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2008 Toyota Sequoia



  • I have had my Sequoia for 18 months (Black) think its too late to debadge? you got photos of yours?
  • hdfatboyhdfatboy Posts: 324
    Someone must have stolen the chrome Toyota emblem off the front of the grille on my 2008 Platinum Sequoia. Does anyone have a part number or a source to buy this emblem. I've looked all over the net and it appears that only the "mount" is available. Does anyone have any recommendations on where to get a replacement emblem for the grill?

  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    If you are a Toyota owner and interested in sharing your reaction to the recall with reporters, send an email stating the vehicle you own, your telephone number, and the best time you can be reached.

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  • blown7blown7 Posts: 8

    Just bought a CPO 2008 Sequoia Limited 5.7 4x4. Still getting used to the thirst this baby exhibits...

    Can anyone tell me how to kill the DRLs?
    The NAV & phone lockout while in motion is a lost cause but I would like the DRLs to go away.

    Any advice appreciated.


  • blown7blown7 Posts: 8
    edited March 2010

    Can anyone tell me how the vehicle "sees" its speed? Is it a mechanical / electronic driveline sensor or is it via wheel sensors [via the ABS]?

    My concern is that I would like to have a taller differential gear ratio installed with a view to improving the city fuel economy.
    My BMW uses wheel rotation [ABS sensors] to compute vehicle speed, so a change in differential gearing only affects engine RPM for a given vehicle speed. The speedometer retains it's accuracy.

    Anyone have any insight as to how Toyota senses vehicle speed in a 2008 Sequoia?

    Thank you

    Blown 7
  • hdfatboyhdfatboy Posts: 324
    I have a 2008 Platinum Sequoia. The DRLs can NOT be turned off. Even though they are described as "on/off" in your invoice, they aren't. I believe then can be turned off in Canada but not in the US.

    I added a switch and a Speed Pulse Generator ( which allows me to use the full phone address book and the entire "destination Database" even when on the road. Best feature I could have added to the vehicle. Toyota needs to go tell their lawyers to get a life and let consumers input destinations while on the road. Far more dangerous to be parked on the side of a highway while trying to input a new destination.

    Although I suspect Toyota's attorneys will be busy on "other matters" for the foreseeable future.
  • blown7blown7 Posts: 8
    Thanks for the 411.
    I looked at the Speed Pulse Generator and have decided to go with the Costal Technologies solution.

    As far as the DRLs, I have a buddy that had the DRL on his Tundra turned off.

    His advice was to buy & install a non-DRL flasher from Toyota.

    Non-DRL part # 81980-0C020
    W/DRL part is # 81980-0C010

    So I ordered one online and I'll get back to you on the result once its been installed.
  • blown7blown7 Posts: 8
    Installed flasher #81980-0C020 last night. No more DRLs!

    Installed Costaltech's LockPick2 WF and the phone, NAV and back-up camera are now available in ANY gear and at any speed.
    Pricey mods but IMO well worth the cost and the agg to install.

    If Mercedes Benz and BMW say its OK to dial while driving, who the hell is Toyota to say we cannot. Toyota FORCES you to reach for the cell while driving instead of allowing functionality through the NAV screen.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    Unfortunately it sounds like Toyota is a bit more savvy when it comes to potential American legal liabilities. I can see it now...someone driving their MB or BMW is programming their nav system while driving, hits and kills someone, and the Plaintiff claims that it's the car manufacturer's fault for allowing it (and they will show that the manufacturer could have easily programmed the car not to allow it by using Toyota an example). That's why in Europe you can watch DVD's on your Mercedes nav screen, but that function is locked out here.
  • blown7blown7 Posts: 8
    I know first hand about European driving as I shipped one of my 7 Series there for some Autobahn running a few years back.
    They not only use the phone and work the NAV, they do it @ 150+ mph.

    Toyota's perception of Americans mirrors that of the US TV programming executives...that Americans as a group, are as dumb as rocks.
  • vgermannvgermann Posts: 8
    Blown7, did you install yourself? if so, how difficult was it to take dash apart?
  • blown7blown7 Posts: 8
    The drivers knee panel is set in place using 2 clips at the top and 2 10mm bolts at the bottom.
    You can see the 10mm bolt on the right side easily.
    Access to the 10mm bolt on the left can be gained by removing the plastic door sill which anchors the kick panel near the e-brake pedal.
    The kick panel is held in place with 3 clips.
    Once the door sill is out of the way, you can slide the kick panel back (toward the back of the vehicle) and to the right to remove it and you'll see the turn signal flasher mounted to the chassis with another 10mm stud/nut.
    Actually you'll be removing a nut from the stud,
    removing the old flasher,
    removing the wire harness,
    connecting the wire harness to the new flasher
    and securing it to the stud with the 10mm nut.

