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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,905 miles

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2005 Toyota Sequoia electrical problems

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2005 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Jun 012016


  • miles


The rear door has continued to have issues repeatedly. The handle to open the rear door broke once and had to be replaced in order to open the door. The rear wiper has stopped working severall times, and the window in the rear door has stopped working multiple times despite repeated repairs.

- West Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #28

Jan 132015


  • 166,000 miles
Vsc vsc traction control lights came on as well as the check engine light. The vehicle was accelerating poorly. The dealer replaced the air injection control drivers and then all of the warning lights were off. The following day all of the warning lights were back on again and the vehicle was accelerating poorly again. I returned the vehicle to the dealer and I was told that another repair was needed now. The air pump set needs to be replaced for $1,700. Thousands of Sequoia owners have reported this problem but Toyota has not issued a recall.

- Lebanon, IN, USA

problem #27

Mar 012016


  • 120,000 miles
Vsc trac off, the vehicle looses power completely and there is a grinding noise. My wife was driving on the interstate and lost power. Luckily, she was not in traffic. Restarted and made it home. The vsc trac off lights are still on. Very dangerous if the vehicle loosed power completely driving 70 mph on the interstate.

- Beebe, AR, USA

problem #26

Jun 012012


  • 111,000 miles


Vsc/trac control/ check engine dash warning lights come on and will not reset. Have had the vehicle at two different Toyota dealers and they cannot find the proplem. They want me to pay them to go into the motor to find the problem. Have found several complaints on line about the same issue.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #25

Apr 132015

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
My wife turned the vehicle on and all warning lights came on and stayed on. This is the 3rd time this has happened.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #24

Mar 152015

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sequoia - following gauge lights came on: Check engine, vtrac. Vehicle made did not sound right while idling, and was not accelerating correctly (in limp mode). Took to mechanic. The air pump broke apart and went into the induction system. Very expensive repair. This is known issue with this make/model and year but was not under recall?

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #23

Dec 232014


  • 108,000 miles


As I started driving the car my vsc off vsc trac and brake light when on when I tried to brake it made a terrible sound as I continued to press on the brake it made a hssssssing sound like air was coming out I got home and googled the problem I guess im not the only one Toyota is aware of problem but will not fix 2003 was fix but the rest aren't I did call Toyota and filed a complaint and the told me they couldn't do anything about it was up to me and my responsibility if its an ongoing problem and very dangerous Toyota should recall I know have it with an experience mechanic and will hopefully get results soon.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #22

Oct 042014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Vsc trac, ABS and brake alerts light up on dash board, noise when vehicle is initially turned on, the noise disappears after a few minutes but the alerts stay on. The vehicle also loses power (but the engine keeps running, just no power to accelerate) if I make a quick turn, loss of power lasts for a few seconds then turns back on.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #21

Apr 162014


  • 97,080 miles
ABS system would engage as vsc skid control light and brake light appears. System would reset after ignition was turned off and restarted. Mishap occurred several times on dry, smooth road surface at a low rate of speed with minimal pressure on brake pedal. I took car to dealer for repair. They replaced skid control ECU. Car repeated symptoms on my way home. I took it back to the dealer. They replaced brake booster. Car is working normally now.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #20

Jun 012014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 112,098 miles
While driving my vehicle on the highway to work, my brake warning light on the dash came on. I pulled over cut the truck off then back on, the light was gone. The next day driving home from work, it was pouring down rain and the brake warning light came on again, along with the trac and vsc warning lights. I was only driving about 25 mph since I was in the city and not on the highway yet. I pulled over cut the truck off and then back on, the lights were out, but within another mile they were back on. I avoided the highway since my brakes were having problems and it was pouring rain. The next day they were off so I drove back to work but when I was on the way home they all came back on, this time it was the afternoon and not raining so I took it to the Toyota dealership. They ran the codes and said my codes were C1247 stroke sensor and C136 master press sensor - they said this was part of a skid control ECM that controlled my antilock braking system! very scary to think my brakes were not functioning properly. I was told it could be fixed for $1042.82 and may also need to replace the master cylinder at $715.85. When I looked up the problem online I found that this was very common failure with 2003-05 models and that Toyota had already recalled the 2003 problem. My service tech said that he was not aware this was a common problem, although there is a service bulletin out for it. I was very scared to drive, but the tech said that my brakes still worked but that the anti lock braking system will not stop "on a dime" but will skid or slide. When I asked to speak to the service manager (all were on vacation) I spoke with the lead tech on shift, who told me alot of what I read online was junk and there was no recall on my 2005 Sequoia but he gave me a number to Toyota complaint department:1-800-331-4331. I have not driven my vehicle since taking it home that day.

- Gaffney, SC, USA

problem #19

Apr 292013


  • 147,000 miles


Driving on the highway and took an exit. Slowed down and turned the steering wheel. The vsa and trac lights came on, the car lost power for several seconds, pushing the gas pedal didn't do anything for several seconds and eventually, heard a loud noise as if the engine was re-engaging and then some grinding noise and the car was back to "normal" driving condition. Since the first incident, has happened several times over again. Very dangerous considering there were cars behind me and could have ran into me. Similar experience pulling into a parking lot. Made a left turn and the car just stopped. People were honking behind me and the car would not move. Had to turn the ignition off and then back on to make it work again.

- Gainesville, VA, USA

problem #18

Mar 012012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
About a month ago, beginning of March, the engine light, vsc trac light, trac off light, are all lite up when I turn on the engine. A week later, those light go off and on all the time and it still does it. From what I know, the trac off & vsc trac has something to do with the brake and I don't feel safe to drive in it. I went online and search to my problems and apparently, alot of people have the same problem as I do. Toyota need to have this recall and fix this problem to all their customers who have this problem.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #17

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 #16

Feb 132012


  • 86,000 miles
The vsc, trak light and ABS lights came on which in turn made the check engine light come on. They stay on continually. At first no code could be found. Then dealer stated that the ECU had to be replaced as well as air pump - both totalling over $3000. This is not the only Sequoia to have this happen. Other years have been recalled so why not the 2005 - or any other year since it seems to be an issue. I emailed and talked to Toyota. They have not heard of this problem and can not help with it's solution. Last Toyota I'll have.

- Boca Raton , FL, USA

problem #15

Nov 122012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 91,800 miles
My vsc trac, vsc off comes on all the time and don't go away. This appears to be a manufacture issue.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Dec 052011


  • miles
Brake lights have been coming on and off for about three months. On 05/6/12 the engine began making a whining noise which sounded like the fan. Turned on and off the car three times and the whining sound went away. Next day same problem then the check engine, vsc track &trac off lights came on. Took it to Toyota dealer who is quoting a price of $3K to fix. I am noticing quite a number of these same complaints is this a recall issue for Toyota?

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #12

Dec 062011


  • 132,000 miles
The yaw rate sensor is defective. This causes the vsc trac to engage and slows the vehicle right away, also causes power failure in the aspect of when it engages engine slows and can ever shut off.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Apr 202011


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sequoia. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph and approaching a traffic stop. As the contact engaged the brakes, the transmission began to jerk with hesitation. In addition, the vsc off, vsc trac, check engine and brake warning indicators were illuminated. The warning indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer where they advised that both the vsc computer and transmission were defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 68,000.

- Huntington Beach , CA, USA

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