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4.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,599 miles

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2001 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Feb 282008

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Undersize brakes on this vehicle causes high heat and warping of the brake rotors resulting in violent shaking and possible loss of control.

- Carnesville, GA, USA

problem #21

Aug 122007

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
The brakes on my 2001 Toyota Sequoia shudder periodically, resulting in an uneasy feeling that the vehicle may not stop correctly.

- Santa Fe, TX, USA

problem #20

Dec 172003

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia, V-8, 2wd. Vehicle vibrates when braking due to warped front rotors. Rotors have been turned, but warp soon after due to heat buildup. The problem has been recognized by Toyota and included in tsb-br000R-02, tsb-BR001-03). New rotors and calipers are needed, but dealer will only replace for a fee as my vehicle is out of warranty.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #19

Nov 052004

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,900 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Squealing brakes and severe warped rotors causing vibrations while braking. Contacted Toyota and was notified that calipers and rotors are insufficient for the vehicle. Tsb issued to repair if under warranty, otherwise cost is $2000. After one week of driving, following a replacement of the rotors and pads, notice an extreme vibration. Discovered that the rotors are heating up real fast. Notified that this condition could cause brakes to fail if not fixed properly. My safety could be jeopardized by this defect. Vehicle cost is $40K with additional costs to correct a known defect discovered after warranty expires. I expect more for my initial expense. Toyota should be responsible to correct these problems before there are any incidences of brake failure causing injury to anyone.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #18

Jul 262004

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia - I have the same problem as hundreds of other Toyota Tundra and Sequoia owners: Early warping of the front disc rotors which results in severe brake vibrations and loss of stopping power. On two occasions I have lost control of the vehicle. I have had Toyota and independent brake specialists turn the rotors and replace the brake pads on an average of once every 4000 miles since owning the car and now am on my second set of rotors. I was told there was no solution. My warranty expired without Toyota informing me of a service bulletin recommending replacement during my service calls which would mandate replacement of the brake calipers. Now, after the expiration of my warranty they inform me of a tsb that would have replaced it under warranty, but now I have to pay $1400. Several other consumers on mycarstats.com relate that the replacement calipers do not solve the problem. Toyota is trying to avoid responsibility. It is obvious that this is a faulty brake system. Not a faulty radio or a faulty dome light. People will die. It is your responsibility to do recall this vehicle and mandate Toyota to enact a proper and safe solution now.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #17

Jul 282004

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Purchased 2001 sequioa approx. 7/2001 sloane Toyota- devon, pa. Approx. 13K car began to shudders when braking. Dealer advised needed new brakes reason "due to the size of vehicle, is not uncommon for brakes need replacing every 8-13K miles" was later advised rotors need grinding. Service guy said I must have "hit the brakes real hard." No way. I baby this car. Dealer then advised rotor work was under warranty.now life of rotors compromised. I was not advised about tsb re: Rotors/ brake calipers. 7/28/2004 went for oil change. Was advised I needed brake pads =$250, vehicle now has 19K. Again I'm reminded " big cars need to have brakes replaced every 15 -20K if not sooner." Is apparent service people have been "coached" to follow script re: Brake/ rotor probs w/vehicle. Found many posts on internet re: This prob. Dealers all over U.S. feeding consumers same line. Is insanity to have consumers install brakes every 15K-20K miles (normal driving) and rotors gound every 13K. Also- tires that came w/car are bald/need replacing. Dunlops (sorry, don't have the model handy and I want post to go). Very low mileage on car, it should be "mint." Consumers apparently expected to replace brakes/ tires and have the rotors ground every 13K - 19K miles for life of vehicle. Considering cost of vehicle dealers should own up to the vehicle faults, advise consumers of current probs and "replace" (not grind) badly engineered parts, tires, etc. And eat those service costs. If it weren't for the fact that I am leaving for vacation in a few days, I would go right back with internet posts in handand press them for a good explanation and a refund for the brake work, get new rotors and calipers installed and be compensated for the lousy tires the vehicle came with. I researched SUV's for over 1.5 years before deciding on the Sequoia, I wish it would live up to consumer expectations. Kirby mcghee paoli, pa. 19301.

