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#2066 of 2209 Re: 04 sienna a/c unit gone bad [03gtiturbo]
Jun 01, 2006 (7:14 am)
I owned a 1999 Honda Odyssey entry level, 'LX' I think, and had nothing but problems with it. The front R wheel bearings went at 5K, I had a noise appear from under the hood I complained about at around 40K, had vibrations coming up through the steering column into steering wheel since I bought it, and other annoying 'milk truck' noises, creaks and groans. Turned out that the noise I reported at 40K from under the hood was in fact, a transmission problem which was conveniently identified at 115K, just shy of the 100K warranty. Thankfully because of similar ongoing problems, Honda replaced the transmission at no charge to me. DUH! I sold it shortly after and bought a 2004 Sienna. I do miss the interior of the Honda because it was sleek, low and wide, but love my Toyota. I have to admit, though, I know of several friends with 2000 plus Oddyseys, and they had no trouble whatsoever. However, another friend with a 1999 Odyssey also had the same trouble I had, then some. Perhaps it was the year of the model change that was the problem. In future, I will wait one model year for the bugs to get ironed out before I buy. Good luck.
By the way...I am experiencing the same lack of cool temperature with my sienna. I plan to get that looked at this week. Let me know how you made out with yours.
#2067 of 2209 Re: 2006 transmission shifting [stuartr]
Jun 01, 2006 (9:20 am)
aparently, people of other toyota makes reporting problems with their vehicle's delaying acceleration and shifting behaviors have mitigated the problems by changing the amount of their foot being applied to the accelerator pedal.
this might suggest that the accelerator assembly has too much mechanical compliance and unless applying force in a different manner, a range of motion results in negligable change in accelerator / throttle demand...
if your more of a toe-tip driver, try moving your heel closer to the accelerator so more of your foot is in contact with the pedal and see if that helps.
#2068 of 2209 Excellent gas mileage
Jun 04, 2006 (7:07 am)
We just bought our 2006 Sienna LE about 3 weeks ago and took it on it's "maiden voyage" roundtrip from Orlando, Florida to Ann Arbor, Michigan. We only calculated fuel economy on the drive north, but I was impressed. We left Florida with about 400 miles on the odometer. We filled up the tank 3 times on the way up, always filling up at no less than 1/4 tank. The first tank from Florida to Georgia averaged 24.5 mpg. The second tank from Georgia to Kentucky averaged 25.5 mpg. The third tank, from Kentucky to Michigan averaged 28.5 mpg for an overall average of 26.16 mpg. Can't complain about that at all. We had traded in a 2004 Honda CR-V AWD that could barely get 15 mpg downhill with a 30 mph tailwind. Needless to say I was very impressed with the fuel economy we averaged (and that was with the A/C on most of the time).
#2069 of 2209 Finish coming of rims Sienna 04 XLE AWD
Jun 09, 2006 (12:36 pm)
I have a 2004 Sienna XLE AWD with 19k. I noticed this winter that the finish on my alloy rims was bubbling up on all 4 rims. Now it is flaking off and the rims look terrible. I complained to the Toyota dealership where I bought my Sienna new in 2004. They had a Toyota rep look at the problem, only to say that they wouldn't cover the problem. I feel that this is something that they should cover and replace the rims. I keep the car and rims clean all the time and feel that this is to early in the life of the car to have such problems. I have a 1997 Chrysler Town & Country 120K, with alloy rims that look better than the ones on the new Toyota.
Has anyone had a similar experience with their rims ? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks
#2070 of 2209 Re: Finish coming of rims Sienna 04 XLE AWD [rich31]
Jun 11, 2006 (4:51 pm)
Call or e-mail Toyota headquarters. They may or may not help.
#2071 of 2209 Re: Finish coming of rims Sienna 04 XLE AWD [rich31]
Jun 11, 2006 (8:06 pm)
I have a 2004 Sienna XLE AWD with 20k. I noticed the same problem at 15k and asked the dealer to look at it. The dealer wrote a note on the record that it may have been caused by the use of cleaning chemicals? I never used chemicals that can damage the clear coat. I guess that the bubbling will eventually crate a slow leak, once the inside of the rim starts corroding.
I have a 2000 T&C Ltd AWD with 100k+ that had some problem with the corrosion that created slow leak at around 80k. The leak on one wheel was excessive such that I had to unmount, clean and recoat the rim to correct the problem. The other wheels were working fine by using the bid sealer.
I am wondering if anyone with 2004 Sienna XLE FWD experienced the same problem.
I have no suggestion at this point since I did not do anything to solve the problem but I will report this problem during the lemon hearing set in September.
#2072 of 2209 Re: Finish coming of rims Sienna 04 XLE AWD [ohres]
Jun 12, 2006 (6:52 am)
I first noticed the bubbling on the rims at 10K on my 2004.
I never used cleaning chemicals of any kind on my rims. The dealer told me it was caused by brake dust. You would thing that they would take into consideration when manufacturing the rim that it would come in contact with brake dust. I don't think that it will cause a leak, but it sure looks ugly when the finish flakes off.
How's your gas mileage on your 2004 Sienna XLE AWD ?
I'm not happy with my gas mileage. I've only once gotten to 20 mpg on the highway.
#2073 of 2209 Re: Finish coming of rims Sienna 04 XLE AWD [rich31]
Jun 14, 2006 (9:48 am)
I did not actually measure the gas mileage but the trip computer says it is about 17.3 mpg. My T&C AWD was about the same, before getting a new engine.
I am wondering if the uneven wear on the RFT and the resulting extra vibration/stress on the rim created unusual amount of fatigue on the protective coating. This is a wild guess but mechanically possible.