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Scion xB - Hip to be square

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I expect buyers will be young, given the prices.

    Loaded up Elements break $20k and most buyers seem to be older folks.

    -juice
  • jvkalrajvkalra Posts: 98
    coolguy: The few people that I saw looking at Scion were typical Toyota customers, none of them struck me as particularly young. The person who remarked about Scion cars being "deathtraps" was buying a Highlander and seemed to be around 60.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Let the 60 year old have his Highlander while the more carefree youngins' get the xA and xB!
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Did the dealer have the xA? If so, what was your impression?

    Did you get a chance to examine the interior material quality? If so, how would you rate it?
  • jvkalrajvkalra Posts: 98
    I thought the xA was a little cramped if you plan to take some friends along in the back, that's why I'm leaning towards the xB. Fit/finish inside/outside on both cars is very high quality for the price. For that matter, I think that's true of any car that is sold by Toyota in the Japanese market.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    My only main complaint about these two cars is that they don't offer cruise control. Other than that, there isn't much to complain about other than the lack of an available sunroof...but that would just complicate the whole Scion process.
  • lenscaplenscap Posts: 854
    Will somebody who lives outside of California be able to by an xA? I know someone who is interested. Can they go to a dealer there, buy one, and drive it to a different state?
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    I don't think I've heard a bad thing yet about these two cars!
  • i_luv_toyotai_luv_toyota Posts: 350
    According to http://pressroom.toyota.com/photo_library/display_release.html?id- - =2003scion_buyprocess

    Go down to where it says "The Future"

    "The Scion xA and xB will go on sale mid-
    June exclusively in California. In February 2004, the market will expand to cover the south, southeast and east coast. A few short months later, Scion will simultaneously complete the national rollout
    and launch the third Scion vehicle, which will be stylish, sleek and sporty. This staggered rollout allows sufficient time for ramp-up of production and further refinement of Scion's new distribution and sales processes."


    So unless your willing to wait until February 2004 (a few months longer if in Midwest, ie Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, etc.), then you have to go to California to buy it.

    There might be complications registering and insuring in states other than California because they haven't heard of a "Scion" yet.

    I live in Connecticut, so it's Feb 2004 for me too.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Ask your dealer if they can install cruise. I had that installed on my '98 Subie, it's been perfect. Just a couple hundred bucks.

    -juice
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    I live in the Midwest but it would be awesome to ship a Scion here this summer and be the only person in hundreds of miles to probably have one. If a person did that, he/she'd definitely get lots of looks!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It'll get looks even when it's a common vehicle. For now, oh yeah, it'll garner attention.

    -juice
  • xcrnrxcrnr Posts: 1
    Anyone know of an aftermarket cc, perhaps by the same company that had one for the Prius, when it first came out and cc wasn't offered by "T"?
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Thanks for the great link!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That might include tax. Leather and the alloys might be a grand each, plus whatever other options it had. It's common for dealers to heavily accessorize the first few cars.

    -juice
  • lazlo3lazlo3 Posts: 6
    The 19,000 I paid was including tax and all the options. There was no negotiation on the price whatsoever with the dealer. Therefore, there is no such thing as a "good deal" on a scion. The leather seats were somewhat unnecessary, but they look and feel great.
    I also tested a matrix(I don't fit into it: my head rubs on the ceiling) and an element(too big for my garage, and the rear doors too weird).
    I am very happy with it - the car is perfect for my small family.
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    So your sticker was about $17,000 or so. That sounds great fully loaded and with leather. Did your options include the cold air intake?
  • lazlo3lazlo3 Posts: 6
    You bet! I got everyting except the LED lights and various appliques
  • stragerstrager Posts: 308
    I'm also planning on getting a xB later this summer - this is a really terrific car. Just nitpicking here, but I found that the engine noise sort of resonates inside around 35-50 mph. Other than that it's quiet. Would like to hear your comments about engine noise.

    What kind of mileage are you getting in just city driving?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Just a thought, but you can use the stuff they use to insulate stereo equipment on the firewall to lessen engine noise.

    -juice
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