2004 Toyota Sienna Reviews - Page 3 of 12

2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited 3.3L V6 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carFord Aerostar

Summary:

Generally a solid vehicle

Faults:

I've just noticed that the plastic latch which secures the sunglass storage bin is cracked and, it's obvious that this part will break off completely in the very near future. Even when brand new, the plastic latch / hinge was never tight. It seems that this part was designed so it would last for the warranty period, but not much longer. The latch is integral with the sunglass holder so, once it does break, the bin will fall open and, the entire bin will have to be replaced. I'm surprised because Toyota usually does much better. This post is my first attempt to learn how many other Sienna owners are experiencing this particular problem.

The OEM tires only lasted about 22,000 miles (all my old cars routinely saw 50,000~65,000 miles on tires; I'm not an aggressive / wild driver).

Sometimes, there is a noticeable pause after I press the accelerator. I understand that this is due to Toyota's decision not to use a mechanical linkage. Toyota went with a "fly by wire" electronic control system. I believe that the 2004 Sienna was Toyota's first consumer use of this new control system.

Otherwise, this Sienna has been reliable and, the dealer service department has handled the various recalls well.

General Comments:

Its' a comfortable minivan for long trips. Toyota had safety features such as Daylight Running Lights, Heated Side View Mirrors and, larger rims & tires that were not even available as options on the Honda Odyssey (I don't know if that's changed since I bought my Sienna in 2003).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2007

2004 Toyota Sienna awd from North America

Year of manufacture2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 kilometres
Previous carToyota dodge caravan

Summary:

Solid, but has problems

Faults:

Wire for automatic door broke, my sister in law with the same car, same year also had it happened. Toyota paid 60% of cost with dealer paying 20% of the cost.

We had a lot of water in our roof, Toyota Canada blamed it on too much snow on my children's boots.

General Comments:

Great car in winter, Toyota customer service does not follow through on complaints.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th July, 2007

2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles
Previous carSubaru Forester

Summary:

The 04 Sienna is generally a very reliable car

Faults:

Tires needed replacing at 19,000 miles and again at 41,000 miles.

Rear lift gate hydraulics were replaced when van was less than two years old.

Car surges and will not accelerate when attempting to accelerate suddenly, like when trying to avoid an accident.

One of the rear window shades had to be replaced after less than one year.

General Comments:

Car is comfortable and reliable. It is great for long trips (>8 hours done regularly).

The regular early replacement of tires is a concern. I see many complaints about it on various websites.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2007

2004 Toyota Sienna LS from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

Nice with some difficulties

Faults:

Radiator recalled and replaced by dealer

Uneven tire wear and required replacement at 40k

2 front brake jobs - 25k and 48k.

General Comments:

Car is comfortable and powerful enough. Gets 22mpg average for me. Nice conveniences and well put together.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2007

2004 Toyota Sienna CE 3.3 litre V6 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.3 litre V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance48000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Grand Caravan

Summary:

Check out the CE a relative bargain

Faults:

Nothing to date.

General Comments:

This has been my best vehicle ownership to date. We have now had our Sienna for 2 years and it has been bullet proof. Aside from routine maintenance, gas, oil and replacement of the OEM tires this has been a wonderful experience. No need to shell out extra beyond the CE model, it has it all 5 speed auto, cruise, tilt and telescoping wheel, CD, power windows and locks, flip and fold third seat. We specifically avoided the electric doors and are glad we made the decision to do so. At 6 foot 5 there is loads of space and I have even managed to fit in a full patio set with 6 chairs, umbrella, table and cushions. The grey cloth interior is the way to go, easily cleaned. The cargo area liner is a great investment. (Don't wait for the eggs to get crushed to see why!)

The only niggles would be that the paint finish around the door handles seem to scratch easily, highway mileage estimates are overly optimistic.

Would stongly reccomend this vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2006

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 42 reviews