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 6 of 7)

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problem #24

Jan 052010

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


I have a 2002 Toyota Sequoia limited that has an error message on safety equipment. Vehicle stability control (vsc) and ABS (anti-lock-brake) system lights are constantly on, causing me concern. I see Toyota initiated a recall on the 2003 model for this concern, yet not on my model year? I see numerous blogs with this concern as I search for solutions. This was a very expensive vehicle that I purchased due to the reputation of this company for building safe automobiles, I am disappointed in Toyota's lack of response. Please help if you have the ability/authority. Thank you

- Bentonville, AR, USA

problem #23

Mar 142010


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. While driving at speeds of 5 mph and making a left turn, the front tires slipped and the vehicle decelerated for approximately four seconds. The dealer was able to duplicate the failure but was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and there were no recalls. The failure mileage was 107,000 and the current mileage was 108,000.

- Gigharbor, WA, USA

problem #22

Apr 222010

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
About a year ago, I started to experience problems that's related to the vehicle stability control (vsc) system on my 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The problem occurs intermittently and when it does occurs, it happens during initial acceleration. During this time, the vsc light would start blinking and I would not be able to accelerate. Braking would require tremendous force applied to activate it. There was at least one incident where the vsc activated during highway driving, but that incident lasted approximately 5 or so seconds. However, it did require that I suddenly apply the brake and started pumping it for the vsc to de-activate. Due to the intermittent nature, I took the vehicle to a local repair shop for diagnostic and they did find that error codes were present relating to the vsc. Though the problem could not be pinpointed on the initial visit to the repair shop. Subsequent occurrences prompted me to bring the vehicle back to the repair shop for further diagnostic. Eventually it was recommended to me to replace the "speed sensors" which I authorized. After the replacement, the problem tend to have gone away. Recently, I started to intermittently experience a similar problem with vsc light blinking briefly whenever I pull out of a drive way performing at least an 80 degree turn. This time around the problem isn't as severe and is very infrequent. I would say in a week of commuting, I would experience it maybe once or twice. Of course this is compared to previous incidents where I was experiencing the vsc problem almost half the time. Earlier this week, I read there was a 2003 Toyota Sequoia recall which has the exact symptom and problem I've been experiencing on my 2002 Sequoia. I strongly urge the NHTSA to recommend Toyota to include the recall for 2002 Sequoia model year as well. Thank you for your attention and time!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #21

May 012002


  • 1,000 miles


I noted today the recall of 2003 Toyota Sequoia's due to issues with the vsc system. I am concerned that this does not include the 2002 models as I have had recurring issues with the vsc since day 1. at low speed, particularly on grades or while making sharp turns, the vsc will cause my vehicle to temporarily lose power. I have reported this on several occasion both to Toyota and via telephone. It is so bad that I now know locations on my regular drives during which this will occur. So, I either go a little faster than I might otherwise on grades or I swerve out before making turns to make the angle less acute. Obviously, not the safety we'd expect in a $40K vehicle. This issue also occurs going over slightly jarring bumps such as steep speedbumps or potholes. The vehicle temporarily loses power, which in this case can be possibly even more dangerous because we are often being followed by other vehicles traveling at normal speed.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

problem #20

Apr 242010


  • 137,102 miles
Hello, I'm in the military and my wife and kids were driving in our 2002 Sequoia 4X4, she called me at work crying and said that her and the kids had almost hit a 18 wheeler head on. She said she was going around a turn and the truck jerked her into on coming traffic, she applied the brakes hard, and pulled the truck back into flow of traffic. She pulled off the road and I had it towed home. After further research, there are hundreds of complaints on the internet for this same exact issue. Almost verbatim of my same issue. After that the vsc, or vehicle skid control light flashes, and it causes my truck to brake one wheel at a time. It also will not allow us to accelerate. I took it to the dealer yesterday and they called me and told me the ECU was bad and that this was a known problem for this model and year of truck, which is visible on the internet. Little did I know that the part is $650 dollars, and the labor is close to $250. Could you please assist, I getting ready to deploy to iraq again. I need to know my family is well taken care of while I'm gone. Can you please provide me assistance with this issue? my question is, if there is so many issues with the same problem, why hasn't there been a recall. Reminds me of Toyota's gas pedal issues. This is just as bad when it comes down to it. Something needs to be done asap. Once again, please provide me assistance. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wakefield, KS, USA

