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 10 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 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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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 2009 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

Bushings

"bushings in control arms warn and control arm bolt became loose causing vehicle to become un-driveable."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"At my last oil change, I was informed that the power steering in my car had begun to leak ever so slightly and would need to be fixed to the tune of over $1000. Will get a second opinion as that is unaffordable to me right now and I DON'T think it sh"

Darleen R., AZ (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Same Transfer Case Leak Problem Repaired April 2015"

Donald C., NV (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Leak in/around boot. Boot replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Was told by mechanic that power steering was leaking and needed to be replaced and quoted me $1000. I have not had it fixed due to cost"

Antigone M., NY (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering fluid was low, dealership found leak, replaced parts of system under extended warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer discovered leakage at passenger side boot. Replacement cost $1200!! Never had a failure like this before. Five previous Toyotas with >200k miles!"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering rack developed leak through rack end seal and then past bellows. This is safety defect in Virginia and must be fixed, usually by replacing the rack. This problem is typical of all 2nd generation Sienna's. Design defect?"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"A very minor leak that has existed for a couple of years. Repair would be $500-$800. It's not yet worth fixing since ignoring it for now will not increase the cost of repair in the future"

Roxanne P., TX (2009 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering fluid was leaking from the steering rack seal."

Richard S., TX (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Caused uneven tire wear, however routine maintenance because car went 140k miles and 10 years on factory installed struts/springs."

David R., (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Given the high milege and age of the car this expense is to be expected."

Philip S., ON (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"front shocks replaced 2014"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)

"vibration from rear of vehicle"

Trip G., TN (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Worn out front struts need replacing"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Broken spring, required replacement springs"

C P., IL (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Two broken springs - one front, one rear - opposite sides"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"Broken rear coil, on right rear, replace both at a cost of $572"

Gregory A., IA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"this was an odd issue. both my forward springs were broken, though I drive almost exclusively on paved roads and avoid potholes whenever possible"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"Discovered one of the rear springs was faulty during the 110000 mi. inspection"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Rack and pinion broke."

Anonymous, PR (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Right front seal failed requiring new rack and pinion kit on right"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rack and pinion steering and tie rods had to be replaced at a cost of $2200"

J D., VA (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the rack and pinion assembly, along with the tie rods. It was leaking and would not pass inspection without $2000 worth of repairs"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Rack and pinion boot leaked and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"$900 power steering rack replacement because of fluid leakage covered by extended warranty, however I was sold an out of pocket system flush for $150"

L S., IA (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"It was leaking fluid"

Nick-Diana S., CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Rack and pinion box developed a leak and required replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"service department noted an oil seal leak on rack & pinion. Recommended replacement. $1,200.00"

Richard H., AZ (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The rack and pinion had to be replaced for the 2nd time in just under 4 years (40,000 miles). That should not be a routine replacement item, especially given the $2000 replacement cost with labor"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"As I understand it, the transaxle seals began to leak onto the steering linkage, endangering the transmission. Repairs included seals and a realignment. Cost: $1000.00. The service adviser said this was a common problem with 209 Sienas. This is not related to the above, but the dealership botched the brake job, requiring a return visit and a resurfacing of all the rotors. Compared to other Toyotas I have owned, this vehicle has been a disappointment"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"See previous comment on steering rack leak. Leak and rack are related as previously described"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the steering rack. It is a seal unit and was leaking fluid. At the time of the leak the van had 220,063 miles"

Anthony M., NY (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking steering fluid. Dealer recommended replacing rack and pinion steering."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"The rack and pinion started to leak power steering fluid. The rack and pinion was replaced under an extended warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Fluid leak. Had to replace rack and pinion."

Anonymous, AL (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Basically, the rack completely failed for a $2500 repair. The thing is, I took it to a dealer last year, and they *should have* identified the issue. They didn't and the rack was toaxt by the time I got it into the next dealer"

Harold C., TX (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The seals on the boots were broken/leaking."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"Had to be replaced"

J D., VA (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Right side steering rack seal has failed."

