really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
124,426 miles

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #67

Dec 172013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 139,500 miles


Vehicle had experienced intermittent stability/traction control trouble lights in cold weather. While driving in sub freezing weather on wet heavily salted nearly clear (possible slight slush from snow dusting) interstate along a straight smooth slight upgrade stretch, the vehicle without diver action (steering, braking, or acceleration) experienced a rear end swerve to the right and inability to control. Result was leaving the right side of the roadway down a 25-30 foot embankment (no guardrail) and a vehicle roll (one time, ending up wheels down, still running). Travel was at or below that of traffic. No other vehicles experienced difficulty on the same stretch of road. It is believed that a sudden random actuation of the stability/traction control system initiated the event. This appears to be a generic issue with the Toyota system spanning several models and years.

- Signal Mountain, TN, USA

problem #66

Oct 102012


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle shook violently as the vsc warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the yaw rate sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000 and the current mileage was 192,000. The VIN was not available.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #65

Apr 012013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
Multiple times over the past 5 months my 2001 Sequoia will suddenly apply the brakes strongly while driving, sometimes causing the steering to pull to the right. Thankfully this seems to happen shortly after beginning to drive, so the speeds have been municipal speed, rather than highway. At the same time, a warning bell sounds and the vsc and ABS lights come on in yellow. Sometimes when I start the vehicle, the vsc and ABS lights are already on, so the sudden braking does not occur. If the lights are off, I have learned to prepare for the sudden braking. I will take this to Toyota before the snow flies here in northern NY because this is a definite safety hazard, and could cause an accident when the roads are snow and ice covered.

- Carthage, NY, USA

problem #64

Jul 012013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 147,000 miles


Driving the family from co to ca. On the last leg between las vegas and los angeles. Cruising along at 75 when the vsc and trac off lights came on. My truck immediately braked and pulled to the left while decelerating. Longest 5 seconds of my life. Luckily there was no one to my immediate left. Taking it to a dealer shortly for consultation. Someone will get hurt if this is not addressed!

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #63

Mar 162013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
While I was driving the vsc trac light came on, the vehicle started grinding while I was pressing the gas and brakes. The vehicle felt as if it was loosing power, I almost lost control of the steering wheel because car was losing power and control. The ABS light also came on and vehicle started shaking very badly. This happens several times while I'm driving vehicle. I have taken it to be serviced from the dealer but the problem still exists. I will talk with an attorney about these problems because I am very afraid of a serious accident while driving my wife and kids.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #62

Mar 032013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
I have a 2001 Toyota Sequoia with 120,000 miles on it and on 3/3/13 I had a very bad incident happen with the vehicle stability control (vsc). The problem happened twice within less than a mile. I was driving on sunny day on a straightaway about 35 mph both times when out of nowhere the vsc light came on and the steering wheel started to shake violently, the brakes pedal felt like something had broken with it, and it would not allowing me to stop the vehicle. The car for lack of a better way to word it was acting like it was possessed. At this point I have very little control over the vehicle and I had to do something asap. I was able to pull off to the side of the road on a very steep downward bank. I was losing control of the vehicle and I was very lucky to have not been on a major highway. I had 2 adults and 4 children in the vehicle when this happened and I feel luck that there was no accident and no one was hurt or killed! I am now at the point that I"M scarred to drive my vehicle. Think about this, what a horrible feeling to have to deal with and when will this happen again" so now I am at the point do I sell it because I don't trust it and pass on a problem to another person.

- York, PA, USA

problem #61

Dec 032012


  • 173,817 miles


This was the first incident: As I was driving then suddenly the truck started to beep and moves back and forth and made a braking sound. And I went into the side and hit a small post and the seat belt tighten. Now my back has been hurting me since. And some lights were on. The vsc trac and trac off lights were on. Then after that one I have been driving very careful but it will still do the same thing. The beep starts and the swirling back and forth. But I have been driving slower too so I don't get out of control. This is very scary. After the I turn off the truck the lights are not on. But the thing is that it just happens. I have no I idea when or what time. I hope I can get help on fixing this problem. Thank you

