2005 Scion tC Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 Scion tC

2005 Scion tC Problems

An illuminated Check Engine Light could be caused by a defective VVT-i controller, which changes cam timing for optimal power.  Updated parts are available and the repair may be covered under the powertrain warranty.

Check Engine Light Illuminated
Problem: Diagnostic Showed Error Code 420: "Catalytic Converter Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)
Solution: Free Replacement by Dealer Under California 7yr/70k or Federal 8yr/80k Warranty Covering Emissions Parts

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2005 Scion tC Questions

for several years now I have had issues with the volume down button. First the button wouldn't engage underneath and I had to push really hard to make it work. and because of that I pushed the button so hard now it gets stuck under the cut-out hole and I can't get it out now.
it just pro...

trying to replace the clutch

Rack and pinion removal, after accident

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2005 Scion tC Recalls

These vehicle were sold without the required load carrying captivity modification label. Dealers will mail the corrected label to vehicle owners. Owners have the option of requesting that the dealer install the label. This recall is expected to begin on May 27, 2010.

The side impact airbags may inadvertently deploy. This can occur if a door is closed with excessive force while the ignition is on or within 90 seconds of turning the ignition off. Personal injury could occur to an occupant seated where the airbags deploy. Dealers will replace the two side impact airbag sensors and install a urethane pad in the front doors to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin on November 6, 2006. The Toyota recall number is SCC 60H.

The glass sunroof wind deflector may shatter if impacted by a projectile such as road debris and separate from the frame. Pieces of the broken deflector may fall on the vehicle occupants, causing driver distraction and/or injury. Dealers will install a protective laminate to the wind deflector to prevent pieces of glass from separating from the frame. This recall began on October 27, 2005. The Scion recall number is 50S.

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2005 Scion tC Reviews

Pros: Incredible Value - Great Design - Brakes/ABS - Extremely Reliable - Fun to drive with stick shift - Tons of customization options - Only one significant repair in almost 7 years (below) - Glass roof with moonroof/sunroof combo Cons - Minor, intermittent rattles - Catalytic converter replaced (for free w/ warranty) at 55,000 miles - Handling is so-so unless you upgrade the suspension comp...

It's been plagued by problems since I purchased it.

LOVE my Tc!!! It has been a great reliable car. The Tc may not have all the bells and whistles, but it had everything I wanted for a decent price. We have had ours for 7 years now and would purchase another. The down side over the years were the low profile tires, you hit a pot hole and forget it!

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