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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,999 miles

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2005 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2005 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #49

Mar 242011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles


I noticed the vsc trac lights stayed on. The vehicle appears to drive fine for a while, then loses power. Dealer could not find any codes and reset it. How it does it all the time mostly about the 2 or 3 day after unhooking the battery. After doing my own research online I discovered that many Sequoia owners have experienced the same issue, but Toyota has refused to do a recall. This issue with vsc trac is a huge safety concern. Through my research I discovered that the vehicle could lose power at any time, and many owners state they hear a grinding noise as the vehicle pulls to the right or left. They recalled the 2003, what about us, a friend had a new computer epu put in at $3000 and did it again in 6 months...Toyota knows about this and other problems...we need a recall or have it fixed.

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #48

Feb 202013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 119,966 miles
I started my car and drove off, and I noticed the vsc trac lights stayed on. The vehicle appears to drive fine, but the vsc trac lights stayed on. Upon doing my own research online I discovered that many Sequoia owners have experienced the same issue, but Toyota has refused to do a recall. This issue with vsc trac is a huge safety concern. Through my research I discovered that the vehicle could lose power at any time, and many owners state they hear a grinding noise as the vehicle pulls to the right or left.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #47

Sep 132012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 129,637 miles
When backing out of garage and applying brakes, the ABS motor was heard and then the brake light came on. Then the vsc trac, vsc off and ABS lights came on. The brake pedal felt mushy so a visit to dealer was made. The concern was addressed with service, and they came back with : "test drove car and inspected brakes. Found dtc's C1223, C1244, C1247, C1310. Provided estimate for updated skid control ECU @ $905 + tax". as the customer, I declined to schedule. Then during a past winter storm, backing out of driveway again, the same thing occurred. Very concerned that this braking system is defected in any wet/snowy/ice weather. I have had to divert to driving my 1998 Honda Accord in snow instead of the Sequoia. I am very concerned driving this Sequoia with my kids in car and braking at anytime. I feel an updated software/logic in ECU or an updated skid control ECU is valid enough to say they have a known issue that is 'safety' related, and Toyota should buck up covering this as warranty. I have contacted Toyota motor sales, usa, Inc. And my case is filed at their headquarter office under my name and file #[xxx]. they stated their is no customer compliance issued recall/bulletin or warranty available to cover my concern due to its age and mileage. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #46

Oct 192012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles


My 2005 Toyota Sequoia's electronic stability control began to lose power causing my car to only go around 20mph. This is very dangerous when driving on an interstate at speeds of 65mph and then the warning lights come on and my car just slows down to about 20 mph in the middle of traffic. The Toyota motor corporation needs to address this issue and have a recall on their 2005 Toyota Sequoia vehicles. They did do a recall on the Toyota Sequoias for the 2008 - 2010 models with this same problem. I have read that many other owners of 2005 Toyota Sequoias have had the same problem. I had to have my car towed to the Toyota dealership and they said that it would cost around 3,200 to fix. I feel that the Toyota motor corporation needs to do a recall and fix this faulty system on their Toyota Sequoias. Totally frustrated and plan on telling everyone I see driving a Sequoia about the problem I have had and tell them they need to consider getting rid of their vehicle.

- Leeds, AL, USA

problem #45

Sep 082012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 167,000 miles
Slowing down to turn the vsc trac< trac off < check engine - Irving, TX, USA

problem #44

Oct 032012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The skid control computer on my 2005 Toyota Sequoia malfunctioned causing low power/low acceleration. The engine has 65,000 miles. Because this part failed, several engine parts malfunctioned. The engine nearly blew up as a result. Toyota recalled 2003-04 models for this same problem, but has only issued a tsb for the 2005 model. The service department at the dealership explained that my engine would not have nearly exploded had the skid computer not been faulty. I filed a complaint with Toyota, and they explained that this part is not considered to be a problem in the 2005 model, and will not assist in repairing it. The estimated repair for this is $4000.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #43

Aug 242012


  • 93,331 miles


While driving, the brake warning light, vsc off light, and vsc trac light all came on. Pulled over and shut engine off. Restarted the car and lights were initially off but came right back on as soon as I started driving. Had advance auto parts hook computer to it, and it isn't throwing a code at all.

