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Toyota Sequoia, SUV
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#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.
#2066 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot - calling all Sequoia owners! [riviera_rob]
Oct 12, 2011 (4:28 am)
A problem with spreading the word and getting more owners involved about this serious problem, is that everyone I know that has owned a 1st generation Toyota Sequoia have already traded it. And I wouldn't doubt the dealer didn't wholesale these Sequoias to South America, or even junked them. And you see very few Sequoias on the road today, not like you did a few years ago.
Yes, we need to become the squeaky wheel!
Toyota needs to make it right and not continue to blame salty roads!
Let's keep the communications moving and hope that Toyota does something soon!
#2067 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot - calling all Sequoia owners! [riviera_rob]
Oct 12, 2011 (7:02 am)
When filing a complaint online with the NHTSA, they ask you to select the component of complaint from a list of car components, but they do not list "Frame". And you need to select at least one. Therefore, some consumers may select "Unknown"; "Body"; "Drive Train"; etc., but this does not put us all in the same category as "premature frame rust/rot".
I just learned that my NHTSA complaint, filed 3 months ago, IS NOT being investigated and not currently scheduled to be investigated. I'm not sure what it will take to get them to investigate this serious safety issue. Any thoughts will be appreciated. Thanks.
#2069 of 2179 Sudden Decline Fuel Mileage
Oct 15, 2011 (2:12 am)
I have an '04 Limited with 110k miles. After recently installing new rear brakes (again) and turning front rotors (again) my fuel mileage has really fallen off, particularly during accelerations, at and and all speeds. I verified brake installation is good. Fuel filter was replaced 15k miles ago (15 months) new air filter, tire pressure is good. What could account for this
#2070 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot - calling all Sequoia owners! [cabin04]
Nov 06, 2011 (11:30 am)
I am all for starting a petition for this. Should we start a Facebook page and have everyone sign a petition there?
#2071 of 2179 Re: Frame Rot - calling all Sequoia owners! [carlover55]
Nov 07, 2011 (5:04 am)
Yes, a petition may help and a Facebook page would be a good mediam.
#2072 of 2179 Re: Intermittent power loss with VSC Trac and check engine lights [deancarlson]
Nov 11, 2011 (6:39 am)
Try the following quick fixes. Check air filter and make sure no vacuum lines are loose. Tap sensor box on top of air filter. Check gas cap and make sure it clicks several times. Remove battery post from the negative post only - about 10 minutes. Allows computer system to clear. Replace terminal connection and start the engine.