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2004 Toyota Sienna LE 8-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A) LE 8-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
This car is a complete lemon. I have had so many things go wrong with this car and Toyota DOES NOT CARE. This will be the last Toyota I ever buy. The sliding door has been broken at least four times, I've had to spend money to replace several things in the drive shaft at a cost of hundreds of dollars, things fall apart and the quality sucks.
2004 Toyota Sienna LE 8-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A) LE 8-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
Purchased at 92k from original owner who had only needed routine maintenance. Aside from radiator (below), our only maintenance has been scheduled (including the 90k timing belt swap) and an ATF flush for good measure. OEM front rotors finally replaced at over 100k. After being bled to death by domestic vehicle repair costs (and that with doing lots of the work ourselves) this has been a wonderful change. Easy to maintain, well-thought-out engine layout, etc. Sure footed and nimble: great in upstate NY snow with dedicated snow radials, and a quiet, controlled ride with good quality all-seasons the rest of the year. Our local repair shop is experienced with Toyotas, a good source for advice.
Powerful and smooth. Flexibility of seating arrangements with the 8 passenger model: can seat 5 and have huge cargo area available with 3rd seats folded flat. We usually pull the middle 2nd seat for ease of access with 2/2/3 seating.
Only con was radiator needing replacement after 5 years due to slow rot. (From what I understand, the 2004 supplier was the problem.)
2004 Toyota Sienna LE 8-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A) LE 8-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
We were happy with the van until everything started to break down after 6 years. The list is long but I will listed the most expensive issues. The automatic door broke down.We replaced the hinge for $400 because it was bent. The siding door motor was disconnected and we were told that it will be another $2000 to fix it. The radiator is leaking. The engine block heater did not work and needs to be replaced. The spare tire mechanism did not work and was told last year that it would cost us over $200 to fix. Luckily, we had an extended warranty that covered the cost. The CD/Radio system is malfunctioning. Maybe it is time to put the van to sleep
Major recalls for automatic door, engine block heater, radiator.
Toyota has done a superb job. We have had 5 minivans. 4 Chryslers and one Pontiac Montana. We buy all of our vans with high milage with the exception of the Montana. I would take a Sienna with 190,000 miles over the others with half that. At 190,000 it is still tighter and smoother than the Montana with 50,000 miles. We have taken a number of trips with all 8 of us plus the back stuffed with luggage add a car top carrier & we still average 22.8 miles to the gallon. The best we have seen on a shorter trip was 26.7 mpg with no luggage. I just put the top rated new Michelin tires on it & it is so quiet you would almost think you were flying. I will definitely buy another Sienna.
Superb handling. Plenty of power, smooth transmission. Comfortable seats. Great heating & cooling system with front & rear controls. Lots of cup holders and storage.
We have one power sliding door. It has failed and it will cost us 1600 to fix. It is stuck closed and will not even open manually.
We bought our Sienna in 03, and had for 6 years. We just recently sold to a family of 5. We were sad to see it go, but ready for something more sporty. Only issues were A/C motor, window off track, and tires wore down quickly. There was a weird noise when windows were down, and the drive by wire technology caused a jerking motion sometimes upon acceleration. These are minor to us considering 126,000 miles and no major mechanical issues. Has lots of room, and rides unbelievably smooth. We just bought an 05 Highlander, and hope to have same experience.
Smooth ride, extremely roomy, and gas mileage.
Noise factor very annoying, and the drive by wire jerking when accelerating (intermittent) needs improving.
I never thought I'd ever write a review about a minivan, much less a good review. I'm pretty sure I'm still a car guy, so it must be a great vehicle. (It is.) The Sienna has incredible storage options, decent power, good handling, good looks, nice ride, and is just an all around great buy. Headlights cast a great illumination path. It did a great job in a snowstorm in NY. We've only had a couple of minor trim problems, and a mysterious and now vanished engine ping. (I don't know why, by the way, that Edmunds has only got a best fuel mileage of 19mpg on their long-termer. We usually get around 25-28 on the highway, and that is at extra-legal speeds.)
Rear seat flexibility...well, heck, really the whole vehicle bursts with flexibility.
It could use a wee bit more power. The stereo is horrid.
best minivan I ever owned , great an gas and great on the hiway , very smooth and stable
electric side door
needs very bad more leg room ( at least 6 more inches ) in the last seat , very very uncomfortable for an adult, engine should run quiter kinbd of noisy
This is our 2nd Sienna. We really like the additional features to this re- designed model, such as the right sliding passenger door, the tons of cup holders, the great rear row fold down (my husband was developing muscles from pulling the seats in and out from the rear with our last Sienna), our 8th passenger seat in the 2nd row is a really plus (my son, age 5, sits in the middle smaller seat and his dad and grandma can sit on either side of him so we can keep the 3rd row of seats down for more trunk space), and the turn ratio is much better (I noticed my U-turns are tighter). Definite improvement and I paid less for this car than our last car.
