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Scion FR-S May Have Some Technical Problems

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On: Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 2:46PM | By: Chris Weiss


Scion FR-S May Have Some Technical Problems

Ordinarily we'd hold off on reporting about any vehicular technical issues until a more official recall or statement by the automaker. However, when a car like the Scion FR-S - one of the most publicized cars of the year - starts developing alleged problems a week after launching, it's worth taking note of.

According to Jalopnik, Toyota issued two 'tech tip' warnings to its dealers last month about the FR-S. The first tips says that some FR-S models "exhibit a condition where the rear combination lamps appear to have moisture on the inside of the plastic lens." Cutting through the polite PR-speak, we're left with: "the taillamps aren't sealed properly and will fog with condensation." The other tip is the car "may exhibit a condition where body panel fitting may not meet customer expectations," which we'll translate to "body panels may pop off."

A Scion PR spokesperson told the blog that no complaints have been registered through its customer call center, but several users on the FR-S/GT 86-dedicated website FT86Club.com have noted the fogged taillamps. One poster on the forum said that he contacted a chief engineer at Toyota about the issue, who immediately fixed it on the assembly lines and suggested that current owners contact a Scion dealer for a quick fix, should they experience the problem.

While the issues aren't very serious, they're not particularly good news for Toyota. Thanks to years’ worth of teasing, the GT 86/FR-S has been in the spotlight. Toyota could probably live without having the story, which is supposed to be about its return into affordable sports car market, turn into "cheaply made eco-coupe falls apart in a week."

On the plus side, the issues have likely been eliminated at the plant and should be an easy fix for those owners that bought their cars before the fixes were instituted.




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