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

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2003 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2003 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

Oct 272015

Sequoia

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. While operating the vehicle, the traction off, vsc, and brake sensor lights illuminated. When depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle failed to immediately stop and the braking distance was extended. The contact also indicated that the vehicle would sometimes hesitate to accelerate. The cause of the failures were not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was unknown.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #49

Sep 082010

Sequoia

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. While driving at an unknown speed, the warning lights for the ABS, traction control, and bsc illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the skit control needed to be reprogrammed. Also, the ECU and the translate computer assembly needed to be replaced. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 10V176000 (electronic stability control, traction control system); however, the part needed was not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #48

Nov 142014

Sequoia

  • 150,000 miles
When accelerating from a stop and turning into/across traffic, the vehicle stability control (vsc) system activates improperly, causing loss of normal acceleration rate for approximately 3-10 sec (lower times are achieved by reducing pressure on the accelerator (counter intuitive when pulling into traffic) to get the system to deactivate. The activation is very intermittent and unpredictable, but exposes the vehicle to crashes by making it impossible to come up to speed quickly- especially bad when turning left across traffic. This is the exact same problem that Toyota issued recall 10V176000 to correct in Apr 2010. Unfortunately, that recall only covers early build 2003 Sequoias and mine was built two months outside the window. This recall needs to be expanded.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #47

Dec 062014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 180,800 miles

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

As I was driving I notice my trac off, vsc trac, engine light all came on at once, also notice loss of power to my vehicle.

- Seguin, TX, USA

problem #46

Aug 032013

Sequoia

  • 168,879 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the stability control light illuminated as the vehicle failed to accelerate. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that a recall under NHTSA campaign number: 10V176000 (electronic stability control, traction control system) had been performed on the vehicle three years prior to the failure. No further assistance was provided. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 168,879.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #45

Jun 152011

Sequoia

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the ABS and the vsc warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V176000 (electronic stability control, traction control system ) but the failure recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 80,000. The VIN was not available.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #44

Mar 122007

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 51,548 miles

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

Vsc traction and ABS control warning lights stay lit. Lights would go on and off and now stay lit all the time so have no warning if ABS system is functional or has other issues. Lost the ability to turn traction control on/off. Took vehicle in for service at dealer, 3-26-07, and was informed it was a manufacturing defect with an internal component, yaw rate sensor. Reported to Toyota and requested assistance in repairing as this appeared to be a manufacturing defect. Toyota denied claim. Have seen vehicles produced 1 month earlier are now under recall for similar issues NHTSA campaign # 10V176000. Dealer cost to repair at time was $1433. Have experienced braking oddities on occasions.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #43

Feb 062013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vsc trac, vsc and the ABS warning lights illuminated. The contact mentioned that when she attempted to engage the brakes, the brake seized, causing the vehicle to slide across the pavement. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the sensor position for the steering angle sensor needed to be replaced and the electronic control unit needed to be updated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V176000 (electronic stability control, traction control system). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- Smyrna, DE, USA

problem #42

Dec 012012

Sequoia

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vsc traction and traction off warning lights illuminated. The contact also stated that the vehicle would not accelerate as rapidly as expected and the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, a diagnostic test was not performed. The technician advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V176000 (traction control system) and that the recall was not related to the failure that the contact described. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 114,000 and the current mileage was 114,100.

- Sanger, CA, USA

problem #41

Nov 032012

Sequoia

  • 110,000 miles
There was no accident, but one is coming unless this gets fixed. The vtrac control system that there is a recall on select models in the 2003 model year is affecting mine as well, Toyota states they won't fix it under recall despite being a serious safety hazard.

- Saint Johns, FL, USA

problem #40

Aug 172012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles

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

Vsc trac, vsc off, brake, ABS lights... all on, all at once. There is obviously a quality control issue with these that Toyota does not want to be on the hook for. Many others went to the national highway safety program and filed a complaint. If they get enough of these they will go to the manufacturer and issue a recall.

- Vancouver , WA, USA

problem #39

Jul 252010

Sequoia

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the vsc light continued to illuminate while driving at low speeds, resulting in a loss of power when driving under 10 mph and attempting a turn in either direction. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 10V176000 (traction control system) and stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer and repaired under the recall but the failure was not corrected. The dealer was notified who advised the contact that they completed the recall and the vehicle was no longer covered under warranty. The manufacturer was notified who advised the contact to take the vehicle back to the dealer for repairs, at the contact's expense and offered no further assistance. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 165,000.

- Grover, NC, USA

problem #38

May 252012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 97,187 miles
I just bought this used 2003 Toyota Sequoia on May 25, 2012. I noticed the warning lights indicating a defective traction control system and ABS system on my way home from the dealership. They assured me the system works fine and that it has something to do with the computer module. All the following warning lights are on at the same time: Trac, vsc off, and ABS lights. I also checked the vehicle history on the Toyota website and it is recorded that the Toyota dealer worked on this problem on 07/23/2009 when the car had 97,187 miles. I have done a lot of research on this and it seems 50,000 Sequoia's were recalled for this problem, however, my Sequoia's VIN was not on the list. Please help. In addition the lighting on the dashboard does not work.

- Bowling Green , OH, USA

problem #37

May 202012

Sequoia

  • 167,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. While driving approximately 30 mph nd attempting a turn, the engine stalled with the illumination of the ABS, skid control and vsc warning indicators. The vehicle restarted and resumed normally. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent who stated the ECU valve was faulty. There was a recall related to the defect under NHTSA campaign id number 10V176000 (traction control system). The VIN was included in the recall; however the dealer reused to repair the vehicle for an unknown reason. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 167,000.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #36

May 022012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle ABS, trac and vsc trac sensors are on and will not go away unless computers and sensors are replaced. Dealers have indicated the replacement of sensors and computers may not resolve the problem.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #35

Oct 132011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 81,903 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken in for a routine maintenance when she was advised that the front frame was rusted, corroded and exhibited a hole in the frame. The dealer then advised the contact that the vehicle was unsafe to operate. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who offered her a credit to purchase another vehicle but the contact declined. The failure mileage was 81,903. The consumer stated the check engine, vsc and trac lights illuminated. Updated 06/05/12

- Andover, NJ, USA

problem #34

May 012011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 133,750 miles
Vehicle violently stops or decelerates without driver hitting brakes

- Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

problem #33

Oct 112010

Sequoia

  • 115,826 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for recall 10V176000 (traction control system) on October 11, 2010. However, the traction and stability control lights illuminated; the contact turned the vehicle off and restarted it to reset the lights. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer several times but the failure could not be diagnosed. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 115,826 and the current mileage was approximately 116,000.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #32

Oct 252010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The ABS and traction control lights illuminated and stayed on. The contact called the manufacturer who advised him to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer. The current and failure mileages were approximately 64,000. Updated 03/14/12

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #31

Oct 252010

Sequoia

  • 40,000 miles
2003 Toyota Sequoia - vsc trac, vsc off, and ABS dash lights turned on and stay illuminated. Taken to dealer multiple times to diagnose. They have finally admitted the vsc computer chip is faulty. This causes the anti-skid brakes to malfunction. After doing further research, I have found that this is a common problem in many Toyota Sequoias. Toyota will not issue a recall, even though the problem is due to a faulty design.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

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