really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
118,501 miles

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #32

Nov 202010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 133,000 miles


Driving on dry asphalt paving at 65 to 70 mph, traction control system light flashed and the vehicle brakes were abruptly applied to the right side for a matter of 2 to 3 seconds. This occurred 3 different times (twice November 20, 2010 and once November 27, 2010). Vsc and trac off lights would come on and would not turn off until vehicle engine was restarted. Also appears that trac off button does not work effectively to turn traction control system off on demand.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #31

Nov 142010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
My 2001 Toyota Sequoia, vsc traction control engages in the middle of driving. The car shakes profusely, loud beeping noise, jerks and acts as though it"S not going to stop. I brought the car to Toyota last week they replace front brake pads, resurface the rotors, balance and rotated the tires. But that didn't solve the problem it happen again over the weekend, I took the car back to Toyota they said that there is no problem with it. This is a horrible experience I was on the freeway I am worried about my family's safety. I did a search online and there has been many other complaints online from consumers concerning the 2001 Toyota Sequoia vsc traction control system. Toyota refuses to acknowledge the problem because the 2001 toy Sequoia hasn"T been included in the recall. I believed the is a safety defect on Toyota part and may cause serious crash and lost of life. www.carcomplaints.com/Toyota/Sequoia/2001/brakes/vsc_traction_control_engages_for_no_reason.shtml.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #30

Nov 192010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
I own a 2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 limited 4X4. Since new this Sequoias vsc trac light would sometimes come on then reset itself when I turned the vehicle off. When the vehicle was taken to Toyota they could not find a problem. Last week with 62,000+ miles on the odometer I experienced a frightening event. I was driving straight approximately 20mph on a dry clear roadway when all off a sudden the "vsc trac" light illuminated and an icon of a vehicle skidding started flashing accompanied by a loud beeping noise. The scary part was that the Sequoia started pulling to the right accompanied by a loud grinding noise which could be heard and felt through the steering wheel. The brakes also had lost some of its stopping power when I applied the brakes to pull over. I initially thought I had a right front flat tire or I ran over something that was caught in my undercarriage or suspension system. After what seemed to be approximately 3 seconds the beeping noise stopped and the vehicles "vsc trac" and "vsc off" lights stayed illuminated on the dash and I regained control of the Sequoia. I pulled over and checked the outside of the Sequoia and found no damage. I continued to drive with the vsc lights illuminated without incident. After I turned the vehicle off everything reset and the lights were off until the same exact incident occurred the following day. It was good there were no other vehicles on my right side because there may of been an accident due to the violent pull to the right when the above condition occurs. Since the last incident I have not had any problems with the vsc, but I am taking my Sequoia to an authorized Toyota dealer on Monday because I fear this incident may happen again at a higher rate of speed and I may lose control of my vehicle. After reading numerous complaints on the internet this appears to be a major problem with a vast majority of 2001 Toyota Sequoias!

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #29

Nov 172010


  • 90,000 miles


My 2001 Toyota Sequoia traction control system/vehicle stability control system (vsc) or anti lock braking system (ABS) seems to be failing. This problem started about a year ago. The problem is an intermittent ratcheting or grinding noise coming from the front of the vehicle which causes the wheels and steering to vibrate immensely and have feelings of lost control (stalling) while driving. This has occurred at all different road speeds and conditions.

- Harker Heights, TX, USA

problem #28

Oct 182006

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
I have a 2001 Toyota Sequoia, purchased used in 2004. In 2006, the ABS, vsc, brake lights began to light up intermittently. After a few months, they came on & stayed on. The dealer did a diagnostic test and said it was a computer problem and would cost $2500+ to fix. This seems like a major design flaw by Toyota, and causes an extremely unsafe condition. I would expect a recall due to the number of similar complaints.

- Appling, GA, USA

problem #27

Oct 262010


  • 150,040 miles
Vsc / trac system engages randomly... sometimes three times per week. Started about one month ago. Various speeds, various circumstances... nothing consistent. It has pulled me off the road twice, but most of the time just engages with a rumble sound and hard to drive. The computer diagnostics finds nothing. I have used auto-blog and discovered dozens of people with the same problem.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #26

Sep 302010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 108,000 miles


I own a 2001 Toyota Sequoia 4WD limited. I am plagued with the all too common vsc and trac light warnings. The lights will illuminate at random times, and go out randomly. I have also suffered from a lack of accelerator response while the lights were illuminated. This has nearly caused a couple accidents. I have read that this is a very common problem with the Toyota Sequoia, but that there has never been a recall for the vsc and trac system. I am very concerned that this issue will one day cause a serious accident.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #25

Oct 092010


  • 158,800 miles
My 2001 Toyota Sequoia traction control system/vehicle stability control system (vsc) or anti lock braking system (ABS) has failed. This problem started last summer 2009, and now this problem has become consistent and at every acceleration from a dead stop. The vehicle stalls momentarily and the vsc light/S come on the same time. The reason I mention both the vsc and the ABS, is that these two systems are interworked for control, and at this time it could be either or both which are failed.

- Boerne, TX, USA

problem #24

May 262010


  • 199,000 miles
My 2001 Toyota Sequoia with 199000 miles will apply the ABS to the right front tire and then disable the vcs system. This causes the vehicle to pull to the right and has forced me off the road. I have had it looked at and the computer code was a bad yaw sensor. The mechanic verified the sensor was good as was the wiring. I'm told the vsc computer may be bad.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #23

Jun 042001


  • miles
My traction control lights come on, noise is sounding and the truck is shaking violently during acceleration. It occurs very often in all types of weather and roads. It's an unsettling feeling since it's my family vehicle and the lives of my loved ones are in this vehicle. I have taken it to be looked at and nothing has been found to be the problem. This is a huge safety issue and something needs to be done to resolve this issue before lives are lost!

