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NHTSA — Power Train Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,382 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2013 Scion FR-S drivetrain problems

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2013 Scion FR-S Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 102015


  • 25,000 miles


Ignition coil cel came on rarely at high 5-7K RPM gear shifts and first appeared around 25K, now at 37K miles it comes on consistently at high 5-7K RPM shifts. Transmission had to be replaced at 15K miles due to gears grinding with the clutch fully depressed when driving in any speeds. Coolant tank was improperly sealed permitting water to evaporate, I used electric tape to make a seal. Engine did not have a high pitch cricket-like noise upon purchase and within 100 miles and since it has a high pitched noise when idle. Passenger's window switch does not auto scroll upon pressing the 2nd notch about 10% of the time in any condition. Both driver and passenger windows have very distinct 3 inch wide streak marks from scrolling up and down. The center of the interior dashboard has been slightly warped since 15K miles.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 222014


  • miles
Purchase an exedy stage 2 clutch with light flywheel part# 15953fw for a 2013 Scion frs. Issue is it lock out of gear in first and reverse gear. You have to used force to get it out of 1st and reverse gear. Also hard to get it into 1st and reverse gear. This is a problem with this clutch for this vehicle as many have reported this similar issue in ft86club forum. This locking and hard to get into gear makes it dangerous to drive the car when your in traffic or on the road. It occurs every time I drive my car regardless in the city or freeway. Nothing was done as I have contact the manufacture for a replacement part# 19599. They wanted me to send the old one to them for inspection while I have no replacement to put in my car so I can't drive my car. This is really a defected part and should be recalled as many are having the same issue.

- Dublin, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 212014

FR-S 4-cyl

  • 7,300 miles
Clutch broke in half.

- Somers, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 152013


  • 24,500 miles


This is intended to report a problem, not a one-time incident. The shift knob of my Fr-S is loose enough to rotate while shifting gears. I have read several other reports of this issue on online forums dedicated to this vehicle. I am concerned that it could potentially cause an accident due to partial misallocation of force from the operator's intended shifting direction into unwanted rotation of the gear knob. Missing a gear, or delaying or confusing the action mechanically can be a hazard. For example, it can be critical to make a fast and correct gear shift while merging into a traffic stream or while making a left turn against opposing traffic. The looseness of the shift knob, which in this case can rotate 5-15 degrees during a shift adds an unwanted and entirely unnecessary variable during operation of the vehicle. Scion/Toyota's response is that the rotational movement is "normal". a point with which I think no self-respecting automotive engineer would concur. Note: Proper shifting technique does not require significant rotating force to be applied to the shift knob. Nevertheless it is inevitable that some differential force be applied to one side of the knob while shifting through the gear pattern. Therefore the knob should be designed to resist those forces in order to direct the thrust in the direction intended by the operator. It should also be noted that the design of the Fr-S shift knob and integrated cap discourages tightening of the shift knob on its threads as that will cause the cap to lift out of the body of the shift knob.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 112013

FR-S 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
My direct injector collar ended up damaged/missing completely, originally resulting in a violent "firecracker" popping sound under moderate throttle acceleration, due to the ECU with faulty programming. This is the 2nd time within a month of this happening to both direct injectors. This issue is causing fuel to leak/misfire from the injector causing the vehicle to run extremely lean, which can lead to accelerated engine ware and (worst case scenario) engine detonation and has happened to another person already.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

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problem #1

Aug 082012

FR-S 4-cyl

  • 4,494 miles
My new car has been in and out of the shop for the past month (4 times). The check engine light keeps coming on and the dealer does not know how to fix it. The car does not also seem to be able to hold an idle speed. When my foot has the clutch completely depressed and my other foot on the brake, the engine idle just goes from 500 to 1000 and back down to 500 and the car shudders and almost stalls. There seems to be other Scion owners of this new car that are having the exact same issue (there are internet post on web forums dating back to June 2012) and Toyota/Scion does not act like they are aware of this issue at all. I am concerned that the car is going to stall or the engine surge when I am driving it. The car is at a Scion dealer for the 4 time and I was given no eta on when the car might be repaired.

- Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA

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