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  • filodfilod Posts: 189
    I have posted the same in the accessories forum, but maybe I can get more response here (Steve, if double posting is not allowed, please delete this one)

    When I bought the Sienna for my wife, the important options that I looked for was to enhance the safety feature of the car so I decided to get the LE with Package#7 that includes vehicle stability control, traction control and rear disc brakes.

    Wife is happy with the Sienna, I feel comfortable with the option I got. Now it is time to have some wishes -

    1. Fog Light if it can be installed
    2. Rear spoiler mainly for the looks
    3. The hood protector, hopefully to protect from debris and also for the looks

    I read somewhere that maybe the clear hood protector is a better choice. Can someone direct me to the site I can look at for this one? Although the one being sold by Toyota if I can't get the clear one, will also be ok

    Anyone has added the spoiler? Fog lights? Any problems with installing them? Thank you
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    An occasional cross post won't hurt anything - for those who don't know about the Owner's Club, here's a link:

    Toyota Sienna Owners: Accessories & Modifications

    Check out Car front end protective bras & film too.

    Steve, Host
  • carmaven18carmaven18 Posts: 21
    Dear Kmead,
    I understand that you can't post the URL, but can you tell me what to search under? I am not so great with all of this internet stuff, and it would be very helpful. Thank you so much!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    I think a search for other Sienna clubs on the net should turn it up :-)

    Try plugging that into or

    Check out the Toyota Sienna Owners: Future Models board too.

    Steve, Host
  • 514329514329 Posts: 60
    I'm looking to buy an SUV or this minivan anytime now. I just wanted to know owners oppinion on this vehicle. any good and bad points, problems or experience to share would be appreciated.
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    Here's your running boards
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    " Honda needs to learn this trick from Toyota. It's a much better system."

    Sounds like the system used in the first generation Honda Odyssey. Maybe Toyota got it from Honda - don't know why Honda dropped it.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    A newspaper reporter is hoping to interview a recent buyer who looked at a Honda but then opted for another make. Please send your brief comments about your decision along with your daytime contact info to [email protected] no later than Friday, July 16, 2004.

    Jeannine Fallon
    PR Director
  • backsterbackster Posts: 12
    Good Day All!
    Currently waiting for delivery of our Limited AWD w/ the HO pkg(Navigation and DVD). Does anyone know if there are port(s) to allow plugging in a game system (xbox, or playstation or game cube)? Thanks in advance

  • devsiennadevsienna Posts: 70
    Yes there is. It's behind the middle passenger seat, driver's side. In addition to the video-in (composite) and L/R audio-in ports is a 110V power plug suitable for powering the game system, thus no need for a seperate inverter plugged into one of the 12V receptacles.
  • alnooralnoor Posts: 7
    Hi All!

    Thanks for all the good info provided here. I have a question: Does the power seats that come in XLE or LE packages have memory setting for two drivers? I thought I read a post that this was going to be a hot feature in the 05'Honda. So I went to look at the brochure for Toyota and could find no mention of it.

    Seems like such a basic feature to me, that I wouldn't have even thought about looking for it until someone else brought it up.
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    Unfortunately, NO. There is no memory settings even not for 1 driver. There is also no power sear at all for the passenger seat (if that interest you).

    Those 2 missing feature was one of the few complains almost all XLE/Limited owners had. As I heard, Toyota will add power passenger seat for '05, but I'm not sure.

    I will always wonder: Why there is no single car out today in the world with 'ALL' features combined (I'm not counting $100K Mercedes). Toyota itself has so many good features, and they're dividing them between the models. To name a few:

    - Avalon - rain sensing wipers
    - Matrix - when a bulb burns out you get a message exactly which bulb to replace
    - Camry - power adjustable pedals
    - Sienna - HID lamps, laser cruise, backup sensor and camera

    The Avalon has both, power seat for psngr and memory seat for driver.

