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Armed with a smooth and powerful V6 engine, as well as improved braking, this version of the Sienna was our top-rated minivan of its time. Because it was also the only one available with all-wheel drive, we tested both front- and AWD models. Our readers reported the AWD's run-flat tires wore quickly and were expensive to replace. A slightly stiffer ride and a loss of one mpg overall are other sacrifices for AWD.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC available from 2001, standard from 2008. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2006.
Road Test

Armed with a smooth and powerful V6 engine, as well as improved braking, this version of the Sienna was our top-rated minivan of its time. Because it was also the only one available with all-wheel drive, we tested both front- and AWD models. Our readers reported the AWD's run-flat tires wore quickly and were expensive to replace. A slightly stiffer ride and a loss of one mpg overall are other sacrifices for AWD. Stability control is standard.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
minivan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (266 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Toyota Sienna owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Rear passenger wheel slightly out of alignment. Dealer unable to fix it due to the design of the system”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Clunking”

Cameron G., ON (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“The steering rack is leaking, but it's a slow leak. I haven't repaired it yet because it will cost $1100 at least to have it replaced”

Eric K., MD (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Happened to notice a very small amount of fluid on garage floor. Took vehicle in and it turned out that power steering fluid was leaking. It was successfully repaired”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Leaking seal”

Glen K., MI (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“We had to replace the power steering rack b/c it was leaking into the boots..... it wouldn't pass inspection”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“A power steering hose deteriorated”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“replaced steering rack”

Donald C., FL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Power steering fluid has been leaking for more than a year. Dealer cost estimate to repair is ridiculous; will trade in the car in next six months”

Michael M., OH (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“$1500 repair on a van with 106000 km. it's only 7 years old, didn't expect a major repair like this in a Toyota”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“$1,000 to replace water pump. No warranty coverage available although this is a common Toyota issue”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Pwr Steering pumps went out, good thing we had extended warrentee . It was very expensive repair”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Leaks reported by two different service teams, needed to be replaced to prevent other breakdowns”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Had to get front struts after 60,000 miles”

Donald G., CA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Both rear shocks needed replacement in April 2015”

John F., NY (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Clunking noise from front when making a turn at slow speed. Dealer replaced strut top bearing twice. Noise persists. Now dealer insists is normal”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“needed to be replaced- worn out”

Michael P., VA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced the struts in the front probably due to excessive snow and potholes”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Front struts are leaking”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“Broken coil spring. They recommend changing both sides and an alignment was also required. The cost was significant”

Gary P., MN (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“front torsion bar was replaced as well as springs”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Coil springs broke”

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rear coil springs broken”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Left front coil spring broken. Right front fluid leaking, strut replaced”

Paul R., MA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“spring broken”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Broken driver side front spring”

Wm D., NH (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“one spring cracked apart but stayed in place long enought to get to a shop to replace both”

Mass O., ON (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Spring broke in front left. Had to replace both springs and struts at 1,500 dollars”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Front right coil spring suddenly (and noisely) broke while vehicle sitting in my driveway. Replaced both front springs with original equipment springs”

David N., ON (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“front suspension spring broke and had to have it replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Broken front suspension spring”

Anonymous, NB (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“spring snapped/broke, needs to be replaced”

Sarah J., NH (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Both front coils broke. Replaced them with aftermarket parts”

Michel P., QC (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Power steering leak fixed but delayed replacing power steering rack until it gets worse. I've had a lot of repairs in the past year”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Steering block, box on right side needs replacement”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“rack and pinion leaking”

Roger G., FL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced power steering rack. the steering rack boot was broken, causing the grease to leak out. This cost over $1000 to replace. I think this problem has been reported many times on some models of the Sienna. Toyota said it was not covered under any warranty or recall”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Real and pinion started leaking at 85k miles. $1000 to fix”

Donald G., CA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Rack and pinion developed fluid leak. Had to replace whole assembly”

Stephen A., GA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Steering rack started leaking and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The entire rack and pinion gear box/system had to be replaced due to moderate leakage in right piston area”

Norman H., OK (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“leaking, popping”

Anonymous, AR (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Steering rack leaked fluid, required replacement”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace I think the entire rack that turns the wheels. 800 dollars but I have the Toyota platinum warranty so I didn't pay”

John C., NC (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“caused by leaking seal”

Glen K., MI (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Toyota dealership said it need to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“going out”

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“had to completely replace rack&pinon”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Costly repair for steering system ($1000) that should not have occurred at 80k miles”