The gear shift is placed oddly on the panel next to the radio and A/C control. Weird and took a week to get used to.
I traded in my 2000 Mazda MPV for this Van last month. Not only is the Sienna in a completely different class as a vehicle, the experience of actually buying the Sienna could not have been better. I swear, the Sienna doesn't drive, it levitates. Complete with DVD player, our new LE 8 passenger handles my three teenagers and a friend for each without flinching. Now having an 8 passenger vehicle means that Mom gets to bring a friend along too! Even the dogs love it and have plenty of room. Three cheers to Toyota for creating such a masterpiece!
Automatic side door opener, FROSTBITE air conditioning, this puppy even notifies me if my tire is going flat! All it lacks is a massage feature in the driver's seat, but don't laugh - I'll bet it will be included in a year or two. These guys didn't miss a thing.
Make it free!
My major complaint is an unfortunate lack of power when de-accelerating. For example when slowing down from a highway off-ramp to take a right turn. If you do not come to a complete stop, the transmission does not kick down and you get no acceleration till you stomp on the gas pedal. It is a bit scary when you are tryng to beat on-coming traffic. With the added cargo space in the back, filling up the van with 8 passengers and luggage taxes the rear suspension and driving is not too pleasureable!
Great cargo space! Nice exterior design!
1.Fix the power lag as described above.
After 6 months of daily research I finally have my Sienna LE 8 passenger with option package #6. It is all I hoped for minus the few quirks listed below. Its layout is very well thought out and practical. The ride is very quiet and stable. The turning radius is fantastic and body roll is minimal. 2 long car trips so far were very comfortable for all passengers. Only wish they had put armrests on second row ends. The interior is very spacious. We were able to put 3 child carseats easily across the second row. Overall, I find this van almost perfect when it comes to fitting our needs with 3 kids.
Awesome 2nd row roll down side windows, 3rd row 60/40 stowing seats, adjustable front/back of each individual seat in second row of 8 passenger, dual glove compartments, tons of storage, fold down tray table, nice dash layout, comfortable seats, turning radius!, automatic sliding door
Desperately need armrests on end seats in second row of the 8 passenger; the sill protectors are a little skimpy and don't cover completely; need earphone jacks in 3rd row; bin under passenger front seat cheap compared to Chrysler
Our family bought the Toyota based on their reputation for quality and reliability. Big mistake. We have owned the car for about a year and a half and have had to have the power door replaced( 3 weeks in, and 2 rental cars), the gas tank replaced, along with numerous trim peices, and lots of rattles. The transmission also hesitates a moment between gears(2 other Toyotas I've driven do this also). The good things: the power, the MPG(25 @80 MPH), the turning radius, and the DEEP cargo well in back. Finally: do your research, and beware of the salesman. We got ripped off at the dealer. PEOPLE BUY TOYOTAS FOR THIS?
Power, gas mileage, turning radius, and cargo space behind 3rd row.
build quality, reliability, better seats, lighter hatch, bigger brake lights(only the corners light), cleaner styling, firmer brake pedal, transmission, engine sound.
With two children and a baby on the way, it was time to move into a minivan. My oldest child gets carsick, so that immediately limited the field to the MPV and the Sienna for the side roll-down windows. The Sienna won out for it's large size, extra features, extra seating room, ride, and value. I have no idea how I made it so long without a minivan, and I highly recommend this vehicle to anyone and everyone.
The cup holders (13 of them), the front-and-center child seat, the fold flat third row seats, the power passenger door, extra storage compartments, and well-styled interior.
Second row seats could use better/easier access cup holders.
THE NON ADJUSTABLE STEERING WHEEL, OTHER THAN TELESCOPING FEATURE IS NOT AS COMFROTABLE AS THE CHRYSLER LIMITED VAN THAT I OWNED PREVIOUSLY. THE NON MEMORY DRIVER SEAT AND MIRRORS IS ALSO A DRAWBACK. THE POWER FROM THE 3.3 ENGINE DOES NOT HAVE THE POWER EXPECTED WHEN DRIVING IN MOUNTIANS OR HILLS WHEN THE VEHICLE IS IN CRUISE CONTROL--IT CONTINUES TO DOWNSHIFT WHICH MAKES THE RIDE QUITE UNEASY. DEALER HAS NO ANSWER FOR THIS PROBLEM.
We have had such a great experiance with the purchase of this van
I believe it needs improvements on the amount of miliage
I just bought the new Sienna over the weekend and it far out values the Odyssey. It is much more solid and it also has many more nice appoinments than the plain jane odyssey. Honda needs to re-do if they want to not loose market share on the Mini van market. It rides great and handles well. Nice Job Toyota !
