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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,069 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #10

Sep 112009


  • 38,000 miles


We own a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The vehicle skid control (vsc) systems is failing. This first occurred shortly after owning the vehicle for 3 years. The system would suddenly activate while moving losing all power and most of the steering control. We reported it to the dealer offered to replace the computer for approx $2000, with no assurance that this would fix the issue. The problem would occur sporadically but now occurs constantly. This is dangerous when driving in traffic in perfect weather conditions.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #9

Jul 082009


  • 99,001 miles
My ABS, vehicle skid control and trac control system has failed. Trouble codes indicate system failure and will require new ABS, trac and anti skid ECU. I have not had the repair done yet. I am concerned about the safety without these features. I am aware that there are several people having this same issue.

- Springville, UT, USA

problem #8

Jun 052009


  • 64,000 miles
Toyota Sequoia vsc trac lights on. Vehicle shudders when starting from a stop initially. Worried this could be a potential safety risk. has many other owners of 2003 Sequoia complaints about exact problem.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 152009


  • 95,000 miles


I own a 2003 Toyota Sequoia SR5 with 95000 miles. Vsc, trac, and ABS lights came on. Dealership said that the codes are faulty ECU. Cost of repair was $1700. The following week lights came back on. This time they tell me it is a faulty speed sensor on the front right. They recalibrated the vehicle and said if it comes back the cost of the repair is $400. Following week, the lights come on, same code for the speed sensor, so I have it replaced. Two days later, the lights are back on. Not certain what will code this time. After reading several posts online, it looks like this is a recurring issue with this vehicle. So, I'm filing a complaint sense there hasn't been a recall.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #6

Jun 112009


  • 101,233 miles
One day while driving the warning lights for the vsc off and traction control went on, along with the check engine light. At this point we realized that our ABS may have failed and our family was in danger. The brakes now lock and there is a grinding and swaying of the car. We'll be taking it in to be checked, obviously, but are concerned with the imminent safety issues along with the large number of similar complaints by other 2003 Sequoia owners.

- Bolton Valley, VT, USA

problem #5

Apr 022009

Sequoia 4WD

  • 68,000 miles
A vsc/ ABS/ skid lights starts to trigger on my 2003 Toyota Sequoia limited 4WD which will create unnecessary grinding sound...

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

May 082009


  • miles


Electronic stability control traction control system.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 162009


  • 68,500 miles
The vehicle skid control/ traction control lights are on in my 2003 Toyota Sequoia SR5. When the car is started, these lights are off. When the car is put into drive and accelerated, a beeping noise occurs and the power is lost and there is a horrible grinding noise as if something is stuck in the transmission or brakes. When the car stops, the vsc trac and trac off lights come on and the car operates normally. This is very dangerous when trying to pull from a parking space into traffic. The car practically dies and oncoming cars may not be able to stop in time. I have to wait until the nearest car is quite far away before pulling out and this can take quite a while at high traffic times. I have read internet accounts of others with this same make and model and the same problem. Some have complained that they were almost in accidents when the problem occurred. Unfortunately, the only remedy seems to be to replace the vsc computer which can cost over $1500. Toyota has not seemed to cooperate with customers on this.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #2

May 122007


  • 88,275 miles
The vcs and traction control light came on and the vehicle started to brake by itself. This was a sudden deceleration without warning.

- Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 022009


  • miles
The traction control system on my 2003 Toyota Sequoia has gone out. Periodically the system will act like the vehicle is going into a skid. The vehicle only has 64,000 miles on it. Most of the time when I turn the vehicle on, the vsc system just lights up on the dashboard stating the system is disabled.

- Eugene, OR, USA

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