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Toyota Sequoia, SUV
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#2056 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot Rear Differential Rot and Transmission Replacement [jamesrjohnson]
Sep 25, 2011 (2:14 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 2179 Frame Rot - Toyota Sequoia
Sep 25, 2011 (4:33 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.
#2058 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot [kineo]
Oct 03, 2011 (5:56 pm)
If CT has just recently started using just salt, your Sequoia frame will start showing rot within a couple years... And you will no longer love this vehicle!! From what I understand, the design of the Toyota frame is open on the top side, collecting water, salt, sand, dirt, etc. and no way for it to escape and also no way to really flush it out. Therefore, these frames are rotting from the inside out. I understand Toyota recently changed the frame design to prevent this from happening.
#2059 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot [cabin04]
Oct 04, 2011 (4:06 pm)
Sorry but your mistaken, the frame is not open on the top side. Also CT was using a sand/salt mix and now is using straight salt. If my '01 with 236k on it now starts to rot in a few years. (With my annual mileage in excess of 35k.) It will then have about 340k on it and I will not only LOVE IT!!! But it will be the best Truck I've ever owned.
#2060 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot [kineo]
Oct 04, 2011 (4:49 pm)
I guess you're one of the few lucky Sequoia owners. I beleive Northern NE gets a little more snowfall than CT, and winters are longer. We've also enjoyed our Sequoia for the past 9 years, but are very unhappy that the frame has rotted and is undrivable.
#2061 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot [cabin04]
Oct 06, 2011 (7:05 pm)
I own a 2001 Sequoia and am in NJ. We are looking to purchase a new car, but I loved my Sequoia so much (and hate the new design) that I didn't want to let it go. Now I am worried about holding onto it, after reading your comments! Can someone tell me what symptoms to look for if I'm worried about frame rot? Can I see it just by crawling under the car and looking? I transport kids in my car often and am worried about its safety after seeing this information! Any information is greatly appreciated, and thank you all for posting this!!
#2062 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot [ari_m]
Oct 08, 2011 (3:49 pm)
I continue to research and collect information regarding this problem.
It appears that not all Sequoias are affected. And I'm not exactly sure why this is. It could be a number of factors(i.e. different frame manufacturers; recycled steel used; lack of protective coating, etc. etc.). If you look under your vehicle and see a lot of flaking rust on the frame, look even closer for possible holes through the frame. If you don't see alot of rust and flaking off of rust, you're probably one of the lucky ones, that doesn't have the problem, and may never have the problem. I've spoken with other 2001 & 2002 Sequoia owners within Northern NE, and some have the frame rot problem and some don't. I continue to gather information.
#2063 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot - calling all Sequoia owners! [theweisser]
Oct 10, 2011 (10:50 am)
In January of 2003 I bought my Sequoia new from the dealer. The truck rides nice, has been trouble free with the exception of 2 recalls. I stumbled across this rusty frame issue while googling over the weekend. Took a good look under the truck and Im shocked at what I saw!!
This truck is bearly 9 years old, cost me over $50,000 and has a mere 105,000 miles on it. I live in LI NY, and my Soccer Mom wife drives it.
I took a bunch of pictures, check them out here http://www.autobuff.com/toyota-sequoia
The most disturbing pictures are of the rear axle trailing arms and the rear differential. Forget about servicing the rear end, it looks like the filler bolt will just snap off. It appears as if their welding process is flawed as all welds are corroded, then spread to the rest of the metal.
I sent in a complaint at the NHTSA.gov along with the pictures. Come tomorrow I'm calling Toyota and filing a complaint with them. This is absolutely ridiculous.
I'd like to get more pictures up, so if you have them please get in contact with me. Please make sure to file a complaint NHTSA.gov, this is the ONLY way Toyota will be forced to correct this. Otherwise we're all left with useless junk as vehicles.
#2064 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot - calling all Sequoia owners! [riviera_rob]
Oct 10, 2011 (3:57 pm)
Thank you for writing and the pictures. I still need to take pics. My frame appears to be worse, but my vehicle is one year older. I would agree, it appears the rust starts at the welded frame joint and spreads out.
I've filed a formal complaint to both Toyota and the NHTSA, but still have not hear from either one. I've also sent emails to both local and national news investigative units, hoping they would do a story on this serious Toyota Frame Rot problem. I believe the media could apply some pressure. I've heard that the differential will fail before the frame, but my frame has numerous rust holes and will not pass inspection and can not be repaired, because there's not enough solid material to weld support plates to. Toyota needs to recall and do something with the Sequoias that are affected.
#2065 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot - calling all Sequoia owners! [cabin04]
Oct 11, 2011 (1:26 pm)
The worst part is that the rear axle trailing arms look like they will break at the welds. If a trailing arm broke at highway speeds, this would be catastrophic.
Bottom line, I made a bad choice with the Toyota Sequoia purchase.
Toyota needs to stand behind their product. Our Government needs to stand behind us.
Maybe the only reason Toyota recalled the Tundra was due to the hundreds of thousands that were sold, as opposed to the few tens of thousand Sequoias sold.
As the old saying goes, "The squeaky wheel gets the oil"
Its time to make some noise. My wife and I are informing all our friends, family and co-workers about this.