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Toyota Sequoia



  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Can generate a LOT more waste heat under a heavy towing load and a clutch coupling can couple a lot more power/rpm to the fan accordingly.
  • bp3959bp3959 Posts: 156
    Thanks wwest, makes sense.
  • factory web site. No mention of Torsen Transfer case or premium fuel requirement. MPG is up by 1 MPG city and hwy for the 4wd version.
  • nescovinnescovin Posts: 24
    Just bought my new 04 SR5.
    I noticed that this car sits really high and I don't have much visibility while parallel parking.
    My wife and I are used to the reverse sense park assist system that we had on our previous SUV. I got an after market quote to install this which included a visual LED system installed inside the car (at the back end of the roof) for $500. Has anybody installed an after market reverse sense system?
    Wonder why Toyota doesn't offer a reverse sense system?
  • tdo123tdo123 Posts: 102
    "The 4WD system worked well when hitting puddles at Interstate highway speed"

    Unless you were in deep snow, you were not feeling 4WD. That would do nothing unless you had wheel slippage.
  • On the winter trips I had one occassion when I was doing 65 mph at night, on an upgrade, the VSC came on and cut the gas. This alerted me that I was traveling too fast for the road conditions. I know that this is not the 4WD, but I believe the two systems are integrated. On wet roads when one might hydro plane I feel confident that the combination of the two would keep me out of trouble. I know these systems are not FOOL proof. On our winter trips, I have seen many SUVs off the road because they don't stop any better than 2WD.
  • trdsctwotrdsctwo Posts: 67
    I have recently noticed an intermittant high pitched whistling sound coming from the roof of
    my Sequoia. It is not pure wind noise and it does
    not seem to be really speed related. At first I
    thought that a loose moonroof wind deflector was
    the problem so I removed it. The sound still persisted. I think that I have narrowed it down to the roof rack but I am not sure. I know it is
    not a leek around either the moonroof, windshield or windows because I can hear it louder when the
    moonroof is open.
    Any thoughts before I take it into the dealership
    to have them look into it???
  • try sliding the front crossbar on the roof rack back (or forward) a few inches and see if the noise changes.
  • aliminalimin Posts: 80
    Does the SEQ have a cabin air filter, similar to the Highlander?

  • bp3959bp3959 Posts: 156
    I don't know for sure, but every time I drive through Gary Indiana I can smell the steel mills with the windows up.
  • aliminalimin Posts: 80
    Thanks; I've driven the HL past Gary, too - I always thought that the odor was the same as any city's major industry - the smell of money - some more obvious than others!

    Seriously, I'm very close to ordering an '05 SEQ and trade the HL, so I appreciate all the information from SEQ owners like you.
  • And no way to add one without major modification. I know, I tried.
  • kennynmdkennynmd Posts: 424
    I know this has been answered many times heres before, but can someone give me a briefanswer to the difference between the two? Thanks
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    The first 5 or so posts in Toyota 4WD systems explained should help.

    Steve, Host
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    AWD does not require driver intervention nor attention. 4WD must be engaged and disengaged depending on driving surface conditions.

    The are some rare exceptions to the above but in general this definition holds.

    4WD vehicles often come with a low gear range but that is in no way a requirement for much of the driving public.

    There are a myriad of ways of implementing AWD out there in the marketplace, some of them not very functional, and some extremely so. It will be up to the buyer to do some serious research in a specific implementation to determine acceptability for a given driving style/location/climate.
  • I have been looking closely at the 2005 Sequioa. Two questions:

    1. It appears from using wedsites (e.g.,,, that a SR5 can be optioned out such that it is the same as the Limited, but at a lower cost. I find this hard it to believe that it would be the same, but cost less. What am I missing?

    2. My Toyota dealer confirmed that the 2006 model will be a redesign, thereby making me a little cautious to spend $40,000 plus on a 2005 model. Waiting for the 2006 would make sense since I own a Pathfinder today. Is it generally recommended to stay away from the first year redesigns, therby meaning one should wait for the 2007 model.

    I appreciate any thoughts.

