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Scion xB Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • You may not be able to negotiate on the sticker price, but you can still haggle if you bring a trade-in. It goes without saying that you have to shop smart. If a dealer is trying to screw you over with "documentation fees" or other BS, find another dealer. The fixed-price concept means you can go to any Scion store and get the same base MSRP.

    I live in Colorado, but bought our xB in Oregon to avoid paying about $800 in sales tax. Of course, you need to have a legitmate Oregon address to register the car (my folks live there). If I'm not mistaken, New Hampshire is the only other state with no sales tax.

    I had an excellent buying experience with Ron Tonkin Toyota Scion in Portland. They had the color I wanted, and I was able to do most of the deal via e-mail and fax. When arrived to pick up the car, there were no surprises, no bogus doc fees or other markups, and no pressure to finance through the dealer when I already had a loan through Lending Tree. Oh, there were the usual offers for extended warranty and such, but no hard sell. I got out the door for $14,641 including registration and a few accessories.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
    A reporter is interested in speaking with anyone who has recently purchased any of the following vehicles: Chrysler 300, Mazda 3, Scion xB, Audi A6, Land Rover LR3 or the Honda Odyssey. He would like to discuss which other vehicles you considered, why you bought the vehicle you bought, likes/dislikes, etc. If you are interested in speaking with this reporter, please forward your name, the vehicle you purchased and your daytime contact information to Pam Krebs, PR, at no later than end of day Tuesday, Dec. 14. Thank you


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  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    A newspaper reporter is hoping to speak with a Scion xB owner - particularly anyone who was attracted by the spare, Japanese-type styling.

    Please send your daytime contact info to no later than Monday, January 10, 2005.



    Jeannine Fallon

    PR Director
  • I' curious...did anyone ever talk to the reporter concerning the Xb purchase?
  • Since it's a Toyota, can you get the extended warranty (platinum?) when you buy a new xB?
  • When purchasing the xB we knew about the no hagel pricing on the base price and the options but hoped to get them to deal on the interest rate and the extended warranty. We got the one we wanted with $100 down and 4.7% interest rate for 60 months. They would not negotiate the warranty and we payed $875 for a 7 year 75,000 mile platnuim warranty with 0 deductable. Last year I was able to get the same warranty on my wife's RAV4 for $550. The manager said Scion does audits to make sure they are charging what they should.
  • I think that $875 is pretty steep for an extended warranty. I looked at 2 used Xb's the other day. Each one had less that 5k miles and were probably demos. But each Xb was certified to 100k miles and the prices were $15800. They each had a few optios like mats, the alloy wheels, and the 6 disc system. That might be a viable alternative to the $875 warranty, and one that I'm exploring now.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    My car was 15,933 new.
  • top1top1 Posts: 1
    I'm looking for a vehicle to carry a wheel chair (HoverAround).
    The Scion xB appears to be my answer. I am a disabled vet and may have safety concerns of the xB. After looking at one of the news reports of the "new" safety test it appears that side air bags are the way to go. However, Scion xB do not have this option.
  • I bought my Scion XB from Leesburg Scion in Leesburg, Va. Great treatment, friendly sales staff, that take the time to explain the entire car buying process. This is the 9th new car I have purchased and it was one of the best sales experiences. They gave a very fair price for my trade and had the options installed when promised. I shopped at Hagerstown Scion before Leesburg, but the trade-in values stunk at Hagerstown, hence my trip to Leesburg. I will definitely shop Leesburg Scion again.
  • geekaygeekay Posts: 51
    I bought mine from Tyson,s Corner, VA yesterday. No options, 0 down, 4.8 %, 279 p.m. 60 months. Only sore point, took 4 hours to install the wheel covers and stereo. No haggling but i should have tried to bring down the dealer processing fees etc. Good thing was that I got to test drive an Xa and an Xb in yesterday's s :) tormy weather. Both came out on top (both 5 spd MT). The Xb won because of space and more unconventional looks. We have a Vibe AWD which replaced my wife's 92 Corolla in 2004. I know my next car will be an Xa and I am 49 years of age. Possibly the series 1.0, can any one share their experience of these limited series?
  • Congrats on the Xb purchase. It's a great car for the DC commute. 4 hrs. for wheel covers and a stereo? That's just poor delivery. Tysons Toyota/Scion is a huge dealership.. 4 hr delivery time is unacceptable. I won't shop there again after the poor sales help I received there last Sept. Tysons Salesman wore dirty sneakers, dirty pants and jacket, and had 1 crumpled business card in his front pants pocket that he flicked to me. He couldn't drive a stick and stalled it twice out on Rt. 7. He didn't know any details of the car and said he was too busy to learn about every car on the lot. The 2 finance people at Leesburg Scion came from Tysons. They said that they were very glad to get away from that dealership because the whole thing is too big and out of control. I'm glad that you did ok there. My wife seems to have taken a liking to the Xb. We're both in our 40's. She's now finding excuses to run errands alot more now that she can take the Box. I see another Scion in our future if initial quality for the Xb holds out.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    JD Powers will be sending you something in about a month. I sent mind out last week.

