We bought this minivan used from the original owners with 220k kms. When they bought it new, they had a remote starter, class II towing package with trans cooler installed, and the undercarriage was undercoated with rubberized rockguard. We have owned it nearly 7 years and driven 130k kms for a total of just under 350k kms. In the time we have owned it, I have done regular maintenance to it, brakes, tires, engine tune-ups, etc and have only had to replace both rear wheel bearings, all 4 ABS sensors, two inner tie-rods and the original battery. I just completed the 332k timing belt service and the engine runs like a top. It will tow all I need it to and still gets reasonable fuel mileage
- Will tow just about any mid-sized trailer with ease
- With all 3 rear seats removed, there is tons of storage space. It is basically a covered truck.
- You will not find a more reliable minivan. The domestic brands do not compare at all to the Sienna.
- Very comfortable to drive. It has the same front end as a Camry, so it handles very similar to a car.
- Fuel mileage is not great, but then neither is any minivan.
- With the factory privacy glass, it can be hard to see behind you.
- Being a Toyota, some of the dealer only parts can be expensive.
2004 we bought this used - I knew the only major issue was the sliding door handles *might* break. Yes, they did - and we've had to replace them. We've put on 100k miles in the past 7 years and it's made tons of 24-hour roundtrip roadtrips over the past few years. Great van but we have had to take it in the shop a few times (replaced alternator, other stuff I've forgotten but no transmission/engine major stuff).
Great comfort for long trips.
Great safety rating for a 98.
Tons of space (3rd row) plus cargo.
Good gas mileage for such a large vehicle
Well it didn't win the prettiest vehicle award but it gets the job done.
Obviously a higher quality of plastic for the door handles (exterior and interior) is a no-brainer Toyota.
This van is simply amazing. At 180K received letter from Toyota asking if while driving you hear a humming noise, bring it in. The following week dealer installed a brand new transmission, free of charge. Now going on 350K. Changed radiator, timing belt twice, brakes and oil. Van should be good for another 200k, at least! Extremely satisfied.
Acceleration and ABS.
Doors handles could have been made sturdier for Canadian winters.
Purchased new in fall of '97 and 65,000
mles later, still enjoy it. I needed
flexiblity in a vehicle, the Siena did
the trick. Good power along with good
mileage, comfortable car handling
features and unique (at the time)
interior features...the '98 Siena has
it all. A couple of negatives: right
from the "get-go" the van has had an
occasional squeak in the dash and the
right rear quarter window rattles
unless completely open. The dealership
did what they could, but after a couple
of months..weeks the squeaks in the
dash and the quarter window rattle
returned to their orignal fame.
Besides the excellent engineering of
the van, the other area I feel deserves
mention is the overall dimensions of
the van. At 194" in length it fits
nicely in a single garage with room for
other lawn-care items.
A couple too many squeaks and rattles
in comparison to past Toyota vehicles.