotiate. The one thing I did purchase for my 2008 Sienna Van is extended warranty. When my navigational went out, it did not cost me $2,100 since I had an extended warranty. I check on the warranty for the modifications and it was too costly for what you get. Also I would run synthetic oil to extend the engine life. I would stick with Toyota since you can not afford to replace these Vans for many, many years.
  • I have an '07 XC90 with factory headrest DVD monitors. The picture looks funny if the viewing angle is 'off' a bit. The same problem exists on my 2001 Chrysler TC's aftermarket flipdown roof monitor.

    I am now shopping for a flipdown roof monitor for my 2010 Toyota Sienna. I am unable to get my hand on a system to see if they are any better than the ones from the past. Best Buy does not have them on the floor. I plan to buy it from the internet and install it myself.

    Any help out there would be greatly appreciated ... especially with the viewing angle.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I installed one in 2007 and the kids have never complained, unless the sun is super bright. Mine's a 12" Clarion, IIRC.

    I imagine modern ones are brighter and have better contrast now.
  • sky22sky22 Posts: 2
    I bought Sienna 2013 XLE with Navigation option. It says Tow Prep Package.
    I want to install Hitch Mount Bike Rack which requires 2 inch hitch receiver.

    I look at the bottom of my car and couldn't find hitch receiver.

    1. Do I have to install "Trailer Hitch Receiver"?
    - I have to go dealer to install? But, I couldn't find the accessory when I build my car from Toyota site.
    - I can buy from anywhere and go to body shops to install it?

    2. Or, it's already installed in the car, but I just do something to reveal it?
    - Since I don't know what the Tow Prep Package means.

    Any comment will helps. Thank you.
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,729
    The tow prep package means that the engine has the external oil cooler required for actual trailer towing. Without it, you are limited to 1500 lbs. With it, you are good for up to 3500 lbs.

    Actual towing (or in your case bike rack) equipment, such as a receiver hitch and power for trailer lighting is something you have to add - this stuff does not come on the van.

    You can:
    1) Go to your dealership and have them add the Toyota brand 2" receiver hitch (around $350 installed).
    2) Buy it yourself (I happen to like the Curt unit available on Amazon) for around $150 and install it yourself (takes an hour or so) or take it somewhere.
    3) Go to a trailer place and just have them do the whole job.
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