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#1845 of 1954 Re: 2008 Sequoia engine noise [08SeqPlt]
Dec 27, 2008 (9:48 am)
trust me it is not the speakers or stereo as i have disconected it. your first step is to call the 800# and file a complaint, refenence mine as well.
A long history...I eventually took toyota to arbitration and lost because the arbitrator could not hear the noise....he was a 70 year old guy with bad hearing. this was after several trips to the dealer. What it is, i have narrowed it down to 2 things, there is a large mesh screen behind the butterfly throttle valve, it was dented. i straightened it out. Maybe it had a reed effect as the air passed over it?? The other thing i did is ran some silicone sealant around the intake manifold on the top of the engine - remove the plastic engine cover. i think it is air getting in to the engine through this manifold seam but toyota wont listen. the noise has greatly diminished and only happens around 1500 rpms. bottom line, the field engineer said it was "normal operation" and that was treated as gospel. even thouh i took it to othe dealers and they all said it was not normal, his decision trumped all. i gave up.
You can test it by doing a powerstand for a very short period, put emergency brake on, put in drive and keep push on brake pedal. bring rpms up to 2000 and you can hear it quickly. I made a dvd of it too.
good luck, feel free to email me directly and i'll give you my documentation.
Dec 28, 2008 (12:55 pm)
My wife and I purchased a new 2008 5.7 2WD SR5 back in may. We have over 7,000 miles on it already and I think it's the best car I've ever owned.
We drove it, in October, 2600 miles through Oregon, Idaho, Washington State and Northern California.
The 5.7 engine with the 6 speed automatic never strained once throughout the trip. We averaged about 20 mpg, with a one of the tanks of fuel being wind aided that registered 24 mpg.
We are currently looking at a new Venza for my wife to replace her RAV 4.
It's a great vehicle, but for us there is no doubt the high feature V-8 and the 6 speed transmission is what sets it apart from the competition.
Thanks for this message board
Dec 28, 2008 (5:16 pm)
CanStacker - thanks for sharing. I feel the same way about our 08 Platinum - although we only have 700 miles on it so far the engine/transmission is superior to vehicles in its class that I tested prior to buying the Sequoia....
#1848 of 1954 2008 SR5 tire question
Jan 05, 2009 (11:02 am)
Please help - the stock sr5 size is 275/65 r18. the only tire i want to put on the truck is bf goodrich all terrain t/a. so do it you say......well they dont make the BF goodrich all terrain t/a tire in that size! they do make it in 285/65/ r18.
my question is - does anyone know if that tire will fit the truck? How can i find out?
Thanks in advance.
#1849 of 1954 Re: 2008 SR5 tire question [gcmills]
by tee go
Jan 05, 2009 (11:25 am)
The only difference is the width of the two tires...a 275 is slightly less wide than a 285. Just ask the installer...it shouldn't be a problem.
#1850 of 1954 Re: 2008 SR5 tire question [tee go]
Jan 05, 2009 (2:53 pm)
Not only is a 285 wider, it's a bit larger in diameter. Assuming it fits, that will make your speedometer read roughly 2 mph slower at expressway speeds, and when your truck has 100k miles on it, the odometer will read only about 96k (if you care) .
#1851 of 1954 Tire Chains
Jan 11, 2009 (7:54 am)
I am looking to purchase a set of Tire Chains for my Sequoia. Does anyone have a recommended brand/type of chains? Where is the best place to purchase and the cost?
#1852 of 1954 high idle in cold weather
Jan 11, 2009 (9:34 pm)
I know that all cars will idle fast when first started in cold weather, but my 2008 Seq. sounds like a jet engine when I first start it. It does return to what I feel is a reasonable idle after about 10 seconds. This can't be too great for the engine can it? Does anyone else think theirs is excessively high?
#1853 of 1954 Re: Tire Chains [sirraf]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 12, 2009 (8:25 am)
Check your owner's manual to see if there are any recommendations on the type of chain you can use (regular chains, cable chains, Z type etc.). I suspect you have plenty of clearance for regular chains.
I got my last two sets at the thrift store for about $5. Expect to pay around $40 for a new set. Or more.
#1854 of 1954 Real world comments
Jan 20, 2009 (10:58 am)
My two cents... bought a Limited w/Nav in early November to take advantage of the deals. Never owned a supersize SUV (also have an RX and sold an 01 Tundra when I bought the Sequoia) but needed the three rows for kids, dogs, gear, etc. While I would hesitate to pay $55K+ for a Sequoia, Limiteds selling in the low 40s are a steal. Briefly looked at QX45 (ugly to me) and Suburban/Escalades (hesitated on build quality and depreciation having owned GM before).
Pros - fit and finish, drivetrain (transmission especially), true 4WD capability (driven in deep snow up steep grades) and carrying capacity - especially the space in the second row. Smooth as butter. Touch screen navigation is great if that's what you prefer (coming out of a BMW with iDrive it's heaven).
Cons - fuel economy. I knew it would be bad but accepted the tradeoff, and it's bad unless you spend your time on flat highways. For the first 3000 miles, average economy 14.4 mpg, high 18.8 mpg on a couple of highway tanks and low of 9.8 for mainly 4WD snow driving. Also the width of the car can be a con for some.