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#3169 of 3687 Power Sliding Door on 2001 Sienna
Mar 25, 2005 (3:02 pm)
Against my better judgement, I should have known not to buy power sliding doors - Just asking for repair issues. My 2001 Sienna XLEs Driver side sliding door stopped working a few weeks back. Knowing that the motor(Power control unit) was ridiculously expensive, I was thankful to discover that the thin cable that pulls the door closed had snapped, and nothing was wrong with the motor(Fully tested). The loose cable however did cause the opening cable to get damaged/tangled as well, So I realized all that needed to be replaced were the 2 cables(Can't be that expensive right). Come to find out that Toyota will not sell me just the cables, but wants me to replace the entire power control unit(Even though nothing is wrong with it), for a cost of $1050. Talk about a ripoff - I refuse to pay that for 2 simple cables that should cost under $30. Cannot believe Toyota will not sell those parts separately. The Power Control unit is made by Delphi systems who supplies most of the Power Sliding Door Units for the auto industry, and I have tried calling them with no luck of talking to anybody(As they only deal with the manufacturers).
Overall, I have to tell you that my 2001 Toyota Sienna XLE which only has 57k miles on it, has been the biggest disappointment as far as quality - The van has had its share of issues(most covered under warranty), not to mention the sludge defect. Overall, it just doesn't feel as solid as other vehicles I've owned, that I will most likely never buy another Toyota again.
Sorry to rant, but anybody have any ideas on my door cable issue. I know many people have had to replace the power door unit on these models, so there must be extra cables floating around somewhere other than Toyota.
#3170 of 3687 Re: Check Engine Light & Diagnostics [richlew]
Mar 25, 2005 (6:19 pm)
check engine light
#3171 of 3687 01 Sienna do you think it's a lemon?
Mar 30, 2005 (7:44 am)
My 01 Sienna has had the following problems:
Rear vent window almost fell out and had to be repaired
Front driver's door bolt keeps coming out - door makes loud cracking sound when opened
Excessive tire wear
Brake problems - shimmy with braking, I am taking it in tomorrow for this (again)
Driver's side power window motor replaced when car was about 2 months old because stopped working
Right now the brake issue is my biggest concern. Does anyone know if this is covered by a technical service bulletin? I am not keen on spending a lot of money on this apparently common problem. The van does have 97,000 miles on it. Other than these problems it's a good van.
#3173 of 3687 Re: Sienna 2001 - Windshield crack / heat issues? [liork]
Mar 30, 2005 (3:47 pm)
I got a crack in my windshield from a quick change in the temperature.
#3174 of 3687 Re: 01 Sienna do you think it's a lemon? [KarenS]
Mar 30, 2005 (4:19 pm)
It's a four-to-five-year-old car with 97,000 miles and a few issues. It also still runs.
The Lemon Law deals with an entirely different class of vehicles.
What am I missing?
#3175 of 3687 Re: rough transmission [toocajun4u]
Mar 30, 2005 (6:54 pm)
My 1999 Sienna has this problem now at 70K miles. Have you fixed the problem?
#3176 of 3687 Re: 99 Sienna Dash removal [velobob]
Mar 30, 2005 (7:32 pm)
Thanks Velobob. I was debating on having the shop replace the lamps but it sounds as if it is a manageable task.
Any more hints or suggestions would be appreciated
#3177 of 3687 Re:2001 Toyota Sienna Tilt Steering
Apr 02, 2005 (6:15 am)
The tilt steering on our 2001 Toyota Sienna keeps jamming. Bought is used from the toyota dealer last year 2004. Still has extended warranty on it. Tilt steering jammed a few months after purchasing Toyota fixed it right away. Now its jammed again no warranty left on it. Anyone else encounter this problem?
#3178 of 3687 Chattering Power Steering; Dash Lights;Sliding Door Interior Lock; T Belt
Apr 05, 2005 (4:23 pm)
Phew... mouthful of a title!
Primary concerns are:
*Due for preventative timing belt replacement approx 62K. Is the 1998 an interference engine? If so, any input on pricing for belt (and related service items) servicing? I cannot use local dealer (long story... bad situation), so need ballpark figure. If interference engine, what am I looking at in terms of belt going before I can scrape up $$ for replacement?
*When coming out of a parallel spot (tight turning left or right), I have a MAJOR steering/front wheel chatter. Entire car lurches to the chatter. Sometimes steering belt screams, most times not. If I have even 2 feet to manuever straight in forward or reverse before cutting wheels, I get no chatter. No other problems w/steering aside from slightly loose. I'm in NYC, so that's "normal".
*Interior "glow" dash lights for heater control knobs is out. Is this self-servicable, or am I looking at a ridiculously expense bill for something I could continue to live without? Am refering to the rear-illlumation lights... only 1/2 are presently dark and have been for months. Again, no reputable dealer I can inquire to.
*Sliding door interior lock/button has ALWAYS jammed about 30% of the time. I've taken this into the dealer and they want min. $175 to "diagnose". I thot I'd read somewhere that this was a known issue, but Toyota HQ denies and for min. $175, my kids can climb out the front or continue to use key to "jimmy" button free.
Any and all suggestions/responses appreciated!