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Toyota Sequoia, SUV
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#2048 of 2169 Re: Frame Rot - calling all Sequoia owners! [shoofly]
Sep 08, 2011 (6:25 am)
We've owned our 2002 Toyota Sequoia for almost 10 years and just learned from my mechanic that it may not pass the state safety inspection this December 2011 due to FRAME ROT and holes in the frame. I could not believe what I was seeing when my mechanic put it up on the lift and showed me the massive frame rot. The body of this vehicle is still in spotless condition and has been well maintained. I purchased this Toyota SUV to pull both boat and snowmobile trailers and my mechanic told me, "DO NOT toe anything with this vehicle until the frame is repaired and/or replaced". I have a family of 5 and am very concerned about their safety in this vehicle, and this is our only family vehicle.
I just contacted my Toyota dealer to file a report. They informed me that someone from Toyota would be in touch with me.
The Toyota Sequoia is built on the same frame as the Toyota Tundra that is currently being recalled. Therefore, Toyota needs to add the Sequoia to the same frame recall as the Toyota Tundra.
I'm sure there are many Toyota Sequoia owners out there that are not even aware that their driving an SUV that has a rotting frame and is very unsafe. All Sequoia owners need to have an "independent mechanic" check the undercarriage of their Sequoia for "frame rot", as soon as possible. This is a major safety issue that Toyota needs to address immediately.
#2049 of 2169 Re: Frame Rot - calling all Sequoia owners! [cabin04]
Sep 08, 2011 (10:55 pm)
thanks for posting, me too had a 2001 toyota sequoia first own. this is the first model of sequoia and i purchased it in 2001 of june. since then and up to now i always had the toyota dealer service it for me.
#2050 of 2169 Frame Rot
Sep 09, 2011 (5:25 pm)
I'm not sure from the vocabulary of the previous post where "wilner" is from, but I am curious as to the location of owners with frame rot. My 2001 with 235k on it has only minor surface rust on the frame. I have crawled under it and checked it thoroughly after reading these posts. I am in CT which has just recently started the use of just salt instead of the sand/salt mix. I still love my truck!!
#2051 of 2169 Re: Frame Rot [kineo]
Sep 10, 2011 (4:00 pm)
I live in New Hampshire where they us a great deal of salt on the roads in the winter, but I am always running my Sequoia through the car wash in the winter to get the salt off the under carriage.
#2052 of 2169 Re: Frame Rot - calling all Sequoia owners! [cabin04]
Sep 20, 2011 (1:49 pm)
I am starting my process as well. Same thing AND the rear diff is rusted to the point where is is leaking right through the otherwise solid differential!
How do we keep in touch?
#2053 of 2169 Toyota Sequoia Frame Rot
Sep 20, 2011 (5:42 pm)
We need to keep after Toyota to address this frame rot major problem. I've sent an email to ABC News, Brian Ross, to possibly address and run another Toyota recall segment. We also need to keep adding Sequoia owners that have the same frame rot problem. All may not have this problem, but many do, and Toyota needs to address it and resolve this major problem.
We didn't pay $43K+ plus to have our SUVs declared junk within 10 years!
#2054 of 2169 Frame Rot Rear Differential Rot and Transmission Replacement
Sep 21, 2011 (7:14 am)
I have posted my 2 issues (Frame Rot and Rear Differential Rot) with www.nhtsa.gov (Suggest everyone does the same) and discovered that others have these problems. I also discovered that there have been more than a few transmission replacements-which I had done 6 months ago and was not told that there was any problem with my differential!!!! HOLY YOU KNOW WHAT!
Toyota has told me they will not do anything with the frame but asked me to bring the vehicle back to Toyota to get and estimate to repair the Differential. Stay tuned!
#2055 of 2169 Re: Frame Rot Rear Differential Rot and Transmission Replacement [jamesrjohnson]
Sep 24, 2011 (4:10 pm)
Just found out this evening that my '01 Sequoia that I truly have loved and am now looking to sell also has the infamous frame rot that many of you are speaking of. Interesting how Toyota has not recalled these as they are the same as Tundra/Tacoma frame. Will also email nhtsa and see what can be done. What a drag to hear that my truck is now really unsellable.
#2056 of 2169 Re: Frame Rot Rear Differential Rot and Transmission Replacement [jamesrjohnson]
Sep 25, 2011 (3:14 pm)
I have the same exact problem with my 2001 Sequoia, (rear differential rusted and leaking and rusted frame)... I called the 800 Customer relations Toyota number and was told there is nothing they would do as itís an old truck out of warranty... even though it has been maintained by the dealer and undercoated at the dealer when purchased new. I am now working with the dealer for a solution and the factory field rep. I was wondering if you had any success getting them (dealer or factory) to pay for the repairs. Of course they say they have no record of similar problems!
#2057 of 2169 Frame Rot - Toyota Sequoia
Sep 25, 2011 (5:33 pm)
I believe the Toyota dealers hands are tied. You should file a claim directly with Toyota and also file a formal complaint with the NHTSA to be added into their database. Hopefully the NHTSA will receive enough complaints about the "FRAME ROT" of Toyota Sequoia's and force Toyota to issue a "RECALL" of Sequoia frames that rot prematurely.
I'm calling Channel 5 TV in Boston Monday morning. I understand they ran a segment a while back regarding "Frame Rot" of Toyotas. It may take the media to apply some pressure on Toyota.