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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
125,371 miles

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2002 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #105

Apr 162015

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 197,000 miles


After driving 45 miles then driving in a busy town then back 45 miles to home town I was going 55 mph and all the sudden I lost power, a dinging noise happened and I lost breakage, the vcs off and vcs track light came on, the vehicle start driving rough. I then went home. Then after a few hour I had to go get my son I started the vehicle and noticed the lights were off, after only going 3 miles and with my son in the vehicle it made the ding noise lost power lights vcs off vcs trak lights came back on, very scary, hope they recall it soon, my Sequoia was made August 2002.

- Beaver Dam, KY, USA

problem #104

Mar 042015

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
The vsc randomly activated twice within 10-15 minutes while traveling on a dry, clean interstate freeway at about 70 mph, causing the vehicle to swerve considerably. There were no external circumstances that appeared to cause this incident. Weather conditions: Clear skies, sunshine, 80 degrees, dry, level roads. After the second incident, we were able to get the vehicle to a nearby dealership. We since learned the 2003 Sequoia apparently had a recall regarding this same situation.

- Livingston , TX, USA

problem #103

Nov 092010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Noticed problem with vehicle traction when driving at low speed in wet or snowy weather. Problem with acceleration and traction when accelerating. Heard a ratcheting sound and no traction when trying to accelerate from a stopped position on a wet road. After some research it sounds very similar to earlier recall with NHTSA campaign id: 10V17600 for Toyota Sequoia vehicles manufactured between April 1, 2002 through April 17, 2003. Called Toyota service line on 11/9/2010 and they informed us that this recall doesn't apply to our vehicle since our vehicle was apparently manufactured on 3/8/2002 (a few weeks earlier than the recall covers). We live in a very dry climate with very little to no precipitation but noticed it again after rainfall. Filed a case# [xxx]on 12/10/13 with Toyota with no response. Please help! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #102

Nov 032014


  • 291,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the vehicle was hesitant to accelerate after a complete stop. The accelerator pedal was applied and the vehicle jerked into gear. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the euc needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 10V176000 (electronic stability control, traction control system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 291,000.

- Wiggins , MS, USA

problem #101

Dec 142014


  • 121,463 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vsc, ABS, trac, and brake warning lights sporadically illuminated. As a result, the vehicle pulsated and veered to the right. The contact stated that the vehicle was exhibiting the same failure as listed in NHTSA campaign number: 10V176000 (electronic stability control, traction control system). The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the SAS sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 121,463.

- Boynton Beach , FL, USA

problem #100

Nov 042013


  • 99,000 miles
Traction control /vsc comes on all the time.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #99

Aug 012007


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the vehicle stability control and the traction control light remained illuminated. Also, the contact mentioned that while driving during inclement weather, the brakes made a loud grinding noise and did not engage in a timely manner. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the master cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #98

Feb 112009

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
In Feb. 2009, while driving to work, the brakes on my Sequoia began to lock and the engine started making a loud grinding sound and sensor lights began to blink uncontrollably. I could not control the car steering and was lucky that I was able to pull over the side of the road. This problem continued and I took it to my Toyota dealer who charged me $2700 and blamed the problem on rats. After picking up my car from the dealership the problem continued a few weeks later and the same dealership still insisted that it was rats and charged me an additional $2300. Yet this problem persisted so I took it to a local mechanic who has no ties with Toyota and he replaced a computer sensor. The problem went away for at least two years until recently during a recent rain storm it started to act up again. Driving this car has been unpredictable and scary at best. I came into several close calls with other vehicles on the road while driving when my car would loose all ability to steer and my brakes would lock during several instances. The experience has been a mind game and has taken a toll in my confidence in driving because I believed my dealership when they told me it was not the car, but because of rats, which I now know after reading other customers complaints on line that it was the way the car was manufactured. I lost a lot of faith in my Toyota dealership here in guam. I need your help to tell these people to recall my car to fix it even though it is 12 years old. I spent a lot of money when I invested in this car and I don't have the money to buy a new vehicle at this time. I am afraid an accident will occur to customers like me unless Toyota admits they have a problem with their vehicles.

