Toyota Sequoia Problems and Common Complaints

As one of the most reliable full-size SUVs available on the market, the Sequoia is a popular choice among Toyota fans. Whether you already own a Sequoia or you’re looking to buy one, this list of the most common Sequoia problems may come in handy.

Note: The list of problems below is organized by vehicle generation. Scroll down to find your model range.

2017+ Sequoia – Common Problems

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A 2018 Toyota Sequoia

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2008-2016 Sequoia – Common Problems

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A 2009 Toyota Sequoia Platinum

Driver’s Side Power Window Master Switch Failure: Some second-generation Toyota Sequoias have a driver’s side power window master switch that wasn't lubricated correctly. This allows debris and moisture to get in and cause the switch to short circuit and melt. Toyota addressed this issue by having its dealers either apply more lubricant to the switch or replace the switch circuit board for free.

2001-2007 Sequoia – Common Problems

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A 2001 Toyota Sequoia

Premature Front Lower Ball Joint Wear: The front lower ball joint in some first-generation Sequoia SUVs contains internal lubricant that deteriorates faster than expected. That leads to premature ball joint wear. Symptoms include hard steering and even loss of vehicle control if the ball joint separates from the knuckle. In early 2007, Toyota issued a recall to fix this issue.

Airbag Deflator Module Chemical Imbalance: In all modern airbags, there’s a chemical reaction that helps provide the pressure necessary to inflate the airbags when deployment is required. In some first-gen Toyota Sequoia vehicles, the passenger front airbag inflator module doesn’t have the right chemical balance and may create too much pressure that will rupture the airbag when deployed. Toyota issued a recall where all affected Sequoia vehicles will have the module replaced.

Unprompted Activation of the Vehicle Stability Control System (VSC): Sometimes the VSC in first-gen Sequoia SUVs will activate without warning, causing the brakes to engage and the car to shake and jerk to the side. In 2010, Toyota recalled over 50,000 Sequoia SUVs to solve the problem.

Frame Rust: The frame in first-gen Sequoia SUVs is not entirely rust-proof. It’s designed in such a way that allows moisture to get in and cause severe rust on the frame and undercarriage. Toyota agreed to extend the rust perforation warranty and fix the undercarriage on some affected Sequoia vehicles for free.

2001-2017 Toyota Sequoia TSBs

To find these TSBs, you can try Googling the TSB ID #, the name of the TSB, or some combination. You can also go to https://www.safercar.gov and search for the TSB by entering your VIN.