- Sanger, CA, USA

problem #60

Jan 032013

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • 107,901 miles
I own a 2001 Toyota Sequoia and experienced a loss of steering control on three separate occasions. The first incident occurred while driving through a shopping mall parking lot at 5 mph. Our vehicle shuddered and swerved to the right while a buzzer went off & then the vsc and trac off lights illuminated. The next two incidents occurred over the next few days while driving on the highway between 20-25 mph. On both occasions our vehicle lost control and veered to the right before I was able to gain control of the vehicle. This is a serious life safety defect that has been acknowledged by Toyota for the 2003 Sequoia's and by the vast amount of complaints should extend to earlier models as well. I recently took our Sequoia into a mechanic and their trouble shooting revealed that the skid control ECU would need to be replaced, costing over $3400.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #59

Aug 012012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Wife was pulling off from a stoplight when the traction control system light (skidding car icon) and warning buzzer came on and the vehicle started making a loud grinding sound, vibrating, and pulling to the right. She pulled the vehicle over, turned it off, and called me to come swap vehicles with her. When I started the car, of course, the symptoms had gone away. Several days later on a family trip, I was driving the vehicle on the interstate at 65-70 mph when the vehicle did the same thing she had described. We pulled over, the noise stopped, and then the vsc/trac and trac off came on. This should be a recall fix. Too many vehicles have had this problem, over several production years (2003's actually have a recall for a similar issue). However, reading various forums has made me think Toyota doesn't even know the root cause of this. But it's definitely a safety issue that needs to be checked out.

- Luling, LA, USA

problem #58

Aug 032012


  • 120,000 miles
Today driving at 40mph my 2001 Sequoia suddenly jolted and brake with a terrible grinding noise, this while I was using the gas pedal! it was very scary and shocking that it could possibly do such an unsafe maneuver. My children & I were terrified as the beeping started and then a steady noise while the grinding persisted. I am so glad the car behind us did not plow into us, and still do not know how they did not. To everyone that has stated this: "people will be killed because of this", you are very correct. It is dangerous to have such a faulty system in a car on the road. We had is towed away, and frankly I know not what to do since reading all of these other incidents. Even if we have it fixed, it sounds like it will not cease. I had this happen twice in the last 2 days, but thought I'd run over a pothole or something. Today, it was smooth pavement and nice weather. We really need a recall to save lives!

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #57

Jul 262012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 164,359 miles


Vehicle's traction control system malfunctioned while driving on dry flat pavement. Vsc and trac control lights came on, vehicle pulled hard to the right, made loud grinding noise, and was extremely difficult to control steering and braking. This continued for approximately one minute, stopped, and then did it again. This is a very dangerous situation which could potentially lead to fatal accident if it occurs at higher speeds. It happened with our children in the car and scared everyone. This is the second time it has happened to us, but appears to be a very common problem with this make/model. I would like to see a recall.

- Stagecoach, TX, USA

problem #56

Aug 062011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Oh hwy 26 in left lane. Alarm sounds vsc trac lights come on. Vehicle surges to the right. I had to correct it, to keep it in my lane. Dry pavement totally unannounced. Very scary situation. Whole family in car at the time.

- Monroe , NC, USA

problem #55

Jun 132012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 151,969 miles
Going around slight curve. Alarm sounded vsc trac lights came on and vehicle tried to steer off road into a ditch. Took all I could do to correct it back on the road. Perfect weather dry pavement. Not the first time the system has done crazy things.

- Monroe , NC, USA

problem #54

Jun 042012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 181,008 miles
Two days ago, I happened to be on my way home on a back road and only going around 40 mph when my stability control light, vsc trac, and trac off light came on and my car started making a beeping noise and I could not control my vehicle. This is for a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. I have seen many complaints since on different forums about this same problem. What can be done about this problem? I am very disappointed with Toyota and hope that there will be a recall on this problem or they could be facing some lawsuits if these kind of problems persist and someone gets injured or even killed because of negligence on Toyota's part. As for me and my family, we have owned Toyota vehicles for years, my great uncle was even asked to be in a Toyota commercial because of the devotion our family has had to Toyota. I really hope they do the right thing because there will be challenges made against their company if not.

- Franklin, GA, USA

problem #53

May 012012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Had just turned onto a road at 25 mph and vcs/trac lights came on, started beeping, made a grinding noise and was hard to steer, pulled off road as thinking I had ran over something....very scared. Now does it approximately 2 X weekly with no rhyme or reason.

