Check Engine Light On Problems of Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna owners have reported 25 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Sienna based on all problems reported for the Sienna.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Sienna 1
Failure Date: 05/31/2014

Upon exiting the interstate, we began to smell a burning smell and the light for the a/c started flashing and wouldn't turn back on. We drove about a mile thinking that the smell was roadwork, but then we decided to stop and check it under the hood. Once we opened the hood, we were hit with a plume of smoke, and realized there was a pool of oil under the van. We began to look on the internet for causes, where we came across several instances of the oil hose blowing and the vehicle catching fire. We called the dealership the next day to see if there was a recall. They didn't know of one, but stated that they'd fixed several vehicles for the same issue. This is very alarming since the check engine light, oil light, etc didn't even turn on. Had we driven another mile, would the van have caught fire? we have a van full of children, and it's frightening to think that this could have ended much worse.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Toyota Sienna 2
Failure Date: 05/27/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact checked the oil level and noticed it was low on oil. The contact added oil and the vehicle would not restart. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, who stated that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Sienna 3
Failure Date: 05/20/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2008 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that while traveling 25 mph, the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle became difficult to steer. The vehicle was towed. The manufacturer was notified and diagnosed the vehicle needed the engine replaced. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 80,000. The VIN was not provided.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Toyota Sienna 4
Failure Date: 10/24/2013

Back on August 7, my vehicle was brought to balise Toyota because of a check engine light. They replaced all 6 spark plugs and iginition coils 1 & 6. On October 24, the check engine light came back on and I brought it back to balise Toyota. They saw misfire codes. The cleared the codes and couldn't duplicate it, so nothing was fixed. On December 7, the check engine light came on again. This time, dissatisfied with balise, I brought it to colonial auto. Again, dan murray, the owner of colonial auto found misfire codes and faulty ignition coils for numbers 2 - 5. This resulted in a total charge of $961. I contacted Toyota, because I am unsatisfied with the relability of the Sienna and the lack of care on balise Toyota's follow through. They should have caught this back in August, but now my warranty has expired and Toyota won't help.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Toyota Sienna 5
Failure Date: 10/15/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the baffle on the valve cover was fractured, causing damage to the engine. As a result, the engine would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and returned to the dealer as a trade-in. The approximate failure mileage was 27,646. Updated 01/07/14 updated 1/17/2014.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Toyota Sienna 6
Failure Date: 02/21/2013

Traveling at highway speed, (55 mph) when the vsc failure message appeared along with the check engine light and apostrophe inside a triangle error/ warning light. Vehicle was purchased as a certified used vehicle at a Toyota dealership less than two weeks ago. Mileage is less than 36000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Sienna 7
Failure Date: 06/26/2011

2008 Toyota Sienna with approx. 45k miles. Driving down highway after wedding. Traction control light comes on. A minute later, check engine light comes on. Half mile from exit, decide to take exit to see what's going on. As reach gas station right off exit, oil light comes on. Check oil and see no oil in engine. Oil splashed on tailgate. Determine oil flowing from engine. Toyota acknowledged problem with rubber oil hose and sent tow truck. Loss of all oil without indication until engine failure. Same v6 engine as recalled in camry and avalon. This is a serious problem requiring complete engine replacement. This is unsafe--sudden engine failure without indication at highway speeds and oil spill to exhaust components of engine could have caused accident or fire!.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Toyota Sienna 8
Failure Date: 04/01/2011

The vehicle engine stalls. This occurs intermittently especially when making turns. I had to press the gas pedal all the way down to accelerate. The vehicle brake lights do not come off for about 10 minutes when the engine and lights have been switched off. It is possible to start the car with the push button without pressing down on the gas pedal sometimes.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Toyota Sienna 9
Failure Date: 05/21/2010

I have 2 different complaints. Driver side seat heater burned legs of 3 different drivers before complete failure. Heat was not adjustable. Driver and passenger heaters stopped working at same time. Took to dealer, recommended new heating element ($1000+). Opted not to fix. 2nd complaint, check engine, vsc, and trac off lights illuminated. The van has been sent to the dealer on at least 3 occasions. Gas cap has been replaced several times, spark plugs changed. Will go off for brief periods, but always to return. This has been going on for at least 30,000 miles. I could live with the check engine light on, but if the other lights are illuminated, that indicates these components are not working-kind of important-skid control & traction control!! there are many complaints out there on blogs, doesn't look like anyone has filed any reports with your office regarding this same problem, which is too bad because it's obviously a problem not with just Sienna but several other models as well. Extremely frustrating when even the dealer can't determine what the problem really is!! we purchased this vehicle because of the safety features. Not so sure about it if their safety features malfunction!.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Toyota Sienna 10
Failure Date: 12/10/2009

