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Scion tC, Convertible
#1027 of 2039 That's interesting, bobotheclown..
Oct 13, 2004 (7:07 pm)
I,too, am about a year away from trading in on my next car. This Scion tC is probably my choice, unless Kia's new 2005 Sportage is too cool to pass up. My wife loves our current ride, a 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4, and it has been a great little SUV. The tC is a great looking little coupe...I doubt that Scion would raise prices much if they do at all. Something like $750 to the base price wouldn't shock me. But adding several thousand bucks to the tC main price? Don't think they'd be that dumb to do that. I have been wrong before,though. In the meantime I'm gonna be following it's reliability rating with buyers.
#1028 of 2039 Re: I really like this car. [law55]
Oct 13, 2004 (9:34 pm)
I must have sat in 20 different cars when I was car shopping. Insisting on a sunroof eliminated several prospects, due to less headroom. I found the tC, 3, and RSX had noticeably more headroom than the Civic, Corolla, Tiburan, or Cilica. That alone affected my buying options significantly.
I'm only an average 5'10" height, but I like to have my seat quite upright. Doing so, my hair almost touches the tC roof, even with the seat completely lowered. The MAzda 3, even with a sunroof, provides a good, appreciated 1 1/2 inches more. The only way you'll have enough headroom in the tC is to lean the driver's seat back - which lots of people seem to do.
Everyone's right, you'll have to sit in one for awhile. Someone your size may simply have to forgo any model with a sunroof.
#1029 of 2039 Re: I really like this car. [genee]
Oct 14, 2004 (7:33 am)
Look -- I love the tC as much as the next guy, but telling this 6'6 person that he should sit in a tC to see if he "fits" is suggesting that he engage in a big ol' waste of time. If you try hard enough, I'm sure you can jam a Bol or a Yao into one of these cars. But then the question is why would you want to do that?
Oct 15, 2004 (5:55 pm)
probably fit fine in the tC because I like to tilt the driver's seat back a tad. Can't wait to test it out for reals! Black Cherry Pearl or that Indigo Ink would be my color choices...I got a freebie pen at a conference I just attended that reminded me a little of the Indigo Ink tC shade. It would look blue sometimes and purple other times. Is that how the Indigo Ink shade looks on the tC? Anybody out there that has bought a tC with the Indigo Ink color shade? Do post how you like it and any intricate details you care to divulge, OK?
Oct 15, 2004 (6:12 pm)
I saw an Indigo in a parking lot today. It was actually my first choice originally, until I got a Flint Mica.
Anyway, it was a little darker than I remembered. I actually thought it looked real nice, not too flashy. But, it was rainy today, so that might have dulled it up a bit.
#1032 of 2039 Colors
Oct 15, 2004 (11:13 pm)
Color preference is as subjective as style - but seems most important to the owner rather than other observers - if that makes sense to anyone.
The white is amazingly bright, clean, and striking looking - but too common in Southern Cal. The silver is sharp and classy - but too common in every model everywhere. The azure pearl has all the sharpness and class of silver, but with more color boldness that sets it apart from the masses of silver cars. I think the metallics show their best only under sunlight, whereas the white looks equally good under sun light or street lamp.
Every car needs a black option, but the tC loses all of its contrasting glass and grill work on the black paint. Flint mica counters this while still providing a dark, elegant look. The cherry looks gorgeous - but, like the black and flint mica, must be kept totally clean. The blue is bold and different - if that's what strikes you. All of these colors fade towards black at nightime. Their color and bold metallic flakes certainly look their best under day time sun light - an anomaly in some states.
I know one thing for sure - having more than one color preference will help you get a car faster. So, if you can't make up your mind completely, the ordering system will help do it for you. Most dealers want at least 2, and preferably 3 options specified, and your first choice is no more preferenced than your second choice. In fact, had I not taken my second color choice when it came in last week, my name would have been sent back to the bottom of the list for my first color choice. Bummer, but it did help me finally commit.
#1033 of 2039 The metallic Black Cherry Pearl or
Oct 16, 2004 (7:14 am)
the Indigo Ink metallic will look good in the daytime in Missouri. It is sunny so much in this state. I never knew that about Missouri until I moved here a bit over a year ago. Grapes go freely here in mid-Missouri. It's not that different from a Fresno, CA climate. Yikes.
I'll keep that in mind come ordering time. I've got my two in mind...BCP and II. 5-speed manual tranny with the "popping out of 3rd gear" problem fixed by a year from now. Will Scion offer rebates on 2005 models around September of 2005 do ya think? Just curious.
#1035 of 2039 Rebates and Pricing
Oct 17, 2004 (12:56 am)
If even the Scion sales reps don't know about future pricing, then we here can only guess about rebates and price increases. Here's two factors to help make that guess yourself though:
First, the whole minimal inventory management of the Scions on dealers' lots reduces the need for rebates or price cuts. Unless the factory production drastically exceeds demand, which seems particularly unlikely for the tC over the next year, the company would be foolish to cut profits with rebates. Look at the Mazda 3. Mazda offered 1.5K rebates last month on all of its models - except for the hot selling, first year, 3 model. Given Scion's short run cycle intentions on each of its models, it seems likely that the company will come out with a new model before the tC production far exceeds demand - negating any need for a rebate.
Second, consider the xA. Its sales have slowed; the 05's are out; no rebates were offered on the 04's. If we didn't see rebates offered on this less successful model it would be inconsistent and illogical to see a rebate offered on the tC - even later next year.
I have no insight, so I could be wrong. But, I wouldn't count on any rebate likely enough to influence your decision on when to buy.
As for 06 pricing: Japan's inflation rate is so low that it should put little upward pressure on next year's price. Their currency value is a bigger question mark though, and could be a significant pricing factor. Overall, Toyota management has declared their intent to increase market share. This SHOULD mean that the company will keep the tC model priced as low as possible and increase the production rate if it continues to have successful demand.
#1036 of 2039 jcf...I agree, prices won't increase on tC
Oct 17, 2004 (6:01 am)
nor will rebates show up. I was just throwing that question out there for the crowd to decide on. I think that the Scion "no-haggling" selling pattern will squash any chance of rebates and, really, a base price of $16,465 is not at all unreasonable for the tC. AAMOF it's one of the main reasons I'm looking to buy one. You get a nice chunk of sports coupe for that. Incidentally, I read in a car mag yesterday that the MSRP for this car(base price)is really $15,950, IIRC. I'm going on my feeble memory there, it may have even been $15,650. Souldn't a base tC buyer be able to walk in and demand a new Black Cherry Pearl base-model tC for only $15,950? jcf(or anyone else)what'd'ya think about that? Why is the price marked up to $16,465 on the Scion.com website? We pay MSRP, right, and not a penny more? Or are we forced to pay $16,465, for a base tC? Just curious.