How Reliable are Toyota Sequoias? Pawlik Automotive

How Reliable are Toyota Sequoias? Pawlik Automotive


Mark: Hi, it’s Mark from Top Local, we’re
here with Bernie Pawlik we’re talking cars. How’re you doing this morning Bernie? Bernie: I’m doing very well. Mark: So Bernie, you’ve been doing car repairs
for over 30 years, we have this little series running where we’re talking about the reliability
of all sorts of different vehicles. Today we’re talking about the Toyota Sequoia. How reliable are Toyota Sequoias? Bernie: I’d say to put it very simply, very
reliable. Mark: All right, that’s pretty definitive. What kind of competitors are there in this
category, what does this vehicle even look like? Bernie: Well it’s a full size SUV, let’s
while you say what does it look like, let’s just share a photo real quick, so there is
a 2005 Toyota Sequoia, as you can see it’s the full size, pretty much full size SUV,
equivalent I would say to a Suburban, actually probably not as big as a Suburban, but maybe
a Tahoe, a Chevy Tahoe, Ford Ex, a little smaller than a Ford Excursion, not an Excursion
that’s a massive vehicle, the Expedition, the Ford Expedition. You know a little bigger than an Explorer
so kind of in that category of mid to full size SUVs. So for competitors, I mentioned them really
it’s the Chevy Tahoe Suburban type vehicle of the Ford Expedition/Explorer category and
how does it fair? Mark: How does it fair against those? Bernie: I’d say very reliable. I’m not such a big fan of the Ford products,
there are a few issues that they have that are I would say, put them on a much lower
scale of reliability. I put the Toyota way up there. I find the Tahoe’s and Suburbans are really
highly reliable as well. They’re all kind of equivalent quality vehicles. Mark: What about some of the other Japanese
and Korean makes? Bernie: You know for some reason I can’t
think of another imported vehicle that’s of this size and of these sort of model years
that’s equivalent to it. Mark: So this is bigger than like a Kia Sedona,
this is larger. Bernie: Yeah, this is larger. This is a body on frame truck, this is a full,
actual real truck. Now I know that Nissan has the Nissan Titan,
the pickup but I don’t believe they have a SUV version of that but the equivalent pickup
trucks in the Nissan and full size Toyota are comparable. Mark: So what kind of problems do you see
with this vehicle? Bernie: Well not a lot and I will say to be
fair, we don’t see a ton of them because there’s not a lot of them on the road. They’re not a huge selling vehicle like
a, there’s a lot more Tahoe’s and Suburbans and we work in a lot of Ford products. We don’t see as many of these vehicles and
really I mean, very few issues with them. They are very reliable. I always look at research and what other people
are seeing on them, there’s a few complaints of transmission issues in the earlier years,
so earlier meaning around 2001 up to about 04, that vehicle I showed you in the photo
is 05, by that time the transmission concerns seem to be non existent. But there’s very little it seems to go wrong
with them and all we do on them with the clients we have is basic maintenance services, brakes,
oil services and whatever other maintenance items are required. Mark: Does this vehicle use a timing belt? Bernie: Yeah, it does. Up to around 2010 on the 4.7 litre V8, they’re
all timing belt engines so that’s something you need to address; 08 and newer there’s
a 5.7 V8, those are all chain driven and once you get into the 2010 years and up, they’re
all chain driving engines. So but yeah, the belt is something that definitely
needs to be done and usually I think the service interval is about 168,000 kilometres which
is a 105,000 miles I believe. So that’s when you need to replace it. Mark: what about timing chains, do they ever
need service? Bernie: Not unless, not normally, I mean a
timing chain, there’s no replacement interval on it. It’s meant to las the life of the engine,
however long that is and sometimes that’s really up to how well you take care of your
engine. Timing chain engines you really got to be
rigorous with your oil changes, follow the maintenance schedule of sooner. Don’t leave it too long. It’s, that’s when the timing chains wear. There’s a lot of plastic guide rails and
pieces and that’s when they deteriorate. So you really don’t want to do anything
to cause your timing chain, timing chains to need replacement because they are so expensive
to do Mark: What about the resale value on these
vehicles? Bernie: Really high and that’s actually,
I’d say that’s where the Toyota’s have an edge over the Suburbans and Tahoe’s and
especially the Fords. Toyota’s always, they’re higher price
to buy generally speaking for equivalent model, so you’re going to pay more to buy them
but over time, the depreciation on Toyota’s is generally a lot less. So the good news is if you buy a brand new
one you actually retain more of your value in the vehicle but when it comes to buying
a used one, they often cost more money to buy but they’re, they are durable, they’re
reliable. So you’re paying money for that. But yeah, the resale value is good for Toyota. I remember for years, the Toyota Forerunner
actually had the highest resale value of any vehicle. You buy a new one for say $50,000 you can
sell it three or four years later for $45,000 so that’s outrageously good resale value
and I’ve heard that the FJ Cruiser which is a kind of unique little sport utility vehicle,
again they have extremely high resale value. So that’s one thing that’s very positive
about Toyota’s. Mark: This would be a vehicle you’d recommend? Bernie: Absolutely yeah, it’s a great vehicle. If you’re looking for a good quality, large
SUV, you can even get these with three rows of seats, so you can haul a big family around,
they’ll use a lot of gas, it’s a big vehicle but again super reliable, very nice ride,
they’re available in a range of models right up to fully luxurious so, just short of a
Lexus in terms of luxury features, so pretty amazing, very good vehicle. Mark: So there you go, if you’re looking
for a Toyota Sequoia they get the mark of, the stamp of approval from Bernie Pawlik of
Pawlik Automotive in Vancouver. If you’re needing service on your Toyota
products these are the guys to call 604-327-7112 or check out their website pawlikautomotive.com. Thanks Bernie Bernie: Thanks Mark