    The fog lights is the best accessory, but that strut bar is getting more fun as time goes on.


    If you did not get any options, why did they change the radio? Didn't you even get the floor mats? I like your rate though. I got 5.25%.

    I did drive a xA 1.0, and I really liked it. It was a sharp car. However, thexB was my choice because of all the addtional room. The xB and the xA 1.0 are about the same price. I really enjoyed the moonroof. The xA 2.0 will be out soon in blue.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    I don't believe I have done this;

    Blue Onyx Pearl - Manual


    Fog Lights
    Strut Bar
    Door Sill Enhancements
    Rear Bumper Applique
    Cargo Mat
    Floor Mats

    Also bought Titanium Shifter, but have not used. Prefer OEM.

    Paid 15,933. Put 500 down. Financed 15,433. 5.25%. 60 months. $293.?? a month. Figured out $464 a month will pay it off in three years which I intend to do.

    Also own 95 Corolla DX and 02 Tundra SR5 V8 thats pulls my camper.
  • geekaygeekay Posts: 51
    Dear Tundradude, All scions in that lot were with just a paper cover on the radio cavity and no wheel covers. I was so fed up of waiting there that i decided not to buy anything from them except the car as the weather was very bad on Saturday and there were very few 5 speeds in our area that day. The next one was at Laurel and I had already had one credit check run that morning, in addition to one that my dealer in Southern MD ran a couple of days earlier but failed to get me one. I picked up a good set of mats at Target on Sunday for 23.99 (grey/black with carpeted heel area). I do intend to get fog lights at ebay as also a cold or short ram intake. Thanks
  • Yeah...the cardboard radio was a real turnoff when I shopped at Younger in Hagerstown. All the Xb's on their lot had it in place of a real stereo. 5 speeds seem to be on the rare side in the DC area. I know that Darcars Scion in Frederick had 2 on their lot last week. I'm pretty happy so far with the Xb. My wife who is usually nonchalant about my vehicle buys, made it a point to drive the Xb on every errand last weekend while I tore the dining room apart.

    '05 XB--Thundercloud Metallic
    Fog Lights
    Strut Tie Bar
    Floor Mats
    EM 7 Rims
    Cargo Net

