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Toyota Sequoia



  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    Size = Sequoia
    4WD = Same
    2WD = Sequoia
    Refinement = LC
    Build quality = LC
    Resale = LC

    Hope the above helps...
  • petro33petro33 Posts: 192
    I have had my seq since '01 and have 95,000 miles on it. I am considering a new one this year or maby '06. Does anyone know of any changes in the "06 version. Not real happy with the '05 engine and premiun gas......
  • toyotakentoyotaken Posts: 897
    There is NO requirement for premium gas in the '05 Sequoia. Ask to read the owners manual. There are no Toyota's currently being built that REQUIRE premium fuel.

    Just an FYI.

  • liz7liz7 Posts: 1
    I also have a 2001 Toyota Sequioa Limited. I have had the VSC/TRAC OFF lights that have come since it was 7000 miles. The dealer tried on many occassions to fix the problem and it still returned. Finally they replace the Brake Booster and the problem seem to disappear or at least so we thought. The light would occassionally come on and the dealer said that it needed brake fluid. It is very difficlut for me to understand how a vehicle would need brake fluid within 3000-4000 miles, but I went along with it. I now have vibration when I brake and have 60% left on my pads. The dealer says that it is not a safety issue and that I can just wait until my pads are used up before I resurface the rotors. My vehicle has 47K miles and I have had the brakes replace 2 times. You mentioned a TSB recall, which I cannot find any information on. Can you be more specific? Thanks and good luck.
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    There was a TSB for a brake pad/caliper replacement for the '01s. Take the truck to your dealership and insist that they perform this recall on yours, if you haven't already done so. As to the VSC, mine was *fixed* and it has never returned. I had no idea what the dealership did to fix it, but I have not had it happen for over 40K miles now.

    Hope these helps
  • I just came back from the dealer for an oil change and they forgot to put oil in and I drove for two miles before I realized the engine oil gauge did not move off of L. The car did not ceased but the dealer said he will have to take apart the engine to see what damage was done. I was very upset since the it is only a 02 4WD Limited with only 28K miles on it. I need some advise on how to handle this. I do not want to drive this vehicle again knowing that the engine will be rebuilt. I want them to replace it! Is this possible without going the legal route?
  • I too am in the market for an 06 (mostly due to timing of the purchase). Just wondering if anyone knows that will be new. Even though we really need something this big, I wish it had variable cylinder management like the Durango (at least I think the hemi offers it).
  • On August 6, I drove my ‘03 Sequoia Limited over 13,185’ Mosquito Pass between Alma and Leadville, CO. I had a brand new set of Goodyear Wrangler HP P265/70R17 road tires. This pass is rated “intermediate” in four wheeler guidebooks. Based on my experience driving 4WD routes in Colorado, this is a very respectable route in terms of steepness and difficulty. Most of the vehicles up there were Jeep Wranglers. There is plenty of bedrock and talus to crawl over.

    I found the Sequoia to be very capable climbing the pass from the Alma side. On this side of the pass, I used 4L gearing with the center differential locked, and kept the shifter in D gear. The vehicle performed well, and had abundant torque at altitude. It spent most of its time in 2nd gear.

    There was another Sequoia at the top of the pass that was almost identical to mine, except it still had original tires.

    On the descent, I used 4L in 1st gear. The engine provided ample braking such that I almost never had to use the brakes. I experimented and found that shifting into 2nd also meant riding the brakes.

    The Sequoia never bumped skid plates or the trailer receiver along the way. I concluded that the Sequoia could probably handle more difficult terrain, especially with better tires. A word of caution: don’t try to cross this pass during wet conditions or snow. The steepness of the climb would cause all sorts of trouble.

