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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
129,178 miles

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #32

Oct 182006

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


I have a 2001 Toyota Sequoia, purchased used in 2004. In 2006, the ABS, vsc, brake lights began to light up intermittently. After a few months, they came on & stayed on. The dealer did a diagnostic test and said it was a computer problem and would cost $2500+ to fix. This seems like a major design flaw by Toyota, and causes an extremely unsafe condition. I would expect a recall due to the number of similar complaints.

- Appling, GA, USA

problem #31

Nov 022010


  • 80,000 miles
I was driving my 2001 Toyota Sequoia today when the vehicle skid control (vsc) activated for no apparent reason. I was at freeway speeds on the flat, level freeway. The car suddenly lunged forward and pulled hard to the right forcing me partway into the next lane. This is not the first time this has occurred either. The problem is widespread when I searched for an answer on the net. I am telling you, this will kill or seriously injure someone if it hasn't already. This needs to be addressed by Toyota. They initially ignored the accelerator pedal complaint too as operator error. This vsc turning on by itself has happened to me about 6 times in the last 18 months. I have replaced the expensive yaw sensor and that did not fix the problem.

- Placentia, CA, USA

problem #30

Oct 292010


  • 122,000 miles
In the last 6 months my 2001 Toyota Sequoia vsc (vehicle stability control) system has engaged unnecessarily without reason. The system engages on dry roads going 65-70 mph. The first time it happened it almost caused an accident since it is unexpected and feels like vehicle is loosing control when the brakes lock and the steering curves to the right. This has happened a half dozen times. I have researched the problem and it seems Toyota is only recalling 2003 year models when in fact the problem is on various model years...old and new. Im concerned that this defect will cause a serious accident or death. Toyota needs to take responsibility for this and have all model years recalled.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #29

Oct 262010


  • 150,040 miles


Vsc / trac system engages randomly... sometimes three times per week. Started about one month ago. Various speeds, various circumstances... nothing consistent. It has pulled me off the road twice, but most of the time just engages with a rumble sound and hard to drive. The computer diagnostics finds nothing. I have used auto-blog and discovered dozens of people with the same problem.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #28

Oct 112010


  • 158,800 miles
My 2001 Toyota Sequoia traction control system/vehicle stability control system (vsc) or anti lock braking system (ABS) has failed. This problem has just started to occur summer 2010. The problem is an intermittent ratcheting or grinding noise coming from the front of the vehicle which causes the wheels and steering to vibrate immensely and have feelings of lost control while driving. This has occurred at all different road speeds, specifically it has occurred while I was driving at full highway speed of 70 mph. The reason I mention both the vsc and the ABS, is that these two systems are interworked for control, and at this time it could be either or both which are failed.

- Boerne, TX, USA

problem #27

Oct 092010


  • 158,800 miles
My 2001 Toyota Sequoia traction control system/vehicle stability control system (vsc) or anti lock braking system (ABS) has failed. This problem started last summer 2009, and now this problem has become consistent and at every acceleration from a dead stop. The vehicle stalls momentarily and the vsc light/S come on the same time. The reason I mention both the vsc and the ABS, is that these two systems are interworked for control, and at this time it could be either or both which are failed.

- Boerne, TX, USA

problem #26

Jun 142010


  • 128,000 miles


TL * the contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. While driving approximately 70 mph, the contact applied pressure to the accelerator pedal and the vehicle began to decelerate. The vehicle trac control, and vehicle stability control warning lights were illuminated. The warning indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation at any speed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the technician recalibrated the yaw rate sensor. The failure continued after the repair. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for a second time and the yaw rate sensor was replaced. The failure mileage was approximately 128,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Opelika, AL, USA

problem #25

Jun 092010


  • 119,263 miles
My 2001 Toyota Sequoia had a problem where the ABS and vtrac light would come on and the vehicle would violently pull to the right side and you would loose traction and control. This happened numerous times and was taken to the Toyota dealer for repair. They reloaded the computer program because the computer was not logging the codes. The next day the same thing happened and I took it the dealer right away and they were able to get a code and determine it was a yawr sensor.the sensor was replaced on 6-10-10 and seems to have fixed the problem at a cost of $455.46 plus $100 to reprogram the computer. This seems to be a regular problem with this vehicle and it should involve a recall before someone get seriously injured or killed.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #24

Jun 262010


  • 114,000 miles
The vsc light comes on while driving, alarm beeps, grinding noises an difficulty stopping car. This happened at 35 mph the first time on dry road. Contacted dealer and they suggested to just pull over if it happens again and bring car in. Second time it happened at 65/70 mph on highway. Had to pull into break down lane, came to complete stop, while driving in breakdown lane to next exit, happened again. Brought to dealer in area, could not find a problem. Brought to dealer where car is always serviced and they cannot find the problem either. Both incidents were very scary and felt like the vehicle was not going to stop. Due to pick up vehicle from dealer tomorrow but have printed out numerous similar complaints to show the service department.