    All the rest is reverse order installation.
    Should take 20 minutes tops.
  • bkblakebkblake Posts: 1
    Just purchased an 08 Limited. Didn't come with navigation DVD. Have ordered one and will be here in a few days. However, the stereo, dvd, cd player, etc.. won't work. the message on the Nav Screen says, "Please insert Navigation DVD" Is everything tied to the Nav system? Will it work when I get the DVD, or should it work now? Please help. Thanks....
  • algalalgal Posts: 3
    I recently purchased a 2008 Platinum Sequoia with approximately 27,400 miles on it. The Dunlop tires on it look really rough and I'm looking to replace them with a good quality 20 inch all terrain tire. I need something that will hold up to a 60 mile/ day work commute, occasional (every other month) trip on a gravel road with a horse trailer in tow, and frequent muddy conditions at our hunting club. I need something safe, rugged enough to deal with the conditions listed above, and yet decent for long commutes. Does such a tire exist without having to pay $250 a pop for a Michelin? I plan on putting this Sequoia to the test and need something that can withstand my weekend warrior tendencies. Suggestions are much apprciated.
  • algalalgal Posts: 3
    I forgot to add this question to my previous post....

    Does anyone know the recommended time to change the transmission in a 2008 Sequoia? The manual is very vauge and recommends "checking it" several times if you tow with it, but never states a suggested time to change it otherwise. Obviously, I know this will vary depending upon usage type, but I am still a bit shocked that they didnt have a non-towing recommendation to serve as a reference. Mine has roughly around 30,000 on it now and I'm considering having the transmission fluid flushed because I have no clue about how the previous owners used it (bank repo). They didnt keep good records on it in the logbook either. I found some documentation on the Toyota website that indicates that it was serviced, but no evidence of a transmission fluid change.
  • Does anyone have a link or site where I can get instructions on changing the oil in my 2008 5.7L? I've been told it's simple, but I can't even find where the filter is installed. The Haynes books aren't out for this year, and instructions on the web aren't very detailed. The oil filter is now just the paper filter and not the can version like on my 2002 SR5. Any help would be appreciated.
  • blown7blown7 Posts: 8
    I had the same issue...
    2008 CPO Sequoia with nearly gone rubber when I bought it.
    I went for the Michelins.
    It was steep but IMO, well worth the money. I've driven this vehicle to Florida from Philly and from Philly to Pittsburgh many times. Smooth, quiet and excellent in the wet.
    I say, get the Michelins and be done with it.
  • I just bought a used 2008 Sequoia Platinum and so far so good. I want to put winter tires on it and would prefer to have dedicated rims. I inquired with my dealer and he said 20" steel rims are not available. I've asked if the Tundra has steel rims that would fit (since they share the same platform I'm told) and have not heard back. He did quote $100CDN for 18" steel rims.

    The vehicle also has the tire pressure monitoring system so I am concerned that the rims would need to be compatible with this. I'm afraid to ask what alloy wheels will cost. Any advice would be appreciated.
  • I also own a 2008 Sequoia Platinum with the navigation system. I finally gave up and bought a Garmin portable unit. It is a very poorly designed system. My wife's Honda Odyssey van had a factory GPS and it functioned flawlessly, many more addresses included, more user friendly. I went through the frustration you mention for a while and gave up.
  • woody75woody75 Posts: 3
    I have owned a 2008 Sequoia for 2 years and noticed a paint blister on the tailgait one year ago. Now I have noticed several more developing. Dealer says it's self inflicted. I do normal driving on paved roads and store in garage. Anybody else have this problem?
  • lindaqlindaq Posts: 4
    Woody75: I would like to talk to you about your rust problem. I know they say we shouldn't post our email addresses on here, but I would really like to speak to you at greater length about this. Are you on Facebook by any chance?
  • vgermannvgermann Posts: 8
    does anyone know at how many miles you need to change front struts on 2008 Sequoia, i have 123000 already.
    also on the height adjustment feature, i can barely notice a height adjustment everytime i try it, how much is the car supposed to raise and lower?
  • toydawgtoydawg Posts: 1
    I have been having issues since day 1 on my 98 Platinum and now want to do something about it. Did you figure out what it was? email me at
  • lindaqlindaq Posts: 4
    Woody have you had rust in any other places on your Sequoia?
  • lindaqlindaq Posts: 4
    Do you still have this vehicle? I'm interested to know if you have had any more rust issues with it.
  • lindaqlindaq Posts: 4
    Has anyone had rust problems with their 2008 Sequoia?
  • no just the hatch. they offered me a lowball deal and it wasn't worth it to take to small claims so off to the body shop=no car should rust in one year.
  • no- rust on the hatch is all thus far
  • The dealership finnaly solved my navigation problems. When we originaly bought our Sequoia new we had the dealership install a dvd system and they inadvertantly disconected the navigation system durring the instalation.
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