really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,750 miles

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2004 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012010


  • 90,000 miles


2004 Toyota Sequoia. Emergency brake, traction control system, and traction control system off dashboard lights come on randomly during vehicle operation leading the operator to believe the emergency brake is activated and/or the traction control system is malfunctioning. Problem occurs randomly (every few minutes) during vehicle operation. No repair completed. Numerous reports of same failure are cited on several internet websites.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 162009


  • 84,000 miles
2004 Toyota Sequoia - 80,000 + miles I purchased the car new and have always maintained it well. Since new, the brake light would come on intermittently. Toyota could never find a problem. On 10/16/2009 the emergency brake exploded while I was driving. The car jerked but allowed me to continue. Once I parked the car it would not drive. I had the car towed and the repair shop said the left side emergency brake just fell apart. They had never seen anything like it before. Given the issues Toyota is having, I believe this incident should be investigated. I have had my brakes replaced 3 times.

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 042008


  • 32,000 miles
Emergency brake indicator on dash would periodically come on while driving. The only way to get light to go off would be to restart car. Problem occurred off & on for 18 months & 3 visits to local Toyota dealership. On 3rd trip, dealership isolated problem to stroke sensor & ABS ECU. They replaced part #89541-0C062 ($1252.50 part) and part #44610-0C041 ($712.23 part). Our '04 Sequoia has less than 32,000 miles on it. After researching online, it appears that this is a popular problem.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 062008


  • 61,000 miles
On July 6th at approximately 2:00 in the afternoon my son and I went to pull our boat out of the water with our 2004 Toyota Sequoia.(we backed the trailer into the water and loaded our boat onto the trailer as we always do. We then secured the boat to the trailer and proceeded to pull the truck and loaded trailer up the hill about 30 feet and parked on the boat launch ramp. I exited the vehicle and left the Sequoia in four wheel drive high, in park, with the parking brake on. About 5 minutes later, we heard a repeated clicking sound and the boat and trailer came rolling back down the launch ramp into the water narrowly missing my son and I. the only thing that stopped the truck and trailer was the fact that the boat trailer jackknifed against the left rear bumper of the truck. The regional inspector, jim teely finally inspected the Sequoia on July 15th. According to jim teely, whom I have spoken with on the telephone, the inspection found that there was nothing mechanically wrong with the vehicle. The inspection that was done was cursory at best. Until the transmission has been physically examined by Toyota I am not comfortable towing my boat and especially not parking the Sequoia (towing or not) on an incline. We live in the mountains, and not being able to park on a hill will be a major inconvenience for us. Toyota has still not determined what caused this accident.

- Bass Lake, CA, USA

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