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #52

Apr 022012


  • 174,000 miles
Recently, my 01 Sequoia has been making a loud metal-like grinding noise coming from the front end of the car. Sounded like it came from the engine or the tires. This caused the car to become unstable on the road and it was swerving, the vsc trac light and vsc off light flashed and beeped rapidly, and worst thing of all was that the brakes did not work either. The more I put pressure on the brakes, the more the metal grinding noise was intensified. Felt like the engine was going to be dropped in the middle of the road or the tires were scraped to the bone. Problem first happened in April, but thought it was nothing because as fast as it came out of nowhere, it quickly went away also. However, 2 weeks ago, my husband and my son were in my car and it happened again. This time it lasted longer and my husband had to try his best to control the vehicle because it was swerving and shaking so bad, and the loud grinding noise was back. We kept the car in the garage for a week in hopes that it will "go away." Today, 5/16/12, as I'm driving at 50mph it happened again.thankfully, there were no cars behind me, and just a truck a little ways ahead of me. Because I was driving at a speed of 55mph, it was very difficult to stop. I put pressure on my brakes to no avail because the more I tried to push the brakes, the louder the noise was and the more the car was shaking. This is one of the most terrifying events in my life because I saw that I was approaching the back of the truck fast and I couldn't stop, I tried to pull to the side but there were no room because the sides were just guard rails. At that point, I put more pressure on my brakes because I didn't wanna be killed or hurt anyone else, so my car finally started to slowed down. The scariest part was that I could not brake. The more I applied my brakes, the louder the noise, and the more the car was shaking.

- Conover, NC, USA

problem #51

Apr 062012


  • 108,000 miles
Recently had new tires installed, while accelerating up freeway on ramp I could feel power being taken away, looked down and skid control light was lit up. Asked mechanic about it and recommended zero point calibration to rest sensors for steering yaw and pitch. After zpc vsc trac and vsc off lights were on. Code pulled C1231 steering angle. Zpc again. Code and lights still, code will not clear with Toyota intelligent 2 scanner. Monitoring steering sensor with scanner show both positive and negative numbers with zero at wheels straight. Mechanic want to change out spendy vsc cpu and translate cpu and says that is no guarantee to fix. I am driving it with lights one due to unable to pay $2K for something out of know where and no part physically broke to promote. In looking around I see this is not an isolated issue.

- Santa Paula, CA, USA

problem #50

Apr 192012


  • miles
Was driving out my driveway, not going fast at all...turned on a major street and suddenly, a picture of the skidding car appeared and then the trac/vsc lights came on with a horrendous noise. Took car to the local Toyota dealership and of course they couldn't find anything wrong with it after relinquishing $100 diagnostic fee. The light and noise from the vsc engaging or disengaging is really loud and has happened every day since the initial issue. Does this present a problem? I'm afraid to drive my car but is very much needed for work and recreational activities. I've searched online and it appears that this is an ongoing issue that Toyota is aware of but fail to do a recall.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #49

Apr 192012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Vehicle skid control and vehicle trac lights come on and they cannot be turned off. It feels like their is less traction and this causes the brakes to wear.

- Harrisburg, OR, USA

problem #48

Apr 072012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 171,150 miles
Vehicle: Toyota Sequoia 2001 4WD ltd temperature: 87 degrees F conditions: Sunny & clear - no rain/water present - no obvious slippery conditions surface: Paved surface road accessories active: Air conditioning was on & radio was on while traveling at approximately 35 mph in a straight line the traction control light illuminated (vehicle symbol that includes 3 wavy lines) and sounded an audible signal immediately followed by the "vsc trac" & "vsc off" lights illuminating. To memory, the accelerator pedal was being pressed as normal. When the above dashboard lights illuminated a negative sensation could be felt through the steering wheel, but the vehicle did not veer off course. Next, the emergency flasher hazard light was turned on, the A/C & radio were turned off and the four main windows were lowered to their full down positions by the driver and the vehicle was driven to a side street approximately 1/8 mile ahead, stopped and parked. The driver kept the vehicle running. The vehicle was then inspected by the driver for signs of obvious mechanical failure. The brake, driveline and suspension components did not show any obvious signs of failure. The owner's manual was checked and it did not indicate that the vehicle could not be driven in the current state. The vehicle's A/C system was switched back on (the radio was left off) and the vehicle was then driven approximately 10 miles, parked and turned off. After approximately 4 hours of the vehicle being parked & not running the vehicle was restarted. The previous dashboard lights at first did not illuminate. After approximately 1/4 mile of driving the "vsc trac" & "vsc off" lights illuminated again upon depressing the brake pedal. Vehicle was driven approximately 50 miles, parked and turned off. There were no unusual mechanical sensations felt or heard during either 10 or 50 mile drives.

- Davenport, FL, USA

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