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What did you do with/to your sienna.
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The Toyota Sienna (Japanese: トヨタ・シエナ Toyota Shiena) is a minivan manufactured by Toyota at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana facility in Princeton, Indiana, United States, for the North American market. It is named for the Italian city of Siena, in the region of Tuscany. It replaced the first generation Previa van in 1997 with a more conventional front-wheel drive layout and shares a heavily revised platform with the Camry.[1] Both the Previa and original Sienna were smaller than the other minivans they competed against, but a redesign in 2003 (for the 2004 model year) increased the dimensions to match those of its competitors.[2] The Sienna is currently the only minivan in its class to offer all-wheel drive.[3] It was redesigned a second time in 2010 (for the 2011 model year). The third generation Sienna went on sale in the United States in February 2010 and is the first Sienna to ever receive a "Top Safety Pick" award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Exports from the United States to South Korea began in November 2011

ProductionAugust 1997 – December 2002[6][7]
Model years1998–2003
AssemblyUnited States: Georgetown, Kentucky (TMMK)
DesignerHosoda Ikuei, Yamaji Shinichi, Mitsunori Miyazaki, Hiroaki Shibata, Hiroaki Suzuki (1994)[8]
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Engine3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6
Wheelbase114.2 in (2,901 mm)
  • 190.5 in (4,839 mm) (1998–2000)
  • 194.2 in (4,933 mm) (2001–2003)
Width73.4 in (1,864 mm)
Height67.3 in (1,709 mm)
Curb weight3,973 lb (1,802 kg)

The 1998 Sienna crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
In late 1997, Toyota launched the front-wheel drive 1998 model year Sienna in the North American market as a replacement for the mid-engined Previa. The Sienna debuted with a 3.0-liter 1MZ-FE V6 engine rated at 194 hp (145 kW) and 209 lb⋅ft (284 N⋅m) of torque. Built on an extended platform of the Toyota Camry, the Sienna was appropriately marketed as the "Camry of minivans," capitalizing on the Camry's popularity and reputation.
It came in three trim levels, CE, LE, and XLE. The LE and XLE models were equipped with 2nd row captain's chairs while the CE models came equipped with a 2nd row 2-passenger bench seat. The seats can be easily folded and individually removed as needed. The driver side sliding door and roof rack were standard on the LE and XLE models, but were optional on the CE models. The XLE models offered leather seats and a wood trim package. The Sienna also touted best-in-class fuel economy of 16 mpg city driving and 22 mpg highway driving. It was built in Georgetown, Kentucky. A year after its release, the Sienna faced new competition from the redesigned Honda Odyssey minivan, which was larger and offered a V6 like the Sienna.
In 2000, for the 2001 model year, the Sienna underwent a mid-cycle refresh. This update included a facelift to both front and rear fascias which added a redesigned front grille and bumper along with revised rear taillights sporting a more modern appearance (clear-lens turn-signals as opposed to amber-coloured). Toyota also revamped the center console area to add more usability to the HVAC controls along with new locations for the accessory switches (rear vent, power sliding doors, heated seats). The engine also came equipped with a variable valve timing feature VVT-i boosting output to 210 hp (157 kW) and 220 lb⋅ft (298 N⋅m) torque. The driver side sliding door became standard on all models, although the roof rack remained optional on the CE models.
This generation was noteworthy for its impressive safety content as one of the few minivans to offer options including front seat-mounted side torso airbags and Vehicle Stability Control. Anti-lock braking was standard. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Sienna "Good" in all six frontal crash test measures, which was far better than the Previa.[9]
The reputation of this generation was marred by a class-action settlement for an engine oil sludge problem which affected the V6 engines in many Toyota models. Symptoms of the problem include oil smoke in the exhaust, oil quickly becoming dark or black after an oil change, gasoline odor in the oil, high oil consumption, and eventually engine failure.
NHTSA crash test ratings (1999, no side airbag):[10]
Frontal Driver:
5/5 stars
Frontal Passenger:
5/5 stars
Side Driver:
4/5 stars
Side Rear Passenger:
5/5 stars


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Hi, I have a 2002 Toyota Sienna with 228,000 miles approximately. I bought it used in 2003. Over the years my Sienna has carried babies, Girl Scouts, Camping stuff, a vehicle for learning how to drive, and moved my grown children two and from college. Great reliable, almost truck like vehicle. I mainly get the oil changed every 5,000 miles, with other repairs as needed. Nothing super major. Recently, I did replace both of the side mirrors, replace the bolt, nut assembly on the back passenger window, and using the posts I read on this site replaced the light bulbs on my dash. Next, I am going to replace the passenger window mechanism, which does not go up and down any more. I do have a question with regards to the temperature control knob. Mine seems to only go from both head/foot to foot, etc. I cannot get it to go to head only. When I looked at it recently(when replacing bulbs), I did not see anything broken? Any thoughts on what could be going on? Has anyone else had this happen on their sienna?
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