hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,886 miles

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2005 Toyota Sequoia engine problems

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2005 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 052011


  • miles


Brake lights have been coming on and off for about three months. On 05/6/12 the engine began making a whining noise which sounded like the fan. Turned on and off the car three times and the whining sound went away. Next day same problem then the check engine, vsc track &trac off lights came on. Took it to Toyota dealer who is quoting a price of $3K to fix. I am noticing quite a number of these same complaints is this a recall issue for Toyota?

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #10

May 052012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
The brake light constantly goes on and off. Trac off, vsc trac and check engine lights all come on. A loud rattling noise coming from the front end of vehicle and vibration when starting up the vehicle. Engine will not accelerate randomly while driving and the trac control light goes on at the same time. I first experienced this while going up a mountain and needed to turn around because my vehicle started to decelerate even with the gas completely floored. I noticed that there are a lot of complaints for the same issue. Is Toyota waiting for a death to happen before they do something. This is a family vehicle and I'm transporting my 2 and 5 year old. Something needs to be done about this before something tragic happens!!

- Wailuku, HI, USA

problem #9

Mar 242012


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the track, ABS, vsc, brake, and check engine warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer replaced the master cylinder and the brake booster, but the warning lights continued to illuminate. The manufacturer was notified, but denied any assistance with repairs of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 83,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 092012


  • 62,036 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while attempting to exit the highway, the vsc warning light illuminated and the vehicle began to loose power. The contact continued to depress the accelerator pedal and then the vehicle began driving normally. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 62,036.

- Salem, MA, USA

problem #7

Dec 062011


  • 132,000 miles
The yaw rate sensor is defective. This causes the vsc trac to engage and slows the vehicle right away, also causes power failure in the aspect of when it engages engine slows and can ever shut off.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #6

Jul 012011


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the check engine, trc-off, and vsc-off lights illuminated upon starting the vehicle. The contact also stated that the vehicle went into limp mode during the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 128,000.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Oct 192009


  • 62,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sequoia trac off, vsc trac, and check engine lights all came on suddenly on vehicle with 62K miles. Understand this is common problem and that Toyota has recognized this as a common problem with these vehicles but will not correct. Cost to correct is $1,500 - $2,700.

- Lyman, SC, USA

problem #3

Oct 232007

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sequoia. While parked, the vehicle caught fire. A fire and police report were both filed. The manufacturer would only reimburse the contact for half the cost of the vehicle, stating that they could not determine the cause of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 20,000. According to the police report, the fire may have started in the engine compartment. Prior to the fire, the tires were wearing unevenly, the driver side mirror was loose and the rear glass did not open. Updated 04/23/08

- Palisades Park, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 172006

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,711 miles
- the contact has a 2005 Toyota Sequoia. The contact received safety recall 07V013000 on the vehicle, and had 9 different repairs made concerning the same safety recall. The last time the vehicle was repaired was on 10/17/2006. On 10/17/2006 the contact bought a new transmission because the failure could not be diagnosed. The contact stated that there were multiple drive line repairs, and that the car was lunging forward and making a clunking sounds. Two days after replacing the engine the contact returned with the vehicle because it was lurching forward and making a clunking noise while being driven. The contact has tried to get the vehicle diagnosed since the new engine without success.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 202005

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Upon start-up, the vehicle produces dangerously high idle speeds that does not correct when the vehicle's gears are engaged. Constant heavy brake pressure is required to control the vehicle.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

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