Toyota Sienna Problems and Common Complaints

Own a Toyota Sienna or looking to buy one? You came to the right place. With this list of the most common problems and complaints for the Toyota Sienna minivans produced in the last 20 years, you'll get a better understanding of what to keep an eye out for on your Sienna.

Note: The list of problems below is organized by vehicle generation. Scroll down to find your model year range.

2017 Toyota Sienna – Common Problems

2017 Sienna

A 2017 Toyota Sienna SE

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2010-2016 Toyota Sienna – Common Problems

2011 Sienna

A 2011 Toyota Sienna SE

Sliding Door Latch Failure: The sliding door in in this generation of Sienna minivans comes with a latch that doesn’t always do its job. This causes the door to not open when commanded and triggers the door to open at unexpected times, including while the van is in motion. Toyota resolved this issue by issuing a safety recall of about 744,000 2011-2016 Siennas.

Premature Passenger Airbag Propellant Failure: There’s a chance the passenger frontal airbag will rupture, giving metal fragments a chance to fly through the hole(s) and injure someone. This happens because the propellant that comes with the airbag is prone to premature degradation from excessive humidity and unstable temperatures. Toyota responded to this issue in early 2017 by recalling certain Toyota Siennas to replace the air bag inflator or assembly free of charge.

2003-2009 Toyota Sienna – Common Problems

04 Sienna

A 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited

Ruptured Oil Cooler Hose: It’s common for the rubber oil cooler hose that comes with this generation of Siennas to rupture. As a result, oil leaks out of the hose and, if not caught in time, the engine will have no oil left and may seize. Many Sienna owners successfully resolve this issue by replacing it with an OEM metal cooler pipe (Part No. 15767-31020).

Shift Lock Solenoid Failure: The shift lock solenoid in 2004-2009 Siennas is prone to failure, which allows the driver to move the shift lever out of the park position without depressing the brake pedal. This causes the minivan to unexpectedly roll out of position. Toyota recalled over 600,000 affected Siennas in 2013 and authorized dealers replace the shift lock solenoid assembly for free.

Spare Tire Carrier Cable Corrosion: This is a common issue in cold areas where road salt is used. The salt excessively corrodes the spare tire carrier cable located underneath the minivan and causes the spare tire to fall off the van. In 2014, Toyota recalled about 370,000 affected Sienna minivans and replaced the spare tire carrier assembly with a redesigned one.

1997-2002 Toyota Sienna – Common Problems

2000 sienna

A 2000 Toyota Sienna XLE

Crankcase Ventilation System Problems: According to reports, the six-cylinder engine in 1998-2002 Toyota Sienna minivans can have problems with oil sludge. Allegedly, this happens because the crankcase ventilation system isn’t designed to accommodate the amount of heat and gases the engine produces. As a result, the trapped heat can cause the oil to turn to sludge. In 2007, Toyota agreed to cover the costs to repair 1998-2002 Sienna engines damaged from oil sludge. They also reimbursed the affected Sienna owners who had already paid for engine repairs.

Broken Door Handle: This happens to many 1997-2002 Sienna owners. The plastic door handles on this van are prone to falling or breaking off. Most owners simply replace a broken one with a new handle.

Sticking Sliding Door Latch: The sliding door latch assembly doesn’t always work right. Sometimes the latch locks up and makes it difficult for anyone to open the door from inside the van. Sometimes the latch holding the sliding door in an open position fails and the sliding door closes on its own, creating a safety hazard for anything in the door's path.

1998-2017 Toyota Sienna TSBs

To find these TSBs, you can try Googling the TSB ID #, the name of the TSB, or some combination. You can also go to https://www.safercar.gov and search for the TSB by entering your VIN.