    You read somewhere that gonna be a hot feature for the '05 Ody? Why should this be a 'hot' feature? Most other minivans already have them. All domestic had them already for years (Chrysler T&C Limited, Ford Windstar/Freestar Limited, Oldsmobile Silhouette GL, and will be on the Buick Terraza.)
  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 850
    We love our AWD Sienna. It was $10K less than the Sequoia we considered, gets better mileage, and has considerably more interior & cargo room. It's cheaper to insure than an SUV, too.

    Be aware, there's no spare tire, and the Dunlop run-flat tires are expensive to replace ($200+ each).
  • carmaven18carmaven18 Posts: 21
    On the Sienna XLE Limited, how exactly does the laser-dynamic cruise control work, and what are its advantages over regular cruise control?
    Also, is it possible to disable the parktronic or at least the sounds that it makes on the XLE Limited? Thanks very much.
  • devsiennadevsienna Posts: 70
    The laser cruise control uses a laser/sonar sensor to detect if there is a car in front of you and how close it is. You set a speed you want to cruise at, and an approximate following distance (short, medium or long). The system then attempts to do one of two things, maintain the speed you've set, or maintain the distance between you and the car in front of you. It will automatically cut the throttle and/or apply the brakes so that you don't crash into the back of the car in front of you. If the car in front speeds up, or gets out of your way, it will then apply the throttle as necessary to get you back up to your speed or to continue to maintain the distance between the two of you. A warning tone is sounded if it thinks you are about to crash into the car in front of you (like if the car in front brakes suddenly, or someone suddenly cuts in front of you) and thinks it can't stop the car in time. It will still apply the brakes and cut the throttle as necessary while sounding the "hey wake up!" tone.

    You can disable the dynamic cruise control and go with traditional cruise control if you want. This is necessary when driving in heavy fog and rain. But the default is for the laser cruise to be selected when you turn cruise control on each time.

    The advantage is you can set a highway speed you'll want to travel at and if you get into heavier traffic it'll automatically adjust and when the traffic improves, get back up to your preffered speed. Kind of a "set it and forget it" kind of thing. There's a big warning that the dynamic laser cruise control is not a subsitute for inattentive driving and that you still need to pay attention.

    We love it, but are careful not to let it lull us into inattentiveness (which can happen quite easily if you are not careful). The first time the system brakes heavily and sounds the warning tone can be quite disconcerting.

    You can turn the parktronic system completely off if you want. There's a button on the center console to do so. However, there's no way to just turn the sound off and keep the display which shows the approximate location of the obstruction. It's an either all or nothing system.
  • alnooralnoor Posts: 7
    thanks for the info. i used the word "hot" sarcastically. i can understand if it did not come on the basic models, but higher trim models should offer it. toyota put some esoteric features on the xle limited like "laser cruise control", etc, but excluded something so basic like driver memory setting.

    just my 2 cents. still a good van, but it makes it hard for me personally since i am spoiled by my current cars. almost to the point that i might wait to see if the 05 has it before i buy.

  • carmaven18carmaven18 Posts: 21
    Does anyone know where I can find any information on the 2005 sienna? Thank you.
  • carmaven18carmaven18 Posts: 21
    How is the navigation system on the Sienna? Any problems? Any special features taht are useful? Thanks.
  • ewtewt Posts: 127
    It's a very good Nav system, probably the only OEM one that is superior is the Honda/Acura one, but I think the maps on the Toyota version are easier to read. I've had a couple of occasions where it routed me on a route that really didn't make sense (sent me the wrong direction on a highway, then had me make a u-turn on an on-ramp to go in the proper direction for example), but it's always gotten me to where I wanted to go.