Richard S., TX (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Even after replacing the rack and pinion and tie rods, the tires still wear uneven and need to be replaced and higher than normal timeframes. I have not had a set on this vehicle meet expected wear mileage"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"uneven wear on drivers side front tire. tires are rotated every 6000 miles. Have not had good luck with tires on this vehicle"

Edward D., MD (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Although I use high quality Michelin defender tires and have replaced a tie rod end, strut, and had the wheels aligned every 6 months, I am getting uneven wear on the tires and a signal that the air system is not balanced every 6 months. Neither Toyota nor other mechanics can figure out what is causing me to replace worn tires in pairs twice yearly"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"We go through tires about every 6-12 months. Multiple mechanics later and countless adjusting, we still haven't gotten a fix. Finally a tire store said to overpressure the tires. This seems to slow down the wear, but still we're still unhappy."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Noisy right front wheel bearing."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Right rear wheel bearing failed"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"worn out wheel bearing on one wheel"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"Bearings went out within 12 months of purchase"

Trip G., TN (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Failing front wheel hub bearings"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger side front wheel bearing needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the wheel bearing assembly on the right rear."

Anonymous, IL (2009 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

Calipers

"Brakes are squeaking and calipers replaced, but still squeaking."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Caliper stuck causing smoke, premature pad wear and rotor damage"

Thomas C., OH (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"The right rear caliper stuck wearing out pads. The rotor needed replacementy as well as pads. The dealer wanted over $400 dollars for the job. I did it my self for about $40 dollars"

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Left rear caliper locked up destroying the brake. Required brake replacement of both rear brakes. The same thing happened on the right rear three years ago"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"Rear caliper stuck and needed replaced"

Tom C., OH (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"passenger-front caliper failed completely -- needed to be replaced--car did not pull when braking--only symptom was weaker braking power"

Thomas B., AZ (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Second time I have had calipers stick."

Tom C., OH (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

"air pockets, and bad sensor"

Nicholas W., FL (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Both master cylinder and brake booster wore out. $1000 to repair"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"It was a normal expense"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Just had to replace the break pads on all 4 wheels"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"the brakes would rub and make a screeching sound when backing up"

Dorothy B., MA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced calipers and pads"

David K., ON (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Started having soft break pressure at about 79000 miles"

Jack K., LA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"excessive corrosion of brake parts"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"The pins in the brake pads froze and didn't allow the pads to freely move, we have had to twice replace all rotors and pads in the car. Bad design, won't buy a Toyota again"

Kevin T., VA (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes need to be replaced almost yearly"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"rear right brake caliper dragged and ruined pad and rotor. Happened 2 years in a row. So far this year it's OK. Of course I had to have rotors and pads changed on both wheels. $$$"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"Thought rear brakes should have had longer life"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"I drive up and down the local ski hill quite often so the brakes wear out before they normally would"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"Lot of noise"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"With wear, the calipers warp, causing the brakes to pulsate and vibrate. It has happened twice, and each time have had to replace warped calipers. The calipers are too small for the vehicle weight and overheat. Common problem with minivans (we had same problem with previous Dodge minivan)"

John W., VA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Normal brake wear"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Rotor damage from sticking caliper"

Thomas C., OH (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace brakes and rotors at 110000 miles"

J M., AR (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes were not grabbing as I felt they should"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Normal rotor replacement due to normal wear"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"I bought the 'lifetime brakes' at Midas and they warped my toyota OEM brake calipers. Pad/Rotor mismatch. Getting the rotors turned and installing a conventional pad has yielded much better braking performance."

Harold C., TX (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Replacement brakes were improperly installed by the Toyota dealer. Resulted in brake peddle chattering and cyclical squeaks from wheels. They ended up replacing all four brakes (discs, pads and calipers) at their cost"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The caliper was sticking causing squeeking"

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 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

A/C compressor

"a/c switch light started flashing-dealer said problem with compressor-they replaced under extended warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Compressor died and was explained to me that it sits in area that has high exposure to the road and punctures"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"A/C compressor clutch was not fully disengaging causing noise and belt wear"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Condenser

"Stone from road put hole in condensor - had to replace condensor."

