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Toyota Sequoia, SUV
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#1968 of 2179 Re: 2003 Toyota Sequoia ABS VSC Problems [tlea]
Feb 13, 2010 (12:58 pm)
I experienced this problem twice. The first occurrence at 20K and the second at approximately 40K. Both times repaired by the factory warranty at 20K and then the extended warranty at 40K but not before many visits, aggravation and inconvenience.
I will call the above number and report my experience.
My 03 has had many electrical/electronic problems as well-rear wiper and washer functions not working, blown front speakers and now, failure of the fan motor to blow the A/C and Heater not to mention a cracked driver side door handle and broken handle on the rear hatch assembly that cost $350 to repair and the vehicle has only 53K miles.
I am disappointed in this vehicle and will never buy another Toyota.
#1969 of 2179 Re: 2003 Toyota Sequoia ABS VSC Problems [tlea]
Feb 14, 2010 (2:39 pm)
I also had this problem with our 2001 Sequoia. It happened once, brought it to a dealer they said it was the YAW rate sensor and that it was fixed. Well, it was not. The lights came on and the car pulled, shook, and control was lost. We were on an interstate at 70 mph. It was pure luck that we were in the right lane did not crash as trailer trucks flew by us. I took the car to the dealer where we bought it (it happened again!) and told them I did not want it anymore and never got in it again. This was Fall of 2006. I wrote to Toyota, reported it to the NHTSA. Nothing was done. Toyota denied this was a problem. In light of recent events, I will call the number you provided to file another complaint. You are right, someone will be killed by this defect.
#1970 of 2179 Re: VSC light on problem [husky92]
Feb 15, 2010 (2:29 pm)
I have the same problem with my Seqouia SR5 2003. The dealer told me it will cost me about $1600 to replace the computer module. It seems this is really a problem with this model. There was a Transportation Safety Board ruling about this problem. TSB # 00706 VSC related zero point calibration and sensor check. (NHTSA ID # 10022759, april 5, 2006). TSB # 00303 - VSC Ligt on condition with diagnostic trouble code C1231 in the skid control computer memory. A MODIFICATION TO THE SKED CONTROL COMPUTER LOGIC HAS BEEN MADE TO PREVENT THIS CONDITION. "TT (NHTSA ID # 10005246, NOVEMBER 14, 2003). How they made the modification if I bought the vehicle after the modification?
#1971 of 2179 Re: VSC/TRAC Lights by sequoia01 [raydent99]
Feb 18, 2010 (8:23 pm)
I have the same problem with my Toyota Seqouia SR5 VSC Track Off Lights and ABS lights. I filed a complaint with the NHTSB. I think you have to do so also. National Highway Transportation Safety Board.
#1972 of 2179 Re: vsc track and off lights on [lis123]
Feb 18, 2010 (8:28 pm)
I have the same problem and reported it to NHTSB for the record. Many have same problem with Seqouia 2003. You can do so also so that action will be taken.
#1973 of 2179 Re: Front Differential and VSC Lights [jbb4]
Feb 18, 2010 (8:33 pm)
I have the same problem the VSC Track lights. Yes, so many have complaints about it. Can you elaborate about redirecting and insulating what part is it? thank you very much.
#1974 of 2179 Re: VSC Resolution [haymakerhokie]
Feb 18, 2010 (8:37 pm)
How much did you pay? Thank you for the information.
#1975 of 2179 Re: 2003 Toyota Sequoia ABS VSC Problems [dgut]
Feb 24, 2010 (12:39 pm)
I have this same problem with my 2002 Sequoia SR5. It started at around 26000 miles and continues today at 59000 miles. From the many posts on many web sites that I've read, it appears the replacement ECMs ($2000-$3500) are no quarantee that the problem will be go away. I believe this is an electrical system failure that Toyota and NHTSA have been ignoring for years due to the high cost of a recall. I have again written to my congressman about this. It may take a "death count" for them to act on this. I will never again spend $42700.00 on a Toyota.
#1976 of 2179 Re: 2003 Toyota Sequoia ABS VSC Problems [seq200246]
Feb 24, 2010 (1:56 pm)
I posted a possible solution to this issue about 3 years ago. My wife has a 2003 Sequoia also. We suffered the same symptoms when her VSC light came on at around 36K miles. It did not turn out to be a computer problem. For our Sequoia, what I did was to clean off the sensors (they are magnetic) on all four wheels. The rear wheel sensors in particular. The magnetic nature of the sensors attract metallic shavings from the disc brake wear. I believe the sensitivity of the sensors are affected due to metallic shavings buildup so even if you replace the computer, the root cause of the problem still exists. It's been 3 years since I cleaned the sensors and the VSC issue has not reoccurred. Now the cleaning of the sensors is a matter of maintenance schedule.
#1977 of 2179 Re: 2003 Toyota Sequoia ABS VSC Problems [redphaedrus]
Mar 11, 2010 (8:51 am)
Man I wish that I had read your post. I had Toyota of Dallas replace that computer to fix the VSC light twice. I knew that it was something simple.
The issue that I have had with my Sequoia is that I actually take it off road. It performs nicely but every time I take it in they look at me like, "You can't take this thing to the ranch. You are suppose to be using this vehicle to carpool to soccer." This attitude is pretty surprising coming from a manufacturer that has been notorious for building durable vehicles. It is really a shame and I wasted a lot of money on technicians who have less knowledge of their vehicles than the drivers like you.
I have also had the rear door handle break 5 times. And I can tell you that $350 is a cheap price to fix this. I am very disappointed with the rear handle situation. I finally created a workaround where I removed the inside door panel and fished the release cable out so that I can roll down the window and reach in and pull the cable to open the back hatch door. It's pretty embarrassing really and there is no check that you can write to fix this properly. It simply does not hold up very well.