2005 Scion tC User Reviews

2005 Scion tC Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 53 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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"ride" 23 reviews
"fuel economy" 22 reviews
"power" 20 reviews
"handling" 12 reviews
"price" 9 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"doors" 3 reviews
"rattle" 3 reviews
"paint job" 2 reviews

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Ashton writes:
2005 Scion tC Review
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5

Pros

Brakes, low-midrange acceleration, steering feedback, A toyota that is actually fun to drive.

Cons

Body rattles, dents easy, can make the driver cocky.

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A Sub-compact That Is Concerned About The Driver, Not The Ice Caps. — For a car that is less than $20,000, the tC is a pretty impressive little hatch. It has a good blend of performance, comfort, design, build quality, and attention to detail. It interior says “I want to be German”, not the “Hey look how cheap I am” that you get in other cars less than $20,000. The performance is pretty impressive, the car accelerates quickly, but don’t think you can beat every car that pulls up next to you. There is a strong surge of acceleration up to 5500 rpm and just noise from that point to the redline at 6200 rpm. The car grips very well and the steering feel very good (for a Toyota). When cruising down the southern California freeways, the tC has no problem braking form 80 to a stop and it stays flat in the process. If you are like me, get a radar detector, because this thing does not have a problem getting to its top speed. Unlike most other toyotas, MPG is not a selling point of the car, not that it gets bad gas mileage (it gets great gas mileage), it is just not the goal of this car. There is hop, you don't have to give up driving enjoyment to get good gas milage like you do in other toytas (yaris, corolla, prius, camery, prius) The tC does not make any statements with its styling, it is elegant, an looks like something that would come from Germany. The Panoramic roof is great in San Diego, and the sound system is not half bad either. In addition you don’t feel like you are driving a low priced car. Some times you feel comfortable parking next to the Aston Martin parked in front of Morton’s Steak House. The car has fairly good build quality, but there are some areas for improvement. The bad roads in Point Loma bring out the structural faults with the tC. Many bumps will send rattles through out the cabin, mainly near the hatch, and the glove box. The moon roof also lets you know that the chassis is twisting when entering a drive way diagonally. The manual transmission can be inconsistent sometimes, which can result in rough shifting form 1st to 2nd. It dents easy, don’t park in narrow spots. Despite the faults, it is easy to look past them, especially at the price. Hey Its not a BMW, event if it somewhat tries to look like one. It is a fun car at a reasonable price, just keep your eyes in the rear view mirror.

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Andrew writes:
2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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5

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Fun to Drive, Power

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So light you need to make sre you have really good tires to keep traction

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Good — Performance is awesome for a 4cyl. Clutch squeaks sometime. Gas mileage average for a sports car. Extremely fun to drive on the streets if you want a little more power and less maintenance fees. Exterior is very sleek ad aerodynamic

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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5

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Fun sporty effecient

Cons

Not any real big ones

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Scion Tc — For a four banger the acceleration is exceptional. I love that it'll get me there when I want to go fast but it saves on gas when you need it to with the VVT-i. The only thing that's gone wrong in the year I've had it is the throttle body went out but the was the consequence of driving through three feet of water. I love the looks of the tC. It's very sporty and the interior is very nice. Surprisingly for a two door the back passengers have quite a bit of leg room. From experience there is more leg room in the back of the tC then a four door civic or subaru impreza. This car is very fun to drive and handles like a dream. The steering is very responsive and so is the throttle. Over all i love this car and love that this is the way i was brought into the Toyota family.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matt writes:
2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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For something fun and stylish, but can seat 5 and save gas.

Cons

Difficult to get in and out of rear, no rear wiper.

55

The Ultimate Compromise For The Young Adult. — It's a great all around car. Looks good inside and out, with nice styling cues that seem to hold up well over time. Performance is moderate for a sporty coupe; better than average, but nothing to write home about. Its fun to drive, seats 5, huge rear seats, good gas mileage, and will have a long life of toyota reliability. It never really jumps out in any one catagory, but is above average overall in practically everything.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Harout writes:
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4

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Design, Reliability, and pricing

Cons

cheap components for interior

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Scion Tc — Overall, I really like my Scion TC. It was a big upgrade from the previous car I owned. The car's sporty design and extra features caught my eye instantly. The performance of the car is good. It has a nice quick pick-up especiall on 2nd gear. I've gotten used to the car since I bought it and hope to get something with a little more horses under the hood. Other than that this is a really nice car to drive.

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Stephanie writes:
2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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Good handling and breaking. Good transmission and clutch. Great Gas Mileage and the Flint Mica is a great color. It's fun to drive. Good tuner car!

