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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
128,098 miles

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2002 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2002 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #131

May 252016

Sequoia

  • 149,700 miles

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

Vse/trac light and trac off light comes on, beeping sound. Traveling at 70 mph or 65 mph vehicle veers left and steering becomes difficult. Just this happened three times within 24 hours on interstate driving. This is the same problem discussed in a recall of the 2003 through 2005 models. Many problems of the same nature are reported on internet forums for the 2000 T-model. This is very dangerous. It happens when the road conditions are dry and no hazardous conditions.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #130

May 212016

Sequoia

  • 126,000 miles
Vsc trac and vsc off lights illuminated on dash while vehicle was in motion at 70 mph. Lf wheel briefly pulsed brakes for no reason. Lights stayed on after turning car off and re-starting. There are numerous online complaints about problems in Toyota Tundra/Sequoia vsc computers causing this issue. 126K miles on vehicle.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #129

May 132016

Sequoia

  • 274,300 miles
While driving, without notice, vsc and trac lights, grinding noise and vibrations, deceleration, and pull to the right.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

problem #128

Apr 282016

Sequoia

  • 185,000 miles

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

While driving on the freeway at 70 mph the stability like blinks and beeps then the vsc trac/vsc off light come on. There is no control of brakes or gas. Feel grinding in front of car. After managing to stop everything reset. Has happened several times with no warning or reason as to why. Have appointment with dealership to have fixed. But seems this is a common problem and very unsafe as to no warning and no control of the car when it does happen at any speed. The same problem in the 2003 model has been recalled. Is it going to take an accident or death before this is investigated?

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #127

Jun 012012

Sequoia

  • 175,000 miles
Normally happens at low speed while accelerating. The skidding car symbol flashes, a warning beeper beeps several times, there is a noticeable swerve to the right accompanied by a grinding noise. The, trac off and the vsc off, lights come on and I am able to continue merrily on my way unannoyed, there is no apparent reduction in braking ability or steering control. I just have the "idiot" lights on the dash until I turn off the ignition. When I next drive the vehicle I am very wary until it happens again, maybe immediately, or 10 to 20 miles. But it always happens. The dealer says a new yaw rate sensor and vsc ECU will fix it. About $1800 above the $105 already paid for the diagnostic fee. What really gets my "goat" is: There is a recall for the "early" 2003 models for this same problem.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #126

Feb 122016

Sequoia

  • miles
Vsc/trac indicator warning light comes and goes

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #125

Jan 042016

Sequoia

  • 180,000 miles

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

I have a problem with my trac and vsc light coming on while driving. The stability light would blink and beep and both the trac off and vsc light would come on. The brakes would also seem like it's grinding when the stability light is blinking and beeping. I have the exact same problem as this guy on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=L6qsguptdsq

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #124

Dec 152015

Sequoia

  • 247,000 miles
I have a problem with my trac and vsc light coming on while driving. The stability light would blink and beep and both the trac off and vsc light would come on. The brakes would also seem like it's grinding when the stability light is blinking and beeping. I have the exact same problem as this guy on this video https://youtu.be/vgearn4nito

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #123

Feb 172016

Sequoia

  • 215,000 miles
The vsc/ABS indicator lights appear intermittently without any warning. The car beeps, makes a heavy grinding noise and the ABS brakes are automatically engaged without any action by the driver regardless of the speed, or whether driving on a highway or city street. The car will fishtail. Based on my research, I have found that this is a common problem among these vehicles and that there was a 2003 recall for this problem. This defect in the same model for the 2002 vehicles seems to be widespread. Must we first have an accident to win rights to be accommodated. Does Toyota not want to make good on its product and satisfy all owners/customers. I worry every time I drive my vehicle and thank god each time I reach my destination without incident. This is the only vehicle we have to drive our severely disabled 10 year old daughter and cannot afford a new vehicle. We are really scared! see other identical consumer complaints at www.carcomplaints.com/Toyota/Sequoia/2002/brakes/electronic_stability_control-4.shtml

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #122

Feb 102016

Sequoia

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate severely and decelerated rapidly. The vehicle stability, traction and skid control warning lights illuminated prior to the failure. The contact was able to pull to the road side to switch off and restart the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 10V176000(electronic stability control, traction control system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #121

Jan 282016

Sequoia

  • miles

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

Vsc trac/ vsc off, ABS, brake lighs come on the vsc trac and the vsc off light come on and off due to a faulty ABS sensor. Toyota dealer can not figure out why or how this faulty light comes on. Did a research online and hundreds of thousand of other Toyota Sequoia owner had the same issues.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #120

Feb 022015

Sequoia

  • 2,300,000 miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia vsc trac sensor lights turning on and off and hearing grinding noise when it auto-engage and disengage in motion.

