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#1277 of 1369 Here's the potential drive
Mar 30, 2006 (6:31 pm)
Here is the xB if I was to decide to go this route.
Vehicle - 2006 Scion xB (automatic)
Color - Thunder Cloud Metallic
Exterior - Rear Taillights by TYC - $275*
Fog Lights - $350
Rear Spoiler - $385
Interior - Scion Security - $469
Color Steering Wheel - $279*
Sound - Pioneer AM/FM/CD Std - $0
Wheels - 15" EM 7-spk Alloy - $665
Perform - TRD Sprt Muffler - $399*
TRD Frnt Strut Tie Bar - $245
TRD Rear Sway Bar - $250
*install not included
Base - $14,830
Del, Proc, Handl - $540
Accessories - $3,396*
Grand Total - $18,766*
I'm figuring I will get anywhere from $8,500 to $10,000 as a trade in for my '01 Escape which would put me in the $200 - $170 per month for 60 month range ($210 - $180 per month after the install charges for the accessories).
I want an honest opinion from current xB owners does this sound about right?
P.S. - The xB already has been named Gray Ghost by my 3yr old daughter. All of my vehicles have had a name and my wife blames me for corrupting our daughter.
#1278 of 1369 two things are missing
Mar 30, 2006 (7:15 pm)
TTL, title, taxes and license plate
Its also customary to pay a dealer handling fee. This ranges from dealer to dealer. Mine was in the high 200's.
My xb was 15,173.30 in 2-05. This included 5 options. My out the door price was 15,933. Otherwise, its roughly a $760 dollar difference which was the TTL and dealer handling fee.
#1279 of 1369 Re: two things are missing [tundradude]
Mar 30, 2006 (7:23 pm)
I'm keeping my plate (I have a Wildlife Rescue PA plate), so that won't cost anything, and taxes and tags wont be that bad.
Also forgot to mention they will install a tilt and slide sunroof (with sliding shade) for $850 installed if I want it. Debating dropping the 3 TRD accessories and just adding the Sunroof and Exhaust Tip ($64)
#1280 of 1369 front strut tie bar
Mar 30, 2006 (7:28 pm)
Make sure you get this.
Mar 30, 2006 (7:37 pm)
If you haven't checked, you will save a lot of money in insurance premiums. The xB is only a 7. My 91 Celica was a 13.
#1282 of 1369 Re: front strut tie bar [tundradude]
Mar 31, 2006 (9:44 am)
does the Front Tie Bar and Rear Sway Bar make that much of a difference?
Talked to wife and she said we don't need the sunroof but it would be up to me if I want the Tie Rod / Sway Bar / Muffler or Sunroof (not all 4).
Also Delivery, Processing & Handling fee = $540 so that's already included into the price of the vehicle.
Mar 31, 2006 (7:35 pm)
The strut tie bar and rear sway bar are racing accessories. You can decide whether you need them.
The strut tie bar assumes that hard driving causes the upper fender wells to move. Since the upper fender wells are where the struts mount, movement there would affect the alignment of the struts and therefore affect the handling.
The rear sway bar ties the rear suspension together so that the body leans less. This makes the car corner flatter. However, it reduces suspension movement a little, which can cause the inside wheel unload and lift on a hard turn.
One suspension mod that everybody agrees on the need for is the replacement of the rear shocks. The OEM KYB rear shocks are stiff and bumpy. While the stiffness helps cornering, it gives an uncomfortable ride. People replace the KYBs with SensaTracs for the Echo. SensaTracs are made for Tenneco in various countries and sold under the Monroe and NAPA brand names. The shocks cost about $75/pair and take 20 minutes to change with a couple of wrenches. Jacking or wheel removal are not part of the process.
Mar 31, 2006 (10:28 pm)
Since its a box. I personally like the safety of having my front bar and it also handles very well. The rear sway bar is a new 06 option.
Be wary of aftermarket sunroofs. I have one on my 95 Corolla and it whistles and it also needs periodic adjustment. Their is no substitute for a factory one.
Here again, a xB is all personal preference. No two xB's are alike unless they did not get any options.
Mine was 585 for that same fee.
One more heads up if you haven't read about this earlier, but the Good Year Eagle LS tires that come on the xB are scary to drive in the heavy rains. Putting it this way, its a good thing the xB comes with traction control and ABS.
#1285 of 1369 Re: Here's the potential drive [odie6l]
Apr 01, 2006 (7:55 am)
my 2006 xb is thunder cloud too. i have 15" empi (color matched right out of the box)p/n# f-10 alloys(9 spoke)- they were $105 each from americas tire co. also, you can find the factory fog lights on ebay for $195
there is also a large selection of altezza (aftermarket) taillights on ebay starting at $40 a pair. mine were only $92 with shipping to my door!
food for thought...
#1286 of 1369 Re: Odie [tundradude]
Apr 02, 2006 (1:50 pm)
"... I personally like the safety of having my front bar..."
How is the strut bar related to safety?