hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,400 miles

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 022013


  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the rear tailgate latch became fractured and as a result, it prevented him from opening the door from the inside of the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the door lock actuator was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 137,000.

- Brookline, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012010


  • 100,000 miles
Rear door on 2001 Toyota Sequoia wont lock...latch doesnt catch causing the making the rear cargo door to open.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 132011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia rear trunk latch broken. Apparently this is a recurring problem with the Sequoia. Once latch is broken, rear trunk can not be opened. You can not open it from the interior since there is not mechanism to do so. Cost to replace the broken latch is costly to consumers. I have contacted Toyota about this problem with their Sequoia, but was told that they have not gotten any complaints. I did a web search and there are thousands who have encountered this problem. Therefore, it is not covered under warranty or recall. Bad design and cheap material used by Toyota. Far as safety, you can not have any passengers in the third row since the broken latch does not permit opening operation should one need to get those passengers out. Diffidently a safety hazard and potential entrapment for those in the rear seats. Part is available at a modest cost, but having dealing install is costly.

- Holland, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 092009


  • 68,000 miles
The latch on the tailgate on my 2001 Sequoia has now broke 3 times. Today it was acting funny. I brought it into schaumburg Toyota. Instead of warranting it since it was replaced February 20, 2008, they put WD40 on it and sent me on my way. Tonight I opened my back door and it broke again. We brought it back in and they won't cover it.

- Rolling Meadows, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 132004


  • 120,000 miles
The vsc light came on after my 2001 Sequoia hit a pot-hole. This was back in 2004 and the light remains on. I was told it was a sensor. The vehicle is long out of warranty and I can't afford any expenses right now. That's just one of a few major components to go. In 2003 the torque converter went and the transmission had to be replaced. I had 88,000 miles on it and it was beyond the 60,000 drive train warranty. However, Toyota did pay for half of the $4000 bill with the dealership picking up a 1/4 of the bill. I paid the rest. Was paying half an admission by Toyota that they provided a faulty transmission. I do know that the dealership removed the old transmission and shipped it off to Toyota and I never heard another word about it. The brakes on these big vehicles have been a sore spot with me. I've had to change brakes and rotors numerous times over the years. And last on my list of complaints is the tailgate. It has rusted out prematurely and it is more than a $1,000 to replace. I use bungies to keep it closed up and I had to prop the window up since the tracking system in the tailgate rusted out and fell apart.

- Hoosick Falls , NY, USA

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