- Maryville , TN, USA

problem #42

May 012012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
3 incidents in the last 90days, each one while the vehicle was in motion between 15-40mph with 5 passengers and in traffic. On each occasion, the brakes suddenly engaged, causing a loud bang/thunk sound followed by a severe shake in the vehicle. Speed & control was drastically reduced to the point of being uncontrollable. Within seconds, the vsc trac, vsc off, brake and maintenance lamps illuminated. Vehicle was very difficult to drive, as if the brakes were fully engaged. After pulling over, we shutdown the vehicle and let it sit a short period of time, on restarting, all lamps were on, the vehicle was drive-able however, the brakes we still being applied but slightly allowing the vehicle to move but on release of the accelerator, the vehicle slowed rapidly. After dropping off vehicle to a local non-dealer service center on each of the first 2 incidents, the codes were no-longer active and the shop indicated that nothing could be done unless the codes were active again. Research indicates the 2003-04 had skid control computer recall, reflashing/reprogramming the computer but only a tsb was issued on the 2005 model year. After the third incident, the most severe, we went to a Toyota dealer. They confirmed the recall & the tsb. In discussions with the service advisor's and technicians, they both reported that they have had numerous 2005 models with the same issue. The dealer informed us that the skid control computer will need to be replaced at a total cost of $1100. However, numerous posts on online blogs & forums indicate the problem persists even after the skid control computer was replaced. We are lucky that this event did not result is an accident as we were in traffic and vehicles behind us would not expect our vehicle to suddenly brake causing them crash into us at full speed. This is a severe known safety issue and Toyota should issue a recall.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #41

May 292012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 58,700 miles
Vsc, trac off, and emergency brake lights all stayed on after car was started. For the next week or so they would go off then come back on and then stayed on continually. I took it to my dealership on June 16, 2012 and they said the skid control computer needed replaced and they had to order the part. On June 19, 2012 they replaced this part at a charge of $1013.56. On June 22, 2012 all these lights have again come on. I was told at the time of the initial diagnosis there had been a bulletin issued about this issue. I ask why it wasn't recalled if it was a known safety issue and they just said it was a bulletin not a recall.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #40

May 052012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
The brake light constantly goes on and off. Trac off, vsc trac and check engine lights all come on. A loud rattling noise coming from the front end of vehicle and vibration when starting up the vehicle. Engine will not accelerate randomly while driving and the trac control light goes on at the same time. I first experienced this while going up a mountain and needed to turn around because my vehicle started to decelerate even with the gas completely floored. I noticed that there are a lot of complaints for the same issue. Is Toyota waiting for a death to happen before they do something. This is a family vehicle and I'm transporting my 2 and 5 year old. Something needs to be done about this before something tragic happens!!

- Wailuku, HI, USA

problem #39

Mar 142012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 92,140 miles


Vsc trac, vsc off and ABS lights all come on at once. I took the vehicle to my mechanic and he couldn't pull the code as it was off by the time I got there. Brakes had good pad left. The light came on 3 times today and went off just as unexpectedly.

- Smithville, MO, USA

problem #38

Oct 292008

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
2005 Sequoia - this is now my 2nd formal complaint. Vehicle has skid control, check engine, brake, ect lights on and multiple times lost braking control in traffic. I took to the dealer 3 times and finally they replaced the ECU ($1000) and assured me that this was the problem. Guess what? problem is back after just a couple months. Now it is said that the brake booster needs replacing($1000). Toyota has recalled this problem on other years but not the 2005. The time is now! this is a very dangerous vehicle for my family with 3 young children, plus it is costing us alot of time and money! Toyota.....please try and keep your reputation and help your loyal customers.

