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By bsedgal
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2005 Toyota Sienna Minivan XLE Limited 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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We got this van 4 years ago and it had 95K miles. It was the xle limited version with all the bells and whistles. Heated leather seats, rear ac controls, pull down built-in blinds, dvd player with separate head phones. Interior and exterior are great. We now have 180K miles and major mechanical has been very reliable on this van. No engine or transmission problems. I have been good at keeping up with the maintenance schedule- oil changes every 4k, timing belt & water pump done, tranny fluid change every year. Problems: expensive & multiple sliding door issues involving clostly motors and actuators going out. Radiator crack at 170K miles, rear coil spring break at 160k.


Favorite Features

xle limited version with all the bells and whistles. Heated leather seats, rear ac controls, pull down built-in blinds, dvd player with separate head phones. Interior and exterior are great.


Suggested Improvements

sliding door mechanical improvements


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Reliable and Versatile.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By pmerk28
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2005 Toyota Sienna Minivan LE 8-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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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. Nothing leaks. No problems with the sliding doors so far.


Favorite Features

Huge interior and cargo area. Plenty of space for groceries and sports gear with the rear seats in place. You can haul all the kids, pets, beverages, coolers and luggage on a long trip. If you need more space the roof rack helps. With the rear seats folded and the second row removed you can lay sheet rock or sheets of plywood flat in this thing. Visibility is outstanding and the headlights throw a good distance in front. The A/C is powerful. There are many interior configurations to fit whatever your needs are at the time. This is a safe car. Traction control and VSC work well. The car has been very reliable, mostly just routine maintenance. Uses regular unleaded fuel.


Suggested Improvements

This van rides like a boat. It could use stiffer suspension. The rear suspension is not independent so the rear tends to "hop" over bumps which can unsettle the ride. Could have used more sound insulation as the interior is not quiet and the tire and road noise really wear on you on long trips. The stereo reception is mediocre and has gotten worse. I have to have the antenna mast checked, I guess. The middle seats are removable but they are very heavy and the removal process is not intuitive. The center console for the driver and passenger folds down but is not removable. The driver seat is not comfortable on long trips for whatever reason. Redesign access to license plate lamps.


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Not thrilled with Quality does not feel like Toyota product
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By gigi24
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2005 Toyota Sienna Minivan LE 8-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I am really disappointed about the quality of 2005 Toyota Sienna. It has 112,000 miles and about 8 months ago things starts braking one at a time. Here are some of the issues I have uncounted. * Tries are rotated at every 5,000 miles and alignment at every 15,000 miles still Tires wear at an angle. * Cracks start appearing on the dash board, now cracks are expanded across entire dash board. * Power steering rack start leaking on the both ends and dealer wants $1,800 replace it * Rubbers hosing that holds antenna broken and other rubber items stats cracking * The glue that holds glass to the windows motor came off . * Tailgate struts broken rear door does not keep up.


Favorite Features

No road noise and nice handling


Suggested Improvements

Before this Sienna I had 98 Honda Odyssey for 8 years with 150,000 miles and never had any issues except regular maintenance. I am not thrilled about Toyota Quality hopefully someone from Toyota paying attention to their customers. Hope they are not continue the same quality for their 2012 or 2013 models. Given a chance will opt out to Odyssey for my next replacement.


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Define Reliable...
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By channelinvest
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2005 Toyota Sienna Minivan XLE 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

All of the recall notices telling us to take our van in for repair...


Suggested Improvements

You got the engine and transmission down pat, now work on the rest.


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Tires replaced to often!
2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By leanneasa
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2005 Toyota Sienna Minivan XLE Limited 7-Passenger AWD 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought the 2005 Limited Sienna Van brand new. We have had to replace the tires every 23 to 26,000 miles. We have had the tires rotated, alligned and balanced as suggested. The tire manufactures cannot figure out why the tires will not last and have been replacing them free because they are not lasting until the warranty period is up. Firestone has given us 3 free sets of tires, Gateway gave us 1 free and 1 prorated. The local Toyota service manager told me that this is just the way the vans ride and it is normal????? BEWARE


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