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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,329 miles

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2004 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2004 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Feb 222014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 124,965 miles


The skid control light flashes at randomly at low speeds causing the vehicle not to accelerate; and at times during a left turn;took vehicle to Toyota dealer I was informed that skid computer was identifying a skidding condition during wet conditions, but the surface was dry. This defect can cause an accident from the rear or oncoming traffic. Other 2004 models have reported similar problems with ESC, trac control and ABS.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #28

Aug 172013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 111,063 miles
Vsc, vsc trac off, and brake light indicators come on and off at will. Toyota service center said that there is a skid control ECU malfunction. Fixing costs~$1100. Just noticed that this issue has been reported a lot on online forums and on this website.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #27

Jan 012011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
My wife was driving vehicle and she had noticed a bang or thump coming from the car. She had noticed prior that the brake warning light had come sporadically. The trac, vsc, and ABS lights came on and have stayed on since. The front brake rotors have been turned twice since then because for whatever reason the rotors are warping. The front brakes grind now and the only way to stop it, is to turn the rotors. Checked into the repair, but unable to afford $2,000 to fix a known problem with this vehicle. We love the vehicle but hate the problem that we are having and disappointed with Toyota.

- Springfield, AR, USA

problem #26

Apr 102012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


Grinding noise when brake is applied. Vsc and trac lights, brake lights come on.

- Durant, MS, USA

problem #25

Jul 072005

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
Vsc trac lights and brake lights all come on at the same time. I have had this issue since 2005 and Toyota has replace every part they know off.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #24

Jun 282011


  • 75,000 miles
After the last brake job the brake light would come on while driving on dry pavement. If you shut the vehicle off it would reset. Have taken it to the dealer several times but nothing could be determined because it could not be replicated. Had it happen once when close to the dealer and they said there was a bulletin out on it. Dealer is trying to charge me to replace and doing research on-line this a very prevalent problem for model years 2002 - 2004.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #23

Dec 212011


  • 103,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the anti lock brake and vsc lights illuminated upon starting the vehicle. The contact also stated that he could hear the brakes grinding whenever they were applied. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 103,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #22

Dec 012011


  • miles
Undercarriage rust hole 6" diameter and more through steel plate under vehicle. 74,000 miles original owner and heated garage. This Sequoia should be included in the rust recall. The underbody rust for an '04 with only 74,000 miles is ridiculous. Extreme rust around brake components.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #21

Sep 292008

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that when braking to make a turn, the ABS brakes would fail and the vehicle would not decelerate, causing the vehicle to skid while turning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the skid control was defective and needed to be replaced. There were no recalls for the failure. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 38,000. Updated 11/18/11 the consumer stated the vsc light illuminated and there was a loss of control. The dealer informed the consumer the vsc was defective. The consumer stated a recall was issued for the 2003 model, but there was not enough to open a recall for the 2004 model. Updated 12/02/11

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #20

Sep 082011


  • 62,000 miles
I have a 2004 Sequoia at about 62000 miles and have been having problems with the ABS lights. It comes on and off within the last 15000 miles. It would turned off when I restart the engine. Recently I took it to the dealer and they told me that I need to replace the brake booster and skid control ECU. Total estimated cost was about $2500. Since I have low mileage the dealer checked with Toyota to see if this would covered and they said no. Just today the vsc trac, trac off came on while I was driving at about 45mph. This is the first time this happened and I am a little worry about safety. I am going to autozone tonight and get a reading to see what this problem is. Very disappointed with this vehicle especially a Toyota.

- Sacramento , CA, USA

problem #19

Mar 012011

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2004 Toyota Sequoia. Consumer states that Toyota has inherent braking system defects and possible defect in the drive shaft the consumer stated at 16,117 the dealer found the front rotors were rusted and the brake pads were worn down requiring replacement of the front brake pads and resurfacing the front rotors. At 20, 230 miles, the brake warning light illuminated. The dealer found code C1247; skid control ECU had an internal failure. At 35,999 the brake warning light illuminated again. The dealer found codes C1247 ad C1223; ABS control system malfunction and intermittent failure of the booster assembly. The dealer also found the drive shaft yoke needed modification. Additionally, the front seat belts tightened to the point where the consumer was unable to move forward to look out the side view mirror.

