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2005 Toyota Sienna XLE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A) 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.
All of the recall notices telling us to take our van in for repair...
You got the engine and transmission down pat, now work on the rest.
2005 Toyota Sienna XLE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A) XLE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
After my horror reliability experience with a '04 Nissan Quest minivan, I replaced it with a '05 Toyota Sienna. It's not trouble free but at least the fixes get fixed the first time UNLIKE Nissan. MINOR ISSUES: - crack in driver's side mirror - broken flip-out drawer below stereo - side-moulding came off due to a bad 2-sided tape MAJOR ISSUES: - Driver's door recalled due to bad weld - 4 yrs/65k miles, rack and pinion steering broke(my cost $1400) - 4 yrs/65k miles, the sliding door's hinge sagged (dealer wanted $1100 for just parts but I bought the $100 part and independent bodyshop replaced it for less) - interior light drains battery when doors left open so we keep lights off
- Power rear lift gate - 10 air bags - daylight safety headlights - 3rd row seat folds flat into floor
- iPod interface - rear cigarette power jacks - expensive upgrade packages instead of a-la-carte for only the upgrades you want - Return to building cars 100% parts+labor in Japan.
2005 Toyota Sienna XLE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A) XLE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
This has been the best car we've ever owned (I bought my first car in 1956). It has been extremely reliable. My only expenses have been for new tires and a new battery. I do nearly all my own maintenance. I follow all recommended maintenance recommended in the car's manual.
Comfort, flexibility, reliability, looks.
None. The best car we've ever owned!
Love this van for the comfort, and space! We have had it in for repair/maintenance on the automatic slider doors several times, the front driver side door broke at the hinge and needed to be totally replaced. This was in the first year that we owned it. We have wanted to give it back, but despite all of the trouble with the doors we love the comfort and space.
Comfort, space, DVD, kid friendly features. This van is easy to drive, park, and it will turn on a dime.
Make doors more sturdy. Extend warranty on rear slider doors.
Best purchase for a family vehicle ever made. Had everything we would dream of and then some. Great ride and comfort for my wife and kids, especially for trips.
The DVD entertainment system and speaker surround sound. My 5 year old loves his headphones and control of ther DVD=0). Gas mileage is incredible!
Labeling of the console (esp the stereo) - everything else is pretty much good!
This is an awesome vehicle. We have owned a 2000 Sienna, 2001 Odyssey, 2004 Odyssey and this 2005 Sienna blows them all away. I love driving and riding in my van. It is a perfect fit for a family. We love the roll down windows, dual power doors, and all of the well used space. It is just a great vehicle.
The 2nd row windows roll down. Love that! Gets 20 + MPG all of the time.
Add a coin holder that is easier to get to and use, like the Camry (which we also own). Add a DVD from the factory! Hey, you are selling to the Moms and we want it.
No problems at all. Totally rattle and squeak free. A little more wind and road noise than I'd like, but my last car was a Lexus LS400. Ride is a little firmer than I'd like too. Gas mileage is only 13, but it's all very short in- city trips. No highway. It is a very fine minivan.
Lexus like quality, conveniences, and appearance.
Soften the ride a bit and reduce wind/road noise.
This is the first Toyota I've owned, and it won't be the last. The Sienna is far superior to the other (domestic) minivans I've driven. Handling, interior "fit and finish", exterior appearance are all excellent. Very smooth ride. Great storage capacity in the cabin - there are 4 storage bins of varying size in the front seat alone, in addition to the glove box. Very solid vehicle. Dual sliding doors are incredibly convenient when adults are riding in the back. Even rear seating is comfortable. Safety features are abundant. Definitely not the choice if budget is your first consideration, especially in the XLE and XLE Limited. It's worth every penny, however. Overall, GREAT vehicle.
High-quality leather, comfortable seats, lots of storage & cupholders, removable center console can also go in middle row, 3-zone heating, DVD/audio system w/wireless headphones, excellent turning radius, smooth ride, fold-flat rear seat (60/40 split), dual power sliding doors, power lift gate.
Gas mileage (it actually gets about 16.5 miles in the city) and the fact that the rear seats don't fold absoutely flat (there is still a ridge in the floor.) These are minor complaints - I'd buy it again if I had another chance to choose. Also quite pricey.
I've owned three Lincolns and they don't compare to the Sienna. Mileage is great... just got back from a 7,230 trip and couldn't have asked any more from a vehicle... rode great, good mileage, avg almost 25 mpg for the whole trip. Traveled from NC to the west coast and back with numerous stops in between. One reason why the trip was so great was the ride was great. I give my Toyota a solid 9.75. Reason for no 10 is thatI honestly thought I'd do a little better on the gas mileage.
Lowering the rear seats into the floor.
Should be a way to lower the middle seats into the floor.