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sienna. Whenever the charcoal canister or any minor malfunction occurred in the vehicle the traction control was deactivated. The traction control also deactivated when the fuel cap was not replaced properly on the fuel tank. The failure has occurred several times and the dealer stated that they are aware of the defect; yet, they require the contact to come in whenever the check engine light was illuminated. The contact was concerned about the safety risk since it rains in florida and the traction control when activated engaged itself to assist with traction. The contact had to replace the charcoal canister valve. The dealer also stated that the failure was normal and not a danger. The contact is concerned about the safety risk. The failure mileage was 70,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Toyota Sienna 11
Failure Date: 11/27/2009

The engine failed and had to be replaced at a cost of $5,000 due to oil sludge buildup. Traveling on I-4 from tampa to orlando the check engine light appeared then we heard a tapping from the engine,. I pulled off the road and aaa towed the vehicle and a rental car company picked us up. I had two elderly passengers (in their 80's) with walkers who had to traverse the grass along the interstate to get to the rental car and were nearly blown over by passing trucks. Toyota refused to honor a claim for repairs although they had agreed in a recent louisiana lawsuit to cover said repairs for 8 years from date of purchase. My failure was 8 years and 10 months from purchase. The sludge took much longer than 8 months to build up but Toyota refused to honor their stated commitment to assist all affected by oil sludge damage (over 3,000 complaints). Their product was defective and dangerous and their denial to assist was dishonorable.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Toyota Sienna 12
Failure Date: 07/01/2009

2000 Toyota Sienna has an on/off engine light problem. Consumer is adding information. 7/24/09 the consumer was told the ignition coil needed to be replaced, but after it was replaced, the engine light came back on. The spark plugs and wires were changed but to no avail. The consumer stated the vehicle runs poorly and it also stalls. The consumer discovered a website where other years of the Toyota Sienna were recalled for the same problem. Recall 98e035000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Toyota Sienna 13
Failure Date: 10/11/2008

Engine oil light came on, then check engine light came on, engine shut off, no oil present in engine.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Toyota Sienna 14
Failure Date: 09/10/2006

: the contact stated the vehicle had difficulty switching gears and caused acceleration issues. The service dealer stated the computer system adjusted to the driver and this was a normal function. However, the contact stated the gears did not shift properly. Updated 10/18/2006 - the vehicle would hesitate when picking up speed. The check engine light illuminated. The dealer found code for evap purge valve. The technician found the vacuum lines off at intake.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1999 Toyota Sienna 15
Failure Date: 08/03/2005

My wife was driving on the florida turnpike with our sons (ages 3 and 1) in the vehicle. The engine light came on and the engine died. She coasted over to the side of the road. She stayed in vehicle and kept the boys in their car seats as she was along a major highway. A road side assistance vehicle pulled up behind her within a minute or two. He asked my wife what the problem was. She told him and he asked her to pop the hood. She did. He opened it and flames came out of the engine compartment. Neither he nor my wife knew or suspected a fire. No flames. No smoke. No smell. No heat. He yelled to my wife to get herself and the kids out of the car. She did and they were all unharmed. He put the fire out with a fire extinguisher. Obviously, my wife and children probably would have been killed had that road side assistant not been there. Fl highway patrol arrived. The fhp officer filed incident report # fhpk05off042549. I had the vehicle towed to where I bought it, Toyota of orlando (3800 w. Colonial drive orlando, FL 32808 407-298-4500) I video taped the burned engine and the vehicle from head to toe and will be happy to submit a copy to you. I was called by a mr. Manny colon of Toyota of orlando. He explained to me that sludge build up was found and said that was probably the cause of the fire. I have records (with a different shop-goodyear) showing that the oil was changed regularly and not terribly long ago. There seems to be an extremely well documented (and acknowledged by Toyota) sludge problem with Toyota's - including the 99 Sienna. I have found many articles on the internet and I am collecting them. I was never informed of this issue by anyone. If this issue can cause an engine fire, why are these vehicles being allowed on the road with families and children riding in them? my entire family almost died yesterday. Please investigate this. I don't want others to die if it can be avoided.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Toyota Sienna 16
Failure Date: 07/26/2005

