hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,468 miles

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2003 Toyota Sequoia drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 172015


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. While driving 15 mph, the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the brakes. The vehicle started to decelerate on its own. In addition, while driving 70 mph, the same abnormal noise occurred and the vehicle decelerated. This was a recurring failure. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that more information was needed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Folson, CA, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Sep 152013


  • 107,342 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the transmission began to jerk with the illumination of the vsc, vsc trac and engine warning indicators. The warning lights illuminated intermittently and until becoming permanently illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 107,342.

- Silver Spring , MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 012013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
My wife was on freeway, driving our 2003 Toyota Sequoia limited 2wd, when vsc light lit up and a buzzer sounded. At the same time, her vehicle started to decelerate on its own, causing vehicles behind her to have to brake to keep from rear-ending her vehicle. This was accompanied by a horrific grinding and banging sound. My wife found a safer place to pull to the side of the freeway and stop the vehicle. A tow truck was called and vehicle was "flat-bed" towed to repair garage.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
It was raining, I was going around a turn,10 - 15 mph the back tire started to spin, the vsc trac, vsc off, and ABS lights came on, this is after the trk. Went to the dealer to check out a recall on the vsc. They said it wasn't under a recall, we parked the Sequoia and wont drive it until it's repaired, safety reasons, I moved it, tried to go over a curb on an angle and the right rear tire just was spinning on the asphalt road. This cant be good for the Sequoia, its 4 wheel drive, and its making a noise, in the drive train, clunking?? it slides in the rain (bad ) and wont stop on wet roads very well, it slides to a stop. I don't have alot of time to research the vsc problem, but it sounds like all the Sequoia's 03-05 have the same problem, for the cost of this trk. I hope Toyota will fix this problem.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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