2005 Scion tC Reviews

2005 Scion tC from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance917000 miles
Previous carFord Expedition

Summary:

Most reliable car I've ever owned

Faults:

Paint chipped a bit after two years, but not bad.

Had to replace the back hatch lift handle/light TWICE. It's just plastic, and if your hatch starts sticking at any point, you tend to put more pressure lifting it, and the handle starts to loosen until it finally breaks (I've noticed this on several tC's on the road).

Seats stain quickly, along with interior door panels.

General Comments:

This car is great for the money.

Had no major problems at all.

Replaced battery at 5 years (typical).

Replaced the head light lamps twice the first year, but then never again.

Replaced tires about every 35k miles.

Gave it regular oil changes and tire rotation every 5k miles.

Absolutely no mechanical problems.

The tC comes with a timing chain, not belt, so that's expected to last the life of the car.

Other than the hatch lift breaking twice and the hatch handle literally melting off from Texas heat, have had no major issues.

I just surrendered title to the insurance company from a total loss in a non-fault collision :( I went this weekend to clean out my belongings, and I sat behind the wheel to reminisce. I turned the ignition switch one last time and she cranked right up (sounded great)... she was one tough cookie, with an awesome look.

Going to go buy another one this weekend. You can't top its reliability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2011

2005 Scion tC 2.4L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired400 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous carBuick Skylark

Summary:

Great value for the money

Faults:

There is an annoying rattle which occasionally comes from the rear of the car, I believe it is the hatch, but I am not sure. It does not happen all the time.

The air conditioner has begun to smell of mildew or mold as of a few months ago (3 years after I bought the car new). I've heard that a $20 product will get rid of this but have not yet tried it.

Other than that the car has been mechanically flawless.

General Comments:

I paid 16K for this car new in '05, stock except for the pedestal spoiler. I cannot think of a car that is a better value. It comes with a decent sound system, solid engine, and a standard power moon roof.

As long as you are not expecting $25K build quality in this $16K car, you will almost certainly be satisfied. The dash is simple yet functional, the seats have no power options but are reasonably comfortable, and the amount of space behind the rear seats is impressive for a 2 door coupe/hatchback. With the rear seats folded down there is a lot of storage space in the back, enough to fit 2 full size bikes and a few backpacks.

A common complaint I have heard is gas mileage. I routinely see 26mpg in mixed town/highway driving, and have seen as high as 35 mpg with the A/C on driving 70mph on the highway. With this car as with all others, your mileage is very dependent on your driving habits.

I probably sound like a salesman right now, so here are some shortfalls:

-Rear headroom is horrible. Anyone over 5'6" is going to hit their head on the roof... but hey, legroom is awesome.

-The black interior (only option on the '05) gets really hot in the sun, and has started to fade slightly.

I do not drive this car hard, but at this rate I'll still be driving it in 10 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2008

2005 Scion tC 2.4 I4 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 I4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance33000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

I love the car, it has many aftermarket parts available

Faults:

No problems.

General Comments:

I just love the car, from the glass roof, to stock 17 inch rims.

The materials inside the car are made from high grade plastics and cloth.

The one touch power windows is a great addition, I have only seen that in higher end cars.

I just miss the i-vtec and the six-speed transmission from the Celica GTS; otherwise it's basically the new Celica.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2008

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 14 reviews