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2008 Toyota Sequoia

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  • lou88lou88 Posts: 12
    I just visited a couple of local Toyota dealers in central NJ, and found each 4WD SR5 Sequoia comes with the towing package, I asked the salespersons if this package can be deleted since I really don't need it for transporting people...
    They claimed that I have no other choice but keeping it if I want to buy the truck from the dealer's lots. Is it true ????????

    Any input is appreciated.

    Lou
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Similarities between the Lexus LX570 and Platinum Sequoia.

    1. abs. brake assist, electronic brake distribution, traction control, stability control.
    2. active suspension
    3. front driver and passenger heated and ventilated seats
    4. power folding third row seat
    5. heated outside mirrors, auto dimming with reverse tilt
    6. power tilt and telescope steering wheel
    7. homelink transmitter
    8. exterior entry lights
    9. driver's memory seat, mirrors and steering wheel

    Mack
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    The tow hitch receiver is part of an option package. Ask them to locate a vehicle without it. You can also go to www.buyatoyota.com and "build" your Sequoia. Tell them you want option package "a" or "b" which don't have to tow package. If they look at you like you're from outer space just tell them to go to that site. You will be amazed how many Toyota "salespersons" don't know how to use the site. Good luck and let us know how you do.
    Mack
    :shades:
  • lou88lou88 Posts: 12
    Mack,

    Thank you for the information. For the trucks already on the dealer's lots, is it possible to ask the dealer to remove the tow hitch receiver to save $600 ???
    I am not sure if the price is still the same (as the one sitting on lots) if I ask the dealer to locate one without TO package...it become a sort of special order.
    Thanks again,

    Lou
  • ccooke70ccooke70 Posts: 31
    Hopefully a dealer will see this and can make the suggestion or offer an add on that will address this.

    I love my platinum sequoia. However, I have found one issue I would like to report. I wish Toyota would have offered a keychain button that would roll down the back window. I have ran into times where I would have liked to access the back through the window instead of raising the hatch. It would be nice if this was accessible form the key fob buttong. I am going to check with the local car stereo / car mod shop to see if this is something they can make happen.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Although there is no function on the key fob. Try the key itself and turn left and hold it. If nothing happens then turn right and hold it. Make sure all locks are disabled. You can roll down the tailgate window with the key.
    Mack
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Any factory option that's listed on the Monroney sticker cannot be removed from the vehicle. What you may want to do is ask them to take another $1000.00 off the price of the vehicle. They may come back with another $500.00 . Make it so that it offsets the price of the tow pack. And if you ever sell it or trade it you will get more for it. Usually 4wd buyers also tow with their vehicles.
    Mack
  • dudelyfoodudelyfoo Posts: 1
    AS if buying this gas guzzling beast of waste has nothing to do with image. SUV's, Trucks, and other mammoth V8s ARE the "image" of many of today's utterly selfish drivers. In case you didn't notice, the Prius is a fuel efficient economy car... it's not about image, it's about PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Whoever thinks 14 MPG is efficient needs to WAKE UP!

    Thanks for wasting America!
  • hdfatboyhdfatboy Posts: 324
    You can keep your Prius. I was out enjoying my Holiday weekend using my Sequoia to tow my "wasteful" boat for a great day on the water with family and friends and I also used it to tow my son's and my "wasteful" dirt motorcycles for an afternoon of riding on this same weekend.

    I can only assume you're not from America based on your remark. Much of the environmental claims against SUVs are really camoflauged (poorly I might add) claims against an American lifestyle that enables us to enjoy the output of our labors by spending our earnings on recreation like dirt bike riding, boating, snowmobiling, traveling our country, RVing etc. that are not enjoyed by the rest of the world. Face it..... the claims against the SUV are as much a demonstration of the envy of others as they are outrage at waste.

    I for one intend to continue enjoying the fruits of my labor by enjoying uniquely American recreational activities such as boating, RVing, motorcycling, snowmobiling etc. I'll be damned if I'm going to diminish the enjoyment my family and friends get from these types of "wasteful" recreational activities that require a large SUV such as my Sequoia, just so some non-American with less means than myself will no longer consider me "non-wasteful".

    I suppose I should also sell my large house, my collectible car, my boat, motorcyle, pool, large screen TVs and everything else not enjoyed by the rest of the world so that we Americans can be perceived as "efficient" by the rest of the world. If you think I'm gonna live in squalor just so the 99% of the ROW doesn't think I'm wasteful...you can forget it.

