Toyota Siennas, Good or Bad Minivan?
It is almost time for me to purchase a New-To-Me minivan. For
+20 years I have been buying/driving MOPAR vans, but I am thinking about a Toyota Sienna this time.
Do any of you out there have first-hand experience --- good or bad --- with the Toyota Sienna?
Also, because I do as many repairs as I can myself; is there any enthusiasts Internet site where Toyota Sienna Owner’s share how to repair their cars? I really love MR2 Spyder for MR2 Spyders and Allpar for MOPAR vans…. And would dearly love finding something similar for the Toyota Siennas!
The Sienna and Odyssey are top vans. It truly is Camry vs Accord. My 05 Odyssey has 240k. I purchased an extended warrantee (added $1800 at purchase). At 89k I had a trans issue. Paid nothing per extended warrantee. I replaced a OE rear shock ($29) and 15 minutes at 70k. A radiator at 180k. ($325). A pair of lower control arms ($250) and front discs ($135) at 200k. I drive it harder than my MR2. Runs like a champ and I’d bet it would be 0-anything faster than my 2zz. It tops out mid 120’s with tons of wind noise, but still willing. It gets 21.7mpg with moderate acceleration, always pushing and mixed NJ driving. The rear electric sliding doors quit around 225k. They are now manual. I have discovered rust in the passengers rear quarter coming from the inside. The Sienna are less sporting (I know it’s a van...), not as comfortable, and have never beaten the Odyssey in any rating. That’s my one sided commentary. My mom loved her Camry.
Sorry marsrock7, I already spent too many years driving 80s minivans. Chick magnets, they were not. Could not interest even the soccer moms!