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#1795 of 1954 Re: Issues with GPS [alman62]
Jul 18, 2008 (11:38 am)
"I have a 2008 Limited Sequoia, and from the time I bought it the GPS has not worked correctly. For example, I sit in my home town and do search for Walmart, Lowes etc..and it gives me locations hundreds of miles away. Has anyone else had this issue. Also, in directing me to destinations, the GPS wants to take me off on side roads instead of keeping me on the most direct Interstates. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. "
Yes, I've had the same issue. Its actually rather simple...at least with the examples you've give. In the Toyota GPS database some Walmart locations are spelled as a single word (Walmart) and other locations are spelled with a hyphen (Wal-mart). Some Lowes are spelled with the s some are not. Try it both ways and you're likely to find the one in your neighborhood.
#1796 of 1954 Re: Special Order Problem [hdfatboy]
Jul 19, 2008 (8:32 pm)
Nice looking Sequoia! Black/Red Rock is my favorite color combo. I work at the Toyota Vehicle Distribution Center in Indiana. I drive Sequoia's everyday, and intall accessories on them also. I am glad you enjoy your vehicle. It makes my job worth while
#1797 of 1954 Re: Special Order Problem [rivhern]
Jul 19, 2008 (9:03 pm)
Are you at the port? or the factory itself? How's the slowdown on production affecting you? I hope you are doing well. Keep up the good work on the Sequoia. You build them and I sell them.
#1798 of 1954 Toyota Accessory----front and rear sonar
Jul 20, 2008 (6:14 pm)
I bought a SR5 Sequoia without factory/port installed sonar in NJ.
I asked the salesperson to add the sonar system as DIO option, but he told me that the sonar system can only be installed in factory or port, not in dealership. I went to another Toyota dealership this weekend.... I was told only back sonar can be installed in his dealership and it costs $500....I am not sure if it is Toyota brand or aftermarket.... what's impact to the warranty if the sonar system is aftermarket..??
Any information is appreciated.
#1799 of 1954 Re: Toyota Accessory----front and rear sonar [lou88]
Jul 20, 2008 (7:40 pm)
You will usually find the warranty information included with your aftermarket owner's manual. Most cases the installing dealer will warrant the product for whatever period that is offered. Seems a lot of dealers prefer aftermarket as there is more profit in it for them.
#1800 of 1954 Sony Playstation on DVD Player?
Jul 24, 2008 (7:27 am)
My kids were trying to play their PS2 on the DVD player in my 08 Sequoia. It seemed that everything was plugged in correctly, but they couldn't get it to play. Does anyone know if it's possible to use a gaming system w/ the factory installed DVD?
#1801 of 1954 First Three Month's of Ownership
Aug 16, 2008 (5:58 pm)
Have owned the Platinum going on 3 month’s and have not been disappointed. My wife appreciates the ride and comfort of this truck vs. her RX-330 or my former 4-Runner that this truck replaced. 2958 miles of everyday driving, occasional trips to the Jersey shore and for the past two weeks, vacationing in the mountains of New Hampshire.
Trip from Southern New Jersey to New Hampshire: Our overall average fuel mileage to and from New Hampshire was 16.8 mpg driving 1392 miles on this trip. This includes two rides up Mt Washington, bumper to bumper traffic jams in North Conway, NH, winding mountains roads, 75 – 80 mph driving on the NY State Thruway and NJ Turnpike. Actual mileage on trip back to Southern Jersey was 18.9. After the Sequoia is broken in this may improve a little. And driving at 65 – 70 would no doubt help, maybe increase to about 20-21 on non-stop interstate driving. With gas prices in our area for Sunoco at $3.47, the discount stations at $3.42, and falling fast, it is easing the pain of the $4.00 plus prices of a few weeks ago. If this price drop continues, maybe these big trucks will start selling again? Does not matter to us, we bought when gas prices were high because we need this type vehicle and believe it is the best vs. the competition.
No real complaints at all. Dynamic Laser Cruise is probably the one option I should have considered, for highway driving it is very helpful. And rain sensitive wipers and more positions for the passenger seat would improve the Platinum. Other than these items, this is an amazing truck. My 2002 and 2004 4-Runner’s were great vehicles, still are. The Sequoia, for us, is perfect!
For the folks considering this truck: The discounts and 0% financing may not be available much longer so if you are seriously considering, this may be the time to purchase. And these incentives (just a guess) may only apply to the 2008 inventory so if you are looking for a particular model and color options, these very well may become more limited as it gets closer to the 2009 model change. Doubt there will be any change.
#1802 of 1954 Re: Sony Playstation on DVD Player? [patsfan3]
Aug 17, 2008 (8:51 am)
There is a button by the driver's knees that turns on and off the AC outlet in the back. Could it be off?