    If you read the Owner’s Manual, the procedures for using the Sequoia in 4WD are very confusing. The authors missed the point if they intended the document to convince owners that the Sequoia was designed for rugged four-wheeling. I found the postings on this message board to be more useful than the Owner’s Manual when it came explaining how to operate the Sequoia in 4WD. Don’t get discouraged by all the combinations of levers and buttons. In practice, it is quite simple.
  • Has the Sequoia engine been detuned for 2006? Data from the Edmunds comparator on

    SR5 4WD 4.7L 8cyl........2006...............................2005...............change
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------
    Horsepower.....273 hp @ 5400 rpm..........282 hp @ 5400 rpm........-3.2 %
    Torque............314 ft-lbs. @ 3400 rpm......325 ft-lbs. @ 3400 rpm...-3.4 %
    EPA Mileage
    City................15 mpg............................15 mpg........................ 0.0 %
    Highway..........17 mpg............................18 mpg........................-5.6 %

    True, "your mileage may vary." But they can measure engine output better than 3%. Anybody know what the deal is?

  • 2toyotas2toyotas Posts: 104
    What Toyota has said about it is this. If they require only 87 octane gas they have to do the ratings using 87 not 93. It says in the owners manual 87 for normal,or 91 or higher for maximum performance. Also I was told that the brake booster must be connected when doing the testing.I was very surprised to see the decrease in power so I called Toyota and that was the answer I got from them.
  • I thought it was a different method (newer) the car industry is using to determine HP and torque - most, if not all vehicles in the Toyota line-up have revised #s for 2006 model year. I doubt they would tweak the engines.
  • allison5allison5 Posts: 130
    I am almost at the point of deciding to buy a 05 Sequoia. Here is my situation: I have a 04 GMC Yukon and it has had nothing but trouble in its short 14 months of life. Before I got the Yukon I had a Honda Odyessy (I have 3 kids under age of 11) so I need room plus we have a 80 lb yellow Labrodor who goes with us to the snow, beach etc. Anyway as stated the Yukon is in the shop in seems like all the time for this or that, luckily it has been covered under warranty but another 15,000 miles from now it won't be. I new I was taking my chance with an american car (have had problems with American cars before). So I was thinking of going to a Sienna minivan but not sure I want to be the minivan mom again. I am just curious on what people think of the Sequoia, and if it's comfy (I have some problems with my back). Friends tell me I should go minivan with gas prices so high now but an SUV is more practical with skiing, dog, etc etc. Is there going to be much of a difference with 06 model. Thx.
  • Thanks. I posted a similar message in the Camry forum and somebody there also said there was a revised SAE testing standard. So I googled, and yup, there is. Mainly a rules tightening, to curb exaggeration, it sounds like.

  • we have '03 sequoias. we have lost 4 inside door handles - driver and front passenger doors. the door handles begin to split and eventually break off. sure would hate to end up in a burning car and can't get the door open to escape!

    major safety related issue. on the other hand, we have a '90 forerunner and a 97 corolla and still have original door handles.

    anybody else have this problem?
  • Here is what I found out about replacing handles. My 2002 is doing the same thing.

    The interior driver side door handle broke on my 2002 toyota Sequoia. I purchased a replacement handle. I've removed the small cover exposing the philips head screw in the center of the door handle bezel and removed the screw. The bezel will not come off to expose the door handle. What is the process to replace the door handle(part 69206-0C030-E0)?


    Slide it towards the rear, it should then come out, remove the plastic clip that connects to the control rod.
  • Has anyone used a K&N air filter to replace their stock filter? If yes, have you noticed any improvement in horspower or gas mileage?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    You may want to take a look at the K&N Air Filters, bolt-on power? discussion while waiting for responses in here.

