really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,512 miles

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2002 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2002 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 152010


  • 90,000 miles


I have owned a 2002 Toyota Sequoia since 2006. This problem began occurring in the winter of 2007 with the vsc, vsc trac, and ABS warning lights all coming on. This kept continuing anytime I was driving in wet snowy conditions. I began to research this problem on line and it seems there are many cases of this on 2001-2003 Toyota Sequoias. I took it to a dealer and they couldn't find any computer codes relating to this issue. At the end of last winter the problem seemed to become worse. Even in dry conditions on dry pavement the vsc computer begins to take over acceleration and very often! and sometimes the lights come on and sometimes not. Again I researched and found there to be a Toyota recall on 2003 Sequoias only for the same problem that has been affecting my Sequoia! I called Toyota, they gave me a case # and told me to take it in to the dealer. I took it back to a Toyota dealer and again they could not duplicate the lights turning on or find any computer codes concerning the problem. That was approximately 5 months ago and still the problem persists leading up to yesterdays accident. I drove up to the mountains to go snowboarding. When we left the resort it was snowing very heavy. I noticed the ABS, vsc, and vsc trac lights come on again, as I was expecting them to. We drove about 7 miles down the road then I was moving in to the left turning lane of a traffic light. Our speed was only 15-20 mph, and when I tried to slow down the wheels locked up and we began sliding. I let off the brakes and tried them again to no avail. I let off the brakes and tried to miss the vehicle in front of me by going to the left side of them over a small median as there was no traffic coming towards us in the intersection. But my rear tire bounced me off the median and into the vehicle.the damage was minor and there were no injuries. I believe this accident could have been avoided if the ABS and vsc system was working properly. I believe the recall should include 01 and 02 Sequoias.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #7

Mar 092010


  • 85,000 miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia ABS and vehicle skid control (vsc) computer failure that causes safety concern in operating the vehicle (ABS, vsc, parking brake lights stay on). In slippery road conditions, applying brakes or accelerating causes the vehicle to skid and slide easily. 2003 models have been recalled for similar issue with ABS and vsc computer. Please look into poor Toyota's design or production quality of these vehicles before we get injured or worse...

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #6

Feb 012010

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Vsc, seat belt and check engine light randomly started coming on about 130,000 mi. Tansky Toyota service did brake work, the lights were off for several weeks but then would come off and on. We ignored it because we had just had it in to the dealer, it seemed to be a nuisance in an older vehicle but not dangerous. About 165,000 miles the vehicle developed a sudden loss of power in traffic. We speculated it was the lever that shifts from 4WD to 2wd. The dealer replaced that for $400, the lights were off for 3 days, then back on. Now, we have had maybe five instances of sudden loss of power. This total loss of power usually occurs after driving 10 minutes locally, and after stopping at a light. Turning the ignition off, and restarting fixes the issue. Tansky Toyota acts like they have never heard of such a thing, but when I look online every Toyota blog is full of people just like me. I know it is an old vehicle. I just want to know how much will it cost me to really fix this problem. We have started only using this vehicle for non-critical driving locally.

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 242010


  • 115,000 miles


My Toyota Sequoia vehicle skid control lights light up at various times. I also hear a grinding sound periodically and lose all acceleration. I have researched this and there appears to be a trend with these vehicles. I am concerned with the safety of the vehicle and acceleration/braking.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 182010

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • 38,660 miles
There are two issues that I would like to report to you. First is the ABS braking/vsc system. Second is the excessive rust through out the vehicle under carriage/chassis. First, I have a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. At 38,620 miles, the brake, ABS, vsc on, ans vsc off lights come on when the engine started and while driving. I took it the dealer, thompson Toyota, 122 w swamp road, doylestown, pa 18901, tel 215 245 9460. They stated that it is the rear brake pads that being worn out and required replacement. The dealer replaced the rear brake pads. After approximately 40 miles on the road (at 38660 miles), the identical situation occurred again: The brake, ABS, vsc on, ans vsc off lights come on when the engine started and while driving. I took the car back to the dealer and they said that the vehicle needs żABS ECUż replacement. Furthermore, the dealer said that there is no guarantee that the same warning lights won't take place in the near future based on the ABS ECU repair. The cost of the repair is quoted at $2100. However, the most disturbing safety factor the dealer stated is that when the ABS and vsc light are on there is no ABS and vsc functions while the vehicle is in operational status. Second. I have owned three Toyota in the past. The Sequoia is the only vehicle exhibits excessive rust through out the chassis despite regular under the carriage washes after exposure to salt due to snowstorms. A search on the internet disclosed that these are common issues with the Sequoia. For safety and financial reasons, NHTSA should encourage Toyota to address/recall the ABS/vsc defect(s) and excessive chassis rust in all the Sequoia(s) on the road today. Thank you very much for your attention in advance. Keep up the good work, folks!

- Chalfont, PA, USA

problem #3

May 042008

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Toyota Sequoia 2002 ABS, parking brake light and trak warning lights turn on and stay on when the vehicle starts. Toyota dealers say that the computer in the ABS system is bad. The vehicle when going thru a bump or an uneven terrain loses power momentarily. It happens very often, almost every time the vehicle passes on bumps. I claimed to Toyota that this is a safety design problem but Toyota refuses to fix it. Repairs are about 3 to 4 thousand dollars.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #2

May 282004


  • 62,000 miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia has been operating since @ 62,000 miles with a non-functioning vsc/ABS system. See that this has not yet been officially recalled, but can find all kinds of info and complaints on the web about this issue. Dashboard lit up with all relative warning lights & vehicle has no ABS nor vsc functionality. How could this important safety features well documented, chronic failure not be recalled? it is not exclusive to the 2002 model year either. This is very inappropriate. How many people have to die or get injured before this well documented safety equipment failure is responsibly addressed with a recall. I hope my complaint helps the tally towards this recall. Consumers of this vehicle have bought it with a critical safety system that fails. Toyota must be made to rectify this product safety and quality issue!

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Oct 062008


  • 71,433 miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia lmtd 4WD, 71,433 miles - after the rear brake pads were replaced, the track and ABS and vcs control dash lights came on and stayed on, all the time. Systems working proper until break pads were replaced. Something happened to the track, ABS and vcs systems during the brake repair and the systems do not work now. Looking at internet chat room discussions and spoken to friends who have same car and same problem after getting brakes repaired. Please advise.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

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