Oil Sludge in Toyota Engines
Toyota settled a class-action engine-sludge suit in 2007 that covered an estimated 2.5-million Toyota and Lexus vehicles made between 1997 and 2002. In that case, Toyota agreed to repair 'sludged-up' engines for up to eight years from the t…Continue reading article "Oil Sludge in Toyota Engines"
Musty and Moldy A/C
Toyota air conditioners smell like mold in numerous vehicles. So what's causing the musty smell and just how dangerous is it?…Continue reading article "Musty and Moldy A/C"
What Owners Complain About
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- dashboard cracking in the 2004 Sienna
- broken weld in door in the 2004 Sienna
- loss of power after slowing down in the 2007 Sienna
- dash is cracking in the 2006 Sienna
- rack and pinion seal failure in the 2006 Sienna
What Breaks the Most
2nd Generation (2004–2010) Sienna Key Numbers
Toyota has blamed a musty A/C smell on microbes [i.e., mold] growing o the evaporator surface and now a lawsuit wants them to do something about it.
The plaintiffs claim the vehicles have defective heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that cause smells and health problems from mold that collects on the evaporators. Numerous complaints have allegedly been filed with the government, Toyota and Lexus dealerships nationwide since at least 1999.
This isn't the first time Toyota has been sued for musty A/C units.keep reading article "Air Conditioner Lawsuit Complains About Mold Smell From Toyota HVAC"
How hot do you like your seat heater in the winter?
If you like it really toasty — as in, with an actual flame — you’ll probably love one of 7,700 Toyota vehicles with seat heaters that catch on fire. The vehicles have been recalled because fire and cars don’t get along, what with their tanks of highly flammable liquids and all. All the affected vehicles are equipped with aftermarket accessory seat heaters that contain copper strand heating elements. The recall is being handled by Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) which is the world’s largest distributor of Toyota and Scion vehicles.
The recall is expected to begin on July 14, 2016 and the seat heaters will need to be disconnected. Owners will be reimbursed.keep reading article "Toyota Wants to Stop Seat Heaters From Setting Owner's Buns on Fire"
Can't find your Sierra's spare tire? Don't drive yourself crazy, it might have fallen off somewhere down the road.
The spare tire, which is mounted beneath the minivan, is protected by a splash guard that Toyota admits can fall off with "normal usage". Maybe try extreme usage next time? If you live in a state that uses a lot of road salt in the winter, a missing splash guard means three things:…keep reading article "Honey, Where'd You Put the Sierra's Spare?"