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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PROS
"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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Abouchard writes:
2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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4

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Over 160,000 miles...no maintenance issues. Looks great especially when just waxed.

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Gets loud inside when the tire tread is low...blind spots bad

Abouchard
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Great Overall! — Like the overall look, the sliding sunroof, the wheels. Gas mileage isn't great for the lack of power. Should handle better with the tires. Have not had to spend any money on it considering the high mileage. Would have another.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Victor writes:
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5

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the looks. toyota did a great job with the RS..

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its a two door.. and it should really have a 6th gear.

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Tc Rs — the car is great, runs awesome, handling is great, the gear box is smooth. its a fun little car. i wouldnt get it automatic though. stick shift makes it so much fun. the only thing toyota missed out on is that they shouldve put a 6 gear manual transmition instead of a 5.. the 2.4 the car has, has enough power to handle that extra gear.

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

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Mackenzie writes:
2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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Reliable

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none

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Decent — Decent car. Toyota quality, had no issues on it at all. Added cold air intake which it responded well to. Sold for DC5. Wouldn't mind having another but would not be first choice. No reason to stay away except personal preference

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Bryan writes:
2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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Looks and overall performance

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Expensive to maintain

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Nearly Stock Tc — Peppy for a 4-cylinder, good styling, great interior. A lot of available upgrades. 0-60:7-8 seconds stock. Got shafted on the price, but had to have it. Not many in my area, so it'll turn some heads, and any blonde looks good in the passenger seat. -AEM CAI -Custom axle back exhaust

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

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Shawn writes:
2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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3

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has a lot of standard features for under 20k, toyota build quality

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Terrible in the snow, leaves more to be desired.

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Cool Little Car Thats More Attractive Than The Rest Of Scions Lineup — Its a great car, Build quality is good being that it comes from toyota. Ive had it for almost 4 years and have had no major problems. The car is a commuter.. not a performer. Handling isnt great, nor is acceleration or braking, but its not mean to be a GTI. Overall if you dont have to put up with snow... its a fun little hatch with a lot of standard features.

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

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Anthony writes:
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it handles well

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nothing

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2005 Scion Tc — the car is amazing on the road. its a real safe feeling car. i love driving it. i have fliped it and did little damage that im still driving it. scion did a good job with a safe car. its quick.

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

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John writes:
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Well-priced 2 door hatch with a great options list

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Heavy for what it is, needs a 6 speed transmission, is not a sports car

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2005 Scion Tc 5 Speed — Disclaimer: I have some racing experience with autocross and also with faster, better handling cars. I refuse to select 'sport coupe' as this is my only trim option, but overall I enjoy the car. In stock form the braking, handling, and acceleration are about what you would expect but not exceptional. The car is used primarily as a daily driver but it is at least somewhat involving to drive, aided by the fact that mine is a 5 speed. There are a few areas that are prone to rattles, but I've learned to live with them. The hatch can rattle a bit on uneven pavement and/or in cooler temperatures. There is a service bulletin on this but it doesn't really fix the problem. The only issue that has happened to the car to date was an oil leak from the timing cover which was fixed under warranty. If I drive conservatively gas mileage can be between 30-32 mpg with combined highway and city driving. Usually I average around 28-29 mpg with about 30-40% city and the rest highway. As mentioned above, it is a fun car to drive. What would really help this car is weight reduction. Lighter cars are just a lot more enjoyable to drive. The car could also benefit from a 6 speed transmission. I expect this would give the car a few more MPG on the highway.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alex writes:
2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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everything

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4 banger fwd

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? — it is an awesome car good acceleration breaking and handling, has a great build quality nothing major has broken other than the 3rd break light which was an interesting fix. does not squeak or rattle much. it is fun to drive and gets good gas mileage.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michal writes:
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It's a great blend of economy, utility, and fun.

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It has had a handful of recall issues - that's usually not a good sign...

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Nice, Fun, Inexpensive. — Nice, fun, inexpensive. Good quality, good aftermarket support. Could do with some more power or a little less weight. It's a great blend of economy, utility, and fun. It has had a handful of recall issues - that's usually not a good sign, but dealer support is usually great.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Aaron writes:
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Plastic falls of Paint Sucks

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Mediocer — Its ok seen better nothing beats a sti or a wrx performance ya right need a turbo its cheap hood wont open plastic falls off cops hate it get pulled over weekly at best and well no rear wiper get

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2011 Scion tC Reviews

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2010 Scion tC Reviews

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2009 Scion tC Reviews

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2008 Scion tC Reviews

I Love My Tc! By Karli

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