I was a Tahoe holdout, until the kids started school. I drove everything and nothing compared to the luxury of the Sienna. Comfortable seats- plus Stow and Go! I love the clever features inside-compartments everywhere. They thought of everything to make driving a family around a breeze. Tons of compartments- I love not hearing the video while the kids watch. The power doors/hatch are great- no more kids hitting their heads on the doors. 2nd row windows that roll down are awesome. I could not be happier and now I don't know why I waited so long because the convenience of driving this van far outweighs any "I'm never driving a van- SUV holdout" feelings! It is a fantastic vehicle.
dual sliding doors, power hatch- wireless headsets, luxury feel of leather interior beats all the competition. Built in trashcan and 2 goveboxes in the front dash, sunroof.
a compartment or hook for headphones, add a fold down tray between 2nd row seats so kids have a place to put their food.
Sitting in this vehicle is surrounding yourself with all you need and more. The features and amenities are the epitemy of luxury.
The styling. Side window shades, bright headlites & fog lamps. Surrounded by airbags. Fold in the floor seating. Wonderful cargo space, even with the rear seats up.
What is there to improve upon??
The Sienna has been great. We were sold on the Honda Odyssey for a long time, but decided to look at Toyota near the end. My wife and I both loved it. Great van, also an excellent value. We have the XLE with leather.
Sliding doors / hatch. Engine power and smoothness. Comfort.
It is pretty tight getting into the garage. It would be nice if it had automatically retractable mirrors.
I'm so glad that my husband and I purchased this van. We had a 2001 Sienna and we've never had any problems. We've driven this van everywhere and have no complaints. We got all of the upgrades for our van... the kids love the dvd headrests and as some have commented, I love the fact that the kids can watch their movie and I can hear my music. There are so many things we love about this van... too many to mention. We are just very pleased... of course, it's a Toyota. :-)
Purchased this rare optioned Sienna in Germany for military service members. It has sonar parking assist and 8 cloth seats, otherwise, it is a standard XLE. Wonderful car! Fits my criteria for the perfect minivan: quiet, smooth ride that offers best environment for conversations within the vehicle. Great power in reserve for those situations when you really need it, like merging onto freeways. Nice bells and whistles (described below) combined with great reliability and quality has resulted in a near perfect people hauler. Safety features such as 3-row curtain bags, Vehicle Stability Control, TRAC, and four- wheel disc anti-lock brakes provide peace of mind. Videos in rear is nice.
Power sliding doors and hatch is very handy. Three zone automatic climate control is a dream come true. Especially value the sonar parking assist feature that beeps in an increasing frequency the closer you get to an object - - mandatory feature for large vehicles in my opinion. Love this van!!!!
Hybrid technology would be the only recommendation to make this mini-van the best it can be.
We looked at several minivans to replace our 98 Chevy Venture. In many ways we liked the Dodge/Chrysler vans better, but seat comfort actually helped win us to the Sienna. We're a little underimpressed with the mileage and power. The heating and A/C controls are a tad confusing. Quality is excellent. It's very quiet. Sometimes we're not sure the engine is on. Initial acceleration is a bit slow, but on highway pickup is good.
Automatic lift gate; large console for storage; white gauges are nice.
Put an arrow to where the FAN button is to differentiate from driver TEMP; it's quite confusing now. Make 6-CD changer and option that doesn't require getting leather and other higher priced options.
We switched from an SUV to this van and have never regretted it for one second. Its sporty, lots of pep, and drives like a luxury sedan. We like everything about it!!!!! We compared the Dodge,Honda, and Chevy Uplander.The dodge felt very cheep, drove like a 1995 caravan with different body and the seats were razor thin and very hard (but I guess you have to give up something for 2nd row stow and go....) and the Honda felt like you were driving a very big full size fan that was about an inch off the pavement. The Uplander was underpowered, exterior design is terrible, and doesn't have a lot of the little handy items that the Sienna has. Don't waste your time comparing, go for the Sienna.
Pwr Sunroof, 2nd row power windows, rear seat that folds into floor, cup holders, ability to change 2nd row seating, engine power, nice ride, mileage, sound system, and everything else this van has to offer!!!!
Maybe add a remote starter.
Van used for hauling furniture and then converted to a grandkid bus. Extremely quiet, even at speed. Gas mileage almost equal to my other compact car. Mileage well up into the 20's (mostly highway). Fold down seats great feature. Power doors actually are easier on the vehicle, and us. No service problems, same as our last 4 Toyota vehicles.
Gas mileage, quiet, roomy, comfortable seats.
Leave it alone. Features, performance etc, are great.
