Toyota Sequoia Meet the Owners

slickrockslickrock Member Posts: 60
edited March 2014 in Toyota
Is anybody there??


  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your Sequoia!

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  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Ya beat me to the punch. ;-)

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  • slickrockslickrock Member Posts: 60
    Hey, ya gotta be quick in this business... ;-)
  • crudeoasiscrudeoasis Member Posts: 21
    Thanks KarenS for the new Sequoia spot.

    To quote "buyit22" from the other board: "I have a 4wd limited. ... When I put it in drive then touch the accelerator, there is a distinct click, click coming from the console area toward the front of the vehicle. It only clicks twice then goes away until the next startup. This is in 2wd mode. Any similar experiences?"

    I have a 4wd SR5 that I use exclusively in high 4wd mode and it always makes exactly the clicking sound you describe. I assume it's some sort of drive-train subsystem checking on itself, but I have no idea. Anyone know??
  • schwitzer1schwitzer1 Member Posts: 64
    Picked up my wife's new (eleven miles) white Limited last Thursday. It's the first vehicle that she's ever had that had a sticker...although they didn't even put our sticker on the car.
  • mcmattmcmatt Member Posts: 80
    I have had my Sequoia for about a month now.

    Silver LTD 2WD with all options except bug shield, I think.

    So far, the only things that I haven't absolutely loved are the (1)GBS on alarm not working right and the dealer not knowing anything about it, (2) the booming bass stereo, and (3) the gas mileage so far is not quite 15mpg even though we have been on the road a few times. But overall, it is an excellent vehicle. I have been sold on Toyotas for a while.

    I am new to Town Hall, but I have read many posts and posted a couple. My interests will lie in the technical areas. I do a lot of work on my cars myself. I don't like hassling with service departments and then having to pay out the wazoo for it.

    I look forward to sharing stories with everyone. I am glad this forum is available.
  • slickrockslickrock Member Posts: 60
    Mine also does it, and from what I have read, I believe that it is part of the ECU (computer) self-checking process.

    I think it is normal, and given all the ECU's and relays in the vehicle, it's a wonder there aren't more than two clicks.
  • mcmattmcmatt Member Posts: 80
    Another confirmation on the two clicks. I think it is normal. It seems to occur when I reach a certain speed/rpm.
  • oac3oac3 Member Posts: 373

    the two clicks you hear when you put the car in drive mode are the self-checks of the VSC and TRACS... These are described/explained in the manual

    Hope this helps
  • crudeoasiscrudeoasis Member Posts: 21
    oac3, thanks for the info that it's in the manual. This is embarrassing, but I've had my Sequoia for over a month and I haven't read the full manual, only the summary manual. Gotta crack the book!
  • fishcarfishcar Member Posts: 18
    Finally decided that I would jump in to the discussions. I have 1600 mi on my Silver SR5 (with DR,GY,RL,CC,AH,CQ,AC, and CF), and am loving it (it doesn't tick, and the audio is better than any other car I've had, so no complaints).

    Traded in my 88 4rnnr for the SQ... the 4rnnr was my baby... had a close encounter with an elk after 65,000 miles, and wasn't even out of alignment. Cost me (well, allstate) $4,500 for cosmetic repairs. Anyway, drove it another 70,000 before family expansion required moving up to 4 doors and more space (didn't want to leave one of my daughters home when I went camping/fishing). My experiences with the 4rnnr sold me on Toyotas.

    Has anyone heard instructions on how to program/train the Homelink for a home security system? I haven't tried calling the dealer yet, but am curious...

    Also, there has been a long thread on sequoia solutions regarding using synthetic oils. Will a dealer service dept listen to me when I ask them to use synthetics?

    Looking forward to some interesting discussions.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Some of you will notice that your messages from yesterday no longer exist. There was a major hiccup in the system last evening. apologizes sincerely for the difficulties this situation poses. Please rest assured that every effort is being expended to rectify this matter as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.