We own a 2001 Toyota Sienna van, we purchased it in 2001 but it was used with 18,000 miles on it. Since purchasing the vehicle, several things have gone wrong. #1- passenger side power window had a defective motor and would not go back up. Took it to the dealer who said it was not covered under warranty, so we had to pay out of pocket for that repair. #2- driver's side sliding door would not latch shut. The button got stuck from the inside which prevented the door from latching shut. This had happened many times before but we were able to get the button popped out and the door would shut. But on one occasion the button popped out and the door still would not shut. We had to drive home holding the door shut the entire way! of course, this is a huge safety issue with our 2 young children in the car. The problem was fixed at the dealer (again not under warranty), but the door still can not be opened from the inside, or the button gets stuck in. #3- check engine light came on and a diagnostic test revealed the following problems- idle air control, bank 1 sensor (most likely oxygen sensor), leaky charcoal canister. We fixed the idle air control since that was causing the van to not start and stall. This repair was almost $700, and not covered under warranty because we had gone over 36,000 miles. We did not fix the other two problems last month due to cost. The van overheats and can not be driven. We wrote a letter to Toyota and talked to them via phone. They told us there is nothing they can do because our van is not a legal us van- it is was built in canada. We bought it at a Toyota dealer in rochester, NY and were never told it was canadian. We were also told that no warranty would ever be covered in the us because it is canadian. Carfax. Com says it was built in the united states however. We tried to go the route of the lemon law, but could not.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Toyota Sienna 17
Failure Date: 01/11/2005

01/11/ vehicle stalled while in motion. Towed to local facility. Later vehicle successfully started and indicated no problems upon test drive. 01/30/driving kids to snowboarding when vehicle stalled in motion. Restarted. Drove on side of road - stalled again - restated. Check engine light (along with several others) now activated. Drove on side of road as vehicle would not accelerate above 10mph and would stall repeatedly. 01/31/ I contacted service department at handy Dodge Toyota (“hdt�), to report breakdown and arranged for service. 02/04/ hdt performed air-intake valve replacement and several other service campaigns. 02/24/ vehicle stalled while in motion. Vehicle restarted, but would not accelerate over 10mph. Vehicle continued to stall while in motion and check engine light activated. Stalled while on a blind hill/corner on route 104. I could not pull off to side of road as there was no shoulder and guard-rails hugged immediate side of road. I was in the road for about 10 minutes with my emergency lights flashing while continuously attempting to restart vehicle. Vehicle restarted and I was able to drive to a parking area for a tow. Hdt contacted me to inform that failure was same as before and through further research at the national level that they learned that stalling is occurring in Toyota Sienna and 4runners in the “cold weather states� due to a defect in the gas tank design and that there is currently no repair available. Recommend running vehicle with no less than half a tank of gas (at all times) and were verbally optimistic that the cold weather would be ending in the next week or two. I informed hdt that I drive an hour (each way) to and from work every day (highway and back roads) and to be expected to do that each day in a defective vehicle (that has a history of stalling) is unsafe and unacceptable. I have since filed lemon law demand for arbitration which case is in progress.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Toyota Sienna 18
Failure Date: 09/17/2004

Driving 55 mph the engine warning light illuminated. Smoke came from the rear of the vehicle. The consumer managed to pull over and had the vehicle towed. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The cause was not determined. Please provide more information.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Toyota Sienna 19
Failure Date: 07/16/2004

