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Scion xB Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • mydingomydingo Posts: 4
    Yes, I know what an XBox is, I have one. The xB (notice the small "x" and the capitalized "B") is a BOX shaped Vehicle. Hence the nick name "Boxx". I prefer to use the "x" and "xx" in xBOXX to distinguish it from the cute little game box from Microsoft. Some people hate it and some people love it. Either way its cheaper than a full blown computer but does the job (mostly) when it comes to gaming. Just like the xBoxx does when it comes to being a utility vehicle.

    I disagree with you that people buy it for the price. I found cheaper Autos from Nissan, Susuki and Kia with more options for even less cash. None had the style or character of the xBoxx.

    Its about the looks of the Vehicle. Do you think people buy the Aztec or the Element for the price. I wouldn't even take one as a gift. They are the ugliest cars on the road today. The owner for some reason fell in love with the style of the vehicle not the price. If it was just the price they would have gone with something more conventional. By the way my other cars are a Volvo s70 which is a very sweet ride and a BMW 325i Sedan which drives like nothing else. I am thinking about selling the BMW and keeping the xBoxx as my primary vehicle.
    I ,like many others, bought the xBoxx for it's style not it's price.

    It "sounds" like you just don't like the xBoxx, and that is fine. I am happy that you know what you don't like. But why are you wasting your time here critizing a vehicle to the people who own them. (EDITED)

    By the way I just moved a couch and a small frig using my xBoxx. So I guess its more a VAN than it is a CAR. I also have 2 car seats and 3 passengers in the rear seat with plenty of comfort. Lets see, thats 2 in front and 3 in rear that sounds like 5 (I believe).

    In Florida the basic xBoxx is between $14000 and $16000 depending on the basic options (Manual, Auto and misc. If you get crazy with the options you can drive away in a $21,000 "MINI-MINIVAN" with about a 138 HP motor and a serious aero-package.

    Either way you look at it, its a head turner, period.

  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,869
    quote y dingo -It sounds like you just don't like the xBoxx, and that is fine. I am happy that you know what you don't like. But why are you wasting your time here critizing a vehicle to the people who own them. Maybe you can be more helpful in a forum where people are "thinking" about buying a vehicle.-end

    My earlier comments are not "critizing" the xB. xB is a great small vehicle. Are you able to understand English?
  • mydingomydingo Posts: 4
    I got that. I misunderstood your point. You had a conflicting comment about the utilitarian use of the "xB". I still don't agree with the comparison of the "xB" to a "car".

    Oh yeah...... I do understand english, thanks for checking.

  • lee_wlee_w Posts: 239
    Let's try to get back to Prices Paid and Buying Experiences. This is not the place for debates, comparisons, or fighting. We want to hear about Prices Paid. Thanks,
  • I'm just wondering any one in this forum know about the crash test for XB. People in this forum talk about all the goodies about XB, and some say about it is not giving the gas mileage that was promised which is 30/35. I'm not sure how well it will handle on the crash test with out a side air bag. When I went for the test drive to the dealer I found out the exterior the Metal part didn't impress me at all I felt like it is not a strong metal flexes very easily for the new car. If it is not for the cheap metal I would buy this car closing my eyes off.......Any help from any of the forum members or Edmunds's Team will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for you time and Help.
  • I just recently purchased a new Scion xB at Beaver Toyota in Santa Fe. The buying experience at this dealer was very pleasant. It has been by far the best car-buying experience in my life! I chose the options I wanted, put down a $500 deposit, and had it ordered direct from Japan. The salesman updated me regularly with a call when it came into the port of entry (L.A.) and called me again when it arrived in Albuquerque, NM. I waited about 4 weeks total before it arrived at the dealership. I spent less than an hour and a half at the dealership signing paperwork and getting everything squared away - no aftermarket sales demos, etc.
    As for price, it seems that they have a no-bargaining policy. I, for one, find the vehicle to have great value; so, I paid what the same price I calculated while adding options on the web page. No vehicle can compare to this one - styling, economy, and standard features for the price. Although a bit underpowered, my little "toaster on wheels" is roomy, different and fun to drive.
  • We just bought a 2005 scion xb last Thursday, and we love it. No negotiations on pricing, didn't add any extras. We have a 5spd manual, so with dealer fees the total was 14,195, plus tax and tags. I have 2 golden retreivers, so I need the space - I just got rid of my 96 taurus sw, which had all the gadgets and whistles available at the time. There are a few things I miss-like the doors locking automatically, and the side view mirrors defrosting with the rear window defroster on. By the way, if anyone reads the manual for the 2005 Scion xB, I'm told it is a misprint that it states that the side view mirrors defrost with the rear window defogger. I loved the salesperson- just right, not pushy, and everyone at the dealership was very nice-,we got our Scion from Sloane Toyota in Glenside, Pa
  • alexaalexa Posts: 1
    I'm looking to buy a new XB hopefully w/ leather seats and an car alarm as my extra options. Is it true that the msrp is set by scion? Any tips on what I can negotiate for would be really appreciated. And a realistic price of what I would pay "out the door".
    I have a new baby + we need a bigger car to commute to the babysitter/work. Thanks in advance! I'm in San Francisco, if that matters.
  • I work at a big Toyota dealer in Dayton, New Jersey. Now that getting a different price is not an option where you buy your Scion is easier. You should take some things into consideration when it is time to buy. First you have to feel comfortable with your salesperson, did he or she answer all your questions and are they concerned with your needs. Too often I find future customers brushed aside due to stereo typing of age or dress. Scion is a great reliable and affordable vehicle. As a salesperson I assume everyone who comes in to inquire about a Scion is a serious buyer. I find the Scion buyer to be more knowledgeable than most customers who are looking for a vehicle. I get many customers who come in to my dealership after they had a bad experience at other places. Bad for other places, good for me.
  • Ditto this buying experience! (except for the ordering from Japan). I bought mine in Illinois; $14,195 base price for a manual transmission, just under $1,500 in accessories, $1,500 down payment. No haggling on anything, no pressure to add items, less than an hour and a half doing the closing paperwork. After tax title etc total was around $17,000. A very pleasant car buying experience. I've had the xB for 2 and a half months and I love it. Many comments, questions, and looks. I bought it for the looks, price, practicality in that order. Undoubtedly one of the best buys for the money on the current auto market.
  • 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.
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