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#1821 of 2179 Re: About to buy 2003 Limited with VSC Trac light on [navyguy1990]
Jan 19, 2008 (11:27 am)
All you have to do is type "VSC" in the search for messages space to notice that this is common problem with the first generation Sequoia.
In my situation, the VSC TRAC, TRAC Off, and parking brake lights have turned on intermittantly since I purchased my Sequoia brand new in July 03.
When on, it indicates that there's a problem somewhere in the traction control system or the skid control system. So neither system should work when both lights turn on.
Toyota's solution has been to replace the system, but at a substantial cost to the owner. I believe some owners here have complained that this solution is only temporary. Eventually, the lights will turn on again.
One person here suggested that the system requires "rebooting," like you do to a computer that's frozen or acting abnormally. This requires you to disconnect the battery. In so doing, the "bad" memory is erased. This solution has worked for me!
But even though the system is now working without problems (parking brake light remains an issue), there's always the possibility that the system could fail again. I only hope the lights don't turn on when I'm driving on a highway, as some here have reported. Fortunately for me, the lights turn on time and again at 5 mph.
How long has the vehicle overseas? It was the subject of a recall in 2006-2007, due to defective ball joints, which Toyota replaced free of charge. You should look into it.
#1822 of 2179 Re: About to buy 2003 Limited with VSC Trac light on [arslan]
Jan 19, 2008 (8:44 pm)
Thank you for taking the time to answer my question in a such thorough manner. I've checked the NHTSA website for recalls, and the seller indicated that he had the ball joint recall done. He had this car in South Korea for one year and this VSC Trac problem came to "light" shortly after his arrival here. I've actually recommended to him that he should try the "reboot" method. If I had the expensive Toyota dealer even as an option, I think I would go ahead with the purchase, but I'm not so sure anymore. I can get genuine Toyota parts online and have them shipped here, but finding a Korean mechanic who can work on Toyota is a pure gamble.
I may opt to wait, since our 2004 Sienna seems to be holding up well after being here for a year.
Thank you again for your response.
US Naval Officer in South Korea
#1823 of 2179 2002 Sequoia LTD - catalytic converter replacement?
Jan 22, 2008 (10:21 am)
I have a 2002 Sequoia Ltd. It has 107k miles on it. We've had lots of annoying problems with the car (rear door handle broke twice, power antenna motor broke twice, cd changer broke, major leak in rear door twice (the carpet soaks up water and does not dry out), etc. The latest is that the catalytic converter may need replacement. I don't know enough about cars and maintenance to know if this is premature. Can anyone offer any advice? Our service tech reset the engine light but it came back on after a week.
Is there anything else that could cause this indicator to appear on the computer? We've been considering getting a minivan (3 small kids) but I've been resisting because I don't want to take on another major car payment (just paid the Sequoia off last year). Is it worth it to spend the $1500 to replace the catalytic converter (is it typical of this age/mileage car), or is this just a sign of more trouble to come? I know I'm looking for generalizations but I just need an idea of what to expect.
#1824 of 2179 Re: 2001 SEQUOIA REAR DOOR HANDLE BROKE [roger69]
Jan 22, 2008 (12:07 pm)
I have a 2005 with the same problem. I called dealer who acted as if he had never heard of the problem. I called two other owners immediately and they had same problem. I took car to dealer and they said I would have to have all new mechanisms for $450. Next, I took the car to a local independent mechanic who adjusted and lubricated it and since then, I have had no problem.
Mine only acted up in cold weather and since adjustment,I have had it in up to 20 degree and still no problem. Good luck!
I have learned, Toyota likes to replace, not repair!!
#1825 of 2179 Re: About to buy 2003 Limited with VSC Trac light on [navyguy1990]
Jan 23, 2008 (11:27 am)
try to push your VSC botton for 3 second
#1826 of 2179 Re: About to buy 2003 Limited with VSC Trac light on [navyguy1990]
Jan 23, 2008 (1:15 pm)
I paid 23K for an 02 back in 2004. No regrets. I've had issues with the same VCS, TRAC, and ABS lights. Whenever the appear......I keep driving. When I stop and restart the car they are gone and stay gone for sometimes weeks or months. Never had any type of issues from it. I've replaced the A/C (wow! $$$$), replaced the rear hatch latch, left door handle, Oxygen sensor....hmmm, I think that's it.
Regardless, it's still one of the best cars I've driven and most importantly my wife likes it.
#1827 of 2179 Re: About to buy 2003 Limited with VSC Trac light on [72heaven]
Jan 24, 2008 (12:45 am)
Thank you for your advice. My wife overruled me and we're buying a 2003 VW Passat. The Sequoia seller told me yesterday that he's getting a new Yaw Rate Sensor. Since there's no Toyota maintenance facility here, he's ordering the part online and having it installed at a Lexus maintenance shop. He told me that he need to get the car aligned or something.
I'm sure the Passat has it's own short-comings, but there are 3 VW maintenance shops in Seoul area.
#1828 of 2179 2001 SR5 with 6,300 miles -- maintenance advice please!
Feb 02, 2008 (7:11 am)
I am the original order of a 2001 SR5 with only 6,300 miles, and the only maintenance it has had is yearly change of oil and filter, and new tires (the originals had dry rot after 5 years). It's always been garaged, and there's no rust.
When I got the new tires, I asked them if they'd replace the transmission fluid, as I thought it was about time. They refused! They said it made no sense with a car with such low miles.
So I emailed a couple of local Toyota service departments, and asked them what service I should get on a 7-yr-old car with such low mileage, and they never responded.
Does anyone know what would be prudent for me to do? New spark plugs? Change transmission oil? Any rubber seals or gaskets that might fail due to rot like the tires rotted?
ANY suggestions would be most appreciated!
#1829 of 2179 Re: 2001 SR5 with 6,300 miles -- maintenance advice please! [jim39t]
Feb 02, 2008 (9:51 am)
First off Jim......WOW.
How did you come across this great find?
Second, if it was me and I came across something like this then I would replace all the fluids, belts, gaskets, tires, and plugs. I can't believe a dealer would refuse to make some extra money off of you. I believe I would try it at another location and tell them it has 106,300 miles instead. It shouldn't matter to them.....and it's none of their business.
My two cents...
2004 Seqouia Limited, 78,000 miles
Feb 02, 2008 (10:06 am)
Jim that's a dandy ...... I WANT TO BUY IT >>>> >......... !!
My 02 Sequoia just hit 100,000 and feels like it will go to 250,000 and I have a buyer.
Enjoy some traveling .........