2001 Toyota Sequoia V8 from North America
We just bought a 2001 Toyota Sequoia with 94,000 miles. Body is in beautiful condition.
We've had the car on week, already the check engine light has come on, and the mechanic said it has to do with bad exhaust system. Also, the engine makes a fluttering/ticking noise.
Did we get a lemon? Any one else having these problems?
Check engine light remains on due to bad exhaust system, per mechanic report.
Engine makes fluttering/ticking sounds immediately after starting the car, and throughout driving it, regardless of speed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th April, 2010
A bad exhaust system, guess that means a new cat? Well then have the catalytic converter replaced.
The ticking noise could be a wide variety of things and can be hard to diagnose without actually hearing it. You may be hearing some valve noise, however, it could be something worse such as a rod bearing or main bearing (that's unlikely though. Those can usually be heard upon acceleration). It could be a little piston slap, which usually goes away as the engine reaches operating temperature. My suggestion is to have the "bad exhaust" replaced (I'm guessing your mechanic means the cat) and go from there.
You bought a 9 year old car with 94,000 miles (which I'm amazed at. That's pretty low mileage for a vehicle of that age) DO NOT EXPECT PERFECTION.