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Scion Accessories & Modifications



  • uberwolfuberwolf Posts: 1
    Well I can't answer all of your questions but I have seen one black cherry and that was in a far north burb of Chicago which leads me to believe that they may be hard to get The dealership that I went to was very accomodating and if I wanted to order one the only thing that they said was "Well it will take a month". Of course they kept the black cherry one pretty clean so I can't answer question three but it sounds like the dealership you are talking to is extremely lazy and just wants to get rid of stock. I say f them find it somewhere else. Anyone else have a comment as I am new to my xB (but love it and can't wait to start modding it)
  • ralph204ralph204 Posts: 4
    My first instinct was to say that if you have to ask, you don't need suspension or engine options. Referring to page on "Scion xB price with options," I can find no engine options except option #26 Carbon Fiber Engine Cover, which should make your engine look more powerful. The only suspension option is #5Y Front Strut Tie Bar for $220.00 list. This may help if you "really hang it out on the twisties" as they say. It will stiffen the front of the body/chassis structure. Anything sold by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) should perform as advertised. They have more money for development than accessory manufactures. One worthwhile suspension option you may want to consider is up-graded tires. The ones on the car are just OK. Spend a few hours on and and learn all you can and read the reviews. Where do you intend to race? Is the dealer offering performance accessories for this little engine?
  • italian906italian906 Posts: 1
    Hey all,

    I'm considering buying at new TC at the local dealership.
    It currently only has the airbags as an installed extra option. He said you can add all kinds of accessories if you want. I am really wondering if these accessories are really worth it for them to install or if I should just buy them and install them myself after the fact. Also I am not sure of the quality of these after market vendors. These are the specific options I'm considering:

    Front Strut Tie Bar by Hotchkis Performance ($225)
    Exaust System($525) how is this different from the TRD sport muffler?
    AEM Cold Air Induction ( no price)
    Scion Security?? ($469) really gives no description as to what this exactly is
  • rhonduhrhonduh Posts: 1
    i had pretty much the same trouble with my xa. i wanted a black 5 speed and they tried to sell me a black automatic, then a silver 5 spd. then went somewhere else, and the explained to me, that. they only make so many in so many colors. and most of them are spoken for. say out of 500 cars 10 of them are black and you have how many car dealerships. in the world? so i had to settle for a grey 5spd but i love it just the same!
  • ms467ms467 Posts: 1
    I'm close to getting an xB, but looking at the new tC, I saw that there is an option of AM/FM/CD with iPod Capability. Does anyone know if it is possible to upgrade or add iPod capability for the xB? I'm wondering if this should be cause for me to hold out for the 2006 which brings me to the next question. Anyone know when the 2006 will be released?

    Thanks in advance.
  • NurseMBHNurseMBH Posts: 7
    I also want the mp3 cabability on the XB. Looks like it is definitely an upgrade/option.
    Here is what I found at their website for the under "Sound Systems":

    We went to Pioneer, one of the leading names in sound, to create an audio experience that allows you to feel a full range of sound. Whether you choose the single CD player or the optional in-dash changer, you’ll experience Scion Sound Processing through 6 speakers, and have the capability to easily upgrade to satellite radio and listen to MP3 files.

    Single Play CD Radio
    Built-In DSP Sound Equalization
    Scion Sound Processing (SSP) with 3 equalization modes
    • Neutral
    • Hear
    • Feel

    MP3 Compressed Audio Playback
    Up to 10 hours of playback 1 Disc
    MP3 File Text Capability
    Satellite Radio Control
    Satellite Radio Tuner (optional)
    High Power (160 watt maximum)

    In-Dash CD6 Radio
    Built-In DSP Sound Equalization
    Scion Sound Processing (SSP) with 3 equalization modes
    • Neutral
    • Hear
    • Feel

