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Toyota Sienna Sliding Door Problems

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  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,447
    I have a door that does not work, and have also turned it into a manual door.

    I just pushed the button on the dash that makes the door manual. Why do you need to remove the motor?
  • jjllcaljjllcal Posts: 31
    With all the motor, cables etc., it is a bit too heavy for kids to open and close the door.
  • jjllcaljjllcal Posts: 31
    Even you replace the assembly N times, it is still going to give u problems because there is a design flaw on the assembly. This is according to my mechanic and he got this info from parts dealer and their warranty is only 90 days...
  • jjllcaljjllcal Posts: 31
    I will not touch a first year model at all.
  • Two days after buying our 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE, we started experiencing steering and braking problems.

    Two weeks after buying it, the trunk door stopped operating. It now opens and closes at will and is completely misaligned.

    The trunk door's remote controlled electronics are screwed up and we have to manually force it down to close shut and stay shut.

    On top of that, the dealership claims WE "bent" it (there are no dents or dings anywhere btw, and we are lost as to how it got "bent"... maybe we took a sledgehammer to the door joints??).

    What next... the passenger seats start sliding at will and the seatbelts start popping out?

    This car is a danger.

    Toyota is right - with a Sienna, ANYTHING could happen. How magical is that?

    Of course, Toyota refuses to fix the problem... on a brand new less than 14 day old car (with additional 7 year extended warranty above and beyond the regular warranty).

    What's the point of paying close to 40 grand? You get to be the biggest fool you'll ever know.

    You also get to think each and every moment how much you are playing around with your children's safety by having this car in your garage.

    At any time, the mechanically-astute passenger side door might decide it would like to open up right in the middle of traffic, and lo and behold, your kid is thrown out like bathwater. Or the wonderful sliding "captain: seats might just like to slip and slide around on their own while you're driving. Or maybe your sunroof will come crashing down and end your Sienn-ic misery. It's definitely a very... "Mommy" feeling.

    Trust Toyota - never again.

    Note: (This car was purchased in July 2010 from a dealership in MD. The owner lives in NJ and her local area NJ dealership has refused to even consider that the car's mechanism is faulty. Drive back to MD and face another rejection there? Sure Toyota, after stiffing us for 40 large, we've got nothing else to do but kowtow to you. Nice.)
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,447
    Call corporate Toyota and file a complaint against the dealership. They have image problems right now and should be willing to try and make things right.
  • wowzerwowzer Posts: 1
    Good luck with getting Toy-car-ota to fix anything. I hate my 2004 Sienna LE with the power sliding door because of this disaster. When my door went bad, it was 1 month over the warranty---1 month. Neither Toy-car-ota nor the stealership was willing to help...the price was $2000, IIRC.

    The problem is that the sliding door coil is housed inside a paper thin plastic assembly. When that 1 cent assembly cracks, the spool unwinds and the door stops working. I had a local body shop pull out the power assembly and now use the door as a manual. I watched the guys open the door...the plastic assembly is all 1 unit so that you cannot fix or repair it. The whole item must be discarded. This is to ensure that Toyota will charge you $1500-$2000 to fix the power door.

    As for the liftgate, I reported Toyota to the NHTSA for that problem. I was under my liftgate when the thing collapsed right on top of me. It is a big heavy door. Thank goodness I am a big man...it could have killed one my kids (I kid you not). If you don't believe me, just remove 1 strut, lift the gate and let go...it will collapse with a massive 'whomp'. I had to replace both struts as Toyota refused to fix it either (it was 3 and 1/2 years old at the time). Of course, about half a year later, I get a notice in the mail that toy-car-ota will replace any defective struts, but this was not a recall. I didn't retain the receipt of the strut (who would after 6 months?) and Toyota would not reimburse me for the cost.

    I hate toy-car-ota and will never buy another one again. I should have saved my money in anticipation for the repairs and bought a Chrystler or a Dodge. Oh yes, I forgot that my time wasted on this piece of junk was not factored. Repeat after me...do NOT buy a toy-car-ota......do NOT buy a toy-car-ota......do NOT buy a toy-car-ota......do NOT buy a toy-car-ota......do NOT buy a toy-car-ota......do NOT buy a toy-car-ota.

    I sincerely hope that your experience will be better than mine.

