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#28 of 93 Hi from Matt in Palm Springs
Aug 27, 2005 (5:51 pm)
I've posted on several of the other topics in the Scion forums, but never checked out this, the main room, until now. I picked up my 2006 Black Cherry xB about 3 weeks ago, trading a 1997 Buick Regal Turbo. Still loving every chance to drive my Scion, which is about my seventh Toyota (and as many Buicks, with a few other makes thrown in in 35+ years of driving). I'm 53, yet another of those old farts Scion certainly wasn't anticipating would buy these cars. I got the floor mats, the new-for-2006 iPod-compatible Pioneer radio ($260 upgrade), the special paint-and-upholstery protection package ($500, but hopefully worth it since I'll be parking it outside for at least 2 years in the desert heat). I also ordered the Scion armrest ($120), but when I saw it, I changed my mind and ordered the Zeta on-line for $184. It's much nicer looking and has a small bit of storage (for an iPod and a cell-phone, maybe). Easily installed by me and a single wrench. Also got the cargo net for the back, but a little disappointed that it only anchors at the top, so small bags of groceries, etc. submarine under it. For those agonizing about color choices, the Black Cherry (which clearly wasn't discontinued for 06 as I had heard) is stunning when it is clean, but if you live someplace dirty or don't wash your car very often, think twice about any of the darker colors. I also got the extended warranty for about $1200 (gives you 3 more years after the first 3 factory warranty years are gone). Out the door including tax and everything it was about $17,100. The xB only went up about $150 from 2005 to 2006, and when I bought mine (the first one on the lot) they still had about 6 2005 xBs for sale, mostly silver. I only have a few minor problems with my new Scion xB: 1) the bottom of the bumper in the front is so low that you definitely never want to pull forward over any curbs so your wheels hit, like many of us do; I've already hung up on one curb, popping out two of the black plastic honeycomb grill pieces (which snapped back in, but still...) 2) the readout panel on the radio is slightly rounded, and it is very difficult to see the readout during the day because of the reflection; 3) so far (about 900 miles) the mpg is only about 26, but I am hoping it improves as it gets more miles on it; 4) there is no optional auto-dimming rear-view mirror; and 5) it's a little slow on the start AFTER driving a big-boned Buick (but it has plenty of pep once you're rolling, even going up steep hills). I am recommending this great little car to everyone who listens. I also have a friend who bought an xA, and she loves hers as much as I love my xB. Next posting I promise not to talk so much.
#31 of 93 Re: Hi from Matt in Palm Springs [mnikos]
Sep 01, 2005 (4:05 pm)
You should be getting a Scion followup survey in the mail in a few months, and it's not one from the dealership- so you can voice your concerns to them as well. I wish the initial Scion telephone call after purchase wasn't quite so soon, so that I would have had more time to gather my own concerns.
#32 of 93 scion followup
Sep 01, 2005 (7:20 pm)
I only got a scion phone call regarding the dealership experience, nothing asking for my thoughts on the car itself, so hopefully I can look forward to both a phone call and a written questionnaire. But you're right, lala, it makes sense to give a new owner a little time to identify the pro- and con things about a new car.
#33 of 93 Re: Edmunds Editorial [tonylexus]
Oct 17, 2005 (11:24 am)
Great to hear that you are pleasantly surprised by the tCs performance in the snow. I have been looking to purchase a tC but the Bridgestone Potenza tires scare me because of their very poor reviews in snow and/or rain.
Can you tell me what tires came on your tC?
#34 of 93 06 xA coming in Nov 4
Oct 24, 2005 (11:05 am)
Another out of category buyer at 52. Indigo Pearl, tint, amber lights, fog, spoiler, dim mirror, mats, EP 10-spoke 15" wheels, side bags, door sills, etc. My ride right now is a 2000 Echo which has been great. Keeping it and adding another. Just hoping the mileage is ok. The Echo avgs about 32 and maxed at 39 doing 80 mph for hours. Talk to you soon.
Nov 16, 2005 (9:46 pm)
Just got my 2006 TC. 5 speed, air bags, IPOD and few other options. Got it in Silver. Love this car, rides great. Saved $$$ over the Acura RSX. IPOD option was worth every penny.
#36 of 93 Re: Scion Owners: Meet the Members [KarenS]
Nov 25, 2005 (8:49 am)
my name is rick and i own an 05 xb. i install elevators for a living and travel in my xb appox. 1000 miles a week. i get great mpg.i also play blues music and have plenty of room to haul my stuff.i love my xb.
Nov 28, 2005 (6:39 pm)
Yet another "out of category" xB owner at age 53. Took me awhile to make up my mind to purchase the xB, but I really do love this little wagon. Mine is Thunder Cloud Silver with an auto tranny. Had the wagon 2 weeks now and have 1100 miles on it and am getting 30-34 mpg. Just drove the xB on a Thanksgiving road trip, interstate driving, myself, wife and daughter and the xB preformed wonderfully well.
Love the gas mileage, especially after the Dodge Dakota I traded in. The xB is a great wagon and would recommend one to anyone.