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 5 of 6)

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problem #27

Dec 152009


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the vsc and traction lights were illuminated on the dashboard, and the vehicle would pull to the right, limiting acceleration. The failure would occur on a daily basis. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who advised him to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer. The manufacturer also advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnosis of the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 115,000 and the current mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Wickliffe, OH, USA

problem #26

Jun 262010


  • 114,000 miles
The vsc light comes on while driving, alarm beeps, grinding noises an difficulty stopping car. This happened at 35 mph the first time on dry road. Contacted dealer and they suggested to just pull over if it happens again and bring car in. Second time it happened at 65/70 mph on highway. Had to pull into break down lane, came to complete stop, while driving in breakdown lane to next exit, happened again. Brought to dealer in area, could not find a problem. Brought to dealer where car is always serviced and they cannot find the problem either. Both incidents were very scary and felt like the vehicle was not going to stop. Due to pick up vehicle from dealer tomorrow but have printed out numerous similar complaints to show the service department.

- Stow Ma, MA, USA

problem #25

Jun 302008


  • 70 miles
Violent shaking of vehicle while merging onto a major highway at 65 mph. Failure of vsc on 2001 Toyota Sequoia. Replaced 3 parts....yaw sensor, brake booster and cpu. Old cpu part is in my office. Spent close to $2000 on repairs and Toyota's hq in California response was "out of warranty".

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #24

Jan 152009


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. When starting the vehicle, every service warning light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the electronic stability control unit would need to be replaced. The vehicle was serviced by an independent mechanic. The failure has not recurred. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- Clarks Summit, PA, USA

problem #23

Mar 152010


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated while driving at approximate speeds of 30 mph, the vehicle abnormally decelerated to speeds of 5 mph without warrant. The vehicle had not yet been taken to the dealer for a diagnosis of the failure. In addition, the contact stated the electronic stability control exhibited unknown signs of failure. The approximate failure mileage was 31,000 and the current mileage was unknown.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #22

May 152003


  • 33,000 miles
Vehicle occasionally lurches forward when in gear with the brake pedal depressed. Vehicle traction control engages and will not allow the acceleration in heavy traffic conditions.

- Clinton, NY, USA

problem #21

Feb 152010


  • 116,000 miles


2001 Toyota Sequoia yaw sensor failed while on I95, causing a loud warning buzzer, the vsc warning light on dashboard started flashing, traction control warning indicator flashed, brakes were unable to quickly slow the SUV and a loud grinding noise until the car coasted to a stop. We had to pay Toyota to replace the yaw sensor, the second time since we bought the car in 2001. The first replacement was in 2003/4. we have documented over ten complaints to dealer since purchase that vsc lights would not turn off after starting truck.

- Ponte Vedra, FL, USA

problem #20

Jul 012009


  • 143,000 miles
The vehicle skid control light comes on and the system turns off unexpectedly while driving at all different speeds for no apparent reason. This has caused us to come to near vehicle rollover on the interstate and many near crashes which have been very close misses..because you almost lose control of your vehicle. I cannot drive it now due to this problem. This has been an obvious problem that Toyota has ignored and it should be recalled. I had noticed it maybe a few years before. The light would come on intermittently and then go off. I haven't driven my vehicle much until lately and now it occurs if I get into my vehicle and back out of my driveway and put it into drive.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #19

Jul 032009


  • 114,000 miles
Vsc and traction control system lights in my 2001 Toyota Sequoia come on during normal driving condition. When the vehicle is stopped and restarts the engine, the lights goes off. This problem happened back in the spring of 2003 and the vehicle was still under the new vehicle's 3 year warranty. I told the dealer regarding this problem during my routine maintenance, they said they did not find the problem and there was no code recorded in the computer. They make me feel like I was driving aggressive and cause the problem. This problem was on and off for the last 5 years till last month (July, 2009) when my son was driving in la freeway. He was facing the lost of engine power and unable to speed up when the vsc and traction lights comes on. He has to pull off the freeway and restart the engine. After this incident, I begin to search the internet and discovered that this is a common problem for my 2001 Sequoia. This problem is not fixed.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #18

