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Scion tC



  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    I will let you know what I decide. I may just hold with the Sportage 4x4 but I don't think so. It's time to take the plunge!

    Good fortune on your tC purchase, too. Hey, BTW, what iteration of Release Series is the tC on, anyway, is it Scion tC RS 2.0? What color will it be?

    The same as the Scion xA RS 3.0's color, sort of a metallic blue-green color?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    The tC is the RS. 3.0. (technically 2.0 but called 3). The tC has a well... Check yourself! Its too much to list.

    I don't blame you for the sportage. My mom had one and it had 1,000,000 problems from front badge to spare tire. Its funny how we got out of it too. We went to a used car convention at the orange bowl and were getting a bmw 328i. She saw a miata and test drove it for almost 3hours. She bought it and is happier than her sportage's problems!

    -Cj :shades:
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    in that Blue Streak Mica. The list price is $18,880 for it but it's worth every penny of it IMO. I test drove a Scion tC RS 1.0 in that Absolutely Red color. Nice driving machine and plenty of pick-up for me. Good throaty sound on acceleration and an easy coupe to drive.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • Has anyone seen the different upholstery in a Spec tc vs. a reg (base) tc?
    My husband and I are looking at a tc for him to commute in. We came across the Spec version on CarsDirect and Edmunds and the price is right for us. We've been in a regular (base) tc and really like the interior. We can do without the moonroof and the other minor changes, but are really concerned about a downgrade in the fabric. Anyone been in one? Your thoughts?
  • karportkarport Posts: 13
    I have seen the Spec and drove it. The seats are fine. The weave of the fabric is not as tight as the base model. That is not to say it is not durable, just different. I have the same thoughts as you, since I don't care for the sun roof. The other changes are minor but just to let you know. 1. No radio control on the steering wheel. (no big deal to me. 2. No cruise control (again no big deal. 3 No decorative cover over the engine (if I didn't tell you, you would have never known. 4. The wheels are 16" vs 17" which actually is a plus. The tires are actually more durable, but if you plan on taking curves at high speed you would see a difference (you should also shoot your husband if he does). 5. The wheel covers are just junky looking. If I decide on the TC spec I will buy either a decent set of wheel covers or spring for new wheels.

    I drove both models and could not tell the difference in ride, comfort. Actually the spec is likely to be quieter with the fixed moon roof.

    Hope this helps.
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    But there is a difference on the release series tC! Those seats are the most comfortable! It also comes standard with the Side Curtain Airbags!! That last one was anonymous to me until recently. For $19k(rounded, you get a lotta car with that release series tC!! Only if they would keep those seats... Or add the auto dimming mirror with home link...

    -Cj :)
  • karportkarport Posts: 13
    As I mentioned the seat fabric on the spec is different, however I did notice any difference in comfort. I am however rather slight of build.

    I was not aware that side curtin airbags were standard and thought those remain an option.

    The original premise of your question was if the difference in price of between the spec and the base model would leave you with a significantly different car. My assessement was intended to be as objective as I could be pointing out the major differences in the trim and equipment.

    Candidly if the interior makes that big of a difference, get the spec model and get leather seats. I priced them this morning from a place that specializes in custom interior upgrades for cars. (they do that for dealerships. The price difference between the spec just about covers that cost.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    no, in answer to your question to me earlier, I'm not confused as to what Scion I'd want.

    You have been known to want a Scion tC RS 3.0, right?

    I would like a 2006(or 2007 if they're about out to dealer lots)Scion xA in 5-speed, Polar White form. I'd run over after getting one to Pep Boys and buy some Proline alloy wheels for it, though. Nice reflective wheels make this car the unique automobile it can be.

    I would go for a 2007 Scion tC Spec in Polar White, Flint Mica or Classic Metallic Silver, too. 5-speeder, of course.

    With a new xA only costing $13,320 it would seem tragic to not add the obligatory nicer wheels, IMO. It makes a plain xA look Release Series-able immediately!

    Let me add to those additions an armrest if not already installed at the factory. I am an armrest kind of guy, most definitely. :D

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    Are an option on all tC models. However, it is Standard on the Release Series Model.

    The original premise of your question was if the difference in price of between the spec and the base model would leave you with a significantly different car. My assessment was intended to be as objective as I could be pointing out the major differences in the trim and equipment.

    Ok that depends on personal prefrences. I prefer the audio controls on the steering wheel as its better to need them and not have them. I require an opening sunroof as i'm kinda claustrophobic. I love driving my accord home and being able to have the sunroof and all 4 windows open and watching the sunset! Its the greatest & most unexplainable feeling ever and something i don't think I'd be comfortable without. The sound of my engine sounds good too! ;) And since going from 170hp in my accord to 160hp in a tC -eventually- won't be all that bad. The mpg is about the same also!

    So IMO, the price spent on the regular model versus the spec model is worth it and the price is well justified.
    When choosing between a between a spec and regular tC remember this:
    No opening sunroof, no nice rims, no controls on the steering wheel, and not as many colors to choose from. So why not spend the extra $2.5k(automatic) for a nicer vehicle? If only toyota used a 5 speed auto to keep revs down... :cry:

    -Cj :shades:
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    I agree about the armrest! For me add a cupholder for the rear to that list! Sharing 1 1/2 cupholder between 4 people isn't fun! Do you like the stock audio system, the upgraded one or will you change altogether?