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21 Comments

  1. Toyota 4 runner for $57, 000 new but only drops to $45,000 used!? Woah! How does someone gain so much money back like that?

  2. "Sequoia is a true SUV!!! Sequoia is the best SUV money can buy, because it's the most reliable and people will never have an issue with turbos because there's none, and people will never have carbon build up because it doesn't have direct injection like competitors. It's not rice burner with turbo. It's not a Prius with Auto start/stop. It's not a iPhone on wheels that needs to reset by the dealer every 6 months and replaced every couple years because of the issues. It's reliable SUV that can go 500k miles without touching engine or transmission. Also, it's simple, reliable, comfortable and holds it's value better than any other SUV. Great on gas for its size. I have one and love it."

  3. As for depreciation, the used Sequoia is more affordable than the Land Cruiser. The 4.7L models are available for $10K USD or less these days.

  4. We have had a 2004 Sequoia since new. Still running well. We want to down size to a smaller SUV, but want to find something equally reliable, and with better fuel efficiency. Is the current generation Toyota 4 Runner as reliable?

  5. The most regular complaint I've seen is ball joint wear at about 150,000. If someone wants to upgrade the suspension in an older Sequoia, replacing the ball joints is a good thing to do while you lift the vehicle. The Nissan Armada is on the Titan frame, so it is comparable.

  6. We have it for my dad 2006 Toyota Sequoia sr5 v8 4wd great lowest mileage and reliability and quality very comfortably back seat lay down was awesome than old 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser fZj80 horrible gas mileage very thirsty and too much drivetrain wear and tear full time 4wd we cannot shift back to 2wd mode

  7. Finally got the title to my 2014 Sequoia in the mail today(Jan2019). Bought brand new. Garage parked. Well maintained. Time for it to return some of my investment.

  8. THE TOYOTA SEQUOIA IS A NICE VEHICLE IF YOU LIKE RIDING AROUND ON THE BACK OF A TOW TRUCK. IF YOU LIKE BEING TOWED AROUND TOWN TO ALL THE REPAIR SHOPS, TO REPAIR THE UPPER AND LOWER BALL JOINTS, OR REPLACE A LEAKING RADIATOR, OR THE THERMOSTAT THAT STICKS SO YOU DON'T GET HEAT, THE TOYOTA SEQUOIA IS FOR YOU. IF YOU LIKE IMPRESSING FRIENDS WITH HOLES IN YOUR CHEAP EXPENSIVE THIN SO CALLED LEATHER SEATS, IF YOU LIKE SHOWING HOW THE 5TH REAR DOOR WON'T OPEN, OR HOW THE 5TH REAR WINDOW KEEPS COMING OF THE RUSTY TRACK INSIDE THE DOOR THAT MAKES THE WINDOW GO UP AND DOWN, YES SIR, THE TOYOTA SEQUOIA IS A REPAIR SHOPS BEST FRIEND. IF YOU LIKE BEING EMBARRASSED, YES, IF YOU LIKE HOW THE HOOD OVER THE ENGINE WONT CLOSE TIGHT BECAUE IT HAS A SMALL SPRING THAT WONT PULL THE LEVER TO CLOSE THE HOOD TIGHT, YES IF YOU LIKE TAKING A SCREWDRIVER TO POP THE SMALL SPRING SO THE HOOD CLOSES TIGHT OVER THE ENGINE, YES, THE TOYOTA SEQUOIA IS FOR YOU. I COULD GO ON, BUT I HAVE TO GO GET MY TOYOTA SEQUOIA OUT OF THE REPAIR SHOP.

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