I had a 2004 Sienna, but decided to upgrade to a 2005 because I wanted all the extra's like leather seats and a sunroof. I love this car. It is so comfortable and convient. I have a teenage son, who has many friends that have places to go. I can drive them around, they have the DVD player so I can still listen to my own music and not be bothered with their stuff. Sometimes I hate getting out of the car and going into someone elses; since mine is so comfortable. It is fun to drive and a sharp headturner!
The Sunroof, DVD player and the multiple cell phone charges plugs.. We have 3 cell phones!
The 2004 model averaged about 25mpg and the 2005 only gets 18 mpg. With the price of gas, this is the one feature I am disappointed in
The Sienna is without a doubt the best selection in the mini van class. I was able to find this out during the test drive and my opinion has not changed over the last 8000 miles. It did cost more but I belive it was worth it.
6 CD changer, Leather seats, PWR Doors, sunroof, steering wheel radio controls
Better traction in snow conditions for the FWD model. Left hand arm rest for the driver seat that is attached to the seat.
I considered only Sienna and '05 Odyssey. The "deal-breaker" -- Sienna's rear seat audio (not expensive DVD) option, allows rear seat paxs to listen on headphones to audio even if cabin audio off. Honda's only on leather option, w/ DVD. I ordered XLE w fabric seats. "Picking nits"-- Sienna - rear windows open, '05 Odyssey does not; Sienna's max torque comes on lower in RPM, though Odyssey has more and more h.p; Sienna - telescoping steering wheel, driving position felt more comfortable; Sienna's suspension smoother over rough roads; MPG right on sticker #'s. Odyssey's seats seemed more comfortable, but after a 5+5 hr trip, Sienna's did fine. Ody's floor storeage not easy to use;
Fog lights (on XLE - should be standard on all models); removable center console; separate rear seat audio (again, should be standard on all minivans); storage bins; Tape + CD player; Sienna styling (less chrome than Ody, but please get rid of plastic "wood" on XLE models); Rear opening windows.
Windshield more distortion than desirable; Front passenger auto seat worthless - no lumbar adjustment and fold-flat, storeage bin features lost - offer full features or option to retain manual seat. 12V outlets should stay live when ign. is off; Put key lock on auto tailgate; Eliminate timing belt.
We love our new Sienna. It was taken on 2 long road trips last summer and both trips were a dream. It was a very comfortable ride both times. We traveled from Pittsburgh, PA to 2 different areas in North Carolina. It is a pleasure to drive. You can turn on a dime. I do not care what the testers say I would never buy another make. I will always stick with the Sienna as long as it is being made.
The seating, the handling on the road and the sound system.
I am a first time buyer of a Toyota. It is the most comfortable, smoothest riding and quietest van I've had.
Comfort and convenience. Automatic doors. Separate controls for heat and air. Storage of back seats.
Put saddlebags on back of both front seats. Would like for second row seats to stow as well.
This is the most well thought out vehicle I've owned. The interior features are outstanding - the cup holders, hooks, controls, folding seats, console, everything. Great convenience. Great handling for a van. Previously had a 2002 Sienna, which we liked, but this is a huge improvement. Also own a 2004 Lexus 330 ES and the van compares favorably for creature comforts and handling.
All of the interior features noted above, especially the hooks in the front and rear well. Perfect for grocery bags.
Actually the van is a bit bigger than is necessary. We would have been happy if it were a few inches less all the way around. Tough fit in a standard seven foot wide garage.
Test drove all the other minivans available and found the Sienna to be superior by far. Others had better incentives, but the Sienna was worth the the difference. The comfort and security that come with this van is worth the extra cost.
The seats are the most comfortable I have ever experienced. I like the room the interior offers.
If they could reduce the road noise that would be an improvement. Better acceleration and gas mileage would be nice.
This is one of the best purchases I have ever made. I have 2 children now and another on the way. We have plenty of room for the entire family. The DVD keeps the kids attention on longer drives and the 2 power doors and tailgate are true life savers at the supermarket, daycare, etc. Make sure to get both of these options....Hands Free ! I cant say enough about the comfort of this van. It is a true pleasure to drive. I did my homework on all minivans on the market and this is by far the best, even over 2005 honda. Do yourself a favor and pay an extra 2k for this vehicle.
All power doors, DVD, 2nd and 3rd row sunshades, and comfy leather seats.
Make the backup camera a standard safety feature across all models.
We have had the Sienna for 14 months donw, and I cannot find anything wrong with it. Great performance; easy for the kids to get in and out; the sliding doors and automatic opening and closing rear door are fabulous; the fold flat rear seat works like a dream; handling is good and the car is fun to drive. The only thing I wish is that we had gotten the AWD, not FWD. Great minivan.
Fold down flat seats; automatic rear lift gate.
Brighter tail lights for backing up.
