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Scion tC, Convertible
Jun 28, 2008 (2:36 pm)
you're cracking me up! I test-drove a 2006 Polar White Scion xA. 5-speed, foglights, aux.mp3 hookup, only $14,295. And my son went along for the test-drive, not my wife.
"How d'ya like it?" I asked my 25 y/o son.
"Do ya have enough room back there", I asked, because I drove and the salesman rode in the passenger seat.
I left, not able to trade our '01 Kia Sportage 4X4 in for this car when my wife was as work. I knew she wouldn't like the car, anyway! I brought the xA sales brochure home and said that I enjoyed the test drive.
The result of that conversation? She hated it's looks. End of pursuit.
I loved shopping for our '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS, in March of 2007. Right down to enjoying the little coffee's out of the machines and Pepsi's. It's fun. She loved the Lancer GTS(though not nearly as much as I did, and still do!!)and we traded for that pup.
I see you're from Wiiissssscon-son. My wife and son and bro-in-law are heading up to MilwaukeeFest right now. My wife is pining to see John Mellencamp. Hope she gets to score tickets for that. We love his music and neither of us has ever seen his live show.
Update me. You bought a Scion tC, right? I test drove a 2005 Scion tC RS 1.0, in Absolutely Red, that same day I test drove the 2006 Scion xA in Polar White. Nice car, cool throaty exhaust sound. I love Scion's tC and Mitsu's Lancer. Excellent Japanese-built cars.
#1917 of 2039 Re: The verdict on the TC [shaneinmi]
Jun 28, 2008 (11:04 pm)
You should have thought of that before you bought it. I don't let friends dictate what I should drive or buy. And the salesperson that told you people trade them in after two weeks is flat out lying to you.
#1918 of 2039 Re: andeet... [iluvmysephia1]
Jun 29, 2008 (8:59 am)
First all, buying the tC within seven months of buying the xA. Was all my choice. I had million of chances to shoot the idea down; but of course I didn't. The consultant didn't put a witch curse on me to force me to buy it. lol
It's good car. Rattles are pain in the "A" but I'm used it by now. I taught myself how to do own oil changes which is quite easy on the engine since the drain plug and filter are foot away from the passenger fender. You really don't need to go under the car completely; my left shoulder and arm only goes under. Oh and the filter is straight down so its easy to tighten and unscrew without problems.
My co-worker knows to do anything...audio, performance, and exterior. I asked him to repaint my car. He said "Okay, what color?" I'm thinking of purple-dark blue-ish. Then he said "Oh we can do audio, and some performance." He said "Depends on what you want? If you go for performance...We can do it. If you want looks? We can do that? Also depends on how much you want to spend?" I told him least 5k. But I'm thinking of making it lighter by ripping out the backseats put in racing seats. I might put the rest of exhaust system. My theory is...if I'm keeping this car for weekend fun. It also means I'm going to want to race it at the local drag strip.
Jun 29, 2008 (9:32 am)
I would definitely second that emotion on racing that pup down at the local strip. This is why we love our cars. Exactly why I fell in love with my '08 Mitsu Lancer GTS. What a delicious looking car! I love accelerating in to turns with it. Love it!
It sounds like you scored big with finding a capable automotive worker in your co-worker, there. Nice find! Now you can make that tC in to your own rig, come what may or what might. I love these tC's and I thought the xA was fun to drive, too. But not nearly as fun to drive as that '05 Scion tC RS 1.0 in Absolutely Red was. That was a 5-speed and its exhaust already sounded modded! It growled when your punched it, especially through gears 2, 3 and 4.
I remember while going to school in Missouri, my wife and I took a little trip to Bull Shoals Dam, and Mountain Home, AR. Pretty part of America there, for sure. But, one night, we left the motel in search of some good road food. I drove our '01 Kia Sportage 4X4 up a little incline, when all of a sudden I heard this throaty exhaust sound. Now, ya gotta remember that all of this time I was checkin' out Scion Life and other Scion websites, and still thinking I was gonna buy a Scion tC one day.
Well, what car passes me slowly on my left, a silver, shiny Scion tC! The driver revved it up and slowly passed by us. My wife doesn't share my love for cars, so, I said nothing about it. What was there to it, you might wonder?
It was how cool that car sounded and how cool it looked when our Sportage's headlights lit up the back of it on that warm Arkansas evening! I love cars and one of them I love is the Scion tC. Some complain that the Celica was unfairly trounced by this car. Like they're wondering why Toyota replaced the Celica with the tC. Longer discussion could ensue on that issue, but we won't go there now. Uh-huh, ladies and germs, this car trumps the outgoing Celica, with the numbers not even being close, IMHO.
