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I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. My 2004 weld didn't break until 2013. I'm not looking forward to dealing with the dealership on this repair. I've always heard that you shouldn't buy a first-model-year vehicle but it looks like it wouldn't have mattered in the case of the Sienna. I see a lot of the same problem for many years after 2004. We've had plenty of other first-model-year type problems with the Sienna, mainly associated with the doors, all five of them. It may be time to simply trade the vehicle in. I'm not going to spend a lot of time arguing with them over this though. Life's too short. I'll just carry my business elsewhere. Nissan is manufactured locally and all the other manufacturers will happy to sell us a car. Besides, the best value is a used car. I can probably get one of those for about twice what one door repair on the Sienna runs.
I just bought a 2006 Sienna, the seller told me there was noise at the driver door which this model has at about 80/90K miles, but it just cost about $300.00 to fix. I believed him so I bought it. but today when I asked a technician to check the door, he said it's door welding defect and will cost about $500.00; since it a welding defect, why Toyota does not do recall? we should ask our attorney to help us, Toyota should take this responsibility! who will be with me to have a try?
There we go! They finally upgraded the software to allow easy photo posting. The design (IMHO) is flawed, and relies on a simple spot weld to hold the cup in place. Why not simply bolt it directly to the door as has been done for years quite successfully?
The failure is expensive and annoying, but unlikely to be life-threatening or vehicle disabling and thus not recall worthy. Best of luck with your lawsuit.
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