hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,905 miles

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2005 Toyota Sequoia electrical problems

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2005 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Sep 152006


  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sequoia. While driving approximately 25 mph he noticed that the defrost, windshield wiper and the rear window were not working. The power rear window would not open and close. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who repaired the vehicle. Four to five months later, the vehicle was taken back to the dealer for the identical failure and it was repaired again. The failure recurred 6 to 7 months later and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired since it was no longer under warranty. The estimated repair cost was $800. The contact was advised that the dealer was pressing a button and shutting the rear hatch with force as a repair option. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact stated that there was an electrical short that was causing the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximately failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage was 106,000.

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #8

Aug 172010


  • miles
I was on my way home from work when the engine light came on for a few seconds then disappeared. Two days later the engine light came on again and the vehicle started to ride rough like it need a tune-up. The engine light disappeared and the vehicle drove fine until I reached home. The engine light, vsc off and vsc trac all came on and the vehicle was riding really rough. I took it to Firestone so they could look at but they couldn't figure out the problem. So I took it to Toyota so they could fix the problem. They thought it was carbon build up around the cylinders, so they cleaned all eight cylinders but that didn't work. I still had to pay for it. The finale solution was for them to tear down the engine. They claimed that piston #3 wasn't working at its full capacity after running a compression test but they're not 100% sure. The cost for them to take the head off would be $862 and another $862 to put it back together plus what ever real problem is. The service guy at Toyota said that he has seen three similar problems like this and it cost the customer around $3000. My dvd player wasn't working so the tech tested it and stated that power was going to it and that it should work. Three weeks later the dvd player worked but now my back window didn't. when I push the button for the back window the back wiper comes on.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #7

Aug 202010


  • 66,000 miles
Trac off, vsc trac and brake light on. All three lights come and go at will. I had simlar problem during warranty. For last 2 years it has come and gone. But this time it is more on than off for last 10 days.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 272010


  • 71,000 miles


Brake warning light comes on periodicaly. Vsc light shows on and off. All three lights come on and off. Traction control is activated without warning. I am reluctant to take in to the shop, since many of the compaints have spent much $$ and no results. This is very similar to the issue the 2003 models were having, which Toyota recalled the problem. This needs to be addressed on all models and all years that are affected. This vehicle is used by my wife and three kids. It is stressful knowing that this vehicle could potentially harm my family.

- Rifle, CO, USA

problem #5

Jun 192010


  • miles
Vsc trac lights on 2005 Toyota Sequoia are on. Will be bringing car to dealership in the morning.

- Mangilao, GU, USA

problem #4

Jan 212010


  • 65,000 miles
Brake light, vsc light, low tire pressure light, ABS light, and one other light come on when it's cold. They go off when it's above 40 or so degrees. Replaced brakes and fixed parking brake (drove with it on because I got so used to ignoring all of the lights). Lights were off for about a week. 21 degrees out today and all the lights are back on. Will call Toyota and discuss why I just spent $900 and the lights are still coming on.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Feb 242009


  • 70,800 miles


I was leasing an 2005 Sequoia through southeast Toyota. I purchased the vehicle 6 months ago and at the time it was certified. Since I have had the vehicle I experienced the brake light going on and off. It never stayed on long enough to take it in to be checked out and would often go away after the car was turned off and then on again. Recently, the check engine, vsc trac and trac off lights came on and remained lit after the car was started - the brake light would also continue to come on after driving and would not always come back on after the car was turned off and started back up again. I took my Sequoia into the closest dealer and was told that I needed a skid control ECU #89541-0C070 ($2206), master cylinder pressure sensor #89637-0C020 ($477.86) and a knock sensor bank 2 #89615-06010 #17171-50030 ($741). My research has showed that I am not the only vehicle owner with this problem. The service department has confirmed with me that there is nothing wrong with my vehicle; however, because the sensors are malfunctioning, my ABS and trac is not working. I have called Toyota corporate. They were only willing to help me out with approx 20% of the cost. I made my first call yesterday. I called again to day and was told that I should hear back from a manager by 6pm pst tomorrow. An investigation needs to be started on this problem.

- Ponte Vedra, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 102005

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,802 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sequoia. The brake lights, check engine light, and vcs track light illuminated intermittently on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer approximately nine times. The dealer replaced the brake booster the first time, checked the emissions and cleared the codes the second time, cleared the code the third time, replaced the fuel filter neck the fourth time, and replaced the brake booster again the fifth time. While driving at an unknown speed, the brakes failed and the dealer replaced the computer skid control. The current mileage was 20,000 and failure mileage was 6,802.

- Bentonville, AR, USA

problem #1

Nov 172005

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Our 2005 Toyota Sequoia limited has had several problems since the day we brought it home. However, we recently had an electrical failure and it was the second such event. My wife, mother-in-law and our 2 small children(ages 3 and 1) were in the car and while moving the car just stopped. It would not accelerate, pushing the gas pedal did nothing, the check engine light was on along with the vsc lights. My wife could only let the car coast to a safe stopping point and there was a distinct burning smell at that time. Had this problem happened on the freeway where they had just been moments before, I hate to think what would have happened to them. My wife called the dealer and was told to have the car towed. The car was taken to the dealer where it has been now for 3 weeks. In that three weeks we have had several different stories on what is wrong with the vehicle. We were told that the manufacturer had been called in and that no one had ever seen this problem before except on our vehicle when it happened the last time. We sent letters to the service advisor, service manager, service director and manufacturer. We feel this vehicle is unsafe and we wanted them to tell us in writing what happened, why it happened, what they did to fix it, why this vehicle has had so many other problems also, and why we should feel safe with our family in this vehicle. We were told by the manufacturer that we would have all of those answers in writing and we would receive a phone call from their customer relations manager. Neither thing ever happened. In the last week, the story has changed every 24 hours. And we were even told that someone from the manufacturer came to get the old parts for further diagnosis. They are saying the car is fine and ready to take home. But we have not been provided any answers in writing, they wont tell us who made the decision that the car is fine now, they keep using terms like could not duplicate. Now, we don't feel safe putting our family in this car.

- Ontario, CA, USA

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