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2008 Toyota Sequoia

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  • We are still looking for "The right one" as far as the 08 Sequoia goes. I am still driving my 04 Sequoia, but we would like to get an 08. We have 5 children between ages 2 and 10, so I totally understand the space issue. My Sequoia is only used for our everyday travel. We would not realistically be able to take a long trip in the one we have or even the new one. We do our traveling in my husbands 05 Excursion EB. It definitely does not rank with the luxury, but for traveling it does have good seats, with lots of room. We are RVers as well so we use his Excursion to pull our 5th wheel when we are traveling. So all of the extra stuff the kids have to bring on a trip gets put in the RV. :D
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,084
    What options are listed on your window sticker?

    See the post below for the complete listing. My research shows that if you get the DVD NAV and rear DVD entertainment package you cannot get the 6 CD changer, XM or Sirrius. They use the only aux input for the entertainment in rear. I may pull it out and sell it to get what I really need. Which is XM and a CD changer.

    gagrice, "2008 Toyota Sequoia" #598, 28 Dec 2007 12:33 pm
  • trebor129trebor129 Posts: 176
    http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/4817/sonarye9.jpg

    This shows the factory sonar location. I will duplicate it since they know where there is room under the plastic.
  • toddhmtoddhm Posts: 35
    That sonar system is going to be a nightmare of an install.
  • toddhmtoddhm Posts: 35
    If you really need sonar, you should have your dealer install a Toyota system. My sister-in-law has a 06 Solara Conv that did not come with the sonar option and the dealer added it. I don't know how much they charged her for labor, but I bet it was worth every penny. Also, I'm sure there are obvious advantages such as Toyota warrantying the system, etc.
  • wrxcstiwrxcsti Posts: 21
    Thanks for the feedbacks, radman and mommytruck. We have an '05 Odyssey Touring that does the everyday work pretty well. I think I'm a pretty loyal Toyota customer since I've owned many Toyota/Lexus cars and SUV in the past. But with our fourth child on the way, I'm leaning towards a larger SUV for road trips, probably a Denail XL or ESV. Not in any rush to buy right now so will see what happens.
  • trebor129trebor129 Posts: 176
    I will get a price quote on the Toyota system. I bet it will be $1000.
  • trebor129trebor129 Posts: 176
    I called a dealer. It seems so hopeless. They wanted to order a new bumper pre-drilled and it would then need to be painted, etc. They did not even have prices in their computer because the truck was so new.
  • I've been watching this message board for a long time now. I've held off replacing my '03 Sequoia for over one year waiting for its replacement. I feel that I have wasted my time.

    I drove the new Sequoia just a few days ago. I was disappointed by the experience. This is just my opinion, but here are a few thoughts on the new model. 1) The big bulbous nose on the hood leaves you feeling like you're driving a work truck. 2) The car drives better than the model it replaces. Much better pick-up and go.
    3) The steering feels too lite. I would like a little better feel for the road 4) The dash panel is a disaster. It felt very cheap and plasticy. The dash doesn't feel balanced aesthitically. The silver plastic is something I would expect in an 80s American car aimed at the high school crowd. The deep wells for the instruments are unappealing and are obstructed by the steering wheel at times. It is very telling that the Toyota web site doesn't show a full picture of the dash in their interior photo section...they know. 5)The transmission stick is like a rectangular block of plastic....it is a rectangular block of plastic.
    6) The car has good usable space. 7) The seats are less comfortable than on the car it replaces. 8) I really expected a little more sense of luxury... I feel like I'm in a tundra pickup, which for 60K isn't what I'd expect.

    No offense meant to those that like this vehicle. These are just my opinions. I really wanted to like this new model. I'm now down to a decision between a MB GL and an Escalade or Denali. Good luck to everyone with their decision.
  • [quote] I'm now down to a decision between a MB GL and an Escalade or Denali. [/quote]

    MB GL is narrow and feels like half the size... Sure, if you can deal with a mid-size SUV, then by all means the MB is a reasonable option. It is small and expensive nonethless.

