Hey there. I'm new to this forum and have been searching and searching and can't seem to find what I'm looking for.
Looking for a larger vehicle for my family, I came across what seemed/seems to be a great deal on an '01 Sequoia SR5. I had been looking for a smokin deal on a LandCruiser, but am considering this rig.
Here is what I know. (or am told, and for the sake of argument, lets take it at relatively face value for now)
HIGH MILES, = 230,000
Originally owned by an older couple who seem to have just driven it to work every day, 120 miles a day for nearly 8 years. (I would be buying it from a guy who has had it less than 6 months, and is a long time friend of theirs...and hasn't driven it much.)
Pictures of the rig (It's 2.5 hours away from me, so I have not seen it hands on yet) show it to be very clean and well kept. I'm told that not only has it not bee smoked in, it hasn't been eaten in either!
It has supposedly seen very good maintenance over it's life and timing belt/water pump have been done...however I am waiting to hear back as to *when* exactly it was done.
Ran a carfax and am satisfied with the results.
Seller has been very open and answers all my questions timely.
Being sold for a VERY good price under bluebook
The only problem noted is a small exhaust manifold leak on the right (I think) side.
For the price, it is definitely worth it, but I would rather not get it and have to start working on it right away. I'm trying to get a feel for the Sequoia's reliability and longevity. (i.e. you see LOTS of very high mileage land cruisers out there that seem to be going strong after 250-300k, but not many high mileage sequoia's)
I am a mechanic and aircraft mechanic, do all my own maintenance. Automatic transmissions are about the only thing that really scares me, and I really don't want to mess with the bottom end of the engine.
I spoke with a service guy at a Toyota dealer and he seemed to feel that the vehicle was solid for many more miles if taken care of (he hasn't seen the vehicle personally, just going off of my verbal description) but I would rather hear from "real world" people than just the dealer on this issue...I don't tend to do much with dealers.
At this point, from what I have found, so long as I am satisfied on it's maintenance history, and how recent the timing belt was changed I will probably buy it. But I'm looking for any red flags that might be raised due to the mileage of the vehicle.
I will obviously give the whole truck a good looking over, and test drive...what other things are there to look for? What oil leaks are "normal", for instance.
In my searching, I've come across just a couple references to a tranny issue with the overdrive...owner states tranny runs great right now.
Also, the dealer told me the engine was a NON-interference engine, but I've just been reading the opposite is the case...maybe he misunderstood my question.
I've come across only two posts that only mention their rig being hi miles (one was 290k, the other was like 270k or so and the one that blew a timing belt at 275 or something)
Anyway, I appreciate your comments and thoughts. Sorry for the long post.
I have a '94 Toyota pickup 4x4 with 235k running great that has been one of the most trouble free rigs ever!