Bought the van in '02 to replace a 91
Pathfinder. Has proven to be very
comfortable on long trips with to small
kids. Gas mileage is what you would
expect for a 6 cyl. Have kept it
serviced every 5000 miles at the
dealer. Had initial problem with the
power sliding doors not working. Right
at 36000 and the rear seat will not
pull out. Only taken it out 3-4
times. Dealership had to order part.
Also, the passenger power window
doesn't go down all the time. Overall,
wished I could have afforded the
Odessey, but this has been ok. Wife
likes it for taking the kids around
town. Don't get the optional center
console; waste of space and no space.
Dual power sliding doors
Extend the bumper to bumper warranty.
If Hyundai can do it, Toyota should be
able to and not worry if their quality
is so good.
AC/heating unit a little bit week –
take almost five minutes to cool down
in the summer, and heating up in the
Cruise control, control of the
radio/audio on stirring wheel, two side
rear/middle passengers doors.
1)Stronger AC/heating unit. 2). With
rear passengers sits removed to make
rear/cargo door and luggage compartment
shape large enough to allows for 4’x 8’
building materials (sheetrock,
paneling, etc.) load/unload without
tear and wear upholstery.
Have had several minor problems, but
nothing major. On hot summer days, the
door locks stick, and you can't enter
or exit through that door. Locks were
replaced by dealer twice in 2002.
Also had problems with seat belt
jamming in retraction mechanism. I
have heard about the engine sludge
problem, so we have changed the oil on
time every time without fail. Haven't
had any problems with the engine yet
(so far, so good). Overall, it has
been an excellent vehicle. The ride is
extremely comfortable, and there is
enough room to be comfortable, even
loaded with bags on vacation (although
there are only 4 of us). Might be too
small for a family of 5 or 6.
Rear seats can slide, fold down, or be
removed for extra room. Ride is smooth
and engine has great acceleration.
Fix the design of the door locks so
they don't stick when the temperatures
go above 90 degrees F. It could prevent
passengers from exiting the vehicle in
Our Sienna also developed 'engine oil
gel'. Guess that's PC for Sludge. We
call it the sludgemobile too. Dealer
just rebuilt the engine < 28k miles.
Didn't fight either. We have 2 friends
that have had rebuilds too. One got
back 4000$ on repairs. The brakes
squeal, the AC broke < 12 miles, O2
sensor broke, seat back fell off,
visor broke (used about 5 times).
Are you kidding ?
Give us back our money! I have 3 young
children and we have to sell this
thing, its unsafe, what will break
next and when will it strand my family
on the road.