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Cons: changing brakes one year after purchaceEconomic, doesn't spend that much gas. Smooth. New no big expence on maintanance only problem is that original brakes last 1 year when you can purchase a good/great quality in a auto store and have them install, brakes will last longer.
Pros: the stereo
Cons: the throw away motor
Advice: be wary, aluminum head $$$$$repair$$$$$I loved my car up until about 2 wks ago. I bought it new in 2005 gets great gas mileage compact yet comfortable...but....it started over heating last week it was the head gasket, had the head checked for cracks all was good and also had it resurfaced...they put it back together still overheating...the head is aluminum and is warped in one way or another...I already put almost a grand into fixing and now it needs a new head. it only has 103000 miles on it...I had hoped like alot of other foreign cars that it would last and last....no dice it is now just taking up space in my garage...oh yeah and I just paid it off too!!!
Pros: Its size.
Cons: The interior marks pretty easily. Power is lacking a bit.
Advice: Great on gas and very affordable. If you keep it clean, hauling 4 people is a breeze.I own this vehicle, so I have thoroughly tested it. Its size is very manageable, and if I need rear cargo room, I just fold down the seats. It's get up and go is a little lacking but that's not the car, it's the engine. And since it's a stick shift, I can get all the acceleration I need.
Pros: Everything on it makes sense.
Cons: No cruise.
Advice: Drive it on lots of different pavement, really look it over for defects, and if you have issues that the dealer won't fix, call Scion directly. The warranty is much better than the dealership will let on.I've got a 5 speed and lack of power doesn't seem to be a major issue. It handles well but does have a good hum to it on the highway (it could really use a 6th gear, as it runs at 3000 rpm at 60 mph), but that's why I don't have to downshift to pass. Due to the stiff suspension and short wheel base, the ride can be jarring, but thats the quality of the road reflected by the car, so it really vary. Handling is good, but the gas milage isn't all it's cracked up to be. The best way to sum it up is this: It's almost like driving an ultra-super-duper-refined air cooled VW bug....with heat and A/C. If you want a smoother, quieter ride with more power and all the options that are on this car, look in the $16000+ range.
Pros: Value of the standard features
Cons: Plastic door panels and dash
Advice: Have it undercoated to reduce road noise, search the internet before buying to find a car with just the options you want. The dealer can add alot of the options at the regular option price.Fun car to drive. I have a little over 600 miles on the car with complete satisfaction other than the gas mileage is running only about 33 mpg. I bought the Scion Xa strickly for commuter car to work; but my wife and 17 year old son love to drive it. This car will never be labeled as 'looser cruiser'.
Pros: Audio steering wheel controls, Comfortable seats, Center mounted speedometer, Turn indicators on side mirrors, 160 watt CD/MP3/iPod Stereo, Standard ABS
Cons: 103 horsepower engine, Standard wheel covers
Advice: A great first car for first time car loan (Depending on the sticker price. Cheap monthly payments through Toyota Motor Credit), Cheap to fill up ($21.50 at $2.15 a gallon)The xA drove like a dream for what it offers. I fell in love with it in a second once I got to test drive it on the interstate. The drive was smooth and fun to drive especially going 75 mph. Braking is quite quick and responsive. People have complained about nosey engine humming but I very much like to hear it since I feel like I'm driving Japanese sports car. Only major issue I have with the xA, is the poor acceleration especially getting on any interstate on ramps trying to out speed a semi-trailer truck when the truck can not lane change to middle lane. Other than that, I brought the xA that I test drove and never had major mechanical problems. I love my xA very much, I'm even thinking of purchasing the xB.
Pros: good looks
Cons: center mounted instruments
Advice: get rid of those wheel covers and get a now Toyota/Scion remote entry system (for around $100)Excellent package for the price! I am over 50 and what a great, fun car. I added some alloys and the spoiler. Just because you aren't 20 something, doesn't mean you can't be cool! Pros: Looks great, really good gas mileage, fun to drive. Cons: Should have a less expensive keyless entry and a telescoping steering wheel to go along with the tilt.