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#1736 of 2039 Re: Anyone seen a 2007 Spec Scion tc? [snugharbor]
Aug 21, 2006 (1:21 pm)
I have seen the Spec and drove it. The seats are fine. The weave of the fabric is not as tight as the base model. That is not to say it is not durable, just different. I have the same thoughts as you, since I don't care for the sun roof. The other changes are minor but just to let you know. 1. No radio control on the steering wheel. (no big deal to me. 2. No cruise control (again no big deal. 3 No decorative cover over the engine (if I didn't tell you, you would have never known. 4. The wheels are 16" vs 17" which actually is a plus. The tires are actually more durable, but if you plan on taking curves at high speed you would see a difference (you should also shoot your husband if he does). 5. The wheel covers are just junky looking. If I decide on the TC spec I will buy either a decent set of wheel covers or spring for new wheels.
I drove both models and could not tell the difference in ride, comfort. Actually the spec is likely to be quieter with the fixed moon roof.
Hope this helps.
#1737 of 2039 Re: Anyone seen a 2007 Spec Scion tc? [snugharbor]
Aug 22, 2006 (1:11 pm)
But there is a difference on the release series tC! Those seats are the most comfortable! It also comes standard with the Side Curtain Airbags!! That last one was anonymous to me until recently. For $19k(rounded, you get a lotta car with that release series tC!! Only if they would keep those seats... Or add the auto dimming mirror with home link...
#1738 of 2039 Re: Anyone seen a 2007 Spec Scion tc? [autoboy16]
Aug 22, 2006 (7:57 pm)
As I mentioned the seat fabric on the spec is different, however I did notice any difference in comfort. I am however rather slight of build.
I was not aware that side curtin airbags were standard and thought those remain an option.
The original premise of your question was if the difference in price of between the spec and the base model would leave you with a significantly different car. My assessement was intended to be as objective as I could be pointing out the major differences in the trim and equipment.
Candidly if the interior makes that big of a difference, get the spec model and get leather seats. I priced them this morning from a place that specializes in custom interior upgrades for cars. (they do that for dealerships. The price difference between the spec just about covers that cost.
Aug 22, 2006 (11:04 pm)
no, in answer to your question to me earlier, I'm not confused as to what Scion I'd want.
You have been known to want a Scion tC RS 3.0, right?
I would like a 2006(or 2007 if they're about out to dealer lots)Scion xA in 5-speed, Polar White form. I'd run over after getting one to Pep Boys and buy some Proline alloy wheels for it, though. Nice reflective wheels make this car the unique automobile it can be.
I would go for a 2007 Scion tC Spec in Polar White, Flint Mica or Classic Metallic Silver, too. 5-speeder, of course.
With a new xA only costing $13,320 it would seem tragic to not add the obligatory nicer wheels, IMO. It makes a plain xA look Release Series-able immediately!
Let me add to those additions an armrest if not already installed at the factory. I am an armrest kind of guy, most definitely.
#1740 of 2039 Side Curtan Sirbags
Aug 23, 2006 (3:39 pm)
Are an option on all tC models. However, it is Standard on the Release Series Model.
The original premise of your question was if the difference in price of between the spec and the base model would leave you with a significantly different car. My assessment was intended to be as objective as I could be pointing out the major differences in the trim and equipment.
Ok that depends on personal prefrences. I prefer the audio controls on the steering wheel as its better to need them and not have them. I require an opening sunroof as i'm kinda claustrophobic. I love driving my accord home and being able to have the sunroof and all 4 windows open and watching the sunset! Its the greatest & most unexplainable feeling ever and something i don't think I'd be comfortable without. The sound of my engine sounds good too! And since going from 170hp in my accord to 160hp in a tC -eventually- won't be all that bad. The mpg is about the same also!
So IMO, the price spent on the regular model versus the spec model is worth it and the price is well justified.
When choosing between a between a spec and regular tC remember this:
No opening sunroof, no nice rims, no controls on the steering wheel, and not as many colors to choose from. So why not spend the extra $2.5k(automatic) for a nicer vehicle? If only toyota used a 5 speed auto to keep revs down...
#1741 of 2039 Re: autoboy... [iluvmysephia1]
Aug 23, 2006 (3:43 pm)
I agree about the armrest! For me add a cupholder for the rear to that list! Sharing 1 1/2 cupholder between 4 people isn't fun! Do you like the stock audio system, the upgraded one or will you change altogether?
#1742 of 2039 I would just stick with the stock
Aug 23, 2006 (9:28 pm)
audio system in the xA. One thing I kept doing during my xA test drive with the steering wheel audio controls was I kept hitting the volume control when I wanted to change the radio station and vice versa. I'd need to keep using those after buying the car until I got comfortable with it. I wasn't really paying attention to it during the drive-I was too busy blabbing to my son and the salesman about the driving dynamics of the xA-which were pretty fun, BTW. I would have a ball with that car.
#1743 of 2039 Re: I would just stick with the stock [iluvmysephia1]
Aug 26, 2006 (12:41 pm)
I suppose so!! The biggest problem at hand is getting rid of the sportage. My moms 2002 sportage had 22k miles and when we got it appraised (in 2003) was worth only 5k. That was disappointing... One dealer wouldn't even accept it. Good luck to you with that! Is that xA on your carspace the one you bought/going to buy? Looks nice! But still I ♥ tC better.
Aug 26, 2006 (8:15 pm)
that xA is somebody else's but I like the color of it so I used it on carspace.
Our 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 is worth about $4,000 right now for our rural Arizona zip code, according to KBB.com. If the Scion dealer in Tucson I go to won't accept the Sportage 4x4 in trade I won't accept them as my dealer and I'll walk. Simple as that. I hold the cards in that deal!
Hey, autoboy. I looked for your e-mail address on carspace and it said "not available" or something like that. Do you need to go in and make it available to carspace members? Check it out, man.
Oh, about the tC. I love it, too. Absolutely love it. It's just that I want a 4-door rig to replace the 4-door rig I have now. But the tC is an awesome looking car. I test drove a 2005 Scion tC RS 1.0 and it drove really nicely. It was Absolutely Red and a 5-speed. I'd love to have that car, indeed. Maybe I'll get my wife a tC and myself an xA! Only she'll need the tC to be an automatic transmission. Drat!
#1745 of 2039 Scions & Trannys
Aug 31, 2006 (1:01 pm)
I'm like her. I worked on my manual skills a few times on my moms old sportage. It was cool, confusing, and well... DIFFERENT!! The only way I'd get a manual will be auto stick. Toyota has some nice 5speed automanuals. They should drop on in the tc, xa, xb! The 5sp is good, but the 4 auto is a little dated -though not like GM's 4speed - and should be up graded. I guess once again i'm just nit-picking again ?
A 5 speed automanuals should help auto owners have fun, keep revs down on the highway and get better MPG. If they do that, a rear wiper should be added then also...