    -BY
  • foxyesqfoxyesq Posts: 26
    Our 2011 Sienna (Ltd. AWD) has problems with the rear sliding doors. If the doors have been closed for a while (about two hours or more) and you open them using the handles (interior or exterior -- but not by pressing the buttons to automatically open the doors) the latch sequence does not release properly resulting in a loud popping sound and a rough opening of the doors (both power sliding doors).

    Less than one week after purchasing the van, we had our dealer look at this. They witnessed the problem and claimed that there was a programming error. They re-programed the doors and sent us on our way. Next morning -- same problem. This time, they kept the van for several days, videoed the problem and dealt with Toyota in California (we are in NJ). According to Toyota (as explained by the service foreman), there is a glitch in the timing sequence of the latches -- a latch is apparently not releasing fast enough resulting in the fastener being pulled out while still latched -- hence the popping sound and rough opening.

    The worst part about it is that Toyota knows about the problem but does not have a fix! There reaction was yes, its a problem, but your stuck with it. Now take your $45,000 van and go home and hope that Toyota comes up with a fix soon.

    I usually make it a practice not to buy a car in the first year of production. However, I liked the van and thought I was getting a good deal. I also believed that Toyota was different and would have gotten a car right by the time they brought it to the market. I also thought that Toyota would stand behind their products. I should have listened to the countless anti-Toyota posts on this and other sites.

    We like the van, but fear bigger problems with the doors down the road. It is probably just a matter of time before the latches or parts of the doors that are getting pulled out fail from the stress of repeatedly being pulled out. Hopefully, Toyota has a fix before then. Glad I purchased the extended warranty.
  • janmorjanmor Posts: 3
    Just to follow up...our door was fixed by the dealership...no charge! They had done some work with it the month before, so I don't know if it was because of that, or what. But what a relief, :)
  • jjllcaljjllcal Posts: 31
    When we bought our 2004 sienna, we thought toyota is reputable with everything. What could have gone wrong right. Everything is wrong with this van. Just to list -Welding problem with the front door, electric automatic sliding door, seat belts- seat belt does not release easily and does not retract at all, steering wheel control arm, rear disc brake housing - it is a air-tight housing does not allow brake dust to escape. Eventually, the dust will got into the brake and create noises etc. Engine/trans mount bushing worn off (it is a piece of rubber), engine will slide. Most of the defects are on small items like rubber, cushion etc., but it will cost us thousands to repair. I am really quite disappointed to see their 2011 model failed again.
  • faultysiennafaultysienna Posts: 10
    edited July 2010
    just to follow up, we saw another brand new (less than a week old) Toyota Sienna 2011 at the Toyota bodyshop where our less-than-ten-day-old 2011 Sienna's door is now being replaced (yes, they have dismantled practically the whole van and are now putting it together with another new door, that they will have to paint over....wow .. how wonderful is that, especially after forking over 40k you get a .. hurray.. newly replaced car door...)..

    ..and that person's van also has the EXACT SAME problem that our car has. The tailgate is "bent" in both minivans. In the exact same way, and the exact same location even.. right at the top of the tailgate/rear trunk door, where no one would ever think something can get "bent" as if it was a piece of paper. The mechanic said something about the body's metal being a single sheet and so it got bent or whatever... how does that happen??? Does no one check these things before they sell them??

    In the other person's case, the door just doesn't open anymore. In our case, it opens and shuts and opens and shuts without ever really staying shut.. or open. These are BRAND NEW less than twenty day old vans we are talking about. So there is something definitely WRONG with the new 2011 Siennas coming out.
    BUYER BEWARE.

    Toyota is going to have a major recall on their hands. The best part is, they don't even care. There was a guy from Toyota looking at and photographing both vans when we got to the bodyshop, the minute we showed up and the mechanic said we were the owners (we'd gone to take some library books out of the van), the Toyota guy literally just ran away. We learnt later that he was from Toyota. We were disgusted and shocked to see that the Toyota guy did not even bother to give us any basic customer service or apologize that our car was having problems. That's called running away from your responsibility.

    I am so upset ... we had the car for barely TEN DAYS!! And it now looks like a pigsty now that all the body shop people have been all over it. The repair people said they will "detail" the car after "fixing" it. What is the point of that? It was a brand new car right out of the factory floor!! It's like giving me a stale pancake that's been pulled out of the garbage, wiped up, plated and served. Would you like syrup with that?

    The mechanics kept saying "Toyota is a great brand, great car, this Sienna is so great to look at". Yeah, right. It's a junk pot now... in under ten days. I appreciate the fact that cars get a kinda-smelly "bodyshop" feeling once they start to need repairs and all that.. but isn't that supposed to start AFTER the warranty period has expired? ie, in about 3-7 years?? This was my new baby!!! And now it's... not so new, and not at all nice anymore.