Alan W., NH (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Doors lock and unlock without doing anything. Took battery out of key fob to see if that was the problem and the doors still act up on their own. Also have problems with A/C fan turning on and off on its own"

Anonymous, MS (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"Leaking front evaporator coil had to be replaced, requiring disassembly of entire dash board, etc. Cost was close to $2,000, and was not covered under any warranty"

J K., FL (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Rear evaporator coil leaking. $1600 to repair at dealer which was cheaper than my local mechanic"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"discussed in previous question regarding refrigerant leaks"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The drivers side heated seat stopped working. They want over $800 to fix"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"Getting heating or cooling to the rear seating areas is sporadic and problematic."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"All the A/C refrigerant leaked out, and it took awhile to diagnose where the leak was coming from. There was a crack in a line"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"rear evaporator corroded at junction of bimetals"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"The line to the rear of the van sprung a leak,draining the system which cost me $1500.00 to repair"

Noel P., ON (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Line to rear AC unit failed"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"must recharge every season"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"leaked first year and took annual returns until last year when leak finally found in rear panel cooling coil unit"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Leaked several times and was repaired and leaked again. Currently had connection tubes to back seat air replaced and so far so good"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)

"no A/C at start of last summer. recharge helped. now again this spring same problem"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"Cooling system is inadequate due to leaks and must be continually recharged"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Evaporator coil was leaking refrigerant"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"took 4 years under warranty before large leak in rear fender evaporator was inspected and found. Was requiring annual recharging and car was driven very little as was third car at the time"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"It seems that I need to recharge the refrigerant on a yearly bases"

Warren S., MN (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Air conditioning does not work when refrigerant leaks, unless recharged. After recharged leaks out again in less than a year."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"A/C doesn't work. Mechanic added refrigerant. Worked for awhile. Mechanic added die to locate the exact spot of leak."

Anonymous, OH (2009 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

"Difficulty closing the sliding door. Problem was it was off the track and track had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"metal door straps that limit door swing on front doors failed requiring replacement."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"have had both sliding doors worked on, the liner around the cables is coming off getting jammed in the mechanism, was working for a while now it is causing problems again"

Jeremiah F., KS (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Cable on sliding door motor rusts and eventually breaks. This is a common problem and should be a recall item due to frequency of failure and poor design. When broken is a safety issue"

John F., MA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"driver's side sliding door intermittently does not open with outside handle. Dealer is useless, says they cannot duplicate-but you can't talk to tech who is maybe looking at the door. Inside switches work OK-it's the door handle that has the proble"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Slow, does not always shut"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)

"hatch door would not open when it got in cold weather also the dash is sticky from the sun"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)

"Cable that enables auto open/close of sliders broken on both doors. $1700+ to repair each one"

Stan K., NY (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Right sliding door freqently sticks upon opening"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"The power doors use a cable system to open and close the door. Both doors experienced a failure of the cable and pulleys which required over $1000 in repairs for each side"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Sliding door cable snapped due to known design flaw and defect (plastic wears away and exposes steel cable directly to weather). This is dangerous and reported to NHSTA. Toyota paid for part of repair after legal action was discussed. This is the third cable of this type to break on the vehicle. Repair cost: ~$3,000 each time"

Dan L., MA (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Both electric sliding door cables broke and doors were converted to manual operation due to cost"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)

"Right rear electric sliding door failed to operate. Mechanic identified cable problem=broken BUT $$$ ++failed to mention disconnection of electric window- discovered / corrected by another service last month. SEEKING TO LEARN AVAILABILITY OF Toyota HIDDEN “customer care package” on siennaS THAT MAY RESOLVE THESE TYPE defects !"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"It has power lift and opens, then immediately closes. Believe it is the hatch support arms. I consider it a safety problem"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The tailgate does not go all the way up, even though it has been fixed before for the same problem. The fix only lasted a short time"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"rear trunk lift pistons lost pressure would not lift the hatch. $500.00 parts"

