hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
122,885 miles

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2001 Toyota Sequoia drivetrain problems

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 012016


  • 151 miles


My 2001 Sequoia (151,000 mi) which has been garaged and maintained meticulously is 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 "clunking" noise as slow as 5 mph at all times and all speeds. At high speeds, the car will suddenly pull to the left momentarily and then release itself but the lights never go out unless car is off. I have read the 138 complaints at the dot.gov site about this exact problem and thus far, Toyota Corp is ignoring the complaints.where is the recall for this problem. I know alot of owners who haven't even investigated why it's happening in thier truck too. How can they do business like this "?" this is a life threatening problem for Toyota !!! I will stop at nothing to have Toyota repair their problem on their product. Just fix your problem Toyota and I will call off the dogs... simple stuff.

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #9

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 #8

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 #7

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 #6

Apr 092014


  • 135,000 miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia was recalled due to corrosion of the frame. All parts such as the back plates for the brakes, tie rod ends, stabilizer bars, and many more attached had rust when it went into the shop. However, Toyota did not care that the rust had spread. I could have wrecked several times due to the negligence of Toyota. It has been costly and the car is not the same since the transfer of the frame. Rust spreads as cancer and is as deadly when it is under your car. I will have to spend thousands of dollars to ensure the safety of my family.

- Brevard, NC, USA

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problem #5

Jul 272013


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact was stopped at a traffic stop and when the accelerator was depressed, the vehicle did not accelerate and vehicle stalled with the battery warning light illuminated. The failure was sporadically recurring. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 109,000. The current mileage was 110,000.

- National City, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 032013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 122,000 miles


On freeway cruising at freeway speeds with no warning at all, loss of power and unable to engage gears. It is now in the shop mechanic says it is the planetary gears in transmission and will require a rebuild. Cost $3500.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 242011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia has only 88,000 miles after ten years. Recently failed inspection due to rotted, rusted frame and rear differential casing. Mechanic was able to demonstrate frame failure by pressing finger through rusted metal. Vehicle now requires frame strength assessment to determine if it is salvageable. Vehicle has same frame as recalled Toyota Tundra.

- Hampden, ME, USA

problem #2

Nov 032008


  • 48,700 miles
2001 Toyota Sequoia- 48K miles..vehicles traction control and vsc lights come on shortly after driving the car. Just before the lights come on, the car shakes and makes a grinding noise, pulls to the right, and loses power. This occurs every time you drive the car. Anywhere from 1min to 15min from the start of driving. It is very dangerous once the vehicle is up to speed, we have almost gotten in to an accident because the car pulled so violently and didn't have power. The car will shake and pull and the only way we've gotten it to stop is by stepping on the brake and reducing speed (less than 30 mph). After we reduce the speed, the trac and vsc lights come on and the car is drivable until you cycle the ignition. It's pretty scary. My father-in-law took the car to a Toyota dealership and their diagnosis is skid control ECU faulty, must replace. Dtc codes C1363 and C1234. The cost they quoted him was $2415.99 + $200 labor. We haven't decided to purchase the new ECU because we feel its something that should be covered under a warranty or should be a tsb. I've since searched the internet and found that other Sequoia owners have the same problem and Toyota's response is to just replace the ECU. Some of them even got into accidents due to the sudden loss of power and shaking.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
We have a Toyota Sequoia, the problems are the 4 wheel drive is not operating all the time. It does not engage sometimes and does not stay in 4 wheel drive. One example is my wife had six friends in the vehicle the 4 wheel drive did not stay engaged and the vehicle skid control made the engine loose power so she slid backwards down a hill. No one would ride in our 4wheel drive again. The vehicle skid control makes the engine loose power while in traffic. There is also a hesitation in the engine when accelerating from a complete stop. Another problem is the braking system is not adequate for the vehicle. The entire front brakes had to be replaced. The vehicle has been in for the same repairs at least 10 times and is still not working the way it should. We have all the documentation for service on our Sequoia. We have done internet research through NHTSA and have found the same problem with other Toyota Sequoia's. there was also a problem with the air conditioner having a bad oder from bacteria growing, the exhaust manifold was loose and the power window motors made a loud noise. We have filed a complaint on all the same problems with NHTSA, comsumer affairs of California and you. We want to pursue the lemon law and get our money back. We are currently working with Toyota arbritration but are getting nowhere. We have had Toyota's previously and had no problems with them. This vehicle is a lemon.

- Truckee, CA, USA

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