hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,524 miles

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2004 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Jul 152015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the traction light remained illuminated and the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard. The traction control, brake, and check engine lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the software for the brake control module needed to be updated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and gave the contact a reference. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #29

Jun 012014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 93,243 miles
Yes, we just purchased this used 04 Sequoia from a private party seller and everything was fine the first month we drove it then the vsc light and the trac off light came on. Now the check engine light is on and we had it tested at autozone for free. The testing showed a bad O2 sensor. The car still drives fine its just the lights are on. Its really irritating. I googled it and read a bunch of customer complaints about this same issue. I read that the 03 Sequoias were recalled for these issues.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #28

May 012014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 206,178 miles
Vsc, traction control light, and check engine light activated and is now staying illuminated. Slight loss of power and hesitation during acceleration.

- Fort Worth , TX, USA

problem #27

Sep 012011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles


Vsc off, vsc trac lights go on and off all the time. Along with the check engine lights.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #26

Aug 252013


  • miles
Vsc off light on trac off light is on.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #25

Aug 022012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 49,160 miles
Vehicle had been driven approx 30 miles when brake, vsc off, vsc trac warning lights came on will not go off...just purchased this vehicle on 7/28/2012 from berglund, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Ram in roanoke, va.

- Boones Mill, VA, USA

problem #24

Jun 282012


  • 52,000 miles


As I was driving my vehicle, the warning lights came on for the brakes, vsc and skid control. I have been told that the repair will be $1900 to replace the ECU.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #23

Jun 082011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
On four separate occasions during low speed left turns my 2004 Toyota Sequoia has shuttered and struggled to stay on the road, traction control light comes on and beeps, and brake light illuminates. Vehicle also shutters when braking at low speeds. I took it to a Toyota dealership for service and was told the master cylinder needed to be replace. I took the vehicle to a certified mechanic to replace master cylinder, because of Toyota's high price to replace. The mechanic could not find any issue with the master cylinder and suggested it was an issue call a "low speed drop" and was probably related to the ABS system or trac control. Called dealership and asked what type of diagnostics were performed and was told that they hook up a computer which produced a code related to the master cylinder. They could not explain why the computer gave them themaster cylinder code and did not offer to reinspect vehicle to determine actual cause.

- Texas, TX, USA

problem #22

Apr 202011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
Right after I purchased my vehicle (used) the vsc trac, trac off, brake lights & check engine lights came on randomly. Toyota ended up replacing the skid computer. It has been just over a year and it is now doing the same thing. It looses traction and won't accelerate. Toyota told me its not under warranty. This is a safety issue, the same one that the 2003 models were recalled for.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #21

Feb 022011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 100,091 miles
We had tires changed, then the skid light came on we lost power on the freeway the car fish tailed my husband changed the fuel filter thinking that there was no way changing tires could make our 2004 Sequoia lose power, the problem still exists I am frightened to drive my car the light comes on I lose power at 70mph this could create serious accident. I have read lots of others experiencing same problem these should be recalled.

- Laurel, FL, USA

problem #20

Jan 202011


  • miles


On my 2004 Toyota Sequoia the vsc trac light and trac off light are both on. They will not go off. So I don't know if it is working. I read on many forums and I am not the only experiencing the problems. This is a safety issue and Toyota needs to correct it.

- Joanna, SC, USA

problem #19

Jan 312011


  • 126,000 miles
My 2004 Toyota Sequoia is experiencing vehicle stability control issues that I believe pose a significant threat to my families safety. Under acceleration, the vehicle thinks it's losing traction and engages the traction control by reducing power. On numerous occasions while accelerating into traffic, the vehicle bogs down. This is hazardous for us, and for other drivers. This was an issue with the 2003 model of the Sequoia and Toyota issued a recall. I've contacted Toyota and they claim the recall doesn't apply to the 2004 model even though it's experiencing the same exact problem.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #18

Nov 152010


  • 95,000 miles
Problem with ECU unit, vsc trac and trac off light coming on in vehicle. The brakes were recently changed and it is now making a screeching noise. Something is not right. When I purchased this vehicle and took it to Toyota for some other recall they told me that my ECU unit needed to be changed. The ECU unit is now on recall but they are restricting it to only 2003 model. I have a 2004 & it has the same problem the 2003 has. I feel sorry for all the money they had to pay out with other defects but I feel if there is a problem then they should own up to it and fix it. My vehicle is also losing power on turns and I think it is from this same issue based on the forums I have read. This can be dangerous especially when making turns in oncoming traffic. I would feel really bad for Toyota if I were to get in an accident for something they can own up to and just repair in good faith. Very frustrated consumer. Crash was missed by inches because the truck slows down on turns.