YEAR                        MAKE MODEL TSB NAME TSB ID ISSUE DATE                        
2000-2017      Toyota Sienna Alarm Triggering While Driving 199326 2017-03-23
2011-2016 Toyota Sienna Power Sliding Door 25a Fuse Open 199323 2017-04-10
2011-2017 Toyota Sienna HVAC Evaporator Drain Hose Clogged Due To Insect Intrusion 198794 2017-03-08
2017 Toyota Sienna High Rpm Shift Point 198234 2017-02-20
2015-2016 Toyota Sienna MIL "On" DTC P2610 197842 2017-01-06
2012 Toyota Sienna Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 197758 2017-01-10
2011-2016 Toyota Sienna Power Sliding Door May Open While Driving 197412 2016-11-29
2011-2016 Toyota Sienna Front Brake Vibration 195715 2016-08-02
2015-2016 Toyota Sienna Blind Spot Monitor DTC C1ab2 Or C1ab3 195321 2016-07-07
2015 Toyota Sienna HVAC Servo Motor Noise 194923 2016-06-22
2005-2011 Toyota Sienna Seat Heater Electrical Wiring 194871 2016-06-02
2011 Toyota Sienna Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 194460 2016-05-23
2010-2016 Toyota Sienna WS ATF Level Adjustment For U660e/F & U760e/F Transmissions 194091 2016-04-13
2015-2016 Toyota Sienna Front Axle Outboard Joint Grease Leak 193625 2016-03-25
2011-2015 Toyota Sienna 2nd Row Tip-Up Style Seat Lower Cushion Excessive Movement (8-Passenger Vehicle Only) 192348 2015-12-02
2004-2010 Toyota Sienna Instrument Panel (Dashboard) Sticky/Melting/Cracked 190248 2015-06-24
2015 Toyota Sienna Reuse Of Trim Panel Clip May Allow Panel To Detach 190161 2015-04-22
2000-2015 Toyota Sienna A/C System Diagnosis After Component Failure 189798 2015-05-13
1998-2015 Toyota Sienna Interior Electrical Component Precautions 189514 2015-04-10
2015 Toyota Sienna Parking Assist Settings Do Not Change 188681 2015-02-06
2014 Toyota Sienna Outer Rear View Mirror Appearance 188678 2015-02-12
2007-2011 Toyota Sienna Oil Cooler Pipe Leak/Seep 187893 2014-11-21
2011-2013 Toyota Sienna Front Seat Shield Is Loose Or Separated - Power Seat Only 187890 2014-12-09
2014 Toyota Sienna Fuel May Leak From Fuel Delivery Pipe 187076 2014-09-19
2011-2015 Toyota Sienna 4WD Towing Precautions 186993 2014-10-08
2014 Toyota Sienna Transmission Shift Cable/Rollaway/Fmvss 102 186232 2014-07-08
2004 Toyota Sienna High Strength Steel 185982 2004-07-01
2007-2008 Toyota Sienna SRS Precautions 185872 2007-12-01
1999 Toyota Sienna Side Impact Protection Beams (Intrusion Beams) 185785 1999-02-01
2004-2011 Toyota Sienna Spare Tire Assembly May Corrode And Detach 185104 2014-05-22
2011 Toyota Sienna Power Sliding Door Inoperative From Overhead Console Switch 182308 2013-11-14
2011-2013 Toyota Sienna A/C Inoperative - Rear A/C Line Retainer Missing 181839 2013-10-02
1998-2014 Toyota Sienna Brake Pedal Force Gauge Sst For Parking Brake 181285 2013-09-09
2011-2013 Toyota Sienna The Fuel Filler Neck May Contact The Left Rear Shock Absorber. This Could Damage The Fuel Filler Neck. 180457 2013-06-27
2011-2013 Toyota Sienna Initial Defroster Performance In Cold Weather 179218 2013-04-17
2011-2012 Toyota Sienna Front Door Glass Run Is Loose 179217 2013-04-02
2011-2013 Toyota Sienna Brief Engine Knock/Rattle Noise At Cold Startup (1ar/2ar) 178997 2013-03-15
2011 Toyota Sienna Water Leak From Rear Sliding Roof Assembly 177718 2012-12-21
2011-2012 Toyota Sienna Water Leak In 3rd Row Seat Stow Area 177404 2012-11-01
2011 Toyota Sienna Water Leak From Front Sliding Roof Assembly 177403 2012-11-05
