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#3066 of 3687 Factory Battery is Great!
Dec 05, 2004 (9:06 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 (7:23 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 (7:31 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 (8:41 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.
#3070 of 3687 Re: bad transmission[fencepro]
Dec 29, 2004 (5:52 am)
I would call the Toyota customer service line and give them your VIN. They can tell you if your van is covered under the extended transmission service offering. From my memory the card that I received from Toyota it said that the warranty covered a "no go" condition with the transmission/transaxle (in this van's case a transmission and transaxle are the same thing.)
What type of maintenance did you do on the transmission up to this point? How many miles are on it?
#3071 of 3687 Re: bad transmission[fencepro] [freebird]
Dec 30, 2004 (3:56 am)
The van has 101.3K mileage and was serviced per the handbook. When I called Toyota's 800 #, the guy told me that there was no such thing as an extended warranty. My wife tried the same phone number an hour later and was told there was an extended warranty on the transaxle and tansaxcle casing, but not on the transmission itself (?).She got a reference number, went back to the dealer and he told her what you said, that the transaxle/tranny were the same thing. Toyota is replacing the tranny and our total bill is $250.00. The lack of knowledge by the first guy answering the phone is what I would expect from Ford (Windstar's blown engine and the class action lawsuit, but that's another story)but I expected better from Toyota's answering center. However, at least we're not stuck with the entire bill of $3,100.00. If anyone else out there is having trouble with their tranny's, persevere. Thanks.
#3072 of 3687 Re: bad transmission[fencepro] [freebird] [fencepro]
Dec 30, 2004 (5:27 am)
I would feel fortunate to get out with only paying $250.
Also, for other's benefit, if you keep your address updated with Toyota (call the 800 customer service number to update), they will send you mailers when a new "service campaign" like the extended transmission and engine warranties come out.
I have a '99 with 98,000 mile on it. I have been "over maintaining" the transmission by dropping the pan and cleaning the filter every 30,000 miles as well as draining the fluid (twice) every 10,000 miles. It costs me $9 every 10,000 miles, but I hope it pays off in the long run.
#3073 of 3687 Check Engine Light
Jan 04, 2005 (7:42 am)
The check engine light on our 2000 Sienna is on. Diagnostic codes read P1130 and P1135 which translates to:
A/F Sensor Circuit Range/Performance (Bank 1 Sensor 1)
A/F Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1 Sensor 1)
Has anyone encountered this or have recommendations on what to change?
#3074 of 3687 Re: Check Engine Light [pn6]
Jan 04, 2005 (11:54 am)
This is the air flow sensor on the firewall side of the engine.
A post on http://experts.about.com/q/832/index.htm states that this requires a special tool. See "1999 toyota sienna check engine light" dated 11/22/04 on this link.
#3075 of 3687 Re: Check Engine Light [freebird]
Jan 04, 2005 (12:25 pm)
After further investigation, I believe this code is referring to the "O2" sensor, or an updated air flow sensor in your case. I would try replacing the "O2" sensor on the firewall side and reset the code. I believe that will fix the problem.