definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,500 miles

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2006 Toyota Sequoia drivetrain problems

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2006 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 082013

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


My Toyota Sequoia is a 2006 4X4 and has excessive frame rust at the weld seems and all over the rear axle housing and suspension components. I recently learned that Toyota has started to recall and replace these frames that are rusting from the inside out. I am worried about this rust at the frame weld and that snow and road salt and ice melter are causing my frame to rust from the inside out. My Sequoia was originally licensed in Kansas and they use heavy road salt. I live in Colorado and they have a heavy use of mag chloride, which is a major rust factor. The Toyota frame looks like it was never properly treated to prevent this type of rusting. I would like my frame to also be replaced and covered by Toyota under this recall. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #4

Nov 152012


  • 82,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that when accelerating or when braking to a stop, she would hear a loud knocking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised her that the transmission cross member was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the cross member. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 82,500. The current mileage was approximately 82,800. The VIN was unavailable.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 112010


  • 42,000 miles
We have four drivers in our family and have driven and owned 4X4 Wrangler, Explorer, Expedition, Subaru outback sport and 2 AWD Plymouth Voyager. We now also own and drive a 2006 Toyota Sequoia. The Sequoia is a danger to us and other drivers when there is snow or ice on the ground. We live in Michigan. With the 4 wheel drive on and with stability control, the back end still slides out easily without provocation. When it does the vsc takes over and leaves you out in traffic with no power. If you are going over 60mph you cannot turn on 4WD from 2wd. This requires slowing down in freeway traffic to activate 4WD. ABS does not come on if you are traveling at a slow speed like down a narrow icy driveway like we have. The Sequoia is a disaster waiting to happen. It obviously was not tested in real life winter conditions and needs to be fixed. Please help us.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 072010


  • 34,000 miles
I own a 2006 Toyota Sequoia with 49,000. This is my second Sequoia (prior was a 2002 year model) so I am very familiar with the characteristics and nuances of the vehicle. After purchasing this Sequoia, I immediately noticed that while stopped in traffic, at traffic signals, and behind other vehicles, the car would suddenly accelerate and lunge forward moving the car several feet forward. The first couple of times this occurred, I thought I had been rear-ended. I came to realize that it had something to do with a momentary surge in the accelerator. Even with your foot on the brake, it still causes the vehicle to lunge forward. My wife and I have nearly struck vehicles in front of us. I took the vehicle back to the dealership on several occasions during warranty and reported the incidents. Of course we received their standard reply "we could not get your vehicle to duplicate the problem." When questioned further, we were told that it was probably when the A/C pump was coming on, and it only felt like we were moving but actually weren't, and that this was normal. Would make sense, but the vehicle does this with both the A/C on and the A/C off though I must admit it seems to do it more frequently during the summer months. Plus, this never happened with my previous Sequoia. Also, it is not our imagination that the vehicle is moving forward. We have nearly struck the rear end of other cars and must now stop 8 - 10 feet behind other vehicles. I looked on line and found numerous other Sequoia owners reporting the same problem, and getting the same response from Toyota. Being somewhat mechanically inclined, I too believe this is an electronic/computer control problem. Even though I am not aware of this particular problem causing deaths, please don't forget us as it is still an acceleration problem, and for what we paid for this vehicle, we are owed better than their lame excuse. Thanks for listening.

- Beaumont, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 132008


  • miles
My wife and I own a 2006 Toyota Sequoia limited 2 wheel drive. When stopping at intersections we frequently receive a jolt in the drivetrain and a slight forward movement in the vehicle. It feels like the vehicle has been lightly rear ended by another vehicle. Many other people have complained online about this same problem. The Toyota dealership has stated their is nothing wrong with the transmission, however, that the problems is being caused by feedback torque from the air conditioning clutch engaging and disengaging. How pathetic. My wife and I are concerned about the transmission, the possibility of rear ending another vehicle, entering an intersection, and decline in vehicle value etc. Toyota customer service has stated verbally that problem is a recognized problem by Toyota and is common to the other vehicles. Absolutely incredible they acknowledge a safety problem and have no solutions.

- Houston, TX, USA

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