Toyota 86/Scion FR-S Problems And Common Complaints

The Toyota 86<, null, null, null, null)">Scion FR-S before August 2016) is a sleek and sexy sports car that turns heads on the street. It’s a solid and reliable car, but like any other vehicle, it comes with a few common issues. Read on to find out what they are.

Note: The list of problems below is organized by year and model. Scroll down to find your year model.

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2016+ Scion FR-S/Toyota 86 – Common Problems

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2013-2015 Scion FR-S – Common Problems

Disabled Interlock System: All Scion FR-S cars come equipped with a standard interlock system that prevents the ignition key from being removed unless the transmission is in park. Scion disabled the system while transporting brand new FR-S cars to avoid damaging the transmission. Some FR-S cars were delivered to dealerships without ever having had their systems reconnected. In early 2016, Toyota issued a recall on all FR-S cars and had its dealerships correct each affected car’s system free of charge.

Cracked Oil Drain Plug: The oil drain plug that comes with this car is prone to cracks from over-torquing. If you find an oil leak that seems to come from the bottom of the oil pan, the culprit is most likely a cracked drain plug. Getting it replaced would do the trick.

Clutch Release Bearing Failure: Many 2013 FR-S owners are all too familiar with this problem, especially in cold weather. Symptoms include gears grinding when the clutch is depressed, the clutch sitting a little too high, and hard shifting. Not replacing your clutch release bearing (Part No. SU003-00802) right away can lead to transmission housing, pressure plate, and/or shaft damage.

Engine Control Unit (ECU) Not Programmed Correctly: In some 2013 FR-S cars, the camshaft position sensor isn’t able to change the angle for the variable valve timing, resulting in rough idling, engine misfire, and/or an extended cranking. Toyota issued a TSB about this in February 2014. If you’re experiencing this issue, your ECU needs to be reprogrammed.

If you’re experiencing another issue with your 86 or FR-S that isn’t listed here, feel free to email us or give us a call. Our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you find the replacement parts you need!

Toyota 86/Scion FR-S TSBs - 2017 to 2018

To find these TSBs, you can try Googling the TSB ID #, the name of the TSB, or some combination. You can also go to and search for the TSB by entering your VIN.

2017 Toyota 86 Paint Stains Under Rapgard 198795 2017-03-07
2017 Toyota 86 Alarm Triggering While Driving 199326 2017-03-23
Written by Jason Lancaster