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#485 of 3687 1998 Sienna LE
Dec 19, 2000 (8:25 pm)
I own a 1998 Sienna LE with over 30,000 miles on it. I bought this van in Jan 1998. My wife (the primary driver) and I absolutely love this van. We had some growing pains typical of a first year vehicle, but Toyota has been terrific in correcting the problems.
I sympathize for Charlene Blake who apparently has a vehicle with many actual and perceived problems. The list (and the posts) seems to get longer each month. This sounds like the exception rather than the rule among Sienna owners. I hope those looking for a new van will listen to the majority of owners when considering their new purchase.
Dec 21, 2000 (3:16 am)
Like a broken record...you were once heard but ignored over and over and over and over and over again. Studies show that irresponsibility leads to engine failures! True story!
#489 of 3687 I'm back......
Dec 21, 2000 (4:10 pm)
Well, my Sienna is back after 3 days in the shop. A new steering rack, new P/W switch, free rotation on the tires (since their are wearing abnormally), front end re-aligned, complete engine diagnostics to check on the poor gas mileage, and brakes inspected and greased for the clicking noise. (By the way their IS a new TSB on the caliper brake grease, ask your dealer. Its too bad it doesn't really work, but it does quiet them down somewhat.)
It turns out, my steering clunk is 95 % diminished and the steering feels much tighter than before. What I mean is that unless I take make 90 deg turn at approx. 15-20 mph and (you will probably never do this in ordinary driving unless you are hunting for a parking spot in the shopping mall lanes) whip the wheel around back to center, I don't really hear anything. Turns out the dealer, a regional factory rep and the regional tech rep spent 4 hrs disassembling the engine, tranny, suspension, the new rack, and exhaust from their mounting points/bushings. After checking all the parts and moving the mounts a bit they carefully re--assembled the front end, tranny etc and the noise is greatly diminished. They suspect that since the tranny was out of the vehicle for the T/C replacement back in Aug, it and all accompanying suspension parts were not properly seated. The moral of the story is: Those of you who have had the T/C replaced should make sure everything was put back correctly. It was a major job and anything could have been re-installed incorrectly causing creaks or groans......
For my troubles the factory rep is giving me a Toyota Platinum plan 6yr/100k miles. He said it was the least Toyota could do. The dealership handled this with kid gloves; the factory rep. must have called me 4 times in the past 3
days. Kudos to Toyota on that......
However, I am still not satisfied with the quality of this vehicle. The captain's chair still rattle, the pass. door still does not sound right when closing, the car gets 14-15 mpg, the brakes still make noise and the engine still has a slight whine at idle. Maybe I am extremely picky about my vehicle , but it is my money, and this has not been a pleasing experience. The extended warranty may just be the factory's way of appeasing me......
I will drive this vehicle for another 2-3 months before I make a decision on whether to sell it or not.
Regards to all, peace during this holiday season,
P.S. Take it easy on CBLAKE. We need consumer advocates in our society. While I may not necessarily believe any claims about the sludge issue, I do feel we need to band together when we feel we are being taken for a ride......
P.P..S. The Sienna lemons seem to be all XLE's.... The '01 LE loaner I had was a dream, no captains chairs = no rattles. pass door made the same sound as mine when closing but the suspension noise and engine whine was non-existent.
#490 of 3687 Sienna not a good Toyota product!!!!
Dec 21, 2000 (4:59 pm)
I bought Senna EL in Oct 99. Here are the problems.
1. Passenger side window glass was getting stuck.
2. Tire pressure light coming on / it was taken care earlier too.
3. Driver side seat belt light on all the time .
4. Leak rear washer fluid.
5. I just got all the tires balance and rotated but still
the ride is not smooth.
And you know what these dealers don't fix the problem on the
same day (not enough parts), and guess what? you got to take it
to the dealership again.
I was a big time toyota fan , I am having some doubts now .....
#492 of 3687 Window Condensation
Dec 22, 2000 (7:32 am)
We own a '96 Camry and a '00 Sienna XLE. Both cars' windows are prone to fogging more than any other vehicle we've owned. I checked with the local dealer who told me that we need to run the A/C when we use the dehumidification switch. It works but only when we dial in "blue" for cold air. Why are these cars more prone to fog up?
#493 of 3687 Window Condensation
Dec 22, 2000 (9:08 am)
Make sure that you are pulling in fresh air, not re-circulating.
No problems with condensation in my 2000 Sienna XLE and I live in Minnesota (currently -4 with a -45 WindChill).