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Old 09-19-2017, 05:38 PM
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Toyota Sequoia

I have found a 2003 model with 195k miles at what seems like a good price I'm tempted to buy. It's a one owner dealer maintained vehicle. The gas mileage 16highway & 195k is what is keeping me from jumping on it. Can anyone shed some light on these beasts.

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Old 09-19-2017, 06:44 PM
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Say no to timing belts. Theyre otherwise mechanically sound. The rear axle seals are one weak point as are the headlights The light pattern is horrible and makes dark road travel trying


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Old 09-19-2017, 09:04 PM
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Yes timing belts are a major pain. Don't understand why they were used by so many manufacturers. Other than they are cheaper to use and not as noisy.
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:19 AM
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So is a 195k Sequoia in better than good shape worth $5500. I'm looking to use it as a tow vehicle & basic transportation. It would replace my 01 Ford F-150 for most of my needs.
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:06 AM
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Old 09-24-2017, 06:35 PM
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Yes timing belts are a major pain. Don't understand why they were used by so many manufacturers. Other than they are cheaper to use and not as noisy.
Timing belts were an answer to Euro noise regulations. I don't know when these kicked in for real but they were being discussed for years. The debate was like the US debate over airbags. You could order them as early as 1976 but when did they become mandatory?

Fiat had one of the loudest engines on the market so they when all in with timing belts in the early 70's. It did cut the noise level and it was cheap. US cars from Ford that used Euro design engines, like the Pinto and Mustang Two, used timing belts.

Then the cheap thing caught the maker's eyes and everyone was using them. Hey, Government rules and all. Don't blame us!

So belts have gotten better but still.... I would rather trust a chain.

And the noise thing is still with us. It's why Porsche went to water cooling on the 911 and the VW van was water cooled from 1984 on. All those air cooling fins do put up quite a 'ring'.
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I am quite sure it never occurred to car co.'s that timing belts instead of chains would ensure more high dollar parts sales and dealer service charges, no.
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I am quite sure it never occurred to car co.'s that timing belts instead of chains would ensure more high dollar parts sales and dealer service charges, no.


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Old 09-25-2017, 01:38 PM
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I'd much rather do belt replacement than chain tensioner/guide replacement but to each his own.
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Old 09-25-2017, 07:25 PM
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I have done the Toyota V6. It is a chore. Theres a reason it has been designed out.


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Old 09-25-2017, 10:51 PM
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Toy's I force V-8 with Timing Belts

(Some of the Lexus chassis use same motive force)

You WILL learn to curse in Japanese! (And to Curse the Japanese engineers)

Every 100K Without fail !

'Less y'all be doing head jobs and/or piston R+R s

BBBBBBBBut !

There's always MY dream of a "Canoodled" into the U.S. Inline Toyota Turbo-Diesel Six...

Zome of the crazies have cobbled together such a driving force in Land Cruisers
and in the mix discovered an "application" for the transfer case that equips
with a dash mounted "On/Off" switch for the full time 4whl drive.
So they end up with a reasonably fuel efficient LC.
(Say 23 in town and 29 on the road)
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you speaking of the 1HD-FT(E) engines in the 100 series cruisers?

I have driven one to places where it should have never gone, its a permanent drive system like a land rover but with toyota solidity. Its pretty thirsty though and not exactly simple to troubleshoot.
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Does this sequoia have the 3.6 liter V6? If so, my late wife had a '98 or '99 model 4Runner. It was dead reliable. In almost 300,000 miles I replaced the timing belt twice and the starter went out. Only other work I ever did was regular maintenance. If it would have had a chain, I might have rated it right up there with a 615.
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No it has the 4.7L V8. I've read that it is a super reliable vehicle and if it's good for the 300k + miles I've read it will last me a long time. I currently only put about 5k miles a year on my truck. It's a 2001 Ford F-150 I bought in 2002 with 36k miles on the clock. It now has about 115k miles on it. I'd really like another truck but prices are crazy for used ones.
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Old 09-26-2017, 08:50 PM
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Maintaining the F150 is going to be cheaper and easier, IMHO. The F series trucks are strong, and they are so poular. You can find new parts in any parts house, and used ones in most junkyards. I was able to bring one of mine back to life for much cheaper than you would be paying to purchase the Sequoia.

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