#1803 of 1954 08 4x4 Plat Sequoia Towing Evaluation
Aug 17, 2008 (9:04 am)
Here's my recent real world evaluation of the towing capabilities of my 08 4x4 Platinum Sequoia. I have 7500 miles on my Black/Red Rock interior Seq and recently returned from vacation after towing a 7500+# boat with 6 passengers and gear over 600 miles. I thought I'd share a few "revelations" from this towing experience.
Some background: I've taken this same vacation for the past 20 years to a large lake in central PA towing a boat and passengers with various tow vehicles. All of the previous vehicles (3) were variations of the Suburban. The first 2 were 4x4 2500 Subs with 454 engines. In 2007 it was an AWD Denali XL with a 6.0L engine. These vehicles stowed alot of gear inside and were reasonably comfortable tow vehicles on my past trips and therefore I thought this year's trip over the same roads with the heaviest tow load I've ever had was quite a challenge for my new 08 Plat Sequoia.
There's a major mountain grade of over a mile located off the PA TP that has always been my nemesis in past trips. There were times in the older Subs that to make the trip up this grade I would have to floor the throttle and sometimes even turn the heat on iniside in order to keep the engine temp cool. Even with the throttle floored I could never make it above 35mph up this grade while towing my boat.
In the DXL, the engine maintained its temp, even with the AC on, however it would never make this grade at speeds above 38mph with the throttle floored.
As you might imagine I approached this same grade this year with some fear. I had 6 adult passengers and a fair amount of gear on board the Seq plus a boat in-tow loaded with vacation "stuff" that I'm confident weighed more than 7500#s. Could have been over 8000#s.
The trip up the grade in the Seq was quite a shock and also an uneventful experience. I was able to climb this grade at 60+mph and never even used the full throttle. Had I used full throttle, it would have "yanked" my boat and all its contents over this 1 mile mountain road at well over 70mph. Simply unbelievable! I'm sure the 6sp tranny was a big contributor however the 5.7 felt like a turbo Cummins climbing this grade.
Imagine...this was with six adult passengers, AC blasting, 28" boat loaded to the hilt with vacation stuff, adj suspension set to sport and the Seq didn't break a sweat. Neither the trans or engine temp moved a single notch and it was a relatively hot day at over 90 degrees.
Gas mileage over the trip was around 8-9 mph with regular gas. Comfort was incomparable to the GM Subs when it came to 2nd and 3rd row legroom. The Sequoia gave up storage behind the 3rd row to my DXL however the sliding 2nd row seats and reclining seats in both the 2nd and 3rd rows of the Seq made the Sub platforms feel like the passengers were driving in a Geo Metro by comparison.
The only negative issue experienced on the trip was a rather odd one. Essentially while heading out, my wife went to insert a different CD into the 4CD player. Inadvertently she pressed the button to eject the DVD map instead of one of the CD slots. The map ejected and when she pushed it back in, it didn’t seem to be recognized by the GPS unit because I lost all use on the GPS. The map disc could no longer be ejected and couldn't be reached with fingertips.
I stopped at a local Toyo dealer on the way out and they tried to get the unit to spit the Map disk out. No good. They disconnected the battery to see if that would allow the unit to eject the map disk. No good. After disconnecting the battery, the screen would no longer flip out so I couldn’t even access the CD disks. Now there was no function of the audio, GPS or BT phone capabilities. The dealer felt the entire GPS unit may have “fragged” itself and that a new unit would need to be installed. Of course I was bummed but we continued on with the trip (w/o music or GPS). Tried multiple times the rest of the outgoing trip to reset the unit or eject the map disc. No good.
Good news ending to this story. Woke up the next morning. Started the vehicle. Pressed the button to load a disc. The screen flipped and automatically ejected the map disc. I reinserted the disc. The system reloaded the GPS data. And everything was working fine including all of my saved data such as Favs and phones numbers. Everything has worked fine since.
Only conclusion I’ve been able to reach is that the system was confused by the map disc possibly being partially inserted and that the system went into some sort of timeout period that must be passed before the system reboots itself. That period of time was overnight. Of course it could have simply been my wife's fault (she now swears she'll never touch the GPS again). If others have a different conclusion, please feel free to share.
#1804 of 1954 Re: First Three Month's of Ownership [highlander7]
Aug 21, 2008 (4:15 am)
We are currently looking at the 08 Sequoia Ltd and we are not sure whether to buy or lease. The 0% is very attractive, but do I want to own this car after 3 years? Hard to say where the hybrid (or other alternatives) are going to be at that point. If the alternatives get better and fuel cost remain high, I may be looking to get out of the car and not worry about the trade-in value. At least I know what the residual value is on the lease, I have no idea what it will be worth in 3+ years.
We are getting lease prices on a 54K car of $787 and we can finance 100% 0% for $833 over 60 mos. I'm leaning towards leasing.