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You are in the Toyota Sienna
What is this discussion about?
#205 of 244 Re: Prius, Toyota, Lexus, Sudden Acceleration [bigrob65]
Apr 01, 2010 (7:16 am)
The question was posed in another thread and that's how it was answered, along with links for reference.
Now that the Sienna has it, question is, do competitors have the same fail-safe mode?
#206 of 244 Re: Prius, Toyota, Lexus, Sudden Acceleration [ateixeira]
Apr 01, 2010 (8:21 am)
How do you look for the sudden acceleration problem specifically? The NHTSA website is so cumbersome - typical government organization. Do you always have to look up complaints by make/model/year rather than type of complaint?
Did you say on another post that 2007 Odysseys had more UA complaints than the same year of Toyotas?
I still say all this is making me want to walk everywhere. It would probably be good for me.
#207 of 244 Re: Prius, Toyota, Lexus, Sudden Acceleration [doggrandma]
Apr 01, 2010 (9:10 am)
I didn't narrow it down, because to me ALL issues are important.
For instance, with the Ody I saw lots of complaints about brakes. Sure enough, Honda now has a recall on the brakes.
What surprises me is that with the Ody, Consumer Reports ratings clearly show issues it has has in the past:
- transmissions before '04 had black dots
- 05 to 07 suspension got black dots
- 05 to 08 brakes got black and half-black dots
All 3 can be explained. We know the Ody got a revised trans for 2004. The suspension is the coil spring issue they are having. And the brake issues are clear to anyone who has read through the NHTSA ODI complaints database.
But here's the thing - Sienna shows no signs of problems under categories you'd think UA would affect:
All are red dots or half-red, i.e. better than average reliability.
Issues are with Body Hardware from 04-06, and we know that was the door skin on the driver's door that a few people reported falling off (!) or more commonly rattling and getting loose. The other issues involved the 06-08 audio system, basically pre-Bluetooth.
It's strange, to me, that most of the well known issues on both these vans appear very clearly on the CR ratings, but UA does not.
#208 of 244 Re: Prius, Toyota, Lexus, Sudden Acceleration [ateixeira]
Apr 06, 2010 (10:50 am)
Well, I hope Honda has fixed all the problems with the Odyssey, because I finally took the plunge and bought a 2010 EX-L! We now have more than enough room for the dogs and all the grandkids. I'm very excited, and I want to thank you for all your comments and insight into the pros and cons of the different minivans. You've been a real help.
#209 of 244 Re: Prius, Toyota, Lexus, Sudden Acceleration [doggrandma]
Apr 06, 2010 (10:57 am)
You're welcome. And congrats!
#211 of 244 It just happened to me
May 12, 2010 (8:20 am)
While parking in a shopping center lot my 2005 Toyota Sienna suddenly accelerated into a tree directly in front of me. I reported to the police and my insurance, had the van towed and have filed a report with Toyota. What can I expect from Toyota? Are they going to try to make me feel like a fool?
#214 of 244 Re: Feeling validated [kellermallen]
Jul 16, 2010 (1:53 pm)
Did you ever get any resolutions for this issue? I had a similar experience today while parking my 2006 Sienna (purchased pre-owned about a year ago) in my church parking lot. I was especially cautious driving into the lot, because it was full of children. I slowly made a sharp left turn into a parking space on an incline, accelerated slightly to drive the car into the uphill space, removed my foot from the accelerator, and the car then lurched violently forward. I had not even had a chance to apply the brakes. In fact, the car jumped the curb, went about 5 feet up a steep grassy hill, and stopped against a neighborhood fence. I applied the brakes, recovered for a moment, and then put the car into neutral and let it 'roll' back into the parking space.
This past week, I have been noticing a delayed response in acceleration when I stop at a neighborhood stop sign. The car jerks forward with such force that I must apply the brakes. I'm assuming this was the issue today.
Terrified of driving it, I had the car towed to a dealership and am awaiting their prognosis of the problem. However, they seemed dubious of my explanation. After reading these posts, I'm not very confident of the outcome...