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The Scion FR-S/Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ triplets are being recalled due to an issue not with the car, but with the owner's manual: pages detailing the operation of the smart airbags contain a misprint. Although it's classified as a recall, owners don't need to take their cars to their dealers; Scion and Subaru will be sending the nearly 2,800 owners corrected pages that can be inserted in the manual. If you'd rather have your dealer do the Elmer's Glue work, they will have corrected pages that they can insesrt in the owner's manual for you.

Two separate issues seem to be affecting the FR-S only, even though it is built on the same line with the BRZ. Toyota issued "tech tips" to dealers to let them know that owners have reported that condensation has been forming inside the taillamp housings. According to an exchange on the FT86Club forum, the coupe's chief engineer declared that problem fixed after remedying a detail in the production process.

Another tech tip regarding body panel issues read, "Some 2013 Scion FR-S vehicles may exhibit a condition where body panel fitting may not meet customer expectations." It refers to complaints that panels were as much as a quarter-inch out of flush. It isn't clear how many cars are affected, nor how many owners have formally complainted, but according to a post on TundraHeadquarters.com, Toyota is "looking into it."


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      RuelSpot.com
      • 3 Months Ago

      Scion is a relatively new brand and if for no other reason, being that the brand is new, they should not be having recalls on their automobiles. Especially not on the Scion FR-S, their flagship model….

      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car has been in development for how long?! They should not be having body panel gap "issues".
        J W
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        development has nothing to do with the fact that the machine placing the body panels may be slightly off.
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        You only got downranked from fanboys. There is no excuse in 2012 for misalligned panels.
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      Other "tech tips" that Scion must be sharing with their customers: "Remember: 'Bass' is Latin for 'Awesome'. Try turning the dial all the way up." "Exit Only lanes are like edgier passing lanes." "When raising money to buy a Scion, remember to tell your NeoCon parents it's not a domestic." "Those aren't huge panel gaps. They're integrated speed holes." "Don't watch Season 1 Episode 3 of Frisky Dingo."
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they missed such minor details I wonder what else they missed.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jesus!
        That is Toyota quality for you.....
        techie69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jesus!
        They don't missed anything, they hired high school graduates from the U.S., they should have hired College grads and even that is not a guarantee to get the english right in a manual.
          derekwilkinson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @techie69
          Yeah they need someone who speaks English well, someone like you. "They don't missed anything"
          techie69
          • 2 Years Ago
          @techie69
          Correction: "They didn't missed anything..." Autoblog doesn't have a feature to modify your blog.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      They forgot the turbo during assembly. Oh wait, nevermind.
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        I just saw your handle and laughed. I dont know why its so funny but it just is. Thanks for the laugh(in a good way)!
      avconsumer2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Huh. TIL some car companies still "print" manuals.
        J W
        • 2 Years Ago
        @avconsumer2
        What good is a cd if you are broken down on the side of the road without a computer? I'll take my paper owners manual please.
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @J W
          I may be in the minority here, but I'd much rather one on my phone. It's always on me, always backlit (even if I'm broken down on the side of the road without a flashlight for a print manual... which it also has flashlight functionality), and easily / constantly updated. :)
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @avconsumer2
        TIL idiots still think up and use acronyms for anything. Or: TIL ISTUAUAFA Yes, ironic. But still annoying.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @avconsumer2
        TIL idiots still think up and use acronyms for anything. Or: TIL ISTUAUAFA Yes, ironic. But still annoying.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      A recall?! This sounds like something that can be easily fixed by one man walking the lot with a ratchet and a nut driver, and simply... paying attention. Ideally, this would be done at the factory, but once the vehicle has been shipped, oh well. In any case, it's not really that big an issue.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        You insert pages into an owner's manual with a ratchet and a nut driver?
          torqued
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dayv
          The body panel issue wasn't part of the recall.
          J W
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dayv
          if you read the whole article, there are issues with body panels not lining up.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        J W, thank you for saying (in a much nicer way) what I was just about to, haha! And Dayv, as for the owner's manual, that seems to be the lesser of these two evils. And even then, still not a big deal. Besides, print is damn nearly dead anyway. Don't believe me, then ask the New York Times, haha! Toyota / Scion should just offer a .PDF file or a free App to go along with every new vehicle purchase. In fact, that'd make for a much easier update to all manuals WITHOUT having to reprint anything. And as bad as this sounds (even to me) yes, I am 100% serious when I say that. I have no problem with reading anything, but without the addition of a search function, I've grown to feel my time is being wasted. :)
          Nemebean
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          Most manufacturers already offer a PDF version of the manual if you want it.
      Mike Hunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Before any of you start raving over how great this car is using your new found knowledge reading articles online.....I suggest first going to a dealer and sitting in one. The upper bolsters in the seats are VERY intrusive and any guy who's not some 125lb. skinny stick is gonna find these seats highly uncomfortable. Your middle back will have zero support and the bolsters just dig into your shoulder blades. The wheels have way too much black content in them and need some brightening, besides maybe being upsized one inch so they fill the wheelwells properly. I'm glad I went to physically see and sit in it before putting any $$ down on one. The tailight assembly looks like it was made by Mattel too - i.e. cheap! The dealer said allotment of FR-S's was keyed to how many tC's they sold - ha! Good luck!
        Lon
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Mike Hunt

        You sat in one before putting any money down? Pretty shrewd Mike. I drove one before buying it. Five months and 10,000 miles later, i'm still raving about how great this car is. At 5'11" and 180 pounds i find the seats highly comfortable for my weekly 200 mile commutes. Replacement wheels are readily available. Even better, with a fresh set of Winter tires on steelies, this car is as much fun on the snow and ice as it is on dry pavement. 

        kuntknife
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Hunt
        They may not fit the average American, but they certainly fit the average human. The fact that you have the American flag as your account image is the icing on the cake XD. Trust me, the BRZ/FR-S seats are lovely for the average-sized person.
        bazinga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Hunt
        I sat in one over the weekend and I can see how heavy set or taller people would be uncomfortable. I'm 5'9" 160lbs and the seats fit me like a glove; I'm not a "skinny stick" just an average person for my height and weight. Although, I agree with the shoulder bolster comment. I have broad shoulders and they're a bit too narrow for me. I would get uncomfortable during a long drive or if I was stuck in heavy traffic driving this car.
          Mike Hunt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bazinga
          @ Bazinga - I'm a broad shouldered guy as well and not "Shamu"....... but I'm glad you validated my comment about those bolsters and how narrow they are. Also anyone over 5'9" thinking they are gonna carry anyone in the back seats who are not named "Matt" and actually have legs - good luck. The front seatback is right against the rear seat lower cushions with zero room for legs....then again, this isn't a Camry alternative.....:)
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      They will issue a recall for just about anything these days.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I prefer it over having to fix the company's problem on your own dime.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WillieD
          [blocked]
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      insesrt
      ZOZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally a recall that is not from Toyota! Oops; scion is whose?
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