Toyota 86 / GT 86 / Scion FR-S (2.0L, 2012-2021) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule for the Toyota 86, the rear-wheel-drive naturally aspirated sports car that Toyota produced from 2012-2021.

The Toyota 86 is also known as the Toyota GT86 (UK) and the Toyota Scion FR-S (in the US, where it was renamed the Toyota 86 from 2017).

The Toyota 86 / Scion FR-S is powered by a 1998cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-valve-per-cylinder boxer engine with dual VVT. It has a square bore and stroke of 86x86mm, make it a “square boxer” — something that changed in its successor.

The Toyota 86’s engine is naturally aspirated. With a compression ratio of 12.5:1, it makes peak power of 151 kW (205 bhp) at 7000 rpm, and peak torque of 211 Nm (156 ft-lb) @ 6400 rpm. Power goes to the ground via a six-speed close-ratio manual or electronic automatic transmission and a rear wheel drive.

From 2022, the Toyota 86 / GT86 has been replaced with the 2.4L Toyota GR86.

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Maintenance Schedule for the Toyota GT86

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Toyota GT86.

The GT86 is released in a lot of markets worldwide, but each locale has a unique maintenance schedule. This is due to differences in regulations regarding emissions, maintenance, and safety.

  • In Australia and Europe (and maybe other non-US regions), the service interval for the Toyota GT86 is 15000 km / 9000 miles.
  • In the US, Toyota recommends servicing every 7500 miles (~12000 km)

How often you service your GT86 also depends on how you use it. If you drive it on dirt/dusty roads, in heavy traffic, or at the track, you will wear out certain components faster and need to service your car most often.

Toyota 86 / Scion FR-S maintenance schedule (US)

Below is the maintenance schedule from US manuals for the Toyota 86 or Scion FR-S.

Notes

  • There is no break-in service scheduled (but many owners do one anyway)
  • At the end of the break-in period, continue servicing it in the pattern shown
  • Items marked (*) are to be serviced more often if you drive your car under harsh conditions (dirt roads, bumpy roads, stop-start traffic, extremes of heat/cold etc. — see the above section)

Legend:

  • I: Inspect (and adjust, repair, or replace as necessary)
  • R: Replace
  • T: Tighten/ re-torque
Miles (000)7.51522.530
Months7.51522.530Every
Engine oil and oil filter*RRRRUnder severe conditions, replace twice as often (every 3750 miles / 6000 km or 4 months)
Engine air filterI*I*I*RSee severe conditions table
Spark plugsSee below for “less frequent” maintenance
Automatic transmission fluidIISee below for “less frequent” maintenance
Clutch fluid and system operationII
Brake lines and hosesI*II*ISee severe conditions table
Brake pads and discsI*II*ISee severe conditions table
Brake fluidR*RSee severe conditions table
Engine coolantISee below for “less frequent” maintenance
Bolts and nuts on chassis if driving on dirt and dusty roadsTTTT
Cabin air filterI*RI*RSee severe conditions table
Drive beltI
Drive shaft bootsI*II*ISee severe conditions table
Exhaust pipes and mountingsII
Drivers floor mat installationIIII
Fuel lines and connections, fuel tank vapor vent system hoses and fuel tank bandI*I*I*ISee severe conditions table
Fuel filter*See below for “less frequent” maintenance
Fuel tank cap gasketI
Manual transmission oilI
Parking brake lining and drumsI*I*I*ISee severe conditions table
Rear differential oilII
Steering gearI*II*ISee severe conditions table
Suspension ball joints and dust coversI*II*ISee severe conditions table
Tire rotationRRRR
Wiper bladesIIII
Toyota 86 / Scion FR-S maintenance schedule

Toyota 86 less frequent service (US)

Below are a few items that don’t fit neatly into the above table for the US Toyota 86. These items should be replaced relatively infrequently.

Less frequent itemsReplacement interval
Replace spark plugsEvery 60000 miles or 5 years
Replace automatic transmission fluidEvery 60000 miles or 5 years, or more often as needed
Replace fuel filterReplace every 75000 miles or 6.25 years, or more often if driving in severe conditions
Replace engine coolantReplace at 135000 miles (216000 km) or 11 years, then every 75000 miles (120000 km) or 6 years
Toyota 86 / Scion FR-S replacement parts (less frequent)

Toyota 86 / GT86 maintenance schedule (Europe / APAC)

Below is the full maintenance schedule for the Toyota 86 in Europe and APAC, including Australia. It’s a little different to the maintenance schedule specified in the US (and not just because it’s in metric units).

Notes

  • Maintenance intervals: General service intervals for the Toyota 86 in Europe / APAC are every 9 months (0.75 years) or 15000 km.
  • Where both are present, follow the earlier of distance or time-based intervals.
  • Harsh conditions: Items marked (*) should be serviced more often if you drive in harsh conditions. These include
    • Driving on rough, muddy or snow-melted roads
    • Driving on dusty roads
    • Extensive idling and or low speed driving for long distances
    • Continuous high speed driving (at speeds greater than 140 km/h) for over 2 hours
    • (and some other less likely conditions, like using your 86 as a taxi, or driving short distances in freezing conditions
  • At the end of the indicated schedule, repeat the maintenance in the pattern shown.
  • There is no break-in service prescribed, but some owners choose to do one anyway.
  • Engine coolant replacement: This doesn’t fit into the schedule.For the Toyota 86, replace engine coolant initially at 10.5 years or 210000 km (whichever first), then every 6 years or 120000 km.