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #22

Jun 062010


  • 101,000 miles


Two hours into a trip while going 70 mph on straight, flat dry road outside of san antonio, the vsc alarm sounded and I suddenly seemed to lose control of SUV and power. This continued until I was able to pullover asap and turned off the engine which reset the system. Husband took over driving and the same thing happened to him just a few miles down the road. Seemed okay once vsc system disengaged (I.e. warning lights stayed on). Was fine during short drives on our vacation, but the same thing happened about 2 hours on our drive home. Has been okay on short drives, but took to dealer today because we have another trip planned and are afraid -- especially since other family will be joining us. Dealer called a short time ago saying the computer showed the incidents happened, but he can't find a problem. He said resetting the computer should fix the problem, but seems like with as many similar incidents with this year model, there may be more to it than that.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #21

Apr 052010


  • 140,000 miles
My 2001 toy Sequoia began having malfunctioning problems with the vsc traction control system in April 5, 2010. The vsc traction control system engages in the middle of driving the car no matter what speed. The car beeps loudly, shakes, jerks and acts as though it doesn't want to stop. The 2003 Toyota Sequoia has a recall for the same problem.they say that they have no fix for the 2003 either.there are multiple consumer complaints on the 2001 toy Sequoia for the same problem. Toyota refuses to include the 2001 toy seq in the recall. They refuse to honor the costs associated with the 2001 traction problem. We immediately took the car into the dealership three times to find out what the problem was. The dealership couldn"D find anything wrong, however acknowledged that the 2003 Toyota Sequoia was on recall for the same problem. On the fourth time, they tried to say that replacing a chip may fix the problem. Not guaranteed. Wanted to charge $1,000 to order and install the part.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #20

Apr 012010


  • 125,000 miles
Vsc/trac lights come on and stay on my 2001 Toyota Sequoia - appears to be a common problem and is a potential safety hazard with the stabilization computer possibly going out.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #19

Jun 102010


  • 102,000 miles
Vech. Skid control alarm and reaction takes place without warning or justification. Vehicle brakes come on with warning and car shakes because the brakes which are automatically being applied and brake anti skid system is activated. This happened on two occasions in the past week during acceleration. The violent reaction of the vehicle was shocking. I fear for the lives of myself and my family. Even though the vehicle is 9 years old, I feel Toyota is responsible for this deadly defect. I know the 2003 model was recalled and repaired at no charge. I expect the same as the problem is the same.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #18

Feb 152009


  • 183,000 miles
Traction control engages for no apparent reason causing truck to stall and or make grinding noises from front end.

- Cottage Grove , OR, USA

problem #17

Apr 152010


  • 120,000 miles
Having issues with stopping a 2001 Sequoia due to undersized braking equipment. The issue is when the brake is depressed the Sequoias tires and steering wheel shake excessively. I have replaced the pads and had the rotors turned. This is know issue with the Sequoia for Toyota. Tsb issue and braking system fixed as long as the car is under 36000 miles this is a safety issue to all drivers on the road. I have had a couple near misses due to the inconsistent breaking. While at dealership (Toyota of concorde in nc they will not even acknowledge the ts"S are out there. It is an ongoing safety issue that when coupled with issues with the traction control that is going to seriously injure or kill people. As stated the brake issue has cause near misses in our SUV and other.

- Indian Trail, NC, USA

problem #16

Apr 152010


  • 109,000 miles
My 2001 Toyota Sequoia has had issues with the vsc/trac lights coming on and then the skid control lights come on forcing causing power to go out while driving in the middle of the freeway. It was very dangerous. I managed to pull to the side of the road and wait to restart the vehicle. When it cooled off, I was able to drive it a little farther. The dealer says it is the yaw rate sensor and it will cost $670.89 to repair. But I have been reading it has happened to others. They just have not complained about it.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #15

Sep 092007


  • 115,000 miles
Owner of 2001 Toyota Sequoia that infrequently has an issue where out of nowhere the vsc device activates. The vehicles front left wheel starts to grind and you can hear the device going frantically until it stops on its own. Normally it is brief and the 'vsc off' light comes on, but there have been times where it has happened at high speed causing distressing situation. Toyota dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that it could be a defective control module, but they couldn't find an obvious cause. They cleaned the sensors at the wheels and where the connection hooks to the dashboard for vsc off button. I wrote Toyota in hopes that they would offer assistance, but they responded with the terms of the warranty and that there was no issue.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Sep 202009


  • 135,000 miles
I have a Sequoia which I bought brand new in 2001. For all my services I take it to atlanta Toyota in duluth, ga. Recently my vsc trac and vsc off sensor light turning on and off and IżM hearing grinding noise when it auto-engage and disengage. My dealership was asking about $1300 to fix this problem and they have all parts in stock IżM not sure whether it is vsc computer ($1500), complete breaking system, or yaw rate sensor ($550 + $95 labor) since this is a safety issue because the vehicle loses all power momentarily. I would like Toyota to take care of this problem for me, since IżM such a loyal customer. I am surprised and pretty disappointed that this problem has been seen all the way back to the first model year till 2005. Toyota could have figured out a permanent fix by now. Atlanta Toyota told me about leaky/defective brake booster $1400 repair.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

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