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I'll be driving ca. 35 miles each way to work and since I have a family, I need a car with some room and also character.
I have to tell you the truth, initially when I saw the xB I did not like them....but after looking at them "Zipping" into traffic I decided to investigate further and do a test drive. Final word, I REALLY liked the car !!
I'm in the Midwest by the way and I have a few questions to you guys that are already owners:
1- I'm having a hard time to find a manual transmission option to test drive. All dealers just have auto. How's the difference between them, is the manual really more "speedy" when driving in traffic ? What about driving the manual in the highway ? It seems the engine rev. at least @ 4,000 RPMs at 75 MPH when cruising in the highway, how's the noise level ? Acceptable ?
2- Did you have a Cruise Control installed aftermarket ? How does it look like and perform ?
3- The only option I'll add are the floor mats (which it should be standard) and the Front Strut Tie Bar, does anyone has experience driving with and without the Tie Bar ?
Dealers are telling me that 4 to 6 weeks waiting for the xB is normal.
Anyway, Thanks if anyone can help my decision.
My other car (wife's driving) is a Toyota Matrix AWD .... great car so far.
2. I did not get that.
3. Make sure you get the floor mats and the cargo mat. I did not originally get the cargo mat, but later found out how cool it is. It really keeps things in place in the back. I have front strut tie bar and its awesome. The car handles wonderfully being a box. For example, if you are on the interstate, and a sharp curve comes up, you don't slow down, you just cruise through it.
I will suggest that you get two more options. One is Fog Lights. Not only does the front end of the car look better, they offer wonderful lighting. The second is the rear bumper applique. Its only 58 bucks and it protects your rear bumper.
I waited 2 weeks to get mind, but that was back in February. I would strongly suggest ordering and waiting for whatever model you choose to get so it comes already to your customization.
i had a 98' corolla before and i can tell you- in the mountains this thing will out corner and flat out just run circles around the corolla i had.and it even had a lowered suspension. the xb's suspension is very tight (firm) but i really like mine
also, my auto loves to cruise between 70 and 80 mph with very little effort!
p.s. just ordered my new pioneer deh-p3700 stereo tonight along with a set of new polk db6500's, time to upgrade and retire the scion stereo
Tundradude, do you think that the ride would get too "stiff" if I add the front strut tie bar ? Or the ride would remain with the same quality, just better on cornering.
My other question is regarding the "sun shade" (not sure if this is the correct word) that I did not pay attention during my first test drive. Everything in the car looks so good for the price range, however, the "sun shade" was a disappointment, it looked really cheap and has a velcro holding the lid for a tiny mirror without lights. Do you know if I can replace that with aftermarket ? I looked at e-bay / Scion life and did not find any ?
Any thoughts ?
p.s. i just turned 1,000 miles and am getting between 29 to 34 miles per gallon! :shades:
Congrats on your new stereo system (jimw0238), let us know how it's working.
I'll most likely be purchasing it in the next 4 weeks....I just have to decide the color...so far no new colors available for the 2006. The dealers are offering the same options....I think I'll get the camo or black. The silver is also very nice.
i also just got really cool "empi" wheels that are painted the same color as the car :shades:
why pay $665 for the alloy scion wheels when you can get really nice alloy "empis" for $460.(Americas tire co.).......
bty, stereo is going from factory "pioneer" to a aftermarket "pioneer deh-p3700mp". a very nice upgrade for $139 + free install kit from "crutchfield".
new rear speakers are "polk audio db6500's" 6.5's with new satelite tweeters and two crossovers- cost $199.00
I;m new to the TC world but nevertheless I'lll probably buy one next year. I do know that you can get leather in the car, but I have not seen pictures. Does the leather look good as in not cheesy and does it wear well? The only way I'd buy this car is with leather.
it goes under the floor next to the spare. i think it is a great idea and nothing visible for a theif to see. i am thinking about buying one to add a little bass to my system and it won't compromise any space :shades:
box is made by "scosche".
I like the K & N blue option (my tC is azure pearl), but...
Can anyone offer some clarifications - which one should I get? :confuse:
1) Do you think this was a mistake by the dealer
2) How long is the subscription that comes with that option
3) Where do I find the ID/ESN if I want to renew the subscription
How much was it with installation?
Thanks in advance for your help!!!
i just found out that "scionsport" has two new grilles available for the xb.one is all chrome and vented and made to fit the car. the second is imported from japan (made by Toyota)and was manufactured for the "open deck" which is a different version of the box car in japan. that is the grille i bought, it is sweet!
smooth panel with tinted chrome finish. definately dresses the car up and gives it a custom finish. made by toyota so it took me like three minutes to put it on and it is a perfect factory fit. i'm hoping that since the front grille is all smoothed out now that it may help improve mileage a little by decreasing wind drag. either way it looks sweet!
though i would pass that on...
it is called the open deck grille :shades:
Have a question for you if you don't mind. I remember that you told me you purchased wheels for your box with the TCM color (or very close to it) and paid less than $500.00. Can you give more details...where...what's the wheel spec.
Keyless remotes are standard.
go to this link to see wheel page...
specs are= Enkie "j10"
cloor= "silver machined" (silver powder coat with clear gloss)
size= 15x6.5 4-108/10038sm
americas tires' regular price is = $115.00 each.
would send a picture to you if you could tell me how
look here to see the "OD" grille:
Don't know what's going on, but I have a 2006 xB (purchased 8/1/05) and it came standard with keyless remote.
Definitely was an option on my 2006 xA and I didn't want to spend $469 for it. Perhaps they just threw it in and charged you for it on a "package price" of some sort or maybe here in California there's a different options list...that happens sometime. We could compare MSRP's but what the hell it's not a big deal.
I was just wondering how these aftermarket kits work, and how you install them. I figure you can just add a relay/solenoid to the central door lock mechanism---that probably what they do at the dealer anyway when they install the keyless option.
I'll have to save some $$ before purchasing them.
Thanks for the link.