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Scion xA



  • I had my mechanic check the a/c. He's the one who found the clutch problem. He's a good mechanic. I don't think he would miss low refrigent. But I'll mention it to him and see what he thinks. hanks.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    well I'm suspicious of the diagnosis because AC clutches either do or they don't. They are electrically operated and my gut feeling is that you are looking at a symptom but not the disease.


  • cdoccdoc Posts: 41
    How about a dealer in NJ or CT? Call them first, see what they say. My dealer in RI has been wonderful, so these things can vary from one dealer to the next.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    sure, why not?


  • driley99driley99 Posts: 5
    I had a rattle from hell. 5 or 6 dealer visits and they did nothing. I'm in Northern CA and called the Scion distributor over the West Coast (in S. CA) and they gave me an advocate who got the dealer to fix it. They did the calling to service department and would follow up with me.

    If you haven't done so already, you might check your paperwork and see who to call who oversees your Scion dealership.
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  • dm6079dm6079 Posts: 1
    We're shopping to replace the wife's Elantra and the xA and xB are at the top of the list. Except for 1 glaring design flaw - the center mounted gauges. Those who have driven these cars for a while - how long did it take you to adjust to the odd positioning ?? The wife will be the primary driver and I certainly don't want any extra distractions added to her driving experience ....

    thanks for your advice,
    Don M.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    I had no problem adjusting to mine in my xB. However, the xB gauges are left of center and tilted toward the driver. I adjusted to them the first time.

    Actually, the xB is unlike the xA, Echo, or new Yaris in that its not directly in the center.

    When I drove with the xA 1.0, I noticed that I had to shift my eyes more. However, this was just a test drive.
  • cdoccdoc Posts: 41
    We have a brand new xA (3 weeks today). Not only did I get used to the center gauges very quickly, it ends up being a more natural, and safer, direction to glance at since they're located higher and the driver's eyes are sweeping the road from left to right and back again. In fact, I would use center gauges as a criterion for my next car. I also like not having the lights of the guages right in front of me when I'm driving at night.
  • joey0708joey0708 Posts: 39
    i just bought a 2006 xa and i love the car it is alot of fun to drive . as far as the guages they are very easy to read and no problems . also on a very busy highway with alot of truck traffic the car really holds its own , with the car having less weight i was not sure how it would be , but it is fine. the only thing i did get one came in with the side air bags and that is the one i bought . i am older and i thought about all these things before i bought my car , i always liked the shape of the xa , but i liked the room of the xb . i still have my old dodge van so i still have room if i need it .i hope this helps you .
  • goncst8goncst8 Posts: 3
    Any xA owners out there transport a road bicycle on the inside of the xA? I wonder if it can lay fully assembled with the rear seats folded down...or can it fit, with both wheels removed, behind the rear seat?

    Don't have a local Scion dealer and was just trying to figure out as much as I could before I made the trip to see one, so thanks for any assistance.

  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    The xB would be much more suitable for your needs. The xA is a very tiny car. You've got both width and height issues to deal with. The xB, though, has a big square entry point (the rear hatch), a tall squared-off roof line, and a ton of room between the front and back seats. it might well work for you.
  • joey0708joey0708 Posts: 39
    love my new scion xa car . i was thinking about using synthetic oil but when i talked to the dealer he felt if i change my oil regular they thought it would be adequate.the toyota dealer thought synthetic oil would be a waste of money . i will change it every 3,ooo miles ,i want to do the best thing for the car . does anyone have an opion?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    I think synthetic oil is only justifiable for very heavy duty use, such as towing or racing, or in EXTREME temperature conditions, like deep dark snow country or the intense heat of the desert. Otherwise, I don't see any gain for you, now or even down the road. Other people will tell you differently and offer good evidence, but in fact no one has ever proven that an engine under normal operating conditions lasts any longer in the real world with synethic in it. On a race track, yes, definitely.


  • uberglitchuberglitch Posts: 1
    Hey guys - I just want to say thanks first, I've been researching Scions for a week, and reading posts all over this forum for several days, and you lot are hands down the most helpful thing I've read yet.

    So I'm going to a dealership tomorrow to do a test drive and see how long it would take to get all my options on one car. I just wanted to double check that I have the long and short of the average experience with an xA.

    1) They'er a little underpowered - especially in an automatic, which is what I'm getting. Takes a little more effort to get up to 60, cant neccesarily pass easily. I'm thinking I might do a few mods to help with this, but even if i dont, I'm currently driving an ailing '89 BMW 325i... i dont think the xA will be harder to drive than that. Specially after I have them put in like 4 of the 5 performance enhancers they offer at the dealership.

    2) No cruise control - which may not even apply cause I could have sworn I saw a listing for it when I was going through the brochure the other day. But hey, there are after markets, so so what?

    3) Dealership - no haggling, which is both good and bad, and sometimes when you bring a problem to them they're not much help. But apparently going straight to Scion will help resolve it. Anybody had any horror stories of having their new toy shatter on them?

    4) One more performance thing - has anybody added one of those chips that you can buy off ebay, that tells the engine the air coming in is cold,whether it is or not? Can you guys tell me if that would be bad? I know they say 'this will not hurt your car' but hey, they're selling it, of course they'd say that.

    But basically, and all around well liked and decent car. Anything else I should know before I face the bright lights of the dealership? :shades:

    Thanks guys! Hopefully in a week or two I'll be asking you more modding questions!

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    You seem to have a good grip on the xA---except maybe your optimism about performance enhancement. I don't think those eBay chips have a chance in hell of working, and the TRD items might only give you a few HP at the very best--so probably not worth the $$ per HP you'd spend on TRD add-ons. I think TRD claims 2HP for the sport muffler and as for the cold air intake, this might give you a few HP but at very high RPMs only. So let's say both items give you 5-7HP. That's going to cost you...what....$60 per HP? That's a lot. A turbo kit would cost you maybe $3,000 and give you...oh...35 or 40 HP? Hmmm...even that's expensive per HP.


  • johnniconjohnnicon Posts: 10
    If you're looking for a performance car, the XA is not for you. By asking for higher performance, cruise control etc, it seems you may need a bit more oomph in a car. I've had my XA for over a year now. It is quiet, efficient, economical, and inexpensive. If you like the other features, a manual transmission will help a bit. It is a city car, not a high-performance highway car. You can't have both. It is not a BMW.
  • nagalmannagalman Posts: 3
    I'm trying to figure why the xA gets 38 MPG and the Yaris gets 40 on the highway when they have the same engine (1.5L) and similar weights (xA 2340lbs MT), Yaris (2288lbs MT). I think it probably has something to do with gearing. My question for xA MT owners is: at 60mph in 5th gear are the engine RPMs?
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    At 80 mph on my MT it was 3,850. I couldn't hold 60 on our freeways long enought to measure rpm without getting rear ended.

    The Yaris has a tweaked engine - much better emissions levels, reportedly re-tuning on the variable valving. About 3 more horsepower. I test drove the Liftback Yaris and the engine definitely felt stronger than the 1.5 in either my former Echo OR former xA. This September will probably be a better time to buy an xA than now....
  • johnniconjohnnicon Posts: 10
    I read the Fit forums and they are hopping. The last posting here was May 8. I see lots of comparisons with the Yaris, even with the Versa and Aveo, but none with the XA. Do they still make Scions? What a fickle bunch we are.
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