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Scion tC, Convertible
#1479 of 2039 Re: 2006 tc [juandehavasu]
May 11, 2005 (7:13 pm)
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."
#1480 of 2039 Re: 2006 tc [ivtec]
May 12, 2005 (10:17 am)
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.
#1481 of 2039 tC/MUSTANG COMPARO
May 13, 2005 (7:37 pm)
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.
#1482 of 2039 SATURDAY, RSX AND tC TEST DRIVE
May 16, 2005 (9:15 am)
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.
#1483 of 2039 Re: SATURDAY, RSX AND tC TEST DRIVE [goose]
May 16, 2005 (10:34 am)
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?
#1484 of 2039 Re: SATURDAY, RSX AND tC TEST DRIVE [osu1298grad]
May 16, 2005 (4:35 pm)
Its silver with side air bags.
#1485 of 2039 Moonroof deflector shatters at highway speeds
May 17, 2005 (12:14 pm)
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
#1486 of 2039 Re: Moonroof deflector shatters at highway speeds [jasonj734]
May 18, 2005 (4:11 am)
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.
#1487 of 2039 Have a question about the 2006
May 19, 2005 (2:20 pm)
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.
May 19, 2005 (7:53 pm)
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?