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  • pavebillpavebill Member Posts: 1
    Hello everyone! Been driving our 2001 4X4 Limited, Thunder Gray, since November. Now just coming up on 4700 Miles and it's really been running great. Been able to use the 4 wheel drive on several occasions because of snow and a couple of times 4 wheeling in muddy works great, lasts long time! (I hope) We're avid campers and took our first trip out since buying the Sequoia, last week. We have a pop-up camper we tow, which weighs in at about 2500 lbs. with water on board. The Sequoia towed it like it wasn't there, no problemo. Mileage, on the computer, came in a 17.7 for the 450 mi. round trip which included Freeway, City and mountain driving conditions.

    The only complaint so far is with the air conditioning system. About a week ago, the A/C light would begin blinking after about 5 minutes of operation regardless of mode of operation selected. As per the manual, took it in for service. Service center initially suspected tensioner problem.. took it back several days later for the fix, and they said it was now looking more like a compressor problem. They did a temp fix which they thought would get us through our trip, it did not! Fairly sweltering in 90-95 degree temps on the desert...the sunroof came in handy. Will have it back in the shop Tuesday, will keep you all posted. See ya around the club!
  • debbiev1debbiev1 Member Posts: 10
    Hi, my husband & I purchased an LTD 4x4 a week ago Saturday(April 7th). I have not seen it since about 4pm on Mon the 9th. We purchased it out of state & drove home the next day. When we arrived home it was smoking and leaking oil something fierce!! Monday, after work I drove it to a large dealer dealer. Since then, the only answers I have gotten are "the factory is involved, they ordered the part.... the part still isn't here..... don't know what else to tell you ma'am... we'll let you know when we know something"
    By the way this is after they told me it was the cam shaft.'
    Being a female nurse who takes care of newborns, I don't know much about cars. We had 2 bad experiences, 2 different trips up to get it. my husband said then it was an omen NOT to get this SUV.Now this. I am a VERY patient person, but am EXTREMELY irritated now. My very 1st vehicle was a Toyota truck... no problems.
    How serious is a cam shaft problem, & does this mean I can expect to see more problems with my SEA, despite Toyotas "reliable" reputation? My SEQ only had 325 miles on it when I dropped it off at the service department....I only had it 48 hours, and we use it for our business...of course they gave me something comparable to drive......a Camry! 40K+ SUV vs. 20K car. You tell me?!?

    I do have to say, the 295 mile ride home was AWESOME!!! Amazingly smooth compared to the Chevy SUV I traded in.
    Any input from mcmatt who seems to be technically inclined??? Or ANYONE????
  • jiml3mjiml3m Member Posts: 2
    Greetings, Picked up my Marlin Blue SR5 2 weeks ago. Just passed the 500 mile mark with no problems. I have noticed the booming base syndrom and my kids complain they can't hear the stereo very well from the 3rd seat. When they put the extra 4 speakers in for the upgraded stereo do any of them get put in the rear?
  • damuhodamuho Member Posts: 1
    Picked up our White SR5 4x4 last Friday. Drove it out of the lot with only 5 mi. No complaints here. Quiet yet powerful. We love it!

    The stereo sounds great with bass at +2 for CDs and -4 for AM/FM. Have not used the cassette player, yet.

    Only heard of the clicking noises in this forum.
  • 774774 Member Posts: 101
    I am glad to say I am the proud owner of a new Sequoia.The vehicle does not tick no piston slap noted.The vehicle puts the Tahoe and Ford extinction to shame.The quality of the interior, ride, and comfort exceeds the competition.I am talking from experience having owned a Ford E150 conversion van.The people I know who have 2000 Tahoes are experiencing brake problems, the vehicles at times will not stop.The Sequoia is more than I expected.This is my first Toyota and if it lives up to the Toyota reputation it will not be my last Toyota.
  • schwitzer1schwitzer1 Member Posts: 64
    has just put over 1000 miles on the odo...she loves it. Only one complaint:

    it was really windy today, and at Interstate speed, the SEQ needed more steering adjustment than the Volvo 850 Turbo that she drove before.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
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  • geepergeeper Member Posts: 18
    Thunder Gray Limited 2WD is Momma's first new car ever. Hope she enjoys it as much in 15 years as she does now (ha ha). Whew! $42K drive out! ;) So far so good!! Will be taking a family car trip in about 6 weeks, which is why we purchased.
  • petro33petro33 Member Posts: 192
    We just got our silver limited May 3, drove it to Las Vegas and back for a family reunion. It was a little bit of a hassle to keep varying the speed for the first 1000 miles but it was still great to drive. On the way down I got 18 MPG and on the way back I got 19. I was very impressed. I have no problems, I love the booming bass. My only problem was having trouble checking the oil level. After driving 600 miles and letting the car sit overnight, I had trouble finding the oil on the dip stick. Seems to run very clean! Still getting used to all the electric windows. Is there a way to raise them all at once with one switch?
  • nighter50nighter50 Member Posts: 127
    Ok, I took the plunge. Picked up my new 4X4 this evening and I am very excited. I hope that this first year truck holds up for a while. The whole way home I kept trying to hear if it ticks or not. Just listening for it will drive you crazy! Finally just cranked up the JBL and enjoyed the ride! Thanks all for your information and insight.
  • rleonardrleonard Member Posts: 17
    Where do I find Bumper/Brush Guard and under hood light for my Toyota?
  • gillygangillygan Member Posts: 17
    Ahhhh. Finally. After months of patiently searching for a Red Pearl (we live in Philadelphia), we found one. SR5. Demo model with a couple thousands of miles in it - frankly we don't care - they break-in the car for us. :) At a price we can't refuse ($35,500 fully loaded except PM). Whatever.
    It's a wonderful SUV. Better, much better, than the Tahoe that we had. This is super exciting.
    And yes, the booming bass can be annoying. :)

  • wifehasitwifehasit Member Posts: 5
    10,000 miles later only one complaint with my 4x2 LTD. Rides great on long trips. Pulled a ski boat(3000-4000lb)without any problems. Gas mileage 16-17.5 mixed city highway, glad fuel here in Georgia is 1.27 per gallon and falling. Happy to join the owners club. I look forward to reading future posts. The one problem I have is not covered under warranty. How do I get the keys from my wife? Yes my wife has it right now.
  • gohabsgogohabsgo Member Posts: 18
    Finally after testdriving the Navigator, Expedition (both too bulky), MB / BMW (no cargo space), and '02 Mountaineer (very nice), I'm settling on the '01 Sequoia Limited and today offered the dealer $500 over invoice.

    Question: Anyone know anything about the '02 Sequoia's? Will they incorporate AWD? Realizing from all the posting, there seems to be some quality issues and you know the next model will address these.

    Currently driving a '97 Mountaineer and really loved it. Only 36k miles on it so contemplating selling it outright or go for a high trade. Really wish other SUV's like the Mountaineer had the keypad entry. Because of this little feature, may end up with the '02 model.

