hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,318 miles

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problem #6

Jul 152009


  • 119,000 miles
In July of last year, my 2002 Toyota Sequoia experienced car trouble. The vehicle experienced 3 major problems. First, the rear window on the back of the vehicle would suddenly open all by itself. This self opening would occur at numerous times. The window would open when the vehicle was being driven, when it was stationary or even while it was unoccupied. The scariest however, was when the vehicle was being driven. Fortunately for me and my family no one was injured. The second major problem occurred with the door locks. The locks would lock and unlock themselves repeatedly without anyone touching them. This locking/unlocking would again take place when the vehicle was being driven, stationary or even unoccupied. The last complaint is that the gas gauge will drop to empty without any reason so there are many times that I do not know how much gasoline I have left in the tank. This too is occurring on a random basis. It's like the vehicle is haunted.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #5

Jan 152006

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
(1)the dashboard lights for ABS, vsc, & traction control flickered, and then remained on permanently. (2)the ABS and vsc have malfunctioned which seriously affects the braking & stability control of the vehicle in emergency handling situations, endangering person(s) in vehicle. (3)right Toyota in AZ could not determine problem, although technician stated this was a common failure of the 2002 Sequoia.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jul 272007

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,411 miles
My wife and I got our 2002 Toyota Sequoia brand new in 2002. Just this past week, the vsc and ABS light comes on. We took it to the local Toyota dealer and found not only do those lights need replacing but also the brake booster. Total cost about $1900. I've done research on this problem on the web and found on a website, tundrasolutions.com, there were a number of people with the same problem. Anywhere from 50K to 80K miles on their 2002 Sequoia and the same problem happens. When we took it to Toyota, they said that was a very rare problem for a car with that mileage. Toyota, the manufacture, or the local dealer would not take any responsibility for the parts and that it wasn't faulty parts. We got it fixed today. The local dealer knocked off 25% of the price. We feel like this is a problem Toyota needs to pay in full. If this many are having this problem, then there's a problem.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 012003

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Vsc dash light ("idiot light") has been consistently on now for the last 10,000 miles (current odometer = 51,000 +/-). the light was on intermittently starting before the vehicle was 1-1/2 years old (<25,000 miles.) in addition to the vsc light, the 'brake' light stays on (originally illuminated only when the parking brake was engaged.), plus the ABS light is consistently lit. The vehicle was taken to Toyota more than once with the vsc/ABS/brake lights complaint, but Toyota was unable to diagnose any problem until a service performed after the 36,000 mi warranty expired, at which point the dealer thought an ABS computer replacement might solve the problem. The dealer did not acknowledge any problem until after this 36,000 mile point despite intermittent events occurring very early on.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #2

Oct 262006

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
1)took my 2002 Toyota Sequoia to the dealer to perform 50,000 mile service. They performed the service and replaced the battery. When picking up the car I noticed vehicle skid control (vsc) and ABS lights were off. 2) I asked the dealer to check this problem and they said that the ECU (computer) that controls these safety systems had failed itself and disabled the above mentioned safety features. 3) the dealer wants $2300 from me to fix this problem.

- Windsor, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 012006

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,500 miles
Trac off and vsc trac lights intermittently turn on, sometimes when vehicle is in motion and sometimes when vehicle is in idle. While in motion, if trac off and vsc trac lights turn on, beeping occurs, grinding or "whirring" noises are audible and brakes cannot be depressed. Since the first incident, I've changed the rear differential oil and found small metal bits in the oil.

- Cerritos, CA, USA