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Old 03-31-06, 05:44 PM   #1
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Any Toyota Scion owners?

Looking at getting a little commuter car so I quit driving the big diesel redneck mobile around all the time. Looking at maybe a Toyota Scion "C". What kind of prices did you pay/options/how you like it so far?
Also, any problems with putting on a roof rack?
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My wife has an XB.
The X A & B are rebodied Echo's.
Its a little wheezy on Vt. hills but it will eventually make
it up
We love ours. Lots of room and it gets totally hammered
from driving from Vermont to NYC and back often and
never complains. I think the C is really a rebadged Toyota
Celica ????
How you order options is real cool but as two boring
old heads we we didnt get any. I have never seen a radio as
bad as the stock Scion unit so I wouldnt have thought to
change it but in retrospect that is the only thing we should
have optioned on. I think there is a factory rack you can
order when you get it
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Old 04-01-06, 03:02 AM   #3
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My mom has the tc, but is currently considering trading it in and getting a new civic, because of the great reviews and apraisals it has recieved. about her tc- She kept the options on the low side, and i think the total was below 19,000 if im not mistaken. Power is weak considering its a coupe, but its a cool looking car with a lot of nice touches usally found on expensive cars. I can get alittle more specific about options and standard features since she still has the window paper with all the info somewhere. When i visit her ill be sure to pick it up and fill you in on the complete specs, and pricing. I know the warranty is pretty good too, but im not sure of the roof rack, so can't help you there. But if you are seriously considering the tc, take the time to check out the civic too. Motor trend has made it car of the year, and i agree entirely.
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My brother and father drive xA's (my dad has a hummer /sigh, and the gas prices were getting to him, so he now commutes with the xA), my stepmother drives a tC. If you really want to save on gas, go for the xA or xB, the tC doesn't really do any better than my Altima for gas mileage, and I can put a hell of a lot more stuff in the Altima. They were similar in price too (my Altima was ~18.5k, new in 2002). Looks wise I can see how you would want to go for the tC though, I think it's a very pretty car.

None of us have ever tried to put a roof rack on, so I can't help you there.

The xA isn't a bad car to drive, but does lack some in power. We don't have any hills here in Florida, but I do find myself wanting a bit more power when merging on the highway once in a while (I live with my brother and have driven his car a good bit).

If you are expecting to use the backseat in the tC, don't. Full size adults are very cramped back there. The xA and xB do a lot better here, even my 6'3" 250 pound roomate can fit reasonably comfortably in the backseat of my brother's xA as long as there is someone smaller than 6 feet in the front seat. In the tC you end up banging your head on the roof with big bumps, even if (like me) you aren't very tall.
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The tC is about 400 lbs too heavy for its size and engine output. Go w/ a Prius. If you want something sporty and tiny, go w/ a Cooper Mini S. Check this thread for recommendations.
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I like the looks of the xB myself. It handles ok, but it does need some extra grunt badly. I'd say wedge a 12psi turbo setup in there, and that should do it.

As for the stock radios...yeah Scions deliberately have crap radios so you opt for the overpriced upgrade systems. I would still NOT do it, and go to a stereo shop and get the "upgrade" from them. A CD player, mount kit, and factory replacement speakers should cost less than their premium kit, and not have subwoofers (some people don't like big woofers)....for me, I would just opt to get a single JBL 10" sub and a 200w mono amplifier for bass. I'm a fan of JBL car speakers, and will always be....not cheap, but the sound quality is excellent.

If you want equal to the scion "upgrade" system in sound, go buy pyramid speakers/subwoofers, blaupunkt amps, and a blaupunkt CD player. I'm not dissing Blau, but I am dissing Pyramid....they are the crap de la crap of audio...and sadly their products are usually better than most stock car speakers.
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The new scion got a turbo charger in it supposedly.
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The new scion got a turbo charger in it supposedly.
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We love ours. Lots of room and it gets totally hammered
from driving from Vermont to NYC and back often and
never complains.
That comes standard with any Toyota vehicle that they've built within the last 40 years
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We love ours. Lots of room and it gets totally hammered
from driving from Vermont to NYC and back often and
never complains.
That comes standard with any Toyota vehicle that they've built within the last 40 years
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Nope, none of the Scions have turbos....the tc has a supercharger option through TRD though.

Superchargers screw over fuel economy though due to how they work....turbos only screw up fuel economy as you go up in RPMs, but you get turbo lag if the turbo is too big (thus why I said 12psi...12psi is actually pretty darn big, but right at the limit where turbo lag is not too bad yet...a porsche 944 turbo was running a 16psi turbo.
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i dunt know jack about cars. We were just commenting about somebody's scion and the person said that the turbo was supposed to be coming default or something on the Scion tC because of TRD .
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