- Hagatna, GU, USA

problem #97

Feb 032014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
Traction system intermittently turns on with no pattern-wet or dry surface, speed, turning. Have had all oxygen sensors replaced, check engine light resolved but traction still engages, seizes the engine. Evap. System fixed, tires, wheel bearings checked, thermostat fixed. Still traction is kicking on. Extremely dangerous for me and my three young children. I am afraid to drive, even around town. Toyota what are you going to do about this and all the other similar complaints on 2002 Sequoias. Do you need a fatality on record prior to acting" how am I supposed to get to work to pay for repairs? how will my children get to school and daycare" please help.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #96

Apr 082014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
All of sudden my car starts to make beeping sound, clunking and thumping. Grinding noise. Braking is hard and seems unstable. Skid control light came on and vsc track light came on as well. This happens on a flat, normal road condition on a sunny day. It feels very dangerous and Toyota needs to recall and fix it asap. This happens regularly and I am afraid it may lead to an accident.

- Santa Clara , CA, USA

problem #95

Aug 132014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 162,000 miles


I drive a 2002 Sequoia and have had about 8 instances where the trac off, trc vsc, and slip indicator lights all come on while the truck feels like it locks up and a beeping alarm sounds and a pulling to the right with a grinding noise. This morning the slip indicator lights stayed on with the grinding noise seems like a few seconds longer than yesterday. I was about to pull off of the road when the other two lights came on and the car drove normal when the lights are on. When you turn the engine off and restart the lights go off. However the error occurs on a daily basis now. The roads I travel are mainly highway and have been dry. I have noticed that there are many complaints for the same issue and that Toyota did issue a recall for the 2003 model year.. this is a very dangerous issue and needs correction. One would think that the recall should extend to all years.

- Scott, LA, USA

problem #94

Aug 052014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 182,988 miles
The skid control lights come on for no reason the whole car shakes and there is a thumping and grinding noise from the vehicle along with the beeping warning sound. It happens at different speeds sometimes when breaking or turning and losing power. This last a few seconds then the vsc light comes on and the vsc off light and all is ok while lights are on.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #93

Aug 162014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 185,000 miles
While driving downhill and around a curve at about 25mph, my 2002 Sequoia began beeping, making a loud grinding noise and the traction light came on. I had little to no control of the vehicle. Problem lasted a few seconds. Fortunately, I was in a neighborhood with wide streets less than a mile from my home and was able to get home safely. Considering that I was on a curve and it was raining, I thought it may be a one time issue with traction control. I drove the truck for a few days with no issues. Yesterday, my wife was rounding a curve at about 50mph on a highway in heavy traffic on dry pavement and the truck did the same thing. She narrowly avoided a collision and was able to pull to the shoulder. Since then, the truck will intermittently beep and grind for a couple of seconds before the vsc off light comes on. As long as the light is on, indicating the vsc is disengaged, there are no problems. Problem seems to occur more when rounding a curve and braking, but that is not always the case. It has happened at various speeds, during both braking and accelerating, and while on flat ground or a hill. The problem only lasts a few seconds, but you have no control of the vehicle during that time. The vehicle will accelerate, decelerate, brake, or pull on its own. I am extremely concerned about losing control and wrecking, potentially causing injury to my wife and kids or another driver. Upon researching, I found recall number 10V176000, NHTSA action number EA09006. This recall was for 2003 Sequoias with a very similar problem with the vehicle stability control (vsc) system. Why was the 2002 model not included in the recall since it seems to have the same issue?

