hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,629 miles

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2007 Scion tC engine problems

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2007 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #18

Aug 022016


  • miles


Excessive oil is being lost in the engine.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #17

Oct 182016

tC 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Engine locked up and needs to be replaced. I was told there was no oil in the engine at all, which seems to be due to a design defect causing no excessive engine oil consumption. I was driving on the interstate and barely made it the shoulder when the car seized up and died. No low oil light ever came on. If someone was driving in heavier traffic, the car could shut off in an active driving lane.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #16

Apr 162016


  • miles
Oil consumption recall required multiple vehicles including my 2007 Scion Tc are plagued the manufacturing defect which is causing vehicles to consume excessive amounts of oil. Toyota announced an "enhanced warranty" to repair the problem but there is little to no progress for the majority of owners because they are delaying the release of parts for repair. I spoke to multiple service advisers at different locations who all said Toyota does not want to take the upfront charge to repair all the affected vehicles. Dealer confirmed that Toyota only sends enough parts to repair 2-3 vehicles per week. My vehicle was confirmed to be consuming excess amounts of oil by the Toyota dealer on 4/16/2016 and I was given a repair date of 3/27/2017. Toyota is intentionally delaying the repairs in an attempt to allow vehicles to become non-operational before repairs are completed. This is egregious, arrogant, and unethical. It is not normal for any vehicle to burn through 2 quarts of oil in less than 1000 miles. They are creating a hazardous situation for anyone operating the affected vehicles. If my engine seizes as a result of running out of oil, an accident is more probable. I am confidant multiple accidents have resulted from Toyota engines seizing due to running out of oil. Surely myself or my child could be injured or suffer heat stroke if I were to run out of oil without access to assistance for multiple hours in 110 degree weather. This is dangerous, please issue a recall.

- Pico Rivera, CA, USA

problem #15

Jun 122016


  • 106,634 miles


I do 3000 mile oil changes regularly I've noticed before the 3000 miles I've needed to add 2 quarts of oil before every oil change I see this is a problem with the Scion Tcs is there a way of fixing this I have 160635 miles on the car

- Selden, NY, USA

problem #14

Jun 172016


  • 115,000 miles
I took my car into an auto shop due to a strange scratching/ticking noise coming from my engine compartment. That is when I was informed that my engine was 2 quarts low on oil. I had just had an oil change done 1,000 miles prior, the mechanics told me that my car shouldn't be burning that much oil and that in the current condition my engine isn't going to last much longer. Now because of that I have drive chain problems and really bad blow by coming from my engine due to lack of lubrication. No engine at 115,000 miles should be consuming 2 quarts of oil every 1,000 miles. What is Toyota doing about this issue are they going to recall 2007 Scion Tc engines because I know from reading the complaints my engine is not the only one that has extremely bad oil consumption which leads me to believing this is on Toyota's manufacturing not the drivers maintenance.

- Placerville, CA, USA

problem #13

Mar 082016


  • 98,500 miles
A recall was made for oil burning consumption, I brought the Scion Tc vehicle to hamer Toyota in mission hills California. They said it was normal for the Scion to burn between 1.5 to 2 quarts of oil within 1500 miles of travel. I believe that is wrong and incorrect. The car is not supposed to burn oil especially at that consumption amount. Yesterday the I we to change the oil at bohans auto shop, they said the car only had about one quart of oil in the car. They said car is not supposed to burn oil.

- San Fernando, CA, USA

problem #12

Feb 172016


  • 78,000 miles


Takata recall my car's engine recently (two days ago) has been making ticking rattling noises when I start up and begin to accelerate. Took my 2007 Scion Tc in to have the oil checked and they said the valve gasket cover was damaged and just needed replacement. They preformed an oil change and fixed the valve cover and hand me over the keys to take off. As I start up the car the engine is still making the ticking rattling noise. I go back into the service department and ask them if the car just needs to circulate the oil around for a bit to lubricate the engine and then the noise will go away. They all hesitated from answering the question and said it may just permanently be there. My car only has 78,000 miles and I have always kept it in good care. This problem came out of nowhere and left me incredibly disappointed driving away with the same problem left unfixed. After doing some research on the issue I came across many others who have experienced this same sort of problem regarding excessive oil consumption burning that is leading to engine failure. What is Toyota doing about this problem that is occurring for many customers at a low mileage point" are they standing behind their loyalty and trust to their customers or just going to leave them out in the cold to worry about these high cost problems alone" thank you for any help and guidance you can provide.