- Paoli, PA, USA

problem #16

May 042004

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Failure: Rotor, pads, & calipers.E bought the Toyota Sequoia in 2001 new and within a years time we had to replace the brakes. A year later our Sequoia started to vibrate, and thats when our neighbor told us that they had a tsb on the Sequoia. We took it in and had the rotors, pads, and calipers replaced at no charge. We have had this vehicle for 2 1/2 years now, and the brakes started grinding and the vehicle started vibrating. We took our vehicle back to the dealership and now they are saying its normal wear and tear.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #15

Mar 062004

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
I have a 2001 Toyota sequioa that has a vibration that comes through the entire front dash especially during downhill braking. The tsb is supposedly for cars under factory warranty only. However, mine was out of warranty when they issued the tsb. I also have been experiencing the the vsc trac lights coming on for no reason at all. Also, the foglight in the front bumper has moisture inside of it that cannot be removed. The last thing is the feeling that someone has just bumped you from behind while sitting at a traffic light.

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 012003

Sequoia

  • miles
Bought a 2001 Sequoia from dealer in March 01. Started having brake problems within 5000 miles. Took it to the dealer who claimed nothing was wrong, and proceeded to charge us over $500 for brake pad replacement. The truck now has about 50K on it and is not driven hard at all. Front brake pads have had to be replaced about every 10K miles. Now, the front end vibrates all over the place when coming to a slow stop. It does not vibrate as badly when stopping more suddenly.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #13

Mar 132004

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,168 miles
I purchased a used 2001 Toyota Sequoia on 09-30-2002. Since owning the vehicle the parking brake never remains taunt despite 5 visits in the last 18 months. Also the brakes have been replaced due to excessive wear noted by vibration no less than 3 times according to all the documentation that I have. I have all the previous owner's service records as they were diligent about having the work performed by the dealership, as am I. the vehicle now has 65K miles and the dealership has graciously agreed to replace all pads & rotors at no charge. I have had the other noted problem with the vsc light and brake light comming on intermetantly for no appearant reason.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #12

Feb 222004

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2001 Toyota Sequoia that I have replace the brakes on 3 times in 3 years because of a vibration problem when braking on hills and at freeway speeds. This is dangerous for my wife to drive as she feels like she might lose control of the vehicle when the vibrations are strong enough.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 062003

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,520 miles
Front disc brakes wear out prematurely, and dealer did not inform the consumer that there was a service campaign for the front brake actuator upgrade at the time of repair. Now several months later, dealer tells the consumer that the repair must be done by 36,000 miles. This service bulletin is a "product improvement campaign" which means that the front brakes do not work correctly, and newer, improved components will solve the brake problem. The brakes wear out prematurely, now viberate violently, and it is now difficult to stop the vehicle from rates of speed of 50 mph. This must be a safety issue!

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #10

Oct 242003

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia has brake problems since we purchased it. We have the brakes replaced once and they need to be replaced again. The rotors have been replaced a few times. The vehicle shakes and vibrates when braking. We have been told that there is a problem with the size of the rotors which is causing this. We now have had the rotors shaved down to help with the problem. It is a quick fix for the problem, but always returns after a few weeks.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #9

Jun 082003

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
1 month after repair of brake system, I continue to have severe brake vibration which is caused by undersized rotors and calipers on my 2001 Toyota Sequoia. I have been advised that further repair of existing setup will only result in similar failures

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #8

Jul 122003

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
2001 Sequoia brakes shudder and worn out at 25,000 mi. Rotors warped. Dealer initially did not agree to install Toyota's rotor upgrade per service bulletin (BR005-02).

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #7

Jun 272003

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
I own a 2001 Sequoia and have had several problems with the brakes and rotors. The car started shaking when braking at 7,000 miles. Took it to the dealer and they fixed it. Again at 20,000 it did the same thing. After much negotiating they fixed it again and this time they replaced some known problem parts. Now at 30,000 it is doing the same thing and they are adamant that they will not cover the work. They have given me a # for the head Toyota office but I know this will be useless. This is not what I expected from a $40,000 vehicle.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #6

May 012003

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia front caliber siezed, resulting in warping rotors by overheating creates front end braking vibration and less than normal stopping ability while towing

- Glenville, PA, USA

problem #5

May 282003

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
I am taking my 2001 Toyota Sequoia for the 4th time to have the rotors worked on. The first two times, they just turned them. The third time, they replaced them. This time they are replacing them. The truck only has 28,000 miles on it and I believe this is excessive for a new vehicle that I drive very carefully.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 102003

Sequoia

  • miles
Warped rotors.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 282002

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
Brake rotor vibration

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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