Legend:

  • I: Inspect (and adjust, repair, or replace as necessary)
  • R: Replace
  • T: Tighten/ re-torque
Years0.751.52.2533.754.5
km x 1000153045607590
Engine
Drive beltsIIIIII
Engine oilRRRRRR
Engine oil filterRRRRRR
Inspect radiator and condenser (check not damaged or blocked) and heating system. Inspect hoses and connections for condition and corrosion.III
Engine coolant
See notes above on infrequent replacement
III
Exhaust pipes and mountingsIIIIII
Electrical System
Spark plugsR
BatteryIIIIII
Fuel filterR
Engine air cleaner filterIIRIIR
Fuel tank cap, fuel lines, connections and fuel vapour control valveIII
Charcoal canisterIII
Chassis and Body
Brake pedal and parking brakeIIIIII
Parking brake linings and drumsIII
Brake pads and discsIIIIII
Brake fluidIRIRIR
Clutch fluid level and system operationIIIIII
Brake pipes and hosesIII
Steering wheel, linkage and steering gearIIIIII
Drive shaft bootsIIIIII
Suspension ball joints and dust coversIIIIII
Manual transmission oilIII
Automatic transmission fluidIIR
Rear differential oilIIRIIR
Front and rear suspensionsIIIIII
Bolts and nuts on chassis and bodyTTTTTT
Accessory itemsIIIIII
Tyres and inflation pressuresIIIIII
Rotate wheelsIIIIII
Balance front wheelsIIIIII
Driver’s floor mat – fitment and retentionIIIIII
Lights, horns, wipers and washersIIIIII
Seatbelt, webbing condition, buckle and retractor mechanism operationIIIIII
Air conditioner filterRRRRRR
Air conditioner, including refrigerant levelIIIIII
Road Test
Road test vehicleIIIIII
Toyota 86 Australia maintenance schedule

About the Toyota 86 (a.k.a. Toyota GR86, Scion FR-S)

2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition on track
2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition on track

The Toyota 86 is a sports car in an iconic format — a front-mounted four-cylinder engine, rear wheel drive, and two-door chassis.

The Toyota 86 was initially known as the Scion FR-S in the US, and the Toyota GT86 in Europe. From model year 2017, Toyota renamed the Scion FR-S to the Toyota 86 in the US (see the press release here, also announcing some minor upgrades to the model).

But the Toyota 86 was fundamentally the same (other than where the steering wheel sits) regardless of geography.

Like the GR 86, the Toyota 86 / GT86 / Scion FR-S is based on the Subaru sibling, the BRZ. Both cars have an essentially identical engine and chassis, though with a different external appearance and the engine perhaps in a mildly different state of tune.

Toyota 86 Scion FR-S 2.0 litre engine

The heart of the Toyota 86 is what makes it special. In a world of souped up turbocharged engines driving advanced drivetrains, the Toyota 86’s motor is a 1998cc 4-cylinder boxer engine. It’s square, with an 86 x 86 mm bore and stroke (much like the Honda S2000, a car that holds a special place in many car owners’ hearts), and an aggressive 12.5:1 compression ratio.

The manual — and most owners go for manual — version of the Toyota 86 produces 205 SAE hp (153 kW) at 7000 rpm, and 156 ft-lb (211 Nm) of torque at 6400 rpm.

The 86 comes in both manual and automatic versions. You’ll probably have more fun with the manual one… and that reflects in the fact that the EPA estimated mileage for the automatic 86 is considerably better! The auto one is rated at 27 mpg combined; the manual at 24 combined.

There’s a lot that makes the Toyota 86 more than just a pretty package with a spritely engine.

Firstly, Toyota gave a lot of attention to the suspension. There’s a sport-tuned MacPherson strut at the front, and independent multi-link rear suspension at the back. You can also get the TRD handling package that gets you Sachs dampers all around.

Secondly, the centre of gravity on the Toyota 86 is very low. In fact, the seat height is the lowest in the entire line-up. Toyota also kept the engine’s centre of gravity low.

And finally, Toyota has given a lot of attention to appropriate chassis rigidity and tires.

The result is that the Toyota 86 can keep glued to the road when you need it, and has controlled oversteer on demand. This is what makes it so much fun for a modestly-powered car — it’s one you can push to its limits easily, and one in which you might even feel comfortable turning off all the electronics.

The Toyota 86 comes in a number of trim options. The base model gets you LED headlights, air con, cruise control, keyless entry, and sport seats… the basics that you need.

The Toyota 86 GT, or Toyota GT86 Pro in the UK gets you a spoiler, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, a 4.2 inch TFT display, and a smart key entry system. And some other stuff.

Maintaining your Toyota 86 is a little more difficult than if it had an inline four-cylinder engine as there are two cylinder heads to deal with. But oil and fluid changes are well within the means of the average owner.

Manual References for the Toyota 86

The above information came from the user’s manual, and the warranty and maintenance guide for the Toyota 86, as well as online public parts repositories.

The general maintenance schedule is the same for the Toyota 86 in different regions, but the service intervals are different. It’s up to you to decide how aggressively you’ll maintain your Toyota 86.

Toyota 86 Maintenance Schedule USA
Toyota 86 maintenance schedule — US manual
Toyota 86 Maintenance Schedule Australia
Toyota 86 maintenance schedule — Australia Manual

You can download manuals for Toyota cars from the US site here.

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