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Toyota Sienna, Towing, Van
#19 of 49 Re: what is towing package [ateixeira]
Mar 17, 2009 (10:15 am)
You are right, the Ody requires those additions to be tow ready.
According to the dealers, the 2009 Sienna's are not coming with the tow package option and therefore a hitch can not be added. This tow prep package was standard through 2008.
Here is the response from the Fred Anderson Toyota
"Unless it comes from factory with the tow prep package, it can't be added here unfortunately. So if you need one with the tranmission cooler and the ability to tow upto 3500lbs, then it might be out unfortunately. I still don't know why toyota removed it from the standard equipment back from 2006. My guess is that they put the 3.5L motor, stability control, etc in them and didn't raise the price, so something had to go."
#20 of 49 Re: what is towing package [mhierhol]
Mar 17, 2009 (10:19 am)
It was a $220 option for 2008.
On my 2007 it was standard on the model I got, LE with package 3. Not an option listed seperately, but part of that model.
#21 of 49 Re: what is towing package [mhierhol]
Mar 17, 2009 (1:16 pm)
Go over to Siennachat.com. There is extensive discussion on this very topic. Don't know about the 09's but the 08 has everything needed(less hitch and wiring) except the oil cooler. It can be added after the fact. Many on that forum are doing it.
I'm adding the hitch myself for hauling bikes and will ad a cooler if I decide to tow.
#22 of 49 Re: what is towing package [prs82]
Jul 07, 2009 (6:41 am)
My dealer had trouble finding what the package included. So they compared a Sienna with package to sienna without on adjacent lifts. The conclusion was that the package include an extra engine oil cooler ( not xmissin cooler), and that everything else was the same. In lieu of having the oil cooler, he suggested using synthetic oil which doesn't beak down at high temp.
Jul 21, 2009 (3:26 pm)
I'm thinking about install a hitch on my 2010 Sienna. When I look under, the exhaust pipe is in the way on the right side. Will the frame slide in there, or I have to detach the pipe first? The pipe seems to be welded in place. No idea how to detach it.
#24 of 49 Re: Hitch DIY [airmanmj2001]
Jul 22, 2009 (11:57 am)
Did you find solution ??????
I am in the same situation i just bought 2010 sienna LE and i need to add towing Hitch.
Not for towing purpose, i need it to protect my car from stupid drivers when they try to park/leave behind my car.
I had to repaint my BMW 325i bumper 2 times.
the good thing that my insurance cover that.
the bad thing, it will be registered in car carfax history.
Thank you for reading and advices
#25 of 49 Re: Hitch DIY [diesel_power]
Jul 23, 2009 (10:01 am)
No... But it looks to me there might be just enough room to just pull the pipe away to squeeze the frame in. At least from the hitch picture I was looking at, it seems so.
#26 of 49 Re: Hitch DIY [airmanmj2001]
Jul 27, 2009 (11:08 am)
I installed one on my 98 Forester and had to remove an exhaust hook to do it (I put a jack under the muffler and lowered it slowly).
Just a thought but be very careful not to damage the exhaust.
#27 of 49 Re: Hitch DIY [ateixeira]
Aug 01, 2009 (7:20 pm)
I got a U-Haul 78270 installed myself today in 20 minutes or so. The predrilled holes line up pretty well. I slided the right side flank in first from above the tail end of the exhuast pipe without any problem, and then the left side. After that, all I had to do was to tighten up 6 bolts. That's a snap!
#28 of 49 Re: Hitch DIY [airmanmj2001]
Aug 03, 2009 (10:44 am)
How much did that cost you? I may do the same thing. Been debating it for a while.
How much ground clearance did you lose at the rear? Departure angle I mean.
Found it for $150 on-line, did that price include the wiring harness? Was that plug-n-play or did you have to splice wires?