    MP3 Compressed Audio Playback
    Up to 10 hours of playback 1 Disc
    MP3 File Text Capability
    Satellite Radio Control
    Satellite Radio Tuner (optional)
    In-Dash 6-Disc Changer
    10 Color Change LCD Display
    High Power (160 watt maximum)
  • I've been pretty dissatisfied with the clarity of the stereo in my tC. I'm looking to upgrade everything, but I'm not sure what to get. I just want it to be clear, while being loud (which obviously doesn't happen on the tC right now). Has anyone found a good system under about $400?
  • chabowskichabowski Posts: 5
    I'm considering xB for commute. One thing I wanted to see before is whether I can remove the rear seats and remake that space into a mobile office. I'm sure people have done this with bigger cars like Hummers and Excursions but fuel cost will be an issue. Pictures at the aren't exactly clear on whether that's feasible or not. If I took out the rear seats entirely, can the cargo area be made to be any lower? Usually cargo area is a bit higher due to parts of drivetrain, fuel tank and spare.
  • daboxmandaboxman Posts: 1
    Fellow Boxers:
    Thinking about doing a self install of a DC Sports front strut bar on my xB. Looks like getting to all the hardware to put the bar on is up under the plastic cowling is a bit tight. Any suggestions/reccomendations for proceeding?
  • Congrats on the strut bar. It is a worthy option. I got the Hotchkiss one dealer installed. I checked it out and it looks very easy to do. The website has a excellent tech section for XB's on this topic. I believe that I read that you should jack the front end up to take the weight off the strut bolts. Also several people that installed it themselves said that taking off the plastic piece that covers the wiper motor area makes this easier. I know that checking your air filter is a bit of a challenge with the strut bar. it took 2 of us to work the filter out because the strut bar blocks it after installation.
  • skipvwskipvw Posts: 1
    Has the air cond ben fixed in the 05 scion a? I understand it didnt cool very good in the high heat and humid aeras.
  • Hmmm... I find the tC stereo rocks... for a stock stereo it sounds pretty good... If you are looking for an aftermarket stereo to out preform it for $400.00 good luck... let me know if you find one for that price. I used to be all into rockin stereos in high school... Alpine was the best back then... with allot of different speaker and amp manufacturers. I'm not sure you can really build a good stereo of the quality that I bet your going for, for less than 1K... New deck approx $400.00, good amp $200.00-300.00 and rockin speakers with well built boxes $400.00...
  • Anyone know where I can find a billit style front grill for my tC... I'm looking for one that is approx 1/8" thick flat chrome stock in a horizontal direction with approx 1/4" or 1/2" space inbetween.
  • lalagimplalagimp Posts: 61
    Mine's getting serviced under a technical bulletin and I'm in southern california
  • aeroluvraeroluvr Posts: 42
    Hi everyone..I tend to buy "fully loaded" cars and research a lot before I buy. I bought the last BMW Z3 2001 around and got everything on it and a great deal back in 2001 - so GLAD because I do NOT like Z4. And my (love it!) 93 240SX (hard to part with) same thing. So now I'm trying to decide what I want on my TC which I plan to buy in a few months after I hear how 2006 models are for new owners. I would LOVE some help/guidance with your experience on a number of items I am considering getting on my TC. The official site is of little help really so I'll number them..feel free to share any experience/input on any you have OK? I would hope as more 2006's are bought folks will share their experiences on all of these benefit us all.

    1. Ground effects kit - can someone this more protective and/or cosmetic in nature?

    2. Exhaust system - is this purely cosmetic or does it have an enhanced exhaust system and/or different noise to it?

    3. I've heard the 18" wheels make for a much bumpier ride in the TC and handling not so good - true? Wheel locks? Cosmetic or good to get?

    4. Leaning toward lip spoiler vs 240SX has the perfect one which is a bigger lip - wish TC had it. Any thoughts (not just for looks but for use to open/close hatch and wanting to make sure no vision problems as with so many others.

    5. Rear Tail Lights by TYC...I admit I think I like the looks of them but would like to know thoughts from it purely cosmetic?

    6. Scion Security - this is something I am pretty sure I WILL get as long as it's not annoying - what exactly is included? Is it exterior alarm, etc.?

    7. I probably won't get the extra airbags because as it is, airbags will probably kill be as I'm very short and sit right up against steering wheel...the front ones are standard right?

    8. The auto dimming mirror...I'm not sure about this one. I have manual "adjust" RV mirrors where you can pull it down to dim and for some reason I find myself rarely using it unless I am getting BLINDED by someone...not sure I'd like it to decide for me, is that what it does?

    9. I asked this before but no answer yet. It appears in pictures that 2005 the stereo lighted face was amber, for 2006 now it is blue? True? Yet the gauges are still all black/white/amber?

    10. More on color - anyone get the LED enhancements? Your thoughts? Probably silly huh? I HAD considered amber if amber face of stereo but if that's blue, blue would have to be it. I love amber dash lighting in all my cars - alway have - speaking of which, what is the lighting color of the gauges at night?