  • I was going to get the 04 at the end of the model year but there are NO incentives. How do you feel about $1,500 over invoice on the 2005?
  • $1500 over invoice is too high. is selling 2005 Limited's at invoice, not a penny more.
  • having problem fining alignment specs message #. Pls. help
  • Just had my front brake pads replaced and rotors machined at 22,200 miles on my 03. The pads were down to 25 percent, but since I needed an alignment, I decided to suck it in and make the change. I was hoping to get 36,000 miles but no luck for me driving the Sequoia in the Baltimore-DC metro area.
  • bp3959bp3959 Posts: 156
    If you're going through brakes that fast you should look into some ceramics next time.
  • tdo123tdo123 Posts: 102
    Has anyone taken a test of the new 2005 with the increased engine power. I have spoken to several dealers that tell me everyone they are getting in is already sold. One dealer has so many 2004's that they are not pushing 2005's yet.

    I can't wait to try one out, but I realize that there is going to be an initial rush with the bucket seats option. Perfect for my family!
  • I took a blk 2005 limited for a test drive yesterday. Yes: the increase in HP was noticible - I wouldn't say that it seemed a lot faster but it did seem more responsive and agile than the 2004. In addtion, they updated the gauge display which looks great - much better then 2004. Overall a darn nice ride.

    That said - I'm really having a hard time getting used to the new exterior design. The hood is a bit more raked back, and the grill opening is smaller. I told the sales guy that it looked more like a station wagon front end vs. the 2004 which truly looks like a truck. The tailights are also different - there is now a big round bulb instead of the three hash marks. The sales guy said they are going for a "more sporty" look - which I guess I can see.

    But the 2004 really looks more tradtional vs. the trendiness of the 2005. I've pre-ordered a blk 2005 but I'm thinking of canceling. Any one else feel this way?
  • sjk2sjk2 Posts: 5
    Are there enough Sequoia owners out there who are angry enough at Toyota for treating us like NOBODYS? How many times did Toyota say to you this problem is normal?

    If the it was under the Lexus nameplate, Toyota would turn themselves inside out to remedy our problems... The GX470 share the same Drive Shaft technology and when LEXUS Owners complain with the same problems Lexus acknowledges it and offers a solution... They have a Technical Service Bulliten to correct that exact problem... Our TOYOTA SEQUOIAS cost in the $40,000-$50,000 range. We need to get the same treatment as the Lexus GX470 drivers.

    We as a group can make a difference...Everybody who brings their truck in to Toyoyta for this problem can not be dismissed by the dealer telling us it is normal when LEXUS recognizes this as a PROBLEM with a REMEDY.


    Register a complaint into the government website or call them tollfree 888 327 4236
    TOYOTA has to acknowledge each one of these complaints.


    I invite replies to further this QUEST
  • I understand your concern, but this is not a fatal flaw and there is a simple fix. I had this problem too, but over a few weeks it fixed itself. Another poster mentioned that too much grease in the driveshaft slip joint is the problem and the excess grease can be pushed back out by removing the grease fitting (zerk) and jumping up and down on the rear bumper. I was ready to try this, because it does get annoying, but didn't need to.

    Instead of making a major deal out of it why don't you try a different dealer or an independent shop.
  • bp3959bp3959 Posts: 156
    I would agree with you if I had the problem on my Sequoia, unless of course the problem is too much grease and someone other than the dealership put the grease in. If it comes from the factory like that, then it's Toyota's problem, and they should take responsibility to rectify the problem.
  • sjk2sjk2 Posts: 5
    My truck has been back 18 times in 2 1/2 years (only to Toyota dealers). I had my issues since 1st month of ownership & it is still happening

    I took my truck to 2 different Toyota dealers. Dealers say it's "normal".

    I went lemon law in July 2004 and lost even after reproducing the problem many times to the L.L arbitrator.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    From what I read around Town Hall, lemon law arbitrations focus on safety issues. Lemon lawyers, despite their name, tend to file warranty claims which could cover any defect in the vehicle. You may want to ask around.

    btw, we don't have time to verify phone numbers here so please don't post them (see the Member Agreement for details). Thanks,

    Steve, Host
  • sjk2sjk2 Posts: 5
    Do you work for Toyota Motor Corp?!?

    It's a PROBLEM . Two separate Toyota dealer looked at it (18 times).

    Sequioa owners are paying Lexus prices and must unite to get the same level treatment.

    GO TO THE WEBSITE and file a complaint. Make TOYOTA ACCOUNTABLE
  • Instead of getting snippy with tooheeldrive about his answer, maybe you should try his suggestion. He's been around this forum long enough to have done some good and doesn't deserve that kind of response.

    Report back as to whether his suggestion worked or not. We'd like to know.
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