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Scion tC, Convertible
#1077 of 2039 Question on the Potenza's...
Oct 23, 2004 (9:06 pm)
do you guys feel that your OEM Potenza's take the bumps all right? Or are the bumps all felt pretty strong? I am already planning my next set of tires for the car before I've even bought the tC! I must like this new Scion a lot! I'm leaning toward the Yokohama's because I sure liked them on my '99 Sephia. The car handled so much better after getting them.
Who has bought a 2005 tC with Black Cherry Pearl color? Are you having trouble keeping it clean? Do they apply a wax coating for you at the dealer? Extra charge for it or do you have to wax it the first time yourself?
#1078 of 2039 Re: Question on the Potenza's... [iluvmysephia1]
Oct 25, 2004 (4:20 am)
I have the BC. Any dark color is going to be a little tougher to keep clean, living in Michigan, I'll have my work cut out for me. I'm use to having black cars so that comes as no shock. The pay-off is that when the BC is clean it is a spectacular color - day & night.
My dealer put a light coat of something on it but I tried the McGuires Tech Wax as recommended on this site and was very pleased with the easy on-off and looks, yet to see how long it lasts but it is so easy to apply that it shouldn't matter.
I too already have my next set of tires picked out, Pirelli P Zero Nero's. The Potenza's are rough but so far, that's about the only significant change I would make on the car.
Oct 25, 2004 (5:29 am)
Anyone out there have the Scion Fog Light Kit?
Any comments, recommendations? As well equipped as the tC is, lack of fog lights is, in my opinion, a glaring ommission. No pun intended!
They are one of those things that once you have them, you can't live without them. They come in handy on snowy nights. $425 sounds kinda steep. Please advise. Thanks.
#1080 of 2039 Re: Colors [jcf]
Oct 25, 2004 (10:28 am)
I saw your post at the Edmunds site and as I just placed an order for an automatic, silver w/side curtain airbags, I was told up to 8 weeks wait [ETA around Thanksgiving]here in San Diego.
Just curious what you were 1st told and what extras you ordered or if that even influenced the ETA at all.
I also have heard of others who ordered a specific config., but a different color arrived at the dealer and they were asked if they wanted to opt for it, but if not that they wouldn't loose their original position in the que.
What's the scoop you got?
Thanks for the info,
PS: I made my mind up to order the tC [9/22/04] after researching the car for about 30 minutes; of course I had wanted a hi-mpg 2nd car for a while now: 50 mile commute daily in So Cal. freeway bumper to bumper.
#1081 of 2039 Re: LOL...I'm one who will [iluvmysephia1]
Oct 25, 2004 (10:47 am)
I just ordered the silver, but I wanted the Indigo originally. Indigo is intense, but in a slick way; more at day than night, but yeah, under certain lighting at night it looks way cool. The contrast with the black interior is less. The 1 thing that changed my mind is the dark color in So. Cal.- the solar effect seems to heat it more during the day, so that at about 3-4pm when you're ready to leave for home, [could be psychological] it's a little warmer in dark cars than light ones. Keeping it clean wasn't that big of an issue for me- I park in a garage at home. I guess I liked the contrast of grey/black best of all [think about the first print picture you saw of the tC; it was probably grey- marketing and designers probably agreed silver showed the cars' best profile]. Just my preference, but they all look good.
This is weird though, you know how So. Cal. is car crazy and you don't have to look very far, so inside of about 10 minutes on the freeway you've probably seen just about every car ever made? Ever since I ordered the tC, I've been keeping my eyes peeled for any out on the road. Over the last 3 weeks I've seen maybe 2- that's it, wierd.
#1082 of 2039 Re: Choosing a tC color[tonylexus]
Oct 25, 2004 (11:58 am)
Like tonylexis I live in the Land of the Orange Cone & Road Salt (i.e., Michigan). Despite this, I plan on purchasing a Black Mica tC someday!
