really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
143,762 miles

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #35

Sep 222013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 112,500 miles


On multiple occasions, the vehicle has exhibited random activation of the vehicle stability control system at highway speeds on dry, smooth pavement. Each incident is characterized by: The activation of a brief audible warning beep, the vsc indicator light flashes along with the slippery surface light (two squiggly lines) and the vehicle suddenly begins randomly applying hard ABS braking to the wheels intermittently shifting from side to side, back to front, accompanied with a loud grinding noise that appears to emanate from the braking system. During these incidents, it is almost impossible to control the vehicle as it jerks from side to side and shakes violently. The only viable response is to reduce speed and pull to the side of the road as quickly as possible. To recover control, the vehicle ignition must be turned off and the vehicle restarted. Over the past year, this serious problem has recurred at least four times without warning and there is not predictable set of circumstances that seems to initiate an occurrence. My wife now refuses to drive this vehicle and I have dramatically reduced the usage this SUV for fear that another incident may result in a serious accident!

- Bradbury, CA, USA

problem #34

Sep 242014


  • 96,000 miles
While driving along at ~40mph, car jeered to the right and made a noise as if the anti-lock brakes were pumping on the right side of the vehicle. The vsc & trac lights came on. Vehicle then drove normally until the ignition was turned off. Once the vehicle was started, the same incident occurred repeatedly making it unsafe to operate. Took vehicle to the Toyota dealership and was told I needed a new yaw sensor - $558.

- Bluffton, SC, USA

problem #33

Sep 092014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 230,000 miles
Vehicle's traction control system malfunctioned while driving on dry flat pavement. Skid light and sound came on followed by vsc and trac control lights. 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 few times, took it to dealer can not find issue but appears to be a very common problem with this make/model. I would like to see a recall.

- Frankfort , IL, USA

problem #32

Sep 272009

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Appears cars stability system came on with application of brakes, noise on the brakes. Weather was clear. Vsc, track light came on. Happens every few weeks.

- Milpitas , CA, USA

problem #31

Sep 042014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 170,700 miles
It feels like its slipping and the warning siren goes off, trac & vcs lights start flashing and vehicle starts grinding sounds like metal on metal and loose control of car, can't brake, can't steer just have to wait for it to pass as you are rolling away. Very very scary - what if I was on a highway"?" not a happy Toyota owner right now!!!!there needs to be a recall on this, I see several complaints that sound just like mine on the internet and can't believe that Toyota hasn't done anything about it - are they waiting for some fatalities to happen. This is my 1st Toyota and I'm the original owner and up until now this has been an excellent vehicle to drive (14years). Now I'm afraid for my life...

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #30

Aug 242014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 169,000 miles
All of a sudden a grinding noise from front of vehicle, anti skid beeping, vsc light popped on. Very hard to steer and brakes not working well. Happened repeatedly. Pulled over, turned vehicle off. Engine on, drove off, 5 miles later, all over again, but more severe. Not safe at high speeds, more than 25 mph. This occurred in August, no snow, no rain, dry cement.

- Eaton, CO, USA

problem #29

Jul 152014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 94,000 miles


Driving on hwy approx 65 mph. Vsc and trac lights came one. Grinding noise was heard as vehicle pulled. I was by myself thankfully. Extremely dangerous and glad my wife was not driving the vehicle at the time. Took it to the local dealer and had the stability control ECU replaced - $945. Would have been $1,200 but the dealer waived three of the five hours of labor. This should absolutely be a recall and is very unsafe. Purchased the vehicle used from Toyota dealer as a family vehicle because my wife and I had our first child. Very worried about the safety of the vehicle. Why is this not a safety recall? I have read many other complaints that were exactly like mine experience.

- Horseheads, NY, USA

problem #28

Jul 012014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Traction control engages for no reason, makes a loud grumble noise, pulls to the right.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #27

Jul 252013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
After driving my 2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4X4, 70 mph for 45 miles, the vehicle made an abrupt right hand turn on its own. The stability control system locked the front right wheel and caused the vehicle to turn right. Later that week my mechanic replaced the yaw sensor. Since then, the truck has behaved as expected. I just heard a friend also had a 2001 4X4 Toyota Tacoma and the same thing happened, although his vehicle rolled 5 times and there were several injuries. He had about 135000 mile on his vehicle.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #26

Apr 252014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vsc warning lamp illuminated. The contact mentioned that when the failure occurred the steering wheel locked momentarily. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the ECM needed to be reprogram. The vehicle was repaired and failure recurred shortly after the leaving the dealer. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the technician stated that the yaw rate sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 143,000 and the current mileage was 144,000...updated 08/11/14

- Lindale, GA, USA

problem #25

Mar 042013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 175,000 miles


I own a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. While driving approximately 65 mph on the freeway all of a sudden the vsc trac turns on and my steering wheel jerked to the right almost hiding the vehicle on the right lane.. I noticed a grinding noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The traction light illuminated.its very hard to slow down. Its if I hit a puddle of water but this was on a sunny and clear day. This happened numerous of times. Now the truck just sits in my driveway due to the scare of driving it and someone getting killed.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #24

Sep 022013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 134,232 miles
Driving at 45 mph + a grinding noise starts coming from the front, no brake pedal, then a shaking sensation on the steering wheel, the ABS/vcs lights start blinking. Pulled over and then it stopped. Very dangerous situation.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #23

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 #22

Jun 192013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
While driving on a smooth pavement the vsc/trac system engages for no reason. Sounding off the internal chime and turning the vsc/trac lights on the dash. The ABS system kicks in and grinds on the brakes. Loss of steering is present as the vehicle pulls to one side.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #21

Nov 222012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Last year my car while traveling at a speed of 50 mph just collapsed. My ball joints fell completely off. My the grace of god I wasn't killed because I was on the interstate. I have since had it repaired but not by a Toyota dealer. At the time as now, all my lights were lit vsc trac, ABS etc. I have had this problem throughout having this Toyota and it has been very costly. Now as we speak my car is at a dealer and I can only imagine they will tell me it's the faulty computer chip. I will also have them check for rust since I'm hearing of all these cases of rust. My car has been in tip top shape due to my husbands knowledge of cars. However, some of these reports appear to be incidents beyond our control. I'm lucky to be alive. I guess if I had been killed Toyota would still be denying their product is faulty. I would like Toyota to step up and pay for some of these issues I've had and if my car needs this expensive computer chip..ABS is engaging my brakes they pay for it. This is the second time I've made a report and I haven't heard anything from Toyota...

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #20

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 #19

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 #18

Mar 152013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the passenger's side brake seized and caused the vehicle to jerk. The contact noticed a buzzing and grinding noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The traction light illuminated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #17

Jun 012013


  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph the traction control, vsc trac and the slip warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle then began to brake independently. In addition, the vehicle pulled into the right abnormally. The failure recurred five times when the contact was driving at various speeds. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 154,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #16

Jun 072013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
The vsc and trac off lights came on. The Sequoia made a scrubbing noise and the vehicle skidded left and right a few times. Scary! the lights remained on. They went off later that night, but have come back on at least three other times since then. The vehicle has skidded all but one time. There should be a recall on this. I have seen many complaints but no recalls or help. The speed does not matter and there is no warning that this is about to happen. Help!

- Tifton, GA, USA

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