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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,156 miles

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2001 Toyota Sequoia transmission problems

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #18

Dec 282010


  • 88,000 miles


I own a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. I got my Sequoia brand new and now has over 88,000 miles. My Sequoia began to give me trouble about three months ago everytime I tried to put it into gear. The gear felt tight almost difficult to put into gear. On a recent trip to san francisco, I began to also notice a "buzzing" sound on the gas pedal. As I was driving up the grapevine on interstate 5, my transmission "popped" and I had no power. It turns out that the drive pin broke inside the transmission and caused major damaged to the transmission. At the time this happened my wife and two young kids were with me. We were extremely lucky we did not get into an accident because of this major breakdown. I have come to rely on my vehicle and have been really good at keeping it tuned and getting the required services to keep my car in shape. My concern is, has this happened to anyone else who owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia" if not, can it happen again" thanks NHTSA.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #17

Sep 172010


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia. S10 appropriate handling- letter from regarding Toyota problems the consumer stated while driving on the interstate, the transmission went out completely and without prior warning.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #16

Sep 172010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles
S10 appropriate handling- letter from regarding Toyota problems 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The consumer stated while driving on the interstate, the transmission suddenly and completely failed without warning.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #15

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 #14

Jun 282009


  • 206,816 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. While at a stop sign the vehicle shut off without warning. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. He placed the gear into neutral and was able to move the vehicle off the road. The vehicle was towed to the repair shop and the mechanic stated that there was transmission failure. The estimated cost for a new transmission was $6,000. The vehicle will be repaired. The current and failure mileages were 206,816.

- Feyetteville, GA, USA

problem #13

Jul 112003


  • 82,000 miles
The check engine, vsc, and traction lights on my 2001 Toyota Sequoia all came on simultaneously at 82,000 miles, I was told that I need to replace the transmission for $3800 and the computer needs replacing for about $2000. The brakes have been constant struggle requiring replacement every 8 months.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Sep 232008


  • 108,000 miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia transmission failure, overdrive disintegrated.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 272005


  • 90,000 miles
One complaint is the transmission failed started making a grinding noise then failed to move any more had to replace transmission at my cost with no help offered by the dealer. And failed at 90,000 miles. Never noticed anything leading to this regular maintenance done.

- San Antoino, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 252007


  • 36,000 miles
In 2007, I was driving my Toyota Sequoia to work and it stopped in the middle of a busy highway. I took it to a shop they told me that my transmission fail and it cost me $3500. I called Toyota for some assistance they did not even care about.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #8

Jun 072008


  • 118,000 miles


Driving down the road starting hearing weird noise coming from engine are. I made it home and next day I was driving tried to acelerate and it wouldn't. engine kept running but it would not move had truck towed home(62 miles) car is a 2001 with 118000 miles never would think this would happen to Toyota..pls help.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #7

Apr 182008

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
While driving 40mph the automatic transmission overdrive did not engage. The vehicle was seen by the Toyota dealer and an independent repair shop who determined the overdrive was defective and the transmission needed to be rebuilt. I should of looked in this website before I bought this vehicle please have Toyota recall this defect and repair our vehicles. I love the car, I hate this costly problem. Toyota should maintain us faithful in their quality and honesty by repairing our vehicle being it was first generation.

- Oaklawn, IL, USA

problem #6

Mar 212008


  • 87,000 miles
Transmission failing and have noticed numerous other complaints on same model vehicle. Manufacturer apparently has done nothing to assist the consumer with the cost to replace.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 152007


  • miles
Owner of 2001 Toyota Sequoia who's transmiision has failed and requires new transmission. Many postings on interent with the same isssue of failure due to so called overdrive planetary gear defect. Should be a national recall.

- Baldwin, MD, USA

problem #4

Sep 122006

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
- the contact stated was driving at 60 mph on the highway with 110000 miles on vehicle when he heard a noise coming from transmission. At which point the vehicle would not change gears while driving on the highway. The contact then had the vehicle taken to the dealer, where they told him all of the gears were damaged the technician found metal shaving in the transmission pan. The transmission had sever internal failure. Updated 01/19/07.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 262006

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 40mph the automatic transmission overdrive did not engage. The vehicle was seen by an independent repair shop who determined the overdrive was defective and the transmission needed to be rebuilt.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Dec 242002

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
I need to report my 2001 Toyota sequioa after an incident that nearly became a deadly accident that no one could have found out that it was because of a manufacturer's transmission default had I not survived that incident.on Dec. 24, 2002, I was driving my 2001 Toyota seqioua in fwy 5 when suddenly the engine stopped in the middle of the fwy 5.I was able to start the engine, but it died down after I changed the (automatic) gear to drive.I, together with two passengers: One adult and a 4-yr old toddler, was stuck in the vehicle waiting for the cut the story short, I got my car towed to the nearest Toyota dealership, frontier Toyota in valencia.after they checked the car on 12/26, the service rep informed me that the automatic transmission needs to be replaced.I bought my 2001 Toyota sequioa in Nov of 2000 when it first came out in the market.I've maintained my SUV with Toyota dealerships (mcpherson in tustin, and sunnyvale Toyota). I had it serviced for its 30,000 mile maintenance. On May 2002 which is just 7 months prior to the incident on Dec 24, 2002. I tried contacting Toyota's corporate office, but they don't want to cover the service under the 60,000 mile warranty because the mileage at the time of the incident is 3,000 doesn't make any sense to me that an automatic vehicle I bought brand new, which I have maintained at their dealership all through out including the required 30,000 mile service, will just break down and needs its automatic transmission replaced at 63,000 mileage that nearly caused my life and two other passengers. I am concerned that I may have gotten the default vehicle from the first batch of this SUV that came out in the market in Nov of 2000.and I am concerned that a manufacturer's default can be overlooked and could have been the cause of my loss and others.I feel responsible to inform to prevent any possible loss/ES.I need to be heard because I nearly lost my life, including two more, right before christmas.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

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