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 8 of 8)

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problem #9

Jun 122008


  • 30,558 miles


I bought a used 2003 Toyota Sequoia in 2004. It currently has 30130 miles on it. I am the second owner. The problem: Sporadic vsc/atrac malfunction. 1. I had been advised to go in for Toyota campaign ssc 50J for ball joint safety recall. This was done at fremont Toyota on May 30, 2008. 2. on June 12, 2008, the vehicle skid control and traction control starts disengaging on its own, while I was driving the vehicle on us 101 North freeway on my way home from a trip to monterrey bay aquarium. 3. description of the problem: The vsc/atrac indicator lights changes state to on and the system will inadvertently engage and disengage without any warning. To reset, I had to pull over to the side of the freeway and restart the vehicle. The problem repeated a dozen times, until I reached home. So I took the vehicle in to fremont Toyota on June 14, 2008 and was told there is error code C1231 and C1203 and the reason is faulty engine and traction control computers. 4. I was not convinced with the answer and decided to do my own research on the NHTSA site and discussion forums on the net and found out that to solve this issue, Toyota modified its skid control logic and the vsc communication between skid control computer and the engine control module to rectify this problem (please refer NHTSA# 00303 & BR00203, diagnostics codes C1231 & C1203). 5. I called up fremont Toyota in California about what I found out and was told by the service advisor that I had to replace the existing vsc & ECU computers, with updated/redesigned modules at my expense (costs of $2700) I think this is unreasonable since, I consider this a manufacturing defect since the fix calls for a computer upgrade. I am writing to let your office know that Toyota dealer and Toyota North America will not acknowledge this problem. I can be reached at (510) 471-6937 if you have further questions. Sincerely, shaji ravindranathan

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 102008

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Toyota Sequoia vsc ABS problem on this 2003 Sequoia the ABS brakes intermittently come on without warning, and with out the driver braking. This has happened only at slow speeds thus far. The vsc indicator lights also come on.

- Boone, NC, USA

problem #7

Apr 252008

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 30,055 miles
2003 4X4 Toyota Sequoia / 30K miles. One more complaint about the vsc/trac-ABS lights coming on due to faulty vsc computer. My vehicle only has 30,055 miles and is still under the manufacturer's 60 month/60,000 powertrain warranty yet this is not covered. Very expensive repair in excess of $2,000. This complaint has been filed by thousands and really should be a recall as to its impending danger it puts the drivers in.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #6

Jan 012008

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,897 miles


Vsc/ABS/skid control computer failure at 50,000 miles in 2003 Toyota Sequoia SR5 2wd. This is a widely known problem, for which Toyota proposes replacement at consumer cost of $1500+ for out of warranty vehicles. Requested outcome: Toyota should replace the computer at no cost for part; this is clearly a defect and should not be required for consumer to replace.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 132008

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
Vehicle stability control lights came on. The dealer says that the engine control computer must be replaced. The part alone is $2,100, then labor to install. I have read numerous other reports of failure of this component which seems integral to the vehicle's steering and handling. Toyota published a technical bulletin in May 2006 recognizing this defect and changing the skid control computer.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #4

Feb 182008

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
I own a 2003 Toyota Sequoia limited with approximately 57, 000 miles. I recently took my vehicle to Toyota of huntington beach for service and to check on the vehicle skid control (vsc) light because it would not turn off. The service advisor stated that based the diagnostic repair codes and a repair bulletin, he recommended a that the skid control ECU be replaced at a cost of $1667 this repair recommendation what disappointing for a number of reasons: 1.this is a repair that should have been made while the vehicle was under warranty. I have previously complained about the vsc light to a Toyota service technician while the vehicle was under warranty. The solution by the Toyota of long beach repair facility was to simply ¿reset¿ the ECU. Attached is the invoice. 2.secondly, the ECU is not a wear and tear item and is not subject to ongoing maintenance. It is a computer chip that is designed to control the vsc, etc. If the ECU can not be reprogrammed to function as intended, then this design flaw that again should have been replaced under warranty or as recall. 3.the design flaw is serious and critically affects the safety and stability of the vehicle. 4.finally, the ECU is essentially a small computer and the $1600 price tag to replace such and inexpensive part is absurd. In the event that Toyota does not honor its commitment to quality, Toyota, should reevaluate the pricing of such a small but critical part and repair.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 152008

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,410 miles


Vsc/ABS skid control ECU failure on 2003 Sequoia @ 56,410 miles (orignal owner). ECU failure is a known issue by every Toyota Sequoia owner, but Toyota claims it's limited. This failure requires that vsc/ABS skid control ECU / yaw rate sensor be replaced. The repair cost was $794.20 for part and labor at the local Toyota dealer. Now, considering the severity of the defect and number of complaints on this site I¿M very suprized not to see a recall notice to date.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 222007

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Toyota Sequoia SR5 90,000 miles - since I purchased this vehicle brand new in July 2003, the vsc trac, vsc off and brake lights have turned on by itself intermittently. Until the weekend of Dec 22, 2007, I regarded this issue, more or less, as a nuisance problem. On Dec 22, 2007 the vsc trac and vsc off lights came on and pretty much have remained on. On two occasions, the slip indicator light started to blink, causing a loud noise and vibration by the operation of the brakes.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 082007

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,550 miles
1.) no events leading up to failure 2.) vsc off / trac off lights on dash stay on continually, and vehicle stability control is effectively disabled. Researching this issue on the internet finds that this is a common issue. 3.) Toyota dealer is recommending replacement of the vsc ECU (stability control/traction control computer) at a cost of $1500-$2000. Based on the numbers of these reported incidents, I feel this is a defect and is an exorbitant amount to be paid by the owners of these vehicles.

- Frametown, WV, USA

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