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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,400 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.

2007 Scion tC engine problems

engine problem

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2007 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #2

May 272010

tC 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Purchase pre-certified/pre-owned Scion Toyota, 2007, with 40,000 miles on May 12, 2010 and on May 25, 2010 oil light began to blink, lost power and control of car on busy rainy road and car stalled, putting my life at risk. Burning smell and brakes & steering wheel locked in middle of road. Updated 06/03/10 the consumer stated the vehicle is currently in the shop with serious engine damage. Updated IVOQ 06/07/10

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 152008


  • 44,800 miles
On December 15, 2008 I parked my car outside of a shop in md and within 10 minutes of returning, I saw white, electrical smoke rising from under the hood. During this time the vehicle was off. As I walked to my vehicle several witnesses and the mall security had arrived and were ready with a fire extinguisher. I opened my hood and suddenly the entire engine burned in flames and almost burned several people including myself. This incident did not burn the vehicle but only the engine and it was reported to Toyota/Scion within 30 minutes of the fire. Toyota did very little to investigate the cause of the fire and over 20 days later, while my vehicle is under warranty, sent me a letter saying "the cause of the fire was not from a manufacture defect". they did not give a reason for the cause of the fire and has not done anything else about it. Also, the vehicle was 100% Toyota stock with all wiring, electrical, and even the brake pads were original.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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