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 1 of 3)

problem #52

Aug 172016


  • 188,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. While driving 35 mph, the traction control and vsc warning lights illuminated. Also, the front passenger side wheel seized and the vehicle started pulling to the right. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the yaw sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 188,000.

- Livingston, TN, USA

problem #51

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 #50

Nov 202013


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled. During the failure, the traction control and ABS indicators illuminated. The vehicle restarted, but the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Maitland, FL, USA

problem #49

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 #48

Mar 152013


  • 145,000 miles
The vsc trac lights have came on and will not go off.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #47

Aug 012012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Wife was pulling off from a stoplight when the traction control system light (skidding car icon) and warning buzzer came on and the vehicle started making a loud grinding sound, vibrating, and pulling to the right. She pulled the vehicle over, turned it off, and called me to come swap vehicles with her. When I started the car, of course, the symptoms had gone away. Several days later on a family trip, I was driving the vehicle on the interstate at 65-70 mph when the vehicle did the same thing she had described. We pulled over, the noise stopped, and then the vsc/trac and trac off came on. This should be a recall fix. Too many vehicles have had this problem, over several production years (2003's actually have a recall for a similar issue). However, reading various forums has made me think Toyota doesn't even know the root cause of this. But it's definitely a safety issue that needs to be checked out.

- Luling, LA, USA

problem #46

Jul 262012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 164,359 miles


Vehicle's traction control system malfunctioned while driving on dry flat pavement. Vsc and trac control lights came on, 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 with our children in the car and scared everyone. This is the second time it has happened to us, but appears to be a very common problem with this make/model. I would like to see a recall.

- Stagecoach, TX, USA

problem #45

Jul 202012


  • 212,132 miles
The contact stated that the traction system would engage sporadically without warning, causing the vehicle to vibrate violently and pull the to the right. The dealer diagnosed that the traction system would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the failure.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #44

Jul 052011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 228,926 miles
The Sequoia vsc trac, vsc off sensor lights turning on and off and hearing grinding noise, and lose power. And the roll over system light come on.

- St.Louis, MO, USA

problem #43

May 012012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Had just turned onto a road at 25 mph and vcs/trac lights came on, started beeping, made a grinding noise and was hard to steer, pulled off road as thinking I had ran over something....very scared. Now does it approximately 2 X weekly with no rhyme or reason.

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #42

May 102012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 148,100 miles


I was driving on the highway slowing down in traffic and the truck started skidding on it's own, the vsc trac light and trac off light both came on while the car with the skid mark indicator light flashed and beeped, there was a noise coming from under the truck that sounded like something was lose. I stopped at the store and when I got back in the truck, the lights were off but a few minutes later, going only about 30 mph, it did it again and was louder and shook worse. I was scared and just tried to get home. It was too late to take to Toyota but I did talk to a mechanic and will go to Toyota in the am.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #41

Apr 192012


  • miles
Was driving out my driveway, not going fast at all...turned on a major street and suddenly, a picture of the skidding car appeared and then the trac/vsc lights came on with a horrendous noise. Took car to the local Toyota dealership and of course they couldn't find anything wrong with it after relinquishing $100 diagnostic fee. The light and noise from the vsc engaging or disengaging is really loud and has happened every day since the initial issue. Does this present a problem? I'm afraid to drive my car but is very much needed for work and recreational activities. I've searched online and it appears that this is an ongoing issue that Toyota is aware of but fail to do a recall.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #40

Jul 082011


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the traction system would engage sporadically without warning, causing the vehicle to vibrate violently and pull the to the right. The dealer diagnosed that the traction system would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,000 and the current mileage was 114,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #39

Jun 242011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 195,000 miles
I have a 2001 Toyota Sequoia, I was driving on I 90 at 70 miles per hour. All of a sudden vsc trac sensor light came on off off couple times and then it auto engage and disengage the brakes. I almost lost the balance of my SUV. I had my 2 young kids and my wife with me.

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

problem #38

Oct 272010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vsc and trac warning lights illuminated and the steering wheel began to shake abnormally. The contact also heard a grinding noise in the engine. The vehicle was pulled over and parked momentarily. Once the contact began driving again, the steering wheel operated as normal and the grinding noise ceased. However, the service lights continued to illuminate. The failure recurred intermittently and the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told that the yaw sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 84,555.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #37

Mar 302011


  • 112,000 miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia. Vsc trac/vsc off skid control lights all illuminate. Vehicle shutters aggressively and decelerates suddenly (occurred at least 8 times between 65 and 45 mph). Vehicle becomes very unstable and difficult to control until full stop. Unsafe to operate!!

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #36

Mar 202010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The vsc and other lights in dash light up and has caused the vehicles brakes to engaged without warning. Its pulls the steering wheel violently to the to left. It happens at high and low speeds. Went to dealership and they said it was the skid control computer and the cost to replace it is 1,200 dollars.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #35

Dec 222010


  • 125,000 miles
I am experiencing problems with the traction control system on my 2001 Toyota Sequoia. Unexpectedly, sometimes at high speeds, the traction control activates and can significantly affect steering and braking while driving due to strong grinding feeling during the traction control engagement. Again, this activation has no apparent cause as it occurs on flat dry pavement at various speeds. Luckily, I have been able to maintain control of the vehicle despite the significant effect this engagement has on the vehicle. At a minimum, there should be a longer delay between an initial warning light and the actual engagement of the system. There is no time to react with the current design. On my second trip to the local Toyota dealership, they have determined that the yaw rate sensor should be replaced. During my first visit, they could not determine the cause of the problem after plugging the car into their computers. I paid the diagnostic fee and hoped it was an isolated incident. Of course, it happened again about a week later (December 22, 2010 to be precise). I'm currently waiting for the part (yaw rate sensor) to come in as I must get the vehicle fixed.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #34

Dec 182010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 167,000 miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia vsc traction inadvertently turned on while driving on a straight away highway at 75 mph causing the vehicle to abruptly pull to the right, almost causing a crash. Luckily I pulled the steering wheel and car back into my lane and then exited and had the car towed to the dealer. This could have resulted a terrible crash and rollover. It was a very scary experience for me and the 7 witnesses in my car!!!!!

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #33

Sep 112007


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the traction control activated and pulled the vehicle to the right which caused the rear brakes to wear; a crash almost occurred as a result. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the O2 sensor needed to be replaced. The dealer replaced the 02 sensor but 150 miles later, the failure occurred again. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired again. The failure mileage was approximately 137,000.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

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