(Sorry, I tried to create a poll but you have to post the poll within one minute of submitting the thread. I don't type that fast. I'm going to see if a moderator can add the poll.)
How many of you with 2001, 2002 or 2003 Sequoias have had an AC compressor-related problem, either in warranty or out of warranty. This thread on AC issues showed me that many of you out there have having problems.
My 60,000 mile, certified pre-owned 2001 Sequoia's air conditioning compressor has seized. I noticed back in late fall that the AC light was blinking and thought it might have been due to low refrigerant. The manual says that a blinking AC light means that there is a problem with the system. Well, I figured I wouldn't need to use the AC for the winter anyway, so I figured I wouldn't bother with it until spring.
I decided to bring the truck into the dealer after I started smelling fuel in the cabin as well as the engine compartment. Since I was there, I thought I would have them look at the AC issue. Well, the dealer couldn't smell the gas but said that the odor was due to the AC belt burning due to a frozen compressor.
Anyway, I was told it's going to run $3,000 to "replace the entire system"!!! I am so grateful to the power of the internet and Tundra Solutions because I immediately logged on and did a search of prior AC issues and saw that there is a TSB on the problem, apparently an issue with the oil lines being too small and not providing enough lubrication during hot running conditions, resulting in compressor lock up.
Toyota is saying tough luck, you're out of warranty. My issue is that they knew this was a known problem since they issued the TSB. I find it utterly ridiculous that the compressor has failed at this early point in the truck's life. I told Toyota that there is no way this compressor should not have been able to go to 130,000 miles before a failure. I paid a decent amount of money for this used truck, and could have bought a brand new $28,000 Chevy Suburban. Why did I not choose a Suburban or any domestic product, for that matter, when I could have gotten it for a much cheaper price? One word: the freakin' "reliability"!! I bought a Toyota so I could have the peace of mind that my vehicle is going to start when I want it to, stop when I want it to, turn when I want it to, and, yes, cool me when I want. Toyotas command top dollar because they are built to last. They did not build this reputation because components would wear out at 60,000 miles.
I told the Toyota rep at the toll-free number that they have an opportunity to do the right thing and take care of this issue, a problem that will probably cost them $1500 to rectify. I also informed them that if they did not help me out, I was going to collect as much information on as many owners who have had seized compressors as possible and spearhead an NHTSA recall, thereby forcing them to pay ten thousand times more than if they were to simply cover the costs. They obviously did not take me up on my offer.
So, please, if you've had problems, post on the poll and let me know your experiences with it. I would greatly appreciate it. This is the first step. I need to see if enough people have had problems to warrant the NHTSA's attention. I think having the compressor seize and burn the belt constitutes a fire hazard.
Should I post this question to Tundra owners, too?
Again, I'd like to limit this poll to 2001, 2002, and 2003 owners.
Thank you for your help.