definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,853 miles

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2013 Scion FR-S engine problems

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2013 Scion FR-S Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 082016


  • 52,000 miles


Rod bearing failure causing sudden slowdown. Failure was due to factory defect of having too much sealant in between internal engine parts, causing oil starvation.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 052016


  • 55,000 miles
Rod knock happened for two miles headed home and the engine completely shut down. Checked oil levels and they were perfect level.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 202016


  • 80,000 miles
I drive a frs, automiatic. Bought it used with 80,000 miles. I started having problems two months into owning it. Had a feeling like it was trying to stall. Engine light came on with the traction light. Code read P0019. Car would shake viciously when I when stop at a red light. Shook when I reversed sometimes. Started idling really low. Took it to the dealer they said it wasn't under warranty. They said the whole transmission needed to be replaced, $6,450. Read a lot of similar problems from other frs owners. Call corporate, they build a case for me. Completely blew me off, because the car wasn't serviced with them throughout 30,000 miles by owner before. They said they wouldn't help a used car. My household holds 6 Toyota cars and they didn't do one thing to help, but offered $1,000 if I bought a new car off them. I'm in school and have to pay other things and I trusted them and their vehicles and was just blown off like nothing. It sucks to finally buy your dream car and only to find out there's so many problems with it. Toyota failed me. Odometer reads 87,000

- Nokesville, VA, USA

problem #5

Aug 222015


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Scion Fr-S. while driving 5 mph, the engine stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Clear Water, FL, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Jul 162014

FR-S 4-cyl

  • 3,200 miles
After engine worms up, let the engine idle and stays at 600 RPM for a few seconds, jump to 1100 RPM then down to 600 and 400, engine shakes up like is going to stall and check engine light and vsc light come on. Dealer told me is a camshaft gear defect that will not change the angle for the variable valve timing(vvt). Other parts needed to be change are oil control valve and camshaft vvt sensor. Toyota must issue a recall for these, more than 250 cases were reports on ft86club.com. Same exact problem is shown on the Subaru brz because is the exact same car.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 062015

FR-S 4-cyl

  • 33,130 miles
After several weeks of smelling burnt oil in the cabin, I discovered a serious oil leak on the engine. The engine has a block off plate on the right rear camshaft area. It is a stamped steel plate held on with three bolts and sealed with rtv. The oil was leaking around the bottom bolt and dripping onto the exhaust pipe. Scion dealer was contacted and they told me that all they could do was re-apply the sealant and hope for the best. They also commented that it would fail again in the same place because of the design. I ordered an aftermarket cover plate that incorporates an O ring into the seal. This plate is guaranteed not to leak if installed according to the instructions. Web forums indicate that this is a very common problem with manual transmission equipped Fr-S. the automatic transmission version has a pump in place of the block off plate. This is a potential fire hazard and owners should not have to buy aftermarket parts to correct the problem. Scion/Toyota (Subaru) should design a plate that does not leak onto the hot exhaust pipe.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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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