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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
97,350 miles
Total Complaints:
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2003 Toyota Sequoia transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #1

May 272011

Sequoia Limited 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,323 miles


I call this our retirement vehicle. Bought it brand new with premium plus extended warranty($3000/yr.). Most if not all maitainance schedules were kept and dealer recommendations faithfully followed. Our sequoia's maintenance history goes back 8 years with one dealer. I remember taking this vehicle twice within that time due to recall - one was transmission related, and the other was torque related. They assured me it was safe to drive the vehicle and they said problem was resolved with just a 'minor adjustment' of whatever - that was 2 years or so back at the height of the recall crisis. Now, I'm dismayed to know that the forthcoming cost to fix the problem ranges between $3,500-$5,000. My extended warranty is useless due to a clause that says 7 years or 100,000 miles whichever comes first.

Today, toyota's mechanic test drived it with me at just 45MPH max and sure enough he noticed the deceleration that starts with a jolt like hitting a road hump. As a toyota customer for more than 35 years, a 79' liftback, 89' supra, 95' camry, and the sequoia, I never had a problem this serious. All were properly maintained. In fact the 95' camry with 192,000plus mlieage is still handling like new.

I'm writing this to get the attention of Toyota's top management to look seriously into this matter and take action. With the previous recalls as a lesson, they should heed the advice: "Don't be pennywise and dollar foolish!" I have a feeling this transmission issue is just the tip of an iceberg!

- gabrielhomz, American Canyon, CA, USA

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