- Clive, IA, USA

problem #11

Sep 192015


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Scion Tc. While driving at approximately 35 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle and an unknown warning light illuminated. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being driven to the dealer, an unknown part of the engine fell out causing oil to spill out with fumes of smoke. There was no fire but a fire report was filed with the fire department. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Woodridge, IL, USA

problem #10

Jul 252014

tC 4-cyl

  • miles
Letter from congressman carter on behalf of constituent re 2007 Toyota Scion recall. The consumer stated the vehicle had an engine/oil problem. The engine was replaced in July 2014, due to a rod being thrown through the engine block. The consumer then received a warranty enhancement notification regarding an oil consumption problem. He submitted documentation for reimbursement. However, Toyota never responded.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #9

Jul 032015


  • 125,000 miles
We purchased a 2007 Scion Tc for our son. We have had no problem with the car and we were unaware of the Toyota reports on it. We have had the car serviced and have records. He was driving home from work and without warning his engine blew. I learned about the oil consumption problem on the car so we had it towed to our local dealership and checked. They felt that the problem was part of the oil consumption problem and sent the information up the stream for it to be denied by the warranty person who made his decision based on a couple of pictures and the fact that the car was not bone dry from oil. It showed all the damage of a vechile with oil consumption problem. They have now denied my claim again and still the person that is making the decision did not send the field rep to look at the car. We are loyal Toyota owner and currently own 5. we have never ever been so disappointed in the way a situation was handled. My son could have been serious injured if he was not able to get off of the busy highway in time. He had no warning. I have be doing my research and have learned the scope of the problem and Toyota, know the scope is trying to sweep it under the rug. I still owe 2 years of payments on this car and they would like me to pay $6200 to replace my engine. It has definitely been identified as an engine problem and they are making more money on a problem that they caused. I noticed that there are 2 class action suits against them for the problem because it is so big. Please issue a recall so that all of us involved can drive safely in the cars that we work hard to pay for.

- Hull, GA, USA

problem #8

Dec 022013


  • 70,000 miles


My Scion Tc burns excessive engine oil. Toyota recommend oil change every 5K miles and at about 3-4K miles after an oil change, the oil is burnt so much to the point that when I check engine oil level it's well below the length of the dipstick and red oil low warning light on the dash comes on. This is extremely dangerous, if a car stalls in the middle of the highway due to engine failure with no oil, lives can be lost due to this type of accident. There is already a class action law suite against Toyota on this. Instead of a mandatory recall, Toyota says you have to do a test first before they're willing to repair for free. I went to dealership for the test and my car burns 0.6qt/1000miles. For the 5000mile oil change interval, my car would have burnt 3qts and keep in mind this engine is designed to hold only 4.5qts. The oil level would be too low to be shown on dipstick. Yet Toyota refuse to do the repair claiming that within 1qt/1000mile is normal. Seriously? that would mean by 5K oil change is due the engine would have burnt all oil and bone dry. NHTSA, please make Toyota pay for this. They are risking people's life just to save money on repair cost. Need help from government in this matter.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 172014

tC 4-cyl

  • miles
Excessive oil consumption after 1000. Miles oil consumption test at caldwell Toyota dealer. 2 1/2/ quarts down. Then we were given a warranty enhancement notification form to take to the dealer. The dealer said come back and we will do another oil consumption test in 1000 miles. This has been going on since summer of 2014. I hope the car doesn't burn up. Please issue recall. They are getting away with not fixing the problem the first time. The notice said once there are enough parts then they will send out notices to fix the cars. Ok now!!!

