really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
125,014 miles

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2002 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #104

Aug 052014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 182,988 miles


The skid control lights come on for no reason the whole car shakes and there is a thumping and grinding noise from the vehicle along with the beeping warning sound. It happens at different speeds sometimes when breaking or turning and losing power. This last a few seconds then the vsc light comes on and the vsc off light and all is ok while lights are on.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #103

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 #102

Aug 152014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
Last month, while traveling home from summer vacation on flat ground, at approximately 60 mph, the vsc, trac lights came on in the dash. There was a terrible grinding noise from under the car and beeping inside the car. The car pulled hard to the right and decelerated abruptly in the middle of a busy highway. Thank goodness I was able to pull into the turn lane and limp into a gas station. This occurred three more times over the next 500 miles until I got home. I took it to the dealer, they replaced the yaw sensor. Only 3 days after that, it happened again. Took it to the dealer, they replaced two brake sensors and a master cylinder. Today, five days after that, it happened again. This time, thankfully at only 25 mph with no traffic. This is a very scary, dangerous problem that Toyota should not be ignoring. It has been recalled in the 2003 model, and should be in the 2002 model as well!

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #101

May 312014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 180,000 miles


First incident: On the freeway car all of a sudden made a beeping sound (similar to no seat belt sound) vehicle lost power almost like it downshifted. Vsc, trac off lights all came on and the car wouldn't brake! I had to consistently pump on the brake and pull the emergency brake to slow it down. Brakes were grinding and it felt as if it was trying to lock but yet skipping (clunk, clunk, cluck). Pulled off to the side, turned off engine, and then resumed. I had to pull over 5 separate times due to the same issue. Luckily I allowed myself a huge space in between myself and other cars. If not, there would had been a for sure accident. Car continues with the same problems. I've done a whole lot of researching in regards to this vehicle and it seems that it's a ECU issue. I am aware that Toyota has recalled all 2003 model Sequoia's on up but not 2002 on under. This is a huge safety concern of mine and even if I purchased a new ECU there is not guarantee that it's been addressed or fixed for this model. According to the Toyota rep. I just got off the phone with 30 minutes ago. Please help! and thank you in advance.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #100

Jul 022014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 181,000 miles
While traveling down the interstate at 65 mph on a flat, even surface under good weather conditions, the vehicle stability control unexpectedly engaged, the vsc trac and trac off lights illuminated. The vehicle's brakes engaged, the steering began to pull to the right, a grinding noise occurred, and the vehicle became very difficult to control. This is not the first time this has happened. The last time was approximately 3 weeks ago (also highway travel at 65+mph). Before that, it had been a while. This seems to be a completely random occurrence. However, this poses a serious problem and with two small children, it is extremely concerning. Based on what I've read, this is common in this model year vehicle. Not sure why a recall has not been made.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #99

Jan 082010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
Makes a grinding noise, brakes on one side and pulls to one side. Skid indicator light, trac off light, and vsc light all come on and stay on. Vehicle decelerates momentarily, then resumes normal driving. Lights stay on until you turn off the vehicle.

- Griffin, GA, USA

problem #98

Jun 172014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 114,150 miles


I was leaving a parking lot making yielding to make a right turn onto a main right when suddenly my car started to shake and pulled to the right. I had no control of the steering or brakes. The vsc trac and trac light sensor lights came one and I heard this awful grinding noise. I proceeded to drive home slowly on back roads. Once I got home I looked the problem up on the internet and found out that Toyota had a recall on the 2003 model for the same problem, but not the 2002. I called the dealership and they told me the problem will cost anywhere from $1500-$4000 to fix. My car only has 114,000 miles on it and I find this totally unacceptable. This is obviously a manufacture defect.

- Fortson, GA, USA

problem #97

Jun 072014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I had this vehicle serviced at tom scott Toyota in nampa, Idaho. The standard 120K. Prior to this I had them do some basic services, and they seemed to always make mistakes. Once their mechanics sent me out on the road without replacing the correct amount of motor oil. In this instance they had serviced my transmission fluids, and all other 120K requirements. I drove away and the engine light came on immediately. I returned they said it was a transmission solenoid. They reset it, it was running fine. Then the light came on again. They claimed it needed the solenoid replaced. After a week the light went off and did not return. 2 days ago, the vsc off, vsc trac, and check engine lights all came on. There is a crinkly noise, like foil crinkling when I accelerate. This is intermittent. I took it to a mechanic they said the entire transmission is bad. $4000. There are enough forums and posts worldwide for this transmission that you should require a recall. Clearly Toyota manufactured a transmission that is not built correctly.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #96

May 172012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The vsc lights come on when driving, the rear differential seal was completely rusted through and should be on a recall, the frame was on recall and replaced in 2014, but the rear seals were rusted thru and Toyota after costing me thousands does not want to cover rear seals why ? right after the frame was replaced and the Toyota dealer in deerfield beach, fl said the rear differential is also way rusted out and may blow the seals, well they did during a oil change and check. If Toyota knew of the extreme rust on the frame that it was also on the rear differential as confirmed by 3 different mechanics one being Toyota. Toyota wants me to pay $2,000 to fix which is outrageous.

