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#2558 of 3687 Sienna Transmission problems covered by Toyota now!
Jun 17, 2003 (7:00 pm)
Just got some GREAT news! Toyota has just issued a notice to it's dealers and, soon, to the owners of cars like mine (1998-2000 Toyota Sienna vans) that the transmission problem I experienced will be covered for 8 years and/or 100K miles! Got a new (remanufactured) transmission installed yesterday. Instead of a $3700 bill, I had a $40 bill for an alignment I guess they saw the light and realized that it was really not that uncommon and was, in fact, a manufactured defect in some batches/lots. If you are somehow in their database as having that transmission (260,000 were made), I believe you will be getting a letter from them in the near future. If you've already had that problem, you can get reimbursed too. It's restored some of my faith in Toyota and the Stevinson Toyota dealership in Denver.
#2559 of 3687 Sienna Transmission Problems
Jun 18, 2003 (7:34 pm)
mparkins: Could you please tell me where I can find Toyota's statement about covering transmission up to 8 years or 100K miles?
Two weeks ago, my 1999 Sienna had the 90K-mile full service maintenance. I paid around $890.
Now it started to have some whining noise. I could hear it once the speed reaches 30 mph. I brought it back to the dealer where it was serviced two weeks ago. Now they're telling me that it has some transmission problems. I also went to another shop (not a dealer) that specialized in Toyotas and Lexus and confirmed that.
Now, this is supposed to be a Toyota that I had always trusted. It just have 90,000 miles and now I have transmission problems? I couldn't believe this is happening to a Toyota.
I also have some sliding door. It won't work anymore. Same dealer said that the ECU and motor need to be replace. The cost to replace it is around $1,800.
I think I will never buy a Toyota again.
#2560 of 3687 $ 890 maintenance
Jun 19, 2003 (6:24 am)
What did they do for that amount of money? Did they replace the timing belt and if so is that why the cost was so high?
#2561 of 3687 90,000 Mile service
Jun 19, 2003 (6:44 am)
My dealer charges $209 for a timing belt change. All the other stuff, air cleaner, oil change, transmission fluid change, I do myself.
FYI, you can get the A540e transmission from phoenixhardparts.com for $895 plus shipping. A shop would probably charge 6-8 hours labor to install it. Much less expensive than the $3500+ that the dealer gets....
Jun 19, 2003 (7:25 am)
The Edmunds Maintenance Guide lists what services are required and what we think they should cost (for US zipcodes).
#2563 of 3687 service costs
Jun 19, 2003 (8:02 am)
Thx for the info-big difference between what the guide says for 90k miles (less than $300)than the $890 paid.
#2564 of 3687 Re:Sienna Transmission problems covered by Toyota now!
Jun 19, 2003 (9:03 am)
by mparkins: Do you know where can I find this info as I just got my transmission replaced and I have few post on this #2505 onwards. If my 1999 Sienna is in the database then I can atleast try for a re-imbursement of the high expense. Thanx
#2565 of 3687 Re: service costs
Jun 19, 2003 (9:09 am)
Thanx for the wonderful link to maintenance guide.It's wonderful and informative.
#2566 of 3687 Weird Electrical Things
Jun 19, 2003 (10:35 am)
Some weird electrical things have been happening on my 1999 Sienna.
1) I noticed the clock is not working
2) The Steering Wheel mounted controls for the sound system were not working
3) The next time I drove the vehicle the sound system controls WERE working fine, and still do.
4) Now I discover the external mirror controls don't work.
#1 only was reported to the dealer last week and fuses checked out OK. Cost quoted to replace the clock is so ridiculous that we would never consider that.