- Rifle, CO, USA

problem #37

Jan 182012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 92,010 miles
Vsc off light keeps appearing on and off. Antilock braking is disable when the light comes on.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #36

Jan 312012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 716,578 miles
I have a newly purchased, one owner, preowned Sequoia, the vehicle has been serviced every 5000 miles and all recommended maintenance has been completed at the same dealer each time. I have recently taken it for inspection and the dealer failed it because the vsc skid control ECU needs to be replaced because of error codes. This is a $2300 dollar repair. After looking online this is an very common issue. So much so that Toyota issued a tsb and changed the part out for a new one on future models. I feel like Toyota is very aware of this defect which is a brake related concern which to me is a severe safety issue. I would like Toyota to own up to this and pay for the costly repair. I read on a forum that everyone experiencing this issue should complain to NHTSA in hope of forcing Toyota's hand. I am Canadian that exported this vehicle and I have been told that I need to deal with us Toyota.

- San Jose , CA, USA

problem #35

Nov 122011

Sequoia 8-cyl Diesel

  • 92,000 miles
My 2005 Toyota Sequoia had the vsc light come on. We took it to the dealer who said that it was a code for the secondary air injection valve sticking open, but he also told us that they have replaced the valves before and it ended up being the pump. When pulling into traffic the vehicle went into "limp"mode which was very close to causing an accident with my wife and three children in the car. After reading about so many other people with the same problem, it would seem that Toyota should be willing to fix this issue before someone is injured or killed in an accident. I now have a car that is not safe to drive.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #34

Sep 202011


  • 135,000 miles
My 2005 Toyota Sequoia has been having intermittent brake lights coming on and off for months. Usually when I would turn the car off the lights would go off - only to return again for no apparent reason. I have brought the car in many times only to hear that the lights have to stay on for good to analyze and or fix it.....a Toyota dealership in savannah made this comment on my last full service appt and made the same reply yesterday. Yesterday while braking on a clear day at a slow rate of speed at a routine light the brakes made a terrible grinding noise with an almost wreck caused by the this failure and all the brake, ABS and vcs lights coming on. Today I replaced the skid control computer at a dealership...for a price of one thousand dollars! 2 dealerships said this is step one in the problem and that "hopefully" it will not happen again. As the mother of a small child, I am at all happy with this answer as I know this is a real safety issue!!!!! had I been on the highway my child and I might not have made it as all control was lost. I think a recall is needed!!!!!!!!! I have read of many reports of 2005's with the same problem. Please contact me. Thanks.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #33

Sep 022011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
Stability control lights, ABS lights, and brake lights come on intermittently. ABS does not work while lights are on.

- Avon, IN, USA

problem #32

Aug 292011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The brake light constantly goes on and off. Trac off, vsc trac and check engine lights all come on. A loud rattling noise coming from the front end of vehicle and vibration. Engine will not accelerate randomly while driving and the trac control light goes on at the same time. This is a huge safety issue especially when you are turning in an intersection. I almost got hit. This needs to be corrected before someone gets hurt or killed. The dealer wants me to pay over $2000 to repair. I am a single mother of 2 that just lost her job. This is the same issue that came about in the 2003 Toyota Sequoia recall. We need this fixed!!

- Dublin, CA, USA

problem #31

Aug 152011


  • 97,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5. My vsc trac light, ABS, brake, lights come on periodically for no reason. I have read many others have the same problem.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #30

Aug 072011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Vsc (vehicle skid control), trac (traction control), brake lights came on. This is a 2005 model year Toyota Sequoia with approximately 41,000 miles on the odometer. Vehicle has never been in an accident and has been garaged since new. Dealer says computer needs replaced, approximately $1,000 to replace. Vsc/trac/brake light problems are well documented in 1st generation Sequoias (2001-2007 model years). Read about problems on

- Chardon, OH, USA

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