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The New Scion 2008 xD

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  • 720n becan score is tier one credit. You should be getting 5.5 if you shopped it. My score is 724.
    My CU is giving me 60 months at 4.87. Like I said, scion credit sucks.
  • I just bought my Scion XD and I love it. It drives really well and I'm already starting to upgrade different things on the car, it is very addictive.
  • 719b719b Posts: 216
    has anyone purchased a 2008 scion xd and added a rear sway bar after they owned the car for awhile? i'd like to know if there is a noticeable improvement in handling.
  • abcde2abcde2 Posts: 1
    this car has been nothing but trouble, frozen fuel door realease latch - I had to literally heat the car have the vent facing the floor on max fan speed for 15 mins to thaw the cable line and finally it would give the latch way for me to fuel the car. A month later driving in the parking lot, the wheels jammed lights flashing, ABS light came on, Vehicle Stability control light and parking brake came on and the car wouldn't budge, had my friend check out the tire while I tapped on the gas, the left rear wheel was on a dead lock. I was advised by the dealer to tow it to the nearest toyota service center- had the techs look at it, they couldn't conclude but their diagnosis reported that the same left rear wheel locked on them while they were performing tests, they speculated a bad cable coz they heard a clicking sound and recommended a cable change. The toyota specialist said that they would perform further testing and called back 24 hrs later and said that it was a brake failure and they would replace it and I would be on my way. I proposed to him the idea what if this had happened on the highway or at a higher speed where numerous things could've gone wrong and how concerned I was about my safety. The specialist said that they don't want to delve into hypothetical scenarios and I guess they will wait until somebody gets injured to actually consider about consumer safety. The specialist also suggested that the car wouldn't qualify for a lemon.
    Please advice!
  • cjshowcjshow Posts: 16
    "has anyone purchased a 2008 scion xd and added a rear sway bar after they owned the car for awhile? i'd like to know if there is a noticeable improvement in handling."

    Yep. I got the rear sway installed about 2 weeks after I got my xD in November. It is awesome! Corners tighter, solid to the ground, ride is smoother, and best of all is: superb wind resistance! A stretch of hwy around here is prone to high winds. I had to drive it during a rain storm w/ wind gusts. I saw the rain pouring down horizontally and said, "Oh, it must be windy." Didn't feel a thing in the car. Sway bar rules! I even made my hubby take it to work during a wind storm for safety's sake. He said suv's and trucks were all over the road but the D was straight and true in the lane. Again, totally worth it!

    We call it our MUV: Micro utility vehicle.
  • 719b719b Posts: 216
    thanks for your reply. with all the standard equipment, the only things i feel is necessary to enhance the driving experience is the stability control and rear sway bar.
    there are many cosmetic options, but i feel they are over priced.
  • svec7186svec7186 Posts: 56
    the sales person sions are sold like saturns. the msrp price is the selling price. no competition from other dealers at all. is this true? if so, whats the point of shoing the invoice price on edmunds.com and kbb.com?

    i'm comparing the scion xd and a toyota matrix. as for build quality, which would you pick?

    thanks
  • 719b719b Posts: 216
    don't be fooled by the selling price because they aren't all the same. the sticker prices are all the same, but some dealers will add hundreds of dollars in fees to pad their profit... or tell you that the pin striping will be $300, or the scotch guard that was put on before you bought the car will cost you $450, or the "special" paint treatment that is on the car will cost an extra $500.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    You Can't Haggle, But Some Dealers Sell for Less, Also Pay Attention to ...your trade-in value.

    Longo Toyota in El Monte, CA, recently discounted all their in-stock xB's by about $300 per vehicle. Dealers are allowed to discount, so long as they give the same discount (aka "menu pricing") to all customers.

