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Toyota Sequoia Maintenance and Repair



  • sullyaksullyak Posts: 30
    Could you please tell me what the outcome of your bright light indicator problem is. My indicator just went out on my 01 Sequoia. I took it to the dealer and he said that it was a bulb that burned out and that it would take one to two hours of labor to replace it. This doesn't sound right to me.

  • gaphgaph Posts: 3
    Hi, I have a 2001 LTD with 100,000 miles with no problems to speak of until now. There is a vibration-thumping(bearing like) noise only between 37-43 miles per hour. It disappears when I have a load or put into 4x4. Dealer is waiting until it gets louder,they think its coming from the transfer case. Suggestions please. Thanks.
  • amber8amber8 Posts: 1
    I also have just started noticing a tapping noise upon start up on cold morning. By cold I meant in the mid thirties or lower. I live in Brentwood Tennessee an we have a wide range of temperatures over the year. This is the first time I have noticed the tapping noise and I bought the Sequoia 2002 new.

    Winter befor last I had to use the 4X4 to get up and down our drive. The front end came apart and tore up the front differential and transfer case. It was under warranty and Toyota repaired it under warranty.

    Otherwise I have had only minor things like a door click/snap noise on the driver door when opened plus the trunk hand-strap broke off.

    There is a sliding noise under the dash in the area of the radio, which reminds me the radio/CD player was replaced by Toyota.
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    At 30,000 miles I replaced the spark plugs with Bosch 4 prong platinum. Now have 69,000 miles. No problems. Easy to do on the Sequoia. I also use bosch 4 prong platinum plugs in my last 2 Lexus.

  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    Got 50K out of original dueler HT's running 36 psi. Noisy and lousy traction. Recommend and use Michelins on all my vehicles. Have 20K on replacement Michelin LTX one size oversize on the Sequoia. Can't see wear with 20miles and very smooth and quiet. Since new the MPG is at 18.4. On the road at 70/75 it stays above 20 mpg. Around town about 17. Run K&W induction and Bosch 4prong platinum and Castrol 5w30 synthetic. Don't know if any of that helps but it makes me feel good.

    On my passenger cars I typically get 70K to 75K miles on rubber. Again Michelins. Now running the new Michelin Hydroedge which looks good and feels good. I Drive fast and keep pressures up around 36 psi which I believe helps my fuel mileage.
  • zooms01zooms01 Posts: 1
    My wife and I are looking at buying a 2002 Toyota Sequoia with 70000 miles. I have been reading about a lot of people having major problems with Sequoia’s. Are these isolated incidents or are they common. In your opinion with 70000 miles are all the bugs worked out or is trouble yet to come. I just find it hard to believe they are all having these problems as it was rated very well by Edmunds and Consumer Report. Thank you for your time and any feedback, you can also email me at

    God bless
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    We love the Sequoia. I would buy another in a flash. My recommendation is to check the service records to see what updates have been made. The two big ones seem to be the lower ball joints (about a $1500) job here in Arizona and the Brake update, (again about $1500).

    Check out all the basics and good luck.
  • That's really good MPG. I have never been above 18MPG on the highway. How are you figuring the MPG? Manually or using the trip computer? And is your Seq 2WD or 4WD. My trip computer (2002 model) is consistently 1.5MPG optimistic.
  • sullyaksullyak Posts: 30
    I have a 2001 Sequoia with 48,000 miles on it and it has not been in the shop except for routine maintenance. If you read other threads on Edmunds I think that you will find that the Sequoia, as well as other Toyota vehicles, have much lower rates of problems than comparable vehicles in their class.
  • usonrjusonrj Posts: 2
    My Wife and I are looking at a 2003 Sequoia with 61,000 total miles. It was not at the lot when we were supposed to finalize the deal. It was at the dealer having work done due to a recall. I noticed complaints about thumping sounds from owners. The recall work was replacement ball joints. Could this be the problem with the others making bumping or thumping noises? The rear window did not work and was supposed to be repaired. Is this another problem that is unique to the Sequoias?
  • usonrjusonrj Posts: 2
    Toyota is now recalling some models replacing their ball joints. This could be the sound you are hearing. We are looking at a 03 which has that problem and dealer repairs.

  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    My 2002 2WD Limited that had no bumps or thumps, nevertheless had the lower ball joint factory update at no cost and replacement of a rear window motor again at no cost. We love our Sequoia. Will buy another as soon as the kids have the money to buy this one. I may be driving the 02 for a long time.!!
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    Agreed the computer is about one mpg optimistic. Reads 18.8 on the computer since new. Manual calculation shows about 18 around town and 21 to 22 on highway. I drive fast but have an raw egg under my accelerator foot (figuratively speaking) when it comes to accelerating. I notice when my daughter drives it, the mileage drops by 1 or 2 mpg. Tells you something. Mine is a 2WD. Don't need the 4WD since I was raised driving on mud, gravel, ice and snow when we couldn't spell 4WD. As long as I can disconnect the stupid micro chip control that cuts out engine power at EXACTLY THE WRONG TIME we get along just fine!
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    Tooheeldrive .......... Regarding gas mileage I should also mention these changes. I run a K&N Intake system, Bosch 4 prong platinum sparkplugs, Castrol 5W30 Synthetic motor oil and my Michelin Hydoedge tires (one size over standard) at 36 PSI. Whether any of this helps gas mileage I'm not certain except for the 36 psi in the tires. The rest makes me feel good. Good driving!
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701
    Hey guys,

    I need some advice. My Sequoia has just hit the 30k mark and I was wondering about the 30k service. After looking at the brochure for the recommended service for the Sequoia at 30k, it seems that the only worthwhile things that they are going to do is: oil/filter change, air filter change, and replacing the spark plugs- all for the discount price of around $250.00 ;) I can do the air-filter change by myself since it is relatively simple.
    I was wondering what others here recommend getting done at this juncture. I think the oil change and spark plug replacement is important to do. However, by just asking the dealer to do these 2 things by itself would be cheaper than getting the "30k service."
    Also, does anyone recommend getting a coolant as well as transmission service done too at 30k miles?
    I live in Florida and drive in medium-heavy traffic conditions. Any help would be appreciated.
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701

    Where did you find information on the brake update? I looked on Edmunds and didn't see one for the brakes?
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    I'll pull my receipt and reply with the details. It will be saturday. Harbo
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    Are you a natural mechanic or gearhead?
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701
    Not at all, why do you ask?
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    If you are a natural mechanic (desire, patience and the manual [Chilton or whatever], then doing the sparkplug changes (not needed at 30K miles in my opinion)oil and oil filter changes can be rewarding and inexpensive. Rewarding because it gives you a continual better feel for your vehicle.

    If on the other hand you might screw it up, then by all means see your friendly dealer.

    Good luck ....... Harbo
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