Interior design and black laquer look -- beats Honda hands down -- Honda is so plain and rubbery looking. 8th Passenger seating is excellent and all seats move easy for different configurations. Rear Audio is great for kids, and 14 cup/bottle holders -- can you say overkill !
More storage up front for CD's / Tapes / etc... More leg room for 3rd row seating. Need Left sliding door to be automatic.
The Sienna is great on gas. The build is made with quality products. Very reliabe!
My favorite features is the removable seats, the tv/dvd systems. The chairs are easy to flip by small kids. I also love my automatic doors.
The Driver side mirror vibrates while driving at highway speeds and when on rough roads. Tried getting the problem fixed but the dealership cannot fix it. Actually, all models have a virbration, the intensity varies. Only XLE limited with special option mirrors do not have the problem.May have to go to arbritration to get it fixed! Poor customer servive...what do you expect?..They got your money.....
The drive is confortable except long ones gives me a headace due to the shaking driver side exterior mirror.
New design for the exterior mirrors, better interior cloth and lenght so repeated tucking is not required.
With the need to carry eight people, and not wanting a gas guzzling SUV, the Sienna was one of two choices. Great vehicle, tons of space, tons of power, and EXCELLENT fuel economy (25 MPG @ 80MPH), and tight turning radius. The versitility is unbelievable. The build quality of our vehicle is questionable. The dash is misaligned, as is the rear bumper. The van has also went into the dealer at least six times in the first year, for minor problems. Versions currently on dealer lots should be fine, but check carefully. FInally, WATCH THE SALESMAN AT THE DEALER!!! We were riped off.
Fuel economy, Passing Power, Power, versatility, general comfort. Car-like ride, handling. The VERY small turning radius (can turn around on a three lane road with no backing up!)
Heavy tailgate, transmission "surges", build quality, reliability, lack of 4 wheel disc brakes, and all around airbags. Lack of two armrests on the front seats, and on the middle seats. With the middle seat of the second row out, there is no armrest for either passenger.
very uncomfortable in the last seat and impossible to keep black plastic in dashboard clean it cillects all the dust in the world
smooth quiet riding and air cond
engine a little noisy , should have at least 6 more inches room betwen last seat and middle one
We drove across country with twins one week after we bought this van.. I recommend it to anyone.. In fact, my sister in law bought the same one after seeing mine.. She loves hers too!!
Lots of compartments and lots of room!!
Dent resistant panels would be nice.
We purchased this van to replace a 98 Ford Windstar. We love the design and the 8-passenger seating. Now we can actually have more than our family of 5 travel in the car (all kids are in carseats/boosters). Love the quiet, smooth ride, the layout, the fact it's a Toyota, and the fuel economy. People at Toyota are wonderful, this was my number one pick when researching new vans. Definitely love the new design over the older, smaller body style. We look forward to growing old together!
8-passenger seating, fold-flat seats, and Front and Center chair for a baby that needs attention. Also love the flip down table between the front seats
None! Awesome job with the new design, Toyota - we love it!
fun all around. the kids love the van as much as the adults. no comparison to the windstar which we had before this one. highly recomended!
kids love windows that open on either passanger door. adults love the cargo room and easy to fold rear seats.
folding middle row seats into floor.
We needed something larger. So the best option was a minivan based on pricing, gas mileage, and how versatile they are with children.I went a discovered the 2004 Sienna and the first impression I had was WOW! that is a really sleek looking minivan. And once I got inside anddiscovered everything it had to offer I fell in love with it went and purchased one. I love my van and would recommend it to anyone. It is like no other minivan in its class. Toyota really out did themselves this time!
Folding thrid row 60/40 split. Huge trunk space. Front and Passenger airbags along with wrap around curtain airbags from front to trunk. Storage space everywhere!Powered side door also it has a sensor so the children will not get there hands shut in it.
We bought an LE after extensive research. We considered SUV's with 3 rows. We are used to driving Volvo's. We ranked buying preferences as follows: Safety #1, reliability/build quality #2, resale #3, fuel consumption #4. The SUV's are only safer than a Sienna with a #7 safety package in a scant few unlikely scenarios and are less safe in many more. This has the build quality of a Lexus. With stability control and 3 row side curtain air-bags and the roster of other safety features we optioned for this is only slightly less safe than a Volvo XC90, which is 15k more and less spacious with 3rd row seating that is for only very small children.
Build quality, interior design, use of space, ride quality.
Should allow for ordering leather in an LE w/o forcing buyers to go after-market. The DVD option is poor, small screen, with other stuff as well as expensive, again forcing buyers to the aftermarket. Otherwise this has no competition, not even the beloved Odyssey can hold a candle.
All the mini-van features you would want. Lots of space, 8 passanger seating with 2nd row middle seat that can be set forward. The roll down sliding door windows. The rear seat radio, etc. etc. This is a perfect vehicle for a family. Our came with option package 7 and we had a aftermarket DVD player installed.
