hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,333 miles

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2003 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2003 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 012018


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. While driving 55 mph, the contact approached a stop light and the emergency brake indicator illuminated and the vehicle would not stop. The brake pedal extended to the floorboard. The contact pumped the brake pedal and was able to bring the vehicle to a stop. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and turned it off. When the vehicle was restarted, the contact regained control. The vehicle was driven to the dealer (frontier Toyota, 23621 creekside rd, valencia, ca 91355), but no failure could be found and the vehicle was deemed to be in good standing. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact stated that the failure occurred a total of four times in the past eleven years regarding the emergency brake illumination and the vehicle not being able to stop. There were no recalls associated with the vehicle. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 202010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
2003 Sequoia. Vsc/trac lights come on just driving down the road. Plus parking brake light. Have to shut car off to reset. The dealer said my computer is not part of the recall so I must pay out of pocket. Looked on-line and found dozens of sites and thousands of people with the same problem.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #4

Feb 272010


  • 108,000 miles
The vsc track and engine lights came on at the same time at exactly 108,000 miles. This has been a very reliable vehicle except when it seems the computer parts are programmed to fail. I use to commute in heavy slow traffic in southern California when my brake light would come on when using the brakes in traffic. The dealer could not find a problem.. the brake light will go off after the key is turned off and back on again however the vsc/track light still on appear T be a computer defect. I see many problems with this could lead to vehicle tipping big problem maybe this issue is related to Toyota vehicles super accelerating just a thought!

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012009


  • 120,000 miles


For the past 6months the emergency brake light has come on and shut off randomly for extended periods of time. The dealership has no answer for why, but they said that there is nothing wrong. Now the vsc trac and vsc off lights will not turn off. The dealer says that there is no danger again but that it will cost 1600 to fix. If I do nothing then it will be fine too. None of it makes complete sense.

- Gainesville, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 202008


  • 52,000 miles
03 Toyota Sequoia. Vsc, ABS, parking brake light came on. At 52,000 miles while driving. Yaw sensor defective.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 252003

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Our 2003 Toyota Sequoia has the vsc, traction light, emergency brake light, and trac off light are all coming on. The dealer told us that we need a brake job and the problem that I have is that this will be the third set of brakes in 25,000 miles. I have been reading quite a bit on this same problem with other Sequoia owners on the edmunton's website forum and it is concerning to me for the saftey of my family and my self not too mention the brake jobs at every 7,000 miles. The dealer tells me that this is normal for brakes with heavier vehicles but that has not been my experience with SUV's in the past.

- Foothill Ranch, CA, USA

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