    97 Chevy Astro All Wheel Drive
    95 S-10 blazer 2 door
  • geekaygeekay Posts: 51
    I have a set of 17 inch performance wheels that my son uses some times on his Honda CRX.. They will do just fine. The car is doing great, more so on our country roads. Only problem, he/she who gets out of the house first in the morning takes it. I think my kids will finally start rising early. One more thing, I talked to my local scion dealer and he says he and some other dealers are attending some kind of orientation training on 18th of this month, it will be Scion products in general and the limited series XA coming out later this year.
  • Good way to get your kids up, but then you'll never get to use it.. My 16 yr old wants to drive it all the time, but my 18 yr old only wants to drive our old blazer. I'm amazed how smooth the XB handles on our country roads. It hugs the curves and cruises over the bumps and ruts just fine. I think it's a good thing with the Scion orientation. They might update the sales teams on new options for the XB. What color did you get?
  • geekaygeekay Posts: 51
    Mine is also Thunder Cloud, there was a yellow special edition on the lot at Tyson's but I did not want it. Are you planning to take it back to the dealer at 5,000 miles for the free oil change? I am getting about 28-29 mpg but I think it will improve.
  • Yes, I will take it back to the dealer for oil changes. You get 3 free oil changes with new Scion purchases. I'll get the oil changed at about 3000 miles on the 1st change, then 4500-5000 on the subsequent ones. I just finished my 2nd tank and I avg. 33.4 mpg, of course that was at 60mph and under. You should get better mileage after a few thousand miles. I also looked at the yellow special edition but I like the Thundercloud better. I think a special edition black with the CAI, TRD exhaust, chrome rims, and a spoiler would look good.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    That yellow is nice, but it has a sport tune muffler that I would not want.

    I have an excellent dealer for service for all the work on the Scion. Its not the same dealer where I bought mine. Funny how that works.

    Here's one to throw out. Imagine Deep Purple as a special edition.
  • geekaygeekay Posts: 51
    I think the design, specially the slab sides can carry off most colors with ease, like a big canvas. Deep purple would be good color, but even the black cherry that they have on the XA would be great.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    Black Cherry is one of the main colors on all models.
  • Is that TRD muffler the "buzzy" sounding one? I haven't heard one yet but if it sounds like a chainsaw I would be annoyed. I just installed my Zeta Storage armrest last night. It looks great!! It matches the interior perfectly and looks factory. The armrest installs in about 10 minutes and attaches to the seat tracks without impeding the operation of the seats. My 9 yr. old son and I installed it and it was so easy that I just gave him a few hints and then watched him do the work. It flips up out of the way if needed and does not cover the rear drink holder. This is a good product for Xb owners.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
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  • geekaygeekay Posts: 51
    Thanks for the info on that armrest, the car needs one and I am buying it
    Any news on that Air Intake?
  • drr2drr2 Posts: 2
    We had a strange experience when we tried to buy an xB earlier this week. Has any one else come across this? We wanted to order a color/transmission combination that they didn't have on the lot and to choose several add on options. We did not try to haggle over the price or accessories. Salesman said no problem, he could get us the car in 10 to 14 days max. He gave us a total price, but said he could not guarantee us that price even if we put down the deposit. He said the posted prices only apply to merchandise on the lot that day. Our final sales price might be higher--apparently depending on what the dealer desires to declare on day of delivery. He was very cagy, refusing to say or put in writing what our final sales price might be. Of course, if you decline the car at time of delivery, they keep your $500 deposit. This smelled like a scam so we walked away. I called and complained to Toyota but they said this was acceptable business practice for their dealers. I say Buyer Beware :lemon:
  • You need to post the name of the dealer and city/state on this site so consumers are educated about them. They may have been talking about extra shipping fees from another part of the country. If your dealer is in California and he finds your color/trans combo in Fla., he will charge you for the transportation costs. The problem for you is that you don't know the real cost to ship the car. He might pay a dedicated hauler $300 and might charge you $750. If you limit your search and shipping to a 100 mile radius you usually won't get charged any extra $$$ I say shop at several dealers. And if that is not possible do to distance, deal over the net. Test drive the Xb at the dealer you don't trust and make a deal with the net dealer.
  • geekaygeekay Posts: 51
    It is better to widen your search and you should be able tp pick up the right car abd drive it down to where you live, dealers will invariably try to seize upon your desperation, they take advantage of the line..... dealer is free to set the actual price...I do feel they are descended from horse traders of yore.
  • Yes you are correct. Widen the dealer net. As far as the I haven't done it yet. I'm still trying to get enough feedback on whether it is worth the $$$. It seems like K&N and Injen are the way to go in that dept. I'd like to do the muffler, but not one of those buzzy types.
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