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Hi Scion Forums,

I am trying to find advice on how to remove the A-Pillar on the drivers side between the door and the windshield. I have heard there is an airbag in this section so if you remove the A-Pillar you need to first disconnect the battery to avoid setting off the airbags. I believe this is the piece I am seeking to remove. I have seen other Toyota's in youtube clips remove this piece by pulling using hand strength to get the A-Pillar out an inch then use needle-nose pliers to disconnect the clips from the frame to remove the A-Pillar the rest of the way. I am not sure if if I am just too timid or what, but I cannot do this when I try I feel like I am going to force it and break a clip.

Is there some trick or advice someone of this forum can provide to removing this A-Pillar? Additionally, if there is also advice on removing the trim in the 2016 Scion iA footwell to allow me better access to the fuse box, that would be appreciated.

I am trying to do this so that I can install a Hardwire kit to run power to my Viofo A129 Duo Dash Cam from the fuse box in the drivers footwell. I have numerous tutorials and seen that some installs might do this by running the wiring down the weather stripping, but no one gets into detail. The more common advice is to run the hardwire kit down the A-Pillar, through the dash and into the footwell. The Hardwire kit does come with a plastic "trim removal" tool, but it is not very substantial and I was not able to use it to make progress on the A-Pillar.

I would like to do this myself, but if it is unreleastic to do this as an amateur I will take that advice. I know that Cartoys will do the installation for a price, but I wanted to use this experience to become more familiar with the Scion.

Thanks for any advice!
 

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While I can not provide advice about your specific job, I will recommend that you ignore any information about other Toyota’s except the Yaris models that match our Scion iAs. A better reference would be any Mazda, especially the CX-3 or the Mazda3. The iA was built by Mazda.
 

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While I can not provide advice about your specific job, I will recommend that you ignore any information about other Toyota’s except the Yaris models that match our Scion iAs. A better reference would be any Mazda, especially the CX-3 or the Mazda3. The iA was built by Mazda.
I did notice in the footwell fuse box, there was a Mazda logo in the removable piece of trim that covers the box. When you say the iA was built by Mazda, how does that work exactly? I see they have a business capital alliance, but why did Mazda build this for Toyota? I will find a Mazda forum to ask. How closely do the CX-3's, Mazda3's, and Yaris's match the iA?
 

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I did notice in the footwell fuse box, there was a Mazda logo in the removable piece of trim that covers the box. When you say the iA was built by Mazda, how does that work exactly? I see they have a business capital alliance, but why did Mazda build this for Toyota? I will find a Mazda forum to ask. How closely do the CX-3's, Mazda3's, and Yaris's match the iA?
The iA was built by Mazda and is sold in other markets and Puerto Rico as the Mazda2. I believe it predates the new relationship between Mazda and Toyota. Auto manufacturers have been building cars together for years Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ, Toyota Supra/BMW Z4, Plymouth Laser/Mitsubishi Eclipse, and Mazda Miata/Fiat 124. But some times they just buy an existing product and stick their own name on it. Ford built a pick-up that sold as a Mazda. Chevrolet sold a Corolla with a Geo name in the 1990s. I believe the Scion xB was a Daihatsu Materia and a Subaru Dex in some countries.

Mazda did not see the market in the US for the Mazda2 and Scion needed a small sedan so Mazda built the Scion iA in their Mexico factory, stuck a Scion grill on it and Toyota sold it. Beyond the grill, I don't think there is another part that is not straight from the Mazda parts bin. Look at your interior and the 2014-2018 Mazda3 or the 2016-2021 Mazda Miata and count the parts that are identical. The interior is closer to the Miata than the Mazda3 due to the size. I am told that the back side of the Scion logos have a Mazda part number and logo.

I bought the iA because it was a Mazda in the size I wanted. Other than the logo. There is nothing non-Mazda about it.

The CX-3 is built on the Mazda2 platform. The Mazda3 and CX-5 are built on a different platform. The engine in the iA is a 1.5 L version of the Mazda SkyActiv while the CX-3, I believe uses the 2.0 in the US and the Mazda3 uses the 2.0 and 2.5. The 1.5 is used in many Mazdas in other countries including the Miata. Mazda is such a small company that they share parts across the product line every chance they can.
 

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The iA was built by Mazda and is sold in other markets and Puerto Rico as the Mazda2. I believe it predates the new relationship between Mazda and Toyota. Auto manufacturers have been building cars together for years Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ, Toyota Supra/BMW Z4, Plymouth Laser/Mitsubishi Eclipse, and Mazda Miata/Fiat 124. But some times they just buy an existing product and stick their own name on it. Ford built a pick-up that sold as a Mazda. Chevrolet sold a Corolla with a Geo name in the 1990s. I believe the Scion xB was a Daihatsu Materia and a Subaru Dex in some countries.
Well thank you for the info I am also no posting on different Mazda forums now to get more advice.
 
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