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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
94,181 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced rear hatch handle assembly (5 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Toyota Sequoia accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2003 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #6

May 122006

Sequoia SR5 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles


I have replace this latch 2 times with original. 3rd time replaced cable and got heavy duty aftermarket type.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 152013

Sequoia Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 168,000 miles

have not been able to use the back hatch at all,since this has happened. Apparently they want a small fortune to fix this issue,which has had complaints about this problem since 1999 after investigating the issue.What is Toyota thinking? Fix the problem you idiots,beef up the customer service or do us a favor and do a recall, instead of charging every customer that buys your vehicles a fortune to fix a problem you knew existed.

- , Walnut Grove, MO, USA

problem #4

Jan 102009

Sequoia Limited V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Bought a replace METAL handle on ebay for $50. Took a few hours to replace it myself.

- , Irvine, CA, USA

problem #3

May 122010

Sequoia Limited 3-6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,345 miles


this problems is very painful. I am driving other cars so many years,never have this kind of problem,only Toyota has the same problem.Design is very week .handle should be metal not plastic.surprising dealer asked 725 dollars to fix it. i cannot afford to fix this.....

- , Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 132008

Sequoia Limited V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

This is the second time this PLASTIC handle has broken on this vehicle. There is an obvious design defect in the asymmetrical load placed on material that cannot withstand repeated torque pressures. The part should be manufactured out of metal. They must know this and continue to produce plastic replacement parts. Therefore, I must conclude that this is part a campaign to keep their service personnel busy and the coffers at the dealership full. When this part breaks, you simply lose the utility of the vehicle.

I shall never buy another Toyota. I believed this to be a quality truck and am truly disappointed.

- , Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

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problem #1

Sep 282007

(reported on)

Sequoia SR5 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,741 miles

Had this repaired at same time as replacing rear window motor. Lived without operating the rear window for a long time-couldn't live more than a few days without the use of the rear hatch.

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

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