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2004 Toyota Sienna LE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A) LE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
My wife and I recently purchased a used '04 Sienna w/122,000 miles on it. I didn't think twice about buying this Sienna because of Toyota's reliabilty (we also own a '02 Camry w/175,000 miles on it). The model we got is the LE 7-passenger w/leather interior. It is a very comfortable vehicle to ride in and fun to drive, even though it's a minivan. Other than some slight vibration in the dash the Sienna drives like new, very smooth and quiet. My wife loves the right rear sliding door that opens w/a push of a button. Although, I have heard of many instances when the chain breaks in that power sliding door being a costly repair (over $1400 I believe). We love the minivan life!
Leather, moonroof, cd-player, storage, functionality, reliability, seating capacity
2004 Toyota Sienna LE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A) LE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
Just had the spark plugs replaced at 74K. It was running fine, but had that done anyway at Toyota dealer along with PCV valve, air filter, oil change and tire rotation. Total bill was $625 with the tax (8.5%). The plugs are a big job on this year Sienna because the intake manifold needs to be removed to change them, hence it is about three hours labor for the plus alone. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there is no distributor cap or plug wires to change. Van still runs and drives as new. There may be a slight whistling sound from the passenger side front window at highway speeds. Other than that, still happy with it.
Overall comfort and quiet. Great for family trips. Feels very safe and secure.
Gas mileage could be better. Have averaged 17.8 MPG overall in 74K miles. That is about half highway and half crowded suburban driving. It will return 25-26 MPG on long highway trips if you keep it under 70 MPH.
2004 Toyota Sienna LE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A) LE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
I have been driving the Sienna now for almost 7 years and people can't believe the car is that old. The exterior and interior looks incredible and the reliability has been outstanding. At 136,000 miles it still rides like a new car and has had virtually no mechanical problems. I had the spark plugs changed at 130,000 miles and the timing belt changed around 90,000, but other than those normal maintenance items I have had no repair bills with this car. This is the first Toyota I have owned and I am confident it will easily make 200,000 miles.
Reliability, automatic sliding door, smooth ride, power rear windows, extra room.
Rear seat belt does not always retract smoothly.
Just turned 70K recently. No real problems to report. There were two warranty issues years ago that were taken care of by Toyota. Just bought the third set of tires, the Pirelli P4s are the way to go now. The Yokohamas were better than the original equipment, but the Pirellis are supposed to be better than the Yokos. Not much else to say. This vehicle has been trouble free and uneventful.
The amount of interior room is amazing. We have taken numerous long trips in this vehicle with two tall teenage boys and never had a problem. Have even taken trips with five people and luggage and no one complained.
Nothing I can think of.
This is an absolutely great vehicle. I love my Toyota Sienna. I drive about 30 miles to work, this vehicle makes its so much easy. Very smooth and steering gentle unlike my VW with is sporty and tight. If you are looking to buy a new or used Sienna just buy it blind-folded, you will not go wrong. Don't expect a great interior or a car that turns head, but if you are looking for maintenance free & great ride quality, this is the one.
Headlights turns off if left on. Very low turn radius.
Honda like exterior. Better color choice.
If there is an example that Toyota doesn't have its thumb on quality control, it is me. I jumped the car 14 times the first year I owned it even though the battery checked out O.K. They said it didn't need to be replaced. Just after the warranty expired, it needed to be replaced. Power door broke-$1500 to fix. Electric locks go crazy and can't open doors. Have to crawl out. Has never shifted smoothly although transmission checks out O.K. Frequently lurches and downshifts unexpectedly. Radiator replaced in 2nd year. None in stock had to wait a week. The rocker panels rusted in the first year. I had to change the tires in the first month - not good on snow and ice. Generally, a bad car.
Turning radius is brilliant. 2nd seat side windows roll down. Interior is comfortable and spacious. Rear storage is very good. Light blue on the instrument panel is nice.
Overall quality, especially that pertaining to electronics. It is a little scary not to be able to get out of your car. I would also suggest an automatic light shut off. The air conditioning vent in the second row blows on passenger's heads. I have heard a number of complaints about that.
I own a 2004 (8 seating) Toyota Sienna LE. I have had to replace tires 2 times. There have been 5 or 6 recalls. It is in the shop today with loud humming noise from engine. But the most disappointing thing is that the dash has split in 3 places. I contacted the dealership and Toyota directly and they offered me no help. The car was beyond its warranty, but I have owned 8 cars (4 Toyotas) during my driving life and have never had a dash split. Toyota told me that I must have done something to it, although they could not suggest what it might be. The van is kept in a garage when not in use and I always crack the windows when it is summer time. Cannot recommend Toyota anymore.
Improve quality of carpet, mats, plastic coverings on the seats where they fold. Put tires on vans that are made to carry the weight of the van.
I have read many positive reviews of the Sienna but ever since I bought this car in 2003 it has been a money pit. I have replaced the tires...twice! Also, last spring replaced the radiator and now the auto shop tells me I need to sink another $500 into the axle shaft. I hate this car.
The 'fluff' options are great. We love the fold down seats and rear audio control.
Still have this van. I think I've reviewed it on Edmunds before. It will be five years old in September 2009. It has about 58,000 miles on it now. I'm very happy with it, as is my wife. Other than a couple of minor things, sensors, a window motor, things like that, it has been trouble free. Even those things were covered under warranty. I don't think we've laid out any money for repairs. We have for maintenance, of course. Still on our second set of brake pads. Had the coolant and hoses changed. Should probably spring for plugs, cap and wires soon, but it still runs fine. Toyota treats its customers very well. Van is fantastic on trips, roomy, smooth, quiet. 25-26 MPG highway, 18-19 overall
It's just so smooth, quiet and trouble free. I would not hesitate to buy another Toyota. They have extended the warranty on certain items that some people have had trouble with, like the radiator cracking. We have not had that problem, but it's good to know that Toyota acknowledges it and cares.
What can I say? Make it more fun to toss around? It's not that kind of vehicle. It does feel big and burdensome sometimes to drive it. It always feels six inches too wide and a foot too long to me. But if it wasn't this size and weight I guess it wouldn't shine so much as the family trip vehicle.
We replaced our 1999 Grand Caravan with the 2004 Sienna this month. It drives great and the "utility" level, with the disappearing rear bench, deep wells behind that rear bench, and 8th seat, is Fantastic!!
EIGHT passenger option. Any of the 3 middle seats can be removed or installed without too much work. LOVE the rear bench configuration. Shifter on the dash is awesome, although the 'gate' pattern is funky.
Plastic is cheap in places. I hope I never have a blown tire- the spare is in a totally odd location on the side. DVD doesn't work.
First off, I am 18 year-old guy, and I have no shame driving this. It looks great for a minivan, and can take off when you put your foot down! My friend said "I thought this was a minivan" when I got on the highway. Yet it still gets over 20 mpg hauling 6 people every day to school. No other minivan has a factory woofer in the back. Drove on an 11 hour road trip, and it was perfectly comfortable and returned 27 mpg doing a steady 70 mph with a full load. Dream vehicle for a road trip! I highly recommend to anyone needing a versatile reliable family vehicle.
Power, gas mileage, 10-spkr JBL audio, quiet and comfortable interior, cargo space and folding rear seats, and especially Toyota reliability!
I would have said even more power, but they took care of that with 2006 and newer models that come with the 268HP 3.5L V6.
Our 2004 Toyota Minivan 8 passenger was a fine, reliable, easy to drive, no frills (we bought the LE), family van. We've been camping, endless school pickups dropoffs, family events, etc. Never a worry. Then, the cable in the automatic door broke. Thank goodness we only have one auto slider. The cost to repair? $1400! We have duct taped the thing in the shut position until there is a recall on this problem. After our shock, I have found that there are more vans with this problem than can be counted. Too bad Toyota is not willing to deal on this. We had been considering Prius/Matrix/Camry for a purchase this year. Now we will reconsider.
8 passengers, Big enough to move larger items, Fold down rear seats
Make repairs less expensive for non engine items such as doors, etc. Bouncy, rocky, drive could be better.
