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Scion tC



  • oozazoozaz Posts: 6
    I'm putting down my deposit on a tC tonight and I can't wait till delivery, which the dealer quoted will be 7-10 days! I've seen a couple of posts from people about the paint scratching easily.. Have a lot of people been noticing this? I've ordered mine in Flint Mica, I think it's going to look sharp!
    Anything else I should look out for on the get go?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,920
    has your dealer put your deflector back on yet? Everything's OK with your tC then?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • ivtecivtec Posts: 7
    With dark paint you're gonna see scratches...period. You can just take better care in how you wash the car. Use a soft sponge to clean it and a synthetic shammy to dry it. Regular bathroom towels & washrags will scratch your paint nasty.

    FYI -This is a response I got from the folks at Scion when I asked about the s/c and the '06 models/colors. "Thank you for contacting Scion. The TRD supercharger option for the Scion tC should be available by
    before the end of 2005. At this time there is no information available about the 06 models. They should be release in June/July for the tCs.

    Guess I'll have to wait until mid summer to see the new available colors. :cry:
  • tonylexustonylexus Posts: 94
    The deflector is being replaced tomorrow under warrenty. I put some tape on what remained just to keep the remaining glass in place. There was no issue with water leakage.

    I assume they are replacing with the same thing that was on there. Would still like a better long term remedy. This is bound to happen again. I'll be holding my breath every time I open up the roof.

    Having the rear bumper applique installed (noticed that it would be a good idea once I started moving golf clubs in and out), also mud guards for a little more splash & stone protection.

    Seen some concern on paint & color. I have the Black Cherry. Only chips are a couple of small ones that resulted from an attack by a salt truck on the expressway - my fault, should have held back. Other than that, no chips or scratches yet. Cleaned the tC this weekend - that Black Cherry is sharp! Flipped over 10k miles and running strong.
  • oozazoozaz Posts: 6
    I live in the northeast and after a long winter we are left with a lot of potholes.. This being said, I opted to purchase the tire and rim warranty. It was an extra $250 and good for 5 years. They say it covers anything caused by "road hazards". I thought if anything happens to one of my rims it'll at least cost $250 to replace it... I pick up my new tC tonight! Has anyone else purchased this warranty, or more importantly needed to use it?? If so, how were your experiences working with the company?
  • I also purchased it. Not only does it cover the tire and rims, but it also has a roadside assistance program. I figured you couldn't go wrong with any of that. To replace all the tires on the car comes out to $640 not including "installation." I figured the rims would be even more expensive considering how awesome they look.
    But, on the other hand, I won't be buying these tires again when they die. Their treadware rating is awful (160) and their traction in the rain has already almost gotten me in trouble quite a few times. I found this comparison on and I'm already excited even though I'm at least a year and a half away from new tires. PZero's run for $120 each where as the Potenza's are $160. Sorry for the long hyperlink.

    tccowboy :shades:">link title l=tC&autoYear=2005&autoModClar=&sortcode=49500&fromCompare1=yes&partNumber=&make=&model=&p- rice=&prevprice=&sidewall=&sidewallShown=&promoShortText=&promoUrl=&loadRating=&width=&rat- io=&diameter=&speedRating=&qty=&stockMessage=&type=T&frontTire=&frontLeftTire=&rearTire=&r- earLeftTire=&wantRHP=&RHPprice=&sortCode=&pre=&sumRating=&spec=&warranty=&comments=&tests=- &surveys=&perf=&specCode=&promoLongText=&vehicleSearch=true&removeIndex=0%7C145WR7RE011&_1- 45WR7RE011_qty=4&_145WR70NMS_qty=4&_145ZR7RE92_qty=4&sortValue=1
  • Sorry, I guess the hyperlink didn't work. But if you go to, the tires that I compared are the original Bridgestone Potenza RE92's (215/45ZR17) that came stock on the car and Pirelli PZero Nero M&S's (215/45WR17). The PZero's has load rating "SL." I'm not exactly sure what that means or if it matters but that's just to let you know.

    tccowboy :)
  • Has anyone tinted the windows on their tC yet? I was hoping to get mine done but I'm not sure what I should be paying for it and how tinted the windows should be.

    tccowboy :confuse:
  • carguy79carguy79 Posts: 23
    I tinted mine a few months ago. I went with a metalized charcoal film 32%. It matches the roof glass in color very well and is still legal in AL. Cuts out on heat some, but it is still hot in South Alabama with all the glass that the car has
  • geneegenee Posts: 170
    Do you have any trouble with multiple vision of headlights behind you? I had my last car done professionally and there were tiny air gaps around each of the defogging wires which caused reflections of lights behind you. The installer said that Porche and VW have heavier wire than most and this caused the problem. I don't want to do my tC until I know I will have unobstructed vision 24/7.
  • carguy, how much did they charge you for that? was it a dealership or a customs shop? also, which windows should i get tinted?

