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Fantastic, Ultra-Reliable Car
By ray137 on
Vehicle2010 Scion tC 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewMine is a black 2006. This same model carries all the way over to 2010. I now have 115,000 on it and the only things I have done are oil changes, transmission fluid, new brakes, and tires. Still runs like brand new. You will not find any other car out there for under 18 grand that has all the features of this vehicle. The 5-speed shifter is buttery smooth, even at 115,000. There is plenty of low and mid-range torque. I drop it into 3rd and hit the gas to merge onto highway and it blasts forward with no issues. Although the huge glass sunroof makes it top heavy, the car still handles corners very well. Plenty of power. If you want more power, then you will have to pay much more than 18 grand.
Best FeaturesStandard dual-pane glass sunroof Buttery smooth 5-speed shifter Standard beautiful 17-inch alloy wheels Lots of low to mid-range torque with 162 lbs. of torque. (If you want noticeable more power for little money, just install an Injen Cold Air Intake, Axle or Cat Back Exhaust, and Agency Power Light Weight Crank Pulley.) You'll see complaints about lack of power and even comparing the tC to civic si which is absurd. Again, if you want more power spend 4 grand or more for a civic Si, mazdaspeed3, minicooper s, etc. and stop whining. How much power can you possibly expect for under 18 grand? Plus you can only go so fast unless you want to kill yourself or others by racing on highways.
Worst FeaturesNone. This car is one of the absolute best bargains out there. You will not find a single car out there that has all the options this car has standard for under 18 grand. The huge glass power sunroof that you get on this car as a standard feature is worth around two grand or more. The standard 17-inch alloy rims are around 376 bucks each. The engine and clutch are pretty much indestructible, provided they are not abused. It uses 87 octane, which is a big plus with gas prices that keep going up and up. Although the gas mileage could be better, considering the power the engine is putting out, 20 city and 27 mpg highway isn't all that bad. Do note that the manual is quite quicker than automatic
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