I'm a a person that vowed never to own a minivan but 3 kids later I went for it. The Sienna is the best car I've had. The interior space is great and really have had no problems, just regular maintenance and tires. Brakes were need at 50k but that is to be expected. We have a large tent trailer we tow and it pulls like a dream (we got the tow package). The only thing I would improve is the underside clearance. When towing (and even when not), you need to be aware of the clearance. It rides very low and you can bottom out if your not careful. I've heard all minivans are like this though.
Interior space, flat folding 3rd row, smooth riding and turning.
Increase the clearance, but this is mainly due to the flat folding 3rd row. I guess one needs to choose which is their priority.
Installed a trailer towing package and likewise installed an air lift air bag system for the rear coils and that made a tremendous difference and ride and handling, loaded or unloaded. Pulled a 2700 lb load 10 ft. cargo trailer to Dallas Texas and back like a breeze. At 105000 miles we did the first brake pad change and purchased premium high dollar replacement pads installed for $395.00 at our friendly Chev dealer. Toyota wants to rob you. Replaced the original factory crappy tires at 74000 miles with the superlative Goodyear Triple Tread Assurance tires (Nitrogen filled). This van handles like it were a Cadillac STS. Beautiful ride. Fuel mileage is consistent average is 28 down to 23.
Engine, handling, best searing arrangement with the 7 passenger. Great comfort.
Put better quality tires on from factory.
Bought new 5/04, came with conventional Dunlop tires that were absolute garbage - had to replace them after first winter as it was like driving on skis. Michelin rules! Reliability otherwise has been good except for battery issues that many others have had - if one interior light is left on for several hours, battery is dead. About a year ago radiator showed signs of seepage which dealer wanted to replace to tune of $1000 - but since we had no puddles/coolant loss we just left as is - still ok. Steering wheel suddenly developed squeak at 68000. Not the worst car I have ever owned but not sure I would buy another.
Good interior room. HVAC is good. Car is peppy enough.
Better tires especially if sold in winter climates. Front lap/shoulder belts are prone to getting jammed. Need some sort of battery drain protection. Improve rear visibility. Plastic dashboard is a dust magnet.
Purchased in Canada, this van is great in snow. After 44 months and 195000 km, this vehicle has had only routine maintenance. We love the ride, the room for luggage, great highway vehicle, smooth ride, short turning radius, excellent sound system. Only regret is not getting the XLE. I can think of nothing negative to say about this vehicle. Just replaced the timing belt, water pump and plugs at 185000 km and it runs like new again. Local Toyota dealer wanted $900 plus for that work but i had it completed by a trusted small town mechanic for $560. Am on third set of Michelin all-weather tires. Had my first alignment and the vehicle runs smooth as glass. Averaging 25.4 miles hwy and city.
Steering, ride, extra bright high-beams, dash lites at night, 13 cupholders, unbelievable carrying capacity, great visibility, super sound system, smooth ride in town and on highway, stow-away third row seats, smooth powerful engine.
We bought this van brand-new as soon as the new 2004s came out. Traded from our Honda Odyssey. The Sienna is far more comfortable, quieter and more fuel efficient than the Honda. It drives and handles like a Lexus RX 330, gets around 23 mpg city and 29 highway, (loaded at 75 mph). We have over 95,000 miles on it now, and have done nothing but routine service. One set of brakes and one set of tires. Amazing that this vehicle will do everything that the big SUVs will do and still get such great mpg. When I see the big SUVs at the pump complaining I just smile. It may not look as fancy on the outside, but it does all it is asked to do with style. for a lot less.
Comfortable ride, turning radius, fuel mileage, interior room, incredible cargo space, DVD player, great sound system, amazing headlights, power rear windows, I could go on and on.
I wish that the middle seats were hinged lower, so that when they recline they would be a little more comfortable, maybe a little sharper styling?
Have owned our 2004 for almost 4 yrs. now. Have about 47,000 miles on it. It is built very well in terms of ride quality and noise. There have been two reliability issues, both of which were covered under warranty, a window motor and a speed sensor. The original tires were cheap garbage and lasted only about 40K. The best replacement is for them is the Yokohama's, a steal at about $100 each installed. The Yokohama's are rated for 80K. My only complaint with this vehicle is the gas mileage. We have averaged 17.7 MPG since new, and this is a mix of suburban and highway driving. It will get 25-26 MPG at 60-65 MPH, but only about 22-23 MPG at 75-80 MPH. Otherwise, safe, comfortable, reliable.
I guess the ride and the lack of noise, vibration and harshness. It's great for family trips. The Toyota dealer has been excellent as far as the few warranty issues we had.
It just feels too big. Too long, too wide. I never really felt that comfortable driving it around town.
Owned this van for exactly 5 years and just received one big repair bill. After only 42K miles needed to replace the front control arms at considerable expense. Also needed to replace the rear brakes and rotors, and the tires. When asked why they needed replacement so soon, was told the van is very heavy. Otherwise, have been very happy with this van. Very comfortable on road trips. A bit disappointed in the number of recalls; gas tank, radiator, power steering hoses, and 2 other minor items.
Excellent highway mileage. Very comfortable on long road trips. Love the tight turning circle; can do u-turns on narrow roads.
Horrible mileage in the city in winter and not much better in summer. Should have used larger brake parts and heavier duty steering components.
We bought this van when they were first released and we've had the feeling that Toyota was rushing to get them out to the dealerships. The driver side window fell off track and broke inside the door, the power door locked open and we had to cut the cable to get it closed, brakes and tires were replaced, and now the power steering needs repaired. Nothing has been covered under warranty or recall so far. We do wish we had held off and bought a Honda and may end up taking a loss and trading it in even though we had hoped to drive it for many more years.
It is comfortable and we get good mileage for a minivan. My kids love watching videos when we travel. The layout of the dash is nice and easy to use.
Toyota needs to look at some of these reviews as the problems seem pretty consistent - windows, brakes, tires, power steering, power doors, etc. These aren't standard repairs when they're consistently breaking down for the owners.
I have owned my Sienna for less than a year, yet have already discovered this van's virtues. It is very much the Camry of minivans: it is not a particularly exciting or involving vehicle to drive, but it gets you and 6 friends from point A to point B with little fuss. The drivetrain is refined and ride comfort is very good. All the vehicle's controls are simple to operate, and interior space is excellent. So far, I've averaged 9.5L/100km (25mpg) in mixed city/hwy driving, which is better than some 4cyl cars. I can't really comment on long-term reliability, but I haven't encountered any problems yet with the van. Overall, it's a very practical vehicle to own, albeit not a very inspiring one.
Smooth drivetrain, ample passing power (even when fully loaded), tight turning radius, easy-to-use controls, lots of storage space.
Exterior is simple, but anonymous. Driving experience is numbing.
71000 miles. Handles great in snow with four 215/65/16 Mich Xice tires: backed 30 yards across a grass field covered in snow up to the bumpers and towed a pickup truck out that couldn't move on its own. Who needs AWD and the associated additional costs? Quiet on hwy, great for long trips. OE tires lasted 50K. Brakes serviced once. MPG >20 city, 24.5-27@75mph, hit 30mpg@60mph sustained with 7 people on board on one trip. Only unexpected repair: radiator leak, cost $800, was not on recall.
Love the exterior styling, hide-away 3rd row seat, fuel economy, 13 cup holders, ride comfort, strong drivetrain with sophisticated 5speed transmission, steering wheel audio controls.
Improved scratch resistance of the interior plastic trim. Second row captain's chairs are fine upright, but are not comfortable reclined. Exterior paint scratches easily in the handle wells from finger nail contact.
This has been a great vehicle. Even after 90000 miles it is tight and smooth. I enjoy the handling, tight turning radius, smooth Lexus-style and ride, great meileage, high-cube storage, rides level under heavy loads, excellent heat and A/C in all zones. It has never been in the shop other than for routine maintenance and the few factory recalls to correct issues that I would have never otherwise noticed. I appreciate all of the standard options, such as tilt/telescopic wheel, rear power passenger windows, 5-speed automatic transmission. My next Sienna will be the XLE with leather, sunroof, power lift-gate, back-up sensors, etc.
