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Toyota Sienna 2004+

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  • davenowdavenow Posts: 171
    can you explain what you mean...

    if it's replaced with "original Toyota" equipment why would it hurt the van's structural integrety? if so it would have to be the workmanship go to a reputable body shop or directly to Toyota Service.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    Bumpers these days are nothing more than a fairly thin modeled somewhat flexible plastic cover over some energy absorbing foam, maybe backed up by a steel or aluminum beam.

    Likely if you just had cosmetic damage, all that was replaced was the bumper cover, which provides no structural strength to anything. You are likely worrying for no reason.
  • jstoverjstover Posts: 2
    I have an early 2004 XLE Ltd that I purchased new. It now has about 9600 miles on it, and I have finally made an appointment with my dealer to look at the acceleration lag.

    Has any other 2004 owner in this forum actually had a Toyota dealer diagnose and fix the acceleration lag? If so, please describe your transaction.
  • toyota6toyota6 Posts: 8
    Thank you very much for your kindly reply.
  • kzr4kzr4 Posts: 2
    currently have a 99 Sienna XLE. Just test drove a 2005 XLE LTD. Loved It!! The radio control on the steering wheel skipped to the channels that were programmed on the main radio. Can the steering wheel controls be programmed to the "seek" mode, and not just skip to my programmed channels? Salesman did not have a clue. Thanks
  • ednovakednovak Posts: 55
    The steering wheel control can be used for "seek" across the active band (AM/FM) by holding down the switch until the unit beeps. It then finds the next station and stops. Either the up or down button can be used, it seeks in both directions. To find the next station you have to repeat the process and hold the button down until it beeps again. There is no access to the "scan" function from the steering wheel. Good luck with the new van. Bought a Limited last month with all the bells and whistles and am very pleased with it. The nav system is pretty amazing.
  • Hey new member here....I don't know if anyone has brought this to the forum in the past, but, I purchased a set of brand new seatcovers for my 04 Sienna in grey and they are awesome. They cover all 3 rows, all headrests and armrests. Best part is they were only around $100 for the whole set. Found them in the eBay motors section of eBay made by the seatcover factory. Best investment in the car so far.
  • Just got a new XLE Limited AWD. This is the first car I've bought w/all of the options, but I really liked the high intensity discharge headlights (my night vision is poor) and the parking assist and back up camera. Traded in a 2001 Odyssey for it. Was (am!) a bit concerned about the run flats but we'll see. We bought from a dealer that offers "tires for life" so as long as we stay in the area, should be ok. I'm sure there's something in the fine print that I missed that will cause me to gnash my teeth. Did not consider a new Odyssey b/c really wanted AWD. Also got car for below invoice, which frankly was a shock. Does anyone else have this model and what are your thoughts on it?
  • sjpreviasjprevia Posts: 3
    I am looking at getting the same model (xle limited awd). I like all the flexibility and features it has. What was the price you were able to get?
  • $100 under dealer invoice
  • ednovakednovak Posts: 55
    Picked up my 2005 AWD Limited last month and decided to get the optional "compact spare tire and mounting "kit" for it. Run Flats are OK but not foolproof and for any sort of long journey 50 miles (at best) on the run flats just doesn't cut it. The compact spare tire mounts behind the third row driver's side seat (there is mounting already in place under the carpet for the hold down bolt). However, the compact tire and wheel are EXPENSIVE (roughly $300 for the combination) and it is another couple of hundred for the carpet covered moulded mounting kit. It looks fine though. Mounting the spare this way means you can't fold down the last row seat on the driver's side without removing the spare tire. It's not a problem for me since I seldom use the van for large cargo but it would become a pain if you regularly need to drop the third row seats. I've also been told to watch the tire pressure VERY closely. Underinflation is a disaster with run flats. Otherwise, it's been great so far and thanks to late snow in PA, I've had a chance to try the AWD on my "ski slope" driveway. My Camry never made it halfway up in the last snow but the van took it in stride. Impressive for the "all season" run flats but I bought another set of wheels on eBay and will put winter tires on in October for added cold weather driving security. Good luck with yours. Hope your experience is as good as mine has been.
  • Thanks for the info. Do you rely on the tire monitoring built into the Sienna or do you manually check it?
  • ednovakednovak Posts: 55
    The Sienna tire monitoring system will only alert you if ONE of the tires is underinflated compared to the others. If they are ALL low you won't get any warning. What I found was that setting the tire pressure in my garage to 35 lbs when the van had been parked there overnight (it's relatively warm in my garage) resulted in the pressure being down at around 31-32 lbs when I left the van outside in 20 degree (F) overnight. The tires were significantly underinflated for the winter climate and it was caused by nothing more that checking them in the wrong environment. In any case, I've decided to keep them at around 40 lbs which should allow for significant loading and also eliminate worrying about them being set too low when the outside temperature drops. The general recommendation is to check the tires (when cold!) with a good tire gauge every month. Unfortunately, I don't know if it will actually significantly help increase the tire life but it's a good practice to follow anyway.
  • thx. my car is parked outside. our garage is "otherwise occupied". In other words, the minivan gets short shrift over the performance cars. So it should always be cold enough to check the tires! :-)
  • I just bought a new set of Toyota all-weather mats for all three rows. Unfortunately, there is no Toyota-made all-weather mat for the spot between the two front seats or the area between the two seats in the center row (or on the side of the center row if you have it configured like a bench). Does anyone have a solution for this? I need to find something that will fit in those two spots and is a similar gray color. I don't mind buying something I can cut to the right size. Any suggestions are appreciated.
  • subodhcsubodhc Posts: 5
    Yesterday I bought a new Sienna LE 8 passenger and though everything else looks and works fine so far, I noticed a noise (whisling, whining) when I place my foot gently on the accelerator (throttle). If I remove the foot the noise goes away and if I press it a bit more firmly it goes away too. Has anybody else experienced this and if yes, has it been fixed by the dealer. Is this something to be expected due to the drive by wire feature? Any informed response would be greatly appreciated.
  • allison5allison5 Posts: 130
    OK my back bugged me with the Sienna but I LOVED everything else about it. Now after looking at so many other cars/vans/suvs there is so much about SIenna I miss. Now I am wondering if there is something I can do to help prevent getting back pain, I have tried a few cushions but have not noticed hugh improvement. The lumbar support I find is very good it's just the fact that the seat cushion does not come out very far for someone with long legs. I am about 5 " 8" . I would really love some advice from people who own this van who also have long legs and if it's ok or if it bothers them. Thanks.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Go on ebay and buy a seat that will be more likely to fit.

