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  • tonylexustonylexus Posts: 94
    I have the auto. From what I've read, you are right, I seem to be getting MPG way above the norm - don't understand why there would be such a difference. Actually, I consistantly get 28.5 MPG - no lies or exaggeration - 28 is the least I've recorded in 7400 miles (since October).

    I admit it is exceeding my expectations (not complaining) but then again, almost everything about the tC is exceeding my expectations.

    Coming from a Liberty that was lucky to see 17 MPG, I would have been happy with the EPA est. of 23 MPG. 28 is blowing my mind!
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    since you went from a Jeep Liberty to a Scion tC, I'm curious if you were let down by the lower sitting plane the tC sits at, compared to your Liberty. I drive a '01 Kia Sportage 4x4 and my wife and I both dig sitting up higher like in even a small SUV like our Sportage. The tC is so nice looking, and I know it's well-built and quiet, and, frankly I haven't heard squat yet that would scare me from buying a tC. I'm just curious if you miss the "sitting up higher" effect of your Liberty. Incidentally, it's surprising how much difference even a lift like a Sportage or Liberty gives you as far as distance off the ground...you get a different "look and feel" for the road...not necessarily better, just more different than most drivers would imagine who have never driven a truck or even a small SUV. A small truck like a Ford Ranger wouldn't give one the same "lifted" effect, at least I don't think it would.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • lalagimplalagimp Posts: 61
    I just got a 2005 xA yesterday with less than 10 miles in Phantom Grey Pearl.
    I aquired this vehicle after unloading my 2003 Honda Element EXAU4W. I had been thinking about an Aveo because of the price when it still wouldn't shake that a Chevy is a Chevy regardless of price and it's usually better to stick with Toyota and Honda.
    I had a silver 5dr Tercel '88 that I got rid of out of paranoia after an auto accident. The lack of safety features and the size wasn't feasible anymore. The Element was a choice of protection and visibility.
    I moved to Orange County and I'm trying over again with the small cars and this one is alot more comfortable so far, like an old glove with a new smell. I wasn't even going to do it this month but amazingly Carmax offered me $15k when the trade value was around $13,4; their offers are only good for 300 miles or seven days.
    I'm very curious to see how this all turns out as it's a lifestyle and economical decision. :shades:
  • denningdenning Posts: 1
    I just got my scion and love it.
  • Hey, My name is Kristen. I picked up my '05 Azure Pearl Scion tC less than a week ago with 3 miles on it. I now have over 500 miles on it because i love driving it. Even though most of the driving has been in the rain these past few days it hasn't stopped be from taking it out everywhere. And i used to HATE driving in the rain in my old car! It's just a beautiful car and i have a blast driving it!
  • mnikosmnikos Posts: 31
    I've posted on several of the other topics in the Scion forums, but never checked out this, the main room, until now. I picked up my 2006 Black Cherry xB about 3 weeks ago, trading a 1997 Buick Regal Turbo. Still loving every chance to drive my Scion, which is about my seventh Toyota (and as many Buicks, with a few other makes thrown in in 35+ years of driving). I'm 53, yet another of those old farts Scion certainly wasn't anticipating would buy these cars. I got the floor mats, the new-for-2006 iPod-compatible Pioneer radio ($260 upgrade), the special paint-and-upholstery protection package ($500, but hopefully worth it since I'll be parking it outside for at least 2 years in the desert heat). I also ordered the Scion armrest ($120), but when I saw it, I changed my mind and ordered the Zeta on-line for $184. It's much nicer looking and has a small bit of storage (for an iPod and a cell-phone, maybe). Easily installed by me and a single wrench. Also got the cargo net for the back, but a little disappointed that it only anchors at the top, so small bags of groceries, etc. submarine under it. For those agonizing about color choices, the Black Cherry (which clearly wasn't discontinued for 06 as I had heard) is stunning when it is clean, but if you live someplace dirty or don't wash your car very often, think twice about any of the darker colors. I also got the extended warranty for about $1200 (gives you 3 more years after the first 3 factory warranty years are gone). Out the door including tax and everything it was about $17,100. The xB only went up about $150 from 2005 to 2006, and when I bought mine (the first one on the lot) they still had about 6 2005 xBs for sale, mostly silver. I only have a few minor problems with my new Scion xB: 1) the bottom of the bumper in the front is so low that you definitely never want to pull forward over any curbs so your wheels hit, like many of us do; I've already hung up on one curb, popping out two of the black plastic honeycomb grill pieces (which snapped back in, but still...) 2) the readout panel on the radio is slightly rounded, and it is very difficult to see the readout during the day because of the reflection; 3) so far (about 900 miles) the mpg is only about 26, but I am hoping it improves as it gets more miles on it; 4) there is no optional auto-dimming rear-view mirror; and 5) it's a little slow on the start AFTER driving a big-boned Buick (but it has plenty of pep once you're rolling, even going up steep hills). I am recommending this great little car to everyone who listens. I also have a friend who bought an xA, and she loves hers as much as I love my xB. Next posting I promise not to talk so much.
  • You should be getting a Scion followup survey in the mail in a few months, and it's not one from the dealership- so you can voice your concerns to them as well. I wish the initial Scion telephone call after purchase wasn't quite so soon, so that I would have had more time to gather my own concerns.
  • I only got a scion phone call regarding the dealership experience, nothing asking for my thoughts on the car itself, so hopefully I can look forward to both a phone call and a written questionnaire. But you're right, lala, it makes sense to give a new owner a little time to identify the pro- and con things about a new car.
  • keke1keke1 Posts: 3
    Great to hear that you are pleasantly surprised by the tCs performance in the snow. I have been looking to purchase a tC but the Bridgestone Potenza tires scare me because of their very poor reviews in snow and/or rain.