All of the above. Especially short turning radius, fold-flat 3rd row split seats. Great headlights, ergonomics, smooth ride and handling, great highway traveller. Plenty of cup-holders and storage compartments. I like everything about this vehicle.
Two small corrections. First, that is an automatic electrical shut-down after 15-20 minutes. When doors are left open, for loading, etc the battery dies quickly. Second, the rear bumper cover pull aways from the body if I back into a curb, etc. Snaps back in easily but needs stronger clips.
We're not aggressive or rough drivers, using a minivan for what it was intended, and we have followed all maintenance plans through local toyota dealer. Our experience has been miserable: First year, sliding doors rattled incessantly. Had to have door seals replaced (actually missing). 2nd year, catalytic converter went out, somehow causing traction control malfunction in snow storm. 3rd year: Power sliding door motor burned out. Out of warranty. Dealer provided parts, we paid for labor. Into 4th year now, cracked radiator, torn CV boots, intermittent/shorting rear heater controls. This is worse than the 1998 Dodge Caravan we traded in!!! Looking for something different now.
Great gas mileage, tight turning radius, and passenger door window were selling features of this vehicle.
Return to quality.
After owning a Toyota Tundra for a couple years, I decided I'd buy another Toyota. Unfortunately, the Sienna has had a bunch of problems. Our most recent problems involve poor build quality, including: 1. The lock mechanism on the rear door came apart because all of the screws fell out. 2. The inside door panel of the driver side door is partially disconnected from the door and gets stuck on the weather stripping when you try to open the door. The clips that hold the panel on are plastic and they broke easily. 3. The first set of tires wore out very quickly. 4. The first set of brakes wore out very quickly. 5. The battery goes dead after about 15 minutes if a door is left open.
1. Drives well 2. 3rd row folding seats 3. 8 seat model
Better build quality with better components. Less plastic.
Great van to roll the kids around in. Don't know why other people have issues with MPG? I ran this on Oahu traffic (bad) with 19 MPG and now up in the NW getting 22.1 avg. Step a little lighter on gas, it is powerfull for a van but not a race car, standard gas saving tips.... The OEM tires were awful and I did replace them @ 29K. Now up to 40K with no issues.
Great turning radius! Handles great. 8th seat good for having some visitors with plenty of room for luggage.
OEM tire. Third row seat is only for kids or a very short legged adult. Trim is really easy to scratch (int).
We purchased our Sienna thinking that we would have many happy carefree miles in a high quality vehicle. What we found was issues with the traction control that locked up our wheels and required significant repairs not once but twice. In addition we had an overheated radiator (later recalled). In total this vehicle was a bust - will never buy a Toyota again.
Interior space, nice style for a minivan.
Better reliability with traction control.
Not a lot of problems with our 2004 LE FWD. The passenger side power window motor did fail at around 20,000 miles. Replaced under warranty but did have to leave overnight for repair. Recently needed coolant sensor, thermostat and air/fuel sensor at 28,000 miles, but these were replaced in a day under warranty. The Dunlop tires wear out very quickly. Replacing them now at 28000 mi. with Yokohama Avid TRZs. Gas mileage is lower than expected, averaging 17.3 MPG over the past two and a half years, and that is almost all suburban and highway!
Truly the Lexus of minivans. Very quiet and smooth.
Better OEM tires. Improve gas mileage.
Have had my LE FWD for two and a half years now. The only problems have been a faulty L/S front power window motor, replaced under warranty,and the moulding on the L/S of the second row seat keeps popping off. Looks like there is a screw or pin missing that holds the molding to the seat.
Very comfortable, quiet, smooth riding, reliable, solid.
The accelerator is a little bit too touchy. Sometimes it seems like an on and off switch.
After deciding to step "down" to a minivan from a pickup ;) the next big decision was which one? Toyota, Honda, Kia or Dodge? Once we had test driven all 4, the Sienna was the hands down winner! I am as happy now, 3 years later, as I was the day we took delivery. This vehicle has NEVER let me down and has lived up to all its positive reviews.
Power sliding door. Fold flat rear seats. Middle row captains seats.
An easier to maintain interior trim than the black lacquer like finish (CE & LE). More range of movement in power seat back. Easier to access fuel door release.
I have had incredible trouble changing a tire. The car fell off the jack and I can't get the tire gauge light to go off. It took my husband over a half hour to get the tire off the bottom of the car in the weird position it was in to unscrew it and get it under the car. If we had been on the side of the road when these flats happened, we would have been killed. Paint chips off the bumpers badly. My battery has died numerous times because of interior lights not auto turning off. All screws holding the flaps protecting motor over front time came out with flaps hitting wheels causing great scare. Toyota wouldn't replace because out of mile warranty (we had to evacuate to Dallas!).
Like readouts of miles left to empty, temperature, etc.
I liked the rubber bumpers of previous years better. Please move the tire inside somewhere and make the jack heftier and easier to access with a large lug remover. please make interior lights turn off eventually automatically.
We are glad we bought the Sienna. We haven't had any problems with the van. It gets very good gas mileage for a full-size van. We got 26-27 mpg with 6 people and loaded with luggage plus going over mountains. The van has great power also. If you want a van that is fun to drive, good mpg, and dependable, the Sienna is it.
Power sliding door, shift lever location, fold down seats and engine power.
The back trunk door can be hard to close if you are short in height.
We've had the recalls with the radiator, seat belt and door. Fine. But the radiator KEEPS leaking and they haven't been able to fix it in 4 trips to the dealer. We have just over 40K miles on it now and have had the tires replaced and brakes at 15k! We are pleased with the utilitarian aspects. (After all, that is the reason we buy these things right?) We just wish that the radiator thing and the brake thing wasn't there to fix.
We've gotten 22 MPG so we're pleased with that. Comfort, power door, handling and power.
Brakes, tires and radiators. I also wish the dashboard wasn't blue and it doesn't even match the radio at night.
I'll start off by saying I've always been a fan of Toyota. Until now. This Sienna performed great for 1 year, with the exception of fuel economy. It is not even close to the EPA estimate. The sliding side doors are difficult to close properly which caused the battery to die often. Electic windows broke 2x. 3-4 recalls in the first year. Then after the warranty -38k miles- the muffler broke and then the glove box door broke. My 100K mile extended warranty that I purchased for $1000 didn't cover either repair (fine print). I called Toyota and they were rude. Called it normal where and tear. Runs rough at 52k miles. I'm now trading it in. junk.
The 8th seat. Stow away seating. Dash board layout.
Overall quality is poor. Improve gas mileage. Sliding doors should close easier. Bigger battery. Will go dead if you leave your dome lights on for 20 minutes or more.
Shortly after purchasing my Sienna, I began having problems. The dealer couldn't figure out why my check engine light came on several times a week, so they sent the van to another dealer two hours away. That dealer replaced the computer. My radiator has been replaced, all hoses have been replaced, and the fuses blow constantly. I LOVE this van as far as comfort and ease of driving. I am just very disappointed that I spent this much money and I'm having this many problems. We are in the process of purchasing another vehicle.
Very sharp turn radius. Easy to park. Very easy for the little ones to get in and out by themselves.
Toyota needs to concentrate on QUALITY when redesigning vehicles. Also, Toyota needs to look into transmission continually shifting when driving up hills.
I have to say that my 2004 Sienna has been the most trouble-prone vehicle I've owned. Multiple recalls and numerous repairs including odd items like broken rear gate closers and driver door closer. Difficulty getting the extended warranty (purchased through dealer) to step up.
Utility and interior design. Also, the exterior design is as attractive as you can make a minivan.
Refocus on quality. Interior noise is higher than expected. The fly- by-wire accelerator is very quirky and hard to get used to under certain driving conditions.
