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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
122,230 miles

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #103

Aug 012016


  • 151 miles


My 2001 Sequoia (151,000 mi) which has been garaged and maintained meticulously is suddenly showing the vsc lights and brake lights at the same time! there is a very rough feeling when I'm driving the car like something in the undercarriage is very wrong. There is a "clunking" noise as slow as 5 mph at all times and all speeds. At high speeds, the car will suddenly pull to the left momentarily and then release itself but the lights never go out unless car is off. I have read the 138 complaints at the site about this exact problem and thus far, Toyota Corp is ignoring the complaints.where is the recall for this problem. I know alot of owners who haven't even investigated why it's happening in thier truck too. How can they do business like this "?" this is a life threatening problem for Toyota !!! I will stop at nothing to have Toyota repair their problem on their product. Just fix your problem Toyota and I will call off the dogs... simple stuff.

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #102

Jul 172016


  • 219,000 miles
I am hearing a rattling sound that sounds as if it is coming from the transfer case. I had recently (10 days) replaced all the shocks with bilstein and replaced the tires with pirelli atr P265/76R-16. The problem appears more pronounced in a turn and over more rough road (nothing crazy, asphalt highway). I do not notice the sound at highway speeds. I suspect that this condition may be associated with the atc or vsc system. I tried to disconnect the vsc system however I still would occasionally get the noise. This is similar to a problem I had 6 years ago: While in motion, entering a downhill turn, the vehicle began to shake uncontrollably. My first thought was that the entire wheel assembly was shearing off. The condition was more common in a turn, but could be induced in a bump. I had recently installed new tires and a suspension so the dealership suggested that the slightly oversized tire (P265/75R-16) was he cause. I replaced the brand new pirelli tires with the factory size michellin's however the problem continued. I had the vehicle re-inspected and the technicians stated that the problem was a worn rack & pinion assembly. I paid to have a new assembly installed; though the vehicle was supposed to have been test driven it exhibited the same symptoms when I drove it. After returning to the dealer I had the head mechanic test drive with me; he stated that this was a normal vsc operating condition. I insisted to speak with someone higher up and happened to connect with a Toyota factory engineer from Japan. After a test drive he concluded the problem was probably something in the vsc system. After further inspection they discovered a sensor was bad. I had to pay for this repair as well. Now, I am beginning to have the same problems, coincidentally, after a tire replacement using a pirelli P265-75R-16 and new bilstein shocks.

- Claremont, CA, USA

problem #101

Jun 202016


  • 142,996 miles
While driving down the road about 30-45 mph the vehicle suddenly jerked to the left as if someone else turned the steering wheel. If I hadn't moved fast it would have been a major accident in the neighboring lane. There was a beep at the same time and the trac light and vsc trac light went on. Upon further testing the yaw rate sensor had a fail code of C1234 and the code C1363 booster pedal force switch vault was also affected. Our yaw rate sensor needed replacing. I hear a recall is in the works for this. If ao I want a refund please. It was very scary and dangerous.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #100

May 142016


  • 100,000 miles


Regardless of speed a warning bell will sound, several instrument lights come on and the brakes activate causing the vehicle to pull to the right. I've experienced this numerous times with seemingly no common denominator. Neither speed nor steering input seem to be the trigger for this. I've taken it to my local Toyota dealership with no satisfaction and contacted Toyota of America customer service with no satisfaction.

- Pomfret, MD, USA

problem #99

Jun 122016


  • 160,000 miles
While driving on dry roads, the vsc anti-slip comes on and starts braking, occassionally causing the vehicle to pull to one side, and engages the ABS which makes the car vibrate and makes the driver question whether the brakes work or not.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #98

Jun 072016


  • 10 miles
The vsc trac, vsc off, brake and ABS lights came on and are stay on until the engine is shut down. Sometimes the lights come on as soon as startup. Sometimes when idling. Suspension is very stiff, and steering seems affected as well as engine seems to lug when driving and the lights come on.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #97

Jun 162011


  • 128,000 miles


Audible sound goes off; truck ABS brakes and pulles to the right; vsc light comes on and traction light comes on and stays on; grinding noises comes from front and middled of truck. This occured while riding hwy I-95S at 80mph on sunny dry day. This has to happen mutible times over last 5yrs; mileage when it started was 128,000 and present have 159,000.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #96

Dec 272015


  • 166,000 miles
Right front brake locks up without warning and anti skid light and alarm come on. After a few seconds the vcs trac light and the vcs off light comes on and stays on and car drives fine until its turned of then this happens again.