Richard H., AZ (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"Rear vent window has glued on piece of weather stripping which fits into slot when closed. It always is misaligned, so window won't close. Told I would have to pay $500 to replace whole window!!"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"The linkage that connects the right rear vent window to the electric motor broke and the electric window motor failed. A piece of plastic trim below the vent window broke when I attempted to tape the open vent window to it. Repairs came close to $500.00"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 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

12V power plug

"plug pulled out of dash when removing a cord"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"The module came unseated from the vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Body control module

"Power door lock function failure on passenger door and sliding doors. Have to open manually. Driver door and hatch ok"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Cruise control

"Getting E3 errors. Looks like another $2000 to fix the cruise control"

Ronald M., CA (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Fog light fixture fell out of front of car and had to be replaced including a new holder for the light"

G O., CA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"The lites for the seat heater switch went out. The lite for the console mounted gear shifter went out. Haven't fixed because was quoted more than $100. to fix each one"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Interior lights have short somewhere along the line. Lights flicker when the kick on after turning off the vehicle. Flicker more when the side doors open/close"

Zachary D., PA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Rear passenger interior lights flicker out anytime the left sliding door is opened"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"passenger sliding door switch failed, interior lights would not activate when door opened. fixed under extended warranty"

Edward D., MD (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Biggest disappointment with this van is interior lights burning out and the cost to replace. Never thought this would be an issue with a Toyota"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"The sliding passenger doors stopped working electrically. Includes drivers control buttons, buttons at doors, and key fob buttons. One key fob has completely stopped working for all doors and locks"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Fails intermittently One door completely didn't work and we had to disable automatic opening"

Anonymous, RI (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"all 4 indicators have quit working"

Allan A., (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"Tire Pressure light is extremely sensitive. Goes on for various reasons (low tire pressure, changes in temp). Requires Dealer to reset which is annoying. We've grown to ignore it most of the time"

Zachary D., PA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Engine check light, traction control indicator and tire pressure indicator warning lights all came on at once despite the fact that we have regular maintenance"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"The passenger side sprayer was replaced and a couple of months later driving to Florida the drivers side went and I felt like I paid double labour when I feel they should have replaced both the first time"

Noel P., ON (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 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 into well under rearmost seats. finally isolated to leaking hatch seal and replaced, but still very small leak remains in severe rain. not pursuing further"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear vent weatherstripping disloged--too expensive to fix, thus cannot use the vents. Was told that this was not uncommon"

B K., OH (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Water pump failure"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Consistent rattle/squeak in engine compartment near front passenger seat. Presents when car is started and periodically when driving. Estimated cost to fix is prohibitive"

John W., VA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"At highway speeds there is a rattle in left wind shield column"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"sliding doors have to be adjusted... problem has been recurring for 3 yrs.... driver side sliding door worst than passenger"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)

"general squeaks in dash area"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"My cars run on the crappy poorly maintained California road network that tend to loosen a car up, hence the development of body rattles and squeaks is hastened."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Multiple trips regarding grinding sounds in reverse. After multiple attempts (and costly repairs) the noise was finally resolved."

Victor O., CT (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"One in the dash area. Tore it apart but couldn't find it. Frustrating."