- Margate, FM, USA

problem #17

Oct 032009


  • 71,697 miles
The vsc track, trac off and emergency light of my 2004 Toyota Sequoia, came on, on about October, 2009. I took it to the Toyota dealer, they told me that I had to replace, oxygen sensors, a new battery, and skid control computer. Total more than $2000. I was told that if I don't replace the skid control computer, my break system can fail and consequently loose control of the vehicle. It sounded like a major defect and expensive repair and I was puffered as to why there wasn't any recall on such problem. After the car was serviced, the vsc track, track off, and emergency light came on again in less than a week.. this time the computer told them that :there was air in the fuel system. This is their remedy for me: "I need to close and seal the fueling cap after each fueling." I do seal the fuel cap everytime after refuel. I don't recall that I ever miss one time. They reset the system and sent me off. I was wondering if the first repair was ever necessary, maybe the skid control computer never failed. It was just air in the fuel system.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #16

Jul 102010


  • 168,000 miles
The trac off, vsc trac and ABS lights on my 2004 Toyota Sequoia came on simultaneously and remains on. On one occasion, my vehicle lost power while I was driving when the system engaged. I reported this directly to Toyota since this is hazardous and is the same problem that occurred with many of the 2003 Sequoias which resulted in a recall being issued. My vehicle is no longer under warranty. The Toyota personnel that I spoke with saw this as my issue and not one of Toyota and issued me a reference number. I was told that this would be my responsibility because a recall has not been issued. It is unfortunate that with all of the complaints filed regarding this issue that Toyota will not accept responsibility and do something. It seem as if a death or injury is necessary to make them step up to the plate and accept responsibility for their manufacturing defaults.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #15

Nov 052005


  • 19,991 miles
My 2004 Sequoia vsc track, trac off, and emergency brake lights, turn on while I'm driving or while the truck is idling. Have taken it several time to my Toyota dealer. They never seem to find whats wrong. My warranty is over and I need to know if Toyota will fix the problem, since I have records of reporting it to my Toyota dealer. It occurs often and the truck makes a violent rattling nose.

- Carolina, PR, USA

problem #14

Oct 162010


  • 118,000 miles
I have a 2004 Toyota Sequoia that had the right rear wheel bearings replaced last week at my Toyota dealership. Now the engine light is staying on as well as the vhs trac and trac off indicator lights. The car jerks when accelerating. This problem has been intermittent for two months but is now all the time.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #13

Sep 232010


  • 60,000 miles
The vsc and trac lights come on intermittently.the vehicle will also dramatically de-accelerate. There is also a smell like smoke. After shutting the vehicle off and later restarting all was ok. Toyota is very aware of this problem. Such a problem occurring especially at higher speeds could result in loss of control of vehicle leading to a serious accident with potential for numerous fatalities. Toyota had a recall for exactly the same problem on it"S 2003 model, but nothing for the 2004. Considering their most recent problems with acceleration I certainly would have expected by now that the NHTSA would have investigated and mandated that Toyota correct this problem before a serious accident...not after the fact. Again, this is a well documented fact on Toyota own website. Numerous complaints have been filed to no avail. Their refusal to recall and rectify the situation should be a wake up call to the NHTSA. If I hear nothing more on this matter, I will assume neither Toyota nor the NHTSA is concerned about this potentially disastrous defect.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #12

Jul 012007


  • 60,000 miles
My 2004 Sequoia brake and vsc trac sensor lights turning on and off and hearing grinding noise when it auto-engage and disengage.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 032010


  • 102,247 miles
Sporadically, on downhill with speed when applying brakes a crunching sound made, audible warning sound and warning light appear. Release and reapplying brakes reset warnings lights and sound. Last week, on a flat surface the same sound was made, the warning light sounded and lights (vsc trac and brake) appeared. Took vehicle to dealer as noted in owners manual. The skid control ECU is diagnosed as needing replaced. Dealer replaced computer module and I will see if this correct problem. Concerned as the vehicle pulls a trailer and the brake problem described has happened while towing.

- Visalia, CA, USA

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