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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,663 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 engine problems

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2003 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 222012


  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. While traveling 20 mph the contact attempted to accelerate and noticed that the vehicle would not respond. Occasionally, the contact stated that the failure would reset within twenty-four hours. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The current mileage was 85000 and the failure mileage was 84,000.

- El Segundo, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 072010


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the stabilizer control system failed while driving 20 mph and attempting a right turn. The rear tires began to spin and the vehicle woukld not respond or accelerate for several seconds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the ECU needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 122,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 262009


  • miles
On Sept 6,2006. The trac off, vsc trac and check engine lights are coming. My 2003 Sequoia only has 31,786 miles and paid $2891.48 for the service. Today 8-26-09 my car only has 58,000 miles and the trac off, vsc trac and the check engine lights are coming back, they want to charge to fix the same problem. I am not sure they fixed the previous problem in 2006" because I asked them to save the parts and give it to me when I pick up the car, but they did have it, something is fishy" if they replace now the problem is back, my car have low miles. I do some research on the internet, could be the problem from the Toyota, they need to "recall" all Sequoia to fix the problem. I don't want pay $3,000 every 2 years or every 30,000 miles.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 012007

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles


9/07 - a load noise sounded and the vehicles brakes and steering locked up on me while I was accelerating and approaching a 4 way stop light. I took the vehicle in to folsom lake Toyota for service that day. They told me they could not find the problem, maybe it was do to a low charge from the battery. So I had them replace the battery. 10/1/07 a few weeks later I was accelerating and going on to the freeway when all of a sudden the brake noise sounded the steering and brakes locked up and all my engine lights came on then I completely lost power. I coasted to the side turned off the key and turned it back on again nothing happened so I turned it off and on again and it was working again. I took my vehicle back to folsom lake Toyota and 3 weeks later they still can not find anything wrong with my vehicle.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 162006

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Vehicle engine light and vsc off and vsc trac lights all came on and vehicle lost power, stalling completely while driving. Occurred repeatedly. Undriveable and unsafe. Towed to dealer. No specific diagnostic code emerged. Multiple posts regarding this same issue dating back to 2003 on and edmunds website Toyota forum. My dealer stated this problem was "unsafe" indeed. My 4 children and husband were with me when it occurred.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #2

Sep 102004

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While consumer was driving the check engine light/trac light, and ABS braking light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Then, vehicle stalled. Consumer was unable to restart vehicle, and had vehicle towed to dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that the battery needed to be replaced. Consumer informed mechanic that this problem recurred and had not been resolved.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 222003

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,643 miles
Inadequate braking, interior noises, oil pressure gauge.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

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