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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Potential Sienna Owner - Need Advice!

Greetings! A growing family requires a minivan purchase and I already own a 4Runner. I'm a big Toyota fan so I'm looking at Siennas. Our budget puts us in a 2012 or 2013 and I was wondering how those years stacked up to the test of time.

Any significant transmission / engine issues?
Gotchas for each year?

I do alot of my own maintenance, so a little dirty work doesn't scare me.

Don't really know what to expect so I figured I'd come to a board and see what I could learn!

Anything will help so thanks!
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Greetings! A growing family requires a minivan purchase and I already own a 4Runner. I'm a big Toyota fan so I'm looking at Siennas. Our budget puts us in a 2012 or 2013 and I was wondering how those years stacked up to the test of time.

Any significant transmission / engine issues?
Gotchas for each year?

I do alot of my own maintenance, so a little dirty work doesn't scare me.

Don't really know what to expect so I figured I'd come to a board and see what I could learn!

Anything will help so thanks!
Can you stretch your dollar for a 2015 model? 2015 - up models are significantly quieter and rides/handles better. With more welding spots, it will likely hold up better over time (less body flex and rattles).

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Re: Potential Sienna Owner - Need Advice!

Unfortunately not. Might could get creative but really can't afford anything over 17k.

With that said - could I go wrong with a 2012 or 2013? Sounds like you're highlighting, though, some sore spots among those model year owners.
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I have a 2012 base Sienna that I bought new. During the first year I had to chase down and eliminate some rattles. I've had no other problems with the van after nearly 5 years and 42,000 miles. It also has amazingly great fuel economy for such a large vehicle. If you can find a 2012 with fairly low mileage and a good maintenance record, I think you'll have reliable transportation.

However, I'm not a fan of the power sliding doors. They are a nice convenience when they work properly, but I see a fair number of owners here on siennachat.com that have had problems with them. Repairing them is sometimes very expensive. That was one of the reasons I bought the base model. It only has manual sliding doors.
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Love my '13 XLE, no issues in 40K miles.
None.
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Unfortunately not. Might could get creative but really can't afford anything over 17k.

With that said - could I go wrong with a 2012 or 2013? Sounds like you're highlighting, though, some sore spots among those model year owners.
Definitely, 2010-1014 are great minivans...best in class...what other choice do you have? Odyssey is a one-transmission away from stranding you and their VCM is just a nightmare. And if you search Youtube, Odyssey is will known for frame flex and mis-aligned doors. Town and Country is a joke.

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Re: Potential Sienna Owner - Need Advice!

Well boys, we just got a 2012 XLE w/ 79k on the clock, will pick it up in a week or so. We are excited and so is my wife! Thanks for all the feedback and I'll be back perusing the posts in the very near future.
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