    Escalade ESV has good cubic volume, same with the Yukon XL... However, they ALL feel like the same chasis, and they are nothing special either... While you may be dissapointed with the Sequoia, I don't think ANY other full size SUV brings anything special to the table. Escalade gets crap gas mileage and really feels like a frankenstein pimp mobile in my opinion. Expensive also!! Yukon XL? Maybe it might cost a little less than the Sequoia, and may have more internal cubic volume, but it feels like a generic vehicle. The concerns you mention of the Sequoia I would have mentioned about the Denali. Give me a break, they are GENERIC also and are not winning on style or luxury points... I scoured the earth for FULL SIZE SUV replacements and there just aren't any standouts... The Sequoia edges out any other FULL SIZE suv in my opinion. If you can deal with a mid size SUV, then you would have lots of good options, but not full size.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    "No offense meant to those that like this vehicle. these are just my opinions."

    Well, you know what they say about opinions. The Sequoia is based on the Tundra as the previous generation was so it's to be expected the dash and outside would look like a Tundra.
    :shades:
  • trebor129trebor129 Posts: 176
    It feels somewhat truck like to me when I drive it, compared to my minivan. But I wanted some sense of that. I went out of my way to avoid a car-like SUV with limited capability.
  • I just got off the phone with someone from Princeton Indiana... wives really know how to leak info when there husbands are on the Sequioa design team. Apparently the 2009 is going to have some significant changes... She said just wait until you see it!!
  • amheck1amheck1 Posts: 44
    really......I wouldn't have thought they'd do 2 major re-designs like that back to back. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
  • trebor129trebor129 Posts: 176
    Probably tune up the interior. Wives would not know what a major redesign means.
  • Maybe it will be limited to the interior... but she acted like it was major...
  • amheck1amheck1 Posts: 44
    man, seems these trucks are just like electronics and computers. Never a good time to buy and always something newer and better around the corner! :sick:
  • true... All you can do is try to get the best deal at the time.
  • I have a 2001 sequoia with 165k on it. I am planning to trade it in for the 2008 platinum. I have two trade in values of 9.5k and 10k.

    I drove a limited and found it to be a little more noisy than my sequoia. It rides really well and I drove it on very rough roads and a foot ball field.

    It does not have the quality and finish of a GL 450 or the Lexus 470.
    However I really dont care for a very luxurious interior. I want a big, comfortable, powerful vehicle with a flawless drive train and excellent reliablity. I hope that the platinium is a little more quiter.

    I am pretty sure that the sequoia will deliver all that and more. If it does as good as my 2001 sequoia (I still have two minds about getting the new one) I would consider myself a very lucky person.
  • trebor129trebor129 Posts: 176
    "The deep wells for the instruments are unappealing and are obstructed by the steering wheel at times."

    I like the individual look to the gages and I do have strong opinions on gages. My steering wheel does not obstruct the gages. That is because it is adjustable for tilt and length and I adjusted it for comfort and lack of obstruction.
  • keg97keg97 Posts: 189
    Interesting that Toyota would respond SO quickly. Think about it...this vehicle has only been released for a couple of weeks and they're already addressing concerns? Although let's be honest....if Toyota redoes the dash and fixes it up, they will have brought the best large size SUV for the money, across the entire Sequoia line (SR5 thru Platinum). That's how close I think that the are. The drivetrain and interior flexibility are that good.

    Ironically, I was driving my parent's '07 Camry (long story, but my father backed into one of our vehicles so he gave us one of theirs while ours is in the shop) and I kept thinking that if Toyota had put a Camry-ish dash into the Sequoia, it would be vastly superior to what they currently have. And this is comparing a 20K car to a 40-60K vehicle. And this is considering some of the little quality/fit & finish gaffes that I think that my parent's Camry has.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Don't hold your breath on this one. Toyota is not about to do a major or minor redesign on a vehicle that is selling like hot cakes in its first two weeks of availability. I don't know whose wife you spoke to or friend but they definitely need to stay away from the liquor cabinet! :shades:
  • trebor129trebor129 Posts: 176
    "Think about it...this vehicle has only been released for a couple of weeks and they're already addressing concerns? "

    That is not what is theoretically happening. Tooling for 2009 models would have to be designed by now so that the mold makers can make the tool which takes months.

    Of course the 2009 design is mostly complete. That is true for all cars, every year.
  • trebor129trebor129 Posts: 176
    "selling like hot cakes"

    I see no evidence it is selling well. The dealer I bought mine from had two of them on the lot until I bought it something like two weeks after they arrived. On the other hand, Toyota has just started advertising it. On Christmas I saw a billboard for the first time.

    I do like mine and am not complaining about the interior now that I only spent $43K and now that I have Graphite -- the best inside color.

