Last post on Jul 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM
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Scion xA, Scion xB, Hatchback, Wagon
#726 of 734 Re: anyone else having huge problems with the XA? [kimberlyxa]
Aug 08, 2009 (5:50 pm)
I purchased a 2006 Scion XA at the end of February 2006. By Labor Day of that year, the first front wheel bearing went bad and had to be replaced under warranty. Five front wheel bearings later I have 133,000 miles on the car.
One other beef: poor fuel economy. I've had the dealer check the engine a few times, always nothing wrong, but my highway economy is around 33 MPG and in city traffic, in the 25 MPG range. I've never seen 40.
Oh, it also eats tires. I've had a couple of separated belt situations on the rear tires.
#727 of 734 Re: anyone else having huge problems with the XA? [o_heaviside]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Aug 09, 2009 (9:50 am)
I used to own that very car, same year. You'll NEVER see 40 unless you drive 40 mph all day long. I used to chat with other xA owners and the consensus was about 34 mpg average city/hwy. I also found that the minute you go over 65 mph, your gas mileage will start to drop noticeably, and over 75 mph, rather drastically.
Never had problems with wheel bearings, and the tires? Well, it's an inexpensive car so I imagine the OEM tires they put on it were not the best. Mine lasted 40000 and were really worn out.
Apr 23, 2010 (12:49 pm)
what are ya drivin' these days? I used to have a heavy crush on a white 2006 Scion xA 5-speed, foglights, MP3 hookup, etc., for only $14,234. It was for sale in a Idaho Falls, ID, Scion dealer. Took it for a spin with my son and liked it's driving response. Shifter worked well.
The only reason I didn't trade our 2001 Kia Sportage 4X4 in that day for the 2006 Polar White xA was the fact that my wife didn't know that I wanted to do that, nor did she come along for the test drive.
Now, when I did find one on the net I had to have, our 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS in Rally Red, automatic CVT tranny, foglights, Rockford Fosgate 650-watt 6-CD changer with 10" subwoofer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob, wrapround bodykit and spoiler, Lancer insignia'd floormats, etc., etc., etc., I just started towards the door(March 21, 2007) and mumbled out(just like Jim Carrey in 'Dumb and Dumber' when he told Harry Dunne that he sold his pet bird 'Petey' to a blind kid!!)"I'm going to buy a Mitsubishi."
I thought for sure my wife was gonna have a thrombo! Ya know what she retorted?
"I'm comin' with!"
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS in Rally Red CVT
And, as they say, the rest is history. It's been a great rig!
#729 of 734 Re: shifty... [iluvmysephia1]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Apr 23, 2010 (2:14 pm)
I sold the xA to some friends, who are still liking it, and eventually got a Mini Cooper S, which is like a Scion xA but with two doors and about double the horsepower.
Apr 23, 2010 (7:01 pm)
#731 of 734 2004 xA Suspension/Shocks recommendations please
May 31, 2011 (8:06 pm)
Our son drives this automatic xA w/120K miles. We bought it used earlier this year and we all really enjoy this car. Our one issue is that the suspension is "thumpy" and seems like it is calling for new shocks. We don't know if this thumpiness is characteristic of the xA or could be fixed. The car tracks beautifully even at high speeds, even though it has cheap tires (but with good tread).
We are looking for opinions on a) the need to worry about this, b) if we should worry then brand and model suggestions to at least start with regarding quality front and rear shocks and struts, and c) anything else we should consider. The rims are 15" stock factory pressed steel with original hubcaps.
Thank you for whatever you can say.
#732 of 734 Re: 2004 xA Suspension/Shocks recommendations please [chumsae]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jun 01, 2011 (7:32 am)
Well if the are the factory originals there is no *doubt* that it needs new shocks. Way overdue.
Keep in mind that this was an entry-level car, and while very good indeed for the money, still the original components were built to a price.
I would think something like KYB shocks would be fine for this rig. Be sure that the shock mounts are also addressed.
#733 of 734 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Jul 18, 2011 (11:47 am)
A reporter is interested in speaking with a current or former Scion owner who may have lost interest in the brand. Did Scion get too conventional/mainstream? Does it need to return to its edgier roots? If you care to share your comments, please email your daytime contact info to predmunds.com no later than noon on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.