2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited 3.3L V6 from North America
Generally a solid vehicle
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.
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