My first Sienna and there is nothing about this vehicle that I do not like. It has a smooth quiet ride, lots of power, good fuel economy, plenty of room, everything fits and works well. It has been to the dealer 9 times for regular maintainence , oil, lubes only. It is a first rate travelling vehicle, a great highway cruiser. Our next vehicle will be the XLE with leather, 17" wheels, sun-roof, laser cruise etc but no flat-free tires after reading the comments here. Even the LE comes very well equipped with items that others call options. We have enjoyed 72000km (45000 mi) with zero problems.
Short turn radius, powerful smooth acceleration, bright high-beam headlights, smooth ride, 27 mi/gal avg, tilt/telescopic wheel, smooth 5- speed transmission, comfy seating for six adults with luggage, power rear vent windows, easy lift rear door, solid great fit doors all around. A-1 load carrier
Center seats are a little difficult to remove.
We have 3 kids, so we decided to buy a minivan last year. We chose this Sienna because it had an 8 passenger option and rides smoother. Even after the new Odyssey came out, we still like the Sienna's looks better. The flexible seating has been great, swallowing various combinations of kids and stuff. Gas mileage is less than advertised, averaging 17 mpg, but we do almost all city driving and my wife and I are both leadfoots; our 300M got about the same and our Civic gets about 25, so that's not bad. Passing power is good on the highway and it's silky smooth ride is nice around our city's lousy streets. A keeper.
Awesome cargo room with 5 seats in use, good space even with 8; excellent maneuverability for a van this big; excellent A/C; Phantom Gray color hides dirt well; LE interior feels deluxe. It's no Ferrari, but many people have said it's a good looking vehicle even though it's a minivan.
Very difficult to get Cheerios out of slots in the floor; 3rd row access difficult for adults; 8-seat LE not available with factory leather; brake pedal is a bit squishy, but gets the job done. Toyota needs to simplify its options packages. We had to order this van to get exactly what we wanted.
Love this van. Good looks, comfort and convenience. Needs a power hatch which is only available on the XLE model. We somehow manage 29 mpg on the freeway. Toyota needs to simplify their option packages and regional differences as they are WAY to confusing!!! Honda has it down right. We are uprading to an 05 XLE soon.
Styling, gas mileage.
Simplify the trim levels and option packages, eliminate regional differences. It is way too difficult for the consumer to determine what is and is not available on various trim levels. Honda has it figured out.
There are two serious design flaws that have proven very disappointing in what is otherwise a nice vehicle. 1. The A/C condenser is mounted right behind the front grill. It is exposed to rocks and other road hazzars. When a small rock passed through the grill openings and created a hole in the condenser, my repair cost was $790 not covered by warranty because the dealer considered it road hazzard damage not covered. 2. The accelerator extremely annoying on this van. It is sluggish through the first 1/2 of the travel range of the pedal. Then for a small portion of the pedal range, it is very jerky and extreme with weird transmission behaivor. The dealer declares it "normal".
Seat configuration, roominess
Protect the A/C condenser, provide better quality tires that don't need replacement at 18,000 miles, and revert back to a real cable-to-throttle accelerator.
So far, Toyota has replaced the radiator and fuel tank under recall as well as an electrical issue and a door seal issue. Under warranty the lift gate plungers were replaced after they outright broke off. Then, the A/C compressor had to be replaced because apparently some kind of road hazzard bounced up and put a hole in it. Poor design / positioning? I mean that's an expensive component to be left exposed to a rock on the interstate. N bolders out there. All in all, I bought a Toyota because of the reliability reputation and so far in 2 years it has been at the dealer a total of 9 days. That seems excessive in just two years.
Space, utility, and flexibility.
Reduce road noise, improve accelerator function across the full range of pedal motion, improve engine acceleration power. Also, improve quality of lift gate actuators - they break very easily.
I have been very pleased with my van. I would buy another one!
While we love the van most of the time, we have had it in the shop way too many times (at least 8) in 20 months for non-routine items. There is a problem with the middle row passenger side seat belt that Toyota can't seem to fix after 5 visits, and the drivers side sliding door creaks (3 visits), as well as 3 recalls (some trips we had multiple things done). The build quality isn't what we had hoped for from Toyota.
Sliding door windows that open.
Improve build quality, and fix problems when they happen.
This minivan rides exceptionally smooth and has horsepower beyond belief. My wife that said she would never be caught dead in a minivan says now that she wouldn't trade it for the world. The van feels like something out of the Lexus line as far as quietness & structure. Everything in this van was carefully thought out from the armrest storage bins to the engine. I personally have not driven a car of this quality ever, and I've drive a lot of cars. Quick, quiet, and impressive.
Armrest storage bins, illumination of gauges, stability and solid ride.
Rear disc brakes, driver side power sliding van door for LE model, splash guards, day time running lights, lower price for dvd system. If I use aftermarket parts, I save about $1800. AC power plugs. Put better stock tires on instead of Michelin.
Still have a 92 Previa. Sienna is much like it only quieter and more power. Comfortable ride and good inside features. No mechanical problems. Excellent room for tall people. Great cargo space. FWD needs studed snow tires for going up hills in snow/ice conditions. 4 wheel drive works better. Good value for your money. Son used it for a special driving course and it handled just great in quick tight turns.
Numerous cup holders. Adjustable Captains chairs in second row. Rear control for heat/air. 2 slidding doors.
Web pockets behind fron seats. Arm rests for front and second row seats adjustable for different levels. Have second row seats slide back further for long legged people.
Vehicle is great except the the build quality of the interior. It looks great, but it rattles, creaks and moans. Certainly didn't expect that in a Toyota.
Engine and transmission are first rate.
Interior plastics need work. They look great, but creak, moan and rattle. Also the standard tires on the LE with allows chirp and squeal under normal conditions, let alone for spirited driving.
This is the best car I have ever owned! It is a dream to drive. The turning radius is amazing when I need to do a u- turn in a parking lot! It is quiet, smooth and comfortable. When I am tooling down the road, I feel like I am in the lap of luxury. I have had friends who owned mini-vans, but this one feels like a car, compared to theirs and is so EASY to drive.
The seats are extremely comfortable. I love it that the second row windows roll down. It is also so cool how the last row of seats fold into the floor. I got the option that has all the airbags from front to back and also has the Vehicle Skid Control. I am 62 years old and feel very safe in this car
I wish the power sliding door on the Sienna LE was on the driver's side and not on the passsenger side. It would be handier when I am racing to my car in a downpour and want to throw my sacks in the second row and then jump in the driver's seat.
This is one of the exceptional van I ever drived. My family loves it and I am glad choosing this one instead of the other compitition. I own the all wheel drive and it is doing a great job. I lived in upstate New York and I don't have any problem driving it on snow. How I wish Toyota's next generation of Sienna will be a hybrid.
I love the all wheel drive features.
A hybrid engine will be a good idea.
Picked the Sienna over the Odyssey for 1 reason, quality. The design of this van is one of a kind (until Honda ripped it off in 05) Lots more options than the Honda including the keyless entry. Lots more room than other models.
The sliding door with the safety features. The large bucket seats in the middle and the front seats are wonderful. There is a tire pressure gauge that lets you know when tire is low. Lots of storage compartments.
Hard to see at night out of tinted windows. For the money thought would have power seats in front.
I purchased this vehicle after researching and comparing the features with other minivans. And now I know I made the right choice. It is really spacious and can control it like a car. Absolutely beautiful, I loked the appearance of the interior as well as the exterior. I will recomend any one to buy this. And Toyota will not let you down.
Audio control on the steering wheel, the position of the gear stick and the cargo space are some of the great features I like most.
If the second row seat can slide left or right , it would have been an added advantage. Now we have to lift and move it.
I looked long and hard before buying this van. I love the look and feel of this van so much it feels like a tall car.
DVD. Safety Features
Gear selector needs to be moved
This is a great van. Bought it for Toyota quality and I got so much more. The package with side curtain airbags and a DVD player are a plus. It keeps my kids busy on long drives. Also the AC plugs in the car are a great bonus when you need to run something or want to have a laptop plugged in on long rides. No problems in 4 months of ownership. I recommend it to everyone.