    I have owned a 1999 Mercedes but don't have a lot of experience with Lexus and Infinity so I am not really in tune with how nice other interiors are. The Sequoia is way nicer than my Hummer H1 inside.
  • I have been following everyone's comments with interest and have made a few myself over the last couple of months. I am from Canada and prices/info won't be released until end of Jan. so I am enjoying the comments/pictures on US web sites.
    Currently my wife & I own 2 Denalis, a 2002 SUV and 2007 pickup with 6.2L and 6 spd auto (a terrific vehicle). Providing Canadian pricing is on par, or close to US pricing now that our dollar is about par, I am considering replacing our SUV with the new Platinum edition. All 3 of our children drive Toyotas ('01 Sequoia, '04 Tundra and '07 4-Runner) and speak highly of them so I am considering trying a Toyota this time. I have almost always driven GM's.

    My main concerns are like several others. Disappointed XM radio is an accessory (it is std. eq. on my '07 Denali PU). When ordered from the factory as an accessory does it work OK and is it completely incorporated into the existing audio system?
    I also hoped the Platinum interior might have been more luxurious than a Tundra Limited interior. Has anyone seen the "molded dash" accessory? Does it improve the interior appearance or does it look tacky? I would appreciate comments from buyers who purchase this accessory, after they get it (it may not be available until Jan).
    Has anyone tried the TRD Performance Air Intake ($475 accessory)? Does it improve the performance enough to justify the cost? Finally, I too wish the 2nd row bench was an option or the console could be removed without disconnecting the heated seats. My '02 SUV has rear heated seats and they sure are a great feature in our northern climate.
    I am happy a black exterior is available with sand beige interior in the Platinum as that is the color I am considering.
  • toddhmtoddhm Posts: 35
    They do not appear to be selling very well in my area. My dealer received 5 new Sequoias (2 Platinums, 2 Limiteds and an SR5) over 3 weeks ago and has yet to sell a single one. Another smaller dealer nearby got in 2 (a Limited and a SR5) about the same time and has not sold either one of them. It is rather amusing how when I went to check them out the day after they arrived, the salesman told me how they would all be sold by the end of that day! Typical car salesmen BS.

    I hope the previous poster is correct about the changes for the 2009 model as I have decided to delay my purchase until next fall. Hopefully a smart key and push button start are in the cards as well. Also, I wish Toyota would offer Onstar, as it has come in very handy on our 2 current Acura vehicles.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    They might be talking about an extended length model. Don't expect a new dash or anything like that. It takes Toyota 18 months from design to production. Like I said before someone has been hitting the liquor cabinet.
    :surprise:
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Maybe the area of the country you're in. In my store the first three were sold in the first two days. Right now we have an SR5, one Limited, and one Platinum on the lot. Just arrived. What may be happening at the stores you mentioned is they may still have quite a few 07's. At my store the 08's are parked behind the dealership as we have about 4 07's left that are in the front where we would normally park all the Sequoias. I did move the SR5 to the front lot today and in no time had a customer looking at it.
    Anything that goes in less than 30 days is considered selling like hot cakes. A 30 day supply is normal for Toyota dealers, domestics usually have a 90 day supply.
    :shades:
  • I am in new england and put down a deposit for a black platinium. Most dealers have only 1 vehicle for which they expect to get MSRP.

    Most dealers expect to get more vehicles in a week or so. So far I have not seen 1 vehicle on the road.

    These vehicles are not selling because they do not have any to sell and dealers are hoping to get full price.
  • trebor129trebor129 Posts: 176
    "Has anyone tried the TRD Performance Air Intake ($475 accessory)? Does it improve the performance enough to justify the cost?"

    This is the K&N intake system:

    http://www.kandn.com/dynocharts/77-9031.pdf

    If you believe their chart, it adds 13 HP to a 5.7 liter 2007 Tundra. The chart to me is suspect because they tested it at 110 degrees rather than 68 degrees as would be standard atmospheric conditions. You can buy this kit for $300 online but I would not do so for only a 3% HP gain. If it was at most $150 it would be worth it for me. Their price is like $100 for each 1% gain ($22.39 per HP). On the other hand, going from the 4.7 to 5.7 liter engine gains 38% and is about $1100, which is $29 per 1% gain ($10.48 per HP).

    The Toyota system is probably similar in HP gain.
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