    Can you tell me what tires came on your tC?
  • Greetings,

    Another out of category buyer at 52. Indigo Pearl, tint, amber lights, fog, spoiler, dim mirror, mats, EP 10-spoke 15" wheels, side bags, door sills, etc. My ride right now is a 2000 Echo which has been great. Keeping it and adding another. Just hoping the mileage is ok. The Echo avgs about 32 and maxed at 39 doing 80 mph for hours. Talk to you soon.
  • Just got my 2006 TC. 5 speed, air bags, IPOD and few other options. Got it in Silver. Love this car, rides great. Saved $$$ over the Acura RSX. IPOD option was worth every penny.
  • my name is rick and i own an 05 xb. i install elevators for a living and travel in my xb appox. 1000 miles a week. i get great mpg.i also play blues music and have plenty of room to haul my stuff.i love my xb.
  • Hello,
    Yet another "out of category" xB owner at age 53. Took me awhile to make up my mind to purchase the xB, but I really do love this little wagon. Mine is Thunder Cloud Silver with an auto tranny. Had the wagon 2 weeks now and have 1100 miles on it and am getting 30-34 mpg. Just drove the xB on a Thanksgiving road trip, interstate driving, myself, wife and daughter and the xB preformed wonderfully well.

    Love the gas mileage, especially after the Dodge Dakota I traded in. The xB is a great wagon and would recommend one to anyone.
  • I just test drove the new 2006 tc auto and I love it. However, the prices setup by the dealers are not the same as the website MSRP. Most of these bulls... dealers markup the sticker price by adding additional equipments to the car. The sticker price of the standard basic models were different at each dealers. Since, I can't haggle prices by so called "pure pricing", this is total BS. If the dealer is going to stick with the "pure pricing", then it should stick with MSRP price on the website. I would avoid Scion dealer in La Crecenta,CA. They are scam artists. They are very unprofessional, by all means avoid them. They go through same haggling process. Talking back and forth with the manager, "I can find something cheaper for you" etc. This guy started yelling, and saying we stick with "pure pricing" policy.

    The true meaning of pure pricing means the price set up by the dealers. So beaware by this scam artists!!!!!!
  • hoop1hoop1 Posts: 1
    How does it handle it bad weather, especially highway driving during heavy rain. I used to own a small car and would have to slow down to 45 mph on the highway during a heavy rain while other cars were speeding by at 70. What about high winds, do you get blown into the next lane?
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    Heavy rain is downright dangerous. Its not the xB, its the GoodYear Eagle LS tires that come on it. The traction control kicks in.

    In terms of heavy winds (up to 50 I believe) which we have had the past week, you have to keep adusting it, but I never was blown into the next lane. The xB handles real well.
  • Thank You for honest reviews for the Scion xB! I am looking forward to getting one this fall! I am trading in my 03 Ford Explorer Sport Trac! Hopefully I can get what I should out of my SUV!

    Sliding towards the Salsa Red with all the goodies! 18 in TRD wheels also! Yippeeeee!

    :) Also, I like the idea of being a "toaster pilot" This will be an awesome "mom" car and I drive 70 miles R/T up the mountains for work so I need that milage!
  • qwallsqwalls Posts: 406
    Hey futurexbmom - I just got one in Salsa Red. It's really a cool little car. If you haven't driven one with 18s, you may want to try before you buy. There won't be much ruber between you and the road, and it will be a very harsh ride. Just got mine a little over a week ago. Traded my stock wheels/tires for 16s at Discount Tire. Didn't want to go any bigger for a daily commuter car. Pictures at the link below.

    http://qwalls.net/xb/
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    "... Sliding towards the Salsa Red with all the goodies! 18 in TRD wheels..."

    What is it with the 18" wheels? Discarding the wheels and tires that the car came with, and then buying new wheels and tires, is a big cost. $2,000 or more? And for what? A harsher ride and worse mpg?
    I like to corner hard enough to enjoy the rear sway bar and front strut bar that I bolted on. But I am perfectly content with the wheels and tires that the car came with.
    Allan
    http://s49.photobucket.com/albums/f280/vintagefortytwo/Scion%20xB/
  • My name is Joey (25), picked up my brand new xB this past wednesday. Gotta say its the best purchase that I think I have ever made. I am getting 36 + mpg, price was great, and so was the dealer where I got it. Hope everyone is loving theirs as much as I love mine. :D
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