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Pros: new 282 hp engine, reliability
Advice: If the 2004 Sequoia was on your list, the 05' model will not disappoint you.The 2005 Sequoia with 282 hp is a great improvement over the 2004 model especially in the power department. The extra 40 hp or so makes some noticeable difference in acceleration. Overall the vehicle is quiet and civilized on the road. The new engine claims better gas mileage but i am yet to notice that, probably becuase I am yet to break-in the engine (2005 Sequoia 4x2 SR5 Leather, sunroof, side signal mirror upgrade).
Pros: Dual A/C with temperture control
Cons: gas milage
Advice: If you want value for your money buy a Toyota!Handles great!! I travel 120 miles per day over orteaga hwy california its very winey and traffic can be heavy during am and pm. response to cornering is firm and you have a feeling of safty and control. exceleration is very responsive when needed. The appoinments are well throgh out like a dual visor for sun at sunset or rise, an extention visor helps keep out sun rays that may blind you. the luxury leather seating is more confortable than a Mercedes SUV. I parked beside a Mercedes SUV and was more impressed with my Sequoia than the mercedes. The quality is ovious and the appoitments speak for themselfs. I tend to invest in a vehicle and expect quality and reliability because I plan on keeping my vehicle for at least 10 years and want a vehicle that will keep on keeping on. The Sequoia speaks of longivity. I purchased a 1999 Dodge Durango 'New' and It fell apart at 70,000 miles. I will never go astray again as Toyata has been the best value for the buck. I had own several Toyota's before and received good value for the Money! ' Like the add used to say get your hands on a Toyota and you will never let go!
Cons: Low Hourse Power/Weight ratio
Advice: Wait for 2006 model with more powerful engineI bought this the SR5 upgrade w/leather, sunroof, etc... Comfort: Wish back seats folded down flat and didn't have to remove 3rd row--only reason rate it 4 instead of 5. Performance: Transmission is tight for a truck, very sensitive gas pedal. Very jerky. Brakes are not strong enough, bit scary on steep descents. KEY PROBLEM: NOT ENOUGH HORSE POWER FOR ITS WEIGHT! This has the lowest HP/pound ratio of any large SUV--can't wait to trade in for 2006 5.6L v8. Struggles big time up steep hills or long mountain ascents--often kicks into high RPM. Off-Road: Very heavy, very jerky. Combination of weak brakes with touchy gas pedal make it a bit unpredictable on off-road conditions. However, very high overall stability and control. Quality: Overall, great quality. No mechanicals or other problems. Was previous loyal Ford Explorer owner for 8 years. Will never buy another Ford again. Loyal to Toyota if they can fix the HP problem and enable flat folding rear seats. Appearance: Looks great
Cons: Wind-pressure turbulence with windows open. Also gas mileage.
Advice: Compare all makesBought a 03 Limited in August of last year. This is my fourth Toyota I have owned. I am an engineer in the defense industry and I have high expectations from my cars as far as quality, engineering, safety and longevity. Toyota has never let me down. The Seqouia is my wife's car and I have a Camry for commuting to work. The Sequoia is a great truck! Have a problem with the oil pressure guage, but this is the only problem I have had with the car. Still needs to be straightened out. I feel the engine is conservately rated at 240 HP by Toyota. Transmission and engine are a perfect combination for smoothness and power. Toyota builds the best cars & trucks in the world today - period. Expensive vehicle but well worth the money!
Pros: Room - Fit and finish
Cons: no GPS
Advice: drive used vehicles to compare how they will be with over 25Bought this new December 2003. I compared the Expedition, Tahoe/Yukon/Escalade by driving units with 25-45000 miles. I finally found a used Sequoia to drive with 41,000 miles and it seemed tight with no rattles and more like a new vehicle than the Expedition AND the Tahoe or Yukon, the Escalade was quite nice but owners of these said that they spent a lot of time in service. I tried the extended Envoy/Trailblazer (used) what a piece of junk.
Pros: I love the vehicle especially all the room
Cons: The pecking noise in the engine when I start it up
Advice: Ask dealerships about this before you purchase oneMy review is not a test drive. I own a 2003 Sequioa that I purchased new. I have had some problems with engine noise. When the vehicle is stareted it has a loud pecking noise that sound like the lifters are bad in the engine. This stareted at approx 8,000 miles. Have had it back to the dealership several time with no success. I now have 13,000 miles and still pecking. All the dealership tells me that it was a design flaw in the Tundras and Sequoias. So do you just have to live with that? Would you like to hear that in a $40,000 Vehicle. NO! I'm sure no one would. I really like the vehicle but there has to be an answer othe than this TALL TALE. Has any one else had this problem. Please Emai me back. OH WHAT A FEELIN!!!!!!!!! with my TOYOTA!!!!!!
Pros: very comfortable, stylish interior, very roomy
Cons: the shaking with the back windows down
Advice: drive it with the back windows down before you buy itcar drives great. the ONLY problem with this car is that if you put the rear windows down, the whole car shakes and it hurts your ears. you have to open a front window or the sunroof to equalize the air pressure and make the car stop shaking. the dealership said there is nothing they can do about it, but it's awful!