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#8759 of 8984 Is 50k miles on 03 Sequoia SR5 4wd too high to buy?
Dec 29, 2005 (8:20 am)
I just discovered this forum 3 hours ago and have greatly appreciated all the info. I just signed up. We are wanting to buy our first Toyota SUV (I had a toyota truck in the late 80s and loved it). An 03 Sequoia SR5 has come up at Toyota Dealership near us. It is Certified and was owned by the General Manager's wife.
03 SR5, 4WD,50,000 miles,Certified,Leather,DVD,premium Stereo,Tow Pak,Moon Roof,
We drove it last night. My wife likes it, I like it, but a couple of questions
1)Any Pros & Cons w/4WD vs 2WD other than the obvious ability to access rougher terrain?
2)Being Certified, is 50k miles for a 2003 reasonable? This kind of mileage on a 4WD, should I be worried?
After reading postings for the last 3 hours, I plan to test drive again today and look closer at interior, but would you buy this car?
Another Dealer, 200 miles away is offering an 05 Sequoia SR5, 2WD, 26k miles, cloth,Tow pak.
Is it worth the drive for a newer,2WD, less leather & DVD?
Appreciate any advice
#8760 of 8984 Re: Is 50k miles on 03 Sequoia SR5 4wd too high to buy? [fulofunk]
Dec 29, 2005 (9:36 am)
It sounds like there are lots of features on that SUV that would be nice to have. The 2WD vs 4WD isn't really a question for me. I choose 4WD for all our vehicles because we live in the snow belt and it is an important safety feature for our family when the weather gets rough. How important this is to you depends on your climate and whether you offroad or not. If your answers to these two items are warm, and no, then I'd say you are safe with the 2WD. The tradeoff with the 2WD is features (DVD, premium sound, etc), leather (this would tilt the scales for me - leather + kids = easy clean up). On the up side you get a newer model year, lower mileage vehicle, + you save some bucks (although for me $500 would NOT be a deal breaker).
My advice would be to go for the 03. If I were you, that is what I'd do.
Things to watch for:
- VSC/TRAC problems cropping up intermittently. These kinds of problems are difficult to troubleshoot and expensive to repair.
- Door handles. Check these for their condition. There have been a couple of reports of problems with these.
- Vibrations in the drive line at low speeds and highway speeds. Take it for a comprehensive test drive WITHOUT the stereo on and pay close attention to the ride.
- Surging. There have been some reports of high idle speeds in the Sequoia that seem to last longer than they are supposed to. The vehicle is suopposed to idle higher until warm-up, but people have reported this lasts longer in some vehicles than it should.
That is about all that comes to mind. Hope this helps.
#8761 of 8984 Re: Is 50k miles on 03 Sequoia SR5 4wd too high to buy? [fulofunk]
Dec 29, 2005 (5:50 pm)
Don't know if this info will help or not, but I will post it anyway. You might want to check around your local dealers and see if they (1) have any left over 05's and (2) see what they are willing to let it go for.
Example, on ebay, item #4600212706, they have a brand new 05 4wd SR5 without leather selling for $30,782. That's pretty cheap IMO of course for a great SUV that has an MSRP of almost 38k. This truck is listed in NY and obviously the deals differ in different regions of the US, but I think it might be worth a shot.
In regards to your specific question, if 4WD and the other goodies in the 03 are not important to you then I would go with the 05. Less money, less mileage and obviously newer.
BTW, I paid 32,500 (plus fees in August of 04)) for a my Sequoia SR5 2004 (brand new), 2wd, with leather, 10 speaker JBL system, Alloy wheel package #2 & tow package (in Florida). Dealer took about 6k off my 38k MSRP Sequoia because the 05's were hitting the lot and they needed to move their 04's.
Hope this helps and good luck!
#8762 of 8984 Re: Is 50k miles on 03 Sequoia SR5 4wd too high to buy? [fulofunk]
Dec 29, 2005 (11:06 pm)
Same as others. Depends if you want/need 4WD. I prefer cloth anyway and had to order mine as all around here were leather. The '05 has the 5 speed tranny and VVT-i motor which is smoother with more hp. With the '05 you can pick up the 7yr/100k warranty for about $900 since it's still in factory warranty coverage. I live in NY and go skiing, beach, slippery boat ramps, and some light off road and would never buy a 2WD SUV. I'd say mileage is kinda high for both but especially the '05, my '03 only has 27k.
#8763 of 8984 Re: Is 50k miles on 03 Sequoia SR5 4wd too high to buy? [tourguide]
Dec 30, 2005 (6:14 am)
This is a big help tourguide. We are test driving today Thanks for your input
#8764 of 8984 Re: Is 50k miles on 03 Sequoia SR5 4wd too high to buy? [sequoiasoon]
Dec 30, 2005 (6:17 am)
The 05 does have more appeal for me. We are going to see one today with 14K miles. It's Dec 30 so things should be in our favor
#8765 of 8984 Tahoe vs Sequoia
Jan 01, 2006 (4:40 pm)
Any tahoe owners that bought a Seqouia -feedback?
We currently own a tahoe and are considering trading it in for a 2005 or 2006 Sequoia.
Pros/Cons of Tahoe vs Seqouia?
#8766 of 8984 Sequoia Conversion
Jan 03, 2006 (1:37 pm)
Has anyone converted a 4WD Sequoia to run on LPG, if so where did you put the tank(s) for the LPG? I am planning on importing a 2006 Limited model to the UK but with the price of Gas here will need to convert it to LPG. Landcruisers no problem but Sequoia not a model availible here so need the info in advance before payimng the money
#8767 of 8984 Re: Tahoe vs Sequoia [jbeantown]
Jan 05, 2006 (5:01 am)
I owned a 2000 Tahoe (new body style) prior to buying my 04' Sequoia. I loved the Tahoe when it first came out. Let me give you some of the noticeable differences that I observed personally:
Tahoe had over the Sequoia:
more fuel efficient
I owned the Tahoe up to about 65k miles. It really started to drive bad i.e. just didn't feel like it did when it was new. Small things were going wrong with it and the one major problem with it was that it stalled at least once a day when I started it up and was making a turn and drove with the AC on I didn't want to own the truck anymore because I could feel the problems starting to happen and don't get me wrong I was meticulous about maintenance.
I have had absolutely no issues (except less power and it sucks gas) with my 04 Sequoia. It has about 27k miles on it. The Sequoia also seems to be bigger IMO of course than the Tahoe. Oh, and of course the known reliability of Toyota helps as well. I don't regret my decision of purchasing the Toyo over buying a new Tahoe.
Question is at this point- Do I love my Sequoia enough not to buy the up coming redesigned Tahoe next year Chances are I will keep my Sequoia because it is a great SUV but that new 2007 Tahoe looks great (IMO)!
I haven't heard of any re-designs or seen any spy shots of the next generation Sequoia though.
Hope this helps.
#8768 of 8984 Re: Is 50k miles on 03 Sequoia SR5 4wd too high to buy? [tourguide]
Jan 05, 2006 (9:57 am)
Re: VSC/TRAC - I have an '01 4WD SR5 Sequoia and have recently been noticing intermittent issues with the VSC and Traction Control lights appearing on the dash. They come on sporadically and always go off when I restart the vehicle, but usually reappear from time to time. Its way out of warranty and I am not especially inclined to let the dealer troubleshoot for $$$. Anyone had similar issues with VSC/TRAC and related advice?