    IMO, it wouldn't matter what Americans do or don't do, the rest of the world will always be envious and in some respects seek revenge against Americans because we find ways to enjoy the fruits of our labor that the majority of the world can only dream about.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    This is not the place to engage in the political debate about environment and lifestyle. There are other Forums dedicated to those issues. Let's stick to discussing the Sequoia and the test.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • kduahkduah Posts: 6
    Does anybody hear a very audible buzzing noise from the transmission area under the vehicle whenever the ignition is turned on (but engine not started). I have 4X4 Limited and it has this noise. If you want to check it, turn the ignition on and listen from under the car. I checked few Sequoias on dealers' lot but they don't have this (sometime) high pitched noise.
  • hdfatboyhdfatboy Posts: 324
    "I have a 2007 Tundra, and although there isnt a specific VSC off button, you can still shut it down completely. You first, push the traction control button off, then right after that, hold it again for about 5 seconds. The VSC off light should appear right next to the traction control light. This procedure must be done when when the car is stopped."

    I tried pressing the VSC button on my 2008 Sequoia while underway and it displayed on my dash that it was turned off. It would appear you do not need to be stopped in the 08 Sequoia to turn the VSC off.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    You have too much time on your hands. ;)
  • hdfatboyhdfatboy Posts: 324
    "This is not the place to engage in the political debate about environment and lifestyle."

    While I understand and agree that the Sequoia forum is not the place for an environmental debate, I would have thought "lifestyle" would have been a very important discussion point. The degree to which the 08 Sequoia meets the needs of its owner is likely to be directly related to the lifestyle of the owner. ie towing of all types of trailers, passenger hauling, cargo moving, comfort features...aren't these all lifestyle factors for deciding if the new 08 Sequoia is the best vehicle for your needs?
  • kduahkduah Posts: 6
    Mackabee:
    I don't get what you mean by "too much time on your hands" The noise is loud such that a friend of mine who wanted to buy a 2008 Sequoia has decided to wait to see what may be wrong with my vehicle. The noise has been verified by two toyota dealerships but they don't know the cause(s) or what to do.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    I would have thought "lifestyle" would have been a very important discussion point.

    My statement was qualified appropriately. Lifestyle as it relates to politics is not the topic here.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    In all likelyhood it is your self leveling suspension activating when you turn your key to the "on" position. The sound can be quite disturbing first time around. Usually you'll get so used to it that you won't even notice it after a month or so.

    If the Sequoia you listened to didn't make the sound then it probably doesn't have the auto leveling option. Makes me wonder what kind of techs those Toyota dealerships have.
  • kduahkduah Posts: 6
    Thanks, but mine has option D which doesn't include the auto-leveling option.
  • hdfatboyhdfatboy Posts: 324
    Agreed, thanks for the clarification.
  • lou88lou88 Posts: 12
    Does someone know if the gas tank is made of steel or plastic ?
    I just read some news regarding people stealing gas by drilling a hole at the truck's plastic gas tank. As a potential 08 Toyota Sequoia's owner, I am a little bit concerned about it..
  • tsfantsfan Posts: 20
    You actuall do NOT drill any hole at all. 08 Sequoia does NOT have lock for the gas tank opener, so anyone can open your gas tank anytime.
  • tsfantsfan Posts: 20
    My Limited 4X4 also has noise when ignition is on but engine not started. but the noise (sounds like little wind blowing through or speaker noise) coming from front passengers side somewhere around glove box. I have not got chance to see dealer yet.
  • kduahkduah Posts: 6
    I hear the same noise like a blowing fan or speaker noise from the front passenger side when the ignition is on. Do you hear any noise from the transmission under the vehicle when the ignition is on?
  • robertnrobertn Posts: 1
    Where did it go? My Limited has a plunger type switch to turn it off/on
    but the hole in the left side of the box where the light should be is empty. The Toyota CS say it's not there. Still can't believe that a 50K plus vechile doesn't have a box light when all is there but the housing.
    Does a Platinum have a light?
  • sirrafsirraf Posts: 55
    It's time to take the Sequoia in for service. The only problem we have noted was that the Low Fuel Level warning comes on when there is still 5+ gallons on gas left in the tank. I was wondering if anyone else has had this fixed and what did they do to fix the "problem". Actually this is not much of a problem when you consider the number of things that could go wrong with a new SUV.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    I think the engineers purposely did this to ensure you don't run out of gas while driving. On most Toyota sedans the light comes on when the tank is at around 2 gallons. First it will fade in and out then when it's really time to pull into the gas station the light will stay on.
    Mack
  • penaddict1penaddict1 Posts: 10
    Hi, I have the Limited 2x2 Sequoia with about 500 miles on it. With AC on low temp, it usually takes about 15 minutes before I get any cold air. Does anybody experience the same problem? I will take it into service tomorrow to check it out.
    Mike
  • navguy1navguy1 Posts: 181
    Call Toyota at 800 331 4331 to report missing addresses. The discrepancies are forwarded to the map suppliers to investigate.
  • penaddict1penaddict1 Posts: 10
    I got the answer to the AC problem after taking it to service. They said that I only have about 1/2 lbs of freon in the system and this is why it took so long before I got any cold air. They brought it up to about over 2 lbs of freon. They did not detect any leaks so it must be QA problem or my truck really has a undetectable leak.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 380
    Was the A/C working correctly when you first bought the truck? Maybe they simply didn't add the correct amount of freon at the factory?
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