The trip computer. No more guesswork on gas mileage and fillups. The auto sliding door is very helpful. Love the air in the back. The fold down center console and the tons of storage space.
There are few LE 8 passenger models with the factory DVD player, which means you need an after market player or to hunt for the 5 or 6 available that have that package. Safety features (traction control, side & curtain airbags) should be standard on EVERY Sienna trim.
After spending a couple of weekends test-driving all the competion, we settled on this one. The van feels right inside and out. It is well thought-out and well executed. And it is beautiful to behold, especially in the red that we got it in. Pictures cannot convey the size or the style, or the impression you get actually standing beside or sitting inside the thing.
I love the sound of the doors closing, the seating flexibility, all the cup- holders and cubbyholes, logically designed and placed controls, the classy and attractive instrumentation and the quality materials used.
Perhaps a handle on the outside of the rear hatch to help close it.
SO FAR SEEMS FINE. CLOTH SEATS A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE.AND BACK DOOR IS A PAIN TO CLOSE.
BACKDOOR ACCESS IS BAD. I DON'T HAVE THE ELECTRIC BACKDOOR, SO IF THEY HAD A RELEASE BUTTON INSIDE AND A KEY ACCESS ON THE BACKDOOR WOULD BE A BIG HELP. PLUS A HANDEL ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE DOOR TO HELP CLOSE IT.SEATS NEED MORE PADDING.
This car was definitely worth the 6 week waiting period. It's easy to drive and rides very smooth. I thought it might be too big to drive moving from a compact car to a minivan but the Sienna is very comfortable, definitely not too big.
Lots of nooks and crannies to store stuff in. Also I like the backs of the front seats are plastic so when my kids kick the backs with their shoes it doesn't stain the fabric.
More standard safety features. Make the middle row seats easier to move and remove.
We are expanding to three kids and loved the ability to get three kids in the second row, fold in the third row, and have TONS of cargo space! I find it drives very much like a car, not a truck. It is quite easy to get kids into/out of the van; even my 2 year old can get himself up into the van unassissted. We also opted for the safety package which gave us traction control, stability control, EBD, etc. Drives great in the snow w/o AWD.
Room, drives like a car, plenty of inside storage space, much better gas mileage than competitors. Tumble forward seats in all three second row positions makes it very easy to get to third row.
Should have traction control on all models.
I researched before choosing my new minivan. With three kids, one with a wheelchair I needed room. Without folding seats down, I can fit the wheelchair and groceries in the back and have room for 8 people. The front center seat moves forward, important for parents of infants. You can give a baby a pacifier, while watching the road. Going on a family trip, I'll be able to fold the back seats and put all three kids in the center row leaving lots of room for suitcases, coolers etc. When we arrive the seats go back up and make room for cousins! Perfect family car.
8 passanger seating, front and center seat, space in back, split 3rd row.
To fold the center seats out of the way, you must first place them upright if they had been down.
this van is the best van out there aon the market today. incredible roominess and a wonderful ride .a great buy
i love the interior space. and the easy manueverability of this van.
the seats could be easier to use in the middle row
The depreciation on the American vans is so steep that it is a far better value to buy any one of them used. With reliability also a concern, I went to the Honda dealer, and then the Toyota dealer, and took both for test rides. The next weekend I reversed the order, but again took them both out. Both times it was clear--the Seinna rides much quieter and nicer than the Honda. This confirms what Consumer's Report concluded. Having owned it for a few months, and having put 4k on it, we couldn't be more pleased. One pleasant surprise--I bought an 8 seater simply because it happened to be in the color I like. And now we are glad that we did!
Kids like windows that go down in the middle row.
I have had a great experiance with my van so far. I needed the eight seats and even with the extra seat, it is quite easy to get in and out of. The fold away third seat is great! The gear shifter being in a different spot was a bit awkward for about a day. Now it makes sense because it gives you more control on the steering wheel. Lots of room in all seating areas. Lots of storage space throughout the van.
My favorite feature is hard to choose. I would have to say it is the storage space in the back, including the foldaway third seat. Most times I don't have to fold them because there is so much room already.
Both sliding doors should be automatic in every model. I am assuming leather is not available in the eight passenger for a reason (maybe the second row seats would be damaged with folding over to allow for access in the back?)
The 2004 Sienna is a nice ride. Even nicer to drive. We recently decided to look for another van. Our current van is a 1998 Sienna. We test drove the van and were impressed. The handling on country roads is a critical issue for us. This vehicle certainly takes the bumps in the road. It corners like a sports car without losing a bit of traction. The engine doesn't bog down under a load such as mud or snow and ice. It bares down and does it's job. We were surprised of the room in the van, a bit more than our current Sienna. We will be purchasing another Sienna. This time with an infant seat and a DVD player.
