hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,573 miles

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2005 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #71

Feb 102014


  • 190,000 miles


We noticed that our frame had severe rust last winter. (2/14) we always did the regular recommended maintenance. We purchased this new in '05. I'm sure others haven't reported this as they haven't looked for this problem not expecting it from such an expensive vehicle that you would expect to be very reliable. We did put in a claim to Toyota last February and we were told that it wasn't a problem that they had many complaints on. I know there were recalls in the past with Toyota vehicles that had the tubular frames. This also has a tubular frame. We also have the same problem with vsc and tracking that many others on this site have complained about.

- Hardwick, MA, USA

problem #70

Nov 222014


  • 165,000 miles
When accelerating from low speed or stops the Sequoia activates the vsc and the traction control system and refuses to accelerate. Happens consistently but not consistently enough to know when to expect it. The traction control/skid control light activates for around 5 seconds and then vehicle returns to normal operation. It can be nerveracking. From all my investigation it seems identical to the problems that led to the 2003 Sequoia recall. I do believe that this is a significant safety issue. Again from my research this is a very common problem among many model years of Sequoias.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #69

Dec 232014


  • 108,000 miles
As I started driving the car my vsc off vsc trac and brake light when on when I tried to brake it made a terrible sound as I continued to press on the brake it made a hssssssing sound like air was coming out I got home and googled the problem I guess im not the only one Toyota is aware of problem but will not fix 2003 was fix but the rest aren't I did call Toyota and filed a complaint and the told me they couldn't do anything about it was up to me and my responsibility if its an ongoing problem and very dangerous Toyota should recall I know have it with an experience mechanic and will hopefully get results soon.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #68

Nov 012012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


Check engine light, vsc trac and break light constantly.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #67

Apr 222008


  • miles
The vac trac & vsc off buttons on my dash are always on. This has caused the vehicle to grind when backing, drop into 4WD unexpectedly, lock wheels on one side only into 4WD and various other issues. I am lucky that I do in-town driving most of the time and have not experienced this while driving at a high rate of speed. I have had my vehicle scanned for codes & looked over by my mechanic which has not led to any faults or corrections needed. I am afraid to drive my car.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #66

Apr 222008


  • miles
The vac trac & vsc off buttons on my dash are always on. This has caused the vehicle to grind when backing, drop into 4WD unexpectedly, lock wheels on one side only into 4WD and various other issues. I am lucky that I do in-town driving most of the time and have not experienced this while driving at a high rate of speed. I have had my vehicle scanned for codes & looked over by my mechanic which has not led to any faults or corrections needed. I am afraid to drive my car.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #65

Jan 122012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 112,000 miles


Slip indicator light illuminates and vehicle looses all power for 4-5 sec then resumes normally unless on snow. If on snow vehicle it repeatedly looses power and produces a noise as if it is shorting-out. Very dangerous especially when going up hill on gravel road. Each bump at low speed (3-4 mph) causes slip indicator light to illuminate and complete loss of power. This happens regardless of traction control being turned off.

- Monterey, CA, USA

problem #64

Oct 042010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Vsc trac---vsc--check engine light--and then problems with acceleration!!

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #63

Jul 012014


  • 101,000 miles
Vsc trac, vsc off, brake, ABS lights... all on, all at once. This has happened several times now. It comes on for a couple of days and then resets itself no codes found. This time it came on again and limited the speed to about 35mph while my wife was driving on a major highway. She was able to get it back home safely thank goodness. I have been reading about similar cases for this model and do not know what to do.please help. We have just had it serviced about a month ago for timing belt replacement etc. This is my wife's primary vehicle and I can't afford to put any more money in this. Is there a recall for this with so many cases of the same issue I have read about?

- Walhalla, SC, USA

problem #62

Mar 012013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Vsc, trac, ABS and brake lights would all come on a once. They would usually reset after on the next start. It has progressed over the past year to the lights staying on most of the time and only occasionally resetting to off. I have no ABS or stability control due to this malfunction. Even with the lights on, there were no codes on system when I went to the dealer. They recommend replacing the skid control ECU which is very expensive. This seems to be a very common problem.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #61

