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2008 Toyota Sequoia



  • bportlandbportland Posts: 12
    I got an e-mail from a Toyota sales rep that said they placed financing incentives on the Sequoia, but not cash incentives. They are apparently 1.9% to 36 months, 2.9% to 48 months and 3.9% to 60 months on approved credit.

    Pretty weak incentives if you ask me. I am guessing they will see if this boosts sales enough (which it likely will not) and then they will offer cash as well. We will see.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    You call 3.9% for 60 months weak? You must be used to the massive incentives the domestics offer. \ Mack
  • keg97keg97 Posts: 189
    I agree! Bank rates are right around 6.0% so you're getting a nice cut in that rate.
  • amheck1amheck1 Posts: 44
    Seems for SET they went up. Used to be $399 last month for a SR5 48 month lease, and now it's $419. Doesn't seem like they aren't offering any help that way.
  • bportlandbportland Posts: 12
    Yes. Shop around, with fed rates dropping, so are auto loan rates. I have used Pentagon Federal Credit Union for loans in the past, you don't have to be in the military to use them, just need an account (which you can open online). PFCU is currenly offering 4.25% for 72 months on new car loans. I will take an extra 12 months for a .26% increase. I would take cash over this offer in a heart beat. Here's the link to PFCU (I also have an equity line with them):
  • bportlandbportland Posts: 12
    By the way, no, I don't work for PFCU, I am an attorney. And I agree that the rate Toyota is offering is good, just not a huge incentive relative to other rates you can find in the market place right now. Gotta love the Internet, makes shopping around for rates much easier.
  • traderhaltraderhal Posts: 11
    I was hesitant to buy it with incentives around the corner but i suspect that with the average sequoia on the lot for over 100 days rebates will follow.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    You think that will be dealer specific, regional, or national?
  • bportlandbportland Posts: 12
    I think Mac knows this better than anybody in this forum, but I would think it would be regional at a minimum and most likely offered nationally.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    It would be regional. I believe there are 9 or 12 regions. With two being privately owned, (Southeast and Gulf States) the other regions are still controlled by Toyota Motor Sales USA and the mother country Japan. SET and Gulf states do whatever they want.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Interesting. Here one company has the distributorship for the state and Guam. They also own all the dealerships. Something that was worked out with Mr. Toyoda back in the early 60s.
  • ness5575ness5575 Posts: 29
    My dealer told me that memory seats are only available on the platinum model. I am holding out hope that someone here might know of a way to get those on a Limited?? The Platinum is a little more than we were hoping to spend on a new suv.

    My wife and I share the vechicle and I am over a foot taller than her so these are pretty important to us. Seems weird to me that memory seats wouldn't be standard (or at least available!) on such an expensive suv...
  • hdfatboyhdfatboy Posts: 324
    Memory seats are only available on the Platinum. The memory position includes the seat, mirrors and steering wheel position. Each memory position can also be programmed to a specific key fob so that the memory position will be engaged when a particular fob is used to unlock the vehicle.
  • traderhaltraderhal Posts: 11
    yes thats correct the plat has memory seats the limited does not.

    i paid 50k for a platinum with dvd .. the marginal cost over a fully loaded limited was around 2k
  • I can't seem to get the Homelink system to pickup my garage door opener. It's a "rolling code" type and I followed the directions to a "T". It worked fine with my Saab 9-7x, but the Toyota refuses to work. Any ideas on how to program it? Opener is Sears, and as I said worked with a homelink in the Saab.


    Ken W.
  • hdfatboyhdfatboy Posts: 324
    Its a little tricky but follow the instructions below in the exact order.

    Hold down the #1 & #3 door openers on mirror until all codes are cleared. Flashing red.
    Hold the garage door opener controller up against homelink mirror with battery storage facing away from mirror.
    Activate garage door opener controller and the button on the homelink mirror you want activated simultaneously until the red light flashes. Might take 15secs.
    Put your handheld garage door opener controller away. You're now done with it.
    Go to garage door opener motor in garage. Find "activation" button on the unit.
    Press memory activation button on motor. You'll have about 20-30 secs for the next step.
    Now press button on the mirror that you previously mated to the controller and press it until the garage door goes up or down. Should activate within a few seconds of holding the button on the mirror.
    Repeat process for additional garage door openers.