- Stow Ma, MA, USA

problem #23

Jun 302008


  • 70 miles
Violent shaking of vehicle while merging onto a major highway at 65 mph. Failure of vsc on 2001 Toyota Sequoia. Replaced 3 parts....yaw sensor, brake booster and cpu. Old cpu part is in my office. Spent close to $2000 on repairs and Toyota's hq in California response was "out of warranty".

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #22

Apr 012010


  • 125,000 miles


Vsc/trac lights come on and stay on my 2001 Toyota Sequoia - appears to be a common problem and is a potential safety hazard with the stabilization computer possibly going out.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #21

Mar 152010


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated while driving at approximate speeds of 30 mph, the vehicle abnormally decelerated to speeds of 5 mph without warrant. The vehicle had not yet been taken to the dealer for a diagnosis of the failure. In addition, the contact stated the electronic stability control exhibited unknown signs of failure. The approximate failure mileage was 31,000 and the current mileage was unknown.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #20

May 152003


  • 33,000 miles
Vehicle occasionally lurches forward when in gear with the brake pedal depressed. Vehicle traction control engages and will not allow the acceleration in heavy traffic conditions.

- Clinton, NY, USA

problem #19

Apr 152010


  • 109,000 miles
My 2001 Toyota Sequoia has had issues with the vsc/trac lights coming on and then the skid control lights come on forcing causing power to go out while driving in the middle of the freeway. It was very dangerous. I managed to pull to the side of the road and wait to restart the vehicle. When it cooled off, I was able to drive it a little farther. The dealer says it is the yaw rate sensor and it will cost $670.89 to repair. But I have been reading it has happened to others. They just have not complained about it.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #18

May 092009

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph in rainy weather conditions. An increase of acceleration occurred without warning. Suddenly, the vehicle steered into another lane due to a loss of steering control. The vehicle continued to accelerate and crashed into a wall; another vehicle rear ended the vehicle. The vehicle was completely destroyed with injuries to the driver and passenger. A police report was filed. The failure mileage was 70,000. Updated 4/26/10 updated 05/11/10.

- Charolette, NC, USA

problem #17

Aug 142009


  • 860,000 miles
The car slowed down to 40mph while I was doing 65. Mechanic said the throttle body assembly is not working properly. I escaped several accidents while I was driving, the brakes had became loosed, and the steering wheel became very hard to handle. The car started jerking, and almost ran over. I went to llehman Toyota on 441 North miami beach, they charged me 1800 dollars to fix the censor, and the steering wheel assembly. Now, the same problem repeats.

- Miami,, FL, USA

problem #16

Sep 092007


  • 115,000 miles
Owner of 2001 Toyota Sequoia that infrequently has an issue where out of nowhere the vsc device activates. The vehicles front left wheel starts to grind and you can hear the device going frantically until it stops on its own. Normally it is brief and the 'vsc off' light comes on, but there have been times where it has happened at high speed causing distressing situation. Toyota dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that it could be a defective control module, but they couldn't find an obvious cause. They cleaned the sensors at the wheels and where the connection hooks to the dashboard for vsc off button. I wrote Toyota in hopes that they would offer assistance, but they responded with the terms of the warranty and that there was no issue.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #15

Jan 172010


  • 85,000 miles
The throttle stuck in the closed position while we were traveling on the highway maintaining 65 mph. The vsc and engine lights came on. There was suddenly no acceleration and response from the pedal so we came to a stop on the side of the road with the car in drive and the engine still on. I had a near collision when this happened a week prior in the middle of an intersection and the acceleration was lost. This is fixed temporarily by turning the engine off and back on again 5 minutes later. I had to get the whole throttle body replaced. This happened at 85,000 miles. This happened with the same vehicle at 48,000 miles 3 years ago and they seemed to fix it by cleaning the throttle control sensor really good. I've seen reports of others experiencing this as well on line. This should be a recall item...thank god we are still alive!

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #14

Nov 102004

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 47,581 miles
Unexpected acceleration on a 2001 Toyota Sequoia registered to a mother of 4. incident occurred on I85 at mile-marker 104 in broad daylight with clear, dry conditions. With recent revelations about Toyota hidden safety around unexpected acceleration, this is the only explanation that makes sense with regards this fatal accident. Updated 03/14/10 according to the police report, the right front tire of the vehicle ran off the roadway to the right onto the rumble strip. The driver over corrected and swerved to the left, losing control of the vehicle and crossing all three lanes of travel. The vehicle ran off the road to the left, striking a plastic construction barrell. The vehicle began overturning in the median and struck the median guardrail cable. Updated 06/17/10. Update 9/19/2011

- St Johns, FL, USA

problem #13

Sep 222009


  • 120,000 miles
ECU computer and traction failure in 2001 totota Sequoia.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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