Lucas H., VA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Gear box leaked. Needed replacing”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“had to replace the Power rack and pinion $970 before sales tax. Replaced front brake pads also total for all $1,064.95 done by my local mechanic”

John R., TX (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“makes a clicking noise when you turn. very annoying, but not worth the $2800 in repairs that the dealership wants”

David B., OH (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“boots worn out - extreme wear”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Boot leakage necessitated complete replacement of power steering gear assembly”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“we drove quite a bit on gravel roads and the steering wheel started to shake. if we held tightly and upwards, it lessened the movements”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Despite correct 4-wheel alignment and wheel balancing, I have never had a set of run flat tires wear evenly”

Sue K., VA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“The front left wheel bearing went out”

Philip T., TX (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“loud noises”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Noticed front passenger tire showed inside wear. Took it to an independent and dealer for an alignment, they missed the bearing. Took it to a 2nd independent for alignment and he found bad front passenger wheel bearing. Replaced and all is well”

George D., TX (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Wife observed increasing noise while driving. Advised Toyota service driver rear wheel bearing failure - they replied not possible. Cost $540 plus "Shop supplies" to R&R bad driver rear "hub & Bearing Ass'y" (bearing not available separately)”

Robert F., IN (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“power assist can be intermittent with sliding doors”

Richard C., MI (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Both of the sliding doors (one power, one manual) have had issues not opening. We've paid to fix them multiple times with both dealers and local repair shops, but the problem recurs. They get stuck in the closed position and we can't physically open them with help from a repair shop”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Not closing or opening properly. Rattling”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“We have now had to replace the bracket/bearings for both of the sliding doors. This is a design flaw”

John W., AZ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Rear sliding door cable broke and door won't open manually. Safety issue”

Pat M., MI (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“automatic sliding door cable broke”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Door handles broke off both rear passenger doors at different times during our ownership. Obviously a design flaw”

Frank S., NY (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“cable snapped on power sliding door opener rending door inoperable”

Bernie P., NY (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“power sliding doors become inoperative in cold weather”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Power sliding door mechanism failed twice for different reasons this past 12 months”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“sliding doors had to be repaired, cleaned out several times”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“driver side sliding door cable system failed. the cable snapped. $1100 repair”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“both electric sliding doors and the rear hatch failed wiring 3 months of each other around 97000 miles”

Matt G., CT (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Auto sliding door cable broke, not covered under warrenty”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“sliding door on passenger side doesn't always close properly and moves very slowly”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Power side doors sluggish to open, sometimes don't respond at all to FOB or cabin button press”

Lucas H., VA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Rear Latch on sliding door failed Main handle on sliding door failed Body shop said due to dusty conditions”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“drivers side sliding door does not close consistently”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“power sliding door cable snapped. had to switch doors to manual”

Patrick K., OH (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Rear hatch strut developed a hydraulic leak; door would come down with significant force, posing a safety hazard, and would not remain open on its own. Strut had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“The doors are a known issue that Toyota refuses to fix. Estimates range from $1500-$2000 per door to fix the issue. The doors do not close. The door ajar light is on 24X7. Toyota does not feel this is their responsibility”

Jason S., PA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“sliding right door sticks and doesn't always open with the handle. opens fine with power buttons”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“This van has 2 power sliding doors. Dust got in & caused wear, making both unable to open in power mode”

Anonymous, SK (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Motor in sliding door failed”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“In both the passenger and drivers side doors, the paint is chipping off on the edge of the door, not the hinge side but the open side”

Kathleen B., IL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“the weather stripping around the door has fallen off”

C H., UT (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Left power sliding door often fails”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Rear hatch hard to open especially with cold temps”

Clifford M., NY (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“the rubber on the liftgate handle had deteriorated so badly it was nearly impossible to open the liftgate. it has been repaired”

Bruce A., MD (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Electric sliding door latches don't always make electrical contact to open. Problem has recall and it hasn't been performed”

L B., NY (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“door sticks”

Allen B., CA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Both side view mirrors no longer open on their own after being shut. The driver's side is easily pushed toward the window by the wind and it makes it impossible to use the mirror for driving purposes”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Mirror hyrdaulics burst, and cracked the glass. Whole assembly needed replacement”

Sean M., IL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Seat belts

“The clips for engaging the seat belts are installed backwards. They face in towards the body when the belt is pulled out. The belts don't retract very well. The belts are becoming frayed”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“The rear hatch is very difficult to close tightly. You have to put both hands on the outside of the hatch and slam it down as hard as you can to get it closed tightly”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Tailgate latchhandle rubber rotted”