  • carguy79carguy79 Posts: 23
    I had mine done at a custom shop that I work for one of the owner's other businesses. The cost to do it around here is under $200 for a lifetime warranty film. There is a slight distortion while looking out the rearview mirror with headlights in the dark, but it is no worse than any other car that I have had with tinted windows. I noticed before I tinted my windows a slight distortion that is real noticible while looking out the lower part of the glass. I have not noticed any inconveniences from the film being installed, except having to have the gaskets popped back up in the door since they were so tight.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    sephia, are you EVER going to buy a tC?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,920
    I have now changed my mind and I'm thinking about getting a xA RS 2.0! I've decided that I want four doors and great gas mileage. I love the way the little hatchwagon looks in Blue Mica Streak and how it looks with those crystallized foglights against the blue. I'll have to see how she drives and go from there...might be too small for me. :D

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    I drove the Tc, auto last night. It felt quick even with two adults and the A/C running. I turned off the A/C and it made the coupe even faster, very nice. I'm lazy at my age and think the auto is perfect. However, either the tire brand or the low tire profile caused noticeable road noise. It also had a intermittent rattle, annoying at best. The dealer had numerous Tc's with different options ready for customer pickup. Here's my take. The rear spoiler lip is nicer than the old school pedestal. The body kit adds a touch of elegance to the outside and it looks good with or without the spoiler lip. Two questions: 1. How do the options impact the resale value of the Tc. If I buy the body kit will it add any value to the auto? If you buy a body kit at the local auto parts place you get nothing in resale value. 2. Is it possible to get a quieter low profile tire? :)
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    Your question has been moved to the discussion Scion tC: Prices Paid & Buying Experiences.
  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    Test drove a second tC at a different dealer. It had a quieter ride. The only thing I can attribute it to is tire inflation. The first tC might have a little higher tire pressure resulting in a harder ride and road noise. That wouldn't be the first time that has happened to me at that particular dealer either. My Tacoma had a terrible ride until I checked my tire pressure and noticed that the dealer had it three pounds over the recommended pressure. That dealer is the same one were I test drove the first Scion. Anyway, I'm convinced that the tC is one of the better everyday coupes on the market. :shades:
  • Still wondering about the intro date for 2006 Scions, especially the tc? Does anyone know when the '06 tc will be out...or for that what month does Scion intro the next model year?
  • ivtecivtec Posts: 7
    From an earlier post of mine...

    FYI -This is a response I got from the folks at Scion when I asked about the s/c and the '06 models/colors. "Thank you for contacting Scion. The TRD supercharger option for the Scion tC should be available by
    before the end of 2005. At this time there is no information available about the 06 models. They should be release in June/July for the tCs."
  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    I just left the dealer. One of the sales associates commented on two rumors. One is a radio control on the steering wheel. The other is a possible sun roof change. He didn't seem convinced that changes would happen during the reset of this calender year. :D
  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    I rented the new Mustang V6 today and took it on a 2.5 hour trip. Heres what I noticed. The car feels solid and doesn't suffer from body flex. It handles like a entry level sport car. The seats look top notch and are very comfortable. The inside is retro in appearance and livable. During my trip the engine felt like a 3.? liter. Not until I got on my computer and did some research did I find out it's a 4.0 liter. The vehicle does not suffer from wind noise. Now for the bad points.

    The drivetrain is not refined, its not in the same league as the Japanese brands. The back seat suffers from lack of leg room, unlike the tC which has lots of leg room. The stang also lets in lots of road noise. I was very surprised to find so much road noise in an American brand. The light colored interior is easy to dirty.

    Overall it was a positive experience. Things I would like improved. The drive train (smoothness). They need to fix the fan issue. You can't turn off the ventilation fan. It will only go to the lowest setting. Ford also needs to address the road noise and color of the light colored interior. Fix these issues and the Mustang will be a very good coupe. Also, stop selling it to the rental companies. It cheapens the vehicle.