    I got a terrific deal on a 97 ES300 driver's seat including the position memory.
  • ednovakednovak Posts: 55
    I'm not up for trying to cross fit a sedan seat but I too find the Sienna cushion too short. The best I've been able to do is keep the seat all the way down, the telescopic wheel all the way extended, and the seat back further than I would normally keep it. Not a great solution but it works well enough.
  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    The short seat cushion was a deal breaker for me. It was a pity too because otherwise (at least at the time) I preferred the Sienna to the '05 Odyssey I eventually bought.
  • subodhcsubodhc Posts: 5
    A few days ago I bought a new Sienna LE 8 passenger and though everything else looks and works fine so far, I noticed a noise (whisling, whining) when I place my foot gently on the accelerator (throttle). If I remove the foot the noise goes away and if I press it a bit more firmly it goes away too. Has anybody else experienced this and if yes, has it been fixed by the dealer. Is this something to be expected due to the drive by wire feature? Any informed response would be greatly appreciated.
  • allison5allison5 Posts: 130
    I have to make a decision on what car I am going to buy SOON. I have been stewing over this for months and I am spending way toooo much money that we don't have on gas for a large SUV. I LOVE the Sienna and the only thing that bugs me about the van is that the front seats are way too short for people that have long legs and I find that uncomfortable. I keep feeling like part of my legs should be resting against something and there is nothing there. It's soo weird and my legs get tired and my back ends up hurting after a while. Anyway just wondering if anyone knows what if any new design is coming out on the Sienna for 06 and if there are any plans on changes for the seats? I have heard about other people complaining about this too. Someone told me who knows someone that works for Toyota that Toyota is good about changing things in their vehicles to make customers as happy as they can be. DOn't know if it was just a line to buy cars or really true. :confuse: :( I have 3 kids and a van would be more ideal for sure but I can't be uncomfortable all the time either, I have tried the Odyessy (also had a previous one) and I will NOT own another American car. So if the Sienna does not work out I will probably be buying the Pilot and making it work for 3 kids. Thx ahead of time..">
  • marcriesmarcries Posts: 5
    MotorTrend magazine also complained about the sienna seating in their most recent issue/review, and suggested Toyota allow the seat to move back another 1" to help the situation. Other people have cocomplainedbout the front seat bolster being too short and making it uncomfortable. Another poster even went so far as to return a day-old Sienna and buy a Tacoma pickup.