Neil P., MD (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“In cold weather, the trunk will not stay up Click & Clack said it was due to air pressure. In warm weather, it should not fall for at least a few more years. Checked on replacement of "pistons" $200 each for the parts. Not fixed”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Poor design from Toyota makes the hatch very difficult to close without smacking yourself in the head (loose handle hanging in a non-ergonomic spot. Requires a lot of effort to close and is not at all safe. The shocks on the hatch failed quickly requiring replacement”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Hydraulics and motor failed and hatch would close on our heads”

Frank S., NY (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“struts were replace under warranty and need to be replaced again. one needs to lift up on hatch with some effort to provide sufficient head clearance”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“rear hatch and seal failed around 97K miles”

Matt G., CT (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The hatch release had to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The release button has broken, so we put putty into it so we didnt' need to buy a replacment”

Daniel M., KS (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“repeated issues with closing correctly”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Latch failed so I could not open the tailgate while on vacation out of state”

Terry L., FL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The rubber handle to open the tailgate has deteriorated (appears melted) and has been replaced twice”

Michael M., OH (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Windows

“Right power window beside the 3rd seat failed. Motor was replaced”

G S., FL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Drivers side front window would scratch when rolling down”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“seal on rear vent window came apart on 2 occasions”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

“Leaked”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“CD Player will not eject the CD in it. It will play the one in it, but it will not eject”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“CD player has stopped reading CDs and dealer will only replace it, not repair it, and the cost of a replacement is exorbitant. We purchased a $20 CD player and use the auxiliary input to the system instead”

Wm D., NH (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The unit ejects the CDs unexpectedly. Had earlier replaced the entire entertainment system to fix the same problem”

Larry E., VT (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“CD drive appears to have died, therefore we have no radio, no backup camera, no GPS, no CD, not sound for rear DVD. Nothing”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“cds will play for a while and just stop”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“audio system hangs from heat of full sun through windshield”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Buttons intermittently fail. Talked to Toyota at 55000, they were unwilling to repair except with token 10% discount off dealer repair price. Still fails”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“CD player quit working. Toyota could not repair. Wanted to sell me a new one for $5,000.00”

Gloria B., TX (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Stopped reading CDs and was going to cost over $700 to replace it. (Toyota said they would not repair it.) I bought a $20 battery-powered CD player instead and plug it into the auxiliary input”

Wm D., NH (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“5-disk CD and Radio stopped working. Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“stopped working”

Baxter H., GA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“CD won't eject”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Player stopped working”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“When the car is just starting up the display for the radio is blank, and the controls on the radio do not work. It takes several minutes for the system to start working. The controls on the steering wheel work”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Display screen goes blank intermitantly. Plus, dash buttons are usually ineffective to make selections”

Rodney J., MN (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Radio display screen freezes, goes blank, shows unrecognizable characters. When this happens you cannot change the radio station until it goes back to normal. Car only had 60K miles when this started”

Al K., GA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Radio display screen will blank out intermittently”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“the display screen on the radion goes blank and you don' tknow what radio channel you are on”

Joseph Z., IL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The head unit stopped working; I was told it would cost $1400 to replace”

David C., ID (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Navigation system CD carrier needed to be repaired by 3rd party shop. Dealer replacement of system was obscenely expensive”

Glenn L., LA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Navigation system failed when a drive band broke and would no longer load the required DVD”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“difficult to program. Never try to use it anymore”

Anonymous, RI (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“GPS absolutely user UNFRIENDLY. Updates too expensive and not accurate/current. Wrote a letter and response not convincing”

John B., CA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“GPS quit working - started getting inputs as if I was in the Atlantic Ocean”

John M., SC (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“when paired, the volume of the radio speakers drops and one can't hear the person on the phone. Make the handsfree feature functionally unUSble”

Randi D., WA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Stopped working”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“The radio system occasionally malfunctions and stops playing. Any CDs in the player will get ejected and the radio is inoperative. The system self corrects itself after a few days”

Martin B., IN (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Radio quit working. Toyota replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace antenna base”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Radio cuts in and out unpredictably”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Radio will be on and playing music but display light and LCD will be blank/off. Usually have to bang on dash to get it back”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Display would intermittently go blank. Controls would not respond”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Audio system has been problematic since purchase. Random errors, freezes etc, often stops working then will be OK when vehicle is restarted”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace radio twice”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Radio head unit failure. Display does in and out. Cannot control any functions on the radio/CD player intermittantly”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Stereo/DVD system will cease to operate when external temperature is hot (ie 24 degrees celsius or warmer). Stereo will cut out or not turn on at all until it's coooler outside. Sometimes using any dash buttons to change functions will turn it off”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“The front left speaker simply stopped working. The other speakers sometimes make crackle sounds”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Slowly each of the speakers has stopped working”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“the dashboard display flickers when in reverse and the backup camera is displayed”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Parking sensors beep without warning”

