hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,626 miles

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2002 Toyota Sequoia electrical problems

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2002 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Feb 012016


  • 200,000 miles


The vsc off, vsc trac, brake light, and ABS indiator lights on the dash board, stay on all of the time. I have been told the vsc light problem is at least a $700 fix. These lights have come on and never go off.

- Okc, OK, USA

problem #24

Mar 222016


  • 176,707 miles
The vsc trac & vsc off light blinks on and off causing car to cut on and off.when tis happen the car was in motion. I just purcased car the dealer said to replace the accelerator pedal position sensor of course it is not covered under warranty and because it happened right after 30 days of purchase it falls on me.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #23

Jan 282016


  • miles
Vsc trac/ vsc off, ABS, brake lighs come on the vsc trac and the vsc off light come on and off due to a faulty ABS sensor. Toyota dealer can not figure out why or how this faulty light comes on. Did a research online and hundreds of thousand of other Toyota Sequoia owner had the same issues.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #22

Aug 262015


  • 240,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. While driving 35 mph and making a right turn, an abnormal noise emitted from the console of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the computer needed to be recalibrated. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 240,000.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #21

Dec 172014

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
As I was driving my vehicle it made a grinding sound along with a brief slowdown and then the vsc track light came on. When you turn the vehicle off the lights go off and stay off until another episode. This has happened on three different occasions.

- Auburndale, FL, USA

problem #20

May 072014


  • 196,000 miles
While driving the vehicle vsc trac button lights up, vehicle starts beeping, the tires shake pulling vehicle wheel left to right while a V grinding sound comes from under the vehicle. It started doing V this for only a few seconds then stops. The first incident happened in May 2014, then nothing C again until July 2014. Now it happens several times randomly through the day for up to 15 second stretches at varying speeds.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #19

Mar 122003

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


I have had an issue with my vsc/trac off light since we bought it. The light would come on at seemingly random times, stay on until I restarted the truck - we were told it was not something we needed to worry about by the dealerships in fort worth (fort worth Toyota). Recently (2/2014 & 3/2014), as I was coming down a hill in our neighborhood, approaching a stop sign, there was a grinding sound and the vehicle would seem to be stopping instead of accelerating - and the vsc lights came on again. I immediately pulled over and stopped; I couldn't see anything wrong under the hood or near the wheel wells, which is where it sounded like it was coming from. It did not continue and did not happen again for about a week. The next time it happened I was on the highway at about 70 mph. It grinded for about a second and slowed me down abruptly, then stopped grinding. Pretty hairy situation, going 70 and having your brakes slow you down. I have not had the issue looked at by a technician yet and am not driving the truck. In researching it, I found hundreds of online complaints and a recall for the 2003 model year on your website. [NHTSA campaign number: 10V176000 ] obviously, the 2002 model year should have been included, as I am seeing the exact same problem.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #18

Jul 012013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
Vsc trac, trac off, brake, and ABS lights on as the same time for the last couple months. Sometimes the car straddled a little bit when I drove on freeway. I checked the code, but there are no code. I tried to looking for help online, but I am surprised, there were a lot of Toyota Sequoia owner has the same problem like mine.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #17

May 152013


  • 58,000 miles
I tried to sound the horn to alert other driver of my presence and the horn did not sound. I had it checked and it was found that the switch which is built in with the driver airbag is defective. This is a safety issue as I have read online that other Sequoia owners are having the same problem.

- Brentwood, NY, USA

problem #16

Jun 032013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The vsc lights and traction lights have been randomly coming on since we purchased the Sequoia in 2005 with approx. 80K on it. They typically go off on their own and do not cause any issues. Now the slip indicator light comes on, flashes and beeps while locking up the ABS and making it impossible to move until it comes to a complete stop. We have been fortunate that this has only happened at low speeds and not caused any accidents yet. It apperars that this is a wide spread issue with a combination of parts starting with the vsc computer, yaw sensor and steering angle sensor. Hopefully Toyota will take care of this due to the overall safety concern.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #15

Mar 252013


  • 181,878 miles


Driving at 75mph and inexplicably lost vehicle speed. Engine was running but would not respond to foot feed, I.e. press down on accelerator and little to no increase in rpms from idle. Dealer replaced throttle position sensor.

