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#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.
#1978 of 2179 Re: 2003 Toyota Sequoia ABS VSC Problems [ppr6]
Mar 11, 2010 (9:15 am)
I had a similar problem with the passenger-side door opener. We ordered the part through Firestone service center and I replaced it myself. I cost me about $27 for the part. My suggestion would be to find the part on-line and replace it yourself. it's pretty easy. All of the cosmetic interior panels are fastened with snap-in plastic rivets so gently pry them off to get to the cable which you already seem to know how to do.
#1980 of 2179 2003 Sequoia Recall
Apr 28, 2010 (4:51 pm)
Well I think the latest recall can end this thread and answer alot of questions on some issues with the SUV.
However, Here's the other 64 dollar question, while bias Consumer Reports Magazine was touting on how much greater the Sequoia was over the inferior US brands on how better there traction was in sand and snow, better quality build, quieter riding etc. how come they didn't find this problem during there so called elite testing methods, why because they were taking a few laps around the test track and just gave them the usual automatic passing grade. I guess big pay offs at the time from Toyota clouded there judgement some what.
#1981 of 2179 Re: 2003 Toyota Sequoia ABS VSC Problems [redphaedrus]
Apr 28, 2010 (6:46 pm)
I am interested in your possible solution regarding the VSC unit. All my sensor lights are on and I was told to clean the sensors and now I hear it from you. my problem is I don't know where the sensors are located, I can only assume behind each wheel, and how do I gain access to the sensors. also, How does one clean them once access has been obtained. I am not mechanically inclined but willing to try it if it save me $$$. I would appreciate a layman's reply from you, at your earliest convenience.
Thank you in advance for you time and knowledge
#1982 of 2179 Re: 2003 Sequoia Recall [packer3]
Apr 28, 2010 (8:14 pm)
I guess big pay offs at the time from Toyota clouded there judgement some what.
That would have to be a seriously large payoff because they'd be out of business the very next day if evidence of a payoff came to light.
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#1983 of 2179 Re: 2003 Sequoia Recall [tidester]
Apr 29, 2010 (3:09 pm)
All in good time people get caught, look at Madof he partied for years until he got caught, Consumer Reports will fall it's just a matter of time.
#1984 of 2179 Re: 2003 Sequoia Recall [packer3]
Apr 29, 2010 (3:34 pm)
Consumer Reports will fall it's just a matter of time.
Perhaps you could speed up their demise by showing us some evidence of payoffs and collusion?
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