    Should I or should I not go with the Sequoia not thats the 40k question...
  • limey2limey2 Member Posts: 1
    We brought our Jade Green beauty home on June 10th.over a period of 20 years we have purchased nothing but American Made cars and trucks,and are sad to say have been disapointed in the reliability and workmanship of these vehicles,our 1997 Jimmy made us fall in love with the SUV,but gave us so many problems that even my husband, who is a ASE Master Mechanic finally gave up the ghost.The last straw came on one of our freqent trips to nearby Nashville Speedway,we spent the entire time cringing at the Check Engine Light glowing brightly at us.We decided to look at other options as far as auto makers went,and did some research on-line,the result was a visit to a Nashville Toyota dealer to initially look at 4-Runners,at this point we were not even aware of the Sequoia,and it was love at first sight!!.We test drove both the SR5 and the Limited,but I was not keen on the Limiteds' roof spoiler and Leather seats,I am one of those peculiar people who would rather sit on a seat of nails than "leather" upholstery.3 hours later we had our "Jolly Green",and oh what a joy this Toy is,attention to detail is obvious,no rattles or sqeaks,a joy to drive and heaven to ride in.My husband checked out the engine(and my hubby knows engines!),and he was very impressed at the set up and the design of same,we ran in the engine and last month my hubby drove to Texas to take care of some buisness for his parents,he said the drive was not long enough for the pleasure he got from this vehicle,its my turn this month,and though I am not fond of long trips where I have to do the driving,I can't wait for this one!.I am taking the 'Jolly Green' in for it"s first oil change next week,my hubby say's it is best to let the Dealer do the services for the life of the Warranty,just to be on the safe side.We have not found 1 negative with this vehicle and believe me we have looked,our gas mileage is averaging just over 18,and that's around town.We love this vehicle so much that last month we bought a Avalon!,but that's another wonderful story.Thanks Toyota,you have restored our faith!!!.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
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  • rytaryta Member Posts: 8
    Hi folks...bought my 4 x2 this w/end, and very pleased so far...however, I only noticed Monday that it came with Bridgestone/Firestone tyres. Don't laugh..when we were examining the car, there was a hell of a rain San Diego!I forgot to check the tyres, and anyway would never have expected Toyota to use them given all the flack with Ford. Do all Sequoia's come with these tyres, and has anyone been able to have them switched? Thanks.
  • r_viswanathr_viswanath Member Posts: 1
    It's been a long journey... but the destination was worth it. I started cursorily looking at Lexus RX 300 and Nissan Pathfinder. Got to the final stages of negotiation on the Pathfinder LE six months ago... My wife was hell bent on the ML320. I was not overly excited with the cost/ performance value of the ML. So we decided to hold off.

    Then 3 weeks ago, we restarted the hunt looking at Yukon vs Sequoia vs a used 1999 LX470. Not impressed with the Yukon in terms of drive-ability and/or price points. The LX470 was a gem, but had 16K miles on it. More importantly, it turned out to be from Canada (had speedometer in km/hr !). Then we test drove the Sequoia - it was close to the LX470 in terms of ride (obviously the LX exuded luxury when you set foot inside !). Poured through all the technical specs and our demands and decided that we wanted a 2WD (we are not adventurous enough to take this expensive vehicle off Road), alloy wheels, preferred package and Desert Gold color.I called up the dealer's Fleet dept and told him what I need. He searched through the state to locate and after three days closed a three way trade to get me what I wanted.....

    Here's what we got -
    4x2, alloy wheel package, CC, fog lamp, keyless, dual AC, gold package, Convenience package... Price was $750 over invoice. Closed the deal Saturday and drove it home. Simplest negotiation ever.

    I am contemplating adding wood trim and leather seats. Have done my research and am in the negotiation phase. It appears that I am able to add leather for a lot less than the preferred package. Should have some $ left over for adding a CD changer! Will let you folks know how it goes.

    If you need recomendations on my dealer in Phoenix, let me know.

  • marksue1marksue1 Member Posts: 12
    Well, our Red SR-5 4x4, which we purchased in Feb. '01, has turned 31,000 miles this week.

    We change the oil at the local Toyota dealer every 3K. No problems at all so far. We love it.

    Anyone out there have more miles on one yet?
  • jyarnoldjyarnold Member Posts: 50
    I picked up an SR5 loaded last week and really enjoyed taking it up to the mountains for a ski trip this new years. It eats snow and is, bar none, the safest vehicle I have yet to enjoy in adverse driving conditions. I’ve had a Tundra for 2 years and decided to keep it and, instead, trade in my wife’s Xterra which we were both very unhappy with.