Anonymous, KS (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Difficulty changing from radio to AUX and back again; sometimes it will, other times it won't”

Ted G., CA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“DVD player wont EJect DVD and has since stopped functioning”

Sean M., IL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“This was just a normal wear on the vehicle. Luckily our mechanic caught this in a timely manner”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“2 had to be replaced”

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Drivers side caliper wouldnt completely release; caused excessive wear / tear to the point of necessitating replacement of rotor and brakes”

Bryan E., NC (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“When the pads were worn and needed replacement, the front calipers were stuck and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Rear brake caliber became frozen and lost rear braking”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced entire system due to corrosion”

Richard G., ON (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

“inside pad and rotor wear -suspect faulty design of splash shields”

James M., NV (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“didn't think the brakes lasted as long as they should”

Brian R., IA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Brake pads wear very quickly. I feel - Rotors are too small for this minivan. Braking feels inadequate. Brakes get squeaky very soon after new pads/rotors. Parking brakes & cable had to be replaced - they also feel very soft”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The front driver side brake pad was worn out completely, with the rest of the brake pads getting regular wear”

Ryan T., UT (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Back brakes wore completely down. One side cut into the rotor requiring rotor replacement”

Dan S., OR (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The brake pads & rotors had to be replaced. First the front then the back”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced brakes five times. Replaced tires more often than should/”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Rotors warped”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“front rotors warp after hard breaking and give a pulsing sensation”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The rotors needed to be replaced because of the premature break pad wear on the driver side”

Ryan T., UT (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Need resurfacing almost every 30k miles and start throbbing on brake application”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Loud noise”

Alan O., CA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“We've replaced the rotors on this Sienna more than we have for any other car we've owned. It only has 91k miles and are on the third set of front rotors and second set of back rotors/drum combination”

Kevin D., VA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Lots of shaking when applying breaks at moderate to high speeds. Replaced the rotors a few times with increasingly more expensive versions. Still have the same problem with the rotors wearing out quickly”

Ty W., MN (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Warping”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“now warning before right rotor became scored and had to be replaced. Replacement was easy enough to permit DIY with on-line instructions and non-special tools”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Had squeaking in the brakes, got new pads”

Charles B., MN (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“brake pads need to be replaced every 20K seems to often”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Front brakes squeal, mainly in the morning”

Robert M., FL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Front pads were replaced and almost immediately squealed when brakes were applied. Dealer staff said "wait until the pads get broken in, rotors may be glazed," etc. Problem was solved by replacing pads with "best " quality pads after "persuasion"”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes have always squeaked when backing up only”

Dan S., OR (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Loud noise”

Alan O., CA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Every time I pressed the brakes the van made a grinding squeaking noise”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

“Entire breaking system had to be replaced 5k”

Jeffery W., CT (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer keeps saying brake fluid is leaking but no leak found”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes do not last as long as I thought they should”

Clinton B., CO (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“We've replaced the front brake pads about every 18 months to 2 years with this Toyota Sienna. This is considerably more often than we have had to do than with any other vehicle we have owned”

Kevin D., VA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Old pads were of unknown age but lacked tab that causes warning signal (squeal) when sufficiently worn. Replacement was DIY with the usual home tools”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“The break pads needed replacing”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Not a problem, it was expected”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“We drive a lot so the brakes wore due to the constant driving”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“brakes worn out, 2nd replacement in 3 years”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Stopped cooling. Had compressor replaced”

Jerome L., VT (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“air went bad..relieved I bought extended warranty through Toyota.700 dollars”

John C., NC (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“air condition stop working last year. No cold air anymore”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“This is the second Toyota I've had where the AC system developed coolant leaks. Replacing these systems is very expensive and repairing the leaks is nearly impossible. Recharging is a bad environmental alternative”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“The zoned temperature control feature is failing. The passenger seat temperature control does not work properly. Can't regulate the temperature in that zone”

Martin B., IN (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Independent temperature control between driver and passenger was lost. Door that splits the venting continually clicks, trying to position itself. Passenger had no ability to control temperature. Repair was only partially successful. Door in system still clicks”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The automatic climate control in the dash is making a loud clicking noise regularly when in use”

