Toyota Sienna 2011 - Transmission issue??

Asked by Aug 25, 2017 at 11:59 AM about the 2011 Toyota Sienna

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a Toyota Sienna 2011, around 85,000 miles.  We were driving on the
highway and everything seemed fine and suddenly just "revved" when we hit
the gas and didn't accelerate.  Tried several times to restart and drove fine
for few second then did it again.  "Jumped back" a few times when in drive.
VSC display warning came on and also engine light on.  AAA towed to a
local garage.  Transmission extended warranty just expired less than a
month ago, but I'm guessing this is what it is?  Anyone else have similar
problems with a 2011 Sienna?

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I have same issue with 2012 awd. Any suggestions?

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Any suggestions on what is wrong? Seems as though they are all about remove and replace at Toyota as opposed to fixing. This mentality drives me nuts. The tranny can't be all bad being so new, I have to replace the whole tranny with a factory "rebuilt" for $5000+ so you can replace a cheap $100 sensor or solenoid in my old one and sell it to the next guy as rebuilt for $5,000+. "Its a Sealed transmission requires no maintenance" says Toyota Dealership. What a scam, Toyota sure has changed in the 2000s, figured out they were missing out on all that sweet, sweet repair cost money Ford and General Motors have always enjoyed! Jerks.

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We have a 2011 and now it's 2018 with just under 40k miles. It needs a new transmission already. So sorry that I got a Toyota.

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I just had the same issue with a 2012 AWD Sienna as well. At 77K this Toyota says I need to replace the transmission with a 'reman' for $6000 due to an 'internal component failure in the transmission' out of warranty. To Debrand, Cshells, and Joell, please call Toyota Corporate Customer Service at 800-331-4331 and relay your experience if you have not already done so. When I called, they 'logged' my concern and said that Toyota 'declined' to take any further action as they did not have a 'trend' of other logged concerns from customers with transmission issues for this vehicle.

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Yesterday I just experienced the same issue on my 2011 AWD with 96K miles. Engine OK but Transmission not responding. When shifting in drive or reverse moved for a few seconds and stopped moving with no check engine light on. This morning before towing the car to the dealer turned on the engine and same situation with only difference being the Check Engine and AWD lights on. I took it to the dealer and they said the transmission is blown out. They confirmed that there is no transmission leak and said some mechanical failure inside and can only replace transmission. I called the corporate customer service to make sure the report is logged in. I have been driving only Toyota and Lexus over last 30 years and usually keep them until they break. This is the first time I experienced a transmission failure. No other issue with my other cars. This is very disappointing ....

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I had the same problem today. I was told by the repair shop that the transmission computer quit working correctly and has been shifting my car into the wrong gear as I drive, without me being aware of it. Because of this, the entire transmission is destroyed and needs to be rebuilt. $1,000 for the new computer and $4,500 for rebuilding the transmission.

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