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Pros: The interior appointments
Cons: The volume control of the stereo.
Advice: Save your last test drive for the Scion TCWe had test driven 6 different cars all the 4 cly versions.(FocusZX3,Civic,Mazda3s,Accord,Martix,ScionTC) The Civic was the least impressive, so so performance and nosie. The Focus 2.0 was a peppy little car but any attempt to give it any gas and the AC kicked off. Matrix the most flexable of all tested but so so performance and odd feel in the 5 speed shifting where disappointing. Accord fine car very stripped down to get to the same price as the TC. Plus I felt like I was 16 again and barrowing my moms'car. The Mazda3s 2.3 (Focus Based) was a fun car to drive agian the price was thousands more than the TC for the same features. Now the TC fast,fun and fantastically appointed. The TC just feels solid and sure footed on the road. FYI it does get 3rd gear scratches with 45 series tires. To get more features and performance you will spend alot more. Just like the Datsun 510 did over 30 years ago the Scion TC may just earn the title of The Poor Mans BMW. I own both a 510 and a TC.
Pros: Panoramic moonroof.
Cons: Thin cloth moonroof covers that close with some difficulty.
Advice: Opt for the leather seats. The standard sport seats are good but easily collect lint.The 2005 Scion is a 'head turner' and exceptional value for under $20,000. I saw the vehicle next to a 2005 Toyota Corolla XRS at the local dealership. Test drove both vehicles and had to buy the Scion. The Scion surpasses the XRS in ride, handling, performance, and looks. The Scion 5-speed manual gearbox and shifting is smooth as silk versus the Corolla 6-speed XRS. Also, the Scion uses regular unleaded versus the premium gas required by the XRS. Have gone just over 1000 miles without any problems. The only negative: my wife is going to get tickets for speeding with the Scion.
Pros: I truly enjoyed the total product from the ride, spaciousness, handling to the looks, colors, and stereo. The all glass roof was very cool as well.
Cons: Didnt get to test drive a stick shift, only an automatic. Ive driven sticks for 20 years, so it may be time to go automatic anyway.
Advice: Dont 'trick' them too gaudy as it will ruin this nice cars reputation.Test drove on August 2, 2004. Pleasantly suprised by the smooth, quiet ride. Handled much better than my Mustang LX 5.0. Was impressed with the power, especially entering the freeway (going from 45-90 mph no problem)! I love the way it looks, and knowing that it has a Toyota Camry engine only gives confidence that you are getting the best quality and value.
Pros: 163 lb ft of torque/ 17' rims/ toyota quality/ a head turner at 16500
Cons: 3000 lbs.....too heavy for this car. Gearing Ratio to high. No negotiation on the price.'what gives'?
Advice: great value....go for itGood but not Great. I drove one yesterday. Very nice car especially for the price. You can tell it is carrying a few extra pounds around corners. Still, the engine had no problem moving this beast of a two door. So much torque I didnt even use first gear (probably why the MPG are so low too). The camry has the same engine and manages better MPG at a higher weight. Everything else was awsome. 17' rims, sunroof, and design were all better than expected, but I think I'll wait for a lighter more nimble version.