    I am never going to ever recommend this brand of car manufacturer to anyone ever again - even my worst enemy doesn't deserve something so obviously UNSAFE and totally... quality-less. I'm just afraid the doors will start falling out, or even OVER my kids... One of my friends was going to buy a Sienna right after us. They were there when our door failed, and now they've bought a Honda Odyssey just yesterday. Thank goodness atleast one family is safe.

    Toyota is now, for us personally, the worst car a person can get. It's getting worse, and worse, and worse. This dealership is trying to help us, but it's not going to give me back my brand new car. It's been dismantled, left near giant junk heaps in the body shop repair yard, driven probably by a dozen people, poked, prodded, sweated in, had its innards taken in and out, and all in ten days. It was a dream turned into a nightmare.

    If any $5 item from Walmart is defective, you can return it and get a refund or exchange it for a non-defective piece. Walmart cares about their $5 items. TOYOTA on the other hand, does not even care about it's $40,000 item that you've paid your hard-earned money for. I think they have made too much money, that's the main problem. They have become used to cheating people our of their earnings.. and in fact, in the case of the 50 people who died because of faulty pedals, cheating people out of their lives.

    We put a call into corporate Toyota HQ, caseworker was supposed to call us. No call as yet. They probably are waiting for this problem to just go away in time and they don't need to do anything about it. Trust me, it won't. The next time you sit in a Sienna, think about the safety of those latches and doors. This is a major disaster waiting to happen.
  • jjllcaljjllcal Posts: 31
    It is kind of sad that Toyota did not learn from past mistake. Three weeks after we bought our brand new 2004 van, we had a recall from Toyota to replace the feul tank because of safty issue. Brought the van into the shop and they replaced the feul tank. We thought that was easy. Seven days later, coming out from a parking lot after picking up our kids and kids's friends from their music lesson. The entire Van just stopped and the gasoline was gushing out( i am not joking) under the van. I was panic and rushed the kids out. Even this had happened several years ago, It still scare me to think about it. What happen if there is a spark from the engine or whatever. It took them about 2 weeks to fix.......

    It is really troublesome to see a brand new car that has big problem in its early stage of life. What else could have gone wrong with it in the future right. A lot of problems with this van has happened. I do not want to repeat them again............

    Oh, I did not see the damage on your 2011 van but could it be the hydraulic lift that cause the bending?

    Anyway, Good luck with your brand new van...
  • slyonsslyons Posts: 4
    I had the same above problem with my Sienna 2004 and have not had the door fixed due to the cost of $2000 1 month after warranty ran out. If you do buy a Toyota buy the extended warranty. We did not buy it due to there reputation that is no longer is the case. I still have my van and it was in a accident we are toying with the idea of putting a new motor in the door while they (repair shop) have it disassembled. Anyone have a opinion on whether we should do that. My husband will put it in himself. Has done a lot of work on cars.

    I also had the same prolem with the liftgate hit me in the head so many times. I got the letter telling me it was unders some form of recall (but not a recall) and the Chantilly dealership told us it was not on our car. Proceed to tell us it was only on vehicles with automatic lift gates. I called corporate and they said that it was on our vehicle. Fought with the chantilly dealership for a long time. I finally went to Manassas and the guy pulled it up on the computere there they had it fixed in 2 hours. The manager called from Chantilly and did apologize after finding it somewhere in his computer that is was covered. He offered to do it. This of course was after I had it fixed at Manassas Toyota and I had sworn off the Chantilly dealership.

    I will never buy a Toyota again.
  • garrisagarrisa Posts: 2
    I have a 2006 Sienna LE with a manual driver's sliding door. Today it would open only a few inches before something blocks it from opening further. I think there is a link between the door and the gas cap but the gas cap is closed. Any info out there?
  • macdukepmacdukep Posts: 14
    If your window is rolled down it won't open. Did you try making sure the window was all the way closed?
  • garrisagarrisa Posts: 2
    All the windows were closed. Too hot not to use the AC. I found a "thingy" in the lower track that I moved with a long pointed tool that allowed the door to open. This did the trick until we opened then closed the fuel door again. We have a temporary work-around but sure would like to know how to get to the problem.
  • IMy 06 seinna sliding door doesn't close all the way unless I go and push the door in which took several tries. When the door stays slightly ajar the lites won;t go off. Someone said to spray silacone on gasket. I'll let you all know
  • jjllcaljjllcal Posts: 31
    I have the same problem and my mechcanic fix it by replacing the latch that hold the door on the rail. It is a L shape latch. The cushion on the latch has worned off therefore the door is scratching the body of the van...

