The Scion tC proved that you could be practical and still be cool. It's the perfect car for the younger generations of today with its amazing looks, elegant coupe body style, great customizability, and affordable price tag. Certainly, it does fit in with an American youth culture accustomed to the getting things exactly the way they want them. More than just a stylish looking bargain car, however, the tC actually has a lot of impressive features going for it.
For one thing, it has an amazing cargo capacity and backseat spacethat night out with the gang is a little bit more comfortable in the Scion tC. For another thing, its "less-powerful" engine actually gives the perfect balance of performance and fuel economy. All in all, the tC is perfect in that it captures the niche it was intended for perfectlyably continuing the reputation for reliability of its parent company, Toyota. The rest of the features reads like a trendsetter's wildest dreams18-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a sound system with all the trimmings and connection options, full sports body kits, GPS navigation, and even mood lighting. Not bad for a compact car! And those are just the original manufacturer's add-ons.
The popularity of this trendy vehicle has virtually guaranteed the flourishing of Scion tC replacement parts and upgrades in the market today. If the updates and extras for your Scion tC offered by the company are simply too expensive for you, you have a lot of alternatives to turn to that are far more affordableand a lot, if not all of these are of very high quality too! It's usually a good sign of an automobile's success that the aftermarket for its components is thriving. That's certainly the case here as the "super" compact remains extremely popular 5 years after it first hit America's streets!
Three Ways to Start Caring for Your Scion TC
Sporty without looking muscular, that's what the Scion TC is commonly described as. It's the perfect car for those who want a sports car but don't want to look like they're trying too hard or are compensating for something. With confident handling and well-controlled body motions, you will be at ease and feel like a king while you drive it. Plus, it has a roomy cabin and top-notch build quality, so you will still impress some people despite not having a muscle car. However, while the Scion TC has a good reliability record, you still have to take good care of it.
- Perform your car's maintenance on schedule based on mileage or time, depending on how you drive.
If you drive 5,000 miles in less than six months, then get your Scion TC maintained once you hit that mileage. Conversely, if six months have passed and you have driven less than 5,000 miles, you should get maintenance. To be safe, mark your calendar to remind yourself to do this every six months, but keep an eye on your mileage at the same time. Don't stick to the mileage count if you don't drive that often or far, and don't wait until six months if you drive a lot or go out of town often. Also, 5,000 miles and 6 months are just the basic frequency. Some of the maintenance procedures must be done every 10,000 miles or 12 months, 15,000 miles or 18 months, and 20,000 miles or 24 months and so on.
- Replace the engine oil and oil filter on schedule.
One of the simplest yet most important things to do to keep your Scion TC in excellent condition is to change the engine oil and filter on schedule. According to the owner's manual, you must do this every 5,000 miles or six months. You can either take your car to the service station to perform this maintenance, but you can also do this yourself, as it is easy and inexpensive. All you will need are the replacement oil, a new high-quality oil filter, some wrenches, funnel, something to catch the old motor oil, old newspapers, and rags. Don't forget to reset the oil placement reminder light on the multi-information display after replacing the engine oil.
- If you drive on dirt or dusty roads, regularly inspect the undercarriage.
While driving on muddy and dusty roads is possible with the Scion TC, you must give the components underneath proper attention. Just like with replacing the engine oil, you must also check the undercarriage every 5,000 miles or six months. However, if you drive on concrete and smooth roads, you can do this every 15,000 miles or 18 months. Inspect the ball joints and dust covers, the drive shaft boots, the engine air filter, and the steering linkage and boots. While you're at it, tighten the nuts and bolts on the chassis to make sure that nothing comes loose. By doing these, you can avoid a possible headache in terms of expensive repairs and replacements in the future.
Scion TC: An Automobile for the New Generation
There are new automobiles and then there are hip new automobiles—Scion is clearly of the latter. A branch of the monolithic Toyota Motor Corporation, Scion was one of the first marquees targeted at the younger and more hip middle class young professional. The tC—short for touring coupe—is a common sight in university towns and in cities with a thriving youth culture. In only half a decade on the market, it is simple yet reliable platform that has wowed critics and consumers the world over.
2004-2010: The New Kid on the Block
When Toyota debuted the Scion tC in 2004, it was clear that it was designed to appeal primarily to the so-called Millennial demographic—those born between the late 70s and early 90s who, by then, were just about to exit the universities and enter the working environment. This Toyota did by adding several amazing base features with optional extras that were numerous and easy to tack on. The base of the tC was the Avensis chassis coupled with a stable MacPherson strut front and double wishbone rear suspension.
It’s extremely low price--$ 17,670—added to the appeal because here was a new car that could be purchased in lieu of the common practice of old-clunker “first” cars. Among the standard options offered were power windows, cruise control, air conditioning, turn signal lights mounted in the side mirrors, anti-lock braking, 17-in. alloy wheels, a panoramic moon roof, and decent 160-watt Pioneer sound system with a built-in CD player. Again, for the price tag and the market targeted, it was great steal.
By 2008, the platform was so successful that the only real change was aesthetic—in the form of a revised grille coupled with new headlights and taillights. As if it wasn’t economical a purchase as it was, the Scion tC was also offered in an even-cheaper Spec Package. The 17-incher alloy wheels were downgraded to 16-in. steel ones, the moon roof lost its mobility, the steering wheel of this version was urethane, and cruise control was taken out. Considering that the price went down by over $ 1,500, the losses weren’t so bad, by and large.
The engine on this first generation was a 2.4-L DOHC 16-valve, 4 cylinder with VVT-I for enhanced and more efficient control. Power output was a decent 161-horsepower that provided enough of a pull without burning too much fuel—a balance, indeed between performance and economy. Safety was also above average, with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety giving the tC top marks across the board.
2011- future: A Scion for All Time
The latest generation debuted in April 2010 at the New York Auto Show and quickly turned a few admiring heads. It got a minor engine upgrade to a 2.4-L Inline-4 that could produce 180-horsepower and still remained very economical. The central design was not as radical was the first tC was—in face it bore close similarity to its brethren of the Camry class. It still looked good, however, especially with the now-standard 18-inch wheels attached. Sales of this Scion tC doubled what was expected by executives—so the future certainly looks bright for this “budget” beauty.