problem #19

Dec 151999


  • miles
We own a 2002 Toyota Sequoia in which the vsc traction control lights have come on the dash along with the brake light and check engine light. The traction control has been unpredictable seemingly coming on and off in conditions when not necessarily needed. This has only been a problem within the last two/three months. Have taken it in to the dealership three times now and the code from the check engine light says that its an 02 sensor. I have been reassured by the dealership service department that replacing the 02 sensor will also reset and extinguish the vsc trac and brake lights that come on. This has not been the case. The lights stay off until I get the vehicle almost home then all the lights come back on again, the traction control remains unpredictable. I have listened to the dealership long enough and have spent approximately $800 and still have the same problem. I have expressed my disbelief on how replacing 02 sensor ( twice now) can fix a problem with the vsc traction control but they have informed me that it takes care of it. It obviously hasn't. they now want me to bring the vehicle back in. After researching this problem online this seems to be a common and potentially dangerous problem with the 2002-2004 Sequoia's. the problem being with the vsc traction control. I am sure that if I bring it back now they will tell me that it needs a new traction control computer to the tune of $1700-$2400 and from reading what others have experienced this does not fix the problem. No one has been able to really find the source of the problem and how to fix it. I am normally not a complainer as I realize all mechanical parts wear out. However when researching this problem I was shocked to find the number of Sequoia owners who were able to describe in detail the exact same problem I am having. I feel that this is a big enough defect to require a recall.

- Georgetown , KY, USA

problem #18

Feb 122010


  • 38,949 miles


I purchased a new 2002 Toyota Sequoia in April of 2002. In January of 2004, I was on the New Jersey turnpike and when I went to stop my vehicle, my brake pedal went all the way to the floor and I was luckily able to get into the shoulder and finally get the vehicle stopped without hitting anyone. It appeared to me that the master cylinder might have malfunctioned. The truck was towed to a Toyota dealer and they could not find anything wrong with the vehicle. When I picked up the vehicle, it appeared as though the brake pedal was back into its normal position but the dealer could not explain why. During the week of February 12, 2010 this same problem occurred twice and I was almost involved in two separate accidents. I took the truck to the Toyota dealer and once again the computer and other indicator lights were not showing any problems. After several hours of sitting there the brakes returned to their normal position just like before. I then took the mechanic for a ride in a back lot of the dealership and was able to make them fail once again. After this occurrence, the brakes never returned to their normal positions. I left the truck at the dealership for them to investigate. The mechanic said that there were no known problems in this area and he said after talking to several Toyota engineers that it could be a number of things: 1)master cylinder 2)brake booster 3)brake actuator 4)computer the mechanic and the engineers felt that is was probably the brake actuator so I went ahead with the repair. But they were not 100% sure that this was the problem. But they did agree that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The brakes of course are working. I talked to several other mechanics and they have said that Toyota knows that these actuators are bad but are not doing anything about it. They also mentioned that the vsc/ECU computer modules are a defect as well.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #17

Feb 172010


  • 185,000 miles
While turning a corner at an intersection in D position, suddenly there was no power to the wheels while pressing gas pedal, ABS, vsc and trac and cel lights came on. This could have resulted in an accident, had there been more traffic. After pulling to the shoulder with remaining speed of vehicle, turned into P, then back into D, vehicle jerked forward with crunching noise while pressing brakes firmly! shut off vehicle, restarted, then drove ok, but above mentioned lights stayed on for a an hour. Later that evening, the warning lights turned back off to normal. This is the second time that we had a similar incident involving loss of power in combination with vsc trac and cel warning lights immediately after.

- Mansfield, Ontario, 00, USA

problem #16

Feb 142010


  • 36,000 miles
Vsc trac, vsc off, all on at once.obd II codes point to speed sensor, brake pedal switch and ABS computer malfunction. Dealer recommends changing brake booster and ABS computer system. From the available information on the internet this is very common problem for first generation Toyota Sequoias. The ABS and vsc malfunction can longer stopping distance, and swerving under emergency circumstance and should be a safety concern.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #15

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 #14

Sep 172004

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • 17,000 miles


02/Toyota/Sequoia/Sequoia lmt V8 vehicle accelleration/ Toyota rep. Inpected, yes a problem.

- Annandale -Required-, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jan 172010


  • 99,500 miles
The contact owns a used 2002 Toyota Sequoia SUV which was purchased in 2005. He stated that the vehicle would accelerate unintentionally while in the park position. The rpms would idle extremely high and the vehicle would attempt to accelerate. He had to depress the brake pedal hard enough to prevent the vehicle from moving forward. There were no recalls describing the failure. The contact was awaiting repairs. The failure and current mileages were 99,500.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #12

Dec 202009


  • 35,000 miles
Accelerator pedal position sensor circuit malfunction.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 152008


