Items to be aware of...
By Anjanette on
2006 Scion tC 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
We bought our tC new. We do love it but there are some build quality issues that need to be dealt with. The back panel, at the trunk release, broke off. The C-pillar air bag covers have popped off. The vent fan squeals and sometimes has stopped (that's fun in the blazing summer). Our breaks needed to be replaced at 33k miles and we don't drive hard or jam our foot into them. The tires are low profile and develop breaks in the sidewall radials easily if a hole or other bump is hit just right. The tires are also expensive and don't gain traction well on wet pavement and easily break loose. With continued use the seats don't stay in place when slid forward when accessing the back seat.
Can get kids in the car seat without contortions. Steering wheel controls. Fun to drive. Overall aesthetics. Reclining back seat. Makes for a good commuter vehicle for our needs. Good price point for the options you get (price also reflects the build quality).
Improve overall quality of build. The back trunk release panel needs to be revised to have stronger connections. Option for smaller rims and / or more affordable (lower rated) tires. (I really don't need 149mph rated tires. Slightly more leg room needed at back seat.