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#77 of 116 Hatchback tag light
May 14, 2006 (8:51 am)
We've had our XB since June of 05' recently the handle on the hatchback above the tag light came off. The dealership acted as though it was not a common problem. It looks as though it was attached as cheaply as possible. We use our hatch quite often. Has anyone else had this problem.
#78 of 116 Re: Hatchback tag light [_miawallace_]
May 15, 2006 (8:59 am)
"... the handle on the hatchback above the tag light came off... looks as though it was attached as cheaply as possible...."
How did it come off - did it break or did it pull its screws out or whatever? How was it attached?
#79 of 116 Re: lower grill
May 15, 2006 (4:26 pm)
I was going to ask about that, I'm shopping cars looking at smallish SUV's. Couldn't test drive the xb today, salesman too busy. Looked in them though, really tempting price and interior nice compared to Element. Spacious enough for me but...the only thing I never liked about my current car, too low to the ground. It floods a bit when it rains here, we have some steep driveways and gutters and worse the roads are coming apart, major potholes. Driving Hawthorne Blvd. is an off road experience.
I was looking at that low scooping bumper thinking, it won't last 15 minutes.
May 15, 2006 (6:07 pm)
YOu also have to be careful of curbs and parking stoppers (best I could come up with).
The front end is very low.
#81 of 116 Re: xB ground clearance [tundradude]
May 17, 2006 (5:16 am)
The front lip is 8" from the ground. This is about the same height as precast parking bumpers, but because the xB is only 13 feet long, there is no need to get near any bumper or curb. Just stop the car several feet away from such things.
The xB's 8" high front lip only looks low because the 8" occurs so far forward. But that lip has about the same clearance as the lowest point on the Ford Escape and Explorer SUVs, both of which have 8.2" of clearance.
The xB’s lowest point is actually back under the engine with only 6.1” of clearance. But for comparison, my wife's 2003 Buick LeSabre only has 5.4” of clearance under the engine and nobody has any problem with that.
(All these clearances come from car specs on the mfr websites.)
#82 of 116 Re: Hatchback tag light [aatherton]
May 17, 2006 (2:30 pm)
it broke off, it was held on by 2 metal clips and 2 plastic clips. very thin and very tiny. We got it back from the dealership yesterday and so far so good. But I don't know what they did to it other than there was a strong smell of glue
#83 of 116 Re: Hatchback tag light [_miawallace_]
May 18, 2006 (7:18 am)
Maybe they just glued the handle to the hatch, because it was easier than removing the inside hatch panel and replacing the broken clips. Based on this, if my handle comes off, I will ask the dealer to replace the clips and do it myself if he doesn't. It would be a good opportunity to add sound deadening to the hatch. Apparently the hatch is the biggest contributor to noise inside the car.
May 19, 2006 (9:56 am)
That was interesting.
#85 of 116 XB Site/Purchase SR 3.0
May 19, 2006 (11:08 am)
This is my first post; Maybe an XB owner can help me here, I'm attempting to purchase an XB that the dealership does not have but will be available on 23 May 06. Has anyone had a problem with a Scion dealership obtaining one; as long as the car is not already spoken for? My dealership is in the panhandle in Northwest Florida. I'm being told that in order to trade a Scion for Scion; color has to be the same in dealing with competing dealerships.
2. What is the deal with Scion.com? Been attempting to get on that site for two weeks but the site never pops-up on the screen.
#86 of 116 Re: XB Site/Purchase SR 3.0 [ferrisbuller]
May 19, 2006 (6:18 pm)
Scion.com works for me.
Most xBs are pre-sold. People pay a $500 (usually) deposit to reserve a car in the pipeline. If you dont pay the deposit, the dealer may take a deposit from someone else who will have the right to that car.
As I understand it, dealers are allocated a certain number of cars, once or twice a month, and the dealers then state which cars they prefer, based on their needs and customer orders. This preferencing of allocated cars occurs after a ship full of cars has left Japan. At this time it is certain which cars are on the ship, and they can be assigned to dealers.
It then takes 4-6 weeks for those cars to reach port and depending on destinations, be transported on trains and then on trucks to the dealers. Dealers in the same area can trade cars that are enroute to their area, while the cars are on the boat or train, or can trade for cars that are already on their lots. I you want your car to have only 1-5 miles, it must come off the boat and you wait longer. If you don't mind a few hundred miles on your new car, your dealer may find one at a dealer in another city and have it driven to you in a day.