really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,426 miles

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2003 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #129

Jul 222014


  • 69,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stability control, traction control, and the check engine warning lights suddenly remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 69,000.

- Santa Rosa Beach, FL, USA

problem #128

Jul 232014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 185,790 miles
The vsc off/ trac off and check engine and brake light all came on. The brake started to jump and the car pulled hare to the left. I turn the car off and back on the problem went a way but the lights all came back on. However there are a lot of people having this problem with their Sequoia and I have seen no safety recall for this.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #127

Jun 272014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
At random times, the vsc and brake lights will come on. When this happens, the brakes do not work properly. They severely grind and stopping is nearly impossible. The only solution is to completely turn the car off and restart. I have taken my vehicle to Toyota many time over the course of several years. This is very dangerous as I have children riding in the vehicle!! Toyota either said there is nothing wrong or that a sensor will need to be replaced which costs approximately $1600. This is a common issue with older Sequoias and should be a recall. It should be free of charge to the owner! I should not have to pay for something Toyota did not do right!

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #126

Apr 242014


  • 87,000 miles


I have my A/C on and the brake light turns on and trac and vsc lights come on. This has been heaping since 60000 miles and there was a recall on it but not on mine. They do test and can't find the problem. When I turn the car off they come off.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #125

Mar 062014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 99,103 miles
Vehicle almost lost control during a 25mph turn in light rain condition. The vehicle has brand new tires as well. This is a known issue with many Toyota Sequoia vehicles and Toyota refuses to acknowledge fault. The failure to announce a recall on the vsc pressure sensor unit will cause the vehicle to lose control, skid, loss of ABS and subsequently lead to crash.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #124

Jan 012014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 58,600 miles
Upon normal driving the vehicle would not accelerate accurately and quickly enough after making a left turn. The vehicle would also randomly illuminate 3 indicator lights when the brake pedal is depressed. The 3 indicators are brake, trac off, vsc off. Before these lights illuminate the vehicle's brake pedal would become very hard to press causing the brake pedal to require much more force applied to it thus causing a decrease in stopping distance which is a very serious safety issue.

- South Ozone Park, NY, USA

problem #123

Mar 042014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 128,450 miles


While accelerating on an on ramp along interstate highway, vsc vehicle stability control light came on, engine went to idle, lost speed. After about 10 seconds, vsc light went out, engine able to accelerate. Considering heavy traffic on interstate 495, this is very dangerous. No ice, no snow, no rain, road was dry and level. This is the third time it has occurred.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #122

Sep 032013


  • 148,000 miles
Received Toyota factory recall for corrosion-resistant compound due to excessive frame rust. Called local dealer and also factory Toyota for appointment. Took the vehicle in to the dealership. One day later received phone call that my vehicle was safe and that they had sprayed this coating on the vehicle. I picked up vehicle and this corrosive chemical is dripping of the vehicle and is not drying. Concerned for environment and also, I have no idea of how vehicle was inspected assuring that the frame is safe.

- Nisswa, MN, USA

problem #121

Nov 302009

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
The vehicle stability control (vsc) lights keep coming on at random and will not turn off until the engine is restarted. There was a voluntary recall from Toyota for this problem but the dealer said mine is not affected but obviously it is since I received a notice and the lights do come on. I also hear grinding noise when the ABS engages. Toyota dealer wanted to charge me for the fix.

- Cashmere, WA, USA

problem #120

Dec 172013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Vsc/ABS and trac lights came on. Took in to dealer replaced skid control computer and still lights stayed on. Now I must replace yaw sensor for more money. This is an issue with most Sequoias of the 2003 year model.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #119

Oct 192013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 118,200 miles


While driving, brake light illuminates - has been happening for past month. On 10/19/13, trying to stop at a light and when stepped on brakes, the ABS light, tcs light, and brake lights all illuminated and the brakes failed - started pulsating. Pavement was dry and did not step on brakes hard or fast - just slowing down for light. Had to pull over to side to avoid hitting car. Took to dealer said was ABS computer and not in recall. Extended warranty does not cover ABS computer. Service was not performed. Looking to replace computer cheaper. Dealer service check in lady said this is an issue with our year/make, yet there is no recall for failing brakes??

- Corona De Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #118

Jan 112010


  • 66,253 miles
Vsc and vsc of lights are oncodes C1223 ABS control system malfunction, C1231 steering angle sensor, and C1247 stroke sensor indicates needs the skid control ECU T 2.0 replaced skid control ECU 08/01/2010 check engine light found P0031 af sensor B1S1 T1.0 parts replaced. 6/01/2013 again vsc trac off service engine light on and dealership wants $1400 for new computer.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #117

Apr 202013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
I was driving down the highway and my vsc trac lights came on along with my engine light. When I got home, I looked at my vehicle manual to determine what had happened. I attempted to remedy the problem as suggested by Toyota, unfortunately, nothing changed. Approximately 2 weeks later my brake light intermittently turned on & off. Less than 5 months earlier, I had my all of my brakes replaced, so I can't imagine that my brakes are faulty. I became alarmed by these electronic miscues - so I went online to explore whether this was a common thread with other Sequoia owners. I discovered very quickly that there are many people who have had problems with their vsc / engine / and brake lights becoming activated. I was hoping this problem might be covered under a recall, but it appears that it is not. I am hoping for a remedy that won't have extensive costs to me.

