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

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2001 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #55

May 012016

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 156,000 miles


My 2001 Sequoia, suddenly showing the vsc lights and brake lights at the same time! there is a very rough feeling when I'm driving the car like something in the undercarriage is very wrong. There is a twice beep and the car, will suddenly pull to the left momentarily and then release itself but the lights never go out unless car is off. I can feel the brakes like shaking.I S scary and this happen like 4 times.the last is in the highway.is make a noise like a scratch metal.I know I'm not the first one.please Toyota fix the problem.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #54

Sep 122016


  • 157,850 miles
Intermittent vsc control warnings, breaking engaged with pulling vehicle steering to the right. Sometimes with only the warning lights and check lights. First occurrence day after purchase of this used vehicle (50 miles). Took back to dealership and could not find nothing wrong, very scare. Speed has been between 10 to 65 mph. Highway and city driving.

- South Elgin, IL, USA

problem #53

Oct 022016


  • 189,000 miles
Happened yesterday 3 times in less than 2 hours. Vsc traction control engages for no reason. Driving at 55 mph on freeway, the truck applies the breaks sharply, trac light comes on with a warning beep, makes a loud grinding noise and can't use the breaks or stering. Barely made to the side of the road in a busy freeway. It was terrifying specially when your little kid is in the truck. It could have caused a big accident.

- Watsonville, CA, USA

problem #52

Sep 162016


  • 163,000 miles


My complaint stems from the vehicle stability control (vsc) issue that commonly plagues the 2001-2001 Toyota Sequoia. As many others have filed complaints over this vsc issue, mine is no different. My Sequoia, a 4X4 SR5 with 160K miles, works flawlessly other than the vsc lights being constantly illuminated while driving. The results of the malfunction, possibly from the yaw rate sensor, present a momentarily loss of power and random unexplained steering events. The only way to temporary clear the vsc lights and the effects of the malfunction is to completely stop the vehicle, turn off the ignition and restart the vehicle. I fear a loss of control of the vehicle while my wife and kids are driving at highway speeds. I would like to see Toyota issue a formal recall or pay for a new yaw rate sensor and the consumer pays the labor. Other than the vsc issue, the Sequoia is a great vehicle overall.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #51

Jan 142016


  • 90,000 miles
Driving on the freeway at 60 mph the vehicle jerked violently to the right. I was charged nearly $1,000 to change the faulty ABS sensor. I want my money refunded.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #50

May 312016


  • 145,000 miles
Traction control malfunction. When in motion the car engages the brakes for no reason, intermittently applying the brakes causing the car to pull & swerve, and shudder. This happens when going straight, turning, or just driving down the road.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #49

May 142016


  • 100,000 miles


Regardless of speed a warning bell will sound, several instrument lights come on and the brakes activate causing the vehicle to pull to the right. I've experienced this numerous times with seemingly no common denominator. Neither speed nor steering input seem to be the trigger for this. I've taken it to my local Toyota dealership with no satisfaction and contacted Toyota of America customer service with no satisfaction.

- Pomfret, MD, USA

problem #48

Jun 122016


  • 160,000 miles
While driving on dry roads, the vsc anti-slip comes on and starts braking, occassionally causing the vehicle to pull to one side, and engages the ABS which makes the car vibrate and makes the driver question whether the brakes work or not.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #47

Jan 202016


  • 150,000 miles
When I start my 2001 Sequoia the brake and vcs trac light come on. They stay on until I run it for a while, turn the vehicle off and turn it back on. They will go out but no dealer can tell me what is wrong.

- Paris, KY, USA

problem #46

Jan 272016


  • 210,000 miles
When operating at speed, the vehicle will suddenly shutter briefly, and pull to right. Seemingly a wheel locked up. Control of steering is lost. Vsc light comes on, and cannot be rest until restating the engine.

- Valley Springs, CA, USA

problem #45

Oct 102015


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the traction warning indicator illuminated and a chime sounded as the skid control system engaged without being prompted. The accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. There was also an abnormal noise coming from the front of the vehicle as the steering wheel veered to the right. The brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to slow down until the vehicle's skid control system disengaged without being prompted. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #44

Aug 152015


  • 112,150 miles
While driving on a neighborhood street the vehicle with no warning applied full braking to the right front wheel causing the tire to lock up. At the same time 2 skid control lights came on the dash along with a loud warning buzzer for around 5 seconds. Dry pavement in Arizona. Vehicle swerved hard and had to oversteer to control it! this has done it 9 times now. It has happened every time! speed is not a factor. Weather is not a factor. If the overide button for the traction control is engaged on not is not a factor. Today (9-19-2015) was the last straw. In 3 lanes of traffic, speed 45, it came on. Cars on both sides the did its thing! I almost hit the car to the right of me. I am now parking it until I am contacted by someone at the NHTSA or Toyota. I am holder of a cdl license of over 40 years. This is the most dangerous thing I have ever seen a vehicle do! I understand there is no recall! help!