- Stafford, TX, USA

problem #119

Nov 172015

Sequoia

  • 60,000 miles
Identical problem as described by many others. Vsc-trac and trac-off lights randomly illuminated on dry, level pavement when brakes were applied, causing a loud grinding noise (much louder than normal application of anti-lock brakes), and car pulled and would not stop no matter how hard the brake pedal was pressed. First couple times, brakes were applied to slow the vehicle in traffic, so the failure to fully stop wasn't noticed. Then, I experienced an incident when the failure occurred coming to a stop sign. Even with the brake pedal fully depressed, the vehicle continued into the intersection. Had a car been coming in cross traffic, this would have resulted in an accident. After this incident, we took the car for service, and the yaw sensor had failed. The part was replaced at a cost of $800, and 3 months later, the vehicle is experiencing the vsc-trac and trac-off lights remaining illuminated after the self-check when the vehicle ignition is turned on. Restarting the car typically clears the lights. Repair shop has indicated that the the yaw sensor will not retain zero calibration. They set it, restart the vehicle, and it loses calibration. Error code is now indicating that the control module (part# 89541-0C050) has failed (another $1200+ repair on top of the yaw sensor, which was also defective). These failures clearly put vehicles at risk of accidents, and it is difficult to understand why the 2003 Sequoias were recalled for vsc issues, but not the 2002, when the parts being replaced fit both years. I am the original owner of this vehicle, and the issues began at 60,000 miles. The vehicle currently has only 62,000 miles.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #118

Sep 072011

Sequoia

  • 98,000 miles
The vsc off indicator light along with the vsc and skid light and buzzer activates. This causes the skid control to activate front brakes on one side with a grinding noise and the steering wheel to pull hard to one side. I'm concerned this may cause an accident !

- Waxahachie, TX, USA

problem #117

Aug 112015

Sequoia

  • 183,139 miles
This has happened about 10 times when the skid light will come on and the vehicle will go left to right and the brakes do not stop the vehicle. Then the vsc off & vsc trac off lights will come on. This has happened at speeds from 15 - 60 mph at times you loose control of the vehicle at the higher speeds for a few seconds. If this ever happens in heavy traffic it will cause an accident. Vehicle has been taken to a Toyota specialist mechanic and they are still replacing parts. I understand that Toyota recalled all 2003 Sequoia's for this problem. My wife now refuses to drive the vehicle until it is fixed properly.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #116

Jul 172015

Sequoia

  • 134,000 miles
ABS system activates by itself driving on a flat, dry road. ABS/trac lights have intermittently illuminated for a few years (without ABS activation to the best of my knowledge, my wife drives the vehicle primarily), lights turn off when key is cycled, no codes present in the system when scanned previously. Last occurrence for me was at 45mph, again a flat dry road. Vsc/trac lights flash, a warning buzzer sounds, and the ABS creates a loud grinding noise as it activates. Vehicle pulled sharply to the left and up onto the center median. No accident due to a rounded curb and wide center median. However, if the center median were not there it could pull a vehicle into oncoming traffic on an undivided highway resulting in an accident.

- St Marys, GA, USA

problem #115

May 142015

Sequoia

  • 168,040 miles
The first time my ABS/vcs trac lights came on was after I had to brake hard on a downward hill. I accelerated to climb the other side of the hill and it was after doing that which the vcs trac and trac off lights first came on at around 168,000 miles. There was a fast beeping sound lasting for maybe 10 sec then it regained power. Now it will do it within just a few miles of our home. We have had several more occasions since this initial incident where there was a jerking/pulling of the right front tire. Also the air conditioning would come on and off like it was trying to surge. Also idles very low, below 500 RPM and then finally shuts off. This vehicle has become very dangerous to drive. We are not sure what to get fixed on it since we have read that other owners are being told that its anything from a yaw sensor, steering angle sensor, brake booster system, or a skid control computer issue. All of these are very pricey to get fixed and there are no guarantees that they will even correct the problem. Most have had the yaw sensor replaced and it did not correct the problem. Some of the mechanics we have talked to said that there could be brake dust or mud and road grime build up over the sensor making it malfunction and that it should be hosed off at an underbody carwash. We haven't tried this yet since we didn't put much faith in it until we discovered hearing again on youtube. The 2003 Toyota Sequoia vcs recall should be extended down to the 2002 models as well. We all are having the same issue that they did.

- Edgefield, SC, USA

problem #114

Apr 242015

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 81,069 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. While driving 70 mph, the vsc track warning indicators illuminated. The contact stated that there was a loud grinding noise under the vehicle. The contact also stated that the vehicle started grinding and shook when braking. The vehicle was driven to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 81,069. Updated 8/21/15 the consumer stated the alarm sounded, vsc and traction control lights illuminated. The vehicle veered to the right while driving in the left lane. Updated 08/27/15

- Missouri City , TX, USA

problem #113

Jun 012015

Sequoia

  • 99,820 miles
Vsc/ABS/brake lights all illuminated on the dashboard. Vehicle is unable to pass state safety inspection due to brake light being illuminated. In this vehicle having the vsc operational is far more dangerous. Please order Toyota to perform a recall as there is abundant evidence that the vehicle stability control/ABS system on this vehicle is dangerous.

- Hillsboro, MO, USA

problem #112

Sep 282014

Sequoia

  • 138,000 miles
While driving on fwy, vsc light comes on, the brakes are being applied by the system, causing pulling of the steering into other lanes. Was able to pull over, and it stopped at 10 mph, turned off car and it re-set system, it happened 6 times on the way home, almost causing accidents as it jerks the steering immediately as it applies the brakes to gain stability again. It has happened intermittently ever since, even at slow speeds. It is in shop now, $3500 to fix it, it is a well documented problem on the net, this should be a recall. Someone will get killed, a cyclist in a shoulder, or car hitting another or losing control and rolling over. With all the complaints regarding the vsc system, how can you ignore it?

- Laguna Beach, CA, USA

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