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Scion xA, Scion xB, Hatchback, Wagon
#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.
#620 of 734 Re: B Class Comparisons [johnnicon]
Mar 24, 2006 (4:45 am)
I think the xA was left out because it has the same engine as the Yaris/Echo, so in some ways it would have been redundant. Also, the Fit, Versa, and Yaris are all new models coming out at about the same time. I sure hope they're not planning on getting rid of the Scions. Today marks one week since I picked up my '06 xA, and I'm very happy with it. Also, it was quite the hit at the dump last Saturday (it loaded up quite nicely with a week's worth of trash and recycling, all with a baby in a car seat on 40% of the backseat). All the old fogies stood around it scratching their heads, asking each other what kind of car it is. One guy thought it was the new RAV4.
#621 of 734 Re: B Class Comparisons [cdoc]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 24, 2006 (8:49 am)
I'm totally please with the xA for the money I paid. I think it's a total bargain, and very well made. I drive it everywhere, blinding rain, some snow even, rough rocky roads, floods at high tide, highway at 80 mph, careening down San Francisco hills, heavy traffic--the little guy is tough!
It does need a rear sway bar and better tires though. At least I'd like that.
#622 of 734 Re: B Class Comparisons [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 24, 2006 (9:07 am)
I'm looking forward to trying it out next winter in a good ol' New England snow storm.
#623 of 734 Seat fabric is wearing
Mar 25, 2006 (2:26 pm)
I have a 2005 XA w/10,000 miles that I purchased in October 2004.
I've found that fabric on the driver's seat seems to be wearing prematurely. The wear is evident on the side bolster of the driver's seat (which you rub when you get in and out of the car? I've owned 5 Toyotas with fabric seats over the past 26 years, and this is the only one showing wear on the seat.
Has anyone experienced this problem?
#624 of 734 Re: Seat fabric is wearing [kato8]
Mar 26, 2006 (2:20 pm)
I had a 1993 4runner that did the exact same thing. The original seat covers wore out on the left side bottom portion of the seat. But it wasn't til the 9th year that I owned it (110,000 miles or so).
#625 of 734 Re: Scion xa air conditioning [micweb]
Mar 26, 2006 (2:29 pm)
We have had my wife's new 2006 Scion xA for a few days now and I really like driving it. It is a total blast to rip around in...I mean drive in (*cough, cough). Anyway, the ride feels more civil than my daughter's 2004 yet it takes the corners rather well. It has some roll in tight turns but it seems to be more lateral tire roll than suspension. I will purchase the rims and tires before dropping it so in about 1000 miles (break in) I'll let you know how the tires change the ride. In regards to the highway ride...the engine is buzzy as it hits about 70 which turns about 3400 and 80 is around 3800 - 3900. I was very impressed with the stock shifter as it shifts smoothly and the throw isn't really that long for such an inexpensive car. It's also nice that this is the first car that we paid cash for in over 20 years of marriage.
#626 of 734 Re: Scion xa air conditioning [toyotadrvr]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 26, 2006 (5:33 pm)
I'm going to try a rear sway bar to check that body roll. As for the tires, yeah there is sidewall give. I pumped up the tires to 38 psi and that helped considerably.
Has anyone tried an aftermarket muffler yet? Please report in!