Toyota Sienna Transmission Problems & Cost | A541E

The Toyota Sienna was equipped with the A541E transmission in certain models. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Toyota Sienna transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

Toyota Sienna Transmission Models

Toyota Sienna: A541E Transmission

Toyota Sienna Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

What are the DTC codes related to Toyota Sienna transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0753Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0770Shift Solenoid 'E'
P0773Shift Solenoid 'E' Electrical
P1705Nissan DTC: Throttle Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction

Toyota Sienna Transmission Recalls

None Found

Toyota Sienna Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

None Found

Common Toyota Sienna Transmission Problems

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Toyota Sienna can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Toyota Sienna transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Toyota Sienna transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Toyota Sienna transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Toyota Sienna transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Toyota Sienna transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Toyota Sienna transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Toyota Sienna transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed.

Recommendations for Toyota Sienna transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Toyota Sienna transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Toyota Sienna Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Toyota Sienna Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Toyota Sienna Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Toyota Sienna Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

What Problem Does Your Toyota Sienna Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!

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Brandon L

Hate to say this but Toyota is not all it’s cracked up to be. Siena along with a few others are terrible with the transmission.

Anthony A

Runs great but has flaring sometimes from 3rd to 4th it will give a pause then kinda shove you into 4th but not all the time and only on lite throttle if I’m medium to high on pedal never has an issue..any thoughts?


My 2007 Toyota Sienna I inherited from my late father in 2010, in 2015 at 78,000 miles I had to replace transmission, got a rebuild for about 3,000 dollars, now for about 3 weeks I have felt a slight mild feeling of like gear changing when driving. Then a bit of a jump now and then. I check my fluids every month or so and tranny fluid always good. Well its been a little over a month now since checked fluid and never new I had a small leak, until some one said that it could be tranny, so I checked the black mat I park on and it did have tranny fluid on it. My brothers friend who works on cars checked it out,said it had no tranny fluid so we put in a gallon or so,and when he drove it and needed to give it some speed to check it, now it feels worse. Really bucking, and leaking about 3 quarter size fluid a day. I took it to AAMCO and they said its got a leak and some internal transmission problems, Needs a New TRANNY again! I definately do not have the money, The car is one owner and only 106.816 miles and a body has a few scratches and 2 small dents but it is clean inside and out so I want to try and get atleast 1.000 I was told cannot get much because of transmission. I will not get a toyota thats for sure.


I have a 2018 Toyota Sienna. I’m hearing a rubbing noise in the stearing.


I have a 2010 Toyota Sienna LE with approx 129,000. I have a problem with it going into 3rd and 4th gears but it does run. I have had it looked at and been given prices of $3,600 to rebuilt my own transmission plus cost of parts and labor to $3,100 for rebuilt with 18 month warranty plus 1500 for labor. Is this considered reasonable?

Doug T

I have a 2011 sienna LTD FW drive. 160K miles. Shudders hard when in reverse with initial acceleration. Backing off the gas calms it down and then it is fine

Levi D

My wife and I have the same year make and model and we have the same problem

Joe Rimkus

I have an ’05 Sienna Limited AWD. Over last weekend, accelerated slowly into 2nd gear and heard a hard clunk, the van started to whine and there was a resistance. I came to a stop, put the van in nutral and then back in drive. Started back off and van drove normal. I got it to replicate twice that same night. Dropped the van off at the dealership and it had no problems at all. dealership says back driveshaft is not functioning and that transmission is bad. I drove vehicle home again and it went perfectly fine. The gave me a quote for a used trasnmission ($3K) and $2.7K to install. No way im putting $5.7K i a 05 sienna with 163K miles. Anyone ever heard of this problem?


I have a 2014 Sienna SE with 72000 miles. It has a nasty chassis shimmy at 2000 rpm. Don’t feel anything through the steering wheel. First thoughts from the mechanic is torque converter. Can that be replaced without rebuilding the transmission, too?


My 2014 Toyota Sienna XLE V6 needs a new transmission at ONLY 125000KM on it! Just replaced the viscous coupling at 120000KM and now this! Think I have a lemon!


My 2006 Toyota Sienna with 115000 miles needs a transmission and transfer case I was quoted 3000 and 3600 plus 1760 labor and 150 for fluid. Does this sound right?


No, sounds like they priced the transmission and the transfer case/front diff. You don’t need the front diff, which bolts to the transmission, unless it is damaged.

Joseph A Rimkus III

Was it an AWD? i just got a $5.7K quote for an 05 Sienna AWD transmission.


My 2006 Toyota sienna transmission has started slipping while shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. I recently had the shift lock solenoid assembly replaced at Toyota. The slippage became more noticeable after the install. Took it back to Toyota and they said I need a new transmission. Was wondering how serious the problem is. Has 110,000 miles on it.


There was a bulletin on my 2004 for the 2-3 shift improvement. But I found a good transmission fluid flush can help the shift concerns.


2006 Toyota Sienna does not feel like it’s engaging into the lower gears when I downshift it on a steep hill


Combination of the vvt-I engine and the trans computer. It will not down shift if the rpms are to high for a down shift.