    Let me know if these steps work.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    It that doesn't work then go to:link title
    I put in "brand not listed" on the garage controller although they do list Craftsman as one of the manufacturers. So if the one I linked you to doesn't work then go back to the beginning and try the Craftsman. It's easy to do. On some you might need a second person to push the button on the garage unit unless you are very fast to run into the garage and back to the vehicle. It only gives you a few seconds.
  • Hd,

    Worked like a charm. Your instructions were just a little different than the owner's manual in that they said to press and release the Homelink button 2 or 3 times after hitting the memory button on the opener. You said to press and hold and that did the trick - thanks!

    More on my deal later...many thanks to you for your insights.

    Ken W.
  • hdfatboyhdfatboy Posts: 324
    Glad to hear the steps I outlined worked for you. I found the instructions in the manual for rolling codes simply to be either unclear or wrong. Trial and error got to the solution I outlined earlier.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    I go away for a week and only 2 posts on this thread? Must be that everyone is extremely satisfied with their new Sequoia and no problems or questions have popped up?
  • donnydjrdonnydjr Posts: 8
    Mack - I just went on a ~2500 mile family roadtrip with my '08 Sequoia, and quite honestly, I'm extremely disappointed with the Navi / Audio / Rear Entertainment areas of the vehicle.

    Any idea if there's a technical support person (and phone number) at Toyota to advise of the problems and suggest functionality changes?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide,

    Don D.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    Mack, perhaps it's because they just have not sold that many? I have not seen an '08 on the road since February, and as of Sunday the dealer by my house (a reasonably high volume dealer) appears to have not moved one unit in a full month (the exact same units are sitting on his lot versus one month ago). As has been well publicized, times are awful in the vehicle business, especially for those models that use a lot of fuel.
  • hdfatboyhdfatboy Posts: 324

    I've got about 2000 miles on my 08 Plat Sequoia and have done a number of short and longer trips with as many as six on-board. I can honestly say I am very satisfied with the vehicle. More so than any vehicle I've ever owned including various BMWs, Toyotas, Chryslers and GM products.

    Our family has found all of the seats extremely comfortable and in fact my younger son likes riding in the 3rd row with 2nd row down for watching videos.

    I will say that as a driving I have really come to appreciate the power and handling of the Seq. I'm not sure I would say the same if it weren't for the Plat's adjustable suspension. I tend to prefer using the sport suspension setting in most conditions other than staright highway where I use the comfort setting.

    The power is truly remarkable and while I didn't think I'd use the manumatic I now find that I use it more than the automatic setting, particularly for curvier roads where being able to dowbnshift before a curve makes for a more enjoyable ride (at least for my driving style).

    That's not to say it perfect. There are some minor and not so minor issues that Toyota needs to address.

    I've come to like the Nav unit and its integration with my BT phone however if it weren't for the Nav Pulse Generator I installed to enable full functionality while driving, I might have wanted to rip the unit out. For anyone who hasn't installed this unit...its an absolute must. Toyota...if your listening....get your lawyers to grow up and join the rest of the industry and stop resticting the use of your NAV units while underway.

    The power mirrors are an exactly idea. Its just a shame the engineer that designed them was only half smart. Geez...would it have been that difficult to keep the mirrors powered after shutting off the engine. If you forget to fold the mirrors before shutting down the engine, you have to reinsert the key and set it to accessory to fold the mirrors...lame design. Even smarter engineering would have been to have a manual setting and an auto setting. In auto the mirrors would fold when the ignition is turned off and unfold when the ignition is turned on. You would still have a manual setting if you wanted the mirriors unfolded with the engine off.

    How about adding a simple mute button to the audio controls on the steering wheel. Seems like a pretty simple yet user friendly feature and given the other controls would eem like a commonly used function.

