Painful Shifter - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Painful Shifter

August 21, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

I have no idea how Magrath managed to break the top off our Scion FR-S's shifter with only one finger, but now there's a big gap between the top cap and the rest of the shifter. No amount of pounding will make the top cap sit flush with the rest of the knob, either. It might not seem like much, but that little gap between the leather and the plastic hurts.

The FR-S's shifter is precise and direct and because of those qualities it demands deliberate motions to select a gear. Deliberate motion means I push on the thing with purpose. And it hurts jamming my hand into that gap.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor


  • akula1 akula1 Posts:

    OMG, you guys can take the SLS back to the dealer 3 times for a crappy roof but you can't warranty a stupid $5 shift knob? Get over it and grow the eff up.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Order an aftermarket replacement that is to your taste, and have the existing one replaced under warranty. You can always swap the aftermarket knob over to the FR-S which is hardly stock anyway.

  • jasond52 jasond52 Posts:

    Duct tape...

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Don't force it, use a bigger hammer.

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    This might help:

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    "No amount of pounding..." Jeez, take it easy on the car. Pull it off, find the correct placement, then take it back out and apply glue. If you take it to the dealer, that's just what they'll do.

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