really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,338 miles

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2005 Toyota Sequoia engine problems

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2005 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 012011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


2005 Toyota Sequoia, engine stops intermittently, "electronic stability control" light come on, engine dies, not on a slippery road. Very hazardous if engine dies while driving.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 072010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Our vsc/trac light and engine light simultaneously come on for an unknown reason. Our mechanic can not find a solution. Our emergency brake light comes on and off for no necessary reason as well. This has happened three or four times and no one can fix it. I am afraid to take it to Toyota because of the bad experiences posted online where consumers have received many varying answers, expensive repairs, and in some case, still no solution. We are in the market to buy a new car and it makes resale very difficult with these lights on and no answer as to why they are on... and no way to turn them off... so we wait. Many people have posted on the internet about this same problem in other 2005 Sequoias. Our computer keeps throwing varying and different errors... and my mechanic thinks the errors are not accurate. Could it be a computer or electrical malfunction? please help.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 272006

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,429 miles
Check engine light and vsc/traction control lights keep coming on. Took it to Toyota of lewisville, Texas on 30 June 06 and again to Toyota of killeen, Texas on 15 July 06. Toyota of lewisville told me it was bad gas and that the problem was fixed. On 13 June 06 the light came on but went off after a couple of miles. On my way to dallas on 14 Jun 06 the same thing happened. Later that day on my way back from dallas the lights came back on and I took my Sequoia to Toyota of killeen on 15 July 06. They worked on my Sequoia until 25 July 06. I only had my truck for a day when the lights came back on. I took the truck back to the dealer the next day, 27 July 06, and the service department turned off the lights and an hour later told me my Sequoia was ready and that if the problem persisted to bring it back. Right there in the service bay the light came on and the dealership has had it ever since. I talked to the service rep and he informs me that the computer has been replaced and the problem persist. They checked the fuel and drained the fuel and the problem persist.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 052005

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Very excessive fast idle speed in my 2005 Sequoia. I too owned a previous Sequoia (2000) model and there is no comparison. It can take anywhere from 4 or more minutes to warm up the engine before there is any noticeable change in its idle. In fact, I can idle out of my subdivision without hitting the accelerator. This should not be. You can also hear an increase in its idle if you turn on the vehicles heater. The engine even revs more. You no longer can get the this vehicle, start it, and let it warm up 2 or 3 minutes and put it in drive or reverse. Getting in a cold vehicle after a packer's game, you must sit there and wait....and wait....and wait while all of the other parked (and cold) vehicles have left the parking lot. If you do not let the vehicle warm up a good 5 mins. You also have problems getting the vehicle to shift gears. You can be giving it gas and it is not going no where. It gives you the feeling like your transmission is slipping and/or not engaging. I have taken the vehicle back to the dealership and they tell me that this is 'normal'. I have been driving for many a year and I know that this is not normal. They also tell me that they cannot adjust its idle because of emission requirements. I did not have one problem with my previous Sequoia !, and if I was shopping around for another SUV now and having this major problem in my 2005, I'd be shopping elsewhere.

- Mukwonago, WI, USA

problem #2

Jun 302005

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car idles at a very high RPM when started. Caution must be used to firmly depress the brake before selecting drive or reverse. My car will do 10 mph without touching the accelerator. It seems to take five minutes or so to idle down.

- Theodore, AL, USA

problem #1

Jan 052005

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles
I had owned a 2001 Toyota Sequoia for four years before recently trading it in for a 2005 model. I obviously love the car but there is an unfortunate flaw in the 2005 model that differs from my 2001 model. When the vehicle is started cold the idle speed is very high - about 1500+ RPM. The idle doesn't slow down appreciably until the car has warmed up - about 5 minutes depending on the weather. The problem with the high idle comes when trying to drive the car on an icy surface. I came out of my garage on an icy morning, put the car into forward, kept my foot on the brake and slowly tried to move forward. Even at a snail's pace the car skidded uncontrollably into a raised flower bed by my house scraping the under panels. My 2001 Sequoia never had this problem. The high idle speed makes the car uncontrollable on ice. There is simply too much torque and power even with the brake on. Toyota should be required to set back the idle speed so that the car can be controlled on a slippery surface when the engine is warming up.

- Moline, IL, USA

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