- Verona, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jul 162014

tC 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I went to walmart to get a oil change, but they refused to change the oil because the oil stick wasn't registering any oil. I was told to add 2 qts. Of oil and then they would change the oil. I noticed recently that again my oil stick isn't registering any oil. I have no oil leaks or spills around my vehicle when I park.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 142013

tC 4-cyl

  • 115 miles
For over a year I have noticed that my car has been consuming large amounts of oil. I noticed it when I still had 1,000 miles until my next oil change. My check engine light came on and I immediately went to advance auto parts to check the oil. I needed to put 3 and a half liters in because it was almost completely out. Scion Tc's only hold 4 liters of oil. So my car burned up almost all of the oil and I had only driven 2,000 miles since my last oil change!! this is absurd, I bought my car brand new and have kept it serviced regularly and just paid it off! I should not be having this problem, but I've done my research and know that this is not an error on my part for not taking proper care of my car, it is a defect in the engine. I have a friend who services cars at Toyota and he said that the engine was built backward and that's why the oil consumption is very large. The only way to fix this is to rebuild the engine. I really am upset by this because like I said earlier I bought this brand new and have it paid off. I should not be having this issue, and since there is a defect in the way the engine was built I would hope that Toyota would recall this because it is not up to quality standard plus they need to take ownership of their mistake, and this is a big one that I shouldn't have to go into financial debt over.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #4

Jul 262013

tC 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The engine was consuming oil at an alarmingly fast rate. Dealership insisted oil levels were ok when car was brought in to Toyota dealership for all oil changes regularly. Now less than 115K miles and the engine is done and car is worthless. Dealership refuses to take responsibility for a known defect in the engine.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 142013

tC 4-cyl

  • 65,572 miles
I noticed the oil level on the dip stick was at the "need to add a quart" mark after 5,000 miles. The 2007 Tc only has 65K miles. I noticed that was pretty strange given in my experience with other cars, they will only need about a quart of oil at 150K to 200K plus miles. I have brought this matter to the Toyota service representative when I took the car in for the 65K miles service and of course the typical default, trained, conditioned, dealer service representative response was that it is normal to have this amount of burning oil. It is after I read other Tc owner reports that were filed with NHTSA that this is reoccurring problem with this vehicle. I am requesting NHTSA to look into a recall to fix this issue. Thanks.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 052013

tC 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
There is a terrible oil consumption problem with this car. My daughter's engine blew up because of it. If you do not plan on checking your oil every singleday.do not buy this car. All I could get from anyone is that I was supposed to take it to the dealer with an oil problem. I am not a mechanic how the heck would I know that? be forewarned....and I am a Toyota buyer through and through, I might sell my cars after this.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 052013

tC 4-cyl

  • 73,500 miles
I purchased my car new from the dealership and my first oil changes I went to the dealership because of oil consumption and they said it was normal for the car to use 1 quart for every 1200 miles. Every mechanic I have spoken to said to me that is not normal for a new car used for daily driving. Now I'm at 73K miles and I have records of every oil change being done at every 3K miles and between oil changes I have to put in at least 4 to 5 quarts in between and now I have a rod knock sounds like a bearing due to no oil in the car when I checked right before my next oil change. I researched the internet and realized that this is very common and Toyota is aware of the oil consumption issue on these engines but has not issues a recall just a tsb. Since the engine burned oil so that it was empty I believe that is a product defect (covered under warranty) and the tsb shows that its a piston rod bearing issue in the 2az-fe engine. I also believe that Toyota is taking advantage of the consumer by stating that it is normal to have 1quart of oil loss per every 600-1200 miles. That does not even make sense for a new car with a modern engine and its in the users manual. This is happening to alot of people and its between 50K to 100K miles when the warranty expires. Because of this the Toyota dealership told me that I need a new engine and they wont help me. They are making money from this engine defect and are taking full advantage of it without placing a recall only a tsb. References: www.rav4world.com/forums/96-4-3-general/68762-rav-drinking-oil.html www.scionlife.com/forums/showthread.php"T=209859 www.scionlife.com/forums/showthread.php"T=123401.

- Lansdale, PA, USA

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