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I would also take it back to the dealer and have them inspect it thoroughly especially since it was struck by another car. There may be damage to your Seq. that you can't see or may cause problems later on.
Thanks for your encouragement to go to the dealer - they actually informed us of our warranty coverage with our back window and wiper - we hadn't thought much about it beyond being dismayed that we were having problems so quickly!
I have driven the vehicle for a week now, and my only negative comment is that it seems 'heavy' when I brake coming to traffic lights etc. Haven't had to brake hard, just feels like there is a lot of weight behind me when I apply the brakes.
There have been lots of comments on this site about the alignment settings for the SR5. Do a search and read up on it. Also, I believe there have been some service bulletins about this and you should check with your dealer. Several people have reported improved handling with the alignment adjusted to the new specs.
I brought up the issue at the recently completed 7,500 service and the service manager insists that I'm riding the brakes and that they heat and warp, basically pushing the issue back onto me. I don't think he gets it! I took his service technician out on a test drive and now he gets it! I have to take the truck back in for them to look at again but they seem clue less
Anyone experienced any similar problems (with the brakes not the dealer)?
Toyota - Oh what a feeling!
Is this normal for the full size SUV?
1) Bad stinky sulfur smell when accelerating under load. Gas brand helps a little, but it's still there even after 21000 miles. How come none of my other toyotas emit this bad of a smell?
2) Too much play in the automatic transmission. The car will make a noticeable clunk sound from the tranny when releasing and pressing on the gas pettal at around 30mph. The dealership said that this was normal? Very annoying for a $43K car! What do you guys think?
3) The driver side of the dash board makes a very annoying and urking creeking sound when driving on bumpy highways or roads. This happens every now and then. Tighten up the bezel doesn't help. Is this just a loose dash? Have anyone of you experience such? and what did you do to fix it?
4) Recently, there were some creeking noise, either from the chassis suspension or the brakes. It went away by itself after two days. It's either a bad brake caliper, or the suspension needs to be lubricated somewhere.
Other than these four items, the car has been GREAT to own. It rides exceptionally solid and handles very well. AND best of all I don't have that ticking noise coming from the engine like some of you guys/gals...
At 3750 miles, I could feel a slight pulsation in the brakes (2002 Seq SR5) that indicated warped rotors to me. At 5K miles, I took it in. They replaced ALL ROTORS & PADS. No comments, no discussion. In & out in 5 hours.
My concern is that Toyota may have a real defect on their hands and they don't want to admit it. Why else would it take such a long time to get parts and then fix it. Any insight anyone can give, I would appreciate it.
That said, however, I started looking around the web for Sequioa brake upgrades and found:
These folks seemed knowledgeable and said they were fulfilling a demand initially from Tundra owners who had problems with rotors warping and that they now had quite a few Sequoia customers.
I ordered a set of their drilled/slotted rotors and ceramic pads and will report back on how they work out in a couple of weeks.
Anyone else have experience with these?
Thank you for your help and information. I am learning that any time Toyota brings out a new line they do not have enough spare parts to cover defects. At least they gave me a loaner vehicle but it does not replace my own. By the way, the dealership has been very helpful in this. The burden on this one is on Toyota National.
I am also very disappointed with the Toyaota quality & reliability. I went for the Seq rather than a US product primarily due to quality & reliability concerns. Thus far (8500 miles), I have gone without the Seq for 35-40 days since purchasing the vehicle last Sept. --- Oh, what a feeling.
As I mentioned in my other post, the dealer did give me a brand new Highlander to use until mine gets fixed. For a smaller vehicle this is a real solid SUV. I think it would be great for my wife as she does not really like to drive the Seq. For now I will keep her in her Chrysler. At least with that company they have the parts and take care of the problem within a reasonable time.
Finally, if you are having problems, I would strongly suggest you go to the Toyota National home page and register a complaint. By the way, my problem was not caught in time and I hope I am not out of service for 3 months. However, my is in a storage garage and I am putting free miles on a new Highlander. Good luck to both of you.