Re: 98-03 Sienna transmission problems?
Transmission now has 198,000 miles and running pretty much the same.
In June I had to go back to Texas for immigration rule changes in Mexico. I had some minor work done at the dealer, and the mechanic wrote up a recommended fluid change for transmission; brake system; and power steering, I think it was. Estimated $1000. I just had them do it like three years ago, or so, except the transmission because I take care of that.
I certainly complained to the service writer. He said, "Well, they said it is STARTING to get dirty. And, the transmission is only $250."
Yeah, a new car with 0 miles is starting to get dirty.
I drop 3 quarts every year or two, and add three quarts back, and that transmission fluid is NOT dirty. Also, I have replaced it enough times with Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF that it is primarily synthetic, and they would replace it with cheap stuff. Made me pretty mad.
If I could find another mechanic who could usually get me in and out same day, and use new Toyota parts, not cheap short lived rebuilt parts, I would stop going to the dealer. Stuff like that destroys confidence.
A few years ago, they recommended I pay them like $40 to adjust the parking brake, which is self adjusting. They assumed most people don't use it, so it gets out of whack. I live in the moutains and use it almost every time except in my own car port, which is the only place around which is perfectly level. When I stop on the hills, I first press the parking brake firmly, BEFORE I put it in park.
They didn't even check it; they just wrote it up hoping a gullible old fool wouldn't notice.