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#3674 of 3687 1999 Toyota Sienna dies when it idles
Jun 18, 2010 (5:37 am)
I am considering purchasing (my first vehicle purchase) a '99 Toyota Sienna with over 200K miles on it. It runs extremely well and has very few issues, except that it has a nasty habit of dying when it idles.
This happens after about 30 minutes of driving and continues until the car cools down for about 2 hours after driving it. The owners are real gear heads (I've known them for a while now) and they seem to think that it is due to a dirty intake manifold.
I'm no car expert but it seems that this would not necessarily be the case. This is a major purchase for me and I just want to make sure I don't buy a car that needs a couple of thousand of dollars in repairs because I can't afford that right now.
Does the dirty intake manifold seem like it is the reason the car dies when it idles?
Jun 20, 2010 (6:19 pm)
don't buy the car.I haven't a clue of why it dies when it idles and obviously your "gear head" friends don't either else they would have fixed it.200k is a lot of miles on any car
#3676 of 3687 Re: 1999 Toyota Sienna dies when it idles [unicron]
Jun 21, 2010 (12:52 pm)
RUN don't walk, a "dirty manifold" sounds like a good way to disguise a slugdy engine. The 1MZ 3.0l V6 was prone to sludge.
Run as fast as you can in the other direction. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.
#3677 of 3687 Re: 1999 Toyota Sienna dies when it idles [unicron]
Jun 26, 2010 (9:32 pm)
Any make, any vehicle with that many miles ... you've got to count on $1-2k per year on repairs. If you're lucky maybe $500. I did all the work myself on my 2001 Sienna, and spent over $1,000 on various sensors that failed in the last year at 110-120,000 miles (O2, MAF, Air/fuel ratio). Now it's running fantastic again -- but I know there will be more problems. In your case, a problem only when warm doesn't sound like engine sludge to me. If you like the van, get it checked out by an independent mechanic.
Jun 24, 2011 (2:53 pm)
What is the worst that can hapen if you don't replace struts? What is a fair price? 2000 Sienna.
#3679 of 3687 Re: markie3 [markie3]
Jun 28, 2011 (1:54 pm)
struts are expensive.I think I paid about 650ish when I replaced them on my 2000 and that was at least 4 years ago.
#3680 of 3687 Re: markie3 [markie3]
Jun 30, 2011 (7:16 pm)
Struts are a critical part of the vehicle handling and are important for keeping the tires in contact with the road. Superficially the ride will be bouncier and the steering sloppy, however you will also see longer braking distances and worse, if you are forced into an evasive maneuver like an emergency lane change worn struts may cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
Struts aren't cheap, but it takes money to keep a vehicle functioning properly on the road. If you try to cheap out then you not only shorten the life of the vehicle but take a risk with your life and the lives of those on the road around you.
#3682 of 3687 07 Sienna Seatbelt Indicator light.
Jul 13, 2007 (8:41 am)
I am the second owner of this 2007 Toyota Sienna with 12K miles on it. When I got the Sienna there were no problems evident and the carfax and recalls came out clean, but now I am having a minor or major issue. The seatbelt indicator that usuallys dings to annoy you about your seatbelt is not activating or working. This is only happening on the drivers side. It worked for maybe about a week, anybody else have this problem or a solution to it? I appreciate any help.
#3683 of 3687 Re: 07 Sienna Seatbelt Indicator light. [islandboyle07]
Jul 13, 2007 (8:44 am)
There is a procedure to change that. You can select whether you want the passenger seatbelt chime on or off.
I think you hold the trip reset button as you turn the ignition on. It has to be on the odometer.
The exact procedure is in the owner's manual.
The reason I turned mine off is that some times we fold the seat flat and the people in the 2nd row rest their legs on the seat. The weight fools the system into thinking there is someone in the chair, when there isn't. So we'd get an annoying reminder to fasten the seatbelt for an empty seat!