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Looking at a 2009 AWD Sienna tomorrow

Since it has the same drive train as our RAV4 is it safe to assume I should check it out as I would a RAV?

Anyone know of Sienna-specific issues?

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2009 Toyota Sienna GEN-2:


Came in 5-speed U151E automatic (FWD) and 5-speed U151F automatic (AWD) iterations.


Do you require AWD? They are more expensive to fix & get worse gas mileage. If you don't need AWD, consider less expensive FWD version.

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The car was sold 20 minutes before I got there from two hours away. No problem I looked it over and wouldn't have paid his full asking price which is what he got from the first guy.
If I was interested in FWD instead or 4/AWD I'd probably stick with Honda Odysseys. The AWD is the only reason I'd even consider a Sienna. Having been on his forum and owning a V6 4WD RAV4 for 8+ years I'm very familiar with and very much like how it operates and the Sienna shares it at least from '07 thru '10.

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It's my opinion that the automatic transmissions in the Toyota Sienna are far more reliable than those in the Honda Odyssey.

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It's my opinion that the automatic transmissions in the Toyota Sienna are far more reliable than those in the Honda Odyssey.
In general I agree and was aware of those issues, but I found three good Odysseys about 4 1/2 years ago. They are all 2002 or 2003 models, all passed my full throttle 0-70 mph test back then and so far none have had transmission issues. In fact I just ran the same test on mine, bought with 200K & now at 232K, the other day. It ran and shifted flawlessly. The other two are owned by relatives who've likely put more miles on theirs. Paid a total of $6K for all three and they've certainly paid all of us back if their transmissions die tomorrow.
I suspect the percentage of failures may in fact be fairly low but as we see on our forums defects and issues tend to get highlighted so they appear more common than actuality.

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Scotty Kilmer often advises that Honda Odyssey have weak automatic transmissions. Then I met a guy at the auto hobby shop-- he's had THREE automatic transmissions put in, while it's been under warranty. He said he's getting rid of it once it's out of Warranty. He said his wife likes it because of the cupholders.

Caveat Emptor.

Again: Toyota Sienna.

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