If you're so worried about the weight and all the pointless mods of the Scion tC, then you should have not of upgraded to the Scion with the sun roof with the heavy top. That's your own fault.
It only has 160 hp, so if you're looking for a sports car, then go buy yourself a GTO.
I just recently purchased a Flint Mica colored 2008 Scion tC with the big spoiler, and that was after shopping all types and cars for months. The 2008 is almost the same as the 2007, but it comes standard with side curtain airbags, the ipod upgraded stereo, and different tail lights. The front grille of the car changed to where the 2008 cannot have fog lights, but they upgraded the regular head lights to a more brighter effect.
I love my Scion. If you want a race car, then buy the supercharger for your scion. I did!
To the previous poster - I did not "upgrade" to the scion with a sunroof. 1. At the time, only the 1 model was available (no spec). 2. Even the spec model has the glass roof, which includes the steel frame and heavy up-top weight... there is no scion tc without this.
I'm not bothered about mods either - I just wish the car handled like a sport coupe, and not like a camry.
Toyota is in the car business to make money and they are the best at doing just that... Making money. If you want a modded TC, it is easy to do with supercharger, short shifter and suspension kits. Do not expect Toyota to do this for you. They know from experience where the market is to make the most money and that is the car they will build. The TC has a larger torqey engine that does not require high revs. While not a dragster, it is very easy to torque shift through the gears without the need to red line. The roof has a steel frame to hold the glass. Most cars have a steel roof, no weight savings there. Most engines are used in several platforms. It is called economy of scale. Any engine can have it's characteristics modified with todays engine control modules and variable valve timing. The TC is what it is, a nice economic coupe. It is fun to drive and I have driven many many cars for many many years.
It is not fun to drive. It may be a 'good coupe (for the price) ' but it is not, and never will be, fun to drive.
I bought a 2007 Scion tC on October 2006 and it is a really fun car to drive. Remember, Scion cars were to be customized by the owner. Whether it was performance upgrades or cosmetic upgrades, a Scion is supposed to reflect the owner. When I first got my tC, it was really fun to drive, but after a few months, its just wasn't fun anymore. So I just upgraded the performance little by little from exhaust, suspension, and short shifter. 160 stock hp is fine for this car and it doesn't need to rev at such high RPMs like a Civic SI because it has such a torquey engine. My most recent mod is a Greddy Turbo kit which adds about 100hp and it is a better upgrade than the TRD supercharger minus the warranty.
I bought an 08 scion Tc... someone said earlier you can't buy fog lights? They charged me extra for fog lights? Did they rip me off? email me: email@example.com
Alright, I see where the guy who says the tC is a let down simply because it did not meet his expectations. First off, the price of the tC is as cheap as any new car gets. I had bad body roll in my tC when I first bought the tC, understandable. But for the 17k, don't expect a race car. Now that being said, if your car has bad body roll as mine did, get a few upgrades that combat that. MY tein h-tech springs have done WONDERS. I feel very little to no body roll anymore.
Second, it seems it's a shame that your car doesn't rev past 6500 rpm, but its definitely OK. If you want to pull strong to 7k, go get a Honda with VTEC. That'll definitely keep you satisfied. Our car is torquey as it was previously said. My car barks tires going into 2nd and 3rd. In fact, I have beaten various Hondas at the drag strip because I can get them out of the hole-shot. So as I said, revving up high to 7k is useless if your car isn't making power up there. Our power band is from low-mid range. And it does one hell of a job.
For the price its unbeatable. Now if you want to have a faster car, either buy another car built for power/handling for an added 10k more, or get it from the factory at a lower price. Its all personal preference, but I'm satisfied for now... now when its time to do real speed, there goes more mods :)
I will buy a White or Satin Silver TC for my regular use although I also own a Solar Yellow IS300. You can tell that I am a car enthusiast. I think that it is the best investment that I will be doing and Toyota is the most reliable car. My two cents: IS300 handles like a sports car but it is a 40K car. Scion TC is a smaller car with Camry (bigger) car engine so it has better power than a camry just for a little more fun. I am getting rid of my 2005 Civic for a reason.
I've purchased a 2007 tc, in flint mica. Flint mica has a delicate, perfect sparkle that gives it a low, to medium glow in sunlight with a perfect coat of wax. Nice. Now, for 16,900 (MT) there isn't a better deal out there. I've looked at the Pontiac G5, and the even uglier Chevy Cobalt. Disgusting. I don't care if they're better or worse off the line because you won't catch me in one. Period. Even that new 08 Cobalt SS.
I tinted it 35%, 5% in the rear. The tail lights were sprayed with a weather proof custom smoke layer to a nice black. The too-bright problem of the tail lights was solved. I also did the white, third brake light and removed the 'tC' emblem. Easy custom.
I got the sport tein lowering springs which I highly recommend as a good, but not too low suspension upgrade. I also invested in the low-mounted Injen cold-air intake. Get the weather guard extra filter cover too.. and avoid puddles. The car has plenty of handling, and pep now.
This car is a great investment that needs a few thousand to be competitive with much more expensive sports cars. Rock on Scion.