Rodney J., MN (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced motors on the air box for $3000+. They were sticking in an open position? Had to remove the dash to get to them”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“The driver side AC stayed on the coldest temperature. It couldn't regulate itself. After the third time complaining, Toyota finally found the problem and fixed it”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

“Heater broke, and our mechanic tried to fix with a small replacement part, but the way the van is built the ENTIRE heater panel had to be replaced which is very expensive. We went to a junk yard and bought the replacement. It took 6 different panels to find one that wasn't also broken”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Unable to control heat and air, does not heat or cool properly”

Anonymous, AR (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Takes lengthy time for heater to blow hot air and the rear system barely heats at all”

Pat M., MI (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Driver side servo actuator stuck”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Insufficient heating - problem diagnosed as leaking pump causing loss of fluid. Pump replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“No heat on right side vents poor heat on left side almost no heat in rear”

Anonymous, MB (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“The radiator developed a hole in it and the radiator had to be replaced”

Mark O., MN (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Heater was blowing cold air, went to shop multiple times to diagnose and fix; bad relays were eventually replaced”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“The rear unit failed/leaked. Extremely expensive to get fixed”

Brian M., IN (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“It has rear a/c, and that is where we were told the tester beeps, so that is where they think the leak is. Over $1k to fix, so we haven't fixed it yet, just limping along putting in refrigerant every spring”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“System developed a pinhole leak which local garage found and corrected for a reasonable price”

John M., VA (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“in 2015 the air conditioning failed; it was 'fixed' at the dealer using a special coolant that was supposed to plug the leak, but that failed less than a year later. They did the same thing again. Again it failed after a couple of months. Today they replaced the AC compressor, as they were guessing it was the source of the leak, but that was only a guess. The leak is slow enough that they cannot find it, so are guessing and replacing parts one at a time. Very expensive”

T L., ON (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Line to rear air unit leaking and had to be replaced”

D C., IA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“The seals went bad in the lines going to the back evaporator in the wheel well of the back right wheel”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Connection leak to rear air condenser. Cost $125 to fix”

D C., IA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Just this month the air conditioner simply failed to cool. The dealer indicated that they'd injected dye and discovered a minor leak to keep an eye on. They recharged the system”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Needed lines replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“leak at rear of car - bad gasket”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Noticeable loss of air conditioning cooling (off and on), had to test first for leaks and then replace coolant”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Poorly routed regrigerant lines under the car led to multiple punctures”

Robert J., NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“At 40,256 miles the rear air conditioning lines developed a leak that cost $1,307.81 to replace. As an engineer this looks like a bad design since the service writer told me this is normal and searching the internet this is a common problem”

William L., WI (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“start having strange noise”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Making noise”

Robert A., GA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“the air conditioning condenser for rear of mini-van is now leaking and had to be repaired. expensive”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Peeling rubber trim each side rear window”

Neil P., MD (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Front bumper sags and scrapes high curbs”

Anonymous, KS (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Exterior trim on both front doors became loose more than a year ago, then both came off in a car wash within the past year. Some window seals are loose also, but none has detached (yet?)”

Craig T., IA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Lower back panels, behind the rear wheels. The fit is the issue. The horizontal gap is getting larger”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Pieces fell off and rubber gaskets stick”

Allen B., CA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Body panels keep coming unfastened and drag or flap around”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Trim around sliding doors and rear windows has come loose. Not a major deals”

John W., AZ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“trim on rear door is loose, locating pin broke”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Plastic covers trim covers on seats easily fall out”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The dashboard has multiple cracks”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The interior driver door panel has separated from the door. The weatherstripping around the driver sliding door has fallen off”

C H., UT (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“front bumper cover does not resist pitting thrown up from the road”

Richard C., MI (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Live on ocean. PAint fades and rusts”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Paint coming off of back door in sheets. One foot square area, dealer where I bought the car won't help me”

R L., NY (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“paint chips easily, bought extra protection plan but never repaired and now rusts”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Clear coat peeling off also on head cap, Car kept in garage all the time”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Paint is peeling on hood, top and rear two doors”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“bumper has peeling paint”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Clear coat coming off in multiple areas of the exterior. Started coming off after I went through a few car touchless car washes. The water spray stripped off the clear coat”

Forrest Y., CO (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Rear bumper paint peeling”

Glenn F., IA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“paint is sub standard especially around door handles,finger nails easily scratch the paint”

Wayne W., AB (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Roof rack black coating was flaking off in less than one year”

William L., WI (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Spare tire support rusted. Now I have the tire inside the car and cannot fold back the back seats. No way to get floor flat in the back”