The removeable front console, electric side doors and windows. Yes, side windows roll down with the touch of a button. The inside release on side doors are more user friendly for little hands. The door automatically slides back, no pulling. Wonderful.
Great Van, much improvement from older model.
nice turning radius, lots of features.
I love almost everything about this van. We traded in a 1997 Windstar for this one, and were glad to see it go. Lots of cup holders, DVD Ent. System, great ride & gas mileage. Low cabin noise. Easy to fold down or remove seats. A fe wsmall problems: Daytime Running Lights never worked; Auto-off headlight feature stopped working; loose accessory drive belt on delivery.
14 cup holders; great stereo; seats.
Our one complaint has been that this van (2WD version) has no traction for starting out in the snow. Not until the Traction Control kicks in can it dig in and get going, even on very small amounts of snow. Suggest you get the AWD
The van is fun to drive. Quiet, comfortable, powerful and the build quality is, well like other Toyota's, top notch. The interior design looks a bit more refined than the Honda Oddessy. The overhead computer (part of pkg 6 I purchased) displays information about the fuel millage, driving direction, outside temperature. It also includes 2 Homelink bottoms for your garage doors etc.
Side power sliding door. Splite 3rd row fold-flat seat. All the safety features. Radio controls on the steering. Quiet engine. Comfortable ride.
Leather option for the 8 seater LE. Factory installed alarm system. Better handling. Firmer seats. Better arm rests. Power driver seat.
I had my van for 6 weeks now and it is the best minivan i have been in, I live in Michigan the big 3 country and the big 3 does not even come close to matching this van in quality, Reliability, design. I have many friends and family members working for the big 3 and drove all of there vans toyota makes the best van and cars out there , even my family member who works for Ford drives two toyota and will not buy a ford product again. For my money its toyota for me
Quality, Reliability, 3rd row seat fold down 60 /40 , 4x8 sheet fix in all the way and still close the rear door, DVD is top notch with great surround sound. Great gas mileage around 23 MPG combine city and highway driving
Have 2nd row seat fold down in floor as the 3rd row does
Although I've only owned my Sienna for a short time I am VERY happy with every aspect of it. It rides like a dream and is quite comfortable to sit in. My kids (ages 5 ,4 & 2) love it's size and can spread out yet still be safe. I've owned other minivans before and this one far surpasses any other, in my opinion.
Love the 8 passenger capacity, the numerous cupholders and automatic door.
I never thought I would be excited about a minivan but Toyota has transformed something practical into something that's also fun to drive. We choose the 8-passenger model so we could use the middle 2nd row seat when needed. It's not in there 99% of the time which gives more room for the kids (4 boys) to get in and to the third row. We got the upgraded safety package, security system and rubber floor mats and cargo liner which make it much easier to keep the van clean. The van is great looking and has a great ride. I test drove all the others and Toyota won easily.
Too many too list. - Performance (acceleration, handling, etc.) - Comfort (spacious, quiet, smooth ride) - Flexibility (seating configrations, storage bins) - Styling (shifter on dash is cool, exterior looks like an SUV) - Safety Features - Power middle windows
- Option for power tailgate, dual power sliding doors and moonroof in this model - Shiny black interior looks sharp but shows fingerprints, dust and scratches easily - Should be able to control third row windows from third row - Armrests on outer seats
Just became foster parents to a two- week-old and discovered the old Honda won't carry an infant seat and two children seats. Found out about new baby on Tuesday morning, called everywhere for a minivan Tuesday afternoon, visited dealerships Tuesday evening. Went to Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota dealerships. Was lucky enough to find an available Senna. Went back to dealership on Wednesday with my wife to sign the papers and found out that the car had been sold. We had to wait two long and hard weeks for another 8-seater to arrive. But it was definitely worth the wait!
Very Very roomy. Successfully cramed three kids and several hundred dollars worth of supplies and sundries into our Sienna. The front passenger seat folds down perfectly to be used as a changing table for our infant.
Tissue box holders, special places for trash would be nice. Would also be nice to control the dvd player from the front seats. Wish second row seats fold completely flat into a sort of bed so I can take a nap while the baby is asleep.
The 2004 Sienna is hard to find in my area (Oklahoma), but once we finally got to test drive it, we had to have it to replace our 1998 Sienna. We have four children and the eight passenger seating option, combined with the excellent gas mileage and great Toyota quality made this decision a no brainer.
Eight Passenger Seating, Gas Mileage, Great Ride and Handling for a minivan.
Make more of them!!
Purchased my 2004 Sienna a month ago. Have driven city and highway in that short time. Drives like a dream. Styling and creature comforts can't be beat. Edmunds.com calls Sienna the "Lexus" of vans. They are absolutely right.
Safety feature on remote controlled sliding door. Will not trap/crush my grandson. If it contacts him it will recede (sort of like an elevator door does). Also love the handling. Steering and accelator give immediate response.
