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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,752 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2005 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #11

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 #10

Oct 092012


  • 120,400 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 the engine will not accelerate randomly while driving and the trac control light goes on at the same time.

- Stone Mountain , GA, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Mar 162010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 8,700 miles


Brake light comes on when driving, reset when turn engine off. Braking system & pad checked out to be fine. Need to replace skid control computer cost approx. $1200 should be covered under the warranty but the dealer say no.

- Holmdel, NJ, USA

problem #7

Oct 062012


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the brake warning light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who advised that the brake booster needed to be replaced. The dealer stated that the brake booster usually failed at 70,000 miles on the specific year model. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileages were 69,000.

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #6

Sep 082012

Sequoia 8-cyl

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

problem #5

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 #4

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 #3

Jul 092012


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that as she was parking, she applied the brakes and the brake pedal depressed to the floor. The contact also heard a grinding noise during the failure. The brake light then illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis and the contact was informed that the vehicle needed a new brake booster. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 103,000.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Jun 012010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
"vsc off" and "vsc track" and "brake" lights all illuminated on dashboard. Severe loss of power. Unpredictable steering and braking.

- Kailua, HI, USA

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