Felix M., MI (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Replaced idler adjuster. About a $500 job”

W E., MB (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Oil sludge in the engine causing smoke plumes in the exhaust and knock in engine with hesitation. We had to change the oil and filter repeatedly for a few months. It is almost all better. No one would rebuild the engine and we could not get a new one”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“A hose that carried oil to the top of the engine blew and had to be replaced. Almost ruined my engine”

Anonymous, AE (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Engine mounts

“Part of the heat shield fallen off due to attachment rusting through. Remaining part was rating and was reattached by wire. Should have been attached using stainless steel or aluminium attachment, it would have cost Toyota less than $5”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“I have a tow package that has an engine oil cooler system. The engine oil cooler line completely failed. Needed a tow for repairs. There is an advisory published by Toyota that these rubber lines are prone to failure and need to be replaced by metal. All Toyota 6 cylinder that can tow up to 3,500 lbs. needs to have this fix completed or they will ruin their motor”

Kenneth J., WA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“WHILE PARKED, MASSIVE OIL LEAK OUT OF RIGHT SIDE OF ENGINE, COVERED UNDER WARRANTY”

Anonymous, MB (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“oil line broke”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer repair under warranty failed twice”

Anthony K., MA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“High pressure oil line in the upper part of the engine ruptured. The vehicle had a recall for the problem just a few months after I had it repaired”

Ryan L., TX (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Oil Cooler supply line burst and needed replacement. Was under special warranty by Toyota”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“We've been stranded with oil issues twice - both very significant”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Engine belt ends up covered but not a recall total oil blow out had to be towed few more miles engine would have burnt out”

Jeffery W., CT (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Major leak in the oil crankcase”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“oil pipe burst, resulting in other problems / leaks and over $1500 of repairs”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Entire oil reservoir emptied spontaneously. Warning lights did not go on. Dealer did not want to cover the costs past warranty, but eventually did when we learned it was a design flaw happening to many other Sienna's”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“A hose burst and spilled oil out. It was a major repair”

Anonymous, UT (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The oil cooling hose burst while on a family vacation. By the time we pulled over (no lights on the dashboard indicated there was a problem) due to smoke coming from the back of the car we had no oil left in the reservoir (according to the dipstick)”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Engine computer

“oxygen sensor went bad”

Anonymous, NE (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“fuse blows frequently”

Bridget R., GA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“The plate light is very costy to replace”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“If an interior light is left on it will drain the battery. We have had cases in which the battery has drained and we've been able to find evidence that anything was left on”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The interior lights wont go off automatically. We have to live with setting the whole interior to the off position”

Bob S., OH (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“A wrapped wiring bundle rubbed and shorted to a frame piece behind the dash. It kept blowing the fuse and rendering the clock, center dash LCD panel, and power mirrors inoperative. It was finally found and repaired under the extended warranty”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Lights in upper console (on ceiling) burned out”

Anonymous, MB (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Interior lights will flash on and off sometimes or not turn on at all when opening doors”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Tire pressure light comes on in cold weather even if the tires are properly inflated”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Tire pressure warning light came on, checked tires, all ok.. Dealer tried to replace sensors, none would communicate with computer so only option was to replace computer.. $1500 cost, so not done. Car only had 55K miles on it when computer failed”

Al K., GA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Overly frequent warnings as tires warm/cool leading to ignoring of warning. Sensors easily broken during tire change, leading to high replacement and calibration expenses”

Robert J., NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

“There is a warning light for airbags that is under the drawer under the passenger seat. Frequented a passenger will bump the drawer, the light will come on, and the next time we stop we fiddle with the connection to make the warning light turn offf”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Check engine light comes on as a result of computer problem and not engine problem”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)
Body control module

“automatic sliding door stopped functioning with button push-only manual open now”

Anonymous, AE (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Clock

“It was part of the previous discription”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Cruise control

“Cruise control on/off button popped off; cruise control wand was replaced under extended warranty”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“One of the headlights had a problem with the light bulb staying screwed in tightly. It would wiggle loose and the headlight would not work. We had to have it fixed”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“Heated seat was disconnected on Driver side”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Driver door lock became unresponsive to electronic switch, both key fab and door button. Worked ok manually. Dealer suggested a fix that cost approximate $300, but after 3 months the problem "fixed" itself. Currently works”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

“repaired fuel injectors and sensors”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The check engine light indicated a problem. Our mechanic nailed it down to the O2 sensor. While a new sensor was quite expensive, at least we did not also have to replace the exhaust manifold the sensor screws into”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“This was probably the most expensive repair we have had to date on the Sienna”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Air/fuel sensor went out. It was an easy to diagnose problem and easy to fix with the right part”