- Jackson, WI, USA

problem #116

May 192012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
When have the car on and running the traction light brake light and vsc light come on at the same time.

- Alhambra , CA, USA

problem #115

Jun 152011


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the ABS and the vsc warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V176000 (electronic stability control, traction control system ) but the failure recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 80,000. The VIN was not available.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #114

May 122013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 151,000 miles
After skidding in gravel, the skid control computer warning lights activated upon getting back on the highway and reaching 40mph speed, vehicle randomly operates at lower speed when driving on the highway at 60 mph, when towing the changing speed is dangerous. Toyota dealer states my Sequoia is not covered on recall due to VIN # although its the same computer issue. Repair cost from the dealer $900 plus tax to replace skid control computer.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #113

Feb 052013


  • 190,000 miles
Hi I have a 2003 Toyota Sequoia SR5, and the vsc trac, vsc off and check engine came on all at once, took it to auto parts store and they ran the scanner it said to change the O2 sensor, which I did and nothing changed, I have read about this problem that has been coming up quiet a lot in this model, can you tell me if there is a recall for this problem, I went to the dealer and they told me that there was not any recall related to this issue.

- Lake In The Hill, IL, USA

problem #112

May 162013


  • 44,000 miles
Toyota Sequoia 2003 - within months of taking new car delivery, vsc ABS and trac lights would blink intermittently and on occasion the auto would decelerate. As the issue was intermittent, dealership was unwilling/unable to diagnose. Trouble would continue with less frequent deceleration but more frequent warning light illumination until, after a few years, the warning lights stayed on and involuntary deceleration seemed to cease. Two different factory dealerships provided two different diagnoses. One said yaw sensor and other sensors need replacement (out of warranty); the other, more recently said that brake booster and actuator need replacement (out of warranty). Vehicle continues to brake normally and ABS does function keeping the SUV steerable during panic stops. Traction and stability control issues were not tested by this driver. Search of internet based user groups shows this problem common in earlier year Sequoia/Tundra models. Costs of repairs range from $1600 for yaw sensors to $3700 for brake booster and actuators. Toyota usa is unresponsive unless repairs are undertaken and makes no warranty of cooperation should repairs prove ineffective or unnecessary. This appears to be an ongoing issue with this and other 2003 Toyota Sequoia SR5 and limited models.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #111

Aug 012003

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
Concern started with a vsc and traction control warning lights in instrument cluster coming on and off in an intermittent fashion without pattern or external cause. The warning lights would not remain on but instead would glow for a brief bit of time and then extinguish. The vehicle did exhibit a spontaneous deceleration on several occasions while operating at low speed (less than 20 mph) and on level, smooth ground. The episodes were brief and normal brake operation return immediately once speed dropped to approximately 5 mph. In the decades that I have operated this automobile, the warning lights went from lighting intermittently to being illuminated continuously; the spontaneous breaking has seemingly ceased since these lights have remained on. Dealership and factory were informed of this concern with each service visit. Dealership response was that they were unwilling or unable to diagnose an intermittent concern. Once the lights remained on, I was initially informed that they suspected a defective yaw sensor and more recently, malfunctioning brake booster components; warranty period had lapsed and no extension was offered. Attempts to correctly diagnose and repair this concern have dragged on for 10 years with dealership and factory position that repairs, be they diagnostic (the yaw sensor replacement) or definitive (booster and brake system), were not warranty issues despite their intermittent presentation during the warranty period. My periodic practical testing of the brakes demonstrates that the ABS system functions properly despite warning light indications to the contrary. Current dealership estimated cost to replace brake booster and actuators is $3800 with a 12 month warranty. Toyota usa's position is this is not a warranty issue as of April 2013.

- West Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #110

Mar 122007

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 51,548 miles
Vsc traction and ABS control warning lights stay lit. Lights would go on and off and now stay lit all the time so have no warning if ABS system is functional or has other issues. Lost the ability to turn traction control on/off. Took vehicle in for service at dealer, 3-26-07, and was informed it was a manufacturing defect with an internal component, yaw rate sensor. Reported to Toyota and requested assistance in repairing as this appeared to be a manufacturing defect. Toyota denied claim. Have seen vehicles produced 1 month earlier are now under recall for similar issues NHTSA campaign # 10V176000. Dealer cost to repair at time was $1433. Have experienced braking oddities on occasions.

- Evans, GA, USA

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