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Duh!"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Wind noise in rear seating area is very loud at highway speeds"

Stephanie D., IL (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"too much wind noise"

J M., AR (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Charcoal Cannister had to be replaced at 60000 miles Expensive part that should last the life of a car"

Paul H., NM (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"EGR was factory faulty ... Toyota replaced it at no cost to me"

M H., CA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The catalytic converter went bad"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Exhaust gas canister became non functional and had to be replaced Coles of new canister $1100"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Dashboard lights are lit. two catalytic converters must be replaced in order to get the dashboard lights off. Cost of replacement equals value of the vehicle. I suspect that root cause is age of engine and believe that if I replace the catalytic converters they will fail again within a year or two. So I run with reduced efficiency and dash lights lit. Limited resale value."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Fuel pump

"the fuel pump failed and was replaced"

Donald B., CO (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"One of them had to be replaced and it was costly"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)

"Multiple O2 sensor failures requiring multiple visits to get repaired"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"Two of three O2 sensors have had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"O2 sensors were activated when canister failed so emissions were not properly controlled"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Engine light came on ended up being an O2 sensor that needed replaced"

Tom C., OH (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Don't understand"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Here in Florida, the lifespan of rubber and plastic is much shorter than northern states."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Rubber sealing for sliding doors comes loose in summer heat. Right side sliding door exterior molding came loose and was flapping in the wind. Had to be re-glued. Loose rubber sealing around sliding doors causing road noise!"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"gaskets around doors and windows are detaching. I reattach them as they come loose with an adhesive from an auto parts store"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Don't know how or where, but mice keep finding some way to get inside my Sienna - NO WINDOWS OR DOORS ARE LEFT OPEN and I don't leave food inside. Clean out mouse turds but they get in again. Not happy about that!"

G S., TN (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The cheap dash panels made of various plastics expand and contract at different rates. This resulted in large gaps between the panels. It looks pretty bad - misaligned"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Even the smallest of rocks cause paint to chip off all the way to bare metal. None of our other cars has such weak paint. No more Toyota cars for us. They only look good in the showroom"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Clear coat on hood peeling."

Anonymous, AL (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"The underbody/frame seems to be significantly rusting. Water seems to accumulate in the bumpers, probably making that worse."

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"the driver door handle has a rust stain dripping down on the body"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"small rust spots were on tailgate when we bought the car they all but refused to do anything about them. Dealer cleaned the rust off but it returned. Additional spot appeared and still remain"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"there are rust streaks dripping down from the 4 door handles"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Extended driving at 70 mph often resulted in loss of power and misfiring. Had to pull off road and turn engine off until computer "reset". Check engine light would remain on and could continue at speeds of 65 mph or less"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"the engine has twice had serious knock to the point of near stalling. Not sure what issue is, but it happens rarely, both times after start up"

Doug C., MI (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil seep since almost new. Oil does not leak out. Not a major issue."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Rear main seal leaks"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"failure of line delivering oil to engine. Same thing happened with previous Sienna. Toyota didn't issue recall or take responsibility even though it was a design failure."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"An oil line blew out causing lose of all engine oil. Known issue to Toyota but not mention during any of my sevices prior to blow out"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Failure of oil hose resulting in complete drain of oil while driving on highway"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"engine oil cooler assembly failed"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Oil leaks related to head gasket problems."

Lincoln B., NC (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"Timing cover gasket was replaced two years ago while still under warranty. It is leaking oil again. approximately 3000 to replace. This on top of everything else has started us looking for other vans. With all the problems this van has given us, we will never again buy a Sienna."

Anonymous, CA (2009 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

"6 disc stopped working. It is not repairable, only replaceable. I bought a much newer multi purpose single cd player radio/bluetooth/ipod/usb unit to replace it for less money than a replacement"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"CD not ejecting - getting stuck in player - comes and goes"

Chris S., PE (2009 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)

"Completely does not work, but has not worked since we purchased the car in 2013"

Faithe T., KY (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Radio display fades in and out. AUX changes over to radio randomly."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Acts like it has a short in it. Tap on the screen and it comes back on"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Inconsistent hookups"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Unreliable. Too hard to use"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Ejecting map cd caused gears to strip. Had to replace entire unit ($3,000) as everything quit working: C D player, radio, backup camera, Bluetooth"

Ronald M., CA (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Loses its pairing"

Anonymous, AR (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"simple leak - exhaust gasket replaced"

Chris S., PE (2009 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

"Exhaust Timing Control Valve. Installed 1 15330-0P20 Valve Assy. Cam Timi installed new OCV 7973 WAM"

Deacon U., ND (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)

"tail pipe flange separated at the manifold"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"The heat shield rusted away and was completely lose and rattling, it never fell out. I was able to fix it w/ larger washers and put it back"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Loose heat shield cut wire, blew EFI #2 fuse and I had to replace the O2 sensor."

