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#2335 of 2995 Re: Toyota minivan advances [steve_]
Nov 19, 2004 (7:00 am)
According to Autosite.com, Sienna sales calendar ytd 2004 through end of October are 135,728 vs same period a year earlier of 78,231. Certainly a big increase, but not totally unexpected since most of 2003 sales would have been the older and underwhelming design.
Combined Chrysler T&C plus Dodge Caravan calendar ytd is 310,563 vs 305,665 for the same time period in 2003, showing that the stow and go feature has positively added some to their sales figures, or at least stemmed their downward trend.
Odyssey is down a few thousand, due to increased competition and of course their design was getting stale until the introduction of their 2005 redesign this fall, which hasn't been on the market long enough to positively impact their sales.
Nov 19, 2004 (7:31 am)
50,000 additional units sounds like a bunch of overtime! Toyota is riding pretty high in most markets right now. And it sounds like the Sienna is almost half the Indiana plant production:
"Toyota initially estimated the Princeton plant, which now builds the Tundra, Sequioa and Sienna, would employ 1,300 jobs and build 100,000 vehicles per year. The plant now directly employs 4,629 workers and produces 300,000 vehicles annually"
American International Automobile Dealers Association
Nov 21, 2004 (11:13 am)
I will pick up my new Sienna XLE Tuesday and plan to only use 87 octane fuel even though premium is recommended.
My two most recent daily drivers (which I purchased new) both called for premium and I drove each 150K+ miles on 87 with no problems. The first was a 89 Taurus SHO. The second a 97 Avalon XLS that was just rear-ended by two inattentive drivers on the interstate and totalled. The only reason I'm in the market for new transportation.
In my experience, buying premium is a waste of money.
#2338 of 2995 Re: Premium Gas [davidsden]
Nov 21, 2004 (2:14 pm)
FYI: My XLE AWD knocks and pings with 87 octane. I know this doesn't cause any harm to the engine, but I'm a bit O/C, and the noise drives me crazy. I use premium.
#2339 of 2995 Knocks and pings...
Nov 21, 2004 (4:21 pm)
You may have a defective knock sensor...
Even a new Porsche 996 can use regular and not knock or ping according to Porsche.
#2340 of 2995 Re: Premium Gas [heywood1]
Nov 22, 2004 (2:41 pm)
I'm not so sure this causes no damage. You might want to explore it further
#2341 of 2995 Re: 2004 Sienna recalls [2004nyc]
Nov 22, 2004 (2:46 pm)
There is a voluntary service campaign underway. Toyota's letter states that the failures occur under extreme cold. Call ahead as the dealer may need to order the parts
#2342 of 2995 Re: Premium Gas [mcase2]
Nov 22, 2004 (4:01 pm)
The owner's manual very clearly states 87 octane is the minimum required octane. Premium is recommended for "improved performance." You are not damaging your engine by using 87 octane.
If you're hearing audible pinging with 87, I'd bring it into the dealer. You shouldn't
hear that with a properly functioning knock sensor, and I never hear any pinging with 87 octane.
#2343 of 2995 I agree...
Nov 22, 2004 (7:32 pm)
If you hear knocking and pinging with 87 octane you either have a tank of BAD gas (water?) or you need to visit the dealer.
#2344 of 2995 About Power Steering Line and Raditor recalls.
Nov 23, 2004 (2:02 pm)
Since I live at Bay Area, CA. The whether here is not very cold and not very hot. I will wait to do the recall job till it closes to 2007, thus I can save the cost to flush the power steering fluid and radiator fluid. My van is 2004 LE bought at 2003 August. What do you guys say?