DVD, Side curtain airbags.
make second row seats fold into floor
We had a 2000 CE...the interior difference on the '04 is huge. So much more headroom and width! Very quiet, rides nicely. Hopefully it will be as reliable as our 2000 which went 78k without a single issue.
Rear folding bench, power slider, rear audio system, the extremely high quality dashboard and interior. Cool headlamps (those that complain it doesn't have DRL's...you need only to move one spare fuse under the hood...)
Big one: The electronic throttle has a strange feel to it, especially when taking off from rolling stops. This sometimes causes a jerky acceleration. Shiny black plastic bits inside need to go.
With 2 kids and a growing family, 2004 Sienna fits perfectly. The ride is very smooth and quiet. The engine is so powerful. It would be great if the LE comes with both power sliding doors and power back door. There should be an alarm when the headlights are on when the ignition key is removed.
Quiet and smooth ride. Powerful V6 engine. Beautiful look. Still looks better than neighbor's 2005 Odyssey.
(1) Power sliding doors and power back door for LE model. (2) Alarm when the headlights are on when the ignition key is removed. (3) Passenger side sunglass holder. (4) Turning light at the side mirrors.
This is my second Sienna. This is the best van I have ever owned. The ride and handeling are excellent. The ease of changing the seats is great. You no longe have to remove the rear seats. I was supprised when I was able to put 10 foot lumber in the van and close the tail gate. The fit and finish is excellent. I'm looking forward to many years of trouble free driving.
The attention to detail. The placement of the controlls and cup holders. The center fold down table is excellent.
A way to incorporate a trailer hitch that would give you more ground clearence.
We are extremely pleased w/ our purchase! I can't believe how quiet and smooth the ride is. Though the horsepower is allegedly lower than competition, this engine has plenty of get-up-and-go. We love the "fold-flat- into-floor" backseat; it adjusts at the simple pull of a strap. The convenience of the movable 2nd row captain chairs provide an added sense of security by allowing us to put our 2- yr old closer to the center of the vehicle. This also allows him a better view of the portable DVD we carry wherever we go. My wife loves the fact that on rainy days, she can get all the way to the back row w/out exiting the vehicle. Would recommend to anyone!
Smooth/quiet ride, multi compartments/cupholders, power rear windows, fold flat rear seat, alloy wheels, power side door, rear air control, radio controls on steering wheel, cargo area wide enough for 4'x8' plywood, "wipe clean" leather interior (must have w/ kids), multiple AC outlets
Not as fond of shiny interior trim, rear seat headrests block rear-view mirror sightlines
I never thought that I would be saying that, but it's true. I love the way the minivan drives - smooth, excellent pick-up, and comfortable. Lots of storage - our double stroller easily fits in the back. Getting my daughters into their car seats is easy and I love being able to move the seats closer so that the front passenger can feed my infant daughter if necessary. The gas mileage has been great, particularly since we are putting more city miles than highway on. The split third row will come in handy when we travel to Yosemite with a friend, two pack-n-plays, the double stroller, back packs, luggage, and wedding gifts. I don't miss my car one bit.
The storage bin under the front seat, split third-row seats, the adjustable second row seats, the power right sliding door, the auto-dimming rear view mirror, and the folding tray between the front seats.
Day-time running lights should be a standard feature rather than an option.
I love my Sienna
Needs armrest on seats, and the gear shift is ackward
For 20 years I drove SUV's. My last two vehicles were Mercedes Benz 320. I was concerned about having to use premium gas and rising maintenance costs. I went back to Toyota for a 2004 Sienna. IT IS BETTER THAN A MERCEDES! Lots of room, a great driving vehicle with economy. My wife thought I was going off the deep end buying a minivan...I told her "It's not a minivan it's a MANVAN.
Designed by the LEXUS design team...it has a great ride
After test driving the '04 Odyssey, Mazda MPV, Nissan Quest I knew I wanted the Totyota Sienna, this car is extremely quiet, plenty of power, lots of storage and compartments, mine has the standard 6 speaker stereo and the no7 package. The fit and finish inside is impeccable, this is the first Toyota I've owned and I will probably be a customer for life, average fuel mileage in town is around 22 to 24 mpg. according to the tripcomputer. Highly recommend this car! It truly drives like a Lexus, with the storage of a u-haul.
The little starage compartments, the easy to read dash that has a lightblue background lighting with bright white needles.
I really can't think of any, I have about a thousand miles on the car and smiling everyday.
The new 2004 is so much bigger than the 2000. My kids love it!! The comfort and the security of knowing the saftey features of this model has no price. I have many friends that have a 2004 and they love theirs too. I drove all the minivans, The honda was very low like a car, and the power is ok, The Caravan is overpriced for the quality. You will not be unhappy with this car!!!!
very nice drive seats are sooo comfy kids love dvd power door is better than the older model saftey features top knotch!!!
they should have daytime running lights standard on the LE
Considering it is a minivan, it looks and feels good. it has plenty cargo/passenger space and plenty cup holders. it is built for family usage, so don't expect any excitement from driving it. I wanted to get leather seatings, but they were only available in XLE model.
very smooth drive/handling -- my 5 months old baby likes it (he falls asleep quick) large trunk space
weak engine, slow response sponge brake feel and performance. noisey trays due to cheap plastic and no NVH treatment.
Due to the expanding family we wanted a 3rd row option. Traded in our explorer, and are THRILLED. We drive it daily and filled up with gas 2 weeks ago. Drives like a dream and has a tighter turn than our Volvo. Great van, and as a dad I do not fill like a total dork driving it.
Power sliding door, rear audio, fold flat 3rd row.
The angle to put your CD's in the player is a little odd.
Love to drive it. Very comfortable for long rides. The back 60/40 fold is the most important feature for us. It allows us numerous ways to configure when either traveling or just hauling things. With the rear seats up, the cargo space in the back is wonderful, especially for groceries, etc.
Rear seats (60/40 split), side windows that go down.
This vehicle has been awsome. I have had fun with it and my husband and I fight over who gets to drive it. It is very spacious. I have a day care and travel frequently with 6 children and we still have room to move and feel comfortable.
My favorite features are the 115v, dvd, and the sliding door windows. I like to ride with the windows down in the morning to feel the cool breeze
Outstanding vehicle no issues just drive and go. The kids don't asks are we there yet! The issue now is do we have to get out!
dvd and sound systems
We just purchased the Toyota after owning a Town and Country for a few years. I am kicking myself for not having looked into a Sienna before. It handles better, rides better, and seems to be a better built van than the Chrysler. If you are looking at purhasing a van, do yourself a favor and test drive the Toyota, I am glad we did.
The way it handles. It rides better than any of the minivans with the exception of Honda, they both seem to be on the same level.
None at this time.
I have had this jem for about a year an a half and we just love to drive it and show it off! It's roomie and I think it's cargo space just can't be beat!
60/40 split rear bench. Leg room to spare. 16 cup holders! The shifter is in the right area to where I am not agrivating my carpeltunnel syndrome.
The sun glass holder needs to be just a little deeper and the mirror to see the passengers in back is a little to small. Other than that I love my big girl!
Paid Sticker for a lemon. Since I have purchased my Sienna - I have had a new Radiator (mine split open), the inside hinge the driver door broke off (when I got this fixed, the annoying rattling went away), one of the speakers crackles, and ALL of the rear seatbelts need to be fixed - the fixtures around them are broken. Thank God the DVD player still works. Tried to trade it, but I would have lost my shirt.
DVD is great. Very comfortable drivers seat. Great sound system (when the speakers work). Love the look and size.
Quality, Quality, Quality. It reminds me of may last Ford. I don't want to know the repair man by name for a brand new vehicle!
I especially like the little 'hooks' for grocery bags so I am not treated with a huge mess from spilled groceries when I return home. I purchased a fuse for daytime running lights on line for less than $10 (from a popular auction site) and think they should be standard. Overall I am very happy with the vehicle, except for the clunk when it downshifts at slow speeds
Double glove box, seat configuration, cup holders, auto slider, style, reliability and zip.
