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 1 of 5)

problem #91

Nov 082016


  • 161,255 miles


On 11-08-16 during a Pennsylvania state inspection for my 2005 Toyota Sequoia I was informed it would not pass because of frame rot. The dealer stated it went into service the end of January 2005. How could this be for an 11yr youcng Toyota" the frame has rusted in several areas, the rust hole was rusted through from the inside. This vehicle was my choice for my wife and kids due to the reputation and longevity of Toyota's vehicles. This is a major issue that needs to be resolved, as it is a major safety concern that could potentially be fatal if unchecked. What should me my future actions to this matter"- also, when in stop and go traffic, every light on the dash will go on, vsc, trac, ABS, losing braking power and acceleration. No accident to date because of it's infrequence, but also a major concern!

- Dublin, PA, USA

problem #90

Nov 062016


  • 150,000 miles
When making a right hand turn at moderate speed the anti skid light comes on and the car looses power through the turn... usually in neighborhood situations, but I have experienced it on interstate on ramps requiring a left turn followed by a gradual right banking turn.

- Mountville, PA, USA

problem #89

Aug 122016


  • 0 miles
Vsc vsc traction control lights comes on as well as the check engine light. The vehicle accelerates poorly. This makes for a very dangerous situation because the vehicle can slow dramatically at highway speeds. Lights go off for a little while when the battery is disconnected but all lights and acceleration problems return shortly. Owners have spent thousands of dollars replacing parts without a long term fix. Spouse will no longer drive the vehicle because of this dangerous problem. Totoya needs to fix this widespread problem.

- Wetumpka, AL, USA

problem #88

Aug 122016


  • miles


My vehicle's traction control light was coming on periodically, and when that would happen the engine would cut out, & I would not be able to accelerate. I took it in to get it repaired. After the repairs I was driving at about 20 mph, and as I was breaking to turn a corner the ABS, vbs, brake and traction control lights came on. My breaks made a grinding noise, the car began to shake, there were no breaks or steering control, and the engine cut out. This was very dangerous as I had no control and was on a city street in front of a park with children, and I had my son with me. Luckily I wasn't going very fast as the speed limit is 25 mph, and I was approaching the park and my street to turn on to. I was able to get stopped by hitting a curb but couldn't get control of the vehicle otherwise.

- West Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #87

Dec 102015


  • 85,000 miles
My 2005 Sequoia has the vsc off and vsc trac lights on and it causes a hesitation in acceleration - which is a significant crash hazard. I notified Toyota about this and asked if they would fix it because they recalled other years of Sequoias for the same problem. Toyota will not fix it and said that the 2005 has different parts than the years that they recalled. That is silly because the problem is there even if the parts are different. The hatchback latch has also broke and the hatchback will not open. I looked online and saw that this is another well known problem with 2005 Sequoias that Toyota refuses to fix despite the dangers if there were a crash and somebody needed to exit from the hatch area.

- Bayville, NJ, USA

problem #86

Jun 142016


  • 76,500 miles
Mileage is 76,500 and driving on city street and my vsc trac, vsc off and break light comes on with a grinding noise. I pulled the car on the side and turn off the car. Ever since the vsc trac, vsc off and break light are always on. I went online and I see a lot of Sequoia owners have the same problem. Is there a recall on this??

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #85

May 012016


  • 109,000 miles


I experienced a problem with engine warning and vsc trac off lights going on. The check engine light also came on. My family and I were on a trip and our Sequoia all of a sudden lost power. It slowed down dramatically even though the engine was fine. It was a very dangerous situation because we were on an interstate where the speed is 70 mph. I also experienced all the brakes making a massive grinding noise while going slow into a restaurant. (the brakes have less than 3000 miles on them.) the parking brake light also comes on periodically.

- Sebastian, FL, USA

problem #84

May 232016


  • 141,008 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sequoia. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vsc trac warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 141,008.

- Albaster, AL, USA

problem #83

Apr 142016


  • miles
I have vsc trac, vsc off, and check engine. If you give it a lot of fuel, it just sounds like it wants to go, but it doesn't translate into power in the rear end. I use my code reader and it showed codes P1441 and P1444. Says I may have: A) faulty vacuum switching valve (vsv) for air injection control circuit, B)faulty air switching valve number 2, or C)faulty vsv for air injection system. This is the second time this happened to my Sequoia, and this seems to be a recurring issues for Toyota Sequoia owners and in fact it is a recurring issues for other models as well. This cost me approximately $2200 last time and now 2 years later it is back for another $2200 to repair. It's all the over the internet about this vsc trac, vsc off, and check engine, it needs to be recalled!

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #82

Jan 132015


  • 166,000 miles
Vsc vsc traction control lights came on as well as the check engine light. The vehicle was accelerating poorly. The dealer replaced the air injection control drivers and then all of the warning lights were off. The following day all of the warning lights were back on again and the vehicle was accelerating poorly again. I returned the vehicle to the dealer and I was told that another repair was needed now. The air pump set needs to be replaced for $1,700. Thousands of Sequoia owners have reported this problem but Toyota has not issued a recall.