    Also most car transactions involve a trade-in, and the amount you are offered on your trade-in is all over the place. Since Scion doesn't give discounts on the new cars usually, or rebates, or offer sales, I would try to get top dollar on my trade-in. There was a recently published article about how Scion sales are down 29% (no longer "flavor of the month") so you might have some luck.
  • bearcrkrdbearcrkrd Posts: 167
    I rented an xD last week. Drove 150 miles. Roads from 35 to 70mph speed limit. I thought it was pretty nice. Quiet on the freeway, a pleasant surprise, and the radio was much nicer than my Sienna. I especially like the shape of the door panel. It allowed me to spead my knee like I like to. Was able to do the same with my right knee. Seat was pretty good. Not bad, but a touch nicer would help. Not a deal-breaker, though. I don't think it's a good car for 4, but I drive alone most of the time, and the xD would work very well for one or two. I think a road trip would be alright in this. I saw a number of them today when I went 65 miles away to go for a hike. Price of gas really sold 'em this week around here!
    I want to rent the xB, but I don't do it in advance, just on a whim, as the dealer is 50 miles away, and the xB is never there. I do it on my days off sometimes. A year and a half ago they had unlimited mileage. I would do a 300-500 mile loop in a day. Had some fun trips!! That was before the xD and the new xB. Drove this gen Camry, Rav4, Yaris, and also the '06 Sienna. Now it's 200 miles a day :(
  • gunadigunadi Posts: 1
    Hi - I am interested in a couple of after market products. The first is a rubber cargo mat the covers the entire back with the rear seats down. The second is a cage-like barrier used for hauling dogs. Does anyone know if either exist for the xD?
  • bearcrkrdbearcrkrd Posts: 167
    Almost all the Car Magazines have ads in them for Mats. WeatherTech and Mats.com I think they are connected business-wise, they list together. Very nice stuff, and a large inventory for cars, trucks, vans, suv's and crossovers. I have a hunch there may not be anything for an xD yet. My hunches aren't always right, though. I'm not going to check online and then rewrite this Post. I'll check after I sign out of here and see! ;)
  • laefllaefl Posts: 1
    Hi, I just bought my Scion xD 2008 last Saturday and find really amazing with all the features and it runs really great and it's really roomy. I love it. Gas mileage is really very good. I just have a question if the door locks itself when you put in the gear because the one I bought it didn't do it automatically, does anybody have any idea about this? I would really appreciate any response that would help me here.
  • svec7186svec7186 Posts: 56
    does the xd have auto off lights when the car is turned off? i think it had day time driving lights but that all i know about the lights.
  • ohplezzohplezz Posts: 74
    I'd check scionlife.com great info and forums. I personally don't know. I have decided to hold out for something else w/ better mpg.
  • sherm7sherm7 Posts: 2
    I just bought an xd a week ago and love it. At 54 I don't fit the demographic but I'm a working musician around the Cleveland area (www.jeffsherman.net) and I think its a great little gig vehicle. Perfect for hauling my little solo pa rig. I traded out of my trusty old Jeep Cherokee mostly because the 14mpg was eating into my earnings. I suppose I could have lived with that but then when the a/c evaporator gave out that clinched it. (So I'm a wimp.)

    Anyway ... greetings. Looking forward to learning more about Scions here on the forum.

    Jeff
  • mcmanusmcmanus Posts: 121
    No, the xD does not have daytime headlights. In fact, the alarm isn't very loud. You could miss hearing it in a noisy environment or if you have poor hearing.

    Why can't manufacturer's (in this case Toyota/Scion) simply keep using the same bits and pieces on stuff like this?? How much can they save re-engineering a crummy little part? And why brake what isn't broken? :mad:
  • mcmanusmcmanus Posts: 121
    Was at a Toyota/Scion dealership for service and stepped into the showroom. One of the salesguys mentioned that they were selling new Scions at 3% off sticker (end of month push).
  • e_thereale_thereal Posts: 17
    Hi can you tell me where this dealer was?

    Thanks.
  • I purchased the Scion xD RS 1.0 on 7.10.08. I know it's a great car (mechanics/engine/Toyota) but "What were they thinking?" There are a few improvements that would make this car perfect.
    Add a cup holder on the dash that pops out for the driver, the passenger has one. The power button for the radio is on the right side of the unit. It is easier for my passenger to use. I am getting rid of this radio tomorrow.
    Put the "series" numbered plate upfront on the console for everyone to see. The plate is hid from view. In fact, you have to get down on your hands and knees to see it.
    The clock is in at the bottom of the console difficult to see. The location of the clock is really last minute.

    This car was not "built" for me...my demographics but I wanted small and dependable. I am happy but somewhat annoyed with the imperfections.

    I know the car is
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