When the "Check VSC System" message came on, I took my 2007 TCH to the dealer where I bought the car. The diagnosis was a leak in the ABS accumulator and an estimate of $2700 to repair!!!! They said the part costs $2100. I was so stunned I couldn't speak! How can replacing a single part of the brake system cost 10% of the total original vehicle price?
So, I called Toyota Customer Care and they didn't care: you're out of warranty and out of luck. I wonder how common this problem is. If this causes the brake system to fail it seems like it would be a life-threatening failure. Does anyone track these kinds of problems?
The dealer's suggestion: see what you can get on trade-in for new Toyota.
I noticed some others got Toyota to pick up part of the repair cost. Doesn't sound like I'm going to be that fortunate. I couldn't be more disappointed in Toyota.
I had this very problem about 4 weeks ago with my 2007 TCH and I had the extended warranty on it but the car had 80K on it - so I was completely out of luck - even though most of the miles are highway and I had reported brake problems when my car was at 70K. If I knew exactly what was going on with the brakes I would have reported it earlier - for me I was getting a lot of pulsing even when I was just idling.
I was quoted $2995 for the repair work.
This is what we did and I'll tell you it wasn't easy. We got on the phone with our dealer and ultimately talked with the manager - a repair at this time at this expense and at this mileage should not be happening. Because we've always used the dealer for service (and really haven't had any repair) - they were willing to work with us. We also filed a complaint with Toyota in California (they will give you the number to report this particular part failure) - it was a 1-800 number. Until a sufficient amount of reports come in - this will not be covered by Toyota so I encourage you to do so.
Toyota in Round Rock was great and I can't help but say they worked with us and sat and explained exactly what the failure was. Basically you are losing the power assist to the braking system. You
won't lose breaks but it will be harder to break. The part is computerized so they explained how pricey it is..
We got our cost reduced to $1500 and I had them cover my rental car. Each dealer is capable of doing this - it's just a matter if they have the funds or they've used them.
Now the real catch - they will replace it with the exact same part and that warranty is only 1 year. We were not so happy with this as we believe this part is defective.
Well I hope this helps. You are right that this repair is a significant cost of the value of the car. I had these very same thoughts and in all honesty this is the costliest repair I've ever had on a car. I've thought about trading in the car because I still have the same part and I'm wondering if in another 75 thousand miles Ill be doing the same part replacement.
As it was explained to me - if Toyota chooses to cover the part replacement in the future - I need to actually own the car to get my money back.