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Toyota Sienna, Van
#3060 of 3687 Re: Sludge again [shoes4industry]
Nov 16, 2004 (8:55 pm)
I'm an auto maintenance nut. I have had the oil changed in our 1999 Sienna XLE religiously. Every 3k miles with maybe 10 percent of the time going to the high 3k's (I've got all the receipts). I used Penzoil 5w-30 and had the car serviced at Toyota every 30k interval. 86K showing on the odometer and the engine is flawless. Don't ask me about the new Transmission at 74K tho since Toyota paid for that repair. We love our Sienna but am now starting to kick the tires on an RX-330 Lexus.
#3061 of 3687 Re: Sludge again [fangsl]
Nov 17, 2004 (4:59 pm)
re: your transmission failure - what type of maintenance had you performed up until the failure at 74,000?
#3062 of 3687 door again
Nov 18, 2004 (10:19 am)
at 60,000 miles I replaced the computer (parts $500) for the power door. Dealership didn't charge for service as I complained that the door from time time got stuck since new.
Any way currently 74,000 miles and 11 months since above repair. And acting like the computer is out again.
Should I expect the Toyota to pick up any of this?
#3063 of 3687 Re: door again [paul9]
Nov 18, 2004 (5:24 pm)
With my dealer, I get 12 month warranty on repairs.
#3064 of 3687 Re: Pulls left!! [aclarke3]
Nov 22, 2004 (9:33 am)
We bought our '99 Sienna XLE new and from the day I drove it off the lot, it pulled left. I had it into the dealer many times with the same result. No change. The Dealer did say he could "adjust" the alignment to null the pull but we would wear out the tires faster. I gave up. I have an ES-300 (a Camry frame, just like the Sienna) and no pulling problems.
#3065 of 3687 Re: Sludge again [freebird]
Nov 25, 2004 (9:07 pm)
Well, thats an interesting story. All service performed by Toyota except the oil changes. Trans was serviced by Toyota at the 60K service. At about 73800, I had my oil changed at a Jiffy Lube. The Tech said my Trans oil was very dirty and recommended a service. I told him if the oil was that dirty I would take my van back to Toyota because it was changed at 60K. He said, please do that soon. I made an appointment with Toyota and it was checked out with a clean bill of health...200 miles later the van was stopped at a signal and at the green light, my wife pressed on the gas to go. The van reved and reved but did not move. The trans had died.
#3066 of 3687 Factory Battery is Great!
Dec 05, 2004 (10:06 am)
Bought my 1998 Sienna van new, in Oct. of 1997. Now has 69,000 miles on it. The factory battery still starts good and has a "green eye". Never had any factory battery last over 7 yrs. before. Since Winter is near and I don't want my wife's van not to start some cold morning, I decided to go ahead and put a new battery in it. Bought an Advance Silver series battery since it rated very good in the most recent Consumer Reports test. Cost was $49.95 and I installed it myself. Only major problem thus far was a total transmission failure at 7,000 miles. Warranty covered a new tranny. I use Mobil I 10w-30 every 5,000 miles, Toyota oil filters, and see no signs of sludging. I also run Mobil l synthetic transmission fluid. Use Chevron 87 octane gas and avg. 22.1 mpg. Have the notorious dash squeaks in cold weather that the dealer could never fix. Been a great vehicle but I will get paranoid when the factory extended 8 yr., 100,000 mile warranty on engine sludging and tranmission failure expires next Oct. I may be in the market for a new 2006 Sienna then. One last question about the factory battery that lasted so longer. Does anyone know who manafactures the Toyota batteries?
#3067 of 3687 Re: Synthetic oil for new Sienna [srivnava]
Dec 26, 2004 (8:23 pm)
I have been using Mobil 1 5W30 in my 2001. I drove the van exactly like the manual said to. NO revving the engine at all. Also, kept at or below the listed mph. Can be hard to do at times with other cars flying around me. Tried my best to keep it off the freeway except for special break in runs in the morning. Can you say, Sunday morning driver. That was me. I think I had the oil changed at 1,500 dino to dino then changed to synth at 4,000. I did a little bit of searching and found out that the van is not using any kind of special break in oil.
I try to get a good filter but have had the normal Toyota filter installed when I don't have the good filter. The oil gets changed at 6,000 + - 500. Most miles are short trip city driving in Northern CA.
#3068 of 3687 Re: 2000 LE Tranny replacement [churchlady]
Dec 28, 2004 (8:31 am)
The tranny on my wife's 2000 Sienna has just gone out. Toyota customer service said they had no knowledge of an 8yr warranty on the tranny. I was wondering what feedback you received on the info from deepan's post. A quick reply would be appreciated since she's stuck about 8 hrs away from home. Thanks.
#3069 of 3687 Re: Factory Battery is Great! [phillipm1]
Dec 28, 2004 (9:41 am)
Just talked with Toyota. They said that the 8 yr/100k warranty was only on the transaxle, cover and misc parts - not on the tranny itself. Do you have additional info that I am not being told about the tranny? Thanks.