hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
204,136 miles

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2001 Toyota Sequoia body / paint problems

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 142010


  • 75,000 miles


I bought my Toyota Sequoia in 2001 when it first came out. I drive the SUV in the North East (ct, NY, NJ) area generally and it now has about 75,000 miles on it. After about 4 years I noticed rust under it and every time I took it for any service they reported rust. Last week the differential housing leaked and I took it to Toyota to get a repair estimate. They commented that the vehicle was very heavily corroded (rusted) to the point that even if the differential housing was replaced that the SUV would be very unsafe to drive as the rust was everywhere underneath. Therefore I decided not to have the vehicle repaired since the cost to make it safe enough to drive was significantly more than replacing the differential housing that had completely rusted out with holes in it. There was significant other damage attributed to rust. The vehicle is still drivable but it is not being driven since it would damage the differential since it has less lubrication which is continually leaking. So far nothing has been done to correct the failure and several options are being looked into.

- Brookfield, CT, USA

problem #5

Apr 122010


  • 127,814 miles
I took my 2001 Toyota Sequoia to be inspected today. When the mechanic looked under the truck, he saw that the frame was completely rusted and said that it was unsafe to drive. I was told it was so rusted that the tire might fall off. I called Toyota and was told that there was nothing they could do about it because there had not been any complaints. Clearly, others are having the same problem and I hope that Toyota looks into this issue with the frame on the 2001 Sequoia immediately.

- Andover, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 142009


  • 860,000 miles
The car slowed down to 40mph while I was doing 65. Mechanic said the throttle body assembly is not working properly. I escaped several accidents while I was driving, the brakes had became loosed, and the steering wheel became very hard to handle. The car started jerking, and almost ran over. I went to llehman Toyota on 441 North miami beach, they charged me 1800 dollars to fix the censor, and the steering wheel assembly. Now, the same problem repeats.

- Miami,, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 202010


  • 162,000 miles


I took my 2001 Toyota Sequoia for some minor service and the Toyota dealer told me they checked my frame (reportedly because Toyota told them to be checking Tundra and Sequoia frames on 2000/2001 vehicles) and they found rust through the frame and they found corrosion of the spare tire support system. They told me my vehicle would no longer pass inspection next time I needed it inspected and they said while it is not an imminent safety problem, it will become one with more corrosion. They arranged for a factory rep to inspect the vehicle and he confirmed the dealers findings. I was told by the dealer this is an emerging problem and Toyota is in the process of deciding what do about it. I was given a case # and was told Toyota would get back to me with their plan of action. After several weeks, I heard back form Toyota today telling me that while I do have a frame corrosion problem, like was experienced on the Tacoma and Tundra, and while this could be a safety issue, Toyota has no plans to do anything for the Sequoia customers. In other words, I have a problem but it my problem alone. Toyota's failure to solve this problem creates a safety issue on the highways and will render my vehicle useless.

- Brentwood, NH, USA

problem #2

Jan 012002

Sequoia 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When having two windows or even one window open in back seats, vehicle will start to shake in a way that can cause consumer to lose control. Contacted dealer, and dealer was not willing to do anything.*akspecifically when there is a rear window open, the vehicle vibrates violently, so severe it's enough to bounce the vehicle as if loosing control. Vehicle was taken to dealer who proclaims it's a design flaw.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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problem #1

Mar 252001

Sequoia 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Running board has a non slip strip, consumer has slipped on it numerous times.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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