TechSpec: 2016 Scion iM

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Scion recently debuted a new car in what they deem the fun hatch segment. The 2016 Scion iM has a sporty and versatile five-door design.

The compact car sports a 137 horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that uses Valvematic continuously variable valve timing technology to offer a broad torque curve, so the iM feels responsive in all situations. The Scion iM has a standard six-speed stick shift but also has an optional intelligent, continuously variable transmission that’s been sport-tuned for driving pleasure — that’s why it’s called the CVTi-S. The CVTi-S has a sport mode, as well as manual shifting capability with seven stepped shift points.

Based on the Scion tC sports coupe platform, the 2016 Scion iM uses ample high-strength steel and special reinforcements in the body structure. It features double-wishbone rear suspension, so as not impinging on cargo room, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels with fat 225/45R17 tires.

Inside, Scion prides the iM on its premium interior without the premium price. High-quality materials are found throughout the cabin, and outside noise is kept at bay with an acoustic layer windshield, foam-type insulation and floor silencer sheets. The iM’s six-speaker Pioneer sound system is controlled through an easy-to-use seven-inch Pioneer display audio unit that also includes standard HD Radio and Aha. The display screen also provides the view for the backup camera.

On the exterior, the iM gets a piano black grille treatment, LED daytime running lights and taillights, and color selections that pack some pop: Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Barcelona Red Metallic, Spring Green Metallic and Electric Storm Blue.

For those who see the car as a blank canvas, Scion offers a full range of dealer-installed accessories. A sampling includes: navigation upgrade kit, body graphics, cargo area enhancements, interior light kit, all-weather floor mats and more.

The Scion iM will also offer a line of Toyota Racing Development performance accessories, including an air intake system, sway bar, lowering springs and more.

A 2016 Scion iM with a CVTi-S transmission will cost a buyer right around $20,000.

Servicing the 2016 Scion iM

NORMAL MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

Every 5,000 miles or six months:

• Check installation of driver’s floor mat

• Inspect and adjust all fluid levels

• Inspect wiper blades

• Rotate tires

• Visually inspect brake linings/drum and brake pads/discs

 

Every 10,000 miles or 12 months:

• Replace engine oil and filter

 

Every 15,000 miles or 18 months:

• Inspect ball joints and dust covers

• Inspect brake lines and hoses

• Inspect drive shaft boots

• Inspect engine coolant

• Inspect exhaust pipes and mountings

• Inspect radiator and condenser

• Inspect steering gear box

• Inspect steering linkage and boots

 

Every 30,000 miles or 36 months:

• Replace cabin air filter

• Replace engine air filter

• Inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs

• Inspect front differential oil

• Inspect fuel lines and connections, fuel tank band and fuel tank vapor vent system hoses

• Inspect fuel tank cap gasket

• Inspect transmission for signs of leakage

 

Initial inspection at 60,000 miles or 72 months, with an inspection every 15,000 miles or 18 months thereafter:

• Inspect drive belts

 

Every 120,000 miles or 144 months:

• Replace spark plugs

• Replace vacuum pump for brake booster

 

ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE ITEMS FOR SPECIAL OPERATING CONDITIONS

Driving on Dirt Roads or Dusty Roads:

Every 5,000 miles or six months:

• Inspect ball joints and dust covers

• Inspect drive shaft boots

• Inspect engine air filter

• Inspect steering linkage and boots

• Replace engine oil and filter

• Tighten nuts and bolts on chassis and body

 

Driving while towing, using a car-top carrier or heavy vehicle loading:

Every 5,000 miles or six months:

• Replace engine oil and oil filter

• Tighten nuts and bolts on chassis and body

 

Every 30,000 miles or 36 months:

• Replace front differential oil (manual transmission only)

• Replace manual transmission oil

 

Repeated trips of less than five miles in temperatures below 32 F/0 C:

Every 5,000 miles or six months:

• Replace engine oil and filter

 

Extensive idling and/or low-speed driving for a long distance such as police, taxi or door-to-door delivery use:

Every 5,000 miles or six months:

• Replace engine oil and filter

 

Every 60,000 miles or 72 months:

• Replace front differential oil (automatic transmission only)

• Replace transmission fluid

 

Fluids and Capacities

Motor Oil: 0W-20; capacity is 4.4 quarts

Transmission Oil: CVTF FE  S

 

[[At a Glance: Motor Oil: 0W-20

Capacity: 4.4 quarts

Transmission Oil: CVTF FE]]

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