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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,686 miles

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2002 Toyota Sequoia body / paint problems

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2002 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 152013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 140,743 miles


I have been a loyal Toyota owner and had 7 Toyota so far from a 1990 white corolla, 1996 white land cruiser, 2007 white rav4. I currently own a 2010 white prius, a 2006 white venza, a 2005 silver prius, and this 2002 black Sequoia limited. After spending almost $1500 to eliminate the shake @65 mph from a set of new tires, 1mags that is warped, and alignment to no avail, I research this site and found out that the extensive frame rust that I just paid my mechanic over $500 to chip and 3M rustproofed is a very common issue in this car. Initially, I found a 3"X1" hole in the front driver side frame and upon my investigation I was able to retrieve a 2"X1" rusted piece of metal inside the frame. Looks like they forgot to put a drain or Toyota used a sub-par frame. When my mechanic lifted the car, he showed me an extensive rust all over the underside of the vehicle. It really gave me chills seeing all the parts rusted and affected and felt unsafe driving the car. What I don't understand is if they recalled the similar framed Tundra NHTSA campaign id number: 09V444000, why didn't they included the Sequoia? Sequoia should have higher priority since it carries up to eight passengers and a much more expensive car. I thought Toyota cares and Sequoia is specially made to haul families...I took it to interstate Toyota where it was purchased and serviced all it's life and don the manager told me that there will be a recall coming soon. He told me that they will order the frame and to call after 2 weeks. I just called yesterday and he told me that it has not been approved yet by corporate. I'm asking everyone with similar Sequoia to check the frames and file your complaints here to speed up the process. Toyota, please restore my waning loyalty to your company and restore my trust in my Sequoia for my family's safety. I'm scared to drive it until it is fixed! help!

- Campbell Hall, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 142011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
My 2002 Toyota Sequoia has extensive rust on the frame. Other Sequoia owners have been advised that their Sequoia with rusty frame is not safe to drive. Toyota Tundra from same year, built on same frame have been safety recalled due to the extensive rusty frame. Updated 12/29/11 the consumer stated since filing the complaint, he had his vehicle inspected at the dealer and it was determined the rust on the vehicle was surface rust and there was no loss of structural integrity. Updated 12/30/11

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #2

Sep 012011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Failed components: Premature frame rot I'm an owner of a 2002 Toyota Sequoia located in the northeast us. I recently learned that this vehicle will not pass state safety inspection, due to rust holes in the frame. I take very good care of this vehicle, keeping it washed especially in winter months. The body is in spotless condition with no rust. Toyota blames the heavy use of salt in the ne. This is no excuse...I have a 1990 minivan that is garaged along with and driven similar to my Toyota Sequoia and the minivan's frame has very little rust. Toyota needs to recall and/or repair Sequoia's as they did Tacoma's and Tundra's. I depend upon this vehicle for towing, but have also been instructed not to tow anything, until the frame is fixed or replaced. Your investigation and assistance with the resolution to this serious safety issue will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.

- North Hampton, NH, USA

problem #1

Nov 242009


  • miles
Significant rust on frame and underbody of 2002 Toyota Sequoia has been in evidence during the last 3-4 years. Rust is spreading to body panels as well. Mechanic comments regularly about unusual amount of rust.

- Port Washington, NY, USA

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