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by pmerk28 on Mar 14, 2014 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Sienna LE 8-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
The internet brings out all the strange reviewers:
people claiming horrible experiences and people who use this forum to complain about the dealers instead of the actual product.
I have had this car new since August 2005.
As of this writing it now has 190,000 miles. There are hard Long lsland, NY miles.
The radiator finally rotted out. Is this unreasonable?
The lift gate shocks failed at around 150,000 miles. I ordered a pair online for well under $100.00 and installed them in 10 mins.
Mileage is very good for a huge vehicle.
I still get 18 mpg city and 22 or so on the highway.
The exhaust system is still all original.
No problems with the sliding doors so far.
by bhildebrand on Mar 6, 2014 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Sienna XLE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
Bought second hand in Nov 2012. Owned 2 Chrysler vans before this one. Got this 05 sienna XLE with 97000 all prepped and ready to go. In Dec we went from PA to CA and back in comfort & had a great trip. Van didn't give so much as a hick-up. Got 21mpg average over all. But with 5 adults & lots of luggage I guess that's not bad even though I was hopping for better.
just over a year now (mar 2014)with no major problems. Power doors acting up over winter but have learnt to deal with it. will cut cable and run manual if need be. now have 121000miles. Went in for 100000mile services and found cracked radiator. Ouch! If this is the worst that happens I'll still be happy with it.
by channelinvest on Nov 11, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Sienna XLE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
So the engine, transmission and drive-line are still good to go after 145k but what about everything else?
To replace the sparkplugs, the engine has to be dropped which is very expensive.
We've had a sliding door fail on us and it cost over $2k to repair.
The other door is now starting to make a very similar sound.
The tires they recommend are from the Camry since the van frame is based off it but the vehicle weighs a lot more so you eat through them very quickly.
The rear springs are undersized and loose their life very quickly.
Still haven't found a beefed-up/stronger solution yet so the butt is dragging.
The automatic doors take a lot of power so batteries are short lived.