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The engine light went on intermittently along with a couple of other lights such as TRK OFF. An internet search told us it was probably a fuel sensor since these are known to fail on this model. Indeed when we took it in that is what they had to replace. I wish automakers wouldn't turn off traction control routinely, when there is an issue like this”

T L., ON (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“sensor failed and was not covered under emission control warranty”

Robert C., NY (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Lights went on. Needed to replace O2 sensor. Took two visits to get fixed”

Peter W., IL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Sensors get replaced and the problem is fixed for a little while, then the sensors are bad again and the warning lights go on again and the sensors need to be replaced again, which are expensive”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“02 sensors required replacement as well as EVAP canister”

Tony L., AB (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“sensor failed”

Anonymous, IA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“One of the 3(?) O2 sensors failed 4 months ago. Van was still OK to drive. Toyota replacement was very expensive conpared to aftermarket sensors”

David N., ON (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“rodents nibbling on the vapor hose from the fuel tank”

Vernon B., PA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Fuel cap

“Check engine remained on at all times. Was also informed fuel intake pipe needed replacement. Cap was replaced, check engine light remains off. No further problem at this point”

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced fuel cap but found out it was a carbon filter part that cost 1500 to replace”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Fuel pump

“Stalled at low speed idle situations. Without any engine codes stored, my mechanic couldn't troubleshoot. Went to stealership because safety of my wife & kids was at stake . After replacing a coil, they found the real culprit was low fuel pressure”

Doug-Kristin S., NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Water leak accumulating on front floor Cabin filter replacement fixed problem”

Clifford M., NY (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Water backflowed from rain because the drains for the skylight had not been cleaned”

Stephen K., NY (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Water leak in rear cargo area. Unable to locate exact cause but attributed to seal around rear side windows. caused fould odor in vehicle that has as of yet been successfully removed”

Bryan E., NC (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Some of the weatherstripping has begun to come loose. Since it is permanently attached to some trim pieces, the replacement would require also replacing the trim - this adds a lot of expense”

Ray C., PA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“the weather stripping around the sliding door came undone after the adhesive appeared to melt in the intense GA heat, rain water subsequently leaked into the car. Two dealer replacement strips failed to adhere”

Eli F., GA (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“had a major oil gasket leak that almost ruined the engine. Had several rattles and loose plastic parts. Also have a problem with cruise control shutting off while driving”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Rattles coming from behind glove compartment”

Glenn L., LA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Previously stated. The front breaks squeal mainly ine the morning. [IE] ] starting up !!”

Robert M., FL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“We have had a rattle under the hood when traveling at fast speeds >50 mph since the vehicle was new. We have had the dealer try to adress it, but nothing has remedied it. At this point, we've just learned to live with it”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“There are a lot of squeaks and rattles from many different sources that make it sound like the car will fall apart any second”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Driving at highway speeds creates a constant wind noise on the drivers side. Not certain if it is the windshield installation or the driver door outside air flow, but the noise is there in both areas”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“left sliding door does not fit flush causing noise”

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Wind noise has always been a problem since purchase. The vehicle does not have a tight seal. Sometimes difficult speaking with back seat passengers”

Larry E., VT (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“There is way too much wind noise through the windshield”

Cheri B., MD (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“replaced cv joint on passenger side broken boot”

Harold S., FL (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“had a bad wheel bearing & hub on one wheel”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer failed to install a new front axel correctly. Had to be replaced a second time in the middle of a 2000 mile trip. 2nd dealer did a good job at the time but axel seal has started to leak after less then 15000 miles”

Sue K., VA (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“the right front wheel bearing went out requiring new bearing and front end alignment”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

“The Sienna has been in the shop 4 times for the problems we have mentioned. Also in the 8 and a half years we've owned this vehicle it has had the brakes replaced 6 or 7 times”

Jim C., CA (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“there isn't any”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Drive axel speed sensor”

Christine R., TX (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Not sure if correct category- problem with ignition coils. All replaced. Cost over $1,000”

Chris S., TN (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Traction control

“VSC sensor failed”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“does not brake slipping wheel”

James M., NV (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Hydroplaning on a dry surface, no rain or puddles. Car often seems to stall or lose power when road curves to right”

Jim C., CA (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)
CV joint

“leaking rubber gasket”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“seals were leaking”

