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Scion tC, Scion xB, Scion xA, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#453 of 508 "Mild" speeding
Mar 01, 2008 (7:01 am)
I don't revel in exceeding the speed limit, and only do it under conditions of low traffic and good road conditions. I recognize that higher speed always reduces the safety margin for an unexpected maneuver. On my recent trip I exceeded the speed limit by 5 mph because most of the other vehicles were doing likewise and I had long distances to cover in specific time intervals because I was sleeping in my vehicle at public campgrounds which closed for the night at about dark. There is always a higher fuel use per mile above say 55 mph, but for the 1735 miles from Wasco CA to Dallas TX (with side trips) I used 52.8 gal of 90 to 91 octane fuel so I averaged 32.9 mpg (driver only and very little luggage), even though I was going up to 80 mph when the limit was 75 mph, and when it was in my judgement "safe" to exceed the limit by 5 mph.
The upright seating position of the Scion Xb is a great plus, and I wanted one of these at one point, but didn't buy it because my old car (1991 Dodge Spirit 2.5L 5-spd) was reliable and fuel efficient. Then I got a 2004 Volvo V70 as a hand-me-down so I'm released from car shopping for the indefinite future. An Xb would be expected to have a significant fuel economy penalty for speeds over 65 mph, and I would be less likely to do it than in a more aerodynamic vehicle.
#454 of 508 2008 tC mpg
Mar 17, 2008 (8:46 am)
I just bought a tC last wed, and my first tank got about 27.7 mpg (about 400 miles on the car).
oh and as a side note, i picked up the car on wed afternoon, then friday night we had a bad storm with hail, and now my brand new car has dents all over it. what a very sad, sad sight right now.
#455 of 508 Re: 2008 tC mpg [nthe]
Mar 17, 2008 (9:02 am)
I had a new Ford SVT about 6 weeks when tornados came to town and the resulting hail did a number on my new car. I took it to one of those "Dent Doctor" type places and they fixed it good as new. There is a limit to what they can do, but they were able to fix mine.
If they say they can fix it, I would strongly advise waiting until their business has dropped off from the storms. Insurance paid for my SVT to be fixed, but I went back later with another car and had a bunch of parking lot and other dings fixed for a FRACTION of the cost of the insurance paid repair. Waiting for them to have less work and telling them the money was coming out of my pocket netted a better price. In your case, your insurance should cover it like they did mine - but due to all the claims they just wrote me a check for the repair.
#456 of 508 06.5 xB mileage
Mar 17, 2008 (9:03 am)
Have just under 10k on the clock now, automatic transmission. Recently changed the oil and made sure it is properly filled - no overfill. My wife took the box on a 450 mile highway round trip over the weekend and averaged just over 31mpg.
#457 of 508 Re: 2008 tC mpg [dwynne]
Mar 17, 2008 (12:19 pm)
yeah, insurance is taking car of mine, luckily i only have a $100 deductible for comp.
#458 of 508 Re: 2008 tC mpg [nthe]
Mar 17, 2008 (12:35 pm)
If the paintless dent folks can fix it you are better off. Down the road a re-painted car will be easy for most to spot and they will wonder if you were in a bad wreck or something. Properly done, the popped out dents can't be detected and the finish is still 100% factory.
#459 of 508 Re: 2008 tC mpg [dwynne]
Mar 17, 2008 (12:49 pm)
i haven't been to the shop, so i don't know what they will have to do. they may have to replace 1 panel though, cause there is 1 dent on the rear pillar that is right on a corner which looks to be impossible to pop out.
but i do plan on keeping the car for a long time anyway, and since i made an insurance claim, it will go on carfax, but i'm keeping reciepts to show the next person down the line what was done and why.
#460 of 508 Re: 2008 tC mpg [nthe]
Mar 17, 2008 (12:59 pm)
but i'm keeping receipts to show the next person down the line what was done and why
Always a wise move - keep some "before" pictures to show that it was hail dings and not a wreck.
When I sold my M5 the buyer quizzed me about the "accident" report on the CarFax he pulled. I had the before pictures and the body shop receipt showing a minor scrape that was not a problem (someone side-swiped me - barely). It was a non-issue for the sale since they could see how small the damage was and how inexpensive it was to repair.
#461 of 508 Re: 2008 tC mpg [dwynne]
Mar 17, 2008 (2:03 pm)
thank you for the advice, and i was thinking about taking pictures, but now i defintely will.
Mar 23, 2008 (7:09 am)
I just filled the tank on my 05 auto XB. MPG with a bottle of Shell V Power injector cleaner added was 34.88. Temps here in the outlying areas of Wash, DC were slightly warmer last week and I believe that it was a factor in my MPG. I add the injector cleaner about once every few months. Not bad for a Box with 81000 miles on the ODO. 70/30 mix of highway and city driving at speeds up to 80. I also did the 1st brake job on the front at 80,000 miles. I was going to replace the rear also but the tech said that there was still over half of the rear pads left so I skipped it for now.
The Box has been a great car and I'll probably give it to my 16 yr. old in about 20K or so. I'm not a huge fan on the new body stlye so I'll probably pass on the XB for my next driver unless Scion does some major changes, The XD is not too bad style-wise, but I have not driven it yet either.