Ditch the tacky black laquer trim, . I can see nearly NOTHING out the rear mirror with the head rests and 3 carseats, carpet clips to hold down the mats broke the first week, car has a serious hesitation and clunk when I slow down
I LOVE MY 2004 TOYOTA SIENNA.IT LOOKS GREAT,RUNS GREAT.GREAT ACCLERATION AND POWER.THE INTERIOR IS ROOMY AND PLENTY OF STORAGE ROOM IN THE BACK. I WOULDN'T TRADE MY SIENNA FOR ANY OTHER MINIVAN OUT THERE.THIS IS MY SECOND SIENNA THE LAST ONE WAS GREAT ,BUT TOYOTA WENT ALL OUT ON THE REDESIGNED 2004,GREAT JOB TOYOTA!
I LOVE THE WAY THE VAN DRIVES SMOOTH RIDE AND ACCELERATION.IT'S AN ALL AROUND GREAT VAN.
NO KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.
I absolutely Love my new Sienna, I previously owned a 2000 Sienna and loved it and never thought one could get any better! The 2004 is so much better! Toyota Is total quality and comfort. If I had one complaint it would be the driver side seat doesnt sit straight up enough for me. I am sure it has something to do with the Air Bag. I would give my new car a Five Star rating!!
I love the body style on this , very sporty!!
As I mentioned above , my only complaint is the driver seat does not sit up straight enough for me. I feel like I have poor posture when I am driving.
Great ride, great perfomance, good gas millage. This is my second mini van and I am very pleased with it. Toyota has taken a lot of features from all the other mini vans on the road today and made a great car. Plenty of room for seven people, lots of power and perfomance and the gas millage is not bad.
I like the fact that all four windows go down just like a car, and I enjoy the power door opner.
More visibilty for the back of the van, when backing out of spaces there seems to be a blind spot.
Bought this car in March 2003 when they just came out. Loved the 'new' features and respected the Toyota quality.
The fold down rear seat. Sliding doors on both sides. Higher than expected gas mileage. Over a year old and no repairs required.
Have the middle seats fold into the floor as well. Faster automatic doors. Slightly smoother transmission.
We are approaching the one year mark with our new Sienna and this vehicle is unbelievable! It tows our 3500 lb boat as well as our Durango did, but gets almost twice the gas mileage and has much more room. A high quality vehicle with a lower MSRP, operating and insurance costs!
Love the quiet ride, comfort and versitility, as well as the fuel economy. On a trip to Florida at 73 mph, we averaged 26 mpg. Around town in gentle driving we average 20 mpg. Love the deep well in the rear and roll down side windows in the sliding doors!
Needs stiffer rear coil springs! Took six people, three golf bags and luggage on a trip and van squatted pretty noticably. Also squatted pretty good with boat trailer attached. Bought stiffer coil springs with an additional 800 lb capacity from local spring store and solved problem
OK, so we only have 4000 miles so far on the van, but they have been great miles. This is our first van, so we really did our due diligence in shopping around; naturally we kept coming back to the Sienna. I am an automotive technician (ASE Undercar) so I know how reliable Toyotas are. The 2004 Sienna does not disappoint.
DVD system keeps kids and parents happy. Underhood layout is almost artistic in its simplicity.
The car is a quiet, safe, reliable, very comfortable vehicle,however, advertising it as having a "towing package" is disengenuous at best. The hitch is barely 8" above the pavement. With no trailer attached and four people aboard, the receiver contacted the pavement when exiting my garage and had to be removed. The worst part is that Toyota seems to be in denial. In answer to my questions about trailer towing, they send me copies of the owners manual. Not at all what I expected from a world class company! The car also downshifts on the slightest grade. The transmission is smooth, so it isn't too noticable, but for 230 horsepower?
Re-engineer the "trailer towing" capability or stop the deceptive advertising.
Purchased our van in April and have 3400 miles on it so far. Everything seems to be working well. Ride is smooth I think it is better then the Subaru Outback that we traded in. It has more of a car like feel to it then the Honda van. Gas mileage is not bad for such a large vehicle....not sure you can find a SUV with better gas mileage. Does well in the mountain region...climbs large hills and turns tight curves very well for me! Capacity for us is great! It carries two infant car seats, one dog and two adults very comfortably. If your over 6 foot you may not like the back row for leg room. I highly recommend this van if you need more room!
All of the storage...under seat, glove box, behind seats, in back row. Love the leather that we had Toyota install...great for kids that make a mess! (Much cheaper to have installed on the LE versus purchasing the XLE saved 4000.00)
More standard options and less packages to choose from. Better availability of vehicle for customers. Not happy when asked second color choice we wanted because of high demand of vehicle. If I pay that much for something I want my first choice not second!
I am what most consider a loyal Toyota owner, having owned over 5 Toyotas. All of which I have driven over 200,000 miles a piece. My second car, which I still own, is a Camry with 354,000 miles and still looks/runs like new. This is the main reason for our selection of the Sienna as reliability and quality is of utmost importance to us. Atlas, Sienna did not disappoint us! After 30,000 miles with two trips to Florida, and uncountable trips to NY, some of which included towing a trailer....it has convinced me that I made a wise decision once again to purchase a Toyota for my growing family. In addition, the dealer treats me as if I am king!
The seating configuration with its foldaway design to the floor, DVD and audio system, and paint/built quality are my favorite aspect of the vehicle!
I dislike the shiny black trim pieces in the interior that surrounds the controls and armrests on the doors as it shows fingerprints and dust! I polish & dust them daily as it is really apparent & bothersome. Mine is a LE model, so this may not affect the upper trim levels (i.e. XLE)
We have a disabled child and we had looked at other vans but,we decided to wait on the 2004 Sienna we really looked at the Odessy but kept going back to Toyota we have own 6 and never had a problem with any of them and they,re so classy too.
Excellent vehicle, handles extremely well, very good road machine, very stable, excellent acceleration, more fun to drive than most vehicles that I've driven.
Excellent handling, good economy, very dependable, Toyota has designed another excellent machine.
Need way to keep sliding door gaskets from "squeaking", requires an application of silicone spray every once in awhile. Would prefer double sunvisors, like Tundra has, in order to block sun rays front and to the side.
1 year & 18.5K miles later, we have had no problems with this minivan. Have been pleasantly surprised at its practicality. Extremely spacious. Had to go on a 90 day tour of duty away from home, family came with me and we were able to pack so much into the van. Kids love the DVD and it handles well on the road. Would definately buy another Sienna in the future.
DVD player, automatic sliding passenger door, organization of front console, removable console in between driver and passenger seat folding rear seat.
Rear door almost too heavy for my wife to close-->upgrade to standard automatic. Rear wiper won't lift up high enough for someone to clean. Very awkard control of DVD from front seat when kids are too young to do this for themselves.
I must say its been a good year besides the fuel tank recall and a seatbelt issue on the first row of seats as the clasp at the top of it keeps breaking. To back up in this beautiful van is quite challenging because your view is non existent UNLESS you have the sensor things on the XLE model. The rear hatch is too heavy. OVERALL I LOVE THIS VAN! Just some improvements that need to be made or just made standard will improve it 100%!
The ride, the handling, the looks, the interior styling and the room. AWESOME and I love the gas mileage and the tank size. I make 3 trips a month to the gas station and for a busy mom that is PERFECT!
Make the rear hatch standard automatic because the door is just waaay too heavy and fix that kid view mirror as it is too small to view the kids. Please IMPROVE REAR VISIBILITY! You just can't see backing up in this van and I have damaged my car already as did a friend because of it.
We've had our Sienna for a month and noticed rough shifting shortly after bringing the car home. I didn't believe my wife when she mentioned it, but after driving it myself it wa clear this was not normal. I took it to our dealership and got the typical "I can't imagine there is anything wrong with your new van, the computer must be learning how you drive." He drove it, agreed with me. It is in their shop presently, he thought they would just hook it up to the diagnostic machine and tweek the computer and it would be back to normal...I had to call them and they told me they can't fix the problem and they are replacing the transmission.
None, this car sucks. Would any of you out there take our new car with a replaced transmission after 500 miles?