- Sonora, KY, USA

problem #95

Nov 102015


  • 188,000 miles
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, I was driving down interstate 37 toward corpus christi, tx, and out of the blue my well maintained vehicle had a hard shake/shimmy in the rear end. It rocked my rearend left to right. Very scary. Luckily I had both hands on the wheel. The traction control sensor went off. I braked, thinking maybe I had had a tire go flat quickly. Very scary at 75 mph. Also very lucky that not semi's or vehicles were near me. I turned the Sequoia off and got out to check the tires. There was no problem. I got back in and restarted the vehicle, the traction control lights had gone off, so I started to accelerate back into traffic...and the Sequoia went crazy again, rear end shaking, traction control lights going off. It was 8 pm, dark. I was too scared to try driving again, so I called for a tow. I have done some research on similar problems and found there were many. Some people say it is an electronic control sensor. Each wheel has one and maybe one went out causing that wheel to rotate differently from the others, jerking the car around. This is very dangerous! I had been in san antonio, tx rush hour traffic just 3 hours before and had this jerking that caused swerving happened on the downtown highways, someone could have been killed. People should be warned and Toyota should recall vehicles affected, because from my research, there are a lot of affected Sequoias.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #94

Oct 102015


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the traction warning indicator illuminated and a chime sounded as the skid control system engaged without being prompted. The accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. There was also an abnormal noise coming from the front of the vehicle as the steering wheel veered to the right. The brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to slow down until the vehicle's skid control system disengaged without being prompted. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #93

Oct 032015


  • 157,400 miles


While traveling 74-75mph in my 2001 Toyota Sequoia on a dry highway passing a slower semi-truck on a straightaway, there was a sudden loud grinding noise, the vsc and traction control lights flashed followed by a series of high-pitched beeps. The SUV lost partial control, automatically slowing a little as it pulled slightly to the right, scarily close to the big rig. However, the scariest part was that driver input controlled nothing for several seconds. I pulled to the side of the highway. The drivers manual said it was safe to continue driving the vehicle. This happened 3 other times on the remaining 700 miles of my trip. Each time after an incident the SUV did fine as long as the "vsc and traction control off" lights were on. But after the vehicle stopped, they would reset and turn off. The problem would occur again and the lights would turn back on. Toyota claimed no responsibility. They replaced the skid control computer at a cost to me of $1123.36. I have not driven enough miles to see if this solved the problem. A simple internet search showed 23 pages of 2001 Sequoia owners with the exact same problem and even a recall for 2003 models with the same safety defect. Please investigate this problem before there are injuries or fatalities.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #92

Aug 222013


  • 100,000 miles
Started with both vsc and trac lights on. In both warm and colder temperatures, the car ABS engages. Feels like driving over gravel. Car pulls to one side or another, and braking seems almost impossible. This became more and more common. It started once every couple of months, to almost every trip. Toyota read codes and stated that it was yaw rate sensor that needed to be replaced. Over a cost of $1800. We changes it and the car acted normally for 1 day. A day later the lights came back on and the skidding occurred again. Even after replacing the yaw rate sensor and performing a 0-point calibration, they read the codes, and showed the following: C0371 yaw rate sensor output signal malfunction C1208 steering position sensor output signal malfunction C1234 malfunction in yaw rate sensor C1271 low output voltage of right front speed sensor C1272 low output voltage of left front speed sensor C1273 low output voltage of right rear speed sensor C1274 low output voltage of left rear speed sensor C1275 abnormal change in output voltage of right front speed sensor C1276 abnormal change in output voltage of left front speed sensor C1277 abnormal change in output voltage of right rear speed sensor C1278 abnormal change in output voltage of left rear speed sensor C1279 deceleration sensor is faulty C1281 master cylinder pressure sensor output signal is faulty they estimated that the cost of repairing all of these sensors was approx $4500. The likelihood that all of these sensors gave out at the same time, to me is highly unlikely. There has been numerous complaints about this car's braking system and this seems to be an exploit of yet another shortcoming of this car. Currently if the car sits idling for more than 10 mins, the vsc and trac lights come on regardless of temperature outside.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #91

May 022015

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 179,000 miles
My 2001 Toyota Sequoia violently experienced a vsc trac error when driving next to a semi on the freeway. It almost pulled my car into the semi, and then off the road as the wheel jerked, brakes and engine response cut significantly. This highway issue happened last month, and just this week, the problem has become more frequent, occurring on neighborhood streets with absolutely no triggers. The steering wheel sometime shakes, and sometime pulls suddenly. It occurs sometimes during a slow turn, but is also happening just driving at 25 miles an hour down a straight road.....updated 11/13/15 updated 12/28/2015