Dave K., NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

“The radiator is used for both the transmission fluid and the engine coolant. The transmission cooling portion failed, which required replacement of the entire radiator. This should be simple but required a lot of labor so was expensive. Also, the design is flawed in that the engine coolant could enter the transmission, causing thousands in damage”

Ray C., PA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“small leak, had to replace radiator”

Bruce A., MD (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“leak”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Radiator system leaked and had to replace radiator”

Scott S., MD (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Radiator hose connections had become brittle. Radiator broke during radiator hose replacement”

G S., FL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Water pump gave up at around 70K miles”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Failed at about 50,000 miles, which is far too early”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Catostrophic failure of water pump, had to replace immediately”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“water pump started to leak and required replacing”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“The vehicle doesn't shift smoothly into gear as it should and sometimes it's downright rough. When put on a diagnostic machine I was told that nothing registered as having an issue (and lack of fluid isn't the problem). I'm not a mechanic, but I'm”

Cheri B., MD (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“The automatic gear lever would not position itself properly in the slots for P, N, etc. As a result the car got stuck and had to be repaired”

Adriana E., CT (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“Corroded transmission line, transmission fluid discharge, radiator replace because of rot. Vehicle always serviced a Toyota dealer, never brought to my attention in the point inspeation”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Seal in the transmission failed entirely and abandoned my family on the highway requiring a long distance tow”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“3000$ was parts and 1000$ labor, but was under warranty. Was after 2 years. Started out as fluid leaks and they said some part had to be shipped and replaced. DOnt remember details right now”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“After a transmission oil change, the drain plug continues to leak (weep) despite using a new crush-washer per factory specs”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Discovered transmission fluid leak and since it's a closed system, it required professional service. Dealer quoted a very high price for procedure so we used a highly recommended/reputable local repair service - on time, below quoted estimate and fr”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sienna Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

“Cable was split causing the transmission not to go into park. Cable had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Transmission performance made the car unsafe to drive until sensor was replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“This alternator is buried in all Sienna Vans. It costs $1,000.00 to replace them. Radiator pulled, including evacuating the AC lines, Engine Hoist to raise engine about 3 inches then remove engine mount, then you can get to the alternator. Add $500.00 when the radiator is found to be holed somewhere”

Kenneth J., WA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“would not start”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Coil

“One of the coils were bad so we replaced all pf the coils on that side of the motor”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Had to have 2 coils replaced, one twice. Replacing the back coils is absurd and requires the engine to be removed from the car. Starts at $400 just for the labor. Same estimate, three different shops”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“Experience extreme rough running, engine & vehicle vibration on highway on 2000 mi. trip. Multiple ignition coilpaks "misfiring" - R&R "Worst" 1 cost $258.84! Had just had spark plugs replaced <120 days ago for $447.09. must pay same $332.50 labor”

Robert F., IN (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Electronic ignition

“Van would just stop running with no warning, but never at the shop. Updated fuel pump resistor and heat sink were installed and the problem is gone. Dealer could not solve this, but a local Toy/Lexus specialty shop dug in and did. Whew!!”

G S., FL (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“OBD Code P0352 #2 spark plug coil failed”

Stephen A., GA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“We have had problems a number of times with spark plugs misfiring, which leads to loss of power, unfortunately usually when we are on a long trip. Despite taking it in a number of times (3 or 4) the problem recurs and nobody seems to know how to fix it”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Had a problem that will cost 4500-5000 to fix. The oil orifices for the c variable valve timing are stopping up”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

“Long-standing/recurring problem. Most likely a consequence of a near-overheating following the water pump failure early in the car's lifecycle”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“I was told the head gasket is blown, I am experiencing minor coolant loss (couple L per year), but no other problems yet. I choose to not repair it due to significant cost”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“I was told by the service department at the toyota dealership that it appeared that the head gaskets might be leaking. Since I had an extended warranty that covered this problem I had them replace the head gasket even though I was having no problems”

M J., MN (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Radiator was bad, coolant lines were cracked also, which might have been the cause for transmission going bad. So, I had a used transmission installed”

Milton M., MD (2008 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

“Slips ad shifts hard in low gears”

David M., OH (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“A high pitch noise was noted by my mechanic which he said indicated a possible transmission problem. I took the car to a Toyota dealer who diagnosed the problem as a indicating a major internal failure that required a total replacement. Fortunate”

Douglas F., NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

“The dealer wanted $3000 for a used transmission with 80,000 miles or $5000 for a new transmission”

Matthew B., IL (2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“Heat shield broke away from mounts that hold it in place”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

“Exhaust pipes were damaged and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
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