really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,090 miles

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2005 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #60

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 #59

Apr 212010

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Vehicle when on a stop and making a turn doesn't accelerate for a few seconds it goes blank then after gets speed. In many occasion I had close calls with upcoming traffic behind me after making the turn because of the acceleration failure. I called the dealer where the car was obtained and they said that there is no recall for that vehicle even when I told them that the Sequoia 2003 was recalled because of the same issue. The told me that they can check what is wrong with it but I will need to pay the inspection plus the repairs. Las conversation with them was 6/27/2014.

- West Hills , CA, USA

problem #58

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 #57

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 #56

Mar 182014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 162,870 miles
The vsc trac light is on, and engine light too.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #55

Mar 312014

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 194 miles
My vsc, trac off, check engine light and the exclamation sing all came on for the first time since I bought my Sequoia, and it started jerking and when I set my foot on the break it starts to pull, as I got on the interstate my Sequoia accelerated itself the RPM when up to # 5 it really scared me I have to take it this morning to Toyota to have it checked, I do travel with my children alot and that is a safety concern for me.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #54

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 #53

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 #52

Dec 232013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 123,964 miles
While driving home on interstate 15 in California brake pedal would not depress. After several hard foot applications pedal finally engaged. This is after months of service on this vehicle for brake problems starting with spongy and inconsistent pedal and vcs, ABS and brake lights coming on and staying on. Dealership replaced on board computer, brake booster, brake master cylinder, brake pads and problem still there. I am the original owner and bought this vehicle new. This is a serious problem and just a matter of time before an accident occurs. This vehicle is now back in the shop once again.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #51

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 #50

Jul 012013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


After cranking the car and driving for a few minutes, the following lights on the dashboard appeared: Vsc off / vsc trac / check engine light. I entered the on ramp to the interstate and could not accelerate past 40 mph. Had to pull over and let the car "reset". attempted to re-enter the interstate and the flow of traffic but car would not accelerate beyond 40 mph and I had my 3 small children in the vehicle. Very terrifying experience. Drove to a dealership that advised me a secondary hose had to be replaced on the engine. Later determined that Toyota released a technical bulletin and are aware of this issue but will not issue a recall. It is an extremely costly part to fix. Parts alone are $3200.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #49

Oct 042013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 102,705 miles
Driving vehicle and ABS activates and stalls vehicle not allowing for acceleration pulsating the brakes and leaving me in the middle of the road for about 30/45 seconds. It has happen twice already same thing both times.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #48

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 #47

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

problem #46

May 222013


  • 132,800 miles
Loss of ABS system, vsc & traction control on interstate at high rate of speed barely avoided collisions. Unsafe. Vsc/ABS/E brake light all on.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #45

Mar 142013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
My vsc, trac and brake light all came on all of sudden with a large boom sound. The car stalled on me in an intersection. The lights go off once car is turned off and then after turning car back on they will come on about 5 minutes after driving. Car loses power every so often now. Dealer said it needs a new computer.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #44

Mar 242011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
I noticed the vsc trac lights stayed on. The vehicle appears to drive fine for a while, then loses power. Dealer could not find any codes and reset it. How it does it all the time mostly about the 2 or 3 day after unhooking the battery. After doing my own research online I discovered that many Sequoia owners have experienced the same issue, but Toyota has refused to do a recall. This issue with vsc trac is a huge safety concern. Through my research I discovered that the vehicle could lose power at any time, and many owners state they hear a grinding noise as the vehicle pulls to the right or left. They recalled the 2003, what about us, a friend had a new computer epu put in at $3000 and did it again in 6 months...Toyota knows about this and other problems...we need a recall or have it fixed.

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #43

Oct 092012


  • 120,400 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 the engine will not accelerate randomly while driving and the trac control light goes on at the same time.

- Stone Mountain , GA, USA

problem #42

Sep 132012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 129,637 miles
When backing out of garage and applying brakes, the ABS motor was heard and then the brake light came on. Then the vsc trac, vsc off and ABS lights came on. The brake pedal felt mushy so a visit to dealer was made. The concern was addressed with service, and they came back with : "test drove car and inspected brakes. Found dtc's C1223, C1244, C1247, C1310. Provided estimate for updated skid control ECU @ $905 + tax". as the customer, I declined to schedule. Then during a past winter storm, backing out of driveway again, the same thing occurred. Very concerned that this braking system is defected in any wet/snowy/ice weather. I have had to divert to driving my 1998 Honda Accord in snow instead of the Sequoia. I am very concerned driving this Sequoia with my kids in car and braking at anytime. I feel an updated software/logic in ECU or an updated skid control ECU is valid enough to say they have a known issue that is 'safety' related, and Toyota should buck up covering this as warranty. I have contacted Toyota motor sales, usa, Inc. And my case is filed at their headquarter office under my name and file #[xxx]. they stated their is no customer compliance issued recall/bulletin or warranty available to cover my concern due to its age and mileage. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #41

Feb 132012


  • 86,000 miles
The vsc, trak light and ABS lights came on which in turn made the check engine light come on. They stay on continually. At first no code could be found. Then dealer stated that the ECU had to be replaced as well as air pump - both totalling over $3000. This is not the only Sequoia to have this happen. Other years have been recalled so why not the 2005 - or any other year since it seems to be an issue. I emailed and talked to Toyota. They have not heard of this problem and can not help with it's solution. Last Toyota I'll have.

- Boca Raton , FL, USA

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