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #90

May 232015


  • 195,000 miles
Was driving 60mph & car had loud noise from under car. Dealer says it might be skid control module or yaw control? it is dangerous to drive but dealer can not tell me if repair will work. Might be a different sensor. When this occurs, I can turn off engine & retart, then drive again. Often, the vsc lights stay light up on dashboard. Dealer put computer on car for locating repair codes. But dealer is still not sure what will fix vehicle

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #89

Apr 022015


  • 115,000 miles
While driving at slow speed the vehicle suddenly swerved to the left, I was startled, it's good I was able to control the steering wheel and did not hit anybody. I was just plain lucky that there was no vehicle on my left but what if it happened on a rainy day?

- Mcallen, TX, USA

problem #88

Mar 122014

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • 218,645 miles
A loud noise driver side, vsc light on and ABS.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #87

Mar 132015


  • 196,596 miles
The traction control on my 01 Sequoia comes on without warning at around 10 mph. This has caused several close calls to accidents. I took it to a local dealer who asks me to keep it over night because they couldn't figure out what the problem. The next day they call me and tell more that the skid control ECU and the translate ECU are malfunctioning. They tell me because if the year and mileage of my vehicle to replace them it would be at my cost $2500 if my cost. How can they tell you that something then manufacture is faulty then try to charge me to replace it. Now I am forced to drive an unsafe vehicle with four children as I commute daily because I cannot afford the repair or to buy a new vehicle.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #86

Mar 032014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 93,400 miles
On multiple occasions, my 2001 Toyota Sequoia has shown random activation of the vehicle stability control system at highway speeds on dry, smooth pavement. Each incident the same thing happens: The activation of a brief audible warning beep, the vsc indicator light flashes along with the slippery surface light (two squiggly lines) and the vehicle suddenly begins randomly applying hard ABS braking to the right front wheel, accompanied with a loud grinding noise that sounds like it coming from the braking system. The brakes feel as if they are pulsating during each of these incidents, it is almost impossible to control the vehicle. It jerks and swerves from side to side and shakes violently. The only way to regain control is to reduce the speed and pull to the side of the road as quickly and safely as possible. The lights stay on until the vehicle is cut off. Once the car is turned off the lights will go out. After the car sits for about 30 minutes or more or over night the lights will no longer be lgo out. I have had the truck diagnosed with the yaw rate censor code by one repair shop and one autoparts store. Over the past year, this serious problem has recurred at least four times without warning and there is not a predictable set of circumstances that seems to cause an occurrence. My wife now refuses to drive this vehicle and I have dramatically reduced the usage this SUV for fear that another incident may result in a serious accident!!! it is a very frightening experience for me and my family. I have 98,200 mile on the vehicle.

- Debary, FL, USA

problem #85

Dec 292014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 147,880 miles
At highway speed going down hill fully loaded at night in Sierra with temps in low 30S and no snow in the area where the incident happened, my 01 toy Sequoia pulled to the left within seconds both trac off/vsc trac lights came on. All of my mud and snow tires have good tread. Luckily, I had both hands firmly on the steering wheel when it happened. Able to get home safely at normal highway speed. These lights are still on until to date (1/17/16) because I have not taken in to toy dealerships; guess many third parties don't want to mess around with this issue. Many complaints have been posted in regards to vsc issue. Toy need to recall this model now.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #84

Sep 222013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 112,500 miles
On multiple occasions, the vehicle has exhibited random activation of the vehicle stability control system at highway speeds on dry, smooth pavement. Each incident is characterized by: The activation of a brief audible warning beep, the vsc indicator light flashes along with the slippery surface light (two squiggly lines) and the vehicle suddenly begins randomly applying hard ABS braking to the wheels intermittently shifting from side to side, back to front, accompanied with a loud grinding noise that appears to emanate from the braking system. During these incidents, it is almost impossible to control the vehicle as it jerks from side to side and shakes violently. The only viable response is to reduce speed and pull to the side of the road as quickly as possible. To recover control, the vehicle ignition must be turned off and the vehicle restarted. Over the past year, this serious problem has recurred at least four times without warning and there is not predictable set of circumstances that seems to initiate an occurrence. My wife now refuses to drive this vehicle and I have dramatically reduced the usage this SUV for fear that another incident may result in a serious accident!

- Bradbury, CA, USA

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