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#302 of 3687 1998 Sienna LE
Oct 08, 2000 (12:38 am)
Our '98 LE has had a few problems with bad tires and creaking sliders, but both have been fixed in a timely manner and WE LOVE THIS VAN!!! We now have 30,000 miles on it and love driving it. Very reliable, very quiet, very comfortable ride, very smooooth, very flexible.
We just returned from a 4 day trip with 5 people, a Golden Retriever and all the baggage from 4 females! (Please excuse the political incorrectness...I'll spare you the mother-in-law jokes.) Everyone had their own seat. Try doing THAT in a Honda!
This van has pulled a 2500 lb. boat plus supplies and a passenger load of 4 (plus dog) from sea level to 5000 ft elevation without noticable effort.
If you're thinking of buying one, but are tentative in your decision making because of some disgruntled posters, go for it! I would do it all over again if needed. And, no, I don't work in the auto business. Just another HAPPY TOYOTA OWNER!!
#303 of 3687 Sienna XLE Tranny Problems
Oct 08, 2000 (3:51 am)
Bought a 2001 XLE Sienna for my wife this last Wednesday night for $28,900. Thursday morning and 25 miles later, the "Check Engine" light comes on. Call the service department to find out what could be the problem and was told, "Oh, yeah you probably have one of those bad torque converters. We'll have to order a new, take your transmission out and replace the defective sensor thats causing this problem."
WTF?!?!! Unbelievable.... I have always bought Honda cars but this time didn't and was willing to take a chance on my first "Toy"ota purchase. Spending 30 large shouldn't get me back in the shop a week later with a some bozo ripping my tranny out and replacing a major piece of the drive-train...
Ok, I'm over it!
Also, anyone else have the crooked steering-wheel? What I mean is the right side of the wheel is closer to the driver than the left. It obstructs the view of the instrument a panel and just seems poorly manufactured....
Very frustrated and concerned, but hopeful that all problems will be resolved.
Oct 08, 2000 (3:02 pm)
Sounds like your dealer sold you a defective van. Toyota sent out a letter (according to previous posts) a few weeks ago telling the dealers how to check their vehicles for the problem and steps to fix. Yours didn't or chose to not do it and let the customer worrry about it.
#305 of 3687 akroeger, (re: #318)
Oct 09, 2000 (12:43 pm)
what would be so tricky about putting 5 people in a Honda Odyssey, each with their own seat? Or any other van, for that matter? I believe just about every van out there offers 2nd row captains chairs, so 5 people with their own seat should be quite simple.....and since most other vans are bigger inside than the Sienna, they'd be able to take even more stuff!
#306 of 3687 probelm after changing TC
Oct 09, 2000 (6:53 pm)
My 00 LE had torque converter replaced at 600 miles. After that, I feel the vehicle is much more sluggish and noisy when accelerate it from stop than before changing TC. Does anybody notice similar problems with your vans after TC replacement?
#307 of 3687 Corrosion around battery....
Oct 09, 2000 (8:08 pm)
I have noted now an increasing amount of corrosion around the clamps that hold the battery in the engine compartment. One of the metal brackets is eaten away now and the greenish powder residue is VERY close to the battery cables themselves. The other side has an equal amount of this powder residue. What's going on with this? I have seen corrosion on very old vehicles. Is the battery acid somehow leaking?? Please help.
Oct 09, 2000 (11:04 pm)
How would you arrange the Honda seating in order to accomodate 5 people in their own seats, a large dog on its bed and luggage?
I suppose you could put the dog on the rear seat with one of the passengers (no longer his own seat) or put luggage on the rear seat, or stack the dog on top of the luggage in the rear luggage well.
With an 'all or nothing' 3rd row bench seat, your options are more limited.
#309 of 3687 Is the TC problem gone for Sept 2001 Sienna's
Oct 09, 2000 (11:31 pm)
Does anyone know anecdotally or from any information that the Toyota Sienna TC problems were only in the May - Aug vehicles and that the 2001 Sept., onwards vehicles are good. Has anyone with a 2001 Sept made vehicle had a problem with check engine light? Would appreciate this information very much. Have been reading all the posts on this board and waiting in the wings, for just this information to buy. Thanks
#310 of 3687 Response to #319, t/c problem with 2001 Sienna
Oct 09, 2000 (11:52 pm)
Hope you are getting some decent response from your dealer with your tranny problems in your 2001 XLE. Was your 2001 built in Aug or Sept? All the best. Thanks
#311 of 3687 sludge
Oct 10, 2000 (12:56 am)
I have owned nine cars in my post-University adult life (12 years). I have yet to have encountered sludge... What *is* it exactly and how does it affect an engine?
My 1971 VW used to have a sticky carburator on particularly cold New York winter mornings, which sometimes resulted in gasoline overflowing into the oil. The gasoline contamination would raise the level of oil in the tank and foul two or more spark plugs (I'd be running on 2 cylinders -- an interesting experience unless you're driving one of those cool CitroŽn 2CV's).
On such occasions I would just drain the oil, clean the plugs, refill the oil and drive on... What finally killed that VW was a head-on collision with an early 80's Buick.
Is the sludge issue specifically messing with the fuel injector system, or what?
I don't anticipate any problem, as I am a fanatic about routine maintenance and I keep all computer-printout receipts.
Just would like further info...