- North Potomac, MD, USA

problem #18

Nov 152010


  • 95,000 miles
Problem with ECU unit, vsc trac and trac off light coming on in vehicle. The brakes were recently changed and it is now making a screeching noise. Something is not right. When I purchased this vehicle and took it to Toyota for some other recall they told me that my ECU unit needed to be changed. The ECU unit is now on recall but they are restricting it to only 2003 model. I have a 2004 & it has the same problem the 2003 has. I feel sorry for all the money they had to pay out with other defects but I feel if there is a problem then they should own up to it and fix it. My vehicle is also losing power on turns and I think it is from this same issue based on the forums I have read. This can be dangerous especially when making turns in oncoming traffic. I would feel really bad for Toyota if I were to get in an accident for something they can own up to and just repair in good faith. Very frustrated consumer. Crash was missed by inches because the truck slows down on turns.

- Margate, FM, USA

problem #17

Sep 172010


  • 45,100 miles
2004 Toyota Sequoia. No crash yet. Incident is all 3 brake lights in the dash on(brake, vsc, trac off). Afraid of brakes failing. Research showed Toyota not taking responsibility for the software upgrade and making consumer pay out of pocket up to 2000$ for software repair to the skid control computer. Would like a formal complaint filed. First occurence in Sept then in Oct. Have looked at numerous complaints on the internet for same issue.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #16

Feb 112010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The contact was driving 25 mph when the traction control and emergency brake warning lights illuminated. Within seconds, the brakes failed. The dealer performed a diagnostic and advised that the skid control unit would need replacing. The skid control unit was reset at the dealer but did not remedy the issue. The contact stated there were numerous complaints online regarding the vehicle skid control unit and believed that the manufacturer should issue a recall for the failure to prevent serious injury. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Crystal Beach, FL, USA

problem #15

Jul 242010


  • 94,996 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The contact was driving at 5 mph and applying the brakes. The interlock brake system then independently engaged, making it difficult to stop the vehicle. The skid, ABS and vsc warning lights were illuminated. The dealer replaced the brake booster, master cylinder, and the ABS computer skid control at the contact's expense. The manufacturer did not provide any assistance, yet advised if the components were ever under recall, he would possibly be reimbursed. The failure mileage was 94,996 and the current was unknown.

- Spring , TX, USA

problem #14

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 #13

May 182009


  • 90,000 miles
My wife and I own a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. We bought it brand new back in 2004. Around 90,000 miles we had issues where the brakes failed. Pedal went to the floor board. Fluid was fine and pads were fine. Dealer said the front caliper pins were frozen. They fixed it. But now the brake lights keep coming on. Not sure why. Front and rear brakes are new. Worried about brakes failing again with my wife and kids in the car. My wife very worried as well. We owned a sienna in the past and now a Sequoia. May not purchase a Toyota again for safety concerns. With news today of Toyota safety issues we decided to check the web and enter this complaint to help maybe get a recall to help make the vehicles safe and save lives. This is not good.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #12

Feb 062010


  • 88,000 miles
We have 88,000 miles on our 2004 Toyota Sequoia and it is time to put on the 3rd set of front brakes on this car. If there a problem with the brake system?? our sister in-law also has a Sequoia around the same mileage and has not replaced the brake ever.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #11

Jun 172007


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The contact was driving approximately between 10-15 mph on a slightly bumpy road surface. There was pressure applied to the brake pedal, followed by no power response. The vehicle failed to slow down. The driver swerved to the shoulder of the road to avoid other vehicles. The vehicle came to a rolling complete stop. The engine was turned off. The vehicle restarted and resumed to normal operation. The failure occurred on one occasion. In addition, the "brake" warning light indicator illuminated on the instrument panel intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on three separate occasions. The brake pads and anti-brake computer system were replaced. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 172010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I have noticed on my 2004 Toyota Sequoia that when I brake and hit a bump or pothole, the whole brake system seems to tremble and lose the ability to brake.

- Cypress, TX, USA

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