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2012 Scion iQ body / paint problems: paint is peeling off

Paint Is Peeling Off


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
39,950 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. repaint (3 reports)
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2012 Scion iQ body / paint problems

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2012 Scion iQ Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 012015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


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I have spent years going around with Toyota since the paint started coming off in sheets after I bought it in 2014. Please, if anyone is doing a class action suit, count me in. I fear that the cost to repaint the car will surpass its value.

- Maire M., Bear, DE, US

problem #7

Aug 012018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

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paint is peeling off

Very pissed off that my 2012 Scion IQ Pearl White paint has started peeling from the corners on the roof. I spoke with expert car painters and they tell me that the peeling paint was abnormal and that the paint was the problem. I called Toyota and spoke to their people and they say that they pay for the repaint due to expired warranty which for paint is 30,000 miles or 3 years. How convenient that the paint started peeling at 45,000 miles. I am contacting a lawyer for a class action suit. My research shows that this is a manufacturing problem with this particular year and white pearl paint.

- Cas W., Lutherville Timonium, MD, US

problem #6

Jul 012018


  • CVT transmission
  • 46,000 miles

Rumor has it that Toyota in the UK will pay to fix Scions with the pearl white that is flaking. My Toyota dealer says they want $3500 to repaint 12 sq feet of roof. As a "goodwill gesture they will only charge me half $1700. So bottom line, Toyota wants to make more money off me rather than fix the problem.

- Peter N., Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 032016

iQ 1.1L 4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 60,000 miles


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Paint started peeling off. Told Toyota Chula Vista Ca dealership about it and said that they would have to remove the all the paint from the car and if they find that it wasn't defective, I would have to pay for it. So now I'm not leaving the car there and risk to pay for it.

- Jose J., Chula Vista, US

problem #4

Jan 122018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

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paint is peeling off

I bought a 2012 Scion IQ Pearl White in 2014. Around mid-January, my painted started peeling off the top of my car for no apparent reason. After googling, I found that several other owners of the same make, model, and finish had had the same issue. I took it to an independent shop, and the owner told me to take it to Toyota, as it was clearly an issue with improper priming.

I took it to Manhattan Beach Toyota, and they submitted my pictures to their rep and got an estimate. Today I was told that Toyota was only offering $500 to "help" with the $1500+ repair (which was the estimate their repair guy gave- the only person I could use to even receive the offered "assistance). This is ridiculous! I paid 12k for the car, and now they want me to pay over $1000 to have just the roof repainted because they didn't prime this car correctly? I have to drive around a ghetto looking car now simply because of Toyota's manufacturing defects. Clearly there is precedent (as evidenced online) of Toyota taking ownership and assisting with repairs.

I should not have to pay a cent to have this fixed, as it is Toyota's fault. I find the apathy and lack of ownership on Toyota's end completely appalling. This is absolutely unacceptable.

I am considering consulting with a lawyer regarding a class action lawsuit. Please get in touch if you have had the same issue!

- Karen W., Los Angeles, CA, US

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problem #3

Jan 172018


  • CVT transmission
  • 34,000 miles

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I first noticed paint damage on the roof of my white 2012 Scion iQ a couple of weeks ago, and now it's nearly 1m in diameter. I took it to a body shop for an unrelated accident and asked them about it. They said it would be functionally impossible for them to repair and that I should return it to the dealership as it's presumed to be under warranty. I'm not sure about that - I've encountered a dozen owners of white 2012 iQs with the same paint problems in different areas of the car, like it's delaminating or something. It's causing sun damage already!

Update from Jan 31, 2018: I took it to the dealership and they claim to be unable to do anything about it, but someone from corporate will be in next week to look at it.

- J.D. H., Alexandria, VA, US

problem #2

Nov 292016

iQ Limited 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles

I purchased my Scion IQ at the end of 2012 new. When it was days over 4 years old, the paint on the roof began to bubble and peel. I went into Toyota where I purchased, and they told me it would be 2300.00 to repaint the roof of the car! Also, they told me that Toyota only guarantees their paint for 3 years.

WHAT??? Why then did I pay for the vehicle to be coated with a protective shield that was supposed to last the life of the car? Also, if they had primed the roof correctly, why is it peeling after such little wear and only 4 years? Also, why are there so many cars older than mine on the road without paint peeling from the roof?

I spoke with 2 separate body paint professionals (other than Toyota) who told me that Toyota obviously had improperly primed the roof of my car and that they should cover the new paint job. Toyota refused. Over the last 5 months, I have gone back 5 times total.

Finally, this week, they agreed to repaint the roof for 731.00. That is still a lot of money for them to charge me on a car with (now 20,000 miles) that has been well-kept and through no fault of my own, the paint bubbled and then peeled off in sheets.

I still owe 6,000. on the car (its initial cost was about 22,000 with the warranties). Has anyone else had paint problems with Scion, and what did you do about it?

- nanapolis, Annapolis, US

problem #1

Aug 012015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,250 miles

No car that is 3 years old with original paint should have such defect.

- Nikolay A., Summerville, SC, USA

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