    So far the tC has nothing to fear from the V6 Mustang. They are two very different vehicles, for very different customers.
  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    I had to retest the RSX after driving the new V6 Mustang and seeing a problem on the tC. It was a hazy overcast morning, with temps expected into the mid 90's (Tucson, AZ). So, I decided to visit the dealer. I went and sat in a tC. When I closed the door it started to come apart. What! Yes my friends, it seems that on this one tC when you pull on the door handle it causes some flexing of the handle. The flexing made the roundish looking, plastic piece on the handle come off. Very alarming and disappointing. This started to make the Mustang look like a good buy. Anyway, I went to the Acura dealer and got a spin on a 2005 RSX none type S. First, I pulled on the door handle. One word, solid. We then went on a test drive. The engine loves to make its way into the 4500-5000 RPM range and I enjoyed seeing how painlessly the engine achieve it. Almost zero wind noise but lots, lots of road noise. I don't know if different tires would fix that. Also, the 17" are not standard. The stereo, if you could upgrade it, would only get a 6" sub enclosure and its not MP3 friendly. Yes, you can replace the stereo but in this price range and in 2005? Basically, it turned me off.

    I decided to go back to the Scion dealer for a longer drive on a different tC, not the one with the door issue. Unfortunately, the sales rep got the keys to the defective tC. Oh well, we got on a road similar to the one used for the RSX test drive. It had a very quit ride and on one 45 MPH stretch of road I got to 60 MPH. I noticed my speed after looking in my rear view mirror and seeing the other traffic way in the distance. I commented to the sales guy, "Oh s..t, I'm doing 60 MPH. We said, "What! It feels like we're doing 30 MPH". Needless to say, we were both surprised. In short, the tC retest removed the doubt I was having. Even though I test drove a tC with a known hardware issue the car felt solid. My tC deliver date is in early June. Once I purchase it I'll keep my eye out for that door handle flex issue. :surprise:
  • osu1298gradosu1298grad Posts: 22
    Congrats on your decision goose! :)

    I too ordered a tC, exactly three weeks ago... the wait time was 3-5 weeks then, we shall see. Thanks for the forewarning on a possible door handle defect, I will keep an eye out for that.

    BTW... what color did you opt for?
  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    Its silver with side air bags. :shades:
  • jasonj734jasonj734 Posts: 35
    NHTSA said on its Web site it was opening an investigation into the Scion tC coupe. The agency has received reports the coupe's moonroof wind deflector can shatter at highway speeds. I would say if anyone has this happen to go fill out the survey and let them know.NHTSA Web site vehicle complaint form
  • tonylexustonylexus Posts: 94
    I had this happen to me and did report it to NHTSA. My dealer replaced it under warrenty without blinking and eye, which impressed me. Not fun getting pelted with broken glass at 70 MPH!

    The deflector really does need to be addressed. It should be an unbreakable material rather than glass. Have not heard anything from Scion yet. Will write them again. Even if it hasn't happened to you - yet - tC owners should begin a campaign to have this fixed, because it will get you sooner or later.

    I hold my breath now every time I have that open and I am trying to avoid opening it on the expressway - shouldn't have to do that! Fortunately (or unfortunately) it hasn't been much of an issue yet as the weather here in Michigan has not been condusive to open-top cruising - typical crappy Michigan weather!

    Hope this leads to a fix.
  • callmedrfillcallmedrfill Posts: 729
    What will happen to the 2005's left when the 2006 arrives (or is in transit)?

    Scion doesn't dicount or offer any incentives, that I've heard of.

    What will happen in October to unloved Scions? Buying a 2005 so late in the year, without incentives is not fiscally responsible.

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,363
    Not true that dealers (that set the actual price) van't discount. They can sell for any price they want, they just have to post it up front, and give anyone that walks in the same deal.

    Toyota can also support the leftovers, maybe a free option, or cheap financing or lease deals?

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    To answer your question Doc, Scion and Toyota don't really have to worry about left over vehicles. Most are gone by the time the new model year vehicles begin to arrive. That's the beauty of the Toyota Production System and the Just in Time system. Toyota and Scion take care of their customers which also includes dealers.
  • geneegenee Posts: 170
    My tC is rather thirsty for a small rig. My overall mpg for 6000 miles of usually gentle driving is 24.9. My Sienna does as well if not better. I take all these posts of 30 on the road as wishful thinking and not filling the tank completely. :P
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