    It cost about $200 including the part.
  • Faultysienna, as much as I sympathize with your situation, I don't think an emotional tirade riddled with over exaggerations is really going to help anyone that reads your posts. You are obviously upset but you might want to try being a little more objective and realistic with your comments. You comparison to a stale pancake is a little over the top. Toyota is responsible for repairing your vehicle and if they are unable to repair it within a certain number of tries you can proceed towards arbitration/lemmon law. While you may think a product recall is in order based on anecdotal observations, this is a decision that would affect all sienna owners, including those that are having no issues with their cars such as lowering their residual values amongst other things. If your goal is truly help others (and not to simply rant) on this board, please share what the final outcome is while avoiding too much speculation so that others will know what to do if they encounter your situation with the least amount of grief.
  • faultysiennafaultysienna Posts: 10
    edited August 2010
    The pancake comparison was exact and not at all over the top, which you know very well. It's a direct slap in the face of toyota, that two Brand new cars were spotted by a customer with the same exact defect at the same body shop at the same time. Nobody likes to get caught. Toyota lost the ideal opportunity to put the blame on the customer, because if someone brings a car in with something wrong, hey it's always the customer's fault. Pls don't give me these company- scripted tactics, Toyota can't make a fool out of everyone.

    Next, $40,000 might be loose change for lamborgini owners, but not a typical Toyota customer - ie. us. It's so easy to talk about someone else's money so
    casually. After all, it's not your earnings going down the toilet.

    I paid $40,000 for a brand new ( not USED) vehicle to go defective within 10 days.
    Do you think I am a fool to pay $4,000 per day for a car?

    Plus, it's not some luxury sedan, it's a MINI- V A N. What is a minivan for? For the KIDS. Nobody LIKES to put money in these things unless they have no choice!

    Kids equals safety first. That's why some companies actually have those words in their name. understand?

    What residual value? An Accord has residual value, a Volvo has residual, a Merc has residual value. A Camry USED to have residual value before the pedals fiasco.
    Nevermind, you're a Toyota person so who am I talking to.

    As you are aware of, 14 days AFTER being in the shop, Toyota motor Corp FINALLY decided to replace our car trunk door.

    this was not on day 1 or day 3 or even day 10. It took them. 14 days to come to the decision to replace the door. All that time they were probably wondering how they could get out of it. Now, we are in our 3 rd week of not having the car we paid for in full and own, a less than two week old car when it went to the shop.

    Pls bear that in mind. This was not a 1 month old, 1 year or or 1 decade old car. You expect me to pay $40,000 for something that works 10 days, and Toyota has the gall to sell me an extended 6-7 year warranty for that???
    Thats called take- my- money- and- run.

    Wake up! These kind of third- world tactics don't work anymore. Even in the third
    world, people know their rights by now.

    On top of that, you ( Toyota ) has no regard for the real customers of a sienna - the kids who sit in it. Just because they can't sign on the dotted line, you just ignore them, is that it?

    who gives a hoot about residual value when my kid's airbag won't
    deploy, or the sliding door shuts down on her?

    I'm not asking for bells n whistles. Build a solid car that works. We can buy a $100 portable DVD player And put it in ourselves, but we don't know how to build cars. We can just shell out for them, so you take us for a ride?

    That's just NOT done.

    Again, as you are well aware, since you've asked for a follow up which I was going to post anyway - the door is still on it's way. When it gets here, prolly Tuesday, it'll be put in and that's that. It's called what is commonly known as a quick- fix, ESP because this customer in particular is a headache. The engineers who came down from Toyota have zero clue what's wrong - otherwise don't you think our phones with be ringing off the hook with self- congratulatory smugness?

    After all this, we will be taking the thing back to the MD dealership we got it from. They have - so far- agreed to replace the vehicle. Do you know why? Because we have spent $100,000 at that same dealership, as all THREE of our Toyota purchases in the last 5-6 yrs have been from Laurel Toyota. In all this, TOYOTA CORPORATION has done fiddlesticks for us.

    It's the LAwrenceville NJ BODYSHOP that is getting the door fixed. It's George and Renee who've been so helpful. It's the lawrenceville bodyshop that's given us a rental till the car gets fixed.