Replace my van with one that works. Everything else about the van is excellent, but a transmission replacement has taken all the fun out of a new car. Oh what a crappy feeling!
The Sienna is simply the best Minivan out there as I shopped for a Sienna and an Odyessey. It was close but we are so happy with the Sienna. Unfortunately, our buying experience was not a pleasant one at our local Toyota Dealer but we bought the Sienna in spite of the typical challenging buying experience at a Toyota dealer.
*AUTOMATIC SLIDING PASSENGER DOOR *COMFORT TO FIT SEVEN PEOPLE COMFORTABLY *IT'S NOT A BEHEMOTH LIKE THE QUEST AS ITS STYLING IS MORE ATTRACTIVE *GREAT CARGO ROOM *AUDIO CAPABILITIES FOR THE KIDS IN REAR *RELIABILITY AND ECONOMY
SOMEBODY HAS TO GET TO TOYOTA UPPER MANAGEMENT TO FIND OUT WHY THE DEALERS HAVE SUCH AN ATTITUDE. HONDA NEVER HAS THAT ATTITUDE.
i like my new sienna, but the thing that's missing is the running boards. A must have for all ages.It makes it asier for the ederly as well as small children to get in and out of.I am niether age. but I also like the running boards make my life a little easier.Thanks denise
This is a great family vehicle, comfortable and well equipped inside. Storage capacity is great for all those kid items, and it still has wonderful pick up for accelerating onto a busy freeway. I really love this van!
A great improvement would be second row seats that fold into the floor as well. Also, if back row seats could either fold into the floor (as now) or flip over to look backwards for tailgating.
Excellent all around mini van from performance to quality except for one thing.... gas mileage isnt even near whats on the EPA sticker.States 19 city and 27 highway: NOTTA!! We have done everything and barely get 19mpg all highway.vehicle has been checked out and found to be in excellent order . Have spoken to dealer and others have brought up mileage issue also. But what we lose in mileage makes up for performance....this van is a rocket!!
The overall quality of the vehicle.
Better fuel mileage.
I love this vehicle. I traded a Toyota Landcruiser for the minivan so I was very apprehensive about the way the vehicle would drive. It is great. Very smooth and easy to manuever. The seats are extremely comfortable and I can fit 2 strollers in the cargo area with room to spare.
Ability to move middle seats forward and back. Cargo area depth.
I bought this vehicle two weeks ago. Had to pay extra for the premium white (Arctic Frost Pearl) paint, but it's worth it. It looks soooo good. Did a 400km trip (250 miles) over last weekend, and it was GREAT. I love the power of the 3.3L, the smooth ride, and the fit and finish.
Power right sliding door, powerful 3.3L, rear air circulation control, smaller turning radius than my 00 Camry, lots of storage space, driver's up/down auto window.
The left sliding door should be power also for the LE trim, not just the top XLE LTD. Should allocate some of the storage space for tissue box, because now it doesn't fit anywhere, especially in the 2nd and 3rd rows.
Gas mileage is good. This car has a lot of extras for you money. We were looking for a car with alot of options for little money and we found it. Everything thing in the car is great. We just recently took a trip and we have 6 people in our family and had so much room.
We love the seats being able to move in the second row. The fold down third seats, but our favorite thing is the back window roll down.
I really wish the interior color of rug was darker to help hide the dirt. We purchased a darker color carpet from a store and put it in to save the light gray carpet.
My Sienna has almost 5,000 miles now and is averaging 27.5 mpg! Astonishing mileage for the size of the vehicle. It is a wonderful change from my previous Chrysler vehicles.
Power, size and gas mileage.
Right now I would not change a single thing!
This is my first Toyota vehicle. In an extensive personal comparison the Sienna won out ove the Nissan and Honda. We thought it to be a better vehicle and it ended up being the best financial deal.
Rides like a luxury sedan. Turns in very tight corners. Loads of amenities on the inside. Everything works.
Can't think of any. That is unusual for me.
just picked up a new sienna Le and i can't believe a mini van can be so fun to drive. very happy with purchase so far (only has 54 miles on it)but, I know this will be a keeper. the car offers a quiet and smooth rideand steering is tight. traded a 1998 winstar and even though it was very comfortable and reliable,it's no match for the sienna.
lots of storage,roll down sliding door windows!,fold down seats, 5 star safety rating.
safety package on all modles
What a wonderful van. I love the deep cargo well in the back, and the fold to the floor seats. My girls think it is really cool to be able to put their windows down. The 3.3 Sienna felt more powerfull than the 3.8 Caravan, and it was more fun to drive. Wouldn't trade if for the world.
Rear seat audio. Power sliding door, wish we would have gotten it on both sides. Lumbar support on drivers seat.
Make it a hybrid, or at least flex fuel. Get more of them in production so people don't have to wait 6 weeks or more for them, although it was well worth the wait.
We have only had our Sienna for a month. We still have our 1992 Previa, which we've been really happy with. My sister purchased a 2000 Sienna, but we have held off since the last-generation Sienna was (at least subjectively) smaller than the Previa. The new (2003/2004) Sienna feels larger than either the old Sienna or Previa. The power of the 240 hp Sienna feels much more adequate than the 140 Previa. It seems to be built with the expected Toyota quality. Overall, we're very pleased.
I waited only 2 weeks for my Sienna le and I love it! drives like a luxury car and handles great, pure toyota quality
all the storage, the sleek look and the comfort
power seats on the le would be nice
We had a 2000 Ford Windstar with only 33,000 miles on it and already, it was starting to make noise and have complications. We bought the 2004 Sienna because finally, Toyota, reliable, trusted name in our books made a van that was roomy and comfortable. We love the self storing seats, the great handling and smooth drive. As long as they stay this size, I may never buy another brand of minivan!
Self stowing seats. Many cupholders- ease of folding seats-Even the fron passenger seat folds forward!!
If the body of the van could be made of a better, say "dent" resisitant material. I already have 2 little dinks in the car-In 4 years I never had one in my Ford-scratches yes, but actual dimples from a slight bump of a shopping cart or something-no.
I had a 2000 Honda Odyssey and the Sienna blows it away. Great ride. Great features. Plenty of power. Quiet ride. Huge inside.
ride, power, huge cargo area
Gear shifter is weird.
I am afraid my expectations from this van are not becoming a reality. It's been back twice for the passenger door adjustment. The "door ajar" light would stay on when the door was closed. This caused the interior lights to stay on all night. There is a slight ticking in the engine that almost sounds like a valve ticking but the dealer said it is normal. Now the most concerning problem just started and that's the transmission clunks really hard when you almost come to a stop but then take off again. It's also done it a couple of times in stop and go traffic when it downshifts. So this means another trip back to the dealer. I suspect the worse.
Rear pwr. windows, side curtain airbags,and fold down rear seats.
Auto headlamps and lower octane fuel requirement.
it a good car
controls on the sterring wheel, tv in car
gps in every model, tv in every model
1.The navigating computer does not work correctly. 2.Consumes too much gasoline. 3.Requires allignment. 4.The side sliding door des not close properly. 5.Transmition requires correction. 6.Overpriced. More stable on the road then GM or Chrisler. I had Venture before and I had much less problems then with this garbage
We wanted the best and thats what we got, 4 stars
loev the sunroof and the 10.4" dvd
This van is just about perfect. We've had four other minivans (one GM and three Dodges) and this one seems to have all the amenities of the others, and then some. If you can get beyond the unique exterior look, the inside of the van is as functional as they come. Storage is abundant-dual glovebox, under front passenger seat, base of center console, door pockets. Whisper quiet ride compared to the competition, and nicely equipped trim packages. Our LE was priced similarly to the Honda Odyessy LX, but was similarly equipped to a more expensive Odyessy EX, minus the power drivers seat.
Water bottle holders in the doors; pwr slider with roll down windows; split 3rd row seat; CD & cassette compared to the CD only in the Odyessy; manual height adjustable drivers seat & radio controls on the tilt/telescopic steering wheel.
