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2011 Toyota Sienna: Hates My USB Cable

October 16, 2011

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Here's the message the Sienna gave me last week when I plugged my USB cable into its dash port and connected the other end to my iPhone to listen to a podcast. I do this every day, several times per day, in nearly every car I drive (100-mile round-trip commute, remember).

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I switched to the aux cable back-up plan for the trip home and have since discovered that the problem must be my USB cable. But of course it's not that simple. I tried another USB cable when I got home and it worked fine. Still, the problem cable functions as iPod control in other cars and works to charge the phone when plugged into a 120-volt outlet.

For whatever reason, the Sienna just doesn't like it. Fortunately, there are two alternatives: Bluetooth streaming and the aux cable. Neither is an ideal work-around, but I'll manage.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor

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