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1999 Toyota Sienna Minivan

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Really Great
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By fredlisancnc
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1999 Toyota Sienna Minivan XLE 4dr Minivan


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Just had 10 year anniversary. Soccer mom. Purchased new. Has been a dream vehicle. Now have 135,000 miles. Drives like luxury vehicle. Has been extremely reliable. Have just needed reg. maintenance, i.e oil changes regularly, 18 month brake jobs, (heavy city travel). On 3rd set of Michelin tires, on 3rd battery. Had to replace motor for power window and an alternator. Am now having timing belt, water pump, and ac and ps belts changed for first time which is normal maintenance. Now in its 10th plus year, starting to have a few issues. Valve gaskets are now leaking oil and need replacement. Repair described is approx. $1000 for belts, wp, and new gaskets with labor. Heavily recommend vehicle.


Best Features

Styling (nicer then present revised style) - reliability - smooth, great ride, better than most cars - tire light lets you know if low on air - powerful engine, easy to go 85 and not feel it, as we have on trips - Use reg gas, (have read others using higher octane, but don't find it necessary).


Worst Features

Really don't see any (get 19 mpg in city).


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Plastic Door Handles
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By PlasticToyotas
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1999 Toyota Sienna Minivan LE 4dr Minivan


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Why on Earth would ANY car company use plastic door handles that break continuously? We are extremely gentle on the handles since we discovered this scam that Toyota has. The handles still break. Since buying this van all of the door handles have been broken at least once and some have broken more than once. Again, we are very gentle with the door handles and they still break. This is such an issue with me that I will NOT buy another Toyota that has plastic parts that are pulled on. My driver's door handle just cost $125 (parts only) at the dealership, the only place locally to get the parts. I have no plans to ever buy a Toyota again because of this.


Best Features

Drives nice enough---Other parts of the van are reliable---Jacking Up the van and tire changing is a good design. Easily removable seats turn it into a cargo van quickly.


Worst Features

Use aluminum for the parts that get tugged on repeatedly.


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A brilliant vehicle
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By yoda1
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1999 Toyota Sienna Minivan XLE 4dr Minivan


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I bought it new and done 180000K. Only maintenance so far is replacing power steering pump and routine maintenance of brakes and timing belt twice as per schedule. We were so impressed with Sienna,we bought a second Sienna for my wife!


Best Features

Reliability and handling


Worst Features

Music system and the tire pressure indicator which is flaky.


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1999 Sienna as seen in 2008-bad tranny!
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By R Roberts
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1999 Toyota Sienna Minivan LE 4dr Minivan


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Delighted with the drivability after we bought it in 2005 w/99K mi. Almost no problems the first 2 years.Then in quick succession the radiator and starter failed, soon followed by the tranny. We took it to a reliable tranny shop recommended by our mechanic. They fixed it and we continued to drive it problem free for about 7 months, when the tranny again went out. We took it back to the same shop, who stood by their guarantee, though they kept having problems getting everything right and had to start over about 5 times (cost us only about $200.00 for one add'l part). We drove it only 3 months and the tranny again went out; now no longer under warranty from original repair. Selling this $ pit.


Best Features

Double sliding doors, plenty of leg room in all 3 rows, lots of cup holders, 12V power outlet in 2nd row, nice interior lighting. Great van for the first 125K miles!


Worst Features

Obviously some kind of design flaw in transmission. The removable 2nd and 3rd row seats are heavy and don't go back in easily.


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Good Overall Value for a Family Car
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By RichLeja
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1999 Toyota Sienna Minivan CE 3dr Minivan


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We bought this new with a roof rack, cruise, rear AC, and the tow package. We liked it because it drove the most like a car compared to other MVs and for the Toyota reputation. We had a few problems (fuel injectors - fixed on warranty, sticky sliding door button, etc), which weren't big issues. During the 130K miles, the only major repairs (on us) were to replace the brakes (including drums/discs) twice and a new timing belt. Other than that, this has been a really good car for us. It has served us well, even with the abuse from 2 little boys. It is roomy and rides great. On several long trips, it got great freeway mileage (25+), even towing a small jet ski trailer.


Best Features

Lots of room, freeway mileage, dual sliding doors.


Worst Features

Better materials on the brake discs/drums.


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