Toyota Sienna LS, year 2000, approx 73000 miles. Always serviced by Toyota, electrical system / engine not modified or altered. Drove last Friday morning (July 16, 2004) from nc to the DC area. Just before DC, car completely stalled 3 times on I-95, at interstate speed, approx 15 to 20 minutes apart. Each time, the abs and low tire pressure dashboard light came on. Clock flashed. No check engine light came on. The car recovered within 2 to 3 seconds while moving, but lost speed, as the engine was not running. Radio was not turned on, not sure if it would have lost power also. Could duplicate one stall by turning the headlights on while moving. Again, engine stalled for 2 to 3 seconds, abs and low tire pressure dashboard light came on. I'm not totally sure, but I think that the rpm and the odometer needle went back to 0 during the engine stalls. But again, I'm not 100% sure on the odometer needle going to "0" , as it all happened fairly fast. Repair attempts: drove to the nearest Toyota dealer in DC on the same day, car stalled again as we drove into the dealer ship and came to a complete stand still. (Toyota of stafford, tel: 1-540-720-4700, repair ticket 16153) they test drove car for 2 x 20 mins, found no problem, computer did not log any error codes what so ever according to dealer. Drove back to nc, went to Toyota dealer in durham, nc today (July 19). Dealer told me that there is nothing they can do, unless the car is stalling right now and told us to return once the "check engine" light is on. It is very disappointing for me that the dealers can not locate this problem and that there is apparently no procedure from Toyota for finding critical problems that do not show up in the computer log. It is certainly no fun to have an engine stalling on I-95, while the 18 wheelers catch up with you.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Toyota Sienna 20
Failure Date: 06/30/2004

Consumer stated engine sensor light continued to come on. Consumer was concerned that engine will fail while driving.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1998 Toyota Sienna 21
Failure Date: 05/07/2002

The engine needs replacing, apparently sludge and the dealer/manufacturer is trying to blame me for sloppy maintenance. I was at the dealer in 5/01 for a major maintenance which include engine flush, etc. $550. And since I have been back in 8/01 and 1/02 for different issues and was never asked to perform additional maintenance or warned that I should be careful, etc. I'm aware that I have performed oil & filter changes subsequent to the 5/01 major maintenance but I'm having trouble finding the evidence, in part because I moved aroudn 9 mo. Ago and still haven't quite settled in completely. Based on my search in the internet the manufacturer has apparently conceded about a month ago that there is a problem and is paying for the repairs but apparently puerto rico has not heard about this since they are making me jump through hoops to prove the adequate maintenance in order to maybe accept responsibility. I think this is especially sneaky since I have been to the authorized dealer in my new area twice and was never told that I should be doing something additional to the problem observed (in one case I had a check engine light on that they simply re-programmed). Thanks.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1998 Toyota Sienna 22
Failure Date: 01/08/2002

While driving 35 mph, the check engine light illuminated on the dashboard and the vehicle stalled on the highway. The dealer examined the vehicle and found a build up of sludge in the engine. A new engine was installed. Two years later, the same problem recurred and a new engine was needed. On March 22, 2004 the check engine light had come on. On March 23, 2004 the vehicle was towed to a service dealer who suggested that sludge was the problem.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Toyota Sienna 23
Failure Date: 09/01/2001

Noticed white smoke upon starting car for a couple of days. The following Sunday, the oil pressure light came on while traveling-stopped and put in 1 quart of oil, light went out. The following Monday, the engine check light came on. The next morning, Tuesday I took the car to the nearest Toyota dealer and was told that our engine was full of sludge due to improper or lack of maintenance. The repairs were not covered under the warranty. Was given an estimate of $9k to replace the engine or $5500 to rebuild the engine. We then took the car back to the dealer where we purchased the car, and was told the same thing, only this estimate was $2k to "clean" the engine. The service manager called the Toyota rep on our behalf and was denied any help through the warranty. In filing a report with Toyota was told my next step was arbitration - "the paperwork is in your warranty book". I had to have the engine cleaned at my own expense.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1998 Toyota Sienna 24
Failure Date: 02/10/2001

In February of 2001 my 1998 Sienna engine froze up. No engine light came on. I had it towed to the fort myers Toyota dealer and they told me it was my fault and I would need a new engine. Mr myers the sevice manager told mr carpenter the new car saleman that a new engine would cost $5,000 minus a $1,000 dollar rebate or a total of $4,000. I told him to go ahead and change the motor. When I went to pick up the van the cost was $6800. 00 not $4,000. 00. I put the charge on my credit card. Later that month I traded the van in for a 2001 highlander. I had trouble with the electrical system in 1999 in ohio and didn't want to have additional problem in fla. This Sienna was a leased van and mr carpenter allowed me to drop the leased van in fort myers. I heard the other day that Toyota was recalling 1998 Sienna because of engine problems. The oil was clogging the engine. Please advise me of the recall. Thanks.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Toyota Sienna 25
Failure Date: 08/01/2000

The check engine light coming on seems to be a common problem in Siennas manufactured in June/July 2000. It has taken several weeks for the part to come in. I am told a transmission solenoid needs to be replaced, but they're really not sure. Toyota service and dealership response has been poor.

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