Fuel economy. Rated at 27 mpg hwy & we only get 23 mpg. The electronic mpg computer on headliner is useless. Hasn't been accurate within 3 mpg and has been off as much as 7 mpg. Dealer says it can't be adjusted to become more accurate, so it's useless.
Only had it for one week and really like it, especially the roominess and comfort. Time will tell, but I'm going to rely on Toyota's reputation of well built vehicles, of which I've already had two, one I still drive around town with 267,000 miles on it, and my Tacoma pickup, with 91,000 miles on it and still looks and runs like a new vehicle. Like the safety features, which are well documented.
Cruise control, automatic sliding side and back doors and easily accessible controls and dash gauges.
Seems to be very well engineered and can't see where much improvement is needed.
We wouldn't trade this van for any vehicle. The power is noticeable, the ride is smooth and responsive and the interior space is phenomenal. It's no exaggeration to say this, our first minivan, has improved our quality of everyday life. It's well worth the price, even at MSRP. We looked closely at all the new models, and the Sienna fit our needs more comprehensively than any other. The Nissan was cute, the Honda functional ... but the Sienna combined the best of all worlds.
We bought the LE 7 package specifically for the vehicle stablity control, and it makes a huge difference. We love love love the power sliding doors. The back hatch opens smoothly.
The non-power sliding door (driver's side) is very difficult to slam shut and you have to upgrade to XLE to make both of them power sliding doors. Hopefully, in the future, vehicle stability control will be standard on all vehicles.
we absolutely LOVE this van we finally got rid of our 1994 Chrysler Grand Voyager-it had 174,000 on it and served us well. We are so pleased with the Sienna and glad we switched to Toyota we Highly recommend this vehicle
comfort-large difference between size of drivers in our family everyone is comfortable LOVE the rear power windows and the And grandma LOVES electric sliding door
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After seven years with a Pontiac Transport, a capable performer, we switched to the Sienna, our first "foreign" car. Not a bad deal when you can get the top-ranked vehicle in its class for less than the GM nameplates and only $700 over invoice. It rides like a car, has a solid feel throughout, and has features that appeal to every member of our family. Forget the DVD system; add your own portable player for about $200!
rear audio for the kids, tumble 2nd seats, flip and stow 3rd seats, compass, thermometer, and programmable garage door openers, and steering wheel mounted audio controls
Must make daytime running lights standard--a serious ommision; have all lights turn off after 15 minutes; improve acceleration; illuminate all controls; make tilt steering wheel more versatile.
Owned 97 Caravan (110,000 miles), toss of a coin between this or the Odyssey. Newer Chryslers had to much plastic. Got caught up in the Toyota hype. Have 4000 miles, 3000 from recent vacation trip. Hopefully the reliability will overcome the disillusion I currently have. The issues maynot effect shorter drivers as much (6'2"). It may have more cubic feet but not as practical or useable as my Caravan (with the exception of the fold down seats). Not stable in high winds or near large trucks traveling at interstate speeds. Alignment scheduled!!
Fit and finish in/out very good. Very quiet, good power at all speeds. Sliding door side windows.
Third seats are horrible for adults. Head rest are not passenger friendly. Tilt wheel VERY unconfortable on long trips, need more adjustability downward.
It really did not take long to realize that, when we (my wife and I) compaired other 6 and seven passanger mini-vans to the Sienna, this would be the easy choice. What made it even easier was how helpful the folks were at the dealership... (of course). When we compaired features with cost, again, it was an easy choice.
Because we have two kids (9 and 12) the four door style along with the amount of space where the kids sit was a good thing. No one or two features really stand out, it was the complete package and how easy to manage it, makes it so nice.
Nothing really...well, gas mileage is always a good one...but still, for as many features as our Sienna has, the gas mileage is very acceptable.
BEST VEHICLE EXPERIENCE EVER, FROM THE SALES TO THE SERVICE. I WAS NEVER A VAN PERSON TILL NOW. THE PERFECT VEHICLE.
IT FEELS LIKE A SMOOTH RIDING SUV ! THE DEALER WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL.
DONT CHANGE A THING
Love the comfort ,style and reliability of my van.
Power seats would be nice.
I bought my van from a local dealer at about 1700 less than MSRP. No hassles at all. The only problem I've had was the alignment was slightly off, but the dealership fixed it right away and gave me a rental while it was in the shop. Otherwise the van is great. This is my first experience with a mini-van and so far I am very satisfied. I especially love the 60/40 third row seat and all the room behind it when it is up and in use. The engine is quiet and smooth. It has a little more road noise than I expected but it isn't that bad. The driver's seat has a manual height adjustment, which is great.
Second row windows that roll down, 3 row curtain air bags, room, quietness, third row versatility, rear seat audio, comfort, maneuverability, power sliding door.
None so far
After 1 year & 20k miles my Sienna has been better than expected. No problems. Exactly like reports say - quiet, reliable, powerful, roomy, comfortable, neat "toys", easy to drive.
The turning radius is unbelievable. It's like driving a small car around town. MPG is OK (20 - 24).
Terrible hesitation when accelerating during merging on ramp. Gas mileage computer is always 4 mpg below reading. Back seats don't recline far enough. Looks like Dodge Caravan - after a year I can't tell if it's our van coming down the road.
Wanted an XLE but couldn't find one. Upgeaded an LE with Leather and wood trim. Saved $4,000 just for that!! Identical to any XLE out there. GREAT GREAT car/van. I test drove all the others. The Sienna beat them all in every aspect.
Power side door - Sleek outside Trimlines - Power windows on the Doors - Interior look, size, amenities. Great drive.
Toyota needs to have more of the features it touts in it's brochures available to the public. If you want a specific trim level, expect 2-3 months wait.
I just traded in my 03 Sienna for an 04. The 04 has so many more ammenities and is so much for versatile. I absolutely love the safety features especially the Curtain Air Bags down all three rows of seating. The 04 has a much better ride and a roomy interior. What a great van!! Everyone asks why would you trade an 03 for an 04.....drive one and compare the two...
Safety, Interior, Standard Features, Exterior
None...Maybe a 2nd p0wer door option in the LE. Right now only available in xle which is 5,000 more?
First off, for those of you that want leather and to get rid of the black lacquer dash and install wood grain accents in an LE it is possible--mine was done at the port up in Jacksonville before being shipped to the dealership. You'll pay, but it is well worth it. If you are a music fan, do not pass on the JBL system...I did and regret it. As far as performance, this vehicle moves- but as others have stated the brakes are soft and the transmission does hesitate a bit but nothing really to complain about. Toyota has really produced a well thought out vehicle. We are very satisfied.
Power sliding door, split fold down seats.
Better visibility out the back window, offer more XLE options not available in LE, like back up sonar signal, 2nd power door, etc...and it was almost impossible to find anything higher than a package #4 without having to order and wait. Very frustrating.
I had the car for 330 miles and the ride was like a truck. When I took it to the dealer, hear is the answer I received on my service ticket. "Advised custome of tempatures below 30 degrees. COuld cause oil in shocks and struts to thicken producing harsh ride." Well the tempature went to 43 degrees and still a harsh ride. I drove three other Sienna's and still a harsh ride. We returned the Van. If it rides like a truck, who cares about the other qualities of the car. If you going to buy this van, don't get caught up in what they say is a smooth ride. NOTE: MY dealer was great during the process of returning the VAN.
At first glance and test drive I loved it. The back windows worked the seats folded down. No other van had this. Ride seemed fine while test driving. Since receiving my van in Nov I've had a defective seat belt, adjustment on back passengers side seat belt due to rattling against plastic part of arm rest. Had blown front struts, The center console rattles, it rides like I'm in a roller coaster, and now am fighting w/Toyota over warranty on my arm rests due to major material defect showing wear at only 2K miles. Also had to have engine adjusted due to acceleration jumps. I wish I kept my Windstar.
The folding split back seat and working back windows.
Eliminate the velour arm rests. They wear fast and make van look old and worn at 2K miles. Poor design. Eliminate the cheep plastic on door handles and dash! Improve the ride. Too bumpy. Improve your customer service and warranty documentation.