Cons

Poor acceleration. It can't get out of its own way.

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Awesome 4 Cylinder — This car handles great. The 5-Speed manual transmission is awesome. The hydrolic clutch is easy and engages pretty high. This car is so easy to turn into a tuner car. It's pretty easy to add a turbo. It's pretty slow from the factory but it's got tons of potential. It's affordable too! I bought mine with 25,000 miles on it for 16k which was great. It's really good on gas too!

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erchambers writes:
2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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4

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Quick, Fun, Gas Mileage.

Cons

Hatch is weak.  Shoddy trim.

erchambers
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Early Scion Tc — I purchased this car new in '04. It has snappy acceleration and pretty good handling for the price. I recently purchased some Yokohama H4s tires and they improved the handling and smoothness significantly. Some of the interior pieces are not put together well, and there are some creaks from the plastic pieces. Some of the trim in the hatch has begun to fall off, and there is significant hatch oscillation with the windows down.

Owner for 3 years, 2 months

Miles Driven per Year:11,000

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Hyder writes:
2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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5

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Everything

Cons

nothing

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Tc Is Awesome! — This car is just perfect for a first car. Easy maintenance, good gas mileage, fun to drive, and cheap to own. So far I have put 80,000 miles and only had to do regular maintenance like oil changes, tire rotation, brakes, and just the usual stuff.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Phillip writes:
2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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4

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Great HP for its price, solid mileage, fun

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Random problems (being the first year of its model), ricey, frequent oil changes

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Great Car For Its Price — Great acceleration, stock 160 HP, definitely a fun car to drive (manual). The brakes are probably just my Dad's car, but they're horrible and haven't got fixed. Handling is good, however steering wheel is a little tight and the gears are a bit hard to shift into place. The body is not too bad (a little girly in fact). The rear windows unfortunately block my blind spot, so it makes me a little nervous. The muffler is very ricey sounding, which is a little annoying. Mileage is decent. Interior is solid.

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Ryan writes:
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5

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ALL THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS ThAT COME WITH THE CAR

Cons

ID CREATE AN OPTION THAT LET YOU ADJUST THE LIGHT IN THE DASHBOARD, THE WAY THE LIGHT CHANGES IN THE RADIO

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One Of The Best Cars I Ever Owned — Performance – acceleration, braking, handling Everything is Great, I installed a cool Air In-Take which gives me better mpg plus also more power and better quality air flow plus the sound was enhanced. Handles great Build Quality – has it needed repairs? squeaks/rattles Other then me installing the cool air-intake its a pretty solid built car. I keep up daily on the oil changes plus the tire rotation Appearance – both interior and exterior styling When I bought this car, they let you customize it the way you wanted. I got the LED lights, spoiler, Pedal Covers, 6 CD changer cuz it holds 6 and the display changes colors Cost of Ownership – gas mileage MPG is Great with the cool air-intake Fun Factor – is this car fun to drive? I love driving this car, its almost like driving a car from the Fast and the furius minus the nitrousoxide blast. I also love blasting the radio/cd/Ipod and i would recommend this car for anyone who wants a custom ride. This car has TONS of options

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2012 Scion tC Reviews

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2011 Scion tC Reviews

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2010 Scion tC Reviews

Fun, Yet Reliable By Tory

The car is supposed to be somewhat of a sporty car. You can feel it in the whenever you're doing city driving; however it becomes apparent that you cannot zoom around people while driving out on the h... Read More

Great Car For A Great Price. By Trey

The overall handling of this car is astounding for price, the quality of the build is good, there are only minor flaws since this is a first generation TC. It is a cheap car to maintain and a very fun... Read More

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2009 Scion tC Reviews

Reliable Coupe By nhaerr

Could use some more top end power, and I wish it didn't run at four thousand rpm's at 80 miles per hour. Fun to drive with simple but classy styling. Love the availability of Toyota Racing Developme... Read More

Great Commuter Car, But Stylish! By BrookeF

Great appearance, good gas mileage,minimal maintenance/ low maintenance costs. The panoramic sunroof and reclining back seats are awesome,. Pioneer sound system sounds great. Easy to park and super fu... Read More

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2008 Scion tC Reviews

Wonderful By Jemsmotors

Is a gas saver and the cost of maintenance and all repairs and parts can be found for great prices and every where you look for them. Besides parents love it for their trips and my friends love it to ... Read More

I Love My Tc! By Karli

Great car, wouldn't have any other one for my daily driver! I bought this little dime in March of 2012 with a wowing 22,000 miles on it, can you say fantastic for a 2005? I can, what a deal. In this l... Read More

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