really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,020 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 232003

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles


Since taking ownership of my vehicle we have been having trouble with it. When taking a turn the vsc skid light comes on and the accelerator looses power. The vehicle doesn't stall but the gas pedal is unresponsive leaving you stuck for 2-5 seconds. It is extremely dangerous and I have almost been in an accident numerous times. We have taken it back to the dealership multiple times and they can't correct the problem because they can't replicate it. We had a district manager for Toyota look at the vehicle and couldn't help us either. However, he did tell us that the newer model Toyota have been updated so this problem doesn't happen. That leads me to believe they are aware of the defect. It is happening multiple times a day now and I am afraid for the safety of myself and my children. I need help.

- Winchester, MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 202003

Sequoia 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed consumer heard a loud noise coming from the front of the vehicle. Consumer applied the accelerator pedal and the vehicle failed to accelerate. Then, consumer again applied the accelerator pedal numerous times and the vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. He was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Northampton, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012003


  • 10,000 miles
While driving and upon pressing the accelerator vehicle lost power, and will not move. This happened three times. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealership three times. The problem had not been resolved. Vehicle was taken to dealer for repairs again for the same problem.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #2

May 172004

(reported on)


  • miles
On April 14, 2004 consumer was driving. Upon tapping the accelerator pedal vehicle surged forward with great force. Driver lost control, and hit a school.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 232003

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 SR5 Sequoia with 4700 mi, and two accelerator problems: 1. surging from a stop and when accelerating out of a turn. 2. a dead accelerator for a period of six to ten seconds when accelerating out of a turn. The engine does not die it just remains at an idle for the six to ten seconds while the driver is pressing on the accelerator pedal. These two problems are not constant they just happen from time to time. Three trips to the dealer so far results in the response "unable to duplicate problem". the first failure date is the day we drove the vehicle home for the first time and continues to now.

- Baytown, TX, USA

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