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NHTSA — Structure: Body: Hatchback/Liftgate Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,667 miles

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2008 Scion tC body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 202014


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Scion. The contact stated that she was unable to open the hatchback door due to the backdoor garnish assembly separating from the vehicle. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 112012

tC 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
First, the rubber hatch release melted & dripped onto my rear bumper. (I suspect that faulty wiring of some sort kept the release somewhat engaged, which melted the rubber.) then the hatch latch/lock would only completely release after multiple attempts. Finally, after unlocking the hatch & engaging (I thought) the release, the entire panel pulled off the car, leaving it dangling by the wiring harness.

- Wellington, AL, USA

problem #1

Dec 072011


  • 40,000 miles
The rear hatch handle is part of the a plastic molding garnish that matches the color of the car. The molding garnish that has the read hatch handle had all the plastic clips that attach it to the trunk break. So the part is barley staying on the car now. I called Scion and was told that mold and trim pieces are not covered under the warranty and are only covered for the first 12 months or 12000 miles from date of purchase. This was from the service manager at the Scion dealership where I bought my car. And I bought their platinum warranty (6 years/100,000 miles) when I got the car back in 2007. The car currently has only about 43,000 miles and I have had it just about 4.5 years.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

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