This is a terrific vehicle. I really don't see how they could improve on this at all.
I owned a 2000 Toyota 4Runner and was considering a full-size car, however, after shopping around and driving a few (and reading crash-test ratings) I wasn't able to find anything I felt was as safe as my 4Runner. The Sienna was actually the first and only minivan I drove. It had everything (and more) that I was looking for with safety being the primary concern. The van drives beautifully and the great gas mileage amazed me! My husband and I loved it so much that we took our first road trip from Texas to Colorado instead of flying as we always did. This is a great van for long road trips or just short hops around town. Highly, highly recommended.
The 2nd row middle seat is perfect for my 3 year-old daughter! I definitely wanted a vehicle where I could place her car seat in the middle of the row (with LATCH available on all three seats in the 2nd row). Being able to move the seat closer to me in the front is a major plus!
I wish the 8-passenger van was available on the XLE trim level. Would have loved the 2 power sliding doors and rear door as well. I also think it would be fabulous for the middle seat on 2nd row to be a power-controlled seat that could be adjusted from the front seat of the van.
We are a family of 6. The kids are twins 11, girl 12, girl 13. We juggle basketball and baton corp, school and various club activities. It is spacious and versatile. It doesn't feel like a minivan. The gearshift is oddly places but you become accustomed to it very quickly. It is easy to manuever and fun.
Maybe a simpler way for 3rd row entry
Had to order vehicle ahead of time. Only downside was it took 5 weeks to get it in. We ordered 8 passenger for carpool use and love it. The rear seats fold great. There is a little nuisance in that the 2nd row seats have to be raised upright before they can be tipped forward to get access to the rear seats. Also a small nuisance in the locks. If the car is locked with the key fob, then the passengers in the car cannot unlock it using the lock/unlock switch on the driver or passenger doors. The doors have to be unlocked with the key fob. This is the smoothest ride ever. It also is very quite. Would absolutely buy again.
Ride, handling, power, 8 seats, roll down side windows, can get sunroof. Safety package.
Less restrictions on the lock, unlock button. 2nd row seats should be able to fold forward from the flat position to let rear passengers out without having to first return seat to full upright.
Just got my new 8 passenger LE and it is fiiiine...getting lots of looks on the road now!! Only a few quibbles: from my driving position the steering wheel blocks the turn signal indicators. Uh oh - didn't even realize I had a turn signal on for about 1/2 mile! Also, no bell to alert you that your lights are on when the keys are removed. I can't get the "spy mirror" to get a good reflection of the middle seat - again, maybe due to my driving position. The ride is super smooth and cushy on pavement, but it doesn't take the bumps of a gravel road the way my Subaru Outback did. Overall, though, I love it and we are calling it "mom's limo!"
good sound non-JBL sound system comfy ride and quiet interior space, space and more space!
move turn signal indicators add warning bell for lights left on lose the black shiny plastic stuff
Looked at every vehicle on the market since we did not want a mini-van. My wife and I both born and raised with cars with 5-spd sticks. We both hate automatics and mini's. Until now. only 1500 km and love it. Every possible feature is on this van that a person needs/wants.
Storage space, dashboard cluster design, 5-sp smooth auto, practical seat designs, ride, rear seat, turning radius, power side door, radio, feel, ease of driving, fuel economy - all helped us decide Toyota is the only one to buy.
There was only one thing I wanted to mention to Toyota but I can't recall so I guess it isn't that important.
I have owned 6 minivans.The first 3 were dodge caravans and I was extremely unhappy with the lack of power and poor reliability of dodge. After th engine on my last caravan leaked for a second time after owning it only a year I decide to shell out extra money for the Sienna. I haven't regretted it on second.This 2004 is the best minivan toyota has made. Power,room and reliability is a combination thats hard to pass up.Don't overpay for a Honda or a Nissan. The transmission lever is centrally mounted and it gives the vehicle a space shuttle look to it.
8 seating feauture is great and the power windows on the sliding doors.The folding tray between the driver and front passenger and the fold away rear seats.Lots of leg room for everyone in the minivan.Love the blue lighted dash board.
Better gas mileage. standard powerlift gate other than that vehicle is perfect
I like the new design of the gearshifter. It's comfortable to drive
Lots of storage places
Remote controlled rear door should be standardized
This van has excellent fuel economy on regular unleaded, quiet and fast on the highway! The engine and brake performance instills driving confidence. My kids and spouse love the comfort. However, the younger one (3months of age) cries in it sometimes because it is too quiet. He prefers our older, noisier car.
Safety (VSC, side curtain airbags, abs with brake-assist), engine and brake performance, quietness and comfort.
Integrate antenna in rear quarter windows for all models. Option to have manual sliding doors only.