Owned Ford, Dodge,& Pontaic minivans. They were all good vehicles. So far I find this 2005 Sienna to be superior. You can feel the quality. Smooth ride,very spacious,built solid. Costs more than others, but if you want a vehicle that will hold up,its worth it.
Safety features. Solid ride. Very comfortable seats. Lots of room. Toyota reliabilty.
Improve acceleration. Have 2nd. row seats fold down all the way into floor. Night lights on door locks & window controls.Options are pricey.
We previously owned 2 Chrysler products, 1 T&C Limited and 1 Grand Caravan ES. These were both solid performers. We "upgraded" to the Sienna and so far have been only minimally impressed with the vehicle. Acceleration is lacking, body lean is major, steering is light, sunroof rattles and the JBL radio is terrible. Mileage has not been that impressive. Removal of center seats are demanding. Several minor issues were also noted upon delivery of the vehicle. Missing screws in wheel wells, loose molding etc. Quality and reputation brought us to the Toyota. However, based on our past two vans, it is no better than the competition.
Roll down side windows
Correct the 1st/2nd gear shift problem. Engine shifts out of 1st way to quickly.
I have two GM vans, and cannot believe the difference! This is an amazingly solid and safe-feeling drive. The interior is logical, and the computer works the lights and locks exactly the way I expected! The tri-area heating and cooling is really an argument saving feature!
Automatic heat-cool. Solid ride. Great pickup. Excellent in-out for artificial knees... perfect seat height!
Code to get in doors like Mercury-Ford, and PASSENGER SEAT THAT ADJUSTS UP AND DOWN AS OPTION!
Glad I bought the auto.
Power doors-remote and front control. Heat/A/C controls front and rear. Easy seat move and removal.
Auto remote start and auto luggage door.
Wife and I went back and forth between the Sienna and the Odyssey, finally went to drive both. She drove both twice, I didn't even need to drive the Odyssey... we loved the Sienna the second we were inside. Space, ride, comfort, mileage... TOTAL home run for Toyota!! And the treatment at the dealership... outstanding!! Also negotiated to $3,000 off sticker... just takes some patience but you CAN get a good deal!!
Name it... everywhere you look, noithing quality and convenience
Rear gate could lower a little quicker... that's nit-picking and all I can find!!!
I am not a minivan person, but after driving the Sienna, I was converted. It is the best riding, handling, and roomiest vehicle on the market. The price is higher, but you get what you pay for. I drove all of the GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda and Kia. The Toyota was the best! The overall vehicle is the best minivan on the market. This is a Camry with a lot of room!
The entire van! The rear seats and the comfort of the front seats. Good power and acceleration.
Price should be more competitive as not to scare off people before they drive it. Once they drive it, they will be sold. Best van on the market and you get what you pay for...
I have a 2005 XLE. It is a great van with a sleek look.Interior is very spacious and the movable console and trizone climate control is awesome
Trizone climate control and JBS 10 speaker Hifi Music System
Make DVD and 6 CD player standard in XLE
Overall fun to driver. Handling is excellent as if you were driving the Toyota Camary
The added cargo space with 60/40 seating
i think this is an excellent driving car
radio and the steering is great
have less cup holders
I bought my minivan half expecting it to be as lackluster as my 2000 GMC Safari, but it was more than that. The Toyota Sienna has all the amenities I looked for in a minivan. Even though I could have shelled out a few thousand more for the Limited AWD edition like my mother in law, I am very pleased with its performance and reliability factors. Plus my kids (all boys mind you) enjoy the spacious leg room the van affords us, plus it has a deceptively big trunk space for all that crap I have to lug around. I hope this rating helps just a little...oh and the mileage we're getting out of it is pretty good. Go to Toyota's website to see more about the van. :)
The rolling windows for the passenger doors, the heated front seats, and the surround sound JBL stereo system. The shades for each door is heavenly too.
Making dvd's a standard, as well as the six disc changer because a car full of kids will get bored after listening to one disc all the time. :)
Well, we waiting until the 2005 Odyssey came out before making our decision on a van. One test drive with the 2005 Odyssey and we could not run back to the Toyota dealership fast enough. The Sienna is still in another class when it comes to ride quality. The New Odyssey retains its clunky and stiff jarring ride for 2005. Very disappointing. However, the good news is we got a great price on our new Sienna because the completion. We acted like we were on the fence the whole time we were debating the price. The price kept on dropping the more we talked up the 2005 Odyssey. Thanks Honda! You let us buy the better vehicle for less money.
The ride quality is to die for. The JBL radio is awesome. The kids love the DVD system too. The interior materials are second to none. It has a non- interference engine, unlike the Honda. No torque bump steering problems like the Honda either. The Sienna goes were you point it.
I would like to see Toyota do something like Honda did with VCM to improve the fuel mileage a little bit. Although we got 24.1 mpg on the first tank full.