    It's our laurel Toyota DEALERSHIP that's promised to replace the car. NOT TOYOTA.

    Toyota's doing zit.

    That defective minivan could have come from any Toyota dealersip across the nation. instead of me, someone else could have bought it. Regardless, a human being's safety is at stake.

    The dealer is just the middleman, they retail whatever they get in wholesale from the manufacturer. The bodyshop is the last place a car should be visiting, in it's dying days. It's not an ICU for newborns.

    TOYOTA made this car on IT'S assembly line in IT'S plant in Indiana. This car came out from IT'S line faulty and unsafe. It is a Toyota corporation fault plain and simple.

    The dealer has agreed to replace it because it values our safety like we do. That's called CUSTOMER SERVICE. We just hope that they stick to their promise, because the trunk door will likely take another 7 - 10 days to fix, so we are talking atleat two more weeks.

    I will send my friends and family to these two dealerships IF they Really want to buy Toyotas. If you seriously want to buy a Toyota, these are the places to go to. Atleast the people are human.

    But for now, after this Sienna, we are done with Toyota. There is something called ethics And decency which Toyota motor Corp seems to have lost.
  • As for arbitration and lemon law, when a person buys a new car, the car manufacturer sells them the car indicating that it will last 3 yrs 36,00 miles or whatever, and they buy that car on a TRUST basis by putting down xx,xxx amount of money on the spot or paid over the years to the bank.

    Regardless, the car manufacturer gets their money THERE and THEN, with no need to proceed to arbitration or lemon law or other legal hassles on their side, so why isn't it the same for the consumer? Because we consumers individually have limited buying power and the car manufacturer has a lot, hence whoever has the most loot has the most clout and wins?

    How come the car manufacturer does not have to go through fire to get their money? Can someone tell me this?

    When buying a new car, the car maker and the dealers say basically that this is "THE" car for Mr or Mrs .X, they collude together to sell something that has been put hot out of the oven without proper testing just to make it to market before their competitor does, and that way to make a quick profit. Then, when the item is defective, they fold their hands, sit back and say sorry, can't help you; or, go to arbitration to get your money back or whatever. That's total nonsense. Something is sold with the full knowledge that it may or may not work - is that even ethical anywhere?

    We consumers are fools to buy it, that's for sure. The idea is, whatever we put out, fools will rush in to lap it up, so why bother. That's the complacency Toyota is showing.

    We thought a Congressional or Senate investigation is usually enough for a man to shape up his act. Nothing seems enough for Toyota.

    With those pedal situations, come to think of it, those people have been murdered by plain simple negligence. They innocently put their trust in a company that simply does not care. Someone should be putting Toyota on trial for that.

    Why should I go through arbitration and deal with Toyota-paid lawyers who will obviously rule in favor of their paycheck? Just because I bought a faulty car doesn't make me that stupid.

    And when selling me that car, Toyota didn't make me sign any extra paperwork that said this car could be a lemon, who knows, and in that case, please be prepared to go car-less for 30 days before dumb you, your $200/hour lawyer (or even worse, advocacy group with lengthy waiting periods to get in for an initial consulation) can send us a letter about how the car is a lemon and the lemon law should apply and then we can send a return letter that MAYBE, we'll see, etc etc blah, and THEN after another 10 days has passed before we can start discussions about getting a replacement possibly, and another 20 days will pass before the company starts to consider our request for a refund and then another 30 days has passed before we finally get a replacement or refund. Don't forget to factor in that "corporate check processing" time (which conveniently never seems to apply when it's your check they're cashing), and all that time going back and forth with the snail mail/email/whatever to get the legal work over with - IF you're lucky enough to get a refund.

    If you don't go the lawyer route and decide to do things yourself, or you do both the legal and your own legwork, in all that time, you have to be calling a generic company 1-888 number that puts you on hold forever, and deal with case managers who either don't answer or are out and 90% of the time you don't even get their voicemail so you have to leave a message with "Toyota Customer CARE" (ha!), and even then you still have to be the one calling them back to check on the status of your case.

    You're working? Hey, I have a job too. I'm not just sitting around to deal with all this runaround all day. My time means money too, not just Toyota's.

    Nowhere did Toyota tell me when I bought this car, that I might need to wait a whole half-year to get what I paid for. They didn't wait more than a few hours to get my money, I have to wait 3-6 months? Wow. Car manufacturers don't tell you this, and they expect you to shut up and take it? That's rape.

