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#1770 of 2209 LESS FEATURES IN 2005 SIENNA LE pkg#6 COMPARED TO 99 TOYOTA LE
Sep 22, 2005 (11:24 am)
Bought a toyota sienna LE pkg#6 last month.
Basic features are missing in 2005 toyota sienna compared from 99 toyota LE
1, Once we turn the defogger... A/C is not turned on automatically.
2, There is no automatic sensors that turns ON the head lights automatically in the dark.
These features that are available in 99 toyota corolla for the price of 15000$ when we bought in 1998.
So, people think before buying sienna and ask these questions to the sales person.
#1771 of 2209 Less Features
Sep 22, 2005 (11:47 am)
I want my AC not to turn on automatically with the defrost. It's a stupid idea copied from American car makers. Most of the time it's not needed, especially in cool weather when a little heat is needed anyway. My 2004 Highlander with manual climate controls has this unmentioned feature and am planning to disable it once I download the service manual.
#1772 of 2209 Re: Less Features [typesix]
Sep 22, 2005 (12:08 pm)
For the 2001 and later RX you can have the dealer set two c-best options. One of those unlinks the A/C from defrost/demist/defog mode, and the other allows you to disable it completely through multiple restarts by simply turning it off manually ONCE.
Before the C-best become available I simply disconnected the A/C compressor clutch wiring during the winter months.
And you are correct, the US manufacturers did this first but also had the good sense to realize that it could be more detrimental than good in cold weather so the A/C was typcially completely disabled below about 47F.
It was the fools, idiots, in Japan, NipponDenso, Denso US, that thought, think, the A/C could still be used efficiently in the wintertime to defog the windshield.
#1773 of 2209 98' Oil Filter/Vs. 05' Oil Filter.
Sep 22, 2005 (12:32 pm)
I traded my 1998 Sienna for a 2005, Salsa Red, LE, Option Package #5. The 98' Toyota Oil Filter was #08922-02011. The filter on the new 05' has printed on it: 90915-20003 & 115010-5011 Denso. They look the basic size and shape but the new filter does have more of a concave top and has more drain holes. Can I use the old filters on my new Sienna or does the newer filter have improvements or changes that are better? My first impression of the new Sienna, compared to the first yr. 1998 are: 05' much quieter, smoother, refined, less rattles and squeaks, less interior wind noise with the windows down, the 5-spd. auto tranny shifts MUCH smoother, and my MPG is at 25 to 26 mpg while the older model was a consistent 22 mpg. If I had known the newer model was so much better I might have traded sooner!
#1774 of 2209 Re: 2004 Sienna AWD - 2nd set of tires [nedwod]
Sep 22, 2005 (5:36 pm)
I also have a 2004 Sienna AWD with about 70,000Km (40,000Mi). For the last two winters 03-04 and 04-05 I put snow tires on. So the original tires have about 1/2 that on them (around 20,000 miles). They are pretty much gone. I'll be putting the snows back on this weekend since I don't want to drive even in the rain with them the way they are. I will need new tires in the spring.
I am unimpressed by the life on the original equipment tires.
If there's a trick to the alignment or something to improve this, I would love to find out.
I haven't found this from drivers I know with non-AWD Siennas.
#1775 of 2209 Re: 2004 Sienna AWD - 2nd set of tires [ontario543]
Sep 22, 2005 (9:38 pm)
That sounds about right. People seem to be replacing their first set of run flats about 18-20 thousand miles. Many are replacing them with non run flats, but then of course you need to get a spare.
Being extra diligent about checking the tire pressure seems to help a little with tire life.
#1776 of 2209 Re: 2005 Sienna: opened door drains battery [aknight]
Sep 26, 2005 (11:35 am)
MY 2004 sienna XLE battery has died under varied circumstances 7+ times in the past six months. The battery has been replaced under warrenty twice and the best explanation that the dealership will give me is my cell phone charger is to blame fir the repeated battery drain. My doors have been left open for less than an hour , every thing has been unplugged and turned off , yet the still feel it has to be something I'm doing. I am very disgusted and feel I have purchased a
#1777 of 2209 Trans Design Issue
Sep 27, 2005 (6:48 am)
Has anyone experienced problem of shifter going into reverse while driving forward? In my '04 Sienna the shifter will move with a light one finger touch, and it's a straight line from drive to reverse. The gated shifter does not really prevent this. The previous generation Sienna had a lock out button on shifter, I believe, so putting car in reverse accidentally was unlikely. To compound situation, the tray folds down and folks can pass from front seat to back, very likely nudging the shifter in the process -- maybe into neutral or reverse. Of course the car won't actually go into reverse, even though the shifter does, until forward speed gets down very low. But from what I understand from service dept the gears suffer damage when shifter is accidentally placed into reverse, even if only for a few seconds, which may show up down the road with transmission problems. Wish Toyota would get back to the basics.
#1778 of 2209 Dimming the heater/AC control panel
Sep 28, 2005 (6:33 pm)
How do I dim the heater/AC control display on my 2005 XLE Limited? The knob that dims the instrument panel does not affect the heater/AC control panel and the bright light is annoying at night.
#1779 of 2209 Re: 2005 Power Sliding Door OFF switch [ord62]
Sep 29, 2005 (7:09 pm)
I believe you are referring to the power "cinch" latch. This is a latch in the rear of the slide door body opening that power closes the striker at the back of the door.
I'm pretty sure this should not be active when the power slide door button is off. Not sure on that though.
Sounds like it's time to take it into the dealer.