Aug 192009


  • 134,000 miles
My 2001 Toyota Sequoia is experiencing false skid indications resulting in dangerous applications of the right front wheel brake. The indications are illumination of the skid symbol, rapid antiskid servo action, right front wheel brake application which last from one second to as much as 30 seconds. Once the right front brake application stops, the skid symbol is no longer illuminated and the trac off and vsc trac lights illuminate. This occurs in all driving conditions at low or high speed, smooth road surfaces, and whether going straight or turning. I have had the Toyota service department connect their computer several times to determine a cause and they can not definitively tell what has failed. Sometimes they tell me it could be the yaw sensor or the skid control ECM, but these are very expensive parts that may or may not fix the problem. This problem has been occurring for about a year. Initially, the first sign of a problem with the car occurred while driving at 35 mph and the throttle went to idle and the trac off, vsc trac, and engine lights illuminated. Toyota said it was the throttle cable and throttle sensor and I paid them to replace both parts. Shortly after this, the false skid failures began. The false skid failures occur randomly and without warning and recently, the frequency of occurrence has increased.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #17

Aug 162009


  • 101,000 miles


I have a Sequoia 2001 limited and the vsc trac and off light come on after you drive for a while and when turning off the vehicle and restart it back again the lights go off. It happened before last year in 2008 a few couple of times and I took it to the dealer a every time it happened and they said it was ok. Now in 2009 in the last two months the car will shake a bit and would make this beep beep sound then it looses acceleration and looses power temporarily and I can not seem to apply the breaks properly before the vsc trac vsc off lights go on and stay on. Then by turning the ignition off and on the lights go off. This has happened 2 times. I am taking it back to the dealer, but I am that it may cause and accident since it does not seem to break.

- Towson, MD, USA

problem #16

Feb 102009


  • 105,000 miles
Vsc anti - skid and ECU lights stay on and require replacement according to the dealer.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #15

Jan 102002


  • 20,000 miles
The "vsc trac" light, brake light & ABS lights are constantly on. I have a 2001 Toyota Sequoia and have had issues with the trac light since the first 20K miles. Have had it in about 3 times in the dealer with no fix. The ABS and brake lights have been on for about 100K miles.

- Dayton , OH, USA

problem #14

Nov 012008


  • 90,000 miles
Vsc trac, vsc off, brake lights, ABS lights all light up intermittently, often in the cold weather.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #13

Oct 102007


  • 100,000 miles
Vsc and vsc trac warning light staying on Toyota Sequoia turning traction control system off. Vehicle can loose traction during different road conditions. Over $2000 to fix from dealer.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #12

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

problem #11

Dec 152008


  • 117,000 miles
With no prior warning symptoms, the "vsc trac" "vsc off" brake" and ABS" light come on in my 2001 Toyota Sequoia. It started about 2 weeks ago just once in a while, but now it happens almost every time I put the car in motion. It seemed to me at first that it happened most frequently when the weather is cold (the high 30S is about as cold as it ever gets here, though.) this is a problem that has been reported by many others. See here: www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/1gen-Sequoia/62954-vsc-trac-vsc-off-brake-ABS-2/.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 222008


  • miles
The vsc computer on my Toyota Sequoia is acting up as many members on the tundrasolutions message board have had similar issues and basically to fix it the whole computer needs replaced for a healthy sum of money.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #9

Jun 302006


  • 66,000 miles
Vehicle skid control light came on and would go on and off. It started around 30,000 miles and would light up after going over a small bump or during a tight turn. At 67,000 miles it went off at 60 mph during an on ramp acceleration resulting in a violent shank of the vehicle and dangerous stop. A crash was avoided. Towed to dealership and they said brake booster, yaw sensor, and cpu error. All three replaced over a 18 month period starting with yaw sensor. Total resulting in $3000 of repairs. I have old cpu and Toyota has been contacted 6 times and they refuse to assist in repair costs. I feel this was a faulty cpu unit installed.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #8

Nov 212007


  • 98,500 miles
About 1yr ago vsc trac, trac off, ABS, & brake lights all come on and stay on. My system for these braking features no longer work. I found out from research this is very common on the 2001 Toyota Sequoia that I own and was told to file a complaint to help get it recalled by Toyota. The repair is 2 separate computers that can be as much as 2200 dollars to replace.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

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