hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
159,190 miles

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2001 Toyota Sequoia steering problems

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Nov 162016


  • 270,000 miles


Vsc trac light comes on while driving, activates brakes and car pulls and swerves while driving

- Murphy, TX, USA

problem #37

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 #36

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 #35

Jul 182014


  • 123,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. While driving various speeds, the vehicle veered to the right while braking. The vsc and traction warning lights illuminated. In order to stop the failure, the vehicle must be pulled over to a complete stop, turned off, and restarted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that there was a malfunction of the yaw rate sensor, which needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,000.

- Franklinton, NC, USA

problem #34

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 #33

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 #32

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 #31

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 #30

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 #29

May 022015

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 179,000 miles
My 2001 Toyota Sequoia violently experienced a vsc trac error when driving next to a semi on the freeway. It almost pulled my car into the semi, and then off the road as the wheel jerked, brakes and engine response cut significantly. This highway issue happened last month, and just this week, the problem has become more frequent, occurring on neighborhood streets with absolutely no triggers. The steering wheel sometime shakes, and sometime pulls suddenly. It occurs sometimes during a slow turn, but is also happening just driving at 25 miles an hour down a straight road.....updated 11/13/15 updated 12/28/2015

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #28

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 #27

Jun 092013


  • 199,026 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the power steering suddenly failed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home. An independent mechanic diagnosed that the rack and pinion would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. In addition, the contact replaced brake calipers and rotors, 4 new tires and an alignment was performed in the vehicle. The contact mentioned that six months later the vehicle was taken in for inspection and failed due to excessive corrosion around the entire sub frame. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. Also, the contact stated that on the way home while driving 60 mph, the vehicle started to sway violently. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the exhaust and sub frame were cracked. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 199,026.

- Mulberry , FL, USA

problem #26

Jun 052014


  • 101,234 miles
While driving at 60 mph the vehicle pulled sharply to the right and its trac/vcs control lights began to blink and the warning sound came on as well. The vehicle made a grinding sound and I pulled over to the side of the road. I shut the car off and waited a few minutes. I turned on the vehicle and the indicator lights were off and it drove normal. This same incident continues to happen even after I took it in to get diagnosed. I was told by a Toyota technician that he could not find the problem.

- Catheys Valley , CA, USA

problem #25

Apr 242014

Sequoia 6-cyl

  • 173,000 miles
Vsc trac, vsc off, trac, emergency brake & ABS lights are all illuminated. Seems like every Sequoia 2001 - 2005 has this problem. After lots of research it seems like it's a fault with the vsc computer and ECU computer which dealers want $2000 and up! these malfunctions in computers affect the vehicles ABS brakes, and stability control system which poses a threat to safety of driver and passengers.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #24

Sep 092014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 230,000 miles
Vehicle's traction control system malfunctioned while driving on dry flat pavement. Skid light and sound came on followed by vsc and trac control lights. 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 few times, took it to dealer can not find issue but appears to be a very common problem with this make/model. I would like to see a recall.

- Frankfort , IL, USA

problem #23

May 142013


  • 167 miles
Lower ball joint went bad. Had it fixed three times fir the same issue and it still is not working right. I was told by automatic that it could be a manufacturer damage because the ball joints it should not keep wearing out.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #22

Aug 242014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 169,000 miles
All of a sudden a grinding noise from front of vehicle, anti skid beeping, vsc light popped on. Very hard to steer and brakes not working well. Happened repeatedly. Pulled over, turned vehicle off. Engine on, drove off, 5 miles later, all over again, but more severe. Not safe at high speeds, more than 25 mph. This occurred in August, no snow, no rain, dry cement.

- Eaton, CO, USA

problem #21

Sep 022013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 134,232 miles
Driving at 45 mph + a grinding noise starts coming from the front, no brake pedal, then a shaking sensation on the steering wheel, the ABS/vcs lights start blinking. Pulled over and then it stopped. Very dangerous situation.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #20

Jun 192013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
While driving on a smooth pavement the vsc/trac system engages for no reason. Sounding off the internal chime and turning the vsc/trac lights on the dash. The ABS system kicks in and grinds on the brakes. Loss of steering is present as the vehicle pulls to one side.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #19

Apr 012013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
Multiple times over the past 5 months my 2001 Sequoia will suddenly apply the brakes strongly while driving, sometimes causing the steering to pull to the right. Thankfully this seems to happen shortly after beginning to drive, so the speeds have been municipal speed, rather than highway. At the same time, a warning bell sounds and the vsc and ABS lights come on in yellow. Sometimes when I start the vehicle, the vsc and ABS lights are already on, so the sudden braking does not occur. If the lights are off, I have learned to prepare for the sudden braking. I will take this to Toyota before the snow flies here in northern NY because this is a definite safety hazard, and could cause an accident when the roads are snow and ice covered.

- Carthage, NY, USA

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