- Mt Juliet, TN, USA

problem #92

Aug 152014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
Last month, while traveling home from summer vacation on flat ground, at approximately 60 mph, the vsc, trac lights came on in the dash. There was a terrible grinding noise from under the car and beeping inside the car. The car pulled hard to the right and decelerated abruptly in the middle of a busy highway. Thank goodness I was able to pull into the turn lane and limp into a gas station. This occurred three more times over the next 500 miles until I got home. I took it to the dealer, they replaced the yaw sensor. Only 3 days after that, it happened again. Took it to the dealer, they replaced two brake sensors and a master cylinder. Today, five days after that, it happened again. This time, thankfully at only 25 mph with no traffic. This is a very scary, dangerous problem that Toyota should not be ignoring. It has been recalled in the 2003 model, and should be in the 2002 model as well!

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #91

May 312014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
First incident: On the freeway car all of a sudden made a beeping sound (similar to no seat belt sound) vehicle lost power almost like it downshifted. Vsc, trac off lights all came on and the car wouldn't brake! I had to consistently pump on the brake and pull the emergency brake to slow it down. Brakes were grinding and it felt as if it was trying to lock but yet skipping (clunk, clunk, cluck). Pulled off to the side, turned off engine, and then resumed. I had to pull over 5 separate times due to the same issue. Luckily I allowed myself a huge space in between myself and other cars. If not, there would had been a for sure accident. Car continues with the same problems. I've done a whole lot of researching in regards to this vehicle and it seems that it's a ECU issue. I am aware that Toyota has recalled all 2003 model Sequoia's on up but not 2002 on under. This is a huge safety concern of mine and even if I purchased a new ECU there is not guarantee that it's been addressed or fixed for this model. According to the Toyota rep. I just got off the phone with 30 minutes ago. Please help! and thank you in advance.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #90

Jan 082010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
Makes a grinding noise, brakes on one side and pulls to one side. Skid indicator light, trac off light, and vsc light all come on and stay on. Vehicle decelerates momentarily, then resumes normal driving. Lights stay on until you turn off the vehicle.

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #89

Jun 172014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 114,150 miles
I was leaving a parking lot making yielding to make a right turn onto a main right when suddenly my car started to shake and pulled to the right. I had no control of the steering or brakes. The vsc trac and trac light sensor lights came one and I heard this awful grinding noise. I proceeded to drive home slowly on back roads. Once I got home I looked the problem up on the internet and found out that Toyota had a recall on the 2003 model for the same problem, but not the 2002. I called the dealership and they told me the problem will cost anywhere from $1500-$4000 to fix. My car only has 114,000 miles on it and I find this totally unacceptable. This is obviously a manufacture defect.

- Fortson, GA, USA

problem #88

Jun 132014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 226,111 miles
On interstate twice doing the posted speed 75mph I heard a grinding, vsc antilock brake lights come on, vehicle suddenly pulls to the right. Luckily I gained control and avoided a major accident. Have had brakes checked and now told its the sensor. Very costly repairs. Toyota should have a recall on this issue. Could cause a deadly accident.

- Denison, TX, USA

problem #87

Jan 012014


  • miles
The ABS, vsc, and brake warning light came on. Took to dealership per owners manual and they wanted up to $4,000 to replace various computers and sensors. There seems to be nothing wrong with performance of vehicle and I suspect it is just an issue with a sensor or the warning light itself. Should be easy and inexpensive fix but dealership seems to be taking advantage of the situation. Researched on internet and found many, many other Toyota owners with the same issue with the same vehicle. This should be a recall and Toyota should step up and fix (or be forced to fix) this cronic issue with these vehicles.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #86

Apr 052014


  • 130,000 miles
Was traveling along road at 20 mph and the vsc lights came on. I had heard about the other problems that occur when this happens so I immediately pulled to the side of the road and turned the car off and then restarted it. Upon restarting, no indication of the problem persisted. So far it has not happened again. I am worried that it will happen again as has been described hundreds of times already. Please fix this issue Toyota!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Kellogg, ID, USA

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