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

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2001 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #12

Sep 012007


  • 60,000 miles


We were driving down the hill and the traction control system went crazy we skidded out and then the ABS and traction control/slip lights went on. They stayed on until we took it to the dealer and they replace some brake sensors that were corroded. On the way home it happened again. The traction control computer was reporting that there were still bad sensors, but the sensors were fine, so they replaced the entire traction control computer. After a week in the shop it finally came back working. A traction control system should not throw your car out of control and run you off the road. The dealer said that they had not seen so much corrosion under a vehicle before. They said that the frame, exhaust, spare tire, and brake components as well as various other electrical components looked to have what they would call excessive corrosion. They said I should take it up with whom I bought it from. I think this is the same problem as the Tundra are having with corrosion and should be looped into the same investigation. The Sequoia, I was told when I bought it, was designed on the same frame, and drive train as the Tundra which would explain why the corrosion is effecting similar braking systems and the spare. I would love for someone to investigate this. I would have hated for anything to happen to my family which was in the car with me.

- Hume, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 012008


  • 30,000 miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia 103K has had the vsc and trac light come on intermittently for the past year. Had the same thing happen at about 30K and the computer was replaced under warranty. When it happens it is just driving down the road in ideal conditions. It will go off when you shut off the vehicle and restart it. After looking on the internet I have discovered that this is a common problem with this vehicle. I want it to be safe when my wife and kids are in the car and I have lost faith in the safety of this vehicle because of this problem.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 242009


  • 110,000 miles
When I drive my 2001 Toyota Sequoia the vsc sensor and ABS light go on. My vehicle starts grinding and shuts down ( doing whatever speed I might be doing at the time) you lose all control of the vehicle for a few minutes. I am told this is a factory defect and is happening to alot of these vehicles. Toyota was very rude when I went to them for help and wanted alot of money to fix the issue. Why isn't it recalled? someone is going to get killed. I drive my children in this vehicle and do not have the money to spend on something that should be recalled and fixed as a safety measure!

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 062009


  • 121,300 miles


My 2001 Sequoia is experiencing false skid indications, resulting in sudden, severe applications of the right front wheel brake, with no warning. After purchasing my used Sequoia (with approximately 121,000 miles), we drove it approximately 70 miles without incident. We had just left a parking lot and driven less than one-half mile when the right front wheel brake suddenly did a strong apply, pulling the vehicle toward the right, off the road, while making a grinding sound. The brake apply and the noise lasted approximately (3) seconds, and then the brake released and the vehicle made a series of beeps. No indicator lights were illuminated on the instrument panel before, during or after the incident. We were traveling in a straight line on a dry, smooth road, at a speed of (25) to (30) mph; the outside temperature was approximately 80F. the incident occurred a second time several hours later on the same day. All factors were identical, except we had driven about (5) miles after starting the vehicle. In each case, the vehicle was pulled toward the right, off the road, and could have resulted in an accident had there been an obstacle there (another car, pedestrian, etc). It was a holiday weekend and the dealership service departments in the area were closed. We drove the vehicle home and searched the internet for information on this incident, and were amazed to find many similar problems with model years ranging from 2001 to 2006, and with no known fix. The local dealership later confirmed that they had no knowledge of any incident like this. The vehicle has not been repaired. This is the most dangerous vehicle condition I have ever seen. I am justifiably afraid to drive the vehicle again, or to drive in the vicinity of any other Sequoias or Tundra that I see on the road.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Jun 252009


  • 94,450 miles
Vsc trac warning light intermittently comes on, my recently purchased used 2001 Toyota Sequoia. I've read online posts that the ECM associated with this computerized anti-skid braking system is a common problem on these Toyota's and that action is being taken at your office to ensure Toyota corrects this issue. I want to ensure my Sequoia is also repaired.

- Winchester, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 222009


  • 89,000 miles


The vsc traction control came on while driving in a straight line in the rain. There was a loud clunk and the car swerved sharply to the right almost causing loss of control of the vehicle. Had there been another car in the right hand lane this would have caused an accident!!! both dash vsc dash lights immediately illuminated indicating the vehicle needed service. The dealer is now saying that the ECU is defective and needs to be replaced. The car only has 89000 miles on it, the ECU should not be defective at this mileage. More importantly, if/when the ECU does become defective it should not engage the traction control system causing a condition that could result in an accident.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #5

Jul 162009


  • 147,641 miles
Vsc/trac light has been coming on intermittently for one year with no ill effects until yesterday when the vsc system activated itself twice under perfectly normal driving conditions. The first time it happened I was braking normally when the vsc kicked on and limited my stopping ability. The second time the vsc activated was I was driving 50 mph, foot off the brake, when the vehicle began pulling hard to the right forcing me into the next lane. For the few moments this lasted I had no control over braking or steering. Dealer has yet to resolve the issue.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #4

Jan 012001


  • 1,000 miles
Since I purchased the car in 12/2000 (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4X4) I have had the following recurring issues, which were brought up with the dealer on multiple occasions with no remedy: 1) trac and vsc lights going on/off with no error codes thrown 2) oil pressure gauge reading off-line low with no error codes thrown to date, the issues above have not caused a crash or bodily injury, but as this is my family car (two young children) it has been concerning. I have been following the issues with this car, my 01-07 and they seem to be known issues which have actually resulted in fire/crash. I cannot fill out the incident date accurately below as this has been happening for a number of years (since delivery of the vehicle).

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 222009


  • 80,200 miles
My 2001 Toyota Sequoia has a problem with the vsc trac control. The vehicle's dash lights come on and it starts beeping and the vehicle starts jerking around and making a grinding noise and the brakes do not work hardly at all. This is happening almost every day I drive now. It's scary. It will last for around 20 seconds or so and go away, although the vsc/trac lights stay on the dash.

- West Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 302009


  • 80,000 miles
Have a 2001 Toyota Sequoia and recently registered a vsc skid error on the dash. While driving on the interstate at 65 mph + the car became hard to control as and it felt as if the truck wanted to rock back and forth. The brakes seemed to be working without pressing the brakes and it felt like I had blown a tire. This seems to be very dangerous especially since I was on a very busy interstate with lots of traffic.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #1

May 242009


  • 75,000 miles
While driving our 2001 Toyota Sequoia, there is a loss of power and grinding noise from the wheels just before the vsc off and trac off lights come on and the vehicle begins beeping. Our local dealership indicates they have no idea what could be causing this, although internet research indicates we are nowhere close to being alone with this incident. We have concerns over passenger safety operating this vehicle at any speed.

- Spring, TX, USA

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