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Toyota Sienna Owners: Meet the Members

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Owners Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Owners Clubs

Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email,, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.



  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    I've subscribed to the owners club. Thanks for estblishing it.
  • barbzbarbz Posts: 19
    I would like to know when Toyota will have the new part available that makes the engines less likely to have sludge.
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    I have been visting these forums for over an yr now and find it very informative. Thanks for establishing it. Our sienna has given us great pleasure and hopefully the next generation would address some of the shortcomings.
  • pjksrpjksr Posts: 111
    This is a tough color to get in our neck of the woods!

    The Sienna is well designed, and easy to work on and maintain. It is very quiet on highways and the seats are comfortable.

    Anyone considering a Sienna should not hesitate to buy one. I recommend the LE level of "appointments," which include a tougher seat fabric and power-opening rear privacy glass. We got the powered sliding door which is essential with kids.
  • mhendrixmhendrix Posts: 2
    I am thinking about buying a 2002 Sienna XLE. Can someone give me the pros and cons? I've heard about the previous torque converter, brake and sludge problems, but I don't know if they apply to the 2002 model. I would appreciate any comments - pro or con.
  • smfransmfran Posts: 432
    We have a 2000 LE and have had no unusual problems. The van overall is just what we wanted and we still love it like we did when it was new. We change the oil every 3,000 miles and have no sludge, brake or torque converter issues.
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    Great "Car". No sludge after 45K miles, but, I use Mobil 1. No tranny issues. I do have the brake noise that I am not concerned with and will address when I get the chance. Our auto door buzzer failed and was replaced under warranty (no biggie). Some creaking in dash. BTW, I don't want or need a larger vehicle with 500HP. This van is silky smooth, reliable and works great for us.

  • stanleykostanleyko Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 Sienna LE. It has only 64000km on it but I already had the transmission replaced twice this year. Both of them are under warranty but still I cannot believe that happened to Toyota. Other than transmission, 3 out of 6 seatbelts did not retract back to normal position after release.

    I do admit it is the best minivan among the other 5 I had before.
  • machiavellimachiavelli Posts: 260
    2000 Sienna LE - 41800 miles - no problems at all mechanically. Overall, we have been very pleased with the vehicle. My only "con" - I wish it had the 'magic seat' like the Ody or MPV. The 3rd row seats are heavy to remove and take up space in the garage. Overall, though, I would recommend one, although at this point, unless you are in a rush, I would wait to see the '04 model coming this Spring 2003.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    We are launching a new message board "Future Vehicles" to support our new Future Vehicles section of the site (

    The message board will house discussions about new model years and new vehicles. For redesigns, we are "sharing" discussions from the general boards where applicable.

    Since the Sienna discussion in the Vans board is too general (covers sooo many years and issues) I was hoping that the Owner's Club wouldn't mind lending their expertise and "Future Models" discussion to the Future Vehicles board.

    The discussion would still belong to the Owner's Club, but it would be listed in both the Sienna OC and the Futures board and on the 2003 Toyota Sienna vehicle page.

  • 2000 Sienna LE - troublefree 57,100 miles, but the MINOR electronic gremlins have started in.

    Driver's seatbelt warning light flashed with belt on, as of now has stopped working overall.

    Cargo area dome light turns on with aliding door, but not with cargo door, wall light won't come on at all. Probably a bad switch.

    Other than those (and a keyless entry flaw, I think)...everything is great! Look forward to driving it for years to come!
  • I purchased a rental return 2001 Toyota Sienna CE with 16,000 miles and it is the first foreign vehicle I have ever owned. I was impressed with the build quality and the responsive engine. I am quite satisfied with the van. I now have 27,000 miles on it and have only had one problem and that was squeaky brakes. I took it in and had the rear drums turned (no Charge) and have had no other problems.
    I am from Minneapolis, MN and was so impressed with the dealership (Carlson Toyota) that I purchased a 2002 Toyota Camry LE. I now enjoy going to the dealership and have my oil changed there. They made my buying experience a joy. I have owned cars for 40 some years and must say, GM, Chrysler have never treated me this good. Ford is also very good to deal with.
    Chrysler Sucks. I owned a Chrysler Concorde and it was a piece of crap.
  • I have a 2001 XLE Sienna. I love my van except I have recurring problems with the power doors. They intermittently stop working. I have taken it to the dealer for all kinds of repairs but nothing does the trick. I am now out of warranty and will be arguing my case. I am looking for any others out there. My repair technician says it is a common problem with the doors. Anyone out there with power door problems?
  • cied2cied2 Posts: 3
    Is there test for engine sludge? Are recommended oil changes all one needs to do? Is Mobil 1 preferable over dino oil in avoiding this problem?
    Thanx in advance for any input that my fellow Sienna owners might have on these questions.
  • kkicskkics Posts: 1
    I just purchases a 2003 Sienna XLE in Silver for $250 under invoice. This was excluding the $1,500 rebate plus an additional $500 worth of freebies such as all weather mats, a sunroof deflector and other goodies were thrown in. All of this was done on the internet before I ever had to step into the showroom. And the Honda does not offer the stability control! How safe is that? Take that you Honda owners.

    Regarding the comparisons to the Honda, I found the Sienna much easier to drive, peppier around town, and much, much cheaper. My Honda dealer offered $500 under invoice (I have owned 3 Accords over the past 10 years.) But a set delivery date was iffy and I really didnt need such a large van. Friends that have the Honda love it, but they do admit that it takes up quite a bit of garage space where the Sienna feels much more car-like than truck-like. They talk about the 3rd seat, but not much else...

    My dealer was wonderful, the van is a blast compared to my 1997 Explorer, and my baby loves the smooooth ride and nice stereo. How does everyone else love their Siennas? So far, I am very impressed... :)
  • Just wonder if you have any discomfort when you make turns. My body lean to the right when I turn right at about 15MPH, same when I turned left.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email,, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • mdr2005mdr2005 Posts: 3
    I am purchcasing a 2005 LE AWD Sienna and have questions regarding DVD installation. Where should I go?
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    I see you found the Sienna accessories & mods topic. You might also want to look thru the Aftermarket & Accessories board. You can find it by using the "browse by message board" tool to your left.

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email,, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

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