2011-2012 Toyota Sienna SRS MIL "On" B1821 And/Or B1826 176342 2012-09-11
2011-2012 Toyota Sienna Quarter Window Weatherstrip Loose 174876 2012-05-18
2005-2009 Toyota Sienna SRS Airbag Light "On" - B0111/B0116 Open Side Squib Circuit 174185 2012-05-01
2011-2012 Toyota Sienna Charging System Inoperative 173782 2012-03-13
2011 Toyota Sienna Battery Excessive Draw - Integration Relay 173781 2012-03-16
2011 Toyota Sienna Hid Headlamp Abnormal Operation 172383 2011-11-23
2011 Toyota Sienna Security Alarm False Activation 171915 2011-10-28
2011 Toyota Sienna Sliding Roof Inoperative 171380 2011-09-14
2011 Toyota Sienna Sliding Roof Side Garnish Loose 171379 2011-09-14
2011 Toyota Sienna MIL "On" DTC P0116 170774 2011-08-31
2007-2011 Toyota Sienna MIL "On" Vvt-I DTCs - Oil Control Valve (Ocv) 170768 2011-08-26
2004-2009 Toyota Sienna Power Rear Hatch Inoperative 169899 2011-06-22
2011 Toyota Sienna Warm Air From HVAC Vents With A/C On - DTC B1479 169625 2011-06-02
2011 Toyota Sienna Power Slide Door Abnormal Operation 169621 2011-05-24
2011 Toyota Sienna Sos Indicator Light Is Red And Bluetooth Microphone Inoperative 169614 2011-05-17
2011 Toyota Sienna Usb/Ipod Not Recognized 168238 2011-02-15
2004-2007 Toyota Sienna Window Rattle Noise 167218 2010-10-13
2011 Toyota Sienna 2nd Row Seat Ottoman Inoperative 165670 2010-07-14
2005-2009 Toyota Sienna SRS Light "On" - B0111/B0116 - Open Side Squib Circuit 163810 2010-06-23
2011 Toyota Sienna 3rd Row Power Seat Will Not Return From Stowed Position Properly 163809 2010-06-22
2005-2010 Toyota Sienna Steering Intermediate Shaft Rattle Noise 161959 2010-05-03
2004-2010 Toyota Sienna Sliding Door Rattle While Driving 157576 2010-03-16
2008-2009 Toyota Sienna MIL "On" DTC P0351, P0352, P0353, P0354, P0355, P0356 154396 2010-01-28
2010 Toyota Sienna MIL On DTC P0456, P0441 Or P0455 153730 2009-11-04
2007-2010 Toyota Sienna Xm Satellite Radio Inoperative Until Ignition Key Is Cycled 151211 2009-08-11
2004-2010 Toyota Sienna Brake Booster Rattle/Buzz Noise 151200 2009-07-27
2007-2010 Toyota Sienna 2gr-Fe MIL "On" DTC P0505 150820 2009-06-24
2006-2007 Toyota Sienna Third Row Power Seat Inoperative 150819 2009-06-23
2007-2009 Toyota Sienna Tire Pressure Monitoring System (Tpms) Tire Registration "Lost Communication With Ecu" 149034 2009-03-12
2007-2009 Toyota Sienna 2gr-Fe Engine Ticking Noise And/Or MIL On P0014, P0015, P0024, P0025, P0017, Or P0018 148143 2009-03-19
2004-2007 Toyota Sienna Power Function Of Sliding Door Inoperative 148135 2009-03-13
2007-2008 Toyota Sienna 2gr-Fe No. 2 Idler Pulley Noise 147796 2009-02-03
2006-2009 Toyota Sienna Ig1 Relay Freezing 147235 2009-01-19
2004-2008 Toyota Sienna Spare Tire Carrier Binding 146469 2008-12-04
2008-2009 Toyota Sienna ATF Leak From Transfer Case 146129 2008-11-03
2004-2008 Toyota Sienna Front Power Seat Grinding / Groaning Noise 144546 2008-08-14
2001-2002 Toyota Sienna Engine "Pinging" Or "Knocking" Noise 143851 2008-07-02
2004-2005 Toyota Sienna Sliding Door Weatherstrip Freezing 142136 2008-04-03
2004-2007 Toyota Sienna Power Back Door & Power Sliding Door Difficult To Close 140352 2007-12-15
2007-2008 Toyota Sienna Tire Pressure Warning Light On - MIL On DTC C2115 & C2125 140094 2007-11-27
2007 Toyota Sienna Window Rattle Noise 139697 2007-10-04
