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

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #12

Sep 202009


  • 135,000 miles


I have a Sequoia which I bought brand new in 2001. For all my services I take it to atlanta Toyota in duluth, ga. Recently my vsc trac and vsc off sensor light turning on and off and IżM hearing grinding noise when it auto-engage and disengage. My dealership was asking about $1300 to fix this problem and they have all parts in stock IżM not sure whether it is vsc computer ($1500), complete breaking system, or yaw rate sensor ($550 + $95 labor) since this is a safety issue because the vehicle loses all power momentarily. I would like Toyota to take care of this problem for me, since IżM such a loyal customer. I am surprised and pretty disappointed that this problem has been seen all the way back to the first model year till 2005. Toyota could have figured out a permanent fix by now. Atlanta Toyota told me about leaky/defective brake booster $1400 repair.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #11

Aug 102007


  • miles
Vsc trac warning light intermittently comes on while driving. If you turn the car off and then back on they go away. I took it to the Toyota dealer several times under an extended warranty and they could never get it to fail. They told me to come in when it is failing and they could then look at it. This has been going on intermittently for years now. I am concerned that it will finally fail completely and may cause an accident. Way to many of these Sequoia's are having this same problem for this to be an isolated issue. Toyota needs to step up and fix this as it is a safety issue.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #10

Jul 162009


  • 147,641 miles
Vsc/trac light has been coming on intermittently for one year with no ill effects until yesterday when the vsc system activated itself twice under perfectly normal driving conditions. The first time it happened I was braking normally when the vsc kicked on and limited my stopping ability. The second time the vsc activated was I was driving 50 mph, foot off the brake, when the vehicle began pulling hard to the right forcing me into the next lane. For the few moments this lasted I had no control over braking or steering. Dealer has yet to resolve the issue.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #9

Apr 272009


  • 77,140 miles


I purchased a 2001 Toyota Sequoia in April/01. I don't recall any problems until about may/04. The vsc light kept coming on and the car wouldn't have any power for about 30 seconds. I informed the dealer about the problem and was told that the car was passed the warranty and I would have to pay out of pocket to have it looked at. I didn't have the money so I just dealt with it. Well about 5 months later, the brake would engage causing a grinding noise thus making the car pull to the right without any warning. Even now I drive down the interstate going almost 70mph and it does it. If I didn't have a quick reaction time, I'm sure I would have been in an accident by now. All of this happens on dry roads while going straight. No reason for the vsc (traction control) to engage. Toyota really should be forced to do a recall on this. I have read a lot of complaints about this problem.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #8

Feb 132004


  • 120,000 miles
The vsc light came on after my 2001 Sequoia hit a pot-hole. This was back in 2004 and the light remains on. I was told it was a sensor. The vehicle is long out of warranty and I can't afford any expenses right now. That's just one of a few major components to go. In 2003 the torque converter went and the transmission had to be replaced. I had 88,000 miles on it and it was beyond the 60,000 drive train warranty. However, Toyota did pay for half of the $4000 bill with the dealership picking up a 1/4 of the bill. I paid the rest. Was paying half an admission by Toyota that they provided a faulty transmission. I do know that the dealership removed the old transmission and shipped it off to Toyota and I never heard another word about it. The brakes on these big vehicles have been a sore spot with me. I've had to change brakes and rotors numerous times over the years. And last on my list of complaints is the tailgate. It has rusted out prematurely and it is more than a $1,000 to replace. I use bungies to keep it closed up and I had to prop the window up since the tracking system in the tailgate rusted out and fell apart.

- Hoosick Falls , NY, USA

problem #7

Nov 032008


  • 48,700 miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia- 48K miles..vehicles traction control and vsc lights come on shortly after driving the car. Just before the lights come on, the car shakes and makes a grinding noise, pulls to the right, and loses power. This occurs every time you drive the car. Anywhere from 1min to 15min from the start of driving. It is very dangerous once the vehicle is up to speed, we have almost gotten in to an accident because the car pulled so violently and didn't have power. The car will shake and pull and the only way we've gotten it to stop is by stepping on the brake and reducing speed (less than 30 mph). After we reduce the speed, the trac and vsc lights come on and the car is drivable until you cycle the ignition. It's pretty scary. My father-in-law took the car to a Toyota dealership and their diagnosis is skid control ECU faulty, must replace. Dtc codes C1363 and C1234. The cost they quoted him was $2415.99 + $200 labor. We haven't decided to purchase the new ECU because we feel its something that should be covered under a warranty or should be a tsb. I've since searched the internet and found that other Sequoia owners have the same problem and Toyota's response is to just replace the ECU. Some of them even got into accidents due to the sudden loss of power and shaking.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 262008


  • 76,000 miles


On my 2001 Toyota Sequoia, the vsc/ABS/skid light came on a few days. We took it to the Toyota dealer and they indicated that the vsc/ABS skid control ECU has failed. We are told that we need to replace this at a cost of $2,400. I understand that there have been numerous reports of this problem, catching fire, etc. And this problem is life threatening. I feel that Toyota should step up and fix this problem without charging me.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 022001

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns 2001 Toyota Sequoia. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle slowed down rapidly without warning while he depressed the accelerator pedal. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The current mileage was 100,000 and failure mileage was 5,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 012007

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. While driving 50 mph, the versa-track stability control lights illuminated. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle. The failure occurred intermittently. The dealer inspected the vehicle approximately six months after the first occurrence. As of July 9, 2007, the vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage is 116,000 and failure mileage was 106,000.

- Kill Devil Hills, NC, USA

problem #3

Dec 052006

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia. When I shifted from reverse to drive the engine roared to a fully racing engine and accelerated forward. Hard braking could not slow the vehicle and it hit the back of a 2004 Honda mini-van that was parked, doing extensive damage but causing no injuries.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 282002

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,582 miles
We have a Toyota Sequoia, the problems are the 4 wheel drive is not operating all the time. It does not engage, when it does sometimes it does not stay in 4 wheel drive. One example is when my wife had six friends in the vehicle the 4 wheel drive did not stay engaged and the vehicle skid control made the engine loose power so she slid backwards down a hill. No one would ride in our 4 wheel drive again. The vehicle skid control activates at radom on dry pavement. The skid control makes the engine loose power while in traffic. There is also a hesitation in the engine when accelerating from a complete stop. Another problem is the braking system is anot adequate for the vehicle. The entire front brakes had to be replaced. The vehicle has been in for the same reairs at least five times and is still not working the way it should. We have all the documentation for service on our Sequoia. We have done internet research through the NHTSA and have found the same problem with other Toyota Sequoia's.

- Truckee, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012001


  • miles
When accelerating from a complete stop there was a hesitation in engine. This hesitation almost resulted in several vehicle crashes. Dealership has examined vehicle, but could not duplicate the problem. Informed consumer this hesitation was normal. Please provide any additional information / documentation.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

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