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2005 tC

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Unbiased 18k Mile Scion tC Review


by division1:      Mar 26, 2006


Product Rating: 3.0 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Cost, Styling, Torque, Drivetrain Reliability, Panoramic Sunroof, Side Mirrors, Wheels
Cons: Rattles, Horsepower, Paint, Sway Bars, Brakes, Trunk Release, Amber Dashlights, Vanity Mirror Lights
The Bottom Line: If you are looking for a sports car you can soon find yourself wanting to spend all the thousands you just saved to add more power and performance.


The Scion tC has the looks of a BMW, Lexus, Volvo that turns heads. The reliability of Toyota drive train add to its owners confidence. I love the brushed aluminum interior styling with its decent CD player that can play a days worth of music on one mp3 disc. The panoramic sunroof gives a sense of openness. The front seats can fold even with the back seats so you can lay in the backseat, recline and place your legs flat on the front seats.

The biggest problem I had with my tC was from the constant rattles throughout the car. I took mine into the dealer three times. They inserted foam behind much of the front dash which resolved the rattles from there. However they could not fix the rattles from the rear sunroof and hatch area. Toyota knows about this issue. It was still not resolved after they replaced the struts and extended the bump stops.

The tires are not the best, but they are the best stock tires on any Toyota. The handling is not taught. Drivers of automatics will experience more lean in turns, because the rear sway bar is slightly smaller than the manuals.

Horsepower is lacking and the finally offered Supercharger is a very expensive hp per dollar alternative. The paint is cheap. You will get chips from small road debris. The brakes are small. ABS seams to kick in relatively easy. There is no truck release, you either have to hit the door open button several times, or carry your remote key with you. The amber dash lights are not attractive. They are so bad looking that many people are replacing them with after market LCDs. If you drive around with ladies, one complaint you might hear is about the lack of any lights for the vanity mirrors. A small perk, but something non the less.

Amount Paid (US$): 18500
Condition: New
Model Year: 2005
Model and Options: Manual Silver Streak Mica
Product Rating: 3.0
Recommended: Yes 
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