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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,352 miles

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2004 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2004 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #29

Jun 152007


  • 71,000 miles


I have a 2004 Toyota Sequoia VIN number [xxx]. on 6/15/10 I experienced loss of vehicle control related to the vehicle stabilization and braking system computer. Three lights lit up on the dash (vsc, trac, and brake) and then upon braking there was a grab release sensation that I was unable to control. I was driving approximately 30 mph when this occurred. I was forced to pull over and shut the vehicle down to reset the computer. This has happened 5 times in the last year, but none as severe as on 6/15/10. Other experiences were at lower speeds. I have reported the incident to Toyota ( conf# [xxx]) but am dissatisfied that this is not a recall. This is a true safety concern for me as I have a newborn child that rides in this car often. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #28

Jun 042010


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the vehicle stablility control (vsc) lights would turn on and off. The vehicle stability control (vsc) system would activate at low speeds for a few seconds during acceleration from a stopped position. The contact called the local dealership was informed that he would have to pay for a diagnostic test or $2000 in repair costs. The contact called the manufacturer who also stated that there were no recalls or warranties and that he had to pay for the repairs. The failure and current mileages were approximately 53,000.

- Holtsville, NY, USA

problem #27

May 012010


  • 74,400 miles
Brake light had been coming on when starting the car and while driving for at least the last 6 months. This last week the check engine light along with vsc trac and trac off lights came on. I had the dealership check the SUV and was told there was failure in the skid control computer which needed to be replaced. Also told the dealership that 4 wheel drive was hard to engage, but they were not able to duplicate the problem.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #26

Dec 222009


  • 88,750 miles


I was traversing a driveway covered with about 6 inches of snow. The drive slopped slightly to the right. My speed was less than 10mph. Suddenly the Sequoia started to slide sideways to the right. I stepped on the accelerator to regain control. The stability control activated and prevented any acceleration. I slid sideways down the hill and was stopped when I slid into a pine tree.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #25

Apr 302010


  • 98,000 miles
Battery in 2004 Toyota Sequoia went dead. Put the battery on charge. After charging was complete I put the key in the ignition to start the car. I started the car and smoke poured out from under the hood. I immediately turned the ignition off and opened the hood to find the ABS computer smoking with flames. I quickly put out the flame with a thick blanket and noticed smoke shooting through a hole burned in the computer. I am still researching this issue...thank god my family was not in this car when this happened.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #24

Aug 142009


  • 29,606 miles
2004 Toyota Sequoia front wheel and rear differential bearing failure at 29,606 miles while on vacation from northern to southern California. Dealership and Toyota would not cover under warranty even with such low miles. I had to pay $1,342.59 plus 3 nights of hotel bills before returning to northern California. Refer to complaint confirmation number (ODI) 10285663. Old parts were not returned to me as requested upon paying for repairs as calif. Bar requirement. Also have the problem with cornering/accelerating, which original dealership said was "no"T a problem, as described on 4/28/10 recall. This vehicle was built in 2003. Waiting for Toyota's may letter of recall for action.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #23

Feb 132010


  • 86,450 miles


I have a 2004 Toyota Sequoia, the vsc off, vsc on, brake light goes on time after time. The brakes sometimes feel like they will not work. There are so many complaints on this issue, hopefully Toyota will do something about this. This problem can cause life injuries and even death. I have stayed dedicated to Toyota and hoping for there honest mistake.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #22

Apr 052010


  • 63,000 miles
Stability controls.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #21

Jun 012009


  • 55,000 miles
I have a 2004 Toyota Sequoia with 60K miles and the electronic vehicle stability control computer needs to be replaced. Toyota has dismissed this as an issue for the past year I have complained to them. After doing research on the internet, seems like it's a known issue to many owners of this car. More lies and deception from Toyota. Seems to be a common practice. They should recall the truck, I'm not paying $2,000 to fix the problem. I've spent a fortune repairing this truck!

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #20

Mar 242010


  • 101,728 miles
My wife was exiting the highway in our 2004 Toyota Sequoia when she heard beeping coming from the instrument panel and noticed the vsc/stability light on. She applied the vehicle brakes on the exit ramp and heard a grinding noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The weather conditions at the time of this event were dry and sunny. She was far enough away from other vehicles that it is undetermined if any increased braking distance happened as a result of this. Right after the braking/grinding, the vsc light went out and normal operation resumed.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #19

Apr 142009


  • 43,000 miles


I was driving my 2004 Toyota Sequoia SUV and had to proceed with a sudden stop and the braking system suffered a malfunction which resulted in last of braking preassure and some kind of strange sound. This was almost an accident, I was lucky not to hit the car in front. I changed the brakes, and had my SUV inspected in the Toyota dealer just to find out that there is a big problem with Tundra, Sequoias, and land cruisers from 2003 to 2005 with the electronic stability control module which affect the brake system and the traction control system, aprox when car reach 45,000 miles and no recall have been made. The repair part cost 1,500 up to 2,300 dollars. I found hundred of customer complains with brake and control system in

