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The handle broke on our 2000 Toyota Sienna minivan. To open the sliding door, we had to open the front door and reach around to the inside latch. Inconvenient, but we lived with it for a year. Why? The part is impossible to find except at the dealership, and they wanted $90, plus another $300 in labor to install it. Obviously, if it's that expensive, it must be a real hassle to replace, right?

Last week the rear handle also broke. And the dealership wanted another $390 for that one! Stupid plastic parts! But I found a website showing how to bolt the broken piece back together. It also showed exactly how to disassemble the door - only 3 nuts, 5 screws, and a few plastic clips.

A few hours and one trip to the hardware store later, and I had it fixed! Better than new!

"Surely," I said, "the sliding door can't be much harder!" Turns out, it's even easier! A grand total of three screws and one panel held on by plastic clips are all that separate you from a fully functioning handle.

This same procedure should work for any of the Siennas made around the same time.
 
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Step 1: Tools of the Trade

Tools:

- 10mm socket and wrench, for removing bolts and screws.
- Flat head screwdriver, wrapped in tape to protect the paint, for prying things apart.
- 3/16" (or thereabouts) socket. Size doesn't much matter, it's just a handy way to push out a plastic rivet.
- Flexible retracting grabber thing, for fishing the broken piece and any dropped tools or parts out from inside of the door. A willing 3-year-old accomplice with small hands, or a trained rat, might make this unnecessary.
- Clamp, for holding the pieces until the glue cures.
- Utility knife, for scraping off the excess glue.

Consumables:

- Adhesive. I used Locktite's Sumo glue. You could use Gorilla Glue, JB Weld, or epoxy. Something thick is handy here; super glue probably won't cut it.
- Small rod of some kind. I cut the head off a bolt. A large ringshank nail or even a wooden dowel might suffice.
fiddlinjon2 years ago
Thanks for the info! Very informative. You can get painted handles off of Ebay for ~30$. This job took less than 40 minutes. Didn't drop anything down into the door but I could see how that would be a pain. Just be careful.
jakdedert3 years ago
I like the article. It's well photographed and clearly explained. However, it is NOT adequately entitled. Not everyone with a Sienna is going to need this fix. Why not title the article specifically mentioning the repair detailed? It would not detract from 'ible in the least, and make it easier to find for those who need it; while preventing false hits ands wasted time for those who need to do one of the myriad of other repairs to the vehicle.
gessner4 years ago
The Sienna Rear Door fix mentioned above was our way of sharing and helping folks avoid a $300 dealer fix. For fun, we ask for a buck if it helps. Guess what!
Not only do folks send the buck, but they send improvements and wonderful Thank-you emails! (worth even more than money)  Thanks everyone - and keep changing that oil! (Synthetic ONLY remember)

http://www.findonefindall.com/toyota-sienna/siennareardoor.htm

Here's some others from our site.
http://www.findonefindall.com/toyota-sienna/toyota_sienna_evap_P0446.htm
http://www.findonefindall.com/toyota-sienna/toyota_knock_sensor.htm

There are many more there, plus some useful pictures.
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volcs04 years ago
 Got a replacement handle for our 2000 Sienna sliding door at www.carpartswholesale.com for $30. Used your guide and the replacement took about 20 minutes. Thanks.
snoyes (author)  volcs04 years ago
How did you color it to match? Or did you just leave it black?
volcs0 snoyes4 years ago
 Just left it black...
static7 years ago
While we may curse the plastic, I'm not so sure it's worse that the pot metal it replaced. Busted pot metal is virtually impossible to repair well. The relatively inexpensive tool made for releasing door and trim clips is a good investment for the home mechanic who my find themselves doing this sort of work again. New clips aren't that expensive consider using new ones for reassembly.
lol my dads goda 05 or 06? sienna :-D