#1083 of 2039 After looking at the tC in several
Oct 25, 2004 (4:26 pm)
car magazines earlier today I am no less taken by the new car than I was yesterday. Some call it's design bland. Poppycock! That design looks ever so sweet..one could doctor it up with body kits but just like the GT V6 Tibby from Hyundai I would leave it's clean and fresh design alone. I like it just the way it is but I agree, foglights might be nice. Not sure they're a necessity but kind of nice, though.
Any tC owners from Idaho? I'm graduating from college(no, I'm working on a 2nd career, I'm not a young buck by any stretch!)in March of 2005 and I'm looking at a job over in eastern Idaho. Snow country. Would a tC be a pain in the rump to drive in the snow? I mean, it is FWD, right? If I go over there the Sportage 4X4 with our 4'x 8' trailer would make the trip. I'm still thinking about getting a tC later on in 2005. Nothing's cast in stone, though, of course. Who lives in Idaho on this thread that has the new retro-Celica tC?
Oct 27, 2004 (6:05 pm)
who owns a tC who lives in either Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Utah or North Dakota reading this thread? Who has actually taken a tC out into snowy driving? Is that a big no one-because the tC just came out in June '04 and no one has had a snowy chance yet in their tC? Oh, doesn't that sound like fun? Spinning around in circles in your tC in the snow? Now I'm gettin' all excited again!
Speaking of spinning around, wouldn't the tC make a cool little racecar? Ever thought about racing tC's against each other in the oakie-berries somewhere, on a track? Or how about endurance racing them? This is getting more exciting all the time!!
#1085 of 2039 Ordering
Oct 29, 2004 (11:51 am)
jps1 - While all my sales reps claimed that a specific color choice with SAB would take longer than a non SAB model, only one sales rep clearly explained why a specific order might not arrive within 2-8 weeks.
Ironically, that one sales rep offered me a car first out of the 9 dealerships I had orders with - even though I had placed orders with numerous other dealerships 2 weeks earlier! Thus, in my case, placing orders with multiple dealerships helped.
As for the listing policy and not accepting a second choice, I would expect it to vary per dealership.
It took 3 months from my first orders for my car to arrive. Had I insisted on my first color choice, it would likely have been another 2-4 months. This is based on Aug/Sept/Oct/Nov port allotments though. One would think that future orders could see better availability and shorter waits.
Finally, after 2 years of saving, 6 months of researching, and 3 months of waiting, I picked up my new baby. Parked under a street lamp last night, showing it off to my friends, that white sure looks sharp.
#1086 of 2039 Miscellaneous Comments
Oct 29, 2004 (3:06 pm)
After an eight-month wait, I finally got my silver mica with side-curtain airbags. (The first dealer strung me along and tried to get me to accept a different color without the side airbags, while a second dealer fulfilled my order in one month. It definitely pays to be on the list with more than one dealer.)
Fog lamps weren't yet available, but I haven't checked back since my initial purchase. I got the six-CD player, XM satellite tuner, floor mats, satin silver aluminum ball shift knob, sport pedal covers, B-pillar applique, cargo area net, cargo liner, rear lip spoiler, door-sill enhancements, mud guards and auto-dimming mirror (awesome).
As has been stated by many others, the sound system is not the easiest to operate and I would recommend purchasing from a different vendor. The radio cover is ridiculous and takes three or more "pokes" before it will open. The dashboard display is extremely difficult to read when sunglasses are being worn, and the air conditioning is quite ineffective. (Summer time temperature in California's capitol city range from the low 90's to above 100 degrees.) My 1991 Celica cooled things off in a flash, but not so with the tC. My major complaint though, is the poor MPG. Ninety percent of my driving is done on the freeway, and it's averaging only twenty-four MPG. All that being said, the tC is fun to drive, has get-up-and-go, and is extremely comfortable. Also, with all of the add-ons and at less than $23,000 out the door, it's quite a bargain.