I looked at a factory service manual for a 2000 mini-van with 3.3L V6 engine. It mentions removing a bending brace between the engine and transaxle. A 2005 model may or may not have this metal piece. Remove the dust shield / inspection plate to the torque converter. This allows access to the oil pan bolts near the torque converter. Drain the oil and then remove the oil pan bolts. The starter is not referenced in the procedure. Pretty straightforward.