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#1 of 8984 Front Porch Philosopher
Dec 03, 2000 (3:17 pm)
This topic is a continuation of Topic 3256....
Toyota Sequoia - NEW SUV - II. Please continue
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#2 of 8984 Booming bass in JBL stereo?
Dec 03, 2000 (6:35 pm)
We test drove a Sequoia Limited a couple weeks ago, along with a 2001 Land Cruiser, and noticed that the JBL 6cd stereo in the Sequoia had a booming bass sound from the front speakers, even when the bass was set minus 5. We decided on the Seq 2wd as the best vehicle for us, since we see very little snow but tow a horse trailer frequently. We worked out a good deal with another dealer who had one in stock, and picked it up yesterday. In the meantime, we read the 2001 LC posts (most recently 192-203) about the same type of booming bass sound, apparently traced to an amplifier problem in the 2001 LC. Sure enough, the booming bass goes away in our Seq when the engine is turned off, just as reported in the LC. The booming quality is definitely noticeable in FM stereo, but not very detectable in CD or cassette. Anybody else bothered by this in their Sequoia?
#3 of 8984 Towing with the Sequoia
Dec 03, 2000 (7:15 pm)
We were reading the owner's manual of our new Sequoia 2wd Limited, and were surprised to read
1)Towing not recommended until after 2000 mile break-in period
2)When towing "do not exceed 45mph."
3)sway control device necessary for towing over 2000 pounds
None of these issues were mentioned by our dealer, who knew that we were buying the Sequoia as a tow vehicle for appx. 5000# horse-trailer.
Anybody talked to Toyota about these issues?
#4 of 8984 Tundra towing...
Dec 03, 2000 (7:45 pm)
BTW, the dealer read out of a Tundra manual
1) 500 mile break-in before towing
2) same "do not exceed 45mph"
3) same way control device recommendation
#5 of 8984 Redwoody
Dec 03, 2000 (10:18 pm)
I tow my 2-horse trailer with my 2000 LC, which is rated to tow 6500 (Seq. is 6200 if I'm not mistaken, though 2WD may be rated to pull a little more; in any event, they are comparable).
Regarding your issues, #1 seems odd, but #2 and #3 seem normal:
1) LC owner's manual also says 500 miles for the break-in period, not 2000 miles.
2) I don't believe the 45 mph issue relates to the inability of the vehicle to tow adequately at higher speeds; more of a driving safety recommendation. I suspect the manual for any towing vehicle would have a similar recommendation in order to avoid or limit the manufacturer's liability. The LC manual says that, because swaying increases as speed increases, exceeding 45 mph may cause loss of control. I have towed my 2-horse trailer (with one horse in it) with my LC at 60-65 quite comfortably.
3) Sway bars (aka load leveling bars). You WILL want to get these, as they will make the ride a lot smoother for your horse(s). Any horse trailer dealer in your area ought to have them. I forget how much they cost; on the order of $100-150, if I remember correctly. You'll also want to have trailer brakes installed. Again, any horse trailer dealer ought to be able to do this.
Hope this helps.
#6 of 8984 re #1 Booming Bass
Dec 04, 2000 (4:24 am)
I have also noticed this. In general I am not impressed with the factory sound system and am planning to replace this with aftermarket Alpine IVA c800 with DVD Navigation module. Will let you know how this turns out in 2 - 3 weeks.
Dec 04, 2000 (3:05 pm)
What was this about being ripped off for a 39 month lease? Is there any truth to that? Still waiting to see if I got a good deal for my sr5- convenience package and preferred package for 629.00 month- including taxes and gap insurance. The only money down was fees- opinions appreciated
#8 of 8984 jam1000: Speed for towing
Dec 04, 2000 (4:38 pm)
I would tend to agree with you about the speed at which the manufactures tell you that one should tow. I own a SUV different from the Seq and in the safety information states that when towing, it is safest to not exceed 45mph.
I have been taught that the faster you tow in any vehicle, the faster things happen...
Dec 04, 2000 (4:42 pm)
Have to agree with you here. This site is becoming dominated by sales reports, finance options, etc that are important but should not be covered in such volume on this site.
#10 of 8984 For Prospective Buyers
Dec 04, 2000 (4:48 pm)
Read the recent Motor Trend article on the Seq before buying. It will confirm much of what has been said on this site on both sides of the issues reguarding 4wd ability, initial perception of quality, comparison to similar SUV's, weaknesses and strengths.
Overall it confirmed everything I have been saying about the Sequoia and should help a prospective buying go down his checklist of things he needs his SUV to do.
There are definite "weaknesses" noted in the article but then no one should believe that the Sequoia is the ultimate SUV anyway. There are some strenghts as well, especially if you are new to driving a 4wd in adverse conditions.