    -Cj :)
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    audio system in the xA. One thing I kept doing during my xA test drive with the steering wheel audio controls was I kept hitting the volume control when I wanted to change the radio station and vice versa. I'd need to keep using those after buying the car until I got comfortable with it. I wasn't really paying attention to it during the drive-I was too busy blabbing to my son and the salesman about the driving dynamics of the xA-which were pretty fun, BTW. I would have a ball with that car. :D

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    I suppose so!! The biggest problem at hand is getting rid of the sportage. My moms 2002 sportage had 22k miles and when we got it appraised (in 2003) was worth only 5k. That was disappointing... One dealer wouldn't even accept it. Good luck to you with that! Is that xA on your carspace the one you bought/going to buy? Looks nice! But still I ♥ tC better.

    -Cj :)
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    that xA is somebody else's but I like the color of it so I used it on carspace.

    Our 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 is worth about $4,000 right now for our rural Arizona zip code, according to If the Scion dealer in Tucson I go to won't accept the Sportage 4x4 in trade I won't accept them as my dealer and I'll walk. Simple as that. I hold the cards in that deal!

    Hey, autoboy. I looked for your e-mail address on carspace and it said "not available" or something like that. Do you need to go in and make it available to carspace members? Check it out, man.

    Oh, about the tC. I love it, too. Absolutely love it. It's just that I want a 4-door rig to replace the 4-door rig I have now. But the tC is an awesome looking car. I test drove a 2005 Scion tC RS 1.0 and it drove really nicely. It was Absolutely Red and a 5-speed. I'd love to have that car, indeed. Maybe I'll get my wife a tC and myself an xA! :D Only she'll need the tC to be an automatic transmission. Drat!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    I'm like her. I worked on my manual skills a few times on my moms old sportage. It was cool, confusing, and well... DIFFERENT!! The only way I'd get a manual will be auto stick. Toyota has some nice 5speed automanuals. They should drop on in the tc, xa, xb! The 5sp is good, but the 4 auto is a little dated -though not like GM's 4speed :P - and should be up graded. I guess once again i'm just nit-picking again :blush:?

    A 5 speed automanuals should help auto owners have fun, keep revs down on the highway and get better MPG. If they do that, a rear wiper should be added then also...

    -Cj :P
  • nitpicking. The reason is the automakers will take the ideas and consider adding them to the vehicles in questions.

    Automakers do look at forums like this and they do take our opinions seriously.

    So nitpick away, autoboy16! :D

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • I have been looking at which model to purchase and for me there are trade offs. The difference in the price is not the issue rather than the level of equipment. I really could care less about the sunroof and given the winter driving requirement 17" wheels and tires is not as desirable as 16" on the Spec.

    I have reviewed both models in depth and thought that what I learned might be useful to others.

    As everyone knows the TC spec has less content (or decontened) as it is called. The obvious things are the functioning sunroof, no cruise control, no radio controls on the steering wheel that on the spec is also no leather. The arm rest on the spec is not fabric covered nor has a dual opening lid.

    The front grill on the spec is absent a small piece of chromium trim, the passenger door does not have a key to open it from the outside and naturally the tires are 16" mounted on steel wheels versus alloy's and 17".

    Inside the engine compartment the plastic cover is absent on the spec with no other changes evident.

    The $1,400 price difference roughly 8% less is not the issue versus getting features that have little value or utility but that is a subjective and personal choice. Perhaps others may find this useful.

    After kicking it around I ordered the spec and have already arranged for leather interior to be installed ($1,400). In addition I have ordered cruise to be added ($180) a lip spoiler and will wait till the spring to decide on wheels.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Wow. You took the savings of the decontened cheap Spec and threw that money away into aftermarket leather seat covers?
  • Yes I did.

    Your comment suggests that the aftermarket leather seat covers is a poor decision or I assume you imply a less than quality job, far from it. The leather includes the seats, doors etc and done by a company that also does it for BMW's etc. As I noted I could care less about the sunroof and the other items are frankly trivial issues. I have already ordered the wheels which I intend on keeping 17"'s a smarter choice for all around driving. The cruise control addition is pocket change and I will wait to see if the stock radio is a keeper or not. Oh by the way the leather instaler also is fabricating a new sunscreen, to replace the stock POS.

    The above makes sense for me and I am not suggesting the right call for others.

    From what I read many people swap out their tires immediately anyways and bluntly 18" wheels and tires on the TC is for many (not all) a marginal choice.
  • the most amazing thing happened yesterday! My dad was saying how the tC is as pitiful as the mitsubishi galant and how they drive poorly and stuff. His friend came by yesterday in his daughters tC and took him to his friends house and all my dad could say when he got home was how great a car it really is -minus the dash- and how neat the 2 sunroofs are and how cool the turn signals in the mirror are, ect. Then he went on and on about the power and how well the ac works and so on. I think he likes it...

    Most likely, he is going to check one out today (as well as the maxima which he adores) and never hush about it. The sunroof, hatch, radio cover and rear room seem to be is favorite points. He thinks it starts almost $26k. BOY IS HE MISTAKEN!! :P

    -Cj :P
  • i just recently bought a tC and its the best! i love everything about it and its the hot natical blue! im just feeling out the car and i noticed a av jack in the arm rest. i was just wondering if i could hook up my mp3 player to this go buy a cord for it...or is it just for say a dvd or something? just wondering..... and does any 1 know where i could get cheap floor mats? anyways...anyone thinking baout getting one its def a good buy! i love it and love driving it! :D
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