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Scion xB, Concept Cars, Future Vehicle, Hatchback
#292 of 312 Just past 11,000 miles on my '08 xB
Dec 05, 2007 (6:37 pm)
I sold off a 2004 Ford Windstar for my 2008 xB and so far it was one of my better decisions! Cheap at $16,500 for what it included.
My mileage is way up from the minivan, which one would expect, but since I was mostly in the van alone it made sense to dump it. Like clockwork I put 10.5 to 11 gal of gas in the xB for every 320 miles. That's 29 to 30 miles per gallon, which is 1 mpg more than the avg MPH on the dash. It will hit 34 mpg with the cruise set to 65 mph on the higway, and my drive is mostly highway.
I'm 6'6" and while this IS a small car, I fit fine. I actually feel a little 'smaller" in the xB than the Windstar because I sat much higher in the van.
I liked the original xB, but I like the '08 much better and am not ashamed to admit it. The 08 xB moves out just fine, the traction and stability controls work excellent too. (I had a chance to test them today in Chicago!)
The passenger side needs an armrest, and I don't know why they did'nt make one similar to the driver armrest. Yes it's small, but it seems to work fine. I'll probably raise the center console somehow to provide the pass with some type of rest or have an interior fabricate one on the pass seat.
The iPod connection works great and the standard radio is fairly decent.
I wish Toyota stocked more of the accessories. Every time I'm there they only offer to order stuff, while I'd like to look it over and buy on the spot.
The 08 xB definately needs mudflaps and a hood guard, both of which are not available just yet. I fabricated a magnetic bra for the front of the hood, but have had it stolen twice. (No, they did'nt fall off.)
The MPG is fine, and the mpg on the sticker is easily acheived, unlike pre 2008 MPG stickers. It's not a 35 or 40 mpg vehicle, but I'm getting twice the mileage of my Windstar so my fuel costs have dropped dramatically and $3.50 a gallon fuel doesnt feel so bad. Oh I've also dropped my carbon output, so at least I'm trying to pollute less. My next vehicle in 3 to 5 years will probably be the about the same size and get 40+mpg, so I'm working my plan. I sure hope that GM comes through with the Volt!
I almost bought the Matrix/Vibe (Corolla engine) but I found the Xb more comfortable and roomy. It's really a great vehicle and fairly fun to drive. I'm looking forward to customizing it somewhat and while I'm over 50 y/o it kind of makes me feel like a kid again!
Dec 10, 2007 (10:38 am)
I know the 08's had an early intro, wondering if anyone knows when the 09's will be inro'd any rumours? new colors?
#294 of 312 Re: 2009 XB [natatac]
Dec 19, 2007 (6:34 pm)
Nautical blue will be replaced by Stingray Metallic (same color from the 2006 xA) April Release date, thats the only news from the Production meeting earlier this month on the 2009
2008 will get a 5.0 Special Edition in gold Rush Metallic with factory
roof, body kit,color tune interior and dash
#295 of 312 They've Ruined it For Me.
Dec 21, 2007 (5:22 pm)
As a creative professional, the original XB apealed to me like NO other car ever. I have been in auto lust with them from the beginning. Unfortunately, my financial situation has just recently allowed me to start considering buying a new car.
Alas, Scion have decided to ruin the XB. Boxy designs are classic. They don't need updating. That's the whole point of a boxy design. Now the once cute XB looks like a futuristic hurse! I don't want a coffin carrier, no matter how up to date the design.
It looks more feminine as well. So many of the small SUV's are so...feminine looking with their swoopy madness and flowing curves. I want something that looks more trucklike, boxxy, and manly! Grrrr.... But I don't want some behemoth that cost a fortune to buy and fuel. My options are limited to say the least.
However...Honda has come to my rescue. I gave the Element a look and it's quite a deal! Comes in under 20k with the features I want. It's the perfect size and it has a manly utilitarian shape that realy fits my needs cargowise. I love...the sweepable floors!
So sad that Scion had to go ruin the XB. If they were hell bent on making it bigger, why not give it more gargo capacity? No. They wasted room on the hood, stretching the nose out longer! It doesn't seem to have the high roofline it use to have either.
Oh well. If VW's had Japanese reliability and didn't cost a fortune, they'd have a buyer in me IF they brought back "The Thing"!
I'm sick of all these look alike feminine looking mini-utes like the Rav4, Sorento, Sportage,Rogue,Santa Fe,CRV etc. You have to check the name to see which car is which!
The way for someone to "break out of the box" so to speak is to actually create a box. I like the looks of that Dodge Nitro. I saw it online and it seems like a buthed up version of the Element. If I had any faith in American auto quality, I'd very seriously consider one! Unfortunately, I was badly burned by U.S. cars in the past and made a solemn vow to NEVER even consider them.
#296 of 312 Is Scion xB big enough?
Dec 25, 2007 (4:14 pm)
I drove an xB as a loaner car last time when I had my Solara serviced. Liked it! But I didn't try out the rear seats. Now I wonder if the rear seats are big enough for 2 skinny adults (5'1~5'3, 95~105lb) + 1 car seat. Any owner can share some experiences with me?
#297 of 312 Re: Is Scion xB big enough? [david2]
Dec 25, 2007 (5:33 pm)
Should be no problem, I'm 6'5" and fit in the back seat, after adjusting the front for me.
#298 of 312 Re: Is Scion xB big enough? [texases]
Dec 26, 2007 (8:24 am)
I'm more concerned about the width (shoulder room). Maybe I should borrow a car seat and bring it to the dealer.
May 06, 2008 (6:11 am)
I read a review elsewhere that the headlights don't turn off automatically after you turn the engine off in the Scion xB. Is that true? If so, I am surprised. My old '95 Corolla has auto turn-off of headlights.
May 07, 2008 (3:36 pm)
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#301 of 312 Re: to All who have questions about Alpine Nav on xB [eldaino]
Jun 08, 2008 (12:13 pm)
Look at the price of diesel. VW service in San Antonio, TX is horrible. Too overloaded and they don't have simple parts. Took 6 weeks to get an EGR valve and that did not cure the Check Engine issue. XB has been a dream car and I have had it a year.