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Toyota Sienna, Van
Jan 29, 2004 (7:23 pm)
The first year of the new Camry 2002 was only Average thus they recommended in 2003 the Camry but only showed average reliability. The rating improved this year to much better than average. It seems lately that Toyota and Honda have not gotten all that great of reliability ratings in their first year. See Camry in 2002, see Civic 2001, see Odyssey 1999-2000, and RAV-4 2001. All improved 1 or 2 years after introduction. Interested to see if Sienna gets only average for 2004 or better than that.
Jan 29, 2004 (8:12 pm)
Has anybody done any towing yet? If so how much weight, how far, and what was the mpg?
If I get a van I am looking at towing a 15ft aluminum fishing boat with a 20 hp motor. My whole package with trailer should be about 1200LBs. Well under the 3500 LB max rating for the van.
#1500 of 2995 Siennas Tow Well
Jan 30, 2004 (3:40 am)
We pulled a 2,500 lb trailer from Ohio to California. There was no sway or problems going up to 8,000' elevation. Trailer had electric brakes so braking was normal, too. If I remember, gas mileage was around 21 mpg. Hitch toungue would scrap on those California driveways that have steep gullies on the street (they have no storm sewers out in the LA area).
This year, were off to Nova Scotia with the trailer. We put AC/DC TV/VCR combo on floor between front seats so kids can watch movies all of the way. Sorry, couldn't afford installed DVD system unless I wanted to finance for more than six years.
Jan 30, 2004 (11:48 am)
so you say they DO negotiate that is very good news. i think i have to go with the le8 with package 11 (the one with the dvd player). we took lots of long trips and the vcp we have in the chrysler is a god-send --laura
Jan 30, 2004 (3:13 pm)
We mainly drive locally but do take 1 long trip each year. We chose to buy a small 12v DVD player and two PS1s with the 5" LCD screens. I then modified a cable to split the signal to each PS1 screen. This allows my kids to play Playstation 1 games, listen to their own CDs or watch a DVD movie.
My total investment for this arrangement was under $400 bucks for this. We have used it for the last 3 years and in 3 different cars (the Sienna being the third). It works for us.
#1503 of 2995 the good, the bad and the ugly - 04 Sienna
Jan 31, 2004 (6:44 am)
After owning thie car since the spring of '03, here goes...
Good- Engine power of the six cyl, AWD, all the cup holders/storage bins, flat folding seats and cargo space, and SUV/van styling, run flat tires eliminating the need for a spare tire.
Bad - the middle seat removal/replacement is cumbersome and a huge strain your back, all options cannot be ordered on LE AWD models and packages are confusing, could use another power outlet for kid's games.
Ugly - We've been back for Warranty fixes about 10 times: with less than 7K miles we had to replace the entire steering rack, with less than 18K miles we have to replace one of the front struts. Transmission shifting is extremely rough. The service people know this and are still waiting for Toyota to create a software fix to this. Phone calls to Toyota Cust Service re: xmission are meaningless and there was no followup.
RECOMMENDATION: wait for the kinks to get worked out, and buy an '05.
#1504 of 2995 Good, bad and ugly.
Jan 31, 2004 (8:56 am)
I would never allow anybody to replace only "one" strut/shock! This type of fix could cause an unbalanced handling condition and put your family at risk. As your van ages, 15k/20k more miles, the older strut will be weaker than the new one.
Feb 02, 2004 (10:25 am)
We have been going through a 1-2 week stretch of weather with temps below zero. It has become very noticeable to my six year old that sits with her feet in front of the rear "heat" vent that it isn't "heat" for 15-20 minutes into a given trip. Even then it doesn't get anywhere near the temperature of the air from the front dash vents.
Anyone else have this problem? I hope the A/C doesn't have the same problem when we get up into the 90's.
This is pretty much our only complaint after 3.5 months.
#1506 of 2995 Steering wheel controls
Feb 02, 2004 (12:42 pm)
Do the steering wheel controls on the Sienna light up? This feature is important to me. Are there any vans that do?
#1507 of 2995 Lighting up
Feb 02, 2004 (3:22 pm)
The audio controls light up. The cruise stalk, the wiper stalk and the turn/light stalks do not. Unfortunately.