Toyota’s Sienna minivan competed with the Honda Odyssey and Dodge Grand Caravan for the dollars of Canadian families with an eye for reliability and high resale value.
The last full generation of this machine launched for the 2004 model year and carried on until 2010. Feature content included motorized sliding doors, heated leather seating, a sunroof, automatic climate control and plenty more. Basic Sienna models were called CE, while LE and Limited models filled the model range.
Numerous Sienna owners have reported problems with the power sliding doors, so avoid a model equipped with them if possible. These typically don’t last the life of the vehicle and will be expensive to repair if or when they fail.
Check the paint for signs of chipping, scratching or rust. Some owners say they expected a tougher finish from their Sienna’s paint job. Check the dashboard for signs of cracking as well.
On earlier models with the 3.3-litre engine, be sure to check for signs of oil smoke at startup or after a drive. Check the engine’s oil, noting its condition and level. Though rare, some owners have reported oil sludge problems. A model that’s had regular, high-quality oil changes is your best defense.
Look for a 3.3- or 3.5-litre V6 engine with output rated between 215 and 266 horsepower, depending on the year. All Wheel Drive (AWD) was available.
What Owners Like
Space, performance, power output, versatility and quality were typically rated highly by Sienna owners. Ride quality, cargo space and even fuel mileage were also commented upon positively.
What Owners Dislike
A “plasticky” interior, easily-scratched paint, loud engine and plain looks were among the most common complaints of last-generation Sienna owners.
A newer, lower-mileage unit without power sliding doors, and with full service records and a clean bill of health from your Toyota mechanic, will be your most worry-free bet in a used Sienna.