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Old 06-30-2015, 06:43 AM   #15
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Wayne,

A side door actuator was never a desire. They seem to work well manually. Closing the rear hatch is a reach for Ginny. She's not complaining now but in another 5 years....
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Old 06-30-2015, 07:28 AM   #16
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Bummer. The BH was hit in the side a couple weeks ago. No one was hurt.
We really liked this van and have owned it less than a year now. Although it was an oldie, a 2004, it looked and drove like new. Now to look for another vehicle.
If there is anyway your budget will allow, you should at least test drive a 2015 Sienna (as opposed to a 2014, 13, etc.). They are a PIA to set up for towing, but otherwise the 2015 is a very nice and versatile vehicle and much improved from the previous year(s).

The sliding doors seems to be an occasional problem, and about the only major reason I will be shopping extended service plans.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:55 AM   #17
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Gord... You know what you are talking about. This list on Sienna Chat confirms... Problem is we live in Canada so when it comes to vehicle pricing we get fleeced. Those new Sienna's are a king's ransom. The Toyota dealer in town is flaky. Will try not to buy from them.

Get the 2015 model year. It's a no brainer to pick the 2015 over the 2011 due to the following reasons:

1. Quieter interior from road noise vs 2014.
2. Rigid chasis from additional 142 welds.
3. Less body roll during turns
4. Better resale value because of the year
5. Better electronics - most significant
6. Better audio sound than the 2014
7. Better navigation system
8. Better leather stitching
9. Better protection from small overlap collision
10. 2015 has Blu Ray and 2014 is not capable of playing Blu Ray disc. Not clear from your post if both have the RES.
11. HVAC controls are easier to use and reach.
12. Better Dashboard.
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:53 AM   #18
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Sorry to see your Sienna hit and written off Wayne. I recall posts when you were shopping then got it.

We had a similar write off our 69 cutlass in 81 had just moved to Wpg from Sktoon and a young guy lost control and hit the left rear side of car parked in our driveway! Wish he had hit the house settlement would have been easier. We bought it back (can you still do that?) and drove it until 87 when we moved back to ON and would have cost too much to safety. Best car i ever owned.

Good luck on your replacement search.

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Old 06-30-2015, 11:31 AM   #19
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Thumbs up for Ginny

Norm put a pulldown strap on the back you can do that
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:05 PM   #20
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Fred and Ian. I believe you folks are right. Just two doors and a slight dent in the pillar.

We were surprised they didn't fix it. It did have the pearl paint which is costly.

The pay out was more than we paid for it a year ago so no complaints there.

Started a net search for another Sienna and they are hard to find. May take some time.

Norm.... BH means "better half". In other words, the lady of the house.

Just using the info you have posted, in the lower 48 Provinces, it looks like your Sienna had a Kelly Bluebook wholesale value between $5-6000 USD. We took a rock hit & scratch to the side of a 2 year old CR-V, that was about the size of a dollar bill, and that repair was $1400, a lot of which was in repainting to match. With those kinds of costs, you can total a few year old vehicle very easily.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:50 PM   #21
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I too am going back to a Sienna soon. Dont forget the new 2015 now come standard again with a tow package!! One could not be added to the 2014 after market b/c of the cartridge style oil filter so if you didnt find one that was ordered that way from the factory you were SOL. You of course still have to add hitch and wiring harness but all the coolers etc are stock again!

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Gord... You know what you are talking about. This list on Sienna Chat confirms... Problem is we live in Canada so when it comes to vehicle pricing we get fleeced. Those new Sienna's are a king's ransom. The Toyota dealer in town is flaky. Will try not to buy from them.

Get the 2015 model year. It's a no brainer to pick the 2015 over the 2011 due to the following reasons:

1. Quieter interior from road noise vs 2014.
2. Rigid chasis from additional 142 welds.
3. Less body roll during turns
4. Better resale value because of the year
5. Better electronics - most significant
6. Better audio sound than the 2014
7. Better navigation system
8. Better leather stitching
9. Better protection from small overlap collision
10. 2015 has Blu Ray and 2014 is not capable of playing Blu Ray disc. Not clear from your post if both have the RES.
11. HVAC controls are easier to use and reach.
12. Better Dashboard.
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:26 PM   #22
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I too am going back to a Sienna soon. Dont forget the new 2015 now come standard again with a tow package!! One could not be added to the 2014 after market b/c of the cartridge style oil filter so if you didnt find one that was ordered that way from the factory you were SOL. You of course still have to add hitch and wiring harness but all the coolers etc are stock again!
Yes 3500/350 lbs for MOST 2015 Siennas (but not all, so do check).

The trailer lights wiring harness from Curt was not too hard to put in. The brake controller was not as easy. For one thing you have to tap the brake pedal wire, there is no plug in harness available.

For the Scamp 16 one needs a ball mount with 7-8 inch rise. And then the tailgate hits the trailer jack.

Toyota makes it clear that they do not offer the equipment needed to tow and that they will not endorse the use of aftermarket stuff.

Its not the ideal tow vehicle, but its a very good van.
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Gordon,

The Odyssey does not need a 6-7 inch rise to tow level, we use a 3" rise. Opening the tailgate when connected does not interfere with any part of the trailer.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:51 PM   #24
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Gordon,

The Odyssey does not need a 6-7 inch rise to tow level, we use a 3" rise. Opening the tailgate when connected does not interfere with any part of the trailer.
Yea well thats all and good.. but half the time you only got three cylinders !

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Oh wait a minute.. thats a good thing. Darn, you win

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I should actually add that I was speaking of a Curt Hitch Receiver.. I know of at least one brand that is higher, and if Toyota was willing to produce one I am sure it would be integrated with the bumper and also higher than the Curt one.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:03 PM   #25
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Yea well thats all and good.. but half the time you only got three cylinders !

Oh wait a minute.. thats a good thing. Darn, you win

I should actually add that I was speaking of a Curt Hitch Receiver.. I know of at least one brand that is higher, and if Toyota was willing to produce one I am sure it would be integrated with the bumper and also higher than the Curt one.
Our receiver comes out just below the plastic of the bumper. I actually don't know the brand of the hitch. I've yet to take off the plastic to look at the hitch. Installation did require cutting of the bottom of the plastic bumper at the sides.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:11 PM   #26
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Ya the Toyota hitch is higher than after market. On my 2006 Sienna I could open the liftgate and clear the tongue jack which was awesome esp when raining!! I would open it while connecting the trailer up and stay dry. My local Trailer specialist is no longer allowed to install brake controllers due to insurance restrictions having to tap brake wires etc so they sent me to a large equipment repair shop and they were able to do it for me. It performs flawlessly. They also ran the wire to charge the battery. Officially my little Scamp is 500 lbs under the limit of needing the tow pkg but towing in 100 degree temps climbing the GA mountains to an elevation of 4500 ft I was really glad I have it just as extra insurance.
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Well we got lucky and found a nice 2009 Sienna LE with the tow pkg.

We also looked at the CRV's as they have advantages but the Sienna's ride, power, and interior room won out.

It has 131,000klm's but we reviewed all the service records and they were done by the book.

At the Toyota dealership they had a new Sienna SE fully loaded. So nice but with taxes it would have been over $45,000. and way outside of our budget

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If you replace it with a much newer vehicle, you should have a big update in safety features.
So true Cathi.... In the past 17 years we have been hit 4 times (all of those vehicle were write offs) so safety is a biggy for us. The 09 has multiple airbags which we feel good about.
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Isn't BH an abbreviation of SWMBO*?

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