It’s time, once again, to replace a broken door handle on my Sienna.
Are ALL old Siennas plagued with terrible outer door handles, or is it just mine? Yeah, I know that my car is almost 20 years old, but still…
It seems odd to me that a company which builds otherwise excellent vehicles cheaps out on door handles. Why are they made of THIN plastic? Or is this normal for most cars of that vintage?
So far, I’ve replaced both outer handles on the passenger right side, and improvised a JB-Weld repair on the rear hatch handle, and now the driver side handle is toast. The price range for replacements is vast. AutoZone and O"Reilly’s have Dorman brand for $75-$80, the latter includes lifetime warranty. Of course products made by Elcheapo Inc are available from Amazon, about $10.
Does anyone have any experience comparing Dorman vs Elcheapo Inc vs Somebodyelse Corp.? Oh yeah…vs Toyota OEM? Is Dorman really 8 times better? The two Elcheapo handles I’ve bought look just the same as the OEM - except for paint - which broke (after 19 years). Amazon raters complain about the fit of the cheapies.
If the front handles weren’t so difficult to change, I’d have no hesitation about buying the $10 Elcheapos and replacing them every time I change oil, but wiggling my hand into that tiny space is painful.