    Obviously the following suggestions would affect the vehicle warranty and crash liabilities, but I'd pursue these rather than loose $$ by eating the instant depreciation of a new car:

    1) Have a custom seat rail made by a local metal fabricator that would change or offset the seat rail rearwards by an inch or more.

    2) Have an auto uphostolry shop rebuild the seat with an extended front bolster.
  • autoguy1autoguy1 Posts: 87
    Well, since Toyota habitually debuts a new design every 5 years or so, expect only minor refreshing like grill or tailights with the additional options and such.

    Things like seats being changed are rare.

    Sorry, no such luck. :(
  • jimbob1jimbob1 Posts: 70
    *********I LOVE the Sienna and the only thing that bugs me about the van is that the front seats are way too short for people that have long legs and I find that uncomfortable. I keep feeling like part of my legs should be resting against something and there is nothing there. It's soo weird and my legs get tired and my back ends up hurting after a while.******************

    I don't know how feasible it would be to swap out the seat, but the 2005 Avalon Limited has a power bolster on the seat to add 2 more inches of thigh support.
  • Hi, I purchased a 2004 XLE Sienna because it was easy to get in and out. I have had back problems for years and I was hoping that the lumbar support would be my solution. It really did not work. I have had to return to my tried and true methods of relief. Those have been small, soft pillows that fill the void...or better yet a tube shaped pillow made of foam rubber. (About 14 inches long and 10 inches around.) The foam rubber not only conforms to the space between my back and the seat...but it has gie and take that absorbs the small bumps in the road or my movement in the vehicle.

    Good luck,

    Al
  • allison5allison5 Posts: 130
    HI

    I am just wondering what you think of the short seats (lack of thigh support), and if that effects your back in a negative way. I am so bummed that both the Odyessy and Sienna vans do not do well for my back, I just can't bring myself to buy another American vehicle (though the Caravans are horrible seats too). It has now come down to either just dealing with uncomfy seats and buying a van, purchasing a Toyota or Honda sedan or a smaller SUV. My family thinks I would be REALLY CRAZY to buy another car if its that bad for my back, I do agree but.... :mad: :confuse:
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    cost all that much to put in the seats you like...

    I just read someone that the new Avalon has adjustable thigh supports so why not go to a dealer and buy a set?
  • jimg6jimg6 Posts: 15
    I have a set of Nokian snow tires that I used with our Honda Pilot (size 235/70-16). Can I put these tires on the Sienna with a new set of rims? The tires on the Sienna limited awd are 225/60-17. Thanks.
  • cappy4103cappy4103 Posts: 48
    Here is the web address to a speedometer calculator that will assist you with identifying some of the differences (size, speedometer descrepancies) of changing tires to different sizes from OEM specs:
    http://www.paspeedo.com/calculator.htm
    In the event 16" wheel have the same bolt pattern as your OEM 17" wheels (Toyota service should be able to verify this info), there shouldn't be a problem. However, your 16" Nokia's will be 1/2 wider, 1" thicker, 1.3" taller in diameter than the stock 17" tires, and when your speedometer reads 65 mph, your actual speed will be 68 mph (per the above website). Hope this helps!
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