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#2721 of 3687 Transmission reliability solution--synthetic oil?
Dec 02, 2003 (8:53 am)
Remember that this is a forum where people with problems post. There is not really a place to post whenever there are no problems, nor is it human nature to do so. These boards are not a substitute for scientifically conducted surveys. For example, my '98 Sienna has had no transmission problems, my wife's cousins who both have Siennas have had no such problems, our friend who has one (bought it on our recommendation) has not had any such problems, so my "survey" shows an 100% reliability rate on Sienna transmissions. Doesn't really mean much does it?
Other makes of minivans, especially Chryslers, have had significantly more transmission problems. Read published (print and online)reviews by respected/established auto publications, check out Consumer Reports, and check out the boards for the other minivans (or for any vehicle) before you jump to the conclusion that a certain make or model has a particular problem.
1998 Toyota Sienna LE (wife's ride - 92K and no transmission problems)
2000 Subaru Outback Ltd (my daily driver - 42K and no transmission problems)
1994 Lincoln Mark VIII (semi-retired fun car - 104K and many transmission problems)
Dec 03, 2003 (3:54 pm)
I could probably send you a generic digital photo of the magnet trick. But I'll need an e-mail address to do so.
#2723 of 3687 housekeeping
Dec 03, 2003 (4:59 pm)
The discussion "Toyota Sienna 2004+ Problems" will be merged with the "Toyota Sienna Owners: Problems & Solutions" discussion within the next few days. This resolves having duplicate discussions. There will be one place for Sienna owner's to discuss problems, issues, etc.
The messages from the 2004+ discussion will be added on to where this discussion - Toyota Sienna Owners: Problems & Solutions - leaves off. Unfortunately, we don't have a way to make the messages "mesh" together by date. So, if you get to this discussion and see some older dates after this post, you will know the merge has taken place.
The final discussion will be called "Toyota Sienna Owners: Problems & Solutions" and will be accessible from Owner's Club, Vans and M&R message boards.
Dec 04, 2003 (4:07 am)
Excuse me for stating the obvious. We have the rear heat in our car also. Ours is a 2001 model. Does your model have the set of controls located in second row seat area at the top of the sliding door frame(d.s.). If so, set the thing to heat in order for anything to come out of the vents under the front seats. So try checking your rear switch?
#2725 of 3687 Re:Magnets by mayerofrf
Dec 04, 2003 (4:28 am)
I have set my profile to public.Thank you
#2726 of 3687 Housekeeping
Dec 05, 2003 (5:13 am)
I'm not for the proposed change. When the discussions turned to the '04's, I suggested separate forums be created so that those of us with the first generation Siennas are not forced to sift through all the postings for the new generation vans. My vote is to keep them separate.
Dec 05, 2003 (6:54 am)
You're only looking at 300 messages over 6+ months for the '04 specific problems. That's only a message or two extra a day to sift through for existing owners.
Plus the long time Sienna owners have plenty of accumulated knowledge that the new Toy owners may not have picked up on yet. (that was my personal experience when I got a new generation van but read the old problem board).
#2728 of 3687 Engine Light on for the 3rd time
Dec 06, 2003 (12:08 pm)
Having a problem with my 99 Sienna (60.5K) miles. The engine light is on for the 3rd time.. Twice previously its been the mass air flow sensor, it was under warranty.(thank God!) Anyway, I noticed that the engine light is back on for the 3rd time in 2 months. I want to know what else it could be and questions I should be directing to the dealership.. I am really tired of having to go back to the dealer twice a month. I have always put 93&94 octane in my car so that is not a problem.... Thanks for listening
#2729 of 3687 DVD and rear view mirror
Dec 06, 2003 (1:55 pm)
I am buying a new Sienna and would like to get the port installed DVD (mounted in the ceiling). The salesman told me that they have had a few complaints that the screen interferes with rear view mirror visibility. He recommended a DVD system that has screens mounted in the front seat headrests (by the dealer, additional $400). Has anyone had a visibility problem with the ceiling-mounted DVD screen? If so, how significant a problem is it?
#2730 of 3687 fbattle: Factory DVD Screen
Dec 06, 2003 (6:37 pm)
I had the same concern as you regarding the Toyota-installed DVD system. During my test drive, the screen was down so I could see if it was an interference, and I had no loss of rear-view visibility from the dvd screen. Adult passengers in the third row might provide more of a rear-view challenge, but I thought the DVD was fine.
Aftermarket overhead consoles will likely cause you problems in this area. I was looking at various headrest style systems when it seemed that local dealers would not be able to find my pkg 16 xle, and liked what I saw. However, I finally was able to get the factory system in a pkg 16 configuration (just brought it home two hours ago), and am looking forward to getting use out of it along with the included 115v outlets and game input.
The headrest systems can be done very well, and can be cheaper at other places (like Best Buy, Tweeter, etc.) than at your dealer. Getting them at BB or Tweeter should get you a lifetime warranty on the install (the equipment itself will probably have a shorter warranty). If you can't get a factory system, I would go with the headrest style. One benefit of the headrest system is that you can have two 7" screens instead of one for nearly the same price. If you work with the installers, they can set it up so you can have dual source inputs as well, allowing one screen to play a video game and the other to watch a movie if you desired.