2007 Toyota Sienna Tire Pressure Warning Light Intermittently Flashing Or "On" - DTC C2121, C2122, C2123, And/Or C2124 139066 2007-08-29
2004-2006 Toyota Sienna Door Check Popping Noise 137644 2007-05-29
2007 Toyota Sienna Navigation System Voice Recognition System "Talk Back" Function 137194 2007-03-16
2004-2006 Toyota Sienna Steering Intermediate Shaft In High Road Salt States 136370 2007-01-19
2006 Toyota Sienna Radio Display Malfunction 136355 2007-01-25
2006-2007 Toyota Sienna Navigation System Shows Vehicle In Wrong Location 135358 2006-11-14
2003-2007 Toyota Sienna Upper / Lower Windshield Tick Noise 134944 2006-09-18
2004-2006 Toyota Sienna Engine "Pinging" Or "Knocking" Noise 134940 2006-09-07
2006 Toyota Sienna Rear Seat Entertainment System Blank Screen 134083 2006-07-03
2004-2007 Toyota Sienna Front Seat Squeak Noise 133391 2006-05-23
2006-2007 Toyota Sienna Ilsac Gf-4 Engine Oil Recommendation 132803 2006-03-29
2006 Toyota Sienna Exhaust Odor 132294 2006-03-01
2006 Toyota Sienna Ilsac Gf-4 Engine Oil Standard 132292 2006-01-04
2005 Toyota Sienna Front & Rear Heater Temperature Difference In Low Ambient Conditions 131678 2006-01-13
2004-2005 Toyota Sienna Front Suspension Tick Noise 131378 2005-12-16
2005-2006 Toyota Sienna MIL On DTC P0171, P0174, P2195, Or P2197 130962 2005-11-16
2001-2003 Toyota Sienna MIL On DTC P0420 130562 2005-10-19
2004-2005 Toyota Sienna No Start In Sub-Freezing Ambient Air Temperatures - Possible DTC P0300, P0171, P0174 130101 2005-09-28
2004-2005 Toyota Sienna Blower Motor Noise 130089 2005-09-16
2004-2005 Toyota Sienna Parasitic Draw From Jbl Amplifier 129514 2005-08-02
2003-2004 Toyota Sienna A/C Light Flashing - Magnetic Clutch Relay 128296 2005-06-06
2004-2005 Toyota Sienna Poor Visibility Of Rear Seat Entertainment Screen In Detent Position 127841 2005-05-23
2004-2005 Toyota Sienna Fuel Injector Ticking Noise 127560 2005-04-08
2004 Toyota Sienna No Picture Displayed From Backup Camera 127323 2005-03-29
2004-2005 Toyota Sienna Squeak Noise From Exhaust Joint 127319 2005-03-11
2001-2003 Toyota Sienna MIL On, DTC P0446 (Only) 126968 2005-02-16
2004 Toyota Sienna MIL On, DTC P0346 126963 2005-02-02
2004 Toyota Sienna MIL On, DTC P0031/P0051/P2238 And/Or P2241 126962 2005-02-02
2004 Toyota Sienna Steering Angle Sensor 126961 2005-02-23
2004-2005 Toyota Sienna Transmission Shift Cable - Shifter Difficult To Move 126607 2004-12-16
2004 Toyota Sienna Front Brake Pad Wear 126591 2004-12-23
2004 Toyota Sienna Steering Angle Sensor 126590 2004-11-30
2005 Toyota Sienna Automatic Door Lock (Adl) Function 126034 2004-10-11
2000 Toyota Sienna MIL On - DTC P0116 125712 2004-10-01
2004 Toyota Sienna MIL On - DTC P0037/P0038 Or P0136 - 4WD 125710 2004-09-15
2004 Toyota Sienna MIL On, DTC P0171 And/Or P0174 - Engine Running Lean 125091 2004-08-04
2004 Toyota Sienna Rear No. 2 Seat Storage Position - Difficulty In Locking The 3rd Row Folding Seats 124580 2004-07-19
2004 Toyota Sienna Personal Light Operation 123404 2004-05-21
2004 Toyota Sienna Power Sliding Door Inoperative 122640 2004-04-19
1998-2000 Toyota Sienna MIL On Engine Misfire DTC P0300/P0301/P0302/P0303/P0304/P0305/P0306 122639 2004-04-28
2004 Toyota Sienna MIL On - Engine Misfire DTC P0300/P0301/P0302/P0303/P0304/P0305/P0306 122636 2004-04-12
2004 Toyota Sienna MIL On - DTC P0748/P0798/P0985 Or P0986 122114 2004-03-23
2004 Toyota Sienna Sliding Door Rattle 122109 2004-04-02
