hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,081 miles

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problem #10

May 172012

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 144,563 miles
Just purchased my 2002 Sequoia with 144,000 miles on the vehicle; noticed there was a bit of rust in the rear door jams next to the portion of the wheel well, not too terribly concerned as it seems to be just under the paint and in very small amounts. I have been reading on various forums of the Tundra rust issue and how this exists on the Sequoias as well without any recourse being available, so I took a look under my fresh purchase to find that I indeed had an alarming amount of rust on the undercarriage of the truck on the rear differential, weld seams and major portions of the frame; more than I would expect even for a Toyota. I don't quite know the details of exactly how similar this frame is to Tundra's but I would certainly like to think that there would be some sort of provision in place by now to sort this out as it is very similar to what Tundra owners are experiencing and judging by the amount of complaints I've been able to dig up thus far (9 for '03 my, 6 for '02 my and 12 for '01 my Sequoia) this really cannot be a coincidence. I bought this thing because my dad has had two 4runners that ran forever (his '97 is still going strong with almost 300,000 on it) but now I worry I'll barely be able to pay it off before it rots out from under me. What gives Toyota?

- Chester Gap, VA, USA

problem #9

Oct 132011


  • 89,000 miles
The front brake rotors needed replacing the mechanic called me indicating the calipers also needed replacing due to rust. Also the entire frame of the vehicle is rusted he indicated other Toyota customers had the same problem frame corrosion. I called Toyota and filed a complaint, I found out Toyota had replaced Tundra frames (same frame as the Sequoia) but they would not take responsibility for my problem. The vehicle has only 89,000 miles and is very well maintained. The frame is in very bad shape I feel it is unsafe to drive. I understand other Toyota Sequoia owners have the same problem. I am very disappointed in a very expensive vehicle. Another reason to buy american!

- Lincoln University, PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 222007


  • 40,000 miles
Headlight relay goes out causing headlights to shutoff while driving. For the 2nd time in a year. Part was replaced with a new part. Rear door will not latch and rattles. Rear latch assembly was replaced. It does not shut or seal so carbon monoxide enters the cabin. This has happened 3 times. Brake calipers seize up front driver and passenger side, rear driver side.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #7

Jan 202005


  • 60,000 miles
Rust in the rear frame and tailgate area is rendering my vehicle unusable and unsafe to drive. The tailgate drain holes quickly clogged with environmental debris resulting in excess moisture in the tailgate and caused all internal parts to rust to the point that the tailgate latch cable/handle has broken twice and the rear window is not functional. Recently I realized that underneath the original frame paint, my frame has severe rust. Also very concerning, I recently realized that holes manufactured into the rear of the frame are allowing sand to accumulate in the frame. The sand is holding moisture and I have not found a way to get it out of the frame. My rear cross member and spare tire carrier are also seriously rusted. Most concerning is that I pull a landscape trailer and my vehicle has serious rust on the trailer hitch and the frame area where the hitch connects to the vehicle. When I took my vehicle to the local Toyota dealership years ago, they told me that there was nothing they could do as my rust issues were a result of the area in which I live. I paid nearly $40,000 for this vehicle new in 2002 and have cared for it very well. It is deplorable that the poor design of the frame and tailgate will render this vehicle to the scrap yard well before its time...if it doesn't kill someone first.

- Westmoreland, NH, USA

problem #6

Dec 092011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 66,400 miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 - 66,462M. Mechanic discovered that the frame of this vehicle is completely rusted. Holes in the frame and lots of rust in key joins compromising the safety of vehicle. Toyota Corp. Has acknowledged the frames of the Tacoma and Tundra had a prematurely rusting problem. The Toyota Sequoia have the same frame. Toyota issued a recall on these two vehicles but not the Sequoias. Upon contacting Toyota Corp. They asked the vehicle be taken to a Toyota dealership for frame inspection. The inspection report say: Customer req. Inspection - -> looks like hammer hole in bottom of lt rail @ trans mount cross member lots of rot/ missing metal from ft rt sway bar mount lots of rot at rr cross member (that spare hangs from) where meets rail on lt side. My mechanic said that in all his life working with vehicles has never seen a vehicle so deteriorated from rust. Advised to contact Toyota because of the Tundra's recall. Toyota Corp. Will not address my vehicle nor those of other Sequoia owners that I found on internet forums with the exactly the same problems. There have been a few instances where Toyota has replaced the frame in vehicles with higher mileage and older vehicle. Toyota Corp. Claims because the vehicle is out of the 36K mile warranty they are not responsible for the premature rotting of the frame. Vehicle has been driven an average of 7K miles a year, maintained properly and in mint condition. The Sequoias should be included in the frame recall from Toyota since it is the same frame and manufacturer of the Tacoma and Tundra models which Toyota has accepted these vehicles were manufactured with substandard frames which leads to premature rotting. I ask your Agency to further investigate this frame issue which may be a serious safety violation specially for those unaware that their vehicles are about to collapse because of frame rot.

- Holden, MA, USA

problem #5

Nov 082011

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • miles
5th/rear door flew open sometime between coming to a normal stop at 40 mph emptying all the contents of the rear. The door would not open for two days or so prior to the incident, (for the second time in about a month).

- Cascade, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 102009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the majority of the frame was rusted at points where the frame was bolted to the vehicle. There was also rust on the rear differential and the front steering rack and pinion. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired for the failure. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 155,000.

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #3

Feb 182010

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • 38,660 miles
There are two issues that I would like to report to you. First is the ABS braking/vsc system. Second is the excessive rust through out the vehicle under carriage/chassis. First, I have a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. At 38,620 miles, the brake, ABS, vsc on, ans vsc off lights come on when the engine started and while driving. I took it the dealer, thompson Toyota, 122 w swamp road, doylestown, pa 18901, tel 215 245 9460. They stated that it is the rear brake pads that being worn out and required replacement. The dealer replaced the rear brake pads. After approximately 40 miles on the road (at 38660 miles), the identical situation occurred again: The brake, ABS, vsc on, ans vsc off lights come on when the engine started and while driving. I took the car back to the dealer and they said that the vehicle needs żABS ECUż replacement. Furthermore, the dealer said that there is no guarantee that the same warning lights won't take place in the near future based on the ABS ECU repair. The cost of the repair is quoted at $2100. However, the most disturbing safety factor the dealer stated is that when the ABS and vsc light are on there is no ABS and vsc functions while the vehicle is in operational status. Second. I have owned three Toyota in the past. The Sequoia is the only vehicle exhibits excessive rust through out the chassis despite regular under the carriage washes after exposure to salt due to snowstorms. A search on the internet disclosed that these are common issues with the Sequoia. For safety and financial reasons, NHTSA should encourage Toyota to address/recall the ABS/vsc defect(s) and excessive chassis rust in all the Sequoia(s) on the road today. Thank you very much for your attention in advance. Keep up the good work, folks!

- Chalfont, PA, USA

problem #2

May 092009


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the entire vehicle was covered in rust. She constantly has to replace different parts of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the repair would cost over $3,000. She was also informed that the vehicle was out of warranty. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Cavenovia, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 202002


  • miles
Consumer states while driving and reach 55-60mph the vehicle shakes violently. Please add any additional information.

- Murrieta, CA, USA