YEAR                   MAKE MODEL TSB Name TSB ID ISSUE DATE                  
2001-2017 Toyota Sequoia Alarm Triggering While Driving 199326 2017-03-23
2008-2015 Toyota Sequoia Outside Door Handle Sticking 198790 2017-03-21
2013-2016 Toyota Sequoia Rear Air Suspension - Vehicle Lean To The Left 197844 2017-01-03
2008-2016 Toyota Sequoia Door Check Arm Noise 196620 2016-10-31
2014-2016 Toyota Sequoia MIL "On" DTC P2610 195312 2016-07-27
2005-2011 Toyota Sequoia Seat Heater Electrical Wiring 194871 2016-06-02
2013-2014 Toyota Sequoia Tundra Set Remote Engine Start No Start With Key Or Fob DTC B279a 193630 2016-03-08
2005-2006 Toyota Sequoia Inadvertent Side Curtain Air Bag Deployment 193062 2016-02-05
2009-2011 Toyota Sequoia Power Window Master Switch May Melt 191636 2015-10-22
2004 Toyota Sequoia Passenger Side Front Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 190160 2015-05-13
2001-2015 Toyota Sequoia Interior Electrical Component Precautions 189514 2015-04-10
2012-2015 Toyota Sequoia Secondary Air Injection System - MIL "On" DTC P2440 And/Or P2442 187474 2014-11-07
2010 Toyota Sequoia SRS Occupant Classification System Initialization 185909 2010-03-01
2007-2008 Toyota Sequoia SRS Precautions 185872 2007-12-01
2002-2004 Toyota Sequoia Passenger Side Front Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 185094 2014-06-11
2003-2005 Toyota Sequoia Passenger Side Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 185080 2014-06-20
2011-2013 Toyota Sequoia A/C Inoperative - Rear A/C Line Retainer Missing 181839 2013-10-02
2001-2014 Toyota Sequoia Brake Pedal Force Gauge Sst For Parking Brake 181285 2013-09-09
2002-2004 Toyota Sequoia Passenger Side Air Bag Inflator May Rupture 179528 2013-04-11
2012-2013 Toyota Sequoia MIL "On" DTC P0418 And/Or P2445 178527 2013-02-08
2012-2013 Toyota Sequoia MIL "On" DTC P0461 (Fuel Level Sensor "A" Circuit Range/Performance) 176893 2012-10-22
2008-2012 Toyota Sequoia Front Brake Vibration 176024 2012-08-08
2008-2011 Toyota Sequoia Rattle/Knock Noise From Roof 173778 2012-03-28
2012 Toyota Sequoia MIL "On" DTC P2440/P2442 173313 2012-02-03
2008-2011 Toyota Sequoia Secondary Air Injection System - Water Intrusion: MIL "On" DTC P0418, P0419, And/Or P244# 171909 2011-10-17
2008-2009 Toyota Sequoia Ticking Noise From Transfer Case In 4wd 169903 2011-06-27
2008-2011 Toyota Sequoia Rear Bumper Cover Deformed 167592 2010-11-24
2010-2011 Toyota Sequoia Non-Linear Acceleration From A Stop 167221 2010-11-01
2008 Toyota Sequoia Heater Performance 166320 2010-08-05
2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia Rear Suspension Bolt Corrosion (Vibration While Driving) 163802 2010-06-07
2005-2010 Toyota Sequoia Steering Intermediate Shaft Rattle Noise 161959 2010-05-03
2001-2007 Toyota Sequoia Back Door Power Window Inoperative 159493 2010-04-28
2010 Toyota Sequoia Static-Laden/Distorted Bluetooth Sound Quality 154398 2010-01-01
2010 Toyota Sequoia MIL "On" DTC P0012 And/Or P0022 154388 2010-01-20
2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia Snow Entry Into Air Cleaner Box 154120 2009-12-08
2008-2009 Toyota Sequoia Gap Between Instrument Panel And A-Pillar 154117 2009-12-02
2008-2009 Toyota Sequoia Power Rear Hatch Switch Loose 151208 2009-08-04
2008-2009 Toyota Sequoia Ab60 Transmission C1 Clutch Damage 150808 2009-06-04
2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia Oil Filter Cap Assembly Precautions 149038 2009-04-10
2005-2009 Toyota Sequoia Tire Pressure Monitoring System (Tpms) Tire Registration "Lost Communication With ECU" 149034 2009-03-12
2008-2009 Toyota Sequoia Audio Bluetooth System Outgoing Call Volume Adjustment 148145 2009-03-24
2008 Toyota Sequoia 3ur-Fe Accessory Drive Belt Noise 148132 2009-03-04
2005-2007 Toyota Sequoia Clunk Noise At Low Speeds When Stopping Or Turning 147801 2009-02-19
2008 Toyota Sequoia Front Differential Growl / Howl / Rumble Noise At 15-30 Mph 147240 2009-01-23
2005-2009 Toyota Sequoia Tire Inflation Pressure Compensation And Adjustment 146132 2008-11-06