    The biggest problem with it IMO is that it only allows limited input while the vehicle is moving, although that can be fixed. The Points of Interest (POI) database is somewhat lacking as well. Some places you'd think should be in there aren't. One especially useful feature is that it does a very good job of providing micro-level guidance once you're near a turn. It splits the screen and keeps the regular view on half the screen, and "draws" a picture of what you're going to do at the upcoming intersection/on ramp/etc. very clearly. I've never had any trouble deciphering the guidance even at complex intersections. Another feature I think is particularily nice is the route preview. It runs a cursor along the route on the map to show you which roads are included in the trip.
  • duckshooterduckshooter Posts: 156
    Sienna XLE Ltd with package 2 (I think, who knows with the screwed up packaging system they have). Anyway, Ltd with no DVD or Nav. It is a totally different van from the 2000 we traded in. If Lexus sold a minivan, this would be it!

    We didn't want the Nav and figured the DVD entertainment system was no way worth the cost - for once I'll side with Mr. West that you can score a pair of decent laptop DVD players or even the kind that hang between the seats in front of you for one third the price. In either case, we already have a car TV (with VCR) that plugs in just fine. The 115V outlet in back WOULD be nice though...just not worth 1600 bucks!

    I do like the backseat audio - wherein the kids can listen to their noisy CDs while Mom and I can either talk or listen to the radio.

    After a weekend roadtrip I'll concur with the comments about the laser speed control - nice, but limit use to when traffic is very light or passing is not an option. Each time you come upon a vehicle that must be passed, it slows you down to match his speed first, then you get over and it downshifts and slams the throttle open - unless you get over a couple hundred feet behind the guy. But it's easy enough to turn off when you're frustrated. I noticed it also senses when a person pulls in front of you and is going faster than you -- it doesn't slow you down then. That's a smart feature. Still lots to learn about.

    I think the audio system is great. Listened to a range of music on our trip and it performed very well. RDS is cool if you live in an area with a decent selection - or are passing through an area.

    I don't know if anybody else mentioned it, but my insurance cost on this van - brand new - is $70 less per six months than my 2000 LE. I figure it's all the safety and security features. But yes, I'm getting a little back from my insurer.
  • thanks for info on running boards on seinna limited. have ordered same and now waiting for delivery. you made my day.
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    Glad it was what you were looking for, hope the install goes smooooooth:)
  • vanquestvanquest Posts: 14
    Can anyone shed light on this because Toyota itself cannot....

    The spec sheet on the Sienna refers to an 'engine immobilizer' as standard on an LE and an 'anti-theft engine immobilizer' as standard on an XLE. What in the world might be the difference?

  • jsvanguyjsvanguy Posts: 14
    Can anyone speculate on how much more $$ the 2005 Sienna will cost vs the 2004.

    What will be the difference is resale value be for the 2005 vs the 2004 in 3-5 years?

    Economically, how much more should I be willing to pay for a 2005, if I am concerned about resale value in 3-5 years?
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    Here's the updated pricing for the 05'Camry. I know Apples to Oranges, but, this is all that's out there to my knowledge. Kelly Blue Book should have used pricing the next quarter (9/1). As you said "SPECULATION". ing.html
  • jsvanguyjsvanguy Posts: 14
    Raydahs-Thanks for the info. If the 2005 Sienna price increase is $500 or so, then it would seem the 05 is the way to go. Rsale value in 3-5 years on the 05 vs the 04 should be several thousand dollars higher?
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    "Rsale value in 3-5 years on the 05 vs the 04 should be several thousand dollars higher?"

    Why? They're the same vehicle. The only difference I know of will be some slight reshuffling of packages and equipment levels. I can't see someone 3-5 years from now paying substantially more for an '05 vs an '04.
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    I did a KBB search between a 02' & 03' XLE/w 20K mi., trade in value "good" condition and got a difference of $1500. (same mileage)

    Ooops, Repost - But if you do a 02' w/24K mi. vs 03' w/36K mi. Then you get a difference of $2400. Forgot to take in to account the 12k annual mileage factor.
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Try comparing an '00 to a '01 (assuming these are still the same generation vehicles). As time goes by, the value differences from year to year should be even less.
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    I'll check my owners manual and post later, but IIRC the difference is a "Glass breakage sensor" feature?
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