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#1947 of 2179 Extended Warranty - Too Many exclusions, not a good ROI
Jul 28, 2009 (3:14 pm)
Just venting here. I purchased my 2004 Toyota Sequoia with an extended 7 year 100k platinum warranty. Never needed until recently when 1) the Drive light on the dash board went out, not a huge deal but when the car is in Drive, the instrument panel is blank. Anyway it was not covered because it was considered a light bulb, even though it is not really accessible for the normal driver, so that sucked!!. 2) The check engine light came on the other day , took it down to the dealer to fix the problem, thought to myself, good think I bought that extended warranty since it didn't apply to the drive light at least I get some ROI here. They came back and stated it was a P0441, P0446 EVAP system leak detected and stated, I left the gas cap loose (which I didn't and would be the first time in 5 yeer expressing my displeasure with the service director, he said he'd split the cosars). Plus tank was haft empty... does it take 4 days for a light to turn on? Thank you very much, now bend over and take this.....$131 diagnostic fee, What a rip. I told them about the great platinum plan i bought and how they said it would cover everything, but then he states that they have nothing to do with the extended warranty stuff, Getting upset, I told him I bought the extended warranty from Toyota, the same name embroidered on his shirt and on his paychecks so please do tell me they have nothing to do with the extended warranty (sigh)..Anyways he offered to split the diagnostic fee, so I paid $65.50 which was a little less painful. Wondering if I should bring it back if the check engine light comes back on, just for them to tell me i left the gas cap loose and charge me $131 again. Funny if they had found a problem, there wouldn't have been a charge, but because they didn't they had to charge me. Save your money and don't go with the extended warranty. The 2 times I tried to use it I got denied. My two cents.
#1948 of 2179 Re: Extended Warranty - Too Many exclusions, not a good ROI [nugi]
Jul 29, 2009 (9:09 am)
I empathize with your experience. I also believe that your extended warranty is good at ANY repair shop not just Toyota - so cultivate a relationship with a trustworth place that has good equipment and can work on Toyotas. That said, replacing the PRNDL (park,reverse, neutral....) lite as its called, was quoted to me on my 2001 Seq at 190k miles for $125. I balked, having just had 2 Toyotas in for timing belt replacement - about $1800 for both - so out of the blue the dealer called me the following week for a FREE PRNDL lite replacement - good PR I think. On the Diagnostic charge - I have been charged $65 to tell me my check engine lite was ON because my Brake Fluid was low. I was burned but now having a techician in the family, I understand fancy dealers need to recover techician time regardless of the simplicity of the fix, else have few tech's on staff - which hurts us all. Save for the few Check engine and Oxy sensor issues, my 2001 has been a rock compared to the Yukons and Explorers of the world.
#1949 of 2179 Stellar Sequoia
Aug 29, 2009 (5:16 pm)
I have read most of your posts with intense interest. Even though there are a few bad ones out there I can assure you all that toyota makes a superior truck. I have a 2002 with 130,000 miles. I have changed the timing belt at 110k which I admit is late, changed the oil on time, flushed the brake system, lubed the chassis and besides consumable parts like brake pads and roters, one battery and a set of michelins I have had no problems with my seqoiua. I am a bit disturbed by the clicking noise from the engine but the explanations I received from this forum seem plausible. The noise has not hurt the performance. I recently looked at a new sequoia but the one I have runs just fine so i changed my mind. I guess this is the opposite of venting. I'm happy.
#1950 of 2179 Re: 2002 Sequoia LTD - catalytic converter replacement? [John9393]
Aug 30, 2009 (11:14 am)
I had to change the O2 sensor today on my Sequoia. The one I bought at Auto Zone had different color wires than the old one I took off. I could not make heads or tails of the directions on how to match the colors correctly. I went back Auto Zone and the guy didn't know any more than I did. Can anyone tell me how to wire up the new O2 senor to the plug that plugs into the wiring harness?
#1951 of 2179 Toyota Sequoia -When to change belts
Sep 06, 2009 (7:41 am)
I have a 2003 Limited Toyota Sequoia with 117K miles. I purchased it new. I haven't had the belts changed yet. Is this going to cause me problems? When should the belts have been changed? I've done all other maintenance checks, oil changes,tires recalls etc.
I'm trying to stretch a dollar, but I don't want to delay this too long and damage the engine.
#1952 of 2179 Re: VSC, TRAC Check light [mus1]
Sep 19, 2009 (6:40 am)
I am having the same problem. have you found an ans to this problem yet? Please let me know what you found out.
#1953 of 2179 Re: VSC and TRAC off light came on [ggesq]
Sep 19, 2009 (9:41 am)
When these light can on did you also loose power; no acceleration? please advise.
#1954 of 2179 Re: Toyota Sequoia -When to change belts [glo6]
Sep 22, 2009 (6:32 am)
You didn't specify which belts you were refering to because this V8 also has a timing belt. There was a noise problem with the alternator and fan belts during cold weather. The newer belts have been manufactured to compensate for the colder temperatures and are very quiet. If they have no visible cracks or frayed edges, they are good for about 36K or three years. The trick is to change them out before they fail and leave you stranded. Serpentine belts are good for about 5 years because they are thinner, run cooler and are more flexible. The timing belt should be changed at 90K. Again, change it before it fails. I changed mine at 117K but I could have just been lucky.
#1955 of 2179 Cost reasonable for replacing timing and drive belt?
Oct 13, 2009 (11:21 am)
The dealership I have my Toyota serviced at told me I need to have the timing and drive belt replaced (agree it is recommended) and the quote is $699.95. Is this a reasonable amount? I only ask because it seems since they have moved to their new high cost building their "recommendations" seem to come more frequently and are costing me more every time I bring the car in for an oil change. It is a 2003 with around 95,000 miles, and I do agree that it is needed just want to be sure I am not being ripped off. Is it better to have this done at the dealership? I do have an independent mechanic that works on my son's car that I trust and I will get a quote from him unless you think this is a reasonable amount, then I won't bother. But it does need to be done ASAP for a trip this weekend. Thanks!
#1956 of 2179 Re: Cost reasonable for replacing timing and drive belt? [reau]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 13, 2009 (1:26 pm)
Someone over in the Sequoia Consumer Reviews paid $700 last June. Someone else paid $1,500! (same month).
Not cheap either way.