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Toyota Sequoia, SUV
#1709 of 1843 Sequoia vs. GL
Dec 05, 2009 (2:26 am)
A lot of folks are posting here about buying a GL vs. a Sequoia. I had a 2008 GL550 and just sold it. I couldn't be happier. Horribly designed car. Very poor quality tires and will hydroplane at the slightest drizzle on the road. I couldn't go faster than 70 on a highway when it would rain. Access to 3rd row is horrible. I have two kids. With the two car seat in the second row, the seat will not fold down for access to the third row rendering it useless. With a infant seat and a toddler seat, there was no room in between them for anyone to sit comfortably. GPS is horrible. Searching for a restaurant by name is like pulling teeth with pliers. No touch screen and rather the button and arrows to use. IPOD integration is even worse. You cannot select which song to play. The IPOD control is in the steering wheel only and all you can do is play next. The system will pick out the song on its own randomly. The DVD player in the back used to make me scream. Its located under the rear passenger seat. If you have to change a DVD, you will have to pull over, go around the car, get under the seat and change. The controls are via a remote and accessible by rear seat passengers only so the front seat people cannot change the song or movie. No wireless headphones. No bluetooth kit. For a $80k car, MB still wants you to pay $400 for a bluetooth adapter. I regretted buying that car and couldn't be happier kicking if off my driveway. Waiting for toyota to improve the incentive on sequoia so I can go get that. Save your money folks. Do not buy a MB just because it is a MB.
#1710 of 1843 Platinum and 179 Deduction
Dec 14, 2009 (5:26 am)
Wasn't sure if anyone knew for sure, but is it only the platinum that qualifies for the 179 deduction since it has a curb weight of 6045.
After plugging some numbers into a calculator, I came up with a savings of around $19,000, assuming I use it all in year 1. This is based on a purchase price of $55,000 (taking the 500 deduction for putting in company name) for a loaded platinum - if so, what a great loophole!!
#1711 of 1843 Re: Platinum and 179 Deduction [2wheels3]
Dec 14, 2009 (6:28 am)
The gross vehicle weight (GVWR) is what has to be over 6000 lbs. All of the Sequoia trims are over that limit. The max Section 179 expense is $25,000 and there is also the 50% bonus depreciation in the first year.
#1712 of 1843 Re: Platinum and 179 Deduction [2wheels3]
Dec 15, 2009 (10:30 pm)
May I ask how you calculated 19000 savings? Is it based on 100% depreciation and 30ish % tax bracket? Thanks.
#1713 of 1843 Re: Toyota Sequoia Incentives [aujim]
Dec 16, 2009 (7:07 am)
So - does SE have incentives for December 09 for Sequoia Ltd? I was offerred only 3.9% last week...excellent credit score -
#1714 of 1843 Re: Toyota Sequoia Incentives [jose263]
Dec 16, 2009 (1:14 pm)
Yes, they still have 0% for 36 mos. and 1.9% for 48 or 60 mos.
#1715 of 1843 Sequoia Incentives
Dec 16, 2009 (2:17 pm)
The incentives offered on the Sequoia are a disappointment when compared to other companies like Nissan or GM. I was expecting Toyota to be competive but so far they have not been serious. Toyota should offer some cash incentives on this model if they want to move the inventory.
#1716 of 1843 Re: Reflections after a month wait. 
Dec 16, 2009 (5:12 pm)
I traded a '01 Expedition for a new one....put 113,000 miles on the '01, other than tires,brakes, fluids and filters no problems
Wonder what those '00-'03 Tundra owners whose spare tires are falling out because of frame rust have to say about Toyota quality
#1717 of 1843 Re: Reflections after a month wait. [bobd80016]
Dec 17, 2009 (8:10 am)
I have owned two fords bought brand new and they were a lot of problems.
The E150 conversion van was a constant source of problems from the ac leaking freon to the windows jamming, ac fan switch burning out several times .The alternator also caught on fire while I was driving to work.
The Grand Marquis torque convertor failed at 60,000 miles along with the jamming windows. I have two relatives who also bought the car new all different model years and they had the exact same problems. I still get notices from ford warning me of electrical problems that can cause the vehicle to catch on fire. My relatives now buy Toyota or Honda and would never consider ford
One of my neighbors ford F150 burned to the ground while it was parked in front of his house. One of my co-wokers was able to experience the same joy of watching her mustang burn up in front of her house.
My employment also gave me the opportunity to see a town car that caught on fire while parked in the owners garage causing extensive damage to his house.
Wonder what all those owners of ford products think about when thier cars, trucks and vans catch on fire.I donot think fords motto of quality is job one comes to thier mind.