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#1458 of 2179 Are all Sequoia's having problems??
Mar 28, 2006 (6:26 am)
My wife and I are looking at buying a 2002 Toyota Sequoia with 70000 miles. I have been reading about a lot of people having major problems with Sequoia’s. Are these isolated incidents or are they common. In your opinion with 70000 miles are all the bugs worked out or is trouble yet to come. I just find it hard to believe they are all having these problems as it was rated very well by Edmunds and Consumer Report. Thank you for your time and any feedback, you can also email me at pattersoticon.net
#1459 of 2179 Re: Are all Sequoia's having problems?? [zooms01]
Mar 28, 2006 (7:03 am)
We love the Sequoia. I would buy another in a flash. My recommendation is to check the service records to see what updates have been made. The two big ones seem to be the lower ball joints (about a $1500) job here in Arizona and the Brake update, (again about $1500).
Check out all the basics and good luck.
Mar 28, 2006 (5:19 pm)
That's really good MPG. I have never been above 18MPG on the highway. How are you figuring the MPG? Manually or using the trip computer? And is your Seq 2WD or 4WD. My trip computer (2002 model) is consistently 1.5MPG optimistic.
#1461 of 2179 Re: Are all Sequoia's having problems?? [zooms01]
Mar 28, 2006 (6:42 pm)
I have a 2001 Sequoia with 48,000 miles on it and it has not been in the shop except for routine maintenance. If you read other threads on Edmunds I think that you will find that the Sequoia, as well as other Toyota vehicles, have much lower rates of problems than comparable vehicles in their class.
#1462 of 2179 Sequoia recall
Mar 29, 2006 (7:40 pm)
My Wife and I are looking at a 2003 Sequoia with 61,000 total miles. It was not at the lot when we were supposed to finalize the deal. It was at the dealer having work done due to a recall. I noticed complaints about thumping sounds from owners. The recall work was replacement ball joints. Could this be the problem with the others making bumping or thumping noises? The rear window did not work and was supposed to be repaired. Is this another problem that is unique to the Sequoias?
#1463 of 2179 Re: Sequioa 04 SR5 thump sound driving [jwt]
Mar 29, 2006 (7:49 pm)
Toyota is now recalling some models replacing their ball joints. This could be the sound you are hearing. We are looking at a 03 which has that problem and dealer repairs.
#1464 of 2179 Bumps Thumbs & open windows
Mar 29, 2006 (7:51 pm)
My 2002 2WD Limited that had no bumps or thumps, nevertheless had the lower ball joint factory update at no cost and replacement of a rear window motor again at no cost. We love our Sequoia. Will buy another as soon as the kids have the money to buy this one. I may be driving the 02 for a long time.!!
#1465 of 2179 Re: Tires [tooheeldrive]
Mar 29, 2006 (8:03 pm)
Agreed the computer is about one mpg optimistic. Reads 18.8 on the computer since new. Manual calculation shows about 18 around town and 21 to 22 on highway. I drive fast but have an raw egg under my accelerator foot (figuratively speaking) when it comes to accelerating. I notice when my daughter drives it, the mileage drops by 1 or 2 mpg. Tells you something. Mine is a 2WD. Don't need the 4WD since I was raised driving on mud, gravel, ice and snow when we couldn't spell 4WD. As long as I can disconnect the stupid micro chip control that cuts out engine power at EXACTLY THE WRONG TIME we get along just fine!
#1466 of 2179 Fuel Mileage to tooheeldrive
Mar 29, 2006 (8:25 pm)
Tooheeldrive .......... Regarding gas mileage I should also mention these changes. I run a K&N Intake system, Bosch 4 prong platinum sparkplugs, Castrol 5W30 Synthetic motor oil and my Michelin Hydoedge tires (one size over standard) at 36 PSI. Whether any of this helps gas mileage I'm not certain except for the 36 psi in the tires. The rest makes me feel good. Good driving!
#1467 of 2179 30k Service
Mar 30, 2006 (10:04 am)
I need some advice. My Sequoia has just hit the 30k mark and I was wondering about the 30k service. After looking at the brochure for the recommended service for the Sequoia at 30k, it seems that the only worthwhile things that they are going to do is: oil/filter change, air filter change, and replacing the spark plugs- all for the discount price of around $250.00 I can do the air-filter change by myself since it is relatively simple.
I was wondering what others here recommend getting done at this juncture. I think the oil change and spark plug replacement is important to do. However, by just asking the dealer to do these 2 things by itself would be cheaper than getting the "30k service."
Also, does anyone recommend getting a coolant as well as transmission service done too at 30k miles?
I live in Florida and drive in medium-heavy traffic conditions. Any help would be appreciated.