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Scion xB: Problems & Solutions



  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,929
    from another one of America's GM-driving public. No wonder NASCAR is selling out like it is. ;)

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    What size tire do you recommend for his 17 inch wheels that will fit the wheel wells properly and significantly lower his rpms vs mph?
  • I am using 215/45-17's
    They are a common tire size, so there are lots of choices, still have a sidewall so they ride well and have the effect of lowering the effective gear ratio about 3-4%.
    They fit perfectly too.
  • mook2mook2 Posts: 1
    Just got my 06 and it came with audio controls on steering wheel. :)
  • rick06rick06 Posts: 1
    I do not know if you ever got an answer on your sulfur smell. Your bad smell of sulfur is normally related to the catalytic converter. I read once where city police cars used to have a major problem with the sulfur smell as they drive at low speeds around the city all day long. The converter needs to get up to a high temperature to work properly and burn off the pollutants, which can include sulfur that occurs in the gasoline. While some of the crude oil is higher in sulfur content, again, I read most high sulfur crude is sent overseas as it does meet the EPA requirements. Since our gasoline must meet US EPA standards it is hard to believe that bad gas is a problem unless the gas was old gas, stored over 6 months or more, and that might come into play. The dealer is not probably going to be that knowledgeable about your situation, but talk with a reputable muffler shop. They should be able to provide you with some insight. Good luck. Rick :)
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    That was a 2006.5 change, beginning in December 2005, and was accompanied by a $120 price increase.
  • wbradwbrad Posts: 1
    Perhaps this gentleman should have spent more time in a school bus instead of worrying about the horsepower of his personal vehicle.
  • tron74tron74 Posts: 1
    I recently lost a small square section on my lower grill
    after a hard rain fall. Does anyone know if this is covered by warranty or if I will have to pay for the new
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    The lower grill has three sections. It is not uncommon for a section to be knocked out by hitting debris or driving through deep puddles. I doubt if the loss of a section would fall under the warranty. Some people then remove the remaining sections, but that leaves the condenser more exposed to debris.
  • I agree. The XA is also geared way to low. But you should not have to buy larger wheels, only larger tires. It stands to reason that if you would buy tires that are 10% larger in outside circumfrance, then your speedometer should be off exactly 10%. For example:
    50 would really be 55
    60 would really be 66
    70 would really be 77
    Using the 10% ratio is pretty easy to calculate. The only question is, would tires that are 10% larger fit without hitting the wheel wells.
  • james49james49 Posts: 5
    and learn to spell.
  • We've had our XB since June of 05' recently the handle on the hatchback above the tag light came off. The dealership acted as though it was not a common problem. It looks as though it was attached as cheaply as possible. We use our hatch quite often. Has anyone else had this problem.
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    "... the handle on the hatchback above the tag light came off... looks as though it was attached as cheaply as possible...."

    How did it come off - did it break or did it pull its screws out or whatever? How was it attached?
  • pleiadespleiades Posts: 38
    I was going to ask about that, I'm shopping cars looking at smallish SUV's. Couldn't test drive the xb today, salesman too busy. Looked in them though, really tempting price and interior nice compared to Element. Spacious enough for me but...the only thing I never liked about my current car, too low to the ground. It floods a bit when it rains here, we have some steep driveways and gutters and worse the roads are coming apart, major potholes. Driving Hawthorne Blvd. is an off road experience.
    I was looking at that low scooping bumper thinking, it won't last 15 minutes.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    YOu also have to be careful of curbs and parking stoppers (best I could come up with).

    The front end is very low.
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    The front lip is 8" from the ground. This is about the same height as precast parking bumpers, but because the xB is only 13 feet long, there is no need to get near any bumper or curb. Just stop the car several feet away from such things.

    The xB's 8" high front lip only looks low because the 8" occurs so far forward. But that lip has about the same clearance as the lowest point on the Ford Escape and Explorer SUVs, both of which have 8.2" of clearance.

    The xB’s lowest point is actually back under the engine with only 6.1” of clearance. But for comparison, my wife's 2003 Buick LeSabre only has 5.4” of clearance under the engine and nobody has any problem with that.

