hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,900 miles

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2003 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #10

Feb 202008

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


I have a 2003 Toyota Sequoia limited 4X4. I have a problem with vsc/ trac light come and goes. I went to dealer when the car was under bumper to bumper warranty, dealer told me that I have low brake fluid causing that problem. But car was driven less than 20,000 miles at that time. Now car is out of warranty and I found out I have problem with computers controlling vsc. And it will cost me alot. I have found that lots of Sequoia having similar problem as mine. I like to know what has to be done for this matter. The car now little under 40,000 miles.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #9

Jan 032008

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Failure of skid control ECU. Failure initially intermittent, but E-brake light stays on to identify the problem. Intermittent problem not identifiable, but failure prevents skid control from working.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #8

Oct 232007

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Toyota has a widespread problem with their vsc system. My dealer wants $1800 to fix what Toyota knows is a huge widespread problem for Toyota Tundra/Sequoia. This is ridiculous and Toyota needs to replace the vsc computer and engine control computer (ecc) for free. What a bunch of non-sense!

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #7

Sep 252007

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,500 miles


Vsc/ABS skid control ECU failure. The dealership is saying that my 2003 Toyota Sequoia limited 2 wd 53,500 miles needs a new ABS computer at a cost of $3,600. Approximately 2 years ago I had the exact same thing happen, the car actually froze up and the dealership had it towed to their location to fix it, they said it was the third member and replaced that. Now the same thing is happening and they won't do anything.

- Oakley, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 142007

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,500 miles
I am another victim of the ongoing problem for 2003 Toyota Sequoia, vcs traction control light on. So this past weekend being on a trip the light come on and we took it to the dealership and gaves us a surprise repair $1,448.50 for part 89541-0C062 and 896300C011 $751.54 so with labor some in the 2,500 dls. So I told the service guy what was the risk of driving this unit like that. In my own words is like having an 1980's Suburban. My husband did a research on the internet on tundrasulutions etc. And there are a lot of cases of this problem arousing around 40,000 miles or less. We have a 4 year old son and we are "scared" to drive this truck without of any of the safety features now I was told that the traction control computer and the main computer needed to replace and that this will disable ABS and traction controls. So this means that I have a 1980 Suburban. We are very upset because we call Toyota and they can't do anything about it, they refer me to the dealership service manager that probably can offer me a discount outside warranty. We need NHTSA to start investigating this issue there are thousands of users that already paid for this repair that don't even know how to file a complaint. Don't let this issue get out of hand, please don't waint until there are people hurt. My truck is worth around 14,000 the repair is 2500 the repair is 18% worth of the whole vehicle. Toyota knows about this problem if they sell a car with defective parts they should replace it.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 192007

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,700 miles
My vsc/trac sensor has been going on and off and every time I needed to have it check, the problem never appears. Except for today, the light has stayed on and my mechanic was able to diagnosed and verified it with Toyota's tsb as a defective vsc/trac ECU and he recommended that I take it to a dealer for the replacement and installation of the new ECU. Several tsb's are posted on the NHTSA website regarding this problem for my vehicle year and make. My complaint is, I feel that it is unacceptable that a computer device that plays a vital role in the safety performance of the vehicle should not have failed within 5 years, especially for a considerable cost to have it replace after the warranty period. Toyota should have at least sent out notices to the owners regarding this potential problem.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 172006

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,537 miles


Vsc/ABS/traction control computer failed.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 072007

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Vtrac failure indications while driving my 2003 Toyota Sequoia. 66,213 miles. Had this checked while under warranty at 30,000 miles but it was not a hard failure so it was called intermittent. Current failure clears after ignition cycled but dealer says fail codes do exist that show computer is failing. Toyota has a service bulletin to replace computer if under warranty. Research on the internet showed countless failures of vtrac computer on this model and the Tundra with the full failure causing vehicles at high speed to go from 70 mph to 1 with no power assistance and uncontrolled deceleration. Toyota is aware but doing nothing to remedy except repair if brought in at owner expense if not under warranty.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #2

Jul 112006

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,768 miles
Braking system module.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #1

Aug 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
My vsc & track off lights will not turn off. I lose control of my car at about 5 miles per hour due to this problem about once every other day. Toyota advertises this break system as a safety feature on their website, yet dealership says it's not a safety issue. The dealership told me that the computer controlling this has failed & needs to be replace at a cost of $1300. My car is not yet 3 years old but just out of mileage warranty, so they said this cost was up to me to pay. My mother owns the same model & year Sequoia & the exact same problem happened to her car & the same dealership fixed her problem at 36K miles but won't fix mine @ 46K B/C I'm out of warranty. My husband's employer had same problem at 40K miles on his 2003 Sequoia & had to pay for the repair. I know personally 5 families who own Sequoias & 4 of us have had the exact problem. The 5th just bought their car 4 months ago, so we are just waiting for their problem to occur. I'm meeting with the district factory rep tomorrow & will bring up the number of complaints on this website about the vsc computer failure.

- Nashville, TN, USA

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