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Toyota Sienna Audio/Entertainment Questions



  • They are way overpriced. I went in and told them what I was looking to pay (lowball) and they have not called me back. It has been a week today. Meanwhile, I've had 2 local Toyota dealers fighting each other for my business. Crazy.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Let's see how Fiat ownership changes things.
  • wu8wu8 Posts: 6
    When I was growing up, FIAT stood for Fix It Again Tony. Hate to say it but dont get one build on a Monday or Friday and you'll be ok.
  • rgrorgro Posts: 3
    Anyone have experience (good or bad) with having an aftermarket DVD entertainment system installed intheir Sienna. I'm toying with the LE with EVP #2 and having the entertainment system installed by the dealer since I don't need everything in the EVP3 but want a DVD player for the kids. Any advice?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Aftermarket all the way. I replied in another thread, so let you know if you don't see my response.
  • Does anyone know the maker of the six disk standard sound system on the
    06 sienna ?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Not sure...the upgrade is JBL so I bet it's a partner brand owned by the same parent company (that's usually the case).

    I have an 07, and it actually sounds decent for OE. Mine reads MP3s, too, but I think that was the first year it did.
  • Our car is a 2006 Sienna Limited. The fault we are experiencing is that the audio/DVD sound periodically switches off on it's own (no access for any mode, radio, CD, DVD, etc.); while full on-screen controls and access remain apparently intact. When this does occur, the very faintest ghost of a sound can be heard coming through the speakers, which led me to the suspicion that there was a fault in the switch that "mutes" the audio/DVD, which would properly be done when there was a telephone call through the bluetooth.

    This has occurred with no user interaction, both with bluetooth on and off, and with the navigation off. For example, we experience faulty radio silence, despite system being turned on with high volume during a trip, and on it's own, volume switches on; and under similar conditions, the volume switches off on it's own from a working level.

    I'd really appreciate any leads as to whether this is a common problem, what is the source of the problem or any recommended fixes.
  • I've got a 2005 Sienna XLE w/ DVD (no Nav) and JBL Audio system (6-disc CD). The CD player seems to be dead - ques on "wait" after pressing load forever - and I'd like to replace it.

    Ideally I'd like to replace it with an XM radio but that seems very expensive unless I go with one of the ones that sticks on the outside of the dash. Alternatively, I'd like to replace the CD w/ a new unit that also includes an AUX jack so I can plug in my iPod. My worry is that just swapping in some aftermarket CD player will mess with my DVD player and my ability to hear the DVDs over the speaker system.

    Thoughts? My main concerns are (a) AUX jack, (b) not spending tons of money, (c) maintaining status quo on DVD which works fine.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm sure you will have issues like with the DVD player.

    Another is the steering wheel controls. You may need an adaptor.

    These are questions you could ask the pros at Crutchfield. They may not have the lowest prices but they can offer advice, install kits, adaptors, etc.

    I got a Dual stereo for my Miata with an iPod input and they supplied the harness and good instructions. I had to crimp a dozen or so wires, but I managed, and it worked like a charm.

    Good luck.
  • "Trip to the dealer time. My JBL (07 Sienna) did that this morning on the ride to work. I'm into the dealer tomorrow.

    Randomly spit out all 5 of my cd before dying totally. Then after a few minutes I could turn it on again, but the display was blank and none of the controls excpet the wheel mounted ones worked."

    This sounds exactly like what mine is doing right now. Did you ever find out the problem? I want to get it fixed but it's random and I can't seem to reproduce it. I'm afraid it will die on me right out of warranty.
  • lfnlfn Posts: 1
    What type of place is my best bet to install an aftermarket DVD in my Sienna - a Toyota dealership, random autobody shop??
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd go to an electronics retailer.

    Your dealer will outsource it anyway, and just add their magin of profit on top of the shop's normal cost.

    I went to Circuit City, but they went out of business. I think Best Buy offers installation as well. Ask to see the shop and meet the installers. Make sure the operation is clean and well supplied.

    No problems with mine in 2 years of abuse in our Sienna.
  • I have a 2006 Sienna XLE w/ NAV & JBL audio system. All my music is MP3. With the in-dash d disc changer, I can play several hundred songs per disc in each of the 4 slots & also able to display the name of the artist & title in the proper lines in the display. Being retired & just the two of us, I really did not need the overhead DVD player. However, I am presently using it as a fifth CD changer & can thus play the same CDs on it as I do, in the dash changer. But, I would like to go a step further & be able to play MP3's on a DVD. I am wondering if there is by chance any software available that would convert the MP3 audio to play on DVD that would work in that overhead video player? I play DVD MP3 all the time on computers, which allow me to have several K of songs on a DVD. It would be neat to have that quantity on a car system as well. I am presently running a Kenwood music keg, in the van, but the tiny display leave a lot to be desired. I use the Aux audio jack on the dash to handle the sound, but hate having a cord hanging from it.
    If anyone has any ideas, I would appreciate hearing from you . Thanks much.....
  • jkamjkam Posts: 6
    Hi- I want to install a 12-15 inch overhead DVD system in my 2011 Sienna. Does anyone have recommendations for both an installer and a type of unit? Thanks in advance.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I went with Circuit City, but they went out of business.

    Check out the local Best Buy, ask to see the shop itself, talk to an installer.

    That should give you a pretty good idea of how good it'll turn out.
  • auto99auto99 Posts: 1
    Try out the trial verison before you buy. Audio DVD's worked on my 2005 sienna.
  • flynk9flynk9 Posts: 1
    I have an 06 Sienna XLE. I use both satellite radio and an iphone. You need something called a ground loop noise filter. About $15 at Crutchfield. I had a very loud and annoying hum/interference before; with the addition of this filter the aux inputs work very well.
    HTH. Here's the link at Crutchfield:
    Noise Filter
  • eddieraseddieras Posts: 49
    thanks- i did pick up a filter - works good. but toyota should take care of this - they had a recall on a fewl other models and put a filter in, but wouldn't do it on the sienna.
  • ygloveryglover Posts: 1
    Hi Joe.

    Did you find an aftermarket DVD? I am looking for one with wireless headphones for my 2011 XLE. Any suggestions?

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