2006 Toyota Sienna LX AWD V6 from North America
The vehicle is OK. Lots of high expense
Like many consumers, the Sienna is a pretty good family car. I got rid of the Highlander Limited because of a new family member (3 kids and 2 parents). Bought the Sienna brand new at the dealership, but was not aware of the run-flat tires.
At 19,000 miles, I blew the driver front tire. I had taken the car to the dealership 3 times prior to blowing the tire complaining of squishing, squeaking noises, but nothing was found. Dealership also never mention that the tire will need to be replaced either. Once the tire was blown, I did as any member would. Look for a spare. Behold, on the AWD there is no room for a spare (There was a jack).
After speaking to the dealership, I was advised that the run-flat can be driven at 50 mph for up to 50 miles. Wonderful! So off I went to the local Discount Tire store. They had no run flat, but can have a set in from a different location (Approx 3 hours). Since I was replacing 1, I figured I’d replace the passenger front also. The total for 2 tires...$450. WOW! With that done, I knew eventually I will have to replace the rear tire.
On the last family trip (Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2008) ; the Tire pressure gauge came on. I was not looking forward to spending another $450. The options are to 1. Replacing with run-flat or 2. Replace with a higher quality tire with specs for 50,000 tread driving. I choose the later. It only cost $320.
Now I can't get the pressure gauge to turn off. I have reset the gauge about 4 times, but after about 30 miles the gauge would light up again. The tire store has recalibrated all tires to be the same pressure (35 psi), but gauge continues to light. Not sure if this is due to the mismatch in tires or that the new tires will need to be run flat (I would hope not).
I've just called the dealership, and they seem to be point the fault at the tire store as the gauge sensor can easily be damaged from replacing a tire. WHAT! Tire replacement can cause damage to the sensor? Wait a minute, the sensor came on prior to tire replacement and not would not turn off, so it’s got to be the tires store's incompetence. The tire store replaced the first set originally. In any case, the car is going to the dealership and will have to see how much this is going to cost.
I’ve never had so many problems with a vehicle. For a 2 year old vehicle, I have outspent maintenance cost over my 1989 Isuzu Amigo beater with 245,000 miles on it. Just to think, this is just the tire cost. Very disappointed. Lessons learned.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th June, 2008
We've been having the same problem with the tire pressure light coming on constantly with our 2006 Sienna LE AWD. I had recently rotated the tires, and reset the switch, but it keeps coming on with 35 PSI in all tires. Actually, we replaced the run flats with regular radials at 13,000 because of excessive wear and cupping. It rides a lot better, and after 9,000 miles on the new tires, they show little wear. Had to buy an extra rim and tire for a spare, but there's nowhere to stow it, which is a bummer.
I cannot envy your situation and do wish you any more bad news. On the other hand, it is my opinion that Toyota owners are some of the most naive group of auto owners. That's not without good reason! Toyota's have come to the top of the auto chart because they have a tremendous reputation. Because of this reputation, folks assume if you buy a Toyota, you bought the best. And generally one can get away with such an assumption. But if you make a $40K purchase and you have not done all the background checks, you really have only yourself to blame. This run-flat issue is not even close to a new problem. I would not dish out $40K for anything without 100% knowledge that I will be satisfied with the purchase. You should have done the same. I assume you will do the same on your next purchase. And you can keep Toyota in the mix if you'd like. Just make sure the one you select is not a "dog". There are Toyota's that are dog's in a market comparison.
My dad-in-law bought a new Tundra sight-unseen without even shopping the other brands due to the "reliablity" of the Toyota name-plate. The Tundra had all kinds of problems when it first came out. I didn't mock my elder, but I gave him a look that said, "Don't be so lazy next time".
That's the trap of perceived repeat quality. I bought new same models and got burned on Honda drivetrains.