    I don't know if its just me or the climate control engineers were asleep at the wheel. Howis the user suppose to set the mode of the vents other than random trial and error. There are no pictograms to set the vent mode to other than the digitial display after moving the control until you find the one you want. How hrd could it have been to place the pictograms around the knob to avoid randonly trying to find the setting you need?

    So far those are the only real issues I have to share and in total the vehicle is truly outstanding. I'm very satisfied with the purchase.
  • gananganan Posts: 20
    I have about 500 miles on a Limited. I am generally satisfied with the vehicle at this early stage except for the feeling of the steering. I find it too light and I don't have a good feel for the road unless it is a straight highway. I had an 01 Limited with about 190,000 miles on it and the steering, even after that many miles, felt tighter and I felt far more comfortable on both highway curves and secondary road curves. It felt like the vehicle tracked the curve once it was set up at the beginning of the curve.

    I didn't expect the new vehicle to drive like an Audi Quattro, but compared to the 01 vehicle the steering and road feel on curves is very disappointing. I seem to have to make small corrections when negotiating curves since the steering is so light.

    I assume I will get used to it and perhaps should not be surprised since this is a truck platform. In addition, I am hoping the Michelin LTX M&S tires I will put on(when the current Bridgestone ones wear) will make a difference in the handling.

    The only other issue I have with the vehicle is the phone. About half the time when I try to call out, I receive an error message saying the call cannot be made and to check the phone. When this occurs I note that the signal strength indicator does not show any bars. However the signal is strong since I can call out using the cell phone itself without using the steering wheel controls.

    Some of the positives include: Lots of space and storage areas; smooth ride on the highway, quiet transmission and good power.
  • tsfantsfan Posts: 20
    Hi all gurus and experts, I need your guys's thoughts on question: will Sequoia have a better incentive in May?

    Currently Toyoto offers finance incentive for Sequoia, 1.9% for 36months, 2.9% for 48months, and 3.9% for 60months. The current inventive expires on 04/30. I have been researching the new Sequoia for a long time and read all post in this forum. Think it's a good time to buy but just wondering whether next month Toyota will come out a better incentive such as 0%. If wait until May, also worry about whether current inventive will be gone.

    Any good thoughts, buy now or wait till May? thanks!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    That's a difficult question to answer.

    You'd think that incentives would continue and maybe get better since SUV sales are down all over.

    But the Detroit News reported a week ago that Toyota cuts production at Indiana plant. The Sequoia is made at that factory.

    So, with production cut, Toyota may think they can safely keep incentives where they are or do away with them completely.

    Food for thought.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Donny, what type of problems did you experience with your Sequoia? You can call the 1-800-GO-TOYOTA number and speak with a representative. What they will do is document your comments and suggestions and pass them on the the engineers. They love to hear from the owners since they are the ones driving the product. You may find that they may put you through to a product specialist and he/she may solve the problems. Let us know what happens.
    Mack :)
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    That could be one of the reasons too. Sales are slow all the way around. Prius sales are going through the roof the more the price of gas keeps going up. I got back from vacation yesterday and stopped at the dealership today (day off) to check on a couple of vehicle arrivals and checked out our incoming allocation and we have 3 on the way. Usually we will have a good supply on hand and on the way.
    The other reason is production has been cut back which I mentioned in an earlier post and our gracious host has also brought that point up.
    As I drove through the lot I could see a lot of the vehicles in the same spot they were in last week. I just hope it picks up soon.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    HD, those are great suggestions. I would suggest the same thing I did to Donny. Call the 1-800-GO-TOYOTA and tell them about your suggestions. They do listen to their current customers. This generation Avalon was developed with lots of current Avalon customer's input.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    The new Sequoia has electric power steering which takes a bit getting used to. On the Bluetooth issue make sure your phone is enabled for the Bluetooth function. It may be a brand that is not compatible with the system. I had a customer last week that after I showed them how to pair the phone to the system and make and receive calls they called me after they got home to tell me it was not working. Their phone was not compatible so she got another phone and now it works fine. This may not be what's wrong with your system but try pairing it again and let me know what happens.

    Also, for everyone on this thread there is a website that has just about everything you need to know about using the nav and bluetooth systems. Here's the link: link title
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