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One thing I have discovered is that if you use STP Son of Gun or some other interior protectant on the plastic back there it tends to make the scratches stand out less. I suspect it may help prevent small scratching as well.
I first discovered this on the back of the front console around the cupholders. My 6 year old would rest her feet there and it got all scratched. Once I treated it a couple of times with STP and/or Lexol Conditioner the scratches faded and it didn't seem to scratch as much.
The 01's interior was Oak. The '03 is charcoal...maybe it will be easier to keep.
On the Expy the front driveshaft coming out of the transfer case can/will spin even when in 2WD. This leads to the front halfshafts coming out of the front diff turning when they are not locked into the front hubs. These halfshafts can either spin at different speeds (or maybe even different directions, IIRC) causing a whine from the front differential. The sound from the Expy would also go away when switched to 4WD. This is because the front halfshafts then become locked into the hubs thus making them spin the same direction and/or speed.
If I understand everything correctly Fords fix was to add some type of biasing spring to the front differential to keep the halfshafts in sync. Whatever they did it worked.
Your problems sound similar.
Anyone follow this?
please let me know if a fix is found ASAP because the noise makes me nuts....I turn up the tunes to block out the noise but you can still "feel" the noise under your feet and that adds to the annoyance. thanks, Mike
My remote controls, 2, suddenly stopped working with the car. We came home at night, and in the morning, none of them is working.
Any idea? any help, please?
Many Thanks in advance
My email to Toyota - Sent on 3/6/03
Recently I purhased a new 2003 Sequoia and have found the interior plastics are easily scratched and after less than one month of ownership I feel the quality is not Toyota Quality. I have the greay interior something as simple as a a bag brusshing against the cargo door caused scratches. What products do you suggest to care and repair these scratches for a $42,000 SUV?
Their response sent on 3/11/03:
Thank you for contacting Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
We appreciate your interest in the Sequoia, and apologize for the concerns with interior materials.
The Owner's Manual describes our recommendations for cleaning the inbterior, however does not offer information as to repairing damage. Determining the best method of correction would necessitate an assessment of the damage. We recommend contacting your local Toyota dealership.
Your email has been documented at our National Headquarters under file #xxxxxxxxxxx. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
I took them 5 days to come up with this answer. My appointment with dealer is pending and, they commented that this should not occur and may have to order new panels. LOL.
I love my Toyota and all else being equal it is way above the other american built (since it is american built) SUV's. My wifes Solara has a nice interior and plastics that are better than my Sequoia.
NOT. The interior scratch issue. Nothing can be done they are afraid to suggest or try anything that may damage the vehicle (ok I can buy that maybe) What I wanted and expected is what was suggested. Repair or replace the panels. Oh well I guess I will try the Meguiars that was suggested by the body shop and see it if works. Other than that I am still waiting for Performance Products to call me back (2 days ago) on the rear cargo cover. I guess I have to call them again.
So I also called Toyota and commented to them about the plastics quality and refferenced my case #, and added to that the hum and vibration. I was basically told for the plastic issue they would send a message up to Toyota Mgt and on future models they will review this but for me and others like me nada will be done.
Oh and their Customer Relations Rep will call me to work on the issue.
All this for an MSRP of $42,000.
Still waiting for my Sequoia(NY dealer could not get load leveler, buying from NC instead). I had a shifting problem (grinding) with my Corolla that nobody could figure out, tried new fluid, some ATF, 50/50 nothing worked. A friend suggested BG Synchro Shift (synthetic GL-4 equiv. but a little lighter weight. Drove 20 miles issue fixed (that was 30,000 ago) and still works great. Problem seemed to be "dragging synchros" due to close tolerance. Many Toyota dealers use BG products for "in house" service but not advertised. Check www.bgprod.com for info and nearest dealer to purchase. They don't sell to general public but sales rep was very helpful. $45 (3 quarts) much better than new tranny! Hope it works, let me know.
I will push this harder at the next oil change in a 5k. Any suggestions.
I for one am bothered by this every time I drive my Sequoia. Can't help wonder if this is causing damage. Also, I am now getting a loud "growl" noise when accelerating from 60 to 70mph.
Let's make this work, post your info. !
Thanks in advance! seqannoy1
On my Sequoia the problem with the VCS system was intermitant, but predictable. It happens within the first few minutes of starting the car when it is cold. The colder the weather the more likely it is to happen. On a few occasions it would happen a second time if I restarted the car.
Please let me know, I would really appreciate your feedback
One more thing to note is that I am still going through the break in period .. my ODO is at about 400 miles
Mine's in the shop now for this very issue but I'm having trouble proving toyonoise's differential replacement. You'd think the people at SE Toyota would talk to each other. If toyonoise can also send me the VIN of the vehicle with the new differential, I can push back on service and get mine fixed too. I'll buy you a beer...
If you'd prefer to contact me directly, send the VIN to [email protected]
Thx for your help!