2004 Toyota Sienna Consumer Review: XLE Limited 406,000 Miles with

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XLE Limited 7-Passenger Passenger Minivan (3.3L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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XLE Limited 406,000 Miles with only Minor Issues
By walleyeman57 on


2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited 7-Passenger Fwd 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


I purchased this van with 60K miles on it in 2007.
Since then I have put over 240 more.
This has been the most reliable car or truck I have ever owned.
The items I have repaired or replaced include tires, brakes, spark plugs, and two timing belts.
I had to have a new A/C compressor last summer.
Both power sliding door cables broke some time ago but I have not fixed them because the doors open and close with one finger-they are a waste.
This van still has the original alternator, starter, shocks, springs and of course engine and transmission.
It rides and drives nice with no real issues.
I would rate the comfort very good.
Well, with well over 400,000 this van remains a daily driver for our family. Three timing belt changes (two with water pumps) three spark plug changes, two radiators, a couple strut changes. I do a transmission drain and fill every year. This van just keeps on going. No rust to speak of-and we live in MI where our roads are heavily salted at least 4 months out of the year. It is almost scary that the alternator, starter, and of course engine and transmission are original . We still use this van for long road trips-but I did put the title in the glove box just in case we have to make a quick trade while far from home. My 92 YO mother comments that she loves the smooth and comfortable ride. This van has lasted more than twice as long as the two Dodge vans we had in the past (190K and 170K) and shows no signs of giving up. Yes, you do have to maintain it. I change the oil about every 5-10K miles in addition to the trans fluid changes. I add up what we spend on repairs and maintenance every year and it still does not make sense for us to lay out another $40K for a new one. I think Toyota never got the message of planned obsolescence. This van is used in mixed driving as we live in the country but travel to urban areas at least 3 times per week.
10-3-17 we still drive this van everyday. This past year we put a new radiator and brakes. The starter and battery were replaced. This was the original starter-so really not a surprise. With 428k mikes people are shocked there is no visible rust anywhere on the body. I did change the tranny fluid again. I had an oil analysis done by Blackstone Labs and it came back great with no issues.

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By walleyeman57
on 07/15/13 09:42 AM (PDT)

Just turned 350,000 miles and no other issues other than those mentioned above. Change the oil, tranny fluid, and the timing belt and plugs every 100K and that is it.

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By walleyeman57
on 08/25/14 13:47 PM (PDT)

Well, we considered selling this van but, really, why? This past year we did replace the front struts and springs (they were the original) and refreshed the brake pads. I still have not fixed the automatic doors although the auto trunk hatch works fine. We do not drive this as much as we did with our other car taking just the two of us on trips. Mileage is now at 375,000. The van starts and runs just great. It has now outlasted every vehicle we have ever owned by well over 100K miles and still going strong. Thanks Toyota for building such a dependable vehicle.

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