- Westerly, RI, USA

problem #95

Apr 052014


  • 130,000 miles
Was traveling along road at 20 mph and the vsc lights came on. I had heard about the other problems that occur when this happens so I immediately pulled to the side of the road and turned the car off and then restarted it. Upon restarting, no indication of the problem persisted. So far it has not happened again. I am worried that it will happen again as has been described hundreds of times already. Please fix this issue Toyota!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Kellogg, ID, USA

problem #94

Mar 032014


  • 109,000 miles


I have a 2002 Sequoia, a couple of weeks ago while driving at 35 mph my brakes locked. I took it immediately to my brake guy; he looked it over, put it on the machine, found nothing. I left thinking it might have been something on the road that I missed seeing, that set off the traction sensors. A week went by without incident before it happened again; this time at 40mph on a flat clean highway. The trac off, vsc trac & the slip indicator light came on while the front end shook violently and pulled hard to the right. I was unable to adjust the brake, as it felt locked and my steering column, while vibrating madly was near impossible to turn, it was like driving an old style truck without power steering. I went to another brake shop, they hooked it up to the machine, and again nothing showed up!! today, five days later, while driving home with my children on a major highway doing the posted 65mph it happened again. I was suddenly unable to maneuver my vehicle, the brakes locked, the steering locked, and my vehicle pulled to the right. I just held on and prayed as my car pulled off the road, thank heavens the ground was flat. I have only been that afraid for my family's safety once before, and that was in the middle of a tornado. Toyota has a serious problem here!

- Crawfordville, FL, USA

problem #93

Sep 292013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 62,500 miles
Vehicle had violent grinding and braking of the right front wheel causing a hard pull to the right. Vsc and trac lights and warning buzzers came on. Turned vehicle off and restarted five minutes later. Same thing has happened three times since within 6 months. The last time was on the interstate and caused hard pull to the right. Dealer cannot identify problem and claim they have never heard of this before.

- Ft Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #92

Oct 022013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 50,100 miles
Vsc track system activates unexpectedly under normal driving conditions producing a very loud grinding noise of the front brakes and for about 15-30 secs the brakes won't work. This problem causes the steering system to suddenly pull to the right side with a significant reduction of speed. Extremely dangerous when it has happened on high traffic volume highways. Reported this situation to Toyota Corp. And they replied that they don't have any campaign or recall for the condition described. Toyota customer experience provided me with incident no. Xxxxxx-xxx303 for my complaint report. It is worth to mention of the hundreds of Sequoia owners complaining of this problem on social media websites for vehicle complaints and yet nothing has been done by Toyota.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #91

Nov 092009

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Driving vehicle on interstate when it suddenly braked and pulled to the right, creating a dangerous situation just avoiding the car next to me.vsc and trac lights came on.dealer replaced numerous parts and vehicle has been ok for a few years, then lights are on again and more parts replaced...now lights on again and dealer diagnosed it as brake master cylinder, ,,$825, ,, after spending thousands already on this problem..I had a independent repair shop replace master cylinder and lights still on with 3 new codes..love the vehicle but so sick of this issue...and worry about it suddenly braking and pulling...02 needs a recall..

- Tequesta, FL, USA

problem #90

Aug 222002

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
I have owned my Sequoia for years and the approximate mileage is around 122,000 miles. I purchased it brand new and the first time I had an issue with the traction control was around 2005. I took it to the dealership and explained to them what happened. I was driving down the road and my speed was around 40 miles per hour. The weather was sunny and the roads were dry. I ran across a rough patch in the road and all of a sudden the wheels locked up, there was this awful screeching sound, and the steering became hard. It was like I had no control over the vehicle. Next thing I knew, the skid traction control lights were on. After I turned the vehicle off and restarted it, it looks like it had reset itself. Of course, the dealership could find nothing wrong. This has occurred again through the years and each time I take it in for service, I complain about the same problem. Today I have it in for service again and mentioned it yet again. I asked if they could just disconnect the skid traction control because I have come close several times to losing control of the vehicle. The service manager explained to me they could not disconnect it. Well, the way I figure it, Toyota will wait until after someone is killed or badly injured and they are sued before they will do anything. I have contacted Toyota America to no avail as well as the ntsb.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #89

Oct 162013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 1,000,210 miles
Vehicle was traveling at 65pm all of a sudden the trac control light and vsc light came on, was unable to control the truck due to the steering wheel getting light. Pulled over and stopped called Toyota customer care they states we are own our own with that problem.

- Saint Cloud, FL, USA

problem #88

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 #87

Sep 232013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 248,900 miles
A week prior my vsc trac and vsc off lights came on but nothing else occurred. Now out of nowhere my vehicle will make an audible sound and start rumbling and pulling to the right and slowing but won't allow me to brake. This can last anywhere from 10 seconds to 30 seconds. Sometimes the picture of the car with the skid marks will light up (even on dry roads) other times the ABS light will come on. Once the beeping and vibrations stop, the vsc trac and vsc off lights remain on until I turn the car off. I drive 30 miles each way to work daily. This is very dangerous and scary as I have no idea what triggers the episodes.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #86

Sep 132013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Car was going 20mph on dry pavement. All of the sudden the vehicle stability control (vsc) activated causing the vehicle to shake and slowdown. When the vsc is engaged car is unable to accelerate. This happen on multiple times with car going 20-40mph. On roads with high traffic with cars behind me and the sudden activation of the vsc, causing my car to suddenly and abruptly slow down, almost cause the car behind to rear end my vehicle. On one occasions, my children were in the car. On many internet forums, many Sequoia owners are experiencing the same problem. This is a very dangerous defects that Toyota needs to address and fix asap.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #85

Aug 012013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
The skid control light and warning alarm comes on while driving for no reason, car pulls to the right, unable to come to a stop with brake, car shakes, very unsafe!!! once the warning alarm goes off the vsc and trac control lights come on. From what I have been able to locate on the internet this is a common problem that was recalled for the 2003 model. Toyota needs to recall for the 2002 model also.

- Columbus, GA, USA

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