    Anyway, when we finally went to look at this car after haggling with dealer we noted that it had 1400 miles on it. Haggled some more but got home and found a tow receipt in manual for it implying it had been off road and ditched. Went next day to dealer and they stated it was towed to save mileage despite my observation that the skid plate was scored. Then, as if placed by original owner, we found a post-it note under seat with claim number written. Called the insurance company to get details, they would not provide but admitted this brand new $42K had been in an accident! Supposedly in CO you can sell a vehicle with 2k miles as new. We have asked the dealer for a new replacement and we’re getting song and dance about availability. Can anyone shed some light on just how legal it is for a dealer to sell a vehicle as new despite it having been owned and been to the body shop? Seems shady to me!
  • rozubo1rozubo1 Member Posts: 7
    Any recommendations for a Phoenix area dealer would be greatly appreciated. I'm thinking of getting the PM package for an SR5, too. Heard some not too pleasing stories about aftermarket leather, ie. quality, workmanship etc. but you may have found a diamond in the tell!!
  • paisanpaisan Member Posts: 21,181
    Should come with the Subaru-Isuzu owners crew to a light off-road trip to the Pine Barrens of NJ. Check this thread out:


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  • rogerl2rogerl2 Member Posts: 4
    I bought a silver SR5, 4x4, 2001, with 42,000 miles on it. I couldn't afford to buy a new one. I will pick it up next week after a moonroof is put in. I am having the dealer Toyota certify this which will cost about $700. It still will have the drive warranty through 60,000. After reading about some brake problems and other problems on the Sequoia, should I try to buy an extended warranty on top of the Toyota certification? It will be another $1,100. Thanks for the help.
  • aviebavieb Member Posts: 1
    I owned a Toyota Camry for 6 years. I loved that car. But I reallyyyy need a bigger car. My husband and I have 3 kids; one 14 year old coming in @ 5'9 1/2", one 8 yaer old and one in a car seat. We need room. Loved that Camry, but knew how a sardine felt.

    My Carmy was totaled on February 4, 2002. Know I have to get a new car. Toyota's have sold me on their reliability. Just wanted some input from Sequoia owners (before I purchasedone) on the good, bad and the ugly. I also wanted to know, how do you get 500 over invoice as I read in some of the posted emails. Any takers......
  • schwitzer1schwitzer1 Member Posts: 64
    We've had our Sequoia for almost a year, 26,000 miles. It's been fantastic. My wife drives for her sales job, and feels comfortable with the size of the vehicle. We drove from Indianapolis to Orlando with two children under the age of five, and were able to have room to wiggle around when we needed to.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
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  • trdsctwotrdsctwo Member Posts: 67
    Just picked up our Jade Green Ltd 4x4 a couple of weeks ago and have put about 500km on the
    odometer (yes I am Canadian, Aye!). Two days after I brought it home, it wouldn't start so I
    phoned the dealer and told him that "there is a dead tree sitting in my driveway". It turns out
    that the security system wasn't reading my key code properly and it was remedied when I phoned a friend (the service manager from the local MB dealership) and he suggested that instead of using the keyless entry system, I open the door using the actual key. What do you know? it worked! It must have re-coded the keys. Anyway....As I indicated in the title, this is our 7th Toyota. We started out with a 1985 Celica, went from it to a 1987 Camry, added a 1986 4-Runner, traded that in for a 1995 4-Runner which we then traded in for a 1996 4-Runner after only 5 months (we still own it). We bought a 1997 Avalon which we recently traded in for the 2002 Sequoia. This was made necessary by the fact that we have 4 boys (ages 8 months to 15 years) and it was either a larger SUV or a van. My first impressions of the Sequoia are
    mainly positive; large, stable, quiet, and comfortable. It could use a little more horsepower
    (our 1996 4-Runner is supercharged), and the quality of the interior materials are less than
    what I've come to expect from Toyota. The plastics are harder and a little more "plasticy",
    and the quality of the leather and carpeting is a little more "industrial". I base my comparison
    on the previous "top of the line" versions of Toyota products that I have owned. I do not know if this is because the vehicle was made in North America instead of Japan (the Avalon was also made in NA), or just that Toyota is cutting back on quality. I must also say that I am somewhat of a perfectionist and pay close attention to detail. That is my two cents worth!!!!
  • lorainemax2lorainemax2 Member Posts: 35
    This is my 5th Toyota. First being a 1974 Corolla which I am convinced is still running somewhere.

