really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
124,589 miles

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2001 Toyota Sequoia suspension problems

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2001 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #7

May 292014


  • 200,600 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the driver's side front lower ball joint failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current and failure mileage was 200,600.

- Brownwood, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 042011

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated when he stopped the vehicle, the entire suspension system collapsed. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop, where the contact was informed that the lower ball joint on the front driver's side fractured. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 152,000. Updated evoq 10/25/11.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 152011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 273,505 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the right side of the vehicle collapsed down onto the tires as the lower ball joints fractured. The vehicle was then maneuvered to the side of the road because it was no longer drivable. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer, who stated that there were no recalls addressing the failure. The dealer also informed the contact that she would have to pay for the repairs. The manufacturer was notified and offered no other assistance. The failure mileage was 273,505. Updated 01/03/12 updated 01/04/12

- Palo Cedro, CA, USA

problem #4

May 252007

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


On Friday, May 25, 2007 at approximately 2:45pm, my wife (belinda) was traveling on the northbound 57 freeway transitioning to the westbound 210 freeway. At this point, she lost control of the vehicle. Hysterical, she still managed to navigate the vehicle over to what is a quasi shoulder on this transition only to exit the vehicle, examine the affected area (passenger front wheel), to find that the wheel itself had come apart from the vehicle looking like a \"pancake.\" it would only be a few moments before passersby stopped stating to her (after they had examined the damage) that her ball-joint had broken along with several other parts of the suspension. She was lucky she wasn't killed (or, my entire family for that matter on a trip to san francisco we had taken only three weeks before this date). My wife telephoned me on my cell phone, at which point I called the auto club for a tow. Shortly after, a chp officer had appeared on the scene as well as a tow-truck driver. Traffic was backed up for approximately 3 miles. However, both the chp person and the tow-truck driver stated more specifically that, the lower ball-joint had failed. My wife was petrified. When I got in there, a service-writer (I have her card somewhere else) had already undertaken a search to see if my vehicle fell under a recall. I found it curious that she\'d do a search for this specific recall if she did not already know exactly what was wrong with the vehicle (as if she had seen this exact kind of damage before). In other words, I am reasonably certain that she knew exactly what was wrong with the truck when I brought it in. As of this morning, I spoke with the symes service manager (louis) who in turn stated that he spoke with his \"area director\" \"tomo.\" he instructed his service manager, louis, to tell me that Toyota will not be taking care of this as it does not fall within the vehicles recalled.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 182006

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front suspension, lower control arm, ball joint separated while backing the vehicle out of the driveway. The front passenger side wheel collapsed and folded under the wheel well causing damage to the suspension, axle, and vehicle body.

- Folsom, CA, USA

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problem #2

Nov 132005

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles
Driving South bound on rt. 301 in bowie, md. Began to slow and moved right into the exit lane towards mount oak rd. West bound. Heard a loud noise and the 2001 Toyota Sequoia leaned over toward the drivers side front wheel. It became extremely hard to turn the steering wheel and braking power was greatly reduced and the Sequoia was basically uncontrollable. Was able to steer slight towards the right to avoid being pulled back into traffic. Impacted a safety median, designed to protect cars entering the highway from those exiting the highway, and crossed completely over it the wheel hub had separated from the lower control arm. The tire, wheel rim, hub, steering rack, steering tie rod, control arms, brake lines, drive axle, etc. Had all been damage severely. Pictures of the scene show a single skid mark from the driver's side front wheel clearly. The single skid mark indicates that one wheel was not rotating at all, while the other three were rotating freely, or under the control of the anti-lock brakes. I found no my 2001 recalls. I later found NHTSA campaign id number : 05V225000 indicating a recall due to failed ball joints in the 2002-2004 Sequoia. The Sequoia model was first available as a MY2001 and initial introduction was late in 2000. MY2002 started in the late summer of 2001. I find it hard to believe that so quickly after the model introduction Toyota would make major changes in the suspension and/or ball joints. It was by luck only that no one was injured or killed due to the suspension failure, Toyota needs to react quickly and notify MY2001 owners of this dangerous defect. Not only did the suspension fail, causing the wheel to move back and jam into the rear wheel well area, but it seemed to cause an almost total loss of braking ability. I believe the anti-lock brakes responded to the locked front wheel by modulating the power to the other wheels resulting in less braking force.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 062001

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16 miles
Vehicle: 2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 2wd. Front suspension problem. Since obtaining the vehicle in April 2001 I noticed a problem in the stability of the front end of the vehicle. I took it to the dealership (I-10 Toyota in indio) on 3 separate occasions and they were unable to identify the problem. When I heard about the recall (O5V225000) I anticipated that this was the trouble that I had all along with the Sequoia. When I looked into the recall it turned out that it referred to 2002 to 2004 vehicles only. Common sense tells me that if the trouble existed on subsequent models after its inception to the market, it is only obvious that 2001 models are to be included. I understand that recall letters will be issued starting in July 2005. I am filing this complaint because I am aware that 2001 models will not be included and I respectfully request that 2001 year models are also recalled. The instability with the front end continues. The tires have been changed 3 times to different types and the instability continues. Please verify with your internal engineers if the ball joints utilized on 2001 models were any different than latter models. You will find that the same mechanisms have been used until now that this issue is being addressed by your office. Your attention and subsequent positive inclusion of my petition is appreciated. Hector casas

- Calexico, CA, USA

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