#1920 of 2039 Re: The verdict on the TC [mackabee]
Jun 29, 2008 (11:46 am)
Back in October, 2007 I mentioned to a salesman that I was disappointed that the Celica line had been discontinued. I was looking to replace my 2001 Celica GT hatchback which had served me well. This being the third Celica after a 94 and before that a 90. While the 01 had less room than the 94, I liked the styling, the sporty feel and the 38 MPG was good too. Anyway he asked if I has seen the tC. So I drove a silver 2007 tC that has been on the lot for over a year but they wouldnít budge on price so I passed. A couple of weeks later he called with info on a 2008 that was actually $10 less. They had an advertised deal where they would pay state sales tax on all Scion and Toyotas until October end. So I bought it. Mileage is averaging 29 MPG which is acceptable for a heavier car with a bigger engine. The hatchback feature is something I enjoyed in all the Celicas and itís quite surprising what you can fit in the back with the seats down. For getting groceries, have the rear seat backs up if you donít want stuff to slide. I agree the net is nearly useless, unlike my RAV net. My two complains are that the doors are very heavy and need a lot of room to open so you donít bang them into something like a cart bay at the grocery or Walmart. Also the car is no sports car. Take a turn a little fast and your ass wants to slide sideways. But for the price ($17,620) including tax I think it was a great deal. I have owned it now for just over 8 months. If you need to carry passengers, buying a coupe to seat more than two makes little sense.
#1921 of 2039 Re: The verdict on the TC [vasto]
Jun 29, 2008 (12:45 pm)
You got it! The car is very versatile if you know what to do with it. And you probably didn't know about Scion's pure price philosophy. It's not that they can't discount the car it's that if they discount one say $500.00 then all the cars of that model have to be discounted the same amount for all customers. Dealers have misread the Scion covenant and took it to mean sticker price only and that is not the case. The idea behind it is that everyone pays the same price no matter where you buy the car.
#1922 of 2039 Re: Coolio! [iluvmysephia1]
Jun 29, 2008 (9:23 pm)
The TRD is not loud enough to scare people away like a Harley. But if you leadfoot it, I mean LEADFOOT it. That muffler will scream. Over the weekend I actually drove on some frontage roads. I manually shift the auto stick...to 9,000 rpms on 1-2 gears. I actually heard for the first time; the wind just sucking into the cold air intake. It was so loud that it was making whistle sound. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Made me want to do it again LOL But I didn't.
But of course hearing the TRD; makes cops want to do "Cat and Mouse" with me too.
Here's a link to sound clip; I have it on my car domain site.
#1923 of 2039 Re: Coolio! [andeet]
Jun 30, 2008 (2:02 am)
Sorry, I meant to say is "6,000 RPMs." I wrote that post during lunch and it was going on the last four minutes.
I wish I could make my own clips. I would let you guys view them first.
Most clips on youtube. of engine revving with TRD exhaust; they are just babying the car. If I was to do it...I would get RPMs to least 7. Come on now, if you're doing to be mean. BE MEAN!! Two weekends ago, I revved the engine to my uncle twice. Then my brother came by and revved it again. Then my six year old nephew revved it twice and he didn't do it gentle. (Not my idea! My brother's) I had the hand-brake on.
#1924 of 2039 Re: Coolio! [andeet]
Jun 30, 2008 (9:01 am)
You got it going girl! I like all the performance upgrades you've done to it.
#1925 of 2039 TFS/Carmax isn't going to like it LOL
Jun 30, 2008 (12:56 pm)
Yeah, it's possible to make a tC into two-seater. Rip out the backseat, back wall panels, possible back floor carpeting. Throw some racing seats, street racing anti-roll bar, racing harness', gauges, lighter wheels...you got yourself a lighter street car.
I don't want to do the whole Turbo with intercooler. I don't want my tC to be very uncontrolling. My cousin did his Neon and two weeks ago he took me on a test drive. The poor car was vibrating to the extreme and when he barely leadfoot it...car did least 40 within two seconds. I also didn't like the delay of starting...took least half of minute to start. I want my horsepower to get 180. I still want it mostly stock but with little temper, hence Exhaust, CAI. My next power add-on Header. Estimated to add 13 hp.
Another thing is...if Riceburners saw my tC with that type of power. They'll would challenge me when I'm against going on the streets. I've done it once and I'm was scared for what was in front of me. I live 20 minutes away from a drag strip; if I want to screw around. I'll take it on the track. But if I want to be adult about it; I'll do 100 on a country road highway at 4:30-5:00 am on Sunday. So others won't get endangered.