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#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.
#2568 of 3687 Weird Electrical Things
Jun 19, 2003 (10:54 am)
I had a similar cluster of intermitent and seemingly unrelated electrical phenomena with a 1996 Dodge Voyager. After consulting spiritualists to ascertain that the car was not haunted and that there were no dead relatives trying to contact me, I took it to the dealer. It took some time, but they determined that a circuit board in the car's computer was bad. They replaced it under warranty.
Maybe you have a similar problem. Or maybe a dead relative is trying to contact you.