- Lebanon, IN, USA

problem #81

Mar 012016


  • 95,000 miles


Check engine light on. Vsc trac light on. Vsc trac off light on. Mechanic checked codes and replaced #6 coil as well as replacing spark plugs. Drove it home and all lights came on again. Vehicle in motion when lights appeared city street, highway, gravel lights on.

- Street, MD, USA

problem #80

Jan 162016


  • 115,900 miles
The vsc trac, vsc off, brake, and ABS lights all come on all at once. This has happened numerous times since I first bought the used SUV in May 2013. It worries me as I am on the freeway not knowing what will happen. Not sure how this will affect my vehicle in the long run. It normally comes on when I drive the vehicle for more than one hour at a crawling speed. For example, there have been times the freeway hits a rush hour moment and everyone will start rolling/crawling with their vehicles. As this happens, the lights will come on at least two times in a 30 minutes to one hour time frame.

- Apo, AP, USA

problem #79

Jan 112016


  • 39,002 miles
Oyota Sequoia 2005 engine light on, vsc off light and trac vsc light on. These complaints are about this problems www.automotiveforums.com/T544406-sequoia_vsc_trac_problem.html, www.carcomplaints.com/Toyota/Sequoia/2003/electrical/vsc_trac_lights_are_on.shtml, here are tons of other complaints on this problem and it is not limited to our year model. If all of the complaints were compiled in one area and presented to the ntsb, I'm sure that Toyota would be forced to deal with this issue and correct it. Its a big issue estimated cost for that around $ 2000 to $ 5000 I don`T know if U investigate or no.I am not going to get this issue repair until I will hear from you.please take it seriously

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #78

Jan 122016


  • 39,003 miles
A couple of days ago, when I was driving on the highway, my Sequoia suddenly stopped accelerating. Trac light and vsc light and check engine light came on. My speed would not go above 40mph and would not even brake. I was in the left lane and the cars behind me were going pretty fast and almost hit me. I am lucky there was no car in the right lane, so I pulled to that lane just in time. It was a scary moment for me because my kids were with me also. I always thought of Toyota of having safety in their cars, but when I came home to research what might be happening to the car, I found out many people are having the same exact problem and thus it is a manufacturers problem. I am suprised Toyota is not doing anything about this. Do they not care of the safety of the consumers? the milage on my Sequoia is only 39,000 and I do not drive it too often, and also have maintained it very well. We spend so much money on this car and this vehicle really was not worth it if it came with so many factory defaults. Please follow-up on this issue to have it resolved.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #77

Nov 112015


  • 70,000 miles
When turning corners in motion, the traction control light illuminates causing a loss of braking and acceleration. There is now way to control the vehicles acceleration/deceleration until the light goes off. Typically last about 3-5 seconds. This happens frequently every time the vehicle is driven.

- Alexander City, AL, USA

problem #76

Sep 012015


  • 145,575 miles
While driving at 35 mph, the check engine light, vsc off light, vsc trac light, and the emergency brake light all came on at once, and the vehicle stopped accelerating, and I experienced a dramatic decrease in vehicle power. I drove the vehicle home noticing a drastic change in acceleration as the Sequoia would not accelerate normally; it would accelerate at a significantly reduced rate, topping out at 35mph on the flats, 30 mph on an incline, I was able to reach 70mph going down hill on a highway. Since that day, during start up, the engine makes a high-pitch vacuum noise, which drops off and normal engine sound returns. All dashboard lights are normal, until 10-15 seconds after start, when the vsc off/vsc trac/brake lights all illuminate, and remain on until the engine is turned off and the poor acceleration and decrease power are now the norm. This is a very dangerous safety issue should this happen to someone accelerating out of an intersection, or needing more power on a highway.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #75

Aug 032015


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the brake warning light illuminated. In addition, the vsc track off and the check engine warning lights illuminated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 103,000.

- Walhalla, SC, USA

problem #74

May 112015


  • miles
Within the first two weeks, after purchasing the vehicle, the "brake" light, "vsc trac" light, and "trac off" light came on and there was a terrible grinding sound when attempting to stop. It was very hard to stop but luckily I was in a parking lot when it happened the first time. The "brake" light has continued to come on multiple times per week since may of 2015 and the other two lights still come on occasionally. In fact, on my 800 foot drive back from picking up my lunch today, the "brake" light was on. Each time the other 2 come on, it causes the breaks to grind and it is very hard to stop. There was just over 120,000 miles on the vehicle at purchase. I have read numerous forums online stating issues with this model, 2004, and 2003 models for the same issue but Toyota has refused to do a recall and expects customers to pay for something is obviously an issue throughout these particular models. I think something needs to be done about this issue. I believe it is a safety concern Toyota needs to be responsible for!!!

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #73

May 102006


  • 13,000 miles
The vsc off, vsc trac and the brake lights comes on intermittently and sometimes even make weird noises. Took it to the dealer way back when the car was only a few months old for a couple of times but of course, they couldn't find anything wrong with it. So now that the car is much older and the light is on almost constantly and I found this site so I want to put in a complain hoping Toyota would listen and take care of their customers.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #72

Feb 012015

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 117,500 miles
When slowing to a stop, my Sequoia periodically grinds when braking and the vsc sensor, ABS sensor and trac sensor light turn on and stay on.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

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