After three months of driving the Toyota Sienna 2004, I am still as thrilled about the car as when I drove it away from the dealership. I have driven it to Las Vegas (approx 275 miles) twice and am amazed at the Sienna's comfort and stability. The engine is strong and responsive, cruising at 80-85 seems like 65. Turning radius is wonderful and helps tremendously when parking. The interior is comfortable. I would strongly recommend this car. Our previous van was a Windstar and test drove the Odyssey which was a great car also.
The cavernous storage space behind the last row seating area. Since the spare has been moved underneath the car, the storage is huge!!!!
The view from the rear view mirror is limited. The eight seater is great but the release of the middle seats to exit is too cumbersome.
Great vehicle-just some minor changes need to done--rear doors stay locked when car is turned off-back seats don't fold forward unless you have the seat upright to start with--other than that it's the best van we've had!!!
Drives great short turning radius Lots of room Love the rear cargo area and design of fold away rear seats
All locks open when turned off Seats should fold forward when starting in the down position 18mpg is lower than I had hoped
The only problem I've found is that the manual side doors of my LE are very hard to open and close... The dealership has not provided a fix (yet).. but I hope that on my 10k mile service this will be fixed. I have heard from other Sienna owners that their vans have the same problem.
Brakes are GREAT on this van. Power train is excellent. stereo controls on the wheel is a helpful feature. the Sienna storage beats my old Caravan hands down.
Doors that a child can open and close.. Something has to be done to redesign the current side sliding doors as they are too hard to close and open. Also, I wish there was a standard shift van available.
this car is great. It is loaded with many cool standard features and a very powerful engine.
This car drives very well. The ride is excellent and the space in the car is gargantous. I am a tall person and this van is made for me. It has a great value and is loaded with standard features, from a rear seat that folds into the cargo floor to power 2nd row windows that actually go down. This car is great and I hope you consider buying one.
I like the 8 passenger seating and you can go to www.toyota.com to find out more about it.
I wish that the black shiny trim could be changed out so that it doesnt leave finger prints when you touch them. and I also wish that the third row riders could controll their own windows.
We had been looking for this car - and every dealer was out of them and on back order. When we finally went to our 5th place, they had one and we snatched it up!
Looks SUVish, but has the space of a mini-van. Has great turning radius. Back seats fold into groudn much easier than Odessy.
Arm rests on middle row. (we have the 8 passenger, so the middle row has no arm rests.)
We have been waiting for Toyota to improve on the size of it's mini vans since they discontinued the Previa. (We still have our 92 Previa, 170,000 miles ) Plenty of room everywhere for storage, seating, leg room etc... Gas mileage so far is excellent. It appears Toyota has stolen ideas from everyone to make this a van of choice. However, Nissan apparently is going to push them with the new Quest with lots of nice features as well.
Fold away 3rd row seating, deep storage well behind it. Gear shift on dash. Easy control layout.
On 8 seating van would liked to have had armrest on outer seats. Currently use middle seat folded down. Just got a recall on gas tank ( One thinks of Ford Pinto's )
After being let down by the Pontiac Montana (engine problems at 81k miles), and then briefly owning a Kia Sedona (small, thirsty, and poorly made), the Toyota Sienna is the best minivan I've ever driven. Aside from the legendary reliability of Toyota, there is interior room galore, plenty of engine power, a very refined ride, and good gas mileage. Kudos to Toyota for adding the 8-passenger option. Tons of room behind the 3rd row. Feels like a Lexus. 23 mpg on a mix of city and highway driving (the Kia only got 16). Plenty of towing capacity. Look out Honda Odyssey, Sienna is the new #1. If you're considering a suburban, consider the Sienna instead!
8-passenger seating, tons of room, great gas mileage for such a roomy vehicle, construction and ride quality.
Get the vehicles to the buyers quicker.
Purchased the new Sienna two weeks ago. Considered the new Quest and the Honda's. The Sienna has a very responsive engine. Lots of storage compartments. 8 seater is a plus when relatives visit us. It replaces a Windstar we had. Much better vehicle than Ford's.
Engine responsiveness, ride, 8 seats. 60/40 last bench split, folding bench. Trunk space is great !
4 wheel disc brakes. Lighter rear door... though to close it, mainly when it is hot hot hot... Daylight running lights would be a plus.
when i bought this van my big concern was cargo room behind third row seats, and this toy has that in spades. when i went to buy i took four vans out for a drive; the pontiac, the toyota, the dodge grand and the honda. on the twisty road that i chose to drive none could stack up to the toy. the dipstick tube however left a brown gritty deposit on the end of the dipstick, i had the toyota people replace the tube but the new tube left the same deposits. i was assured that this substance was not rust and was nothing to worry abought...i dont know. my other beef is that when i bought it the fitted rubber floor mats were not availible.
8 seats, 5 doors, one power slider-very handy. 4 kids on one side one second row seat up one third row seat folded down = lots and lots of room! oh and do you know what "passing power" means?
standard rubber floor mats for all rows and a removable plastic liner for well behind third row.