    I currently own a 2000 Avalon XLS (flawless with 45,000 miles) and a 2001 Sequoia SR5 which I am trading in tomorrow on a 2003 Sequoia.

    The 2001 (20,000 Miles):

    Natural White/Warm Silver/Oak Leather Interior
    Captains Chairs
    Lighted Running Boards (Port Installed)
    Wheel Upgrade
    Dual AC
    L1 Leather Option

    The 2003 (New):

    Phantom Gray/Silver/Gray Leather Interior
    JBL 6 Disc
    Roof Deflector
    Dual AC
    Captain's Chair
    Alloy Wheel Package #2
    Convenience Package
    Leather Upgrade

    2001 only in the shop once for new brake pads. Rotors turned...but not warped.
  • dana37dana37 Member Posts: 3
    The only complaint so far on my 2003 with 6800 miles is the VSC lights staying on. More in cold weather. The exhaust smell. Other than this I love the vehicle. Blows away the Domestics in ride and overall quality. Does anyone have the same two problems? Also, I have a small mooroof sqeak in cold weather. Once the interior warms up it goes away.
  • mannyboymannyboy Member Posts: 12
    To all Sequoia with 4wd where do I shift the high and low gear for 4wd's? or do I leave it at neutral?
  • robschlossrobschloss Member Posts: 1
    i'm 6'4" tall and have been quite uncomfortable in my 03 4 runner despite it's size increase over the previous models. I'm looking to trade it in for the 05 sequoia.

    the sequoia seems substantially larger inside, and the seats have many more adjustments than the 4runner does. any other tall sequoia owners with thoughts on this?
  • aliminalimin Member Posts: 80
    Last week I traded my '02 Highlander for an '05 Seq SR5 and drove about 900 miles (it is now broken in!) in temps ranging from +5F to -22F. I knew the ride wasn't going to be the same as the HL - but I was very surprised at how good it is. A bit more road but a lot more vehicle! Thanks to the other forum members who's postings helped me decide to upgrade to the Seq.
  • kumarkumar Member Posts: 22
    is there a off-road play area suitable for Seq near Washington Oregon states?
  • tonimtonim Member Posts: 6
    Buy the extended warranty. Many of Sequoia love their trucks, but they do have problems.
  • limited05limited05 Member Posts: 1
    Hello Karen,

    I recently purchased a 05 black limited after totalling my 4runner in an accident. i have had my ntrl_mystic as i call it for one week and i am completely happy with it so far. big hand clap to my local dealer where i purchased from in waldorf, maryland. it was a very pleasant experience doing business with them. i am looking forward to participating on the board and hopefully getting and providing additional when and where i can
  • Karen_SKaren_S Member Posts: 5,092
    Welcome to Edmunds!

    Congrats on your new ride. Please be sure to stop by theToyota Sequoia: Prices Paid topic and tell everyone about your purchase experience. :shades:
  • yazzieyazzie Member Posts: 1
    I just got an 05 Seq and also own an 01 Camry-which I LOVE, it's a great car! My husband and I are questioning the A/C in the Seq it doesn't cool as fast as the Camry and being in the Arizona weather 100+ degrees we need the rapid cooling. Anyone in the valley having the same problem? This is my dilemma: We are doing the "a/c/ test" taking turns with vehicles, I park my car and Seq in an open parking lot, no shade. By the time I leave work, the days I've taken the Camry the a/c cools within a 1/2 mile, the a/c in the Seq takes about 3 to 4 miles to cool and it's not as cold as the Camry. Anyone??? please advise. Thx "> :confuse: ">
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