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3dr HB Auto Key Features & Specs

Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 30 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.4L DOHC MFI 16-valve I4 engine w/variable valve timing w/intelligence VVT-i
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front/double wishbone rear suspension
  • P215/45ZR17 all-season BSW tires
  • Temporary spare tire
  • 17" alloy wheels
  • Pwr assisted rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr assisted 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • 14.5 gallon fuel tank
  • Chrome exhaust tip

Exterior Features

  • Panorama moonroof w/pwr tilt/slide front glass panel & dual manual sunshades
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps w/auto-off feature
  • Pwr mirrors w/turn indicators
  • Rear window shading
  • Intermittent windshield wipers

Interior Features

  • Sport front bucket seats w/driver's seat adjustable thigh support & height
  • Drivers seat one-touch walk-in w/track & seat angle memory
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat w/seatback angle adjustment & (3) headrests
  • Fabric seat trim
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Instrumentation-inc: speedometer, tachometer, trip meter
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Amber instrument panel illumination
  • Pwr windows w/one-touch auto up/down feature & pinch protection
  • Pwr door locks w/remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defogger
  • Pioneer AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player-inc: 160 watt max, satellite radio controller, DSP sound equalization, Scion sound processing & (6) speakers
  • Rear fender-mount antenna
  • Digital clock
  • Dual pwr points
  • Driver/front passenger visor vanity mirrors w/cover
  • Hard cargo cover
  • Cargo area side storage

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Driver & front passenger airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Driver & front passenger 3-point seat belts
  • (3) 3-point rear seat belts
  • First-aid kit

2005 Scion tC Owner Reviews

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Good old Toyota reliability

2005 Scion tC 3dr-hb-auto-natl

This was my first brand new car purchased in December of 2004 for a little less than $18k. I wrecked the car on a deer at full speed few months ago and that completely broke my heart. I had less than 130K miles on it and never had any maintenance issues prior to this. The brakes were changed for the first time late in 2018 and other than new tires and oil changes it never needed anything else. The back seats fully reclined so I was able to move so many large items on my own. The vehicle was so agile driving around traffic and acceleration was great. The old 2.4 liter Camry engine it had was bullet proof. I guess the only knock was the fact it was a coupe, and over time one gets older and have kids and requires 4 doors. The visibility when turning was partially blocked by the thick location of the side curtain airbags. I was easily annoyed by the beeping sound whenever the vehicle was driven with seat belts unbuckled. It was easy to control over snowy roads and rain puddles due to how wide and low it was. The car was built in Japan and workmanship felt so solid. I will forever miss it.

- Luis Almeida

Toyota reliability with enough trunk space to carry anything you may need.

2005 Scion tC 3dr HB Auto (Natl)

The car has a very reliable engine, however the body work is less sturdy and often has to be repaired or replaced. The CD player that is factory standard is flawed and will short out and quit working, this usually occurs when at full capacity. The car rides comfortably if a bit low to the ground and gets good gas mileage. The styling is not bad, and the hatchback allows for a lot of room in the back when the seats are down, despite the small size of the car.

- Josh P

This is a good and affordable car!

2005 Scion tC 3dr HB Auto (Natl)

The person who owned this car before me didn't take care of it too well, so I had to change many rusted parts. Other than that the car is great! It runs so beautifully. It is really reliable. I love that is has two doors but it can be really low to the ground for some people. I love that it has a sunroof, it is so great during the summer. Although, sometimes it sticks and will not shut!

- Cassandra B

Sporty comfort, economical and fun to drive.

2005 Scion tC 3dr HB Auto (Natl)

At fourteen years old, I it's the most reliable vehicle I have ever had. It is a comfortable drive and easy to care for. Gas mileage is great. The only problems I have with my vehicle is the paint and moonroof. The clear coat on the hood has flaked off leaving it unsightly. The moon roof has a plastic piece that has broken and left if unusable.

- Shelly H

The Scion Tc has been very reliable

2005 Scion tC 3dr HB Auto (Natl)

Overall the Scion Tc is a very reliable car and has had no major issues except an engine replacement. The engine replacement was not costly and general maintenance is fairly cheap. If the scion is well maintained it should have no issues. My Scion has nearly 300,000 miles on it and it is still running strong.

- Joseph M

I would recommend Toyota.

2005 Scion tC 3dr HB Auto (Natl)

My Scion has been very reliable. I bought it at the end of 2004. The only work I've had done is the oil and tires changed. It has almost 150,000 miles on it and so far I've never had a major problem. Only minor issues I have is the air doesn't work anymore which can be fixed. I would purchase Toyota again

- Tracy K

Don't buy a car off of Craigslist

2005 Scion tC 3dr HB Auto (Natl)

I got the car from Craigslist back in 2016 and it has given me nothing but problems and has costed me money. The car itself is nice but it needs a lot of repairs. For example, my trunk button is hanging off and apparently it's costs $400 to fix it because they have to replace the whole thing.

- Anastasia C

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