2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I purchased the 2008 Toyota Sienna Limited from Carmax with 112,000 miles on it. I've owned it now for three weeks. I'm fairly impressed.
Overall gas mileage is a tick under 20 mpg.
I'm a single guy with no kids and I drive a minivan, but I'm ok with that. This one is pretty nice and it holds a lot of stuff when I need it to. Superbly flexible and comfortable accommodations for any number of people.
It's an expensive car compared to the competition, but hopefully with the Toyota reputation, it'll last a long time.
The seating arrangement gives plenty of options, including moving the center console to the second row, moving or removing the second row seats, and of course the 60/40 third row folds down.
Lots of power options. Rear climate control. DVD player. Leather seats.
Visibility is impressive for such a large vehicle.
I wish the A/C blower had a lower setting. At the lowest fan speed, it still blows pretty strong from the dash vents.
There's a lot of wind and road noise while driving. I didn't expect this. Perhaps quieter tires might help.
I don't like that there's no way to keep the radio information visible on the screen. When you change stations or volume, there's a little dropdown on the screen, but then it goes away to show the navigation. I want it to display the station info.
Needs second row power outlets. How did they miss that?
I bought this used in 2010 w 45K miles. It has 119k now and is in very good shape.
Its a great and comfortable car. It keeps me safe and gets through all the weather. Its pretty darn comfortable too. I feel safe in it and frankly I like it.
I have a Yakima roof rack and I added a 2" trailer hitch to pull a small trailer. Its perfect for me and my two kids.
Holds everything. Is super comfortable.
Here are the things that kinda make me mad.
1. Tire life sucks. I got rid of the run flats and went to a used tire place to buy a spare that I carry on long trips. If I get a flat in town I will have them tow me to Costco. I bought some 90K mile Michelin Defenders at 69K. I am having them replaced today, 40K short of their warranty.
2. I have the NAV system. Nothing pisses me off more than this. I cannot enter an address manually when driving. Neither can my passenger. This was decided by their lawyers.
3. The seats and back bench recline, but not to a fully flat position. That would be awesome.
2008 Toyota Sienna CE 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I own a 2008 Sienna bought brand new. Currently has 114k.(71k miles) All maintenance completed as per Toyota scheduling.
Recall and or Warranty history: Rear door struts, vibrating radio speaker, roof trim pulling off, 02 sensor, spare tire cable, transmission shift solenoid.
Repairs I performed myself as a journeyman mechanic: water pump @90k km. Same 02 sensor they replaced on Warranty and would not cover again. Transmission input speed sensor.
This van does not inspire confidence. I drive around with my obd2 scanner in the van just in case of a C.E.L.
Toyota's quality control on this van is slack at best. Improve quality control.
2008 Toyota Sienna LE 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
We bought this used model (2008) from the Toyota dealer with 70K on it. The price was reasonable. The interior is poor. The rear passenger air turns on and off intermittently without anyone turning on. I read a lot of similar complaints on the ToyotaSienna online forum. The dealer said it is what it is (as is condition). I tried to look up for the solution, no solution found. The seats are poor quality. The hand rest for all seats are poorly built. It is really not so convenient for the driver to use the hand rest (Right). The center console between the driver and passenger could have been made better (which I suppose is now taken care in the new model). Poor quality seat belts.
Automatic sliding doors
Rear passenger blower, center console, seats and their respective hand rest. Above all the quality of the seat belts. Take too much of rubber (frequent new tires). Rubber seals around the door comes off very often. Needs to be built with better quality.
As far as people carrying minivans go, it really doesn't get a whole lot better than this. For one, this is a very comfortable and roomy car. The leather seats are pretty good and the ride is silky smooth. Gas mileage isn't very good (We've average about 18-19 mpg mostly on the highway), but that's the price you pay for having a large vehicle with a V6 and AWD. Speaking of the V6, it's a quality engine. It generally revs very smoothly and there's more power on tap than anyone driving a minivan needs. So far it's been quite reliable reliable. There have been no big repair costs outside of general maintenance.
It's got a surprisingly tight turning circle for such a big car, which is always nice, and on the road it feels a bit smaller than it actually is. Noise is fairly minimal, and as I mentioned the engine and ride leave little to be desired.
The steering and handling in general is incredibly numb and boring, as one would expect from Toyota's electric steering system - it's obviously not supposed to be a sports car, but the Odyssey does manage to be surprisingly fun. The transmission is okay but it takes its sweet time choosing gears. Fit and finish in a few areas is iffy- there are some various plastic pieces that like to come loose and the occasional rattling that comes and goes, not to mention the glovebox doesn't always like to stay closed.