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Scion xA, Scion xB, Hatchback, Wagon
Mar 20, 2006 (1:01 pm)
the Scion xa is just the kind of car America needs right now. I have one on my futures list right now along with either a Kia Rio LX sedan or a Kia Rio5. Great gas mileage and fun to drive.
I haven't test drove the 2006 Kia Rio's yet but did test drive a 2006 Polar White Scion xA with a 5-speed tranny. Good little cruise and a very "solid" feel to the little car, really. Let me put it this way: the cars on my list get me excited about driving. That's it!
You're right, one does not feel "down low" in a Scion xA. Rather, you're up and seeing out very well. A nice, nice rig that I remain interested in buying. It's a real battle between Kia and Scion for my next rig. For now, my 2001 Kia Sportage is plowing through eastern Idaho's winter so well that we can't see need to part with it.
#611 of 734 2006 scion xa extra warranty
Mar 20, 2006 (7:15 pm)
can anyone tell me do you think buying the extended warranty is worth the extra money? i will try to keep the car , i put about 10 or 12,000 miles on a year . i know the first 3 years is all covered, and the power train is for about 5 . i would like some ones feed back , just trying not to miss something . thanks
#612 of 734 Re: 2006 scion xa extra warranty [joey0708]
Mar 21, 2006 (3:53 am)
It depends on how much the extended warranty costs and money you have to spend. I've never purchased an extended warranty on any new car, and I've driven them over 140K miles each - one 210K miles - without anything serious going wrong. Also, it doesn't sound like you'll put that many miles on your car. The best thing to do is take care of the car: change the oil every 3-5K miles, keep up with scheduled maintenance, check your fluids regularly, drive responsibly, that sort of thing.
#613 of 734 Re: 2006 scion xa extra warranty [cdoc]
Mar 21, 2006 (8:30 am)
When I was told by dealership my 15K service on xA was going to be $300, I went to my regular mechanic who did the warranty service required for MUCH less and he caught something I feel should have been found at the 5K rotation--a nail causing a slow leak.
The manual is confusing, but I've heard that as long as I get the service done, the warranty is in effect. The manual says that too, but also says elsewhere that getting the services done outside Scion dealership "doesn't necessarily void warranty"...talk about confusing.
#614 of 734 Re: 2006 scion xa extra warranty [driley99]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 21, 2006 (8:45 am)
$300 is a rip. Should have been about $160, even from a dealer. That's what they charge for the 5K in San Francisco.
The warranty rap is giving them some wiggle room. Basically Scion would have to prove that the outside service you got caused a mechanical failure....like if your oil filter fell off in the middle of the highway or they put your brakes on backwards....
#615 of 734 scion xa synthic oil
Mar 22, 2006 (5:58 am)
how do you feel about using synthic oil ? i know toyota has problems with oil gelling . or do you feel changing your oil every 3000 miles would prevent gelling .
Mar 22, 2006 (8:29 am)
just change your oil regularly and you'll be fine. Those bozo's that had trouble with their Toyota's gelling neglected their rigs and thought that, because they were Toyota's they would last...forever.
If your driving is "severe"..i.e. short trips, lots of sandy, dusty trips, lots of uphill straining on your engine then I would change every 3,000 miles, actually.
My Kia Sportage service manual direct from Kia says every 7,500 miles to change and I think my '99 Kia Sephia manual said the same.
I change every 3,000-5,000 miles no matter what and my Sportage's motor is running like a top.
#617 of 734 Re: Scion xa air conditioning [joey0708]
Mar 23, 2006 (10:36 am)
We bought my daughter a 2004 Scion xA with an automatic transmission. We live in Houston and during the summers experience between mid 90s to over 100 degree temps. Her AC has performed just fine. I read an article in Consumer Reports that stated that the Scion 2004 xA's have had issues with the AC however we have yet to experience that. In fact we pick up a new 2006 xA manual transmission for my wife this evening. I can't wait to throw rims, pipe, and cold air kit on it
#618 of 734 Re: Scion xa air conditioning [toyotadrvr]
Mar 23, 2006 (11:07 am)
Congratulations on your '06! I still miss my '04....
Can you let us know what rpm the car is turning on the freeway? As I recollect, my xA manual turned 3,800 at 80 mph (not that I drove that fast).
Also, since you have a 2004 too, will you let us know if the ride/handling of the '06 is the same or different - the '04 I owned had a VERY stiff suspension. Handled great, ride was hard (please let us know before you start modding your ride!).
Finally, the hard plastic on the dash and doors picked up fingernail marks easily - it sort of abraded the fingernails and got streaked. It didn't get scratched, of course, it was too sturdy for that.
#619 of 734 B Class Comparisons
Mar 23, 2006 (1:53 pm)
I just read the Popular Mechanics blog on the Fit-Versa-Yaris comparions. But no Scion XA. Are our babies being phased out for the Yaris. They keep talking about lack of head room in the rear of the yaris. XAs have plenty.