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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-2017, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Buying used Sequoia

We're shopping to buy a Sequoia this week, and I want to have a list of trouble spots to look for. Can I get some advise? For what it's worth, there is a large number of rental 2016's on market by me for the low $30k range. They're all SR5 (which I want) so any will do. Things I'm checking on besides the standard:

-Valve cover leaks (this seems to be visible from the wheel wells, would it be leaking anywhere else?
-Water pump (this would be visible behind the rad and serp belt, right?

Anything else that comes to mind with the 5.7 Sequoias?

Other than that it seems to be relatively reliable, so I'm looking forward to driving one of these to some ridiculous mileage number.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-21-2017, 03:19 PM
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Re: Buying used Sequoia

Can't help much with what you are asking about, but curious where you are located and what mileage you are finding on 2016's in the low 30k range. I've been pondering a swap from 1st gen to 2nd, and the only 2nd gen ones I see in that price range with 4wd are +/- 100k miles and a couple years older. I'd be willing to travel for a deal.

PS- I see this about a month old, did you buy one?

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I Just traded my 2011 Tundra DC for a Toyota certified 2016 SEQUOIA SR5.

$34,500 with, 34,200 miles on it. It was a rental that the Toyota dealer bought back. Looks and feels brand new.
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Rentals? Wow. I wonder what company rents these things. I have always found it impossible to find anyone renting a Honda or Toyota vehicles.
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Re: Buying used Sequoia

Q: Do you know what the difference is between four wheel drive and a rental car?

A: You can go anywhere in a rental car.

Q: Do you know what is the most common statement made by a driver of a rental car?

A: "Hold my beer and let's see what this thing'll do!"

Q: Do you know what is the second most common statement made by a driver of a rental car?

A: "What the hell do I care? It's not my car."

Q: Do you know what is the most common statement made by a buyer of a rental car?

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-12-2017, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Buying used Sequoia

We did end up with a 2016 with 50k. Very pleased with it so far. It was a rental but it was in very very good shape. There were about 3 for sale in the Chicago area when we were looking. I believe Avis was the rental company. I looked at several of them and... conditions varied! The only issue I have found so far on ours is that the seat track end cap was damaged. Ours was the base SR5 w/o packages, so is prety basic which is what I wanted.

So far I love the way it tows, and the ridiculous amount of stuff that goes inside it. Like the way it drives too which I wasn't expecting. Seats are great. Mileage is just absolutely hilarious in the city (9) but the highway is better than expected as I'm usually around 18 but managed to get 20 on a long drive with AC on and full payload. The head unit sucks. The car is great for kids but it would be crazy to buy it just for that. The roll down rear window is the best feature (on any car ever.) We were coming off an absolute repair nightmare with our last car, so having something that should be more reliable is something I'm looking forward to (not thinking about) The roof rack looks a little flimsy frankly, but I like the sliding rails.

Hope you find one and it works out for you. Seems to be a fine vehicle.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-15-2017, 09:21 AM
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Some Toyota dealerships have their own fleet of rental vehicles which they also use as loaner vehicles, which I have used, and I think in some cases their deals are better than enterprise. Never had an issue with any of their rentals and since not a lot of people know about this service I don't think they get generally mistreated like enterprise and thrifty or other rental car services. just my .02 cents.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-15-2017, 10:24 AM
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I purchased a used Seq ('13 with 30k miles) and have had mine for a 1.5 years. The Seq is a solid mechanical SUV -- interior is less than solid. Had to have the rear seat fold flat cable replaced (under warranty) and it appears the prior owner did this too). Plus a seat cushion was deformed/damaged -- i had to pay for that fix. All in all -- just had a belt replaced that was slipping and all is good.

I actually get a lot of compliments on it....I guess because there are not many out there. A friend has a new Tahoe and no one stops him! lol
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