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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,000 miles

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2002 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2002 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 152006

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


(1)the dashboard lights for ABS, vsc, & traction control flickered, and then remained on permanently. (2)the ABS and vsc have malfunctioned which seriously affects the braking & stability control of the vehicle in emergency handling situations, endangering person(s) in vehicle. (3)right Toyota in AZ could not determine problem, although technician stated this was a common failure of the 2002 Sequoia.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #6

Oct 102007

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles
Trac light/vsc lights come on while driving down the road. Without warning the car jerks to the right and a grinding noise sounds like something is going to fall out from under the car. I took it to the dealership and the cost to repair is close to $3,000. How many complaints do you have to receive before something is done!

- Carrolton, GA, USA

problem #5

Oct 122007

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vsc system having intermittent issues (grinding noises when engaged, inop sometimes) but has not completely died. I find the issue is very common and very expensive to fix. I believe this car has had problems before with vsc and is just a matter of time before it dies. I just bought it less than 1 month ago with 72K miles.

- Seattel, WA, USA

problem #4

Aug 222007


  • miles


I took the 2002 Toyota Sequoia in for a routine maintenance to the dealer, performance Toyota in la vista, ne and was told that the joints were recalled. The vehicle was performing well up to that time. After the service, two days later the skid light and the vsc (variable skid control) lights came on and after restarting the SUV, went off. Now the brake system is malfunctioning and the vsc is disabled. A week prior to the service the system worked just fine on the same route that I take to pick up my son while it was raining. There is a significant reduction in the vehicle control. What makes this problem even worse is that there is no indication of a system failure after the initial indicators have reset. (I.e. the lights came on and went off permanently) it was a fortnight later in the rain that the vehicle spun out of control and we realized that the vsc system was malfunctioning. Researching the problem, I find that there are many other owners experiencing the same thing. The dealer says that the responsibility to fix the problem is that of the owners. There is a need for this to be taken care of by Toyota corporation in the form of a recall as the main braking system is affected on so many vehicles.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #3

Aug 012003

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Vsc dash light ("idiot light") has been consistently on now for the last 10,000 miles (current odometer = 51,000 +/-). the light was on intermittently starting before the vehicle was 1-1/2 years old (<25,000 miles.) in addition to the vsc light, the 'brake' light stays on (originally illuminated only when the parking brake was engaged.), plus the ABS light is consistently lit. The vehicle was taken to Toyota more than once with the vsc/ABS/brake lights complaint, but Toyota was unable to diagnose any problem until a service performed after the 36,000 mi warranty expired, at which point the dealer thought an ABS computer replacement might solve the problem. The dealer did not acknowledge any problem until after this 36,000 mile point despite intermittent events occurring very early on.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #2

Apr 012005

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
I bought a "Toyota certified" 2002 Toyota Sequoia in late '04. Roughly 6 months into ownership - my vsc (traction control) system began having intermittent issues - 2 full-day trips to the dealership made no results - the dealership was unable to recreate the problem. Another 4-6 months later, the vsc failed completely, and after investigation, I find the issue is very common and very expensive to fix. The failure leaves me without ABS and without vsc (two of the reasons I bought the car I did) and at an increased risk of having an accident, as without functional ABS the brakes lock quite easily. Calls to my dealership have left me with the impression the fix will be in the $2000 neighborhood, and I haven't yet come up with that. The incident date is approximate to the start of the issues.

- Webster Groves, MO, USA

problem #1

Aug 202004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The brakes were defective. While merging onto the highway the skid light came on and the brakes were applied. Vehicle would not accelerate, then, it suddenly picked up speed. Vehicle was serviced one year ago for the same problem. A computer sensor was defective.

- Wildomar, CA, USA

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