by johnfixesstuff on Mar 20, 2014 Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
We upgraded from a 2003 to a 2004 Toyota Sienna and there is a BIG difference.
The vehicle is like 6" wider and longer and it is so nice.
We were not able to put a rear-facing car seat in the second row of captains chairs in our 2003 but the 2004 fits it nicely and my wife and I are both over 6' tall.
The stowable rear seat is very nice too.
The gas mileage is right around 20 mpg which could be better.
It has plenty of power though and the ride is nice.
by sf_sienna on Feb 11, 2014 Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
We bought this 2004 model in the summer of 2003 and now have 123K miles on it. Nearly flawless reliability with very minimal maintenance and repairs. The only issue we've run into has been the fairly common power door cable break. We had a lot of warning (noises, clunky operation) and had it inspected and were told it would cost $1600 to fix. We let it go and now the door is manual operation only. No big deal, we got over 10 years of use out of it while the kids were young. Other than this we've changed the timing belt, spark plugs, and front brake pads (@50K and @100K) plus the usual maintenance items such as oil, filters and tires. Each set of tires has gone between 32K and 38K miles.
by scabledog on Jan 27, 2014 Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
I once said I would never buy anything but a Ford or Chevy, but I am a Toyota believer now.
Bought this van new in 2004 and it now has 175,000 miles on it with very little problems to speak of.
Just routine maintenance for the most part.
The dash did start to crack in the center at 100K and the radiator leaks a bit, but considering the mileage I cannot complain. I think this year I will replace the radiator finally, but still not terrible at 175K.
Only other issue I had at about 155K was a front wheel bearing went bad. You know they are bad when you rumble down the road.
Still a ton of mileage without major repair costs so really cannot complain!!
Would definitely buy another Toyota!
The Sienna has been completely redesigned for 2004. Roomier and more powerful than before, Toyota's minivan entry now has the all-important fold-flat third-row seat, as well as a choice of seven- or eight-passenger seating (on lower level trims) and available all-wheel drive.