  • 103,000 miles
Our vsc started acting up when we purchased the vehicle 2-1/2 years ago from carmax. After owning it for not more than 2 months the vsc lights and brake light would come on and stay on until we would turn the vehicle off. Then the computer would reset itself. Then our back passenger side wheel bearing went bad and we had Toyota fix the wheel bearing problem. Toyota stated that after they fixed the bearing the vsc computer wouldn't communicate with the wheel that was fixed. They knew the vsc computer went bad and told us they wouldn't fix it for free. It would cost $900 to fix the faulty vsc computer. We needed an inspection sticker and they passed the vehicle with all the vsc lights and red brake light on. This means that the vehicle is very unstable to drive. Our son has leukemia so we haven't had the money to fix the issue and the vehicle needs an inspection sticker. The local inspection place in Texas said that they will not pass this vehicle if the red brake light is on. Toyota knows there is an issue with this vsc computer in this 2002 Toyota Sequoia.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Jul 152009


  • 92,000 miles
Today on my way home, the vsc off and vsc trac lights came on. Whenever I apply my brakes, the car shakes a lot. I thought it was the rotors but I now think it was this system turning on when it wasn't suppose to. On the way home today, my Sequoia did not shake at all. There are a ridiculous amount of threads on tundrasolutions and edmunds about these lights coming on with 00-03 Toyota Sequoias. Most everyone has had to have a computer replaced because of this. Quotes for this are between $1,500 and $2,500. I don't have that type of money and I don't feel I should be responsible for this problem because it is a safety issue and so many others have had this same problem. There should be a recall. I just bought this vehicle a few months ago because we expecting our second child and needed a larger vehicle. I chose a Toyota because of reliability but I'm afraid that could be a problem if so many people are having issues with this vehicle.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #8

Mar 292009


  • 90,000 miles
While driving a 2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 2 wheel drive SUV near the end of March 2009, the trac off, vsc trac, brake and ABS warning lights simultaneously came on. I was traveling approximately 55 mph on a dry road at night in heavy traffic. I moved off the highway to check the manual which emphasized the possible seriousness of each light. It said to contact a Toyota dealer. I called earnhardt Toyota in mesa Arizona who finally worked on the vehicle several days later for the vsc/trac/brake/ABS problem, and a front brake vibration/pulsation. No help on the pulsation problem since I was told I needed to turn the rotors again. On the vehicle stability control/traction control/anti-lock braking system/brake warning lights, the service associate offered that it was a "common" problem, could be caused by a loose gas cap or an expensive computer (in the thousands of dollars). He sated that no "codes" were set other than a "low voltage" which could be caused by a bad battery or corroded connection. I cleaned the battery terminals completely, checked the battery, and made sure the gas cap was tight. The warning lights now come on at some point every time I drive the Sequoia. Earnhardt Toyota told me it should not affect the actual braking systems. How do they know that" being told of a false continuous or intermittent safety warning light can lull one into a questionable sense of safety. These lights and safety systems need to work reliably without having Toyota just say they know about this common problem. Does it affect actual vehicle stability control and emergency braking? on numerous internet sites, I find this same problem is mentioned frequently. Also a large number of complaints are on file now with the NHTSA. I rely on the warning lights and their underlying systems to work as advertised, but Toyota now makes me doubt that reliance. Does there have to be a large "body count" for NHTSA to order a recall to fix this well known safety problem"

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #7

Oct 012007

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
(1) the dashboard lights for ABS, vsc, & traction control flickered, and then remained on permanently. (2) the ABS and vsc have malfunctioned which seriously affects the braking & stability control of the vehicle in emergency handling situations, endangering person(s) in vehicle. (3) technician at marin Toyota in san rafael, ca stated this was a common failure of the 2002 Sequoia. (4) searching online forums and the NHTSA complaint database also show this a common problem. (5) our family needs to be safe in this car. I hope something can be done.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #6

May 012007

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. While driving 45 mph, the vsc and trac lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact heard a loud noise coming from the front passenger side tire and the vehicle began pulling to the right. The dealer replaced a gasket that was covered in brake fluid. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times for the same failure, with the most recent occurrence on October 1, 2007. The dealer stated that the skid control computer failed and would cost $2,500 to replace. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 73,330 and failure mileage was 71,000.

- Alburn, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 082007


  • miles
I own a 2002 Toyota Sequoia 4X2. The vsc/trac lights came on after I had the battery replaced on Dec. 20, 2006. My Toyota specialist could not figure out what the problem was but said that the Sequoia's seem to have multiple problems relating to brakes and computers. I took it to the dealer on Jan. 8, 2007 and they said it has been a common/ongoing problem. Toyota has not recalled this problem though. They could fix the ecc (electrical computer component) at the cost of $1,600. I said no thanks.

- Marietta, GA, USA

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