by 99custom on Jun 4, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Scion tC 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
It's my wife's car, but I do all the work on it. It's a good car for the price, but the engine is very loud. If you do your research you will see a problem with waterpumps going out, lifters tapping, and cold starts making lots of noise.
Another problem I have encountered is the breaks. They always make noise in reverse, no matter what. I'm not using cheap parts either.
Of course my rear hatch broke, It's been JB-welded for years now..LOL.
But the car runs good and does not consume oil like others have mentioned online.
by morrisseygirl on Jan 5, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Scion tC 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Okay I bought my 2005 tC on May of 05' and I was way super ecstatic. I still was up until my engine blew. I was completely 110% satisfied with it and I still am, that's why I am considering getting another but before I do I really need some feedback on the engine. I'm hoping what happened to my car was a fluke but any information would be great. What happened was the regulator valve or whatever it is that regulates the pressure of the engine apperantly went out. This caused too much pressure in the engine and blew off my oil filter (while driving) and naturally the oil came out while driving. I haven't read anything about this happening but any help would be great.
by sciontc05 on Feb 5, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Scion tC 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Our 05 Toyota Scion TCs rear handle hatch molding broke of a few years ago, shortly after the hydraulic shocks went out that hold the hatch (after 3 years/20,000mile). The dealer wanted $800 to replace them but suggested we buy after market, which we did but the after markets arent hydraulic so the hatch needs more strength to open/lift. Consequently, the trunk handle broke off and trunk release just hangs there. We keep taping it over and over with packing tape but now we have all this layers of ghetto tape. We have noticed a lot of taped Scion tcs and xbs on the road!
Wed like to sell the car but would have to invest over $1500 to make it right. Scion wont take responsibility for the cheap inferior design and plastic parts. We have spoke to them on the phone many times but they wont help us. We will NEVER buy another Toyota!
We found a Facebook PAGE with helpful info and class action suit.
by lindhn on Nov 4, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Scion tC 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
My daughter was in a major accident, involving the following scenario. Person merged into the car sending into a spin, then hit again and was airborn for a full 360 landing on driver's side, sliding into the back of a flat bed big rig, righting back onto wheels and sending across 4 lanes of freeway.
This occured at 65 mph.
Both driver and passenger walked out of car.
The car is a complete total but occupants okay, other than severe whiplash.
by andsantucci on Aug 15, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Scion tC 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Let's see here, I've owned the car since 2007 and I've had nothing but a hard time.
Scion is of no help either.
They can only say they have made a note but have no pending open recalls or other complaints about the car.
I have no working radio, a sunroof that squeals, breaks that pop and make noises, a front bumper that looks like it is holding on by floss, the rear hatch plastic is about to break off (I've seen other Scions with tape holding up the part), over all I've found the car to be sub-par with what Toyota has made in the past.