- Prairie Village, KS, USA

problem #14

Mar 232013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 125,400 miles
While driving the vehicle, an alarm started going off and skid control light on dash was flashing and then motor lost RPM, the vehicle shook as if all the tire where flat, this happened for about 30 seconds, while I tried to get out of traffic and off the road, then the vsc lights came on in the dash, then the vehicle smoothed out and ran normal! after looking at all the forum online for this problem, it apparently is a huge problem with these vehicles and after calling Toyota about this they claim that this problem does not exist, as all the forum we read said that Toyota would not except responsibility for this safety problem! therefor we filed a case to Toyota, hoping they could help us out! because this happens on the road it is hard to have it identified by a mechanic and a computer! we cannot with this economy in anyway afford the extreme high price of Toyota service work, I feel my family could be in great danger!

- Inglis, FL, USA

problem #13

Nov 012011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
While on the highway, suddenly there was a loud grinding noise in the front end of the car, the car lost all power, and the vsc alarm went off and the vsc dashboasd lights were flashing. This lasted for about 30 seconds and then stopped. This has happened again and again at all different speeds and now the vsc lights are on all the time and the grinding happens intermittenly.

- Kanab, UT, USA

problem #12

Aug 222007


  • 40,000 miles
Headlight relay goes out causing headlights to shutoff while driving. For the 2nd time in a year. Part was replaced with a new part. Rear door will not latch and rattles. Rear latch assembly was replaced. It does not shut or seal so carbon monoxide enters the cabin. This has happened 3 times. Brake calipers seize up front driver and passenger side, rear driver side.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #11

Jun 102011


  • 142,000 miles
Anti-lock braking system engages suddenly with power loss and front end vibration. Vehicle stability control and traction control lights illuminate on dash. ABS and vsc lights remain on (ABS and stability control therefore disengaged) and cannot be turned back on by operator. When vehicle is turned off, system appears to reset, but the problem repeats after restarting and driving several miles. Problem occurred twice today, on two separate drive events within a 2 hour period.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #10

Nov 302009


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated the vsc, vsc-off, emergency brake, and check engine warning lights would intermittently illuminate on the dashboard. In addition, the vehicle would abnormally accelerate sporadically when sitting idle at a stop. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for further analysis. The failure mileage was 113,000 and the current mileage was 116,000.

- Lindenwold, NJ, USA

problem #9

Mar 012010


  • 91,078 miles
The check engine light, track, vsc, ABS light are all on. The dealership found a code of C1241 which was the skid control ECU had shorted internally and it was necessary to replace skid control ECU and recalibrate also bleed brake system. As you know the vehicle skid control system helps provide integrated control of the systems such as anti-lock brake system, traction control, engine control, etc. This system automatically controls the brakes and engine to help prevent the vehicle from skidding when cornering on a slippery road or surface or operating steering wheel abruptly. I am looking for some assistance as the charge from the dealer was quoted at $2714.12. This issue seems like a recall feature.

- Signal Hill, CA, USA

problem #8

May 162009


  • 98,384 miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia electrical issues-air conditioning comes on spontaneously without initiation by driver, back window always failing to operate properly, not opening or closing @ times, now stuck closed, tracking device comes on for long periods with used & new tires, even after numerous professional alignments, and proper driving, engine light always on. All of these issues have been bought to the attention of Toyota service dept, the SUV has been inspected by Toyota on numerous occasions, and parts have reportedly been replaced, however, these issues continue, there are also no devices in place to keep the driver's mat from curling over the accelerator and brake pedals.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 082009


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia.when driving the vsc light, ABS light, and traction control light were illuminated on the instrument control panel. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer for inspection. The failure and current mileages were 52000.

- Gardina, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 202009


  • miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia ECU fails to reset after ABS, vcu, skid control & check engine lights are on. Told by dealer that I need to replace the ECU (over $2300) and that changing it may not solve the ABS light problem. I may have to then replace the brake booster for an add'L $ $1200. That's absolutely ridiculous to have to replace a $2300 part and still not rectify the problem. All this tells me is that they really don't know what the problem and make expensive repair solutions.

- Sabattus, ME, USA

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