2004 Toyota Sienna MIL On - DTC P0010 Or P0020 122104 2004-03-23
1998-2003 Toyota Sienna Rear Brake Drum Squeal Noise 122101 2004-03-16
2004 Toyota Sienna Rear Disc Brake Groan Noise 122100 2004-03-10
2004 Toyota Sienna Window Shade Clip Falling Off 122097 2004-03-30
2004 Toyota Sienna Steering Intermediate Shaft Noise 122084 2004-02-06
2003-2004 Toyota Sienna MIL On - DTC P0441/P0442 And/Or P0446 121312 2003-12-17
2004 Toyota Sienna DTC C1234 - Yaw Rate Sensor 121183 2003-11-24
2001-2003 Toyota Sienna MIL On - DTC P0440/P0441/P0446 120884 2003-09-29
2004 Toyota Sienna Front Door Wind Noise 120017 2003-07-09
2004 Toyota Sienna Power Sliding Door Drive Cable Routing 120014 2003-06-26
2004 Toyota Sienna Spare Tire Carrier Operation 119430 2003-08-19
2003 Toyota Sienna Blank Map Screen In Navigation System 119009 2003-06-04
1998-2003 Toyota Sienna Sulfur Odor From Exhaust 117534 2003-02-24
1998-2003 Toyota Sienna Sunvisor Loose Feel 116748 2002-11-28
2000-2002 Toyota Sienna Trailer Wire Harness 116597 2002-10-18
1998-2002 Toyota Sienna Readiness Monitor Drive Patterns 115071 2002-02-08
1998-2000 Toyota Sienna Steering Rack End Noise 114719 2001-12-21
2002 Toyota Sienna Vehicle Pulling To One Side - S/M Supplement 114717 2001-12-21
2001 Toyota Sienna MIL On - DTC P0773 114710 2001-12-07
2001-2002 Toyota Sienna Power Sliding Door Inoperative 114484 2001-11-30
1998-2001 Toyota Sienna Shoulder Belt Anchor Tape Set 114331 2001-10-19
2000-2001 Toyota Sienna Front Wheel Bearing Dust Deflector Noise 113866 2001-07-13
2001 Toyota Sienna Poor Connection Of Flat Panel In Vehicle Entertainment System 113466 2001-04-13
2001 Toyota Sienna Third Row Seat Slide Function Inoperative 113312 2001-03-16
2001 Toyota Sienna Dual Power Sliding Door Re-Initializing 112945 2000-12-15
2001 Toyota Sienna Vehicle Entertainment System Hum Noise 112899 2001-01-26
1998-2000 Toyota Sienna Spare Tire Lift Inoperative 112698 2000-11-03
1998-2001 Toyota Sienna Leaks Into Trunk 112697 2000-11-03
1998-2000 Toyota Sienna Brake Pad Clicking Noise 112588 2000-10-20
1998-2000 Toyota Sienna Sliding Door Handle Push Button Operation 112587 2000-10-27
1998-2000 Toyota Sienna Vehicle Pulling To One Side 53410 2000-06-23
1998-2000 Toyota Sienna Steering Rack End Noise 53393 2000-06-16
1998 Toyota Sienna Steering Gear R&R - W/ SRS Airbag - S/M Supp 53388 1998-05-22
2000 Toyota Sienna Tire Inflation & Wheel Lug Torque Reference Chart 51735 1999-10-01
1998-1999 Toyota Sienna Inop Passenger Side Power Window Switch 47617 1999-10-08
1998-2000 Toyota Sienna Security Alarm - False Activation 47600 2000-04-14
1999-2000 Toyota Sienna Speedo/Tach Needle Movement 47583 2000-02-11
1999 Toyota Sienna Single Cylinder Misfires 47542 1999-12-17
2000 Toyota Sienna MIL On - DTC P0770 47517 2000-08-18
1999 Toyota Sienna Single Cylinder Misfires 47476 2000-01-14
1999 Toyota Sienna Seat Cover Looseness 46429 1999-12-17
1998 Toyota Sienna Sliding Door Handle Push Button Operation 46420 1998-06-26
1998-2000 Toyota Sienna Power Window Rattle - Mounting Bracket 46402 2000-03-24
1998-2000 Toyota Sienna Front Door Rattles On Closing - Door Cushion 46362 2000-02-25
1998-1999 Toyota Sienna Sliding Door Creak Noise Reduction 46341 1999-02-01
1998 Toyota Sienna Rear No. 2 Seat Creak Noise - Leather Seats 46339 1998-02-13
1998 Toyota Sienna Audio Diagnosis - AVC-LAN 45720 1998-07-24
Written by Jason Lancaster