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I have a 2001 Toyota Sienna. It has power sliding doors, right and left. The right side will not open with power. When observing from the outside it looks as if it is trying to close tighter when you push the button. All though it looks as if it is closed all the way. You just see the door being pulled inward. On the left side it just opens outwardly. After you open it by hand, it will close with power. On the dash the power door is showing. It is not showing open just " power door" in red. When I shift the van to drive the buzzer does not come on. I tested this by leaving the door open and shifting the van into drive. The buzzer did come on then. The left side works just fine. I cleaned the contacts and lubricated every thing that I could see. I did the reset procedure that is in the hand book at least 10 times with no results. The door will close with power, it just will not open. I just purchased this van. The owner told me about this problem. He said that it did this a few weeks after they purchased it new. They had the Toyota dealer fix it because it was still under warranty. Unfortunately he never asked them what they did to repair it. Thank Your for Your time and knowledge. Bill

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I got this problem with my 2001 Sienna too.
The Toyota deal said the computer BD is bad.
They charge me about $350 to replace with a new one.
However, the new parts is in shortage.
They said lots of back order for it!

Posted on Sep 20, 2010

  • sabbyblue Jul 14, 2011

    This is a chronic problem. The part only works for a while and then breaks again. I have had my 2001 since new. Dealer fixed/replaced part a few times (2X a year) while under warranty, but once out of warranty they wanted to charge. I will not pay for a faulty part that may last 6 mos, or not. One of the guys at the dealership told me this is a known problem and Toyota fixed it in later models. Problem is the ECU and then they have to "initialize". Both of my sliding doors do this.



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