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  • jnctechjnctech Posts: 2
    I brought a used 2000 Toyota Sienna XLE in April of 2002. And noticed white smoke coming out of the tail pipe when it was first started. The Sales guy said it was probably just oil settling because it had been setting so long. I purchased it anyway because it was a (TOYOTA CERTIFIED VEHICLE). A week later it was in the shop to replace valve seals. Two months later I had a Major Engine overhaul. Six months later their was a oil leak and I still have the stains on my garage floor. Dec. 19, 2004 My engine blew up on my way home to Atlanta from Nashville. The first two fixes were under warranty, but when the engine blew it was not. I have spent over $5,000.00 in repairs Total in two years for a vehicle only four years old. This is the last TOYOTA I will ever own. The dealership has not been any help at all they don't even return your phone call. Team Toyota on Thornton Rd.
  • nickshamsnickshams Posts: 4
    I just bought Toyota Sienna 98 , The guy give me the list of dealer operation code and little description what he did last six year , I need more information about operation code like 20TOZZ21 = A.V.R I dont know and dealer also not help me , Could you please help me , I am in Toronto , Or if you know the web let me know.
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    avr typically means amps voltage resistance, probably has something to do with the alternator ot battery.
  • artvdelayartvdelay Posts: 2
    We are looking at a 98 Sienna to purchase for the family. It looks like two captains seats go in the middle row and the bench seat would go in the back. Can this be reversed? We would like to put the bench seat in the middle row. Or maybe someone has a better solution as our goal is to put a child seat in the second row and in the middle. But with the two chairs the child seat would have to go on one side of the van or the other . Any pointers?
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    i dont think the captians chairs are interchangeble with the bench seat and the floor moutings are different. the C.C are at the ends wirh a walkthrough in the middle while the bench is towards the drives end with the walkthrough on the passenger side.
  • artvdelayartvdelay Posts: 2
    Great. Thanks for the help.
  • mmurphy3mmurphy3 Posts: 1
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    i would have to say 28MPG is not common. we drive ours pretty much exclusively on the hwy and get just above 25mpg.
    recommended fuel is regular. save the extra bucks!
  • siesie Posts: 2
    28 mpg would be great but I believe there may be a slight miscalculation. Our Sienna gets about 24 to 25 mpg. We live on flat land Kansas and our trips routinely average 65 to 75 mph and if weather permitting w/o A/C.
  • The passenger side power door on my 04 sienna recently got stuck in the open position and it won't close. It makes the sounds like it's going to but it just sits there. I don't have a garage and there's rain in the forecast tonight. Anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.
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  • drdirtdrdirt Posts: 1
    My Sienna just turned 292,000 miles. My problems have been the trunk latch breaking and the tire light on the dash. The light has been on since I bought it. I had the dealer fix it and it soon came back on. I just had it disconnected. I LOVE THIS CAR!!! I have used Mobile 1 in it since I bought it. I have it serviced at the same SpeeDee oil center since day one. The first time I had the timing belt replaced was at 203,000 miles. Not recommended. The dealer was shocked. I just had the A/C compressor and dryer replaced. I plan on keeping it untill I hit 300,000 miles. This is the longest I've ever kept a car.
  • 2highways2highways Posts: 1
    my apologies if this is not in the correct area. I am shopping for a minivan. Does anyone know by chance if the "Sienna XLE" with the optional 17" rims are standard tires or "Run-Flat" tires? Thank You.
  • chedderchedder Posts: 5
    When I shopped for my Sienna 3 years ago, I understood that the 17" tires on an XLE are standard tires. If you opt for the AWD version of this vehicle, you get the RFT's. I think it's because there is no place to store the spare since the AWD mechanism requires more space under the chassis.
  • fixit70fixit70 Posts: 1
    Hi all, Just got my family a 98 sienna and the door open indicator light on the dash would not go off even when doors are shut. Somebody help me.
  • efogmefogm Posts: 2

    My wife and I are looking at either the Odyssey or the Sienna (Touring Ed versus XLE Limited). The Odyssey's NAV system seems to have alot of useful/slick features, particularly the voice activation, with the ability to search verbally for restaurants by-type, etc. Does anyone know if the Sienna, which I believe has a voice activated as well, also has the search for Places-Of-Interest feature with voice control. Also, does it work for radio selections? The Honda also you, for example, to say, "Radio 100.7," and then it tunes to that station automatically.


    Bob G.
  • vinijinvinijin Posts: 28
    My Sienna turned 239,000. I changed timing belt at 130,000 and have not changed drive belt so far. What do you suggest - do you think I need to cjange timing and drive belt now ?
  • vulcan4vulcan4 Posts: 12
    I bought an 04 sienna XLE AWD. Mine has run flats, no spare. what a hassle, the rule is you hit a nail, you buy a new tire, at $270/ tire plus install, this get pretty expensive. Also I had to replace all 4 tires at 19,000 miles.
  • avila65avila65 Posts: 3
    Hi all...My 1996 Previa LE/SC just died with 160,000 miles with head gasket problems. I drove it for 9 years and was ready for a car, so I opted not to fix it. My mechanic told me the supercharged engines don't go 200K miles anyway. Does anybody have any idea what I could sell it for if I sold it for parts?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Ask over in the Real-World Trade-in Values thread. They may not know, but you'll at least get some suggestions.
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