- Maricopa, AZ, USA

problem #43

Aug 312015


  • 159,300 miles
The vehicle skid control randomly engages for no reason. It causes lost of power and braking, causing steering to be very difficult.

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

problem #42

Aug 222013


  • 100,000 miles
Started with both vsc and trac lights on. In both warm and colder temperatures, the car ABS engages. Feels like driving over gravel. Car pulls to one side or another, and braking seems almost impossible. This became more and more common. It started once every couple of months, to almost every trip. Toyota read codes and stated that it was yaw rate sensor that needed to be replaced. Over a cost of $1800. We changes it and the car acted normally for 1 day. A day later the lights came back on and the skidding occurred again. Even after replacing the yaw rate sensor and performing a 0-point calibration, they read the codes, and showed the following: C0371 yaw rate sensor output signal malfunction C1208 steering position sensor output signal malfunction C1234 malfunction in yaw rate sensor C1271 low output voltage of right front speed sensor C1272 low output voltage of left front speed sensor C1273 low output voltage of right rear speed sensor C1274 low output voltage of left rear speed sensor C1275 abnormal change in output voltage of right front speed sensor C1276 abnormal change in output voltage of left front speed sensor C1277 abnormal change in output voltage of right rear speed sensor C1278 abnormal change in output voltage of left rear speed sensor C1279 deceleration sensor is faulty C1281 master cylinder pressure sensor output signal is faulty they estimated that the cost of repairing all of these sensors was approx $4500. The likelihood that all of these sensors gave out at the same time, to me is highly unlikely. There has been numerous complaints about this car's braking system and this seems to be an exploit of yet another shortcoming of this car. Currently if the car sits idling for more than 10 mins, the vsc and trac lights come on regardless of temperature outside.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #41

Mar 072014


  • 316,000 miles
Street driving, clear day and car dash board starts to alarm. Dashboard lights for vsc, antilock brakes goes haywire. Horrible grinding noise and vibration felt through the brake pedal, with loss of power, and pull to the right all simultaneously happening. Alarm bells all going off in the car. It is very loud noise for all occupants. Terrifying occurrence with loss of brakes and power. First event lasted approximately 20 seconds. Pulled over and the car seemed fine. This has been intermittent but occurred after car was warm and occurs more frequently when its is warmer outside as well. Now, 16 mos later, this happens all the time and Toyota dealer says there is nothing wrong with car and cannot diagnose the issue. It is a safety issue for sure. Will have to park the car now since they cannot figure out what is wrong with it.

- Jarvisburg, NC, USA

problem #40

Mar 222015


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. While driving 45 mph, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel and the brakes failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the anti lock brake system failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000. The VIN was not available.

- Brevard, NC, USA

problem #39

Apr 062015


  • 170,000 miles
Driving down road and drivers side front end dropped; the vehicle just seized. The ball joint snapped and the tire buckled on the vehicle there was no brakes or steering. Fortunately I had just exited a major highway onto a straight secondary road when this occurred. I feel if this had happened on the highway I would have been in a major accident; which would have included multiple other vehicles as well..

- Neptune, NJ, USA

problem #38

Mar 122014

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • 218,645 miles
A loud noise driver side, vsc light on and ABS.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #37

Mar 132015


  • 196,596 miles
The traction control on my 01 Sequoia comes on without warning at around 10 mph. This has caused several close calls to accidents. I took it to a local dealer who asks me to keep it over night because they couldn't figure out what the problem. The next day they call me and tell more that the skid control ECU and the translate ECU are malfunctioning. They tell me because if the year and mileage of my vehicle to replace them it would be at my cost $2500 if my cost. How can they tell you that something then manufacture is faulty then try to charge me to replace it. Now I am forced to drive an unsafe vehicle with four children as I commute daily because I cannot afford the repair or to buy a new vehicle.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #36

Feb 032014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 91,548 miles
My vsc trac, vsc off, brake, & ABS lights won't turn off.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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