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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,944 miles

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2008 Scion tC body / paint problems

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2008 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 142015


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Scion Tc. The contact stated that after the vehicle was parked, he observed that the rear driver side door garnish was fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the garnish assembly was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000.

- Saxton, PA, USA

problem #10

Oct 292014


  • 65,000 miles
Just like all the others, my rear hatch panel came off I was opening the trunk. I can't believe this isn't a recall. I never got the letter stating an extended warranty to replace this. Horrible. The only reason it hasn't come off prior to this is because I contort my body to open the trunk because I can tell it wants to come off. Well it finally did. Anyone that goes near that rear hatch panel with the emblem gets yelled at.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #9

Feb 062013


  • 78,000 miles
I was opening my trunk and the handle latch and light case fell right off. I am not a very strong individual so how this would happen to me completely stumps me. Since this incident I have noticed this exact problem on more and more Scion Tc's. I believe this is a structural body issue that the company should address.

- Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

problem #8

Apr 012011

tC 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Trunk broke off while opening vehicle. I am a 115lb female, seriously lacking the strength to break a well made car. Dealership refuses to fix defect without charge.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #7

Feb 092013


  • 91,000 miles
I was simply trying to open the rear hatch to my car and the plastic piece that holds the button to open the back broke off. I looked inside the plastic cover and it appeared as though the plastic piece itself had broken. My license plate light does not work now which is required by law in the state of Texas so I can possibly get a ticket due to Toyota's gross negligence.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

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problem #6

Mar 122009

tC 4-cyl

  • 2,032 miles
The hatchback latch has broken for the second time. Both times were under minimal use. The part is defective and should be replaced by the manufacturer.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 202013


  • 42,350 miles


I got out of my parked car and was going to put something in the trunk. As I went to open the trunk, the rear hatch piece, which has the Scion emblem on it, tore away from the car. It seems the plastic pieces which held the piece on had snapped off as I opened the trunk.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 102012


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Scion Tc. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the hatchback latch became fractured during normal usage. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician advised that the handle needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 60,000.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 022012


  • 31,000 miles
The lift gate on the trunk broke off with minimal usage. It seems to be a recurring problem going back to the 2005 model. I have reviewed many complaints online. Its to bad they don't report it here. The dealers know this is a problem because when I went in to get it fixed the guy said without looking it up it would $425 so he said it happens a lot. It is a major problem on these vehicles. Please check this out for us owners.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 082012

tC 4-cyl

  • miles
My 2008 Scion Tc's rear truck handle has broken off. I have never opened my trunk in the past nor present with any forceful manner. This is a critical component to a vehicle and I have researched this issue to find that this production flaw by Toyota/Scion has affected many.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012011

tC 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Defective trunk hatch handle, the handle broke on around November 2011, I strongly believe that it is manufacture defective and it is not meant to last. I"ve seen not just one, or two, or several, but a lot of cars with the same problem in the freeways; therefore, I believe that this is something that Toyota must pay and ask for a recall. Also, I considered dangerous because the handle is connected to the brake light and if there is any interference it can cause an accident.

- Paramount, CA, USA

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