    (All these clearances come from car specs on the mfr websites.)
  • it broke off, it was held on by 2 metal clips and 2 plastic clips. very thin and very tiny. We got it back from the dealership yesterday and so far so good. But I don't know what they did to it other than there was a strong smell of glue
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    Maybe they just glued the handle to the hatch, because it was easier than removing the inside hatch panel and replacing the broken clips. Based on this, if my handle comes off, I will ask the dealer to replace the clips and do it myself if he doesn't. It would be a good opportunity to add sound deadening to the hatch. Apparently the hatch is the biggest contributor to noise inside the car.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    That was interesting.
  • This is my first post; Maybe an XB owner can help me here, I'm attempting to purchase an XB that the dealership does not have but will be available on 23 May 06. Has anyone had a problem with a Scion dealership obtaining one; as long as the car is not already spoken for? My dealership is in the panhandle in Northwest Florida. I'm being told that in order to trade a Scion for Scion; color has to be the same in dealing with competing dealerships.

    2. What is the deal with Been attempting to get on that site for two weeks but the site never pops-up on the screen.

    Thanks everyone.
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617 works for me.

    Most xBs are pre-sold. People pay a $500 (usually) deposit to reserve a car in the pipeline. If you dont pay the deposit, the dealer may take a deposit from someone else who will have the right to that car.

    As I understand it, dealers are allocated a certain number of cars, once or twice a month, and the dealers then state which cars they prefer, based on their needs and customer orders. This preferencing of allocated cars occurs after a ship full of cars has left Japan. At this time it is certain which cars are on the ship, and they can be assigned to dealers.

    It then takes 4-6 weeks for those cars to reach port and depending on destinations, be transported on trains and then on trucks to the dealers. Dealers in the same area can trade cars that are enroute to their area, while the cars are on the boat or train, or can trade for cars that are already on their lots. I you want your car to have only 1-5 miles, it must come off the boat and you wait longer. If you don't mind a few hundred miles on your new car, your dealer may find one at a dealer in another city and have it driven to you in a day.
  • cscmnavretcscmnavret Posts: 2
    We purchased our xb the end of January in Athens, GA. The dealer was getting three or four cars a week with no problem. We drove ours out of the showroom with 47 miles on it. Color is Black Cherry with a few extras, Spoiler, power mirrors, overdrive.
    Just for info to those thinking of buying an xb
    We took the car to Corpus Christi,TX in April. People talk of the engine being too small. Ran most of the trip at seventy mph, still had plenty of pickup to pass another vehicle if need be. Averaged 32mpg for the round trip. We sure do like the car. The only complaint I had with the drive was a sore butt going out. The seats are fairly firm. A stop in WalMart for a four dollar soft pillow resolved that on the trip home We downsized from a 1990 GMC Conversion Van and also a 1977 Chrysler Cordoba, which we are keeping but not driving too much now.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    When I purchased my Scion xB in 2-05, I bascially told them the color and options. My options were put on at the distibutor and I had the car in two and a half weeks. Having said that, I did purchase the car from a high volume dealer.
  • bprendersonbprenderson Posts: 99
    We live in central Texas and are thinking about an xB. Is the A/C strong enough to cool both the front and rear seats on a 94 degree day?

    Bubba :)
  • carfanatic007carfanatic007 Posts: 267
    I test drove both. No comparison. The fit drives like a little sports car, the XB drove like a mini van. Interior quality is similar, but the driving drove me to the fit.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    Front seats: yes
    Rear seats: unknown (no one ever sits back in mine)
  • parr8headparr8head Posts: 1
    I'm in Phoenix and there doesn't seem to be a problem in the back seat, the A/C blows great! The interior gets really hot when parked though so I recommend a sun shade for the windshield.

  • miamaxmiamax Posts: 5
    Hi there,
    I just purchased a used 2005 xb and had a question regarding the dash lights. Unfortunately I didn't receive a manual with my purchase, but have ordered one from Toyota..I noticed this evening that when I started the car the maintenance required light blinked about a half a dozen times before turning off like the this normal? I bought the car at carmax and they do recondition before resale and I have 5 days to change my mind if theres a the car though, it's a fun drive!
    anybody have any thoughts on this one?
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    "... when I started the car the maintenance required light blinked about a half a dozen times before turning off like the this normal?"

    That sounds like the car's reminder that an oil change is due. It flashes on start up for 500 miles, then will stay one. The oil change interval comes set at 5000 miles, but can be reset for 4000 or 3000.
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    "... The fit drives like a little sports car, the XB drove like a mini van."

    I drove some minivans, and the xB that I ended up getting drives like a sports car to me, not a minivan. It may feel like a minivan getting in the doors without bending down, and having lots of legroom and headroom. The xB and the Fit do have appproximately the same engines, suspensions and weights.
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