2004 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5L V6 from North America
Quiet, reliable, soft-riding - going to miss it, but still have a 2008 Sienna in the garage :-)
Very little during the eight years we owned it. The biggest problem at 143,000 miles was that the cable on the automatic passenger sliding door broke due to rust, and the repair would have been expensive. Decided just to trade it in at that point. Otherwise it was still a solid, reliable vehicle.
Just said goodbye to this beloved vehicle, so I am writing this review in the past-tense.
Purchased this car in Denver, CO at 55,000 miles. It was in excellent condition, and was quiet, dependable, and a great riding vehicle. The XLE version had many amenities, including triple-zone climate control.
The best thing about it was the roominess. Plenty of head room, even with a sunroof. In fact, there was ample head room in all three rows. The seats were incredibly comfortable. The road, wind, and engine noise were well muted, making it a very quiet vehicle. Reliability was excellent, unlike my 1994 Dodge Intrepid.
Another good thing about the Sienna was the low-beam headlights. Great visibility, even on a rainy night in the middle of nowhere, traveling at 80 mph. Almost never had to use the high beams.
The worst thing about the Sienna, is that it was a tire-eater. These vans use passenger car tires, yet they weigh 4,000 to 5,000 pounds! As a result, the Siennas have a reputation for wearing through tires quickly, even with proper inflation and rotation. Some buyers got the XLE Limited edition, which had run-flat tires. The run-flats were just terrible, and many people replaced those with standard tires.
A minor complaint would be the quality of some of the interior materials. Too many hard plastics. In Toyota's defense, there was a whole lot of interior to cover, and the hard plastics were placed about as well as they could be.
The rear wiper blade was hard to service.
According to many recent reviews, the latest (3rd generation) Siennas are not as refined in some ways as this 2004 (2nd generation) Sienna. I hope Toyota can remedy that problem, as I would be open to getting another similar Sienna in retirement, as minivans are very safe and versatile.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th January, 2015