2008 Toyota Sequoia Air Injection Pump With Water Intrusion: MIL On DTC P0418, P0419, P2445, And/Or P2447 145524 2008-10-28
2005-2008 Toyota Sequoia Front Power Seat Grinding / Groaning Noise 144546 2008-08-14
2008 Toyota Sequoia MIL "On" DTC P0552/P0553: Power Steering Pressure Sensor Malfunction 143855 2008-07-14
2008 Toyota Sequoia Noise From Auxiliary Port With External Device With Navigation System 143340 2008-06-04
2008 Toyota Sequoia Instrument Panel Rattle Noise 142868 2008-05-30
2005-2007 Toyota Sequoia MIL On, DTC P0418 And/Or P2445 137638 2007-05-15
2006-2007 Toyota Sequoia Rear Drive Vibration At 55-70 Mph 135809 2006-12-21
2003-2007 Toyota Sequoia Upper / Lower Windshield Tick Noise 134944 2006-09-18
2005-2006 Toyota Sequoia MIL On DTC P0335 And/Or P1340: Intermittent Hot Soak No-Start 134410 2006-08-24
2005-2006 Toyota Sequoia Parasitic Draw Measurement 133821 2006-06-19
2001-2006 Toyota Sequoia Back Door Power Window Inoperative 133820 2006-06-14
2004-2007 Toyota Sequoia Front Seat Squeak Noise 133391 2006-05-23
2002-2005 Toyota Sequoia Oil Pressure Gauge Fluctuation 132814 2006-04-14
2005-2006 Toyota Sequoia MIL On DTC P043e, P043f, P2401, P2402, & P2419 132808 2006-04-14
2006-2007 Toyota Sequoia Ilsac Gf-4 Engine Oil Recommendation 132803 2006-03-29
2003-2005 Toyota Sequoia MIL On, DTC C1247 & C1310: Skid Control Computer Logic Changed 132800 2006-03-31
2006 Toyota Sequoia Excessive Sulfur Odor 132304 2006-03-01
2005 Toyota Sequoia Transmission Extension Housing Seal Leak (2wd Only) 131692 2006-01-20
2004-2006 Toyota Sequoia Rear Axle Bearing Noise 131372 2005-11-28
2005 Toyota Sequoia MIL On DTC P0171, P0174, P2195, Or P2197 130961 2005-11-16
2005 Toyota Sequoia MIL On DTC P2742 130953 2005-11-08
2005 Toyota Sequoia Excessive Sulfur Odor 130560 2005-10-05
2005 Toyota Sequoia Dismounting Tires With Direct System Pressure Sensors 130107 2005-09-26
2005 Toyota Sequoia No Start In Sub-Freezing Ambient Air Temperatures - Possible DTC P0300, P0171, P0174 130101 2005-09-28
2004-2005 Toyota Sequoia Blower Motor Noise 130089 2005-09-16
2005 Toyota Sequoia Parasitic Draw From JBL Amplifier 129514 2005-08-02
2005 Toyota Sequoia MIL On - DTC P043e, P043f, P2401, P2402 And P2419 127559 2005-04-07
2001-2005 Toyota Sequoia 2uz-Fe Accessory Drive Belt Noise 126964 2005-02-09
2005 Toyota Sequoia Automatic Door Lock (Adl) Function 126034 2004-10-11
2001-2004 Toyota Sequoia Moon Roof (Sliding Roof) Creak Noise 123892 2004-05-31
2001-2004 Toyota Sequoia Excessive Sulfur Dioxide Odor 123890 2004-06-14
2001-2002 Toyota Sequoia Rear Windshield Wiper Stop 123880 2004-05-31
2003-2004 Toyota Sequoia MIL On - DTC B1140 Or B1141 In Airbag ECU Memory 123405 2004-05-26
2001-2004 Toyota Sequoia Poor Performance Of The A/C System 123384 2004-05-20
2003-2004 Toyota Sequoia Jump Starting Vehicles With Crank Hold Feature 122106 2004-03-03
2002-2003 Toyota Sequoia JBL Audio System Popping Noise 121588 2004-01-13
2003 Toyota Sequoia Vsc Computer Logic Modification For DTC C1231 121182 2003-11-18
2003 Toyota Sequoia Vsc Communication Between Skid Control Computer And Ecm - DTC1203 120668 2003-09-03
2001-2003 Toyota Sequoia Oil Pressure Gauge Reads Low 118612 2003-05-12
2002 Toyota Sequoia MIL On - DTC P0440 - Evaporative Emission Control System Malfunction 117532 2003-02-14
2001-2002 Toyota Sequoia MIL On - DTC P0135/P0155 116602 2002-10-03
2001-2002 Toyota Sequoia Front Brake Vibration 116336 2002-09-16
2001 Toyota Sequoia Parking Brake Shoe Spring Discontinued 116117 2002-07-12
2001-2002 Toyota Sequoia Dome Lamp Flickers Or Stays On 115685 2002-04-26
2001-2002 Toyota Sequoia Tick Noise From Lower A-Pillar Area Over Rough Road Surfaces 115301 2002-03-01
2002 Toyota Sequoia Vehicle Pulling To One Side - S/M Supplement 114717 2001-12-21
2001 Toyota Sequoia Unintended Power Rear Window Activation 114150 2001-09-07
2001 Toyota Sequoia High Beam Indicator Light Inoperative 114149 2001-09-07
Written by Jason Lancaster