- Trujillo Alto, PR, USA

problem #18

Dec 262009


  • miles
Regarding a '04 Honda Sequoia, the vehicle stability control system -- which is a traction control that interrupts engine ignition to slow wheel spin -- has frequently been activating when unnecessary. The result is that the vehicle slows dramatically when surrounding traffic is moving at a much higher speed. This occurs frequently. The vehicle is owned by my 36-yr.-old son, and I've been in the vehicle, with my 1-yr.-old grandson, when it malfunctions. It is unnerving and unsafe to be on an interstate highway -- I-196, Michigan -- and to suddenly slow to a crawl with surrounding traffic -- including semis -- zooming by at high speed blowing horns and gesturing(I couldn't agree with them more). I retired from GM world hq in detroit as a senior executive with nearly 30 years experience in manufacturing, public affairs and media relations. My plant and divisional experience includes fisher body, Buick and detroit diesel allison. At the corporate level I've worked in our Washington, D.C., office, and, of course, detroit. In fact, I was at Buick when traction control first started being explored. What we lacked back then was computer horsepower necessary to deal with wheel speed input and proper ignition interrupt. In any event, I know an unsafe condition when I see it...such as going slow when everything else is going fast. I have a feeling, too, that my son's vehicle is not a one-of-A-kind situation. P.S. your listing of models didn't include the Sequoia SUV, so I checked "Pilot".

- Pinconning, MI, USA

problem #17

Nov 152009


  • 60,000 miles
Same problem as everyone else...vsc, ABS, trac and check engine lights come on. Need to pull over to the side of the highway, turn off my vehicle and restart it to turn off the lights...I manage an independent repair shop and have seen several more Sequoias come in with the same problem. The before mentioned lights have come on a handful of times in my personal vehicle. When is this issue going to be taken seriously"?? hello Toyota" unfortunately it will take several deaths to get this issue taken care of....shame on Toyota. Do the right thing! chalk up another dissatisfied "vsc victim."

- Kamuela, HI, USA

problem #16

Oct 262009

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
2004 Sequoia 77K miles / vsc off / vsc trac / ABS lights on all at once. Issue has been associated with a check engine light since new purchase in Aug 2004, most of the time the issue was resolved after loosen the gas cap and filling up the gas tank which usually cured my issue. Each time I had the vsc off and vsc trac / ABS issue I had taken it to the dealer which after the vehicle was restarted the errors were not present, ," it has returned occasional over the years and dealt with it due to it resets itself - presently it is solid after a few weeks of rain here in South Florida took it to the dealer today which they quoted me $1340.24 plus $185.76 in labor.." I refused the repair until I could further research this issue by searching for 4 hours I have found that this issue is a trend for Tundra, Sequoias, land cruisers from 2003 to 2005 which this stated to be a default in the skid control unit as a factory defect - by this apparent trouble this should be a recall of the skid control unit ( ECU ) to current Toyota owners that is affected. I have placed my complaint with Toyota hq of this issue awaiting call back from the dealer. Updated 03/18/10 the consumer has decided to trade the vehicle. Updated 05/05/10.

- North Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #15

Aug 282009


  • 75,000 miles
2004 Sequoia with 75,000 miles. Driving down road in the middle of the summer and ABS light comes on and the brakes went into anti skid mode. Very scary and had the kids in the car. Had to pull over and turn off the car. The vsc and ABS lights are staying on. Took car to dealership and they know it is a known problem. They want to charge us $1400 to get it fixed.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #14

Aug 182009


  • 100,000 miles
I have a 2004 2wd Toyota Sequoia. The vsc light keeps coming on. Reading on and I have found that this is a common problem and should be grounds for a recall. One of the SUVS even caught fire.

- Canton, MS, USA

problem #13

Aug 122009


  • 118,000 miles
My 2003 Toyota Sequoia has 2 lights that come on when I drive (the vsc and trac off). Sometimes it comes on immediately after I start the car, other times it comes on after driving for about a minute. The Toyota dealership diagnosed it as needing a new skid control ECU. They told me that this computer controls the ABS of the vehicle and that it is unsafe to drive. However, the price tag is too steep to have repaired today.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #12

Aug 092009


  • 43,800 miles
We were experiencing occassional dash brake light illumination about every two weeks or so. When I had the vehicle in for another issue, I mentioned the brake light. Toyota told me that they needed to replace the skid control computer and the vehicle was unsafe to drive while the light was on. After having the computer replaced, the brake light came on two more times while we were out of town. The next day as I was starting to slow approaching a turn the truck suddenly braked very hard and it felt like we were going to start skidding. This was an unexpected automatic application of the brakes and proved to be extremely dangerous. Luckily for us there were no cars following at the time. This episode illuminated the brake light along with the vsc and trac lights. Whatever Toyota replaced not only didn't solve the problem, but apparently made the vehicle more dangerous to drive. It is now at Toyota for further diagnosis. I see that this is not an uncommon issue, as there are numerous complaints about this system on the Sequoias. There should be a developed repair plan to remedy this situation and to keep their customers safe.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #11

Jun 012004


  • 1,000 miles
Vsc lights come on intermittently, took to dealership and they said no problems were found. Over the next few years they still come on periodically. I have to shut the vehicle off and then the light goes out.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #10

Mar 302009


  • 80,000 miles
I have a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The vsc, trac and emergency brake lights come on. If I turn the car off and then turn it back on then the lights will go off. This has been going on for one week now. I took it to the dealer and they want $2100 to fix the computer. Apparently, this is a widespread problem with the Toyota Sequoia.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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