    And no, this doesn't just apply to my situation, this applies to anybody who's buying a new car.

    I'm yelling and screaming bloody murder, hell yes, I a right to. I'm not interested in being another Toyota statistic thank you vey much.

    A defective new car within it's warranty period and all Toyota can do is "fix" it?? B.S. And then they want us to take that car down the road and kill someone with it???

    Hell NO!

    And how the heck they sold me that extended warranty shamefacedly beats me. It's as if they're saying this is the next best thing to sliced bread and here's our seal on it, we're THAT good.

    Hey, don't sell me something that makes no sense whatsoever.

    More fool me for buying it.
  • Last thing, the dealer is replacing our fine hopefully, that's all well and good.

    But I'm not the only toyota consumer. There are lots of innocent people out there with cars still under warranty who are having to eat the cost of their repairs, whose insurance costs are going up because of those repairs (I'm not talking about accidents here where drivers are at fault or problems caused by car owners themselves), or who have bought new cars and are experiencing "little" problems or are getting runarounds for major ones. Why have all these people had to shell out their hard-earned money for something that doesn't work? What did they do wrong?

    They bought a Toyota, Japanese-quality, Japanese hoshin-kanri whatever, expecting the quality they paid for.

    If something has gone wrong with the quality, if there is something faulty, tell us plain and simple. Lower your prices to fall in line with something that stinks. Your principles have already been lowered, lower buyer expectations as well so that they know who and what they have to deal with. Then a person can say, hey, I'm getting what I paid for. Then Toyota won't be getting any complaints because then they will be in a position to say, this is what you paid for, this is what you get.

    Until then, don't dare make a grab for our money, and don't you dare call your minivan a "family-friendly" (hence safe) vehicle to be in.
  • I have a 2004 Sienna. After we get gas each time we have to push the button inside the gas cap area and slide the door all the way open then back afterwhich we can close the gas cap cover. I think over time something is not pushing the button all the way down which released the door. I believe that the sliding door thinks the gas cap cover not the gas cap is still open. When this technique does not work we will deal with the dealership
  • Care to share where did you get the hinge?
    The driver's side sliding door hinge in our 2005 LE is falling apart and we want to replace it before the door falls out. But I'm having trouble finding the part.

    Thanks!
  • I ordered mine from the local Toyota dealer.
  • shm2010shm2010 Posts: 1
    My 2006 Sienna XLE LTD sliding door closes with a funny noise.The mechanic said it's a motor problem and needs to take it back to the dealer. Want to know if anybody has similar problem and fix before taking it to the dealer.
  • i had the same issue,toyota in lancaster, ma got warranty covered on door motor,however thy wouldnt cover the hindge$110.00 plus tax, they have had my van for 9 days,most of what was convincing toyota that i bought the platnum coverage(peace of mind) and expected something done,in the certified platnum,whats covered section it says sliding door covered period....toyota makes a good vehicle for the most part,but i hear now they have the most difficult warranty dept ever.....good luck
  • I am having the same problem. The Dealer told me that it was a loose bolt. After about a week, it started again. The problem was be reproduced just by locking the door and opening with the handle.
  • Sienna_andy, Thanks so much for you posting. I was able to fix my 2005 Sienna with the part you suggest. I went to the dealership and they were able to sell the motor for only $80. They updated the part for 2008 and hopefully the changes will make the next one last longer.

    For those attempting the fix on your own, I found you don't need to remove the window, but you do need to disconnect the 2 bottom bolts that are accessed by remove the rubber covers. After you disconnect the window, you can lean the whole assembly out to get to the screws. I used a cheap glass suction cup to keep the window from falling down and that worked great. My other surprise was that the 2 screws holding the motor on wouldn't come out no matter what, they just stripped, I tried a extractor but they kept stripping. I ended up just cutting them from the front using a dremel (it easy to see how to do this if you already have the new part). I had to run to the parts store to get some screws, I should have picked a couple up from the dealership when I was there buying the motor. The screws are M4 x.7 and ~25mm long. With the run to the parts store it took me a little over 2 hours.

    Door works great and the wife is happy with her Toyota again.
  • 9/12/10 at 58,400 miles my driver's side cable snapped. Now the fight with Toyota starts. The remaining cable become locked so the door would not close so I grabbed my wire cutters and cut it. The kids are now not allowed to use it so they can only use the passenger side door.
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