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I have similar problems with my '05 Sienna, so whoever mentioned not buying a first year in production model needs to reconsider that thought!
I take care of routine and all preventative maintenance on this van because it's paid off and I don't want another car payment (kids in college and private HS). We live in the Mid-Atlantic (East Coast) area and this is a summary of the problems I've had with my '05 Sienna LE:
There are more, but those are the ones that have bugged me the most. I also know that Toyota quality went out the door when our vehicles were manufactured. Don't know if I'll ever go back after this van. I never had quality issues like this with Honda!
I'm beginning to have the same door latch release issues with my '05 Sienna, but it's definitely intermittent. Having replaced the door motor and cable assembly once already, I was told to turn off the sliding door motor when on a hill so the door motor and cable assembly don't get overworked. Since then (5+ years ago), the door has been functioning properly.
Also, does anyone have trouble getting the sliding doors to "lock" open? IOW, the door should click and hold open when fully opened, but many times, those latches don't catch.
I replaced the sliding door cable assembly and gave detailed instructions how to repair yours too on my blog at: http://johnfixesstuff.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-replace-the-power-sliding-door-cables-2004-207-toyota-sienna-xle.html
I recently had the cable break on my 2004 Toyota Sienna sliding door. I replaced the cable assembly and I share all the details of how to replace yours on my blog at: http://johnfixesstuff.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-replace-the-power-sliding-door-cables-2004-207-toyota-sienna-xle.html
If you need to replace the cable assembly I detailed the entire process with lots of diagrams and pictures on my blog: http://johnfixesstuff.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-replace-the-power-sliding-door-cables-2004-207-toyota-sienna-xle.html
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