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Toyota Sienna Care & Maintenance



  • My 2004 sienna (at 78,000 miles) is scheduled to have the windshield wiper motor replaced that will cost $1200. and now the brakes, the rotors, pads, shims must be replaced ($430), Resurface rear rotors ($145), replace the timing and drive belts ($585) at a total repair cost of $1300. Is it worthwhile to repair this van or trade it in and get a new car? Note: I have less than a year before the van is paid for.
  • yatesjoyatesjo Posts: 186
    Simple answer: Keep it.

    Most of those repairs are wear and tear- brakes, rotors and belts- that need to be replace at that interval anyway. Spend the $1300 in maintenance costs and the van will treat you well for a lot more miles.

    I'm guessing that the $1200 number is a typo, since online sites list a new motor at <$100. If it's not a typo, take your van to another shop because that one is ripping you off. The wiper motor is not a normal wear and tear item and an unfortunate premature failure that we'd rather not have; at the same time these things happen in this less than perfect world. If that is the only expense outside of normal wear and tear, then don't get too worked up about it.

    A new car every 5 years is a waste of money with the depreciation as you drive off the lot will setting you back more than $1300.
  • redpearlredpearl Posts: 14
    I added the WeatherTech hood stone shield and the side window deflectors immediately after purchasing my Sienna on May 01, 2009. Previously installed the same for my '05 Highlander.

    The all-weather mats followed right after I realized that the carpet mats in the CF package were a lighter grey than my carpet and were backed with an open cell foam.
    After mats got wet the foam started to disintegrate and adhered to the carpet. Mats on '05 Highlander and previous vehicles all had a solid rubber/vinyl backing.
    I use an old sheet instead of the cargo liner and have just ordered an Intera tarp from which will protect the seat backs and sides if a lot of dirty gear has to be carried. Tarp seems easy to fold and store.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Plus he'd have to fix those things to sell it anyway.
  • pjksrpjksr Posts: 111
    I had these 4 codes show up on my 2002 Sienna, 145,000 miles, coincidentally, about a week after a timing belt change. I verified the hose and electrical connections in the engine compartment, and under the vehicle, and they were all fine, then proceeded to diagnose the VSV valves on the EVAP system. All the valves were freely clicking, and letting or stopping airflow, as required. I didn't find any vacuum leaks in the system, or malfunction of the canister. So, what next, I wondered? The fall-back in the service manual is to replace the charcoal canister, so I did. It worked! My readiness monitors are all completed, and there aren't any codes pending or set (whereas previously, codes set on the first drive pattern cycle). My van now makes a very robust swoosh when I open the gas cap.

    If you're reading this, you probably have these codes. Search the internet, and you'll find many similar problems on Toyotas from this era, fixed the same way. If you can't find a stuck valve, or holed hose, or failed gas cap, the canister is a likely culprit. My canister cost $229 on eBay, thru a Toyota dealer in Vandalia, Ohio...

    Good luck, Pete
  • On my 04 Sienna the LH turn signal and left side emerg. flashers do not work. The right side works fine. The dashboard L turn indicator does not light. Both front and rear blubs appear to be good. Dealer wants to troubleshoot either turn signal switch problem or electrical problem. This usually means big $$$. Any thoughts or ideas? Thanks
  • Malta1Malta1 Posts: 3
    Have you checked the fuses, try and wiggile them :)
  • There is a single fuse for the entire turn signal and emergency flasher circuit. The right side works, the left side doesn't. Thanks for your reply
  • has anyone had a problem with the middle row, passenger side headrest blocking their view out the passenger side back rear window?

    i cannot see anyhing and have to remove the headrest in fear of not seeing traffic.

    i even tried putting the low profile middle seat headrest there but it will not fit.

    love the car and am a fan of toyota but there are a few things that make me go: huh?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No big deal to remove it if your kids are not that tall. You want the top of the seat to reach their ear level. When they outgrow it, put it back.
  • thanks ateiexeria

    sadly 2 of my kids are taller and i do have some adults in the car as well.... just have to live with it i guess.
  • i have seen a few posts re mid 2000 siennas and the battery draining if you leave the rear hatch open because "the computer is talking to the open hatch"....has anyone had this happen with later years?

    i park my 2010 le in a garage and usually leave the power doors and the back hatch far, so good but i do not want to do it if it will drain the battery.

    thanks for any feed back.
  • I have a 2000 Toyota Sienna. How do i reset the Tire pressure censor?
  • not sure about a 2000, but my 2010 sensor came on after a 270 mile highway trip in cold weather... i just filled the tires up to the correct pressure and the light went off by itself.

    i think you can also press and hold the small round button on the drivers side is one of the switches by your knees(2010), but if the tire pressure is still low it will come back on.

    and "baba-booey to you all"
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    I don't think 2000s have a TPMS sensor in the wheel, IIRC prior to 07 they used the ABS system for the TPMS.
  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,585
    Learned Friends,

    I have a 2003 Sienna CE that I bought in January '03. It was about the last '03 they had before the '04 started showing up. It now has 115k miles, and it has been an excellent car overall.

    Here is an issue that cropped up at least a couple of years ago:
    On cold mornings, when the transmission holds 2nd gear until 35-40 mph, the engine revs to ~ 3000-3500 rpm. At that time, there is a noise from under the hood that sounds like a rattling heat shield or like pinging, depending on who you ask.

    I can reproduce the noise with the car parked and the hood raised by grabbing the throttle directly. The noise appears to come from the front cylinder bank. My mechanic suspects the VVT mechanism, and I suspect it'll be spendy to fix. It also doesn't seem to be too big a deal, as it's been going for around 30k miles.
    When the car is warmed up, the noise disappears.

    Recently I was biking home from work and was passed at close range by another l Sienna with exactly the same noise... except louder.

    So I thought I'd ask: Is anybody else experiencing this noise? Has anyone had it fixed, and how? Advice and comments are much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That is correct, I got an 07 and read about that new feature when it came out.
  • siennamisiennami Posts: 116
    From what I remember about my 2000, there was a reset button(about left knee level). When you initially start the car, press it in, and it should reset, unless there's a problem with your tires.....I think! At least, that's what I remember! I have a 2007, and the button is in the same place. Good ol' Toyota....making it easier for those of us who don't particularly like change!
  • madams1madams1 Posts: 101
    For those that ordered and replaced your cabin air filter, which brand did you get and where from. I see Kinsen, NPN and TYC brands a lot on the internet. The Kinsen and TYC look similar and the NPN looks more sturdy. Called the dealer and they wanted 29.99 for a filter. I will pass on that price.

    Thanks for your input.
  • Just replaced my Cabin Filter today. Bought a Wix brand, at a local autoparts store in my town in Michigan. Paid $19 plus tax. I will try Walmart next time and see if its any cheaper.
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