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Scion tC repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (16%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (4%)

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Scion tC body repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (47%)

< $100 (29%)

Chart based on 17 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Scion tC 2dr Hatch

180-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

3000 mi Moon roof makes clicking noise every 5 seconds. Louder than wind noise and stereo. Tech kept the car for 2 days but nothing was done. Two weeks later, took the car there and showed the noise to tech. Next appointment is end of April. 
4700 mi Took it in for the same moon roof noise. Left the car for 2 days and nothing was done again. The noise is there everyday to & from work but they just say the noise isn't there. The moon roof started to rattle too recently. 
5500 mi I found a broken part on the moon roof rail of the passenger side. They replaced the whole rail because the broken part is a part of the rail. The noise is gone, but it sucks that "I" had to find the problem rather than them to get it fixed 
7000 mi Noise was still there. Brought the car in. Prove the existence of the noise to the service manager. Dealer kept the car over a month trying to fix it. They were not able to fix it and gave up on fixing it. Dealer won't do anything more. 
8000 mi In case anyone is interested, I uploaded the video of the roof noise on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mQGLz1RLuE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVo7Uq3Zxtw 
10500 mi The dealer was not able to fix the problem. They bought the car back. 

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2009 Scion tC 2dr Hatch

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

31000 mi Hatch door handle broke after a very cold period (down to 8F). No recall on handle at the time but dealer repaired at no cost to us. A couple of months later Toyota released a TSB for this exact problem. 

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2009 Scion tC 2dr Hatch

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

23000 mi The upholstery of the sunroof is ripping off still under warranty so they are going to fix it but it takes away to get the part and they are going to replace the whole upholstry  Body needs welding because of rattling, it took two days to fix the rattling noise in the back 

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2008 Scion tC 2dr Hatch

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

12000 mi sunroof creaking - in warranty repair, however, did not fix the problem 
13000 mi sunroof still creaking 
15000 mi still creaking, supposedly some welding done by dealership, but problem not fixed 

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2008 Scion tC 2dr Hatch

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

116000 mi

US $200
Hatch rattling over bumps. Had to get striker and bump stops adjusted 
34000 mi

US $200
tail light seal leaked and water got into the inside of taillight 

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2007 Scion tC 2dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

109700 mi

US $60
Replaced the hatch release switch. 
50000 mi

US $130
Trunk handle broke off. 
73000 mi 1: rubber pad rotted over trunk latch switch: they want $350 to replace this piece of rubber!!!!!!! 
86000 mi

US $120
Rear deck garnish broke off. Replaced with new part bought on eBay. Rewired dead center stop light LED while I was at it. 

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2007 Scion tC 2dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

18500 mi Fix interior rattle. Covered by warranty. 
20000 mi Fix interior rattle in dash, fix bubbles in fabric on interior of A-pillar. Covered under warranty. 

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2006 Scion tC 2dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

32000 mi Opened sunroof and driver side window rattle when going over bumps 
32000 mi excessive rattling when runroof and driver side window were partially opened. 
38000 mi While pushing clutch pedal in and out, a loud squeak from engine bay could be heard. Found rubber boot covering clutch mechanism to be not installed properly, applied chain lube to part and reinstalled boot cover.  
109000 mi Rear hatch garnish where the the opener mounts. It had some broken clips and was coming off. Dealer replaced under warranty(extended warranty due to class action lawsuit over this issue apparently) 

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2006 Scion tC 2dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

21000 mi center console hinge broke, part ordered hinge successfully repaired with new part 
28000 mi Rear hatch trim and handle broke. Part ordered. Replaced rear hatch trim piece. 

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2005 Scion tC 2dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

25000 mi Sunroof doesn't close completely- leading to wind noise- T.S.B. issued 
5000 mi moon roof rattles. came out of the track. 
6000 mi interior trim panel on hatch fell off. was missing both attachment pins. 
119000 mi Passenger vanity mirror / sun visor broke the internal spring that keeps it sprung closed. I think its repairable, otherwise buying a junkyard replacement 
35604 mi Hood seal deformed, creating wind noise. Hatch struts weak. Both replaced under warranty. 
4000 mi Free rattle repair in driver door. 
19600 mi Moonroof intermittently not closing properly. Electrical system reset, tracks lubricated. 
22600 mi Rattle in hatch (common complaint among tC owners). Cushions installed at dealership, noise is eliminated. Side airbag sensor recall preformed per Toyota. 

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2005 Scion tC 2dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

80000 mi

US $180
Plastic hatch handle piece broke off. 

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