really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
121,850 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most common solutions:

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problem #8

Jan 012017

tC 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Every gas fill up I have to also buy 1QT of Oil. Change Oil and Filter ever 1,200 miles now. Dumb that other years are covered but this year is not. It is obviously a problem. I'll go back to Ford or Mazda.

- marhovej, Columbus, US

problem #7

Aug 192014


  • Manual transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Yeah I just can't afford to maintain my scion with constant oil changes which seem to be every 1500 miles or so. Tried synthetic. Tried regular, still burns right off and my engine is at risk every time. Someone told me if you go to Toyota and pay for their oil change and request them to monitor this issue, then go back in to show them its burning off they might recall the problem. They did this for her, but from what I'm seeing it's not been placed as a recall yet, which it most definitely needs to as it's obviously a big issue for many. She said ultimately it's all the seals they will replace in the engine.

- Teza B., Grants Pass, US

problem #6

May 012016


  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles

We bought the Scion TC because we check reviews and thought it was one of the safest cars for our 17 year old. Plus, just knew it would last at least 300,000 miles or more based on previous reviews on Toyota and Scion previous owners. Instead our son has had to check his oil before he leaves daily, what a pain!!!

Called Toyota today about warranty enhancement on oil consumption, of course it's out of warranty and never received any information about this warranty on this car. Change the oil on time, every time. Seems unfair to consumers this information on this oil warranty wasn't delivered to us. When complaining about oil usage during oil change, no one mentions this warranty either. Last Toyota or Scion I will ever waste our hard earn money on.

Goodbye Toyota/Scion, you lost another customer.

- Debra A., Rome, US

problem #5

Jul 102016


  • Manual transmission
  • 125,000 miles

the clunking steering wheel and noisy clutch is something I can leave with but an engine without an oil is really scary. I wish those people who were having problems with their TCs burning oil should make a complain here and on NHTSA so that toyota will issue a recall.scion tc have the same engines as the camrys who already are known for Excessive oil consumption. I WILL NEVER BUY A TOYOYTA and YOU SHOULDNT TOO.

- James S., San Jose, CA, USA

problem #4

May 112015


  • Manual transmission
  • 125,000 miles

I have taken the car to the dealership in San Luis Obispo for services over the last 4 years since living here. When it started burning oil, I mentioned it to them and they basically have ignored it and have told me it was 'normal' to have burned all the oil within 1500 miles. I recently started doing more research online, as the problem continues to worsen (adding quart of oil recently only got me about 200-miles) and I have realized what a common problem this is. I spoke to the dealership where I purchased the car and they were very helpful. They said to call toyota. I did that and they basically said there's nothing they can do because my car isn't listed on the covered cars with this problem. Which is BS. Figured I should keep complaining until someone decides to help out.

- Shiloh W., San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 232012

tC ES 2.4L V4

  • Manual transmission
  • 53,000 miles

Bought the car as the second owner. Noticed when we changed the oil the first time that it was really low. After changing the oil I checked on a regular basis, I've had a car catch fire so I'm very cautious, and every time I would check it would be at least a quart or more lower than it should be and it wasn't very many mile in between the changes so the oil should of not "disappeared" like it was. It seems every 1000 miles or so we have to add another quart or more of oil to it. It is VERY annoying and makes me worried at times that we wont catch it in time to get oil in. I have seen that A LOT of scion tcs are having this same issue and I haven't seen my year, 2006, so I wanted to get it out there that 2006 years are doing the same, well mine is at least and I am sure that I am NOT the only one.


- Megan D., Boise, ID, USA

problem #2

May 222016

tC 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

Car broke down... Threw a rod... Checked oil 4 hours before the engine blew up. Check oil after blow up and there was none. Called Toyota and they said my vin # doesn't fit for the fix and basically told me to F%#€ off! They were very rude. I don't know what to do. My car is. A 2006 but the class action was for 2007-2009 tC. But I did find that Toyota admitted that it may be a problem for 2005-2006 as well but they won't fix it.

PLEASE HELP!!! My life is really rough right now and I need my car to get to work and back!

- Randy W., Pearland, TX, US

problem #1

Jul 282014

tC 2.4L I4

  • Manual transmission
  • 106,700 miles

I am the 3rd owner on my current TC. Apparently I can understand why I got such a kick ass deal on the car: it drinks oil like it's crack cocaine!

I noticed when I bought the car a month back the oil was full on the dip stick (checked it the proper way and not the naive buyer way) and was pleased with the top off from the guy. So about a month later I'm at 25% with my synthetic oil with lots of smooth freeway driving. This car is awesome in every aspect for impressing the bro friends, ladies, or simply just commuting to work with pep to the wheels but the engine is like: "LOL U WANNA DRIVE 4-6k WITH SOME OIL TO SPARE? HAHA THATS FUNNY YOU DUMB TWIT!". I thought Toyota was all about building a tank disguised as a car that won't try to strand you or rob you of your wallet as much as their European counterparts, boy I was sure wrong. I have phoned Scion and gotten a "pound sand you're SOL" response from them. I called my local dealer and they want $2-3k to rip out the engine and repair it when I can just order a freshly rebuilt 2.4L 2AZ-FE on the internet for $1.6k

The excessive oil consumption is well known with the 2AZ-FE 2.4L i4 engines in the TC and XB yet Toyota doesn't want to recall it as it poses a serious risk to safety from the engine seizing in the middle of the road with deranged SoCal soccer mom drivers, ricers, or teenage drivers driving like Charles Manson or John Wayne Gacy on PCP to making you into a doomsday prepper by carrying a big ole' 8 quart bottle of oil in your car constantly. Toyota should change their slogan from: "Lets Go Places" to "Lets Go To The Shop Constantly!". Many Scion forums are raising a huge fit about this problem and Toyota receiving many complaints yet they ignore their customers. Shame on you Toyota... RECALL AND FIX THIS PROBLEM.

- belair56, Corona, CA, USA