    11. Speaking of color - I was set to look at the 2005 blue color only to see it has now been replaced with Nautical Blue for 2006 which looks different. To be honest I don't like any of them via pics except the 2006 new silver but my BMW is that color. The Scion TC paint looks...different for some reason..not as "vibrant"/"strong' as other cars - any thoughts?

    12. BIG QUESTION - Has anyone got their Bazooka subwoofer which looks like it is installed in the hatch on the side..which would seem it would not be a good location for sound in front? I am picky about sound systems yet bought a fully upgraded system in BMW, paid huge bucks and am really disappointed with custom in my 240SX is ten times better. BMW has 10 speakers, subwoofer, EQ and that (STUPID) auto volume adjust for ambient noise - God I hate that thing. Anyway...wanted input in particular on the subwoofer as I dont' see anyone mention it here.

    13. Speaking of 2006 now comes standard with audio volume control on steering wheel..LOVE THAT. But no Cruise Control on the steering wheel - I'll live. Anyway...2006 also comes standard with a jack to plug in ANY portable music player (not talking about IPOD in the Pioneer unit itself just the jack) in the center which I assume then runs it through EQ (how IS the EQ with three settings anyway?). Since I don't have an iPOD, I think no need to get the iPOD system upgrade which offers full display of track/artist, etc...nice but not needed. Anyone who HAS gotten this please share experience though.

    14. XM radio - anyone get it wired for that and subscribe to it? Probably not but worth asking. Also any trouble with the regular mast antenna for regular FM? THAT is one big problem in BMW..the mast antenna...hard to pick up stations clearly, interference, etc.

    15. Is the 2006 stupid radio door GONE? Or still there?

    16. I want to get carpet/mats but they look kinda cheap..are they? Are there better ones available? Is there a custom TC upgrade site to look at..saw a few Scion related ones mentioned..but not for TC.

    17. Are the bugs previously noted for many TC's in 2005 fixed in the 2006. This is where experience from new buyers will come in handy. Problems with glass tops (rattling, breaking, etc). Hatch rattling noise. Gear problem - 3rd gear on manual. Anything else?

    I know it's a ton of questions but it's been my experience that as a model comes out after the first year, when the 2nd year is just hitting the road, this is the best time to ask/compare and then I'll decide on exactly what I want and get it.

    IS this the right place to post this? I posted a bit of it in one of the other general forums and had asked for a 2006 one but I guess there won't be a new one added so would LOVE to get input on the above from folks as they buy new 2006 TCs.

  • Picked up the '06 tC, color white, w/ zero options, last Sat. in Phoenix area from Avondale Scion. Which, by the way was a pleasant experience. One person handled the entire transaction and no BS. Anyway, yes the goofy radio door is still there to annoy you. I have begun to add "options". A Toyota dealer in Dallas has an excellent website;, with discounts over what you would pay at your dealer. Also does custom mats at less than Scion wants for the "rubbermaid" specials. I ordered black w/ red binding. Nice peeps at carbytes too. And yes 18's on the tC will turn it ride into a "tank". Not enough side wall bad as they do look good...but for me it was too great a degradation in the ride w/ only marginal handling improvement. Good luck on your purchase.
  • aeroluvraeroluvr Posts: 42
    Thanks for the input..and darn..confirming the radio door is still the same..I thought when they said redesigned the audio system head they might have figured out what to do with that too. I had wondered about the mats as they "sound" cheap - rubbermaid you called them..does that mean they are rubber not carpet? It was hard to tell by description. Guess I can't ask you about the rest didn't get any. Hopefully we'll get some input on some of this..the ground effects...and the sub woofer...really would love to know more. Does the ground effects make the car lower to the ground (I have a steep Z3 barely makes it, my 240SX does not make it most of the time - ouch). Thanks again.
  • aeroluvraeroluvr Posts: 42
    I checked out those sites..thanks and saw the mats on the Toyota one. I like the 2005 blue much better than the 2006 blue..figures...and I'm not usually a "blue car" person. I saw one on the road today and rolled down the window and asked the driver what year/ was the indigo ink pearl whatever it's called and a 2005.
  • gator93gator93 Posts: 5
    The Scion web site lists a door speaker upgrade with a 100 watt amp. It's separate from the one they offer with the Bazooka Base. Does anyone have any details on this option, or has anyone purchased it? Thanks.
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