2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5 from North America
Hands down, the best vehicle I have ever owned. RIP my loyal friend, you served us well
Lower ball joints at 100,000 miles - easy DIY fix.
Coolant thermostat 100,000 miles.
Brake calipers at 130,000 miles.
Our Villager was becoming unreliable at 100,000 miles, rusted out rocker panels etc. We stumbled across a certified used Sienna 2008 and the dealer dropped the price $5,000 to $19,000 on this 4 year old off lease van. We couldn't say no. Black with gray leather XLE FWD. THE BEST VEHICLE WE HAVE EVER OWNED. Sadly at 187,000 we were rear-ended in June 2018 and it was totaled. It was still running on the original spark plugs getting 24 MPG. Purred like a kitten and never let us down. The lower ball joints started squawking at 100,000 miles and I replaced them in a few hours. I replaced the bearings on the belt pulleys at 130,000, and the thermostat at 110,000. Then just normal maintenance; brakes, tires, etc. This is a very low cost van to drive. Super easy to work on too. You can access the full service records of the van you intend to buy by going to "Toyota owners" website and enter the VIN. Our van would have easily gone another 150,000 rust free miles if not for the accident.
* There is a problem resolved in 2010 version and that is the VVTi oil line on this engine. They used a rubber 4" hose that will rupture over time. I purchased the revised steel line and replaced mine at 70,000 miles - the part is $30. Pay the dealer to replace it. I did mine myself and it was not a fun job. But vitally necessary.
The transmission has issues hunting for gears at low speed. The solution is to do a complete ATF replacement and add a aux transmission cooler, 14,000 BTU or better. This gear hunting never recurred during our ownership. The transmission runs hot and the ATF fails in 30,000 miles if not kept cool. It's a cheap fix on an expensive part of the van.
We are going to miss our 2008 van. We had hoped to be able to give it to one of our kids in a year for their new family.
The van performs like an Indy car. I have outrun many jerks on the highway. Toyota hit this one out of the park. If you buy one with miles on it, just get a service history to know how it was taken care of first.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th July, 2018