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Toyota Sequoia



  • husky92husky92 Posts: 56
    we pull 100 4 wheel drives to 1 two wheel drive!!!
    just a friendly reminder

    4 wheel drive helps you get started and keeps you from getting stuck, it doesn't help you to stop. In fact, the Sequoia, being as heavy as it is, doesn't stop as well as most cars. Seems like common sense but a lack of understanding this basic principle is why you see so many people in 4X4s driving at unsafe speeds in snow and ice.
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    Here in So Cal, Arco (AM/PM) is usually 5c cheaper, but they add 35c to any non-cash (ATM) purchase. So you have to be buying more than 7 gallons+ to *break even*. My favorites are Mobil and Chevron, no particular reason, just personal preference.
  • Can anyone advise me on either getting a new Limited Sequoia loaded or a used Land Cruiser with 20K to 30K miles on it? Which will last me longer and are the main differences just luxury features? Thanks.

    About to buy
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    Depends on what you are looking for. But lets examine a few objective facts about the two:

    Size: Seq is bigger than the LC
    NVH: LC slightly better than Seq.
    Build quality: LC better than Seq.
    Luxury features: LC is better slightly
    Engine HP: Seq has 280hp vs LC's 235hp
    Sequoia LTD = 2WD & 4WD; LC = 4WD only
    Similar drivetrain
    Price: xxxx

    Your choice....
  • munclemuncle Posts: 1
    Sorry, but what is NVH. I see it many car magazines and can't figure it out. I'm Not a complete idiot, just a partial one.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    A 2 year old's loud scream.....NOISE

    Driving over a RR track..........VIBRATION

    Your mother-in-law...............HARSHNESS
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    Your mother-in-law...............HARSHNESS

    LOL !!! :D
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    NVH is sometimes used for New Vehicle High (those few hours after driving off the lot before something starts squeaking, the first symptom of the other NVH).

    Steve, Host
  • happycchappycc Posts: 4
    I got my sequoia on the weekend!!!!
    SR5 2wheel drive cloth seats, tow hitch included... very very happy. We went to Hayward Toyota after calling a ton of places from San Jose to Roseville and calling a bunch of places as well. Mark Maki at Hayward Toyota wins big time. It was so pleasant of a sale. We got it only $1000 over invoice and with the rebate we will be under invoice probably. I am very pleased.
    Anyways anyways to help pay off the loan we are planning to start towing horses for people for a nominal fee. Someone mentioned getting an equilizerhitch and good brake controller like prodigy. Does anyone know of a good horse trailer that works safely with the Sequoia?
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Previous posts about a 4x4 having a lower tow rating are 100% correct. A 4X4 weighs more - but the Gross weight rating of both trucks is normally the same.

    In the case of the Sequoia the difference is 300 pounds (6,200 VS 6,500)

    But - a few points to consider.

    If you will ever be driving in crummy weather (and who doesn't) - a 4x4 is nice towing or not.

    If you will always be on hard surface roads and parking lots - a 4x4 is not that important - but I have seen more than a few 2wd trucks (with a trailer) stuck because they had to park in overflow parking (out on the grass after a rain) also seen many foolish 2wd SUV's stuck at soccer tournaments even though they were not pulling anything. Although in this situation having good tires is almost as important as having 4WD.

    IMO - if you are going to tow on a regular basis (say more than 1 per month) & if the 300 pounds less towing capacity of the 4x4 puts you over the tow rating of the truck then you need a bigger truck anyway.
  • pman5pman5 Posts: 9
    I also received the incentive letter, and was wondering if there were problems with 05 sequoias. Why else would toyota offer to buy back and let me purchase any other toyota? We have had it only 3 months and needed to have transmission replaced. What else might be wrong?
  • I have received dealer gimmick letters before, but I assume your letter was not one of those pro-rated deals with fine print? Otherwise, have not heard any complaints about the '05 or the new 5 speed transmission, but am very curious to know what's behind the letter you received.
  • My 2001 Sequoia with 78,000 miles just started to do this, my mechanic (not Toyota) couldn't find the problem and it then stopped doing it. Put in 4wd today and the problem is back. four green lights come on, center light keeps blinking and does not go off in 4wd or out of 4wd. Any ideas before I take it to a Toyota dealer?

  • 2toyotas2toyotas Posts: 104
    Sounds like the center differential in the transfer case is not engaging. I could just suggest to try putting it into 4Low. Put the transmission in neutral and then put the lever on the console to N and then Low. After that try to put the transmission form neutral to L. The light should stay on in the center and not blink. Then take it out of low by putting transmission back to neutral, then put lever from low to high. If that does not work maybe the transfer case fluid is low or needs to be changed. Has this ever been done?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    As the tires wear the rotational rate at one end will vary slightly from the other and this will oftentimes prevent the diff'l spline or dog clutch from engaging or disenagaging. This can sometimes be overcome by driving it in reverse for a few yards.
  • 2toyotas2toyotas Posts: 104
    I was hoping you were reading this WWEST. I was pretty much just throwing out ideas. Would that be from different tire wear on each axle, or more wear on one axle? Thanks.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    A few years ago before my 92 Jeep retired to MT I had to replace a tire. So I put the "new" spare on one side of the rear and a new one on the other side with the worn tire becoming the spare.

    New tires on the rear (highest traction should ALWAYS be at the rear), worn ones on the front. 4X4 mode became hard to get into and out of until I learned the procedure.
  • wdonahoowdonahoo Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Sequoia and the rear handle to the hatch broke the other day - just snapped apart.

    The dealer wanted 300-400 to fix and I was wondering if anyone else had this problem and/or anyone can direct me to how to get into the back panel to change the handle myself.

    post response or email


  • Help! I can't find the service connector for the towing brake controller. The manual says it should be under the dash, at the left kick panel by the driver's left foot. Picture in the manual isn't too helpful. I have just bought a used 2003 Sequoia SR5 with towing package. I have the hitch, 7-pin connector, transmission cooler -- essentially the complete tow package. But, I can't find this service connector. Can someone explain to me in more detail where it is and exactly what it looks like?
  • boomer99boomer99 Posts: 1
    In addition to the towing package you would want to inquire about the rear height control suspension option. I know it is available on the Limited but I'm not sure about the SR5.
    Our local dealership had the same attitude as yours so we just shopped online and had a great experience at a dealer 65 miles away. Good luck.
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