What are Some Common Scion Problems?
Stylish, reliable, fun to drive -- these describe Scion cars and SUVs to a tee. In fact, they're beloved not only for the looks and driving feel to buck trends while setting new ones, but also for how affordable they are.
Even the most popular Scion models have had a few problems over the years, though. Good thing you came to us here at Toyota of Irving for more info on them. Here are some common ones to watch out for, and some advice on what to do if you run into them.
Scion xB: VVT-i Controller Defects
Known for being roomy and efficient, xB was a favorite among Scion owners. Models from between 2004 and 2010 had engine problems, though -- notably, power issues, stemming from camshaft timing problems caused by bad VVT-i controllers. If yours has around 90,000 miles on it, give or take, and the Check Engine light's come on, it's most likely why. You can sometimes repair the controller, but usually, you'll have to replace it.
Scion tC: Faulty Oil Systems
Sports-car enthusiasts appreciate tC for its unmatched balance of driving dynamics and cost-effectiveness. Models from between 2005 and 2016, though, had their share of engine problems -- among them, burning through oil a lot faster than usual between oil changes. Yours has around 130,000 miles on it, and you'll know you've got this issue from the engine oil warning light on the dash. Find sludge in the engine, though, and it's pretty much a certainty.
The fix: clean the engine, of course, but also, replace whatever you have to -- for, instance, the piston rings, if they're worn-out. Also, use the right motor oil, and change it every 3,000 miles, along with your oil filter.
Scion xD: Bad Engine Mounts
xD was everything Scion, loaded with features for its low price point. People loved it, and still do, but for the sometimes noisy vibrating heard and felt when speeding up or shifting. The culprit: usually, the insulator on the left-side engine mount. (It was a known issue for models from between 2008 and 2011 -- those with around 90,000 miles on them these days.) Replace that, and you should be good to go.
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