Alan W., NH (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Front driver side sensor beeps continuously when coming to a stop or driving slowly. Had to turn off sonar to stop it so now do not have warning that I am too close to another vehicle."

Ed K., MO (2009 Toyota Sienna 3.5-L V6)
Pipes

"Exhaust pipe after manifold was replaced due to rattling noise"

Stephanie D., IL (2009 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

Cylinder head

"Part of valve broke off and fell into cylinder. This severely damaged pistons and scored cylinders"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"My wife drove too long after the check engine light came on and caused the engine to overheat. After that...we replaced the engine with a rebuilt one. Now it is driving like a brand new vehicle."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Sudden total engine failure because something shattered in intake system"

T T., CA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Camshaft Actuator failure resulting in computer going into limp mode and warning lights coming on. I had a local repair shop attempt repair unsuccessfully. I replaced engine with used engine with 25000 miles on the replacement."

Huntley H., NM (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

"This seems to be a design defect the dealer will not admit to. This is the second time I've had to replace head caskets in the last 9 years. They seem to fail every 4 yours. It is about a $2000. I've basically resigned my self to having to do this job every 4 years."

Lincoln B., NC (2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Chain slipped and caused calves to to out of time. Causes catastrophic engine failure"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Ruptured and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Water pump

"The water pump gasket had a small leak."

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump failed and leaked on to belt, overheated, van had to be towed"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump leaked and was replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump was leaking and needed to be replaced"

Hunter D., NC (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"Water pump failed, dumped all coolant, overheated, driver continued til engine quit, required head overhaul"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 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

Alternator

"Alternator kept draining car battery. Early in vehicle life for alternator to go"

John F., MA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"2nd battery... bought brand new, lasted less than a year and a half. battery? ...or car??????"

Joseph B., VA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Coil

"First one ignition coil went out then a second. Cascading failure of the rest anticipated so replace the rest. Cost $130 @ plus labor, about $1k. Vehicle still ran but knocked, dragging a dead cylinder"

Gregory A., IA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Car continues to misfire over the past 3-4 years setting off the check engine and trac off lights. Technicians have been unable to identify or replicate problem but continue to charge me for running diagnostic testing. Last incident was three months and $350+ ago with no conclusive answer and a promise to apply charge against the problem when diagnosed. Not happy!"

June M., CA (2009 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

Coolers and lines

"Hole in radiator"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"Daughter moved gear selector out of Park and car rolled down the driveway, ...luckily nobody hurt. And keys were NOT in the ignition"

Joseph B., VA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"The cable that goes from the gear shifter to the transmission broke. The dealer charged me $600.00 to repair it"

Manuel A., FL (2009 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.5-L V6)

"This was a recall to correct potential issue of transmission shifting out of park without foot on brake."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 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

4WD/AWD components

"Transfer Case Leaking - Resealed Big Labor Job $1400 Repair"

Donald C., NV (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
CV joint

"Replaced both front CV boots."

David D., TX (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"drive shaft seal leak"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Sometimes the back blower (for air or heat) does not work. So there must be a short somewhere. We have not fixed it. It works 85% of the time. No apparently reason for when it does not work"

Faithe T., KY (2009 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Had no problems with the car, then began making a clicking noise, starting shaking uncontrollably, and then wouldn't accelerate. Car completely undriveable and had to be towed."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)

"I have heard that this is a common problem with this vehicle but at this mileage and given the rest of the car's history I decided to rebuild it."

Philip S., ON (2009 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5-L V6)
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