This is the best all around vehicle I have ever owned. Ford owes me an apology for the Windstar I suffered with for 4 years. The Toyota smokes them all (yes even the Odyssey). With 42 cubic feet behind the rear seat it pushes Suburban capabilities while getting almost 30 mpg on the highway.
Versatility with seating, comfortable seats, quiet ride, and power to spare.
Move the conversation mirror forward so that we can see all of the kids. Standard power liftgate would be nice.
I was 'on the fence' about buying this van and I'm delighted to say that it's far exceeded my expectations! The build quality is unbeliebable, it honestly feels like a German car or a Lexus. I got the BW package i.e. substitued the JBL sound system for Traction control, Stability control, brake assist, rear disks etc.
build quality, power, 8 seats, 2nd & 3rd row side air bags, power side door, power windows on sliding doors, power rear vent, std sound system is excellent
Easier removal and insertion of 2nd row seats. Colour coded mirrors on LE models. Should've come std with floor mats.
This is our second Sienna. The 2004 shows that Toyota had done their homework and built a mini-van that is very liveable. We owned a 1998 Sienna and I can tell you that we do not miss it one bit. I do wish that we had purchased the DVD player for our kids.
230 HORSEPOWER!!!!, 242 FtLb of TORQUE!!!!! The windows that roll down in the sliding doors.
Can always use more power!!! Make the DVD player standard equipment and ..............?
Good ol' market forces came into play. Loyal Honda owner for 15+ years--price inflexibility opened the door to competitors and Honda has a big one now. We love our 2004 Sienna. Too new to rate reliability but gave conservative 8 based on Toyota's great track record. Roomy, comfortable. Tight turning. Smart features galore. Armrests could be improved. Great performance and MPG even loaded. Friendly dealer and service team at Leesburg was just our type. The improvements I suggest could make a near perfect minivan superior. Glad we already own one because it's the next Odyssey and will be hard to find. OK American manufacturers, try to beat this one.
Tons of space! Great MPG (got 25.9 on first long trip with 5 adults, golf gear and luggage--3rd row up). Split 60/40 3rd row fold flat seat. 8th seat (sorry Odyssey). Individual sliding seats for all 3 seats in 8-seater 2nd row. Carry 5 and fold 3rd row away for even more space.
More padding on armrests. Angle center console toward driver and make closer. Wrap rear bumper stepguard around top edge of bumper. Make tray cupholders deeper. Add armrests to outer 2 seats in 2nd row. Improve recline angle for 2nd row. Add daytime driving lights to all models.
After extesive testing and research I have decided that the new sienna outperforms all other minivans in every possible dimension. It is drives very well, is very responsive and has tight control - you must take it on a test drive if you are thinking on buying a minivan. It is surprisingly quiet at high speeds. The safety options are reasonably prices. It is very roomy inside yet not too bulgy on the outside. It is more confortable than a suburban (with 8 seats) yet does 70% more miles per gallon and is much safer. It beats the Honda in every dimension. The seats are easy to fold.
The 8th seat: nothing beats having 3 kids on board and huge cargo space for those long camping trips. Its big enough for my 10 year old. safety: skid control, curtain airbags, brake assist, traction.
I thought about this and could not come up with any realistic requirement. They should call it a Lexus since it shares ao many features with the RX.
I love this Van , thinking of buying Honda Odyssey last year , ThankGod I waited and bought this Van . I traded in my 2001 4runner and I am happy with my decision of buying Sienna 04. Roomy, more power , reliable and looks nice. My family and I love it. Keep up the Good work Toyota. Highly Recommended
Like the shifter on the dash gives you Car like feel and is same as the new RX330 feature , spacious, the eigth child seat shifts forward approx 13 inches , well designed and bigger .Bucket back seats w/ individual lights & adjustable air. Side door window that can roll down
I have to think of one
Great van! I traded a 01 Mazda Mpv for the Sienna. I love how the Sienna drives it is very smooth and quiet and the transmision seems flawless. I love all the room and the fact it has cup holders and storage bins every where.
5 speed automatic, storage, ride, and turning radius.
none that I can think of.
When we started thinking of getting a minivan, everyone steered us towards the Honda Odyssey. We did research online which also rated the Odyssey the best. We first looked at the 2004 Sienna and loved it. Because of everyone telling us to buy the Odyssey, we decided to take a look. We couldn't believe the difference between the two. The Sienna was much nicer! And the price was just about the same. We purchased the 8-seater, which was very difficult to find, but will help when we have out-of-town visitors.
Third row fold-down seat that is split 60/40 and back windows that go down.
The interior mirror that views the back seat should be more adjustable to allow more petite drivers to see everything. The vehicle automatically locks when you take it out of the PARK position but only the front doors unlock automatically when the drivers door is opened.