    Steve, Host
  • I use the TRD filter, which is basically the same thing as the K&N. There is no noticeable improvement from the stock filter. Toyota actually engineered the stock box and filter pretty well. The only gains I have ever seen have been with a RAPS style cold air induction system that modifies the stock box. The big advantage of the K&N or TRD filters is that they are re-usable, but you have to keep them clean. Clean them about every 15K miles.
    Unless you plan to race your Sequioa, you will not see any real gains from aftermarket air filters or intakes. The aftermarket intakes will increase performance in the upper RPM range, but will rob you of low-end torque big time.
  • Hi there,
    I have a 2002 Sequoia and at 37,000 miles the drivers side door handle cracked and then broke off. Now at 40,000 miles the passanger side door handle is cracked and will break off the next time some tries to use the door. This is frustrating for me as a Real Estate Agent. I have people in and out of the car often. I hate to have to tell them wait a second dont open that door! They then ask about the problem and I explain I have not had the time to go in and pay $110.00 for the repair. My first vehicle was a Toyota and have owned them ever since. This one issue has troubled me for many reasons including safety. :confuse:
    Has anyone else had this problem? My local service manger is going to look into the issue. I will update this post with that information as soon as I get it.
    Robert Bolar
  • Hi there,
    I have a 2002 Sequoia and at 37,000 miles the drivers side door handle cracked and then broke off. Now at 40,000 miles the passenger side door handle is cracked and will break off the next time some tries to use the door. This is frustrating for me as a Real Estate Agent. I have people in and out of the car often. I hate to have to tell them wait a second don't open that door! They then ask about the problem and I explain I have not had the time to go in and pay $110.00 for the repair. My first vehicle was a Toyota and have owned them ever since. This one issue has troubled me for many reasons including safety.
    Has anyone else had this problem?
  • My rear window does not roll down either with the key, remote or drivers switch. I can't find which circuit or relay controls this function. Anyone know?
  • I don't know but I had same problem wiht my rear window. Turned out it was the rear window regulator gone bad. Toyota dealer replaced it under warranty. Check the regulator first - located inside rear hatch. GOOD LUCK!
  • we have an 02 Sequoia. two of our inside handles have broken. both were replaced under warranty but I learned how to do it on my own and could do it if it happened again.
  • Mine did not work for a while much like yours, no matter what I did it would not move. I ended up giving the control button on the dash a few short rapps and it began working. Go figure!!
  • Hey sequoiasoon! Love your flag symbol! I'm new to this group but your post about getting the Sequoia Service Manual on CD on eBay really caught my eye. I have a 2000 Camry and got a Service Manual for it on eBay. It's great!

    I have an 02 Sequoia SR5 and want a Service Manual for it on CD too. Please get in touch with me. Thank you.
  • As I type, my 2002 Sequoia, 45K miles, is having the driver's side interior door handle replaced. I asked the service advisor if he's seen many, ha said a few, and added, "it's just plastic, you know." I've been told it's about a $30 part and and hour (aka $80) to replace, we'll see. If anyone hear's of a warranty or good will adjustment, pass it along. Thanks.
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    I have been on this board since Dec 2000, and own an '01 SR5 2WD Sequoia I purchased Dec 12, 2000. This truck now has 62K miles. In its 4+ years of ownership, I have had to replace 2 things - the front brakes at 25K miles (TSB recall), and the radio head unit within 100 miles of ownership (warranty replacement). Other than basic wear and tear - tires (2X already), brakes (2X already), alignment and balancing (2X already), that has been it.... And this is the first year of production truck. We may have been lucky, seeing and reading that some of you seem to be having some recurring problems with yours. That is disturbing, and I hope that your dealership(s) helps sort all these issues out. My post is simply to show that there are other owners with much less worry or issues than others, even some of us owning the first year of production truck.
  • petro33petro33 Posts: 192
    I agree with oac I have been around since 2001 when I bought me 2001 limited 2wd. This has been the best vehicle I have ever owned. Other than my rear window not working for a while I have had no repairs other that regular maintaince (97,000 miles). Second set of tires, still have 15-20K left on them, three sets of brakes plus the TSB recall. Some problems were my own fault (leaving parking brake on whilw driving).
  • I've had my '01 4WD Seq since Feb 01. Only 40K miles, but 10% of that pulling a trailered drift boat, much of that off highway. My Seq has carried >10 tons of sand, gravel, and red landscaping rocks (~1,000 lbs at a time), several cu yds of manure (bagged!), and has been slept in on more than one occasion.

    The only brake work was new front calipers, etc as per the TSB @ 17K (never changed a pad, other than the TSB). I'm on my third front windshield (from rock chips off highway), I have rattled off the skid plate covering the front transfer case (warranty repair), rattled the front driverside window out of its carriage (warranty repair), and my kids pulled all the little plastic covers from the seat/seatbelt attachment points (there in a drawer somewhere).

    It been a great car... only wish it didn't eat so much gas... only 11-12mpg in town during the winter, but18-21(!)mpg when out on the road.
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