Jun 012014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 112,098 miles


While driving my vehicle on the highway to work, my brake warning light on the dash came on. I pulled over cut the truck off then back on, the light was gone. The next day driving home from work, it was pouring down rain and the brake warning light came on again, along with the trac and vsc warning lights. I was only driving about 25 mph since I was in the city and not on the highway yet. I pulled over cut the truck off and then back on, the lights were out, but within another mile they were back on. I avoided the highway since my brakes were having problems and it was pouring rain. The next day they were off so I drove back to work but when I was on the way home they all came back on, this time it was the afternoon and not raining so I took it to the Toyota dealership. They ran the codes and said my codes were C1247 stroke sensor and C136 master press sensor - they said this was part of a skid control ECM that controlled my antilock braking system! very scary to think my brakes were not functioning properly. I was told it could be fixed for $1042.82 and may also need to replace the master cylinder at $715.85. When I looked up the problem online I found that this was very common failure with 2003-05 models and that Toyota had already recalled the 2003 problem. My service tech said that he was not aware this was a common problem, although there is a service bulletin out for it. I was very scared to drive, but the tech said that my brakes still worked but that the anti lock braking system will not stop "on a dime" but will skid or slide. When I asked to speak to the service manager (all were on vacation) I spoke with the lead tech on shift, who told me alot of what I read online was junk and there was no recall on my 2005 Sequoia but he gave me a number to Toyota complaint department:1-800-331-4331. I have not driven my vehicle since taking it home that day.

- Gaffney, SC, USA

problem #60

Aug 012010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Car stalls when put in drive and will not drive safely. There is a loud clunk when backing up. Car does not have power getting up hills. Toyota mechanic says there is a bad computer that has been recalled in 2004 models. I

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #59

Oct 172013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
The vsc, the vsc trac and the brake lights all went on. My brakes started to pulse without me doing it. When you turn the car off it re-sets and then will do it again at a later time.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #58

Mar 252014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 140,306 miles
Problem with 2005 Toyota Sequoia electronic stability control. While driving the vehicle on the highway the check engine light, vsc trac light, and vsc off light came on. Vehicle instantly lost power and torque converter would not lock up. Vehicle lost speed in traffic very quickly and had extreme difficulty going up an incline. Since the first instance it has happened about six times. Disconnecting battery clears issue temporarily. Many others with vehicle have had same issue and Toyota has a tsb on the issue but will not recall or cover several $K cost. Problem still arises after vsc computer replacement for some people. Prior years had recalls for same issue, but they ignore the 2005 model year. Issue could be life threatening on public roads with sudden loss of all power and stability control.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #57

Feb 152014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 126,093 miles
Vsc and ABS lights are going on after horrible shuttering sound from front of vehicle. My wife has experienced this four times on a major highway and we are concerned about safety. I had recently experienced this last weekend. There is a sudden loss of control of the vehicle being aware of the emergency brake is the only way to stop this vehicle.Toyota has many complaints about this and they need to recall this problem before someone gets rear ended on a highway.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #56

Jan 042014


  • 126,000 miles
Trac off, vsc trac, ABS and parking brake lights all came on and stayed on while driving. Vehicle has been doing this intermittently for about a month now on a regular basis. Has done it over the past couple years but maybe once every several months. Resets after vehicle is turned off. Looked up issue on internet and was surprised to find all the posts about this issue and the lack of Toyota to recall whatever is causing this issue.

- College Park, GA, USA

problem #55

Sep 292013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I was told the vehicle control and stability system was off. And is a common issue with this year make and model. Vsc and trac off light keeps coming on. Also secondarily valve stuck closed. P1445 & P1442 codes. Also another known issue for this vehicle year make and model. Toyota is aware but won't fix after certain miles.

- Landover, MD, USA

problem #54

Sep 082013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Vehicle vsc trac lights, brake lights and wsc dash board indicators comes on while driving. This problem is constant and more persistent each time the vehicle is driven.

- Millersville, MD, USA

problem #53

Aug 012013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
While applying the brakes there is a grinding noise coming from the front of the vehicle with a shudder and the vsc, trac off and brake lights come on and stay on. This has happened several times recently. Also the brake light will come on at random times. Everything resets when the ignition is turned off. When the vehicle shudders it does not seem to be slowing down. I have checked the Toyota web site and they do not show any recalls. Also I have checked on-line and there are several people that seem to be having the same problem. This is a very unsafe problem and I feel that Toyota needs to fix this with a recall. They are aware of the problem and it is very expensive fix.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #52

Jul 232013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
While driving straight down the street, I heard a grinding sound and all of the vsc trac warning lights came on. After stopping and restarting the car, the car behaved normal again. This is the second occurrence. I'm presuming that the grinding noise might be the brakes pulsating. It is not safe for the brakes to automatically apply themselves during safe driving conditions.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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