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Reliable and Versatile.
By pmerk28 on
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.
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.
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.