Re: Can a 2005 Sienna be changed from 7 to 8 passenger seating?
- From: "Ray O" <rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom>
- Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 13:08:09 -0500
<rbarzel@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
I'm thinking of buying a used late model AWD Sienna. Unfortunately, 7
passenger seating was the only option you could (or can) get with AWD.
I'm wondering how hard it would be to replace the second row captains
chairs with the 3-person second row. It looks like the mounting system
on the floor is different for the the two configurations, so some kind
of custom adapter would be have to be made. Does the AWD have a hump
on the floor for the driveshaft? Any thoughts on this hare brained
idea appreciated. Thanks.
My guess is that there is either a weight limitation or interference between
the seat mounting system/seatbelt anchors and the drivetrain for the rear
I would not attempt a home made mounting system. Seats must remain anchored
to the floor during a crash, and there is no simple way to be sure that a
home made system will conform. Also, the seat belt anchors are different
for bench seats than for the captains chairs so seat belts probably wouldn't
work. Lastly, that middle bench seat may not be available as an assembly
and if you buy it part-by-part, it is probably close to $1,000.
If you routinely carry 8 people, you may wish to check out the Sequoia -
the third row seating is actually pretty comfortable.
One other thing to be aware of on the AWD Sienna is that it does not have a
spare tire unless the previous owner opted for the spare tire carrier.
Instead of a spare tire, the standard tires are "run flat" which allows the
driver to drive a limited distance until the tire can be repaired.
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