by grasshoppermom on Apr 5, 2014 Vehicle: 2005 Scion xA 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
He (yes, he's a he) scoots in and out of traffic, passing SUVs like they are standing still, leaps around clumps of snarled traffic by his quick ability to dart in and out of lanes. I named him grasshopper because the neat lines of the hatch remind me of a grasshopper's straight angled back legs.
mileage could be a tad better. 25 in town, 33 highway. Packs full and I have helped folks move in this little car. The depth of hatch door opening makes it easy to toss everything into it, including the kitchen sink if need be. I work in real estate and remodelling such, and can fit an eight foot 2x4 and a 12x8 piece of carpet stuck out the window. A great lil' big car. 122,000 mi and counting...
by kretek1 on Jul 2, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Scion xA 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
Two wheel bearings out, two bent wheels replaced, stabilizers replaced, brakes and calipers replaced, wheel fitting replaced, all fluids replaced, two batteries dead.
It's cost me $1,700 to repair a car worth $4,800. Screw that. It's not worth it. Go with a Honda.
It's only been 78,000 miles.
by pvg1 on Aug 29, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Scion xA 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
Replaced both front wheel bearings 3X. Rear bearings 1X.
Too bad because everything else is original. Out of 6 cars I have owned this one is the first I ever had to replace a wheel bearing.
I guess I made up for that with this one.
I am looking for a new small car and since I don't want another car with wheel bearing problems I am not even going to look at the 2012 toyota yaris.
by slicklizard on Jan 22, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Scion xA 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
I'm a courier and this is the car provided to me by my boss.
It's a nice car to work with, as it's nimble, quick and easy to park.
It's got about 115K miles on it, mostly highway miles and the only thing that's been done to it is tires, brakes and a new alternator (the old one chewed up the belt).
It has a nice stereo, cold a/c and hot heat and the seating position is up high (almost minivan-like).
I normally put 300-500 miles on the car per day and, besides a tire blowout, it's never let me down.
I'd buy this car.
by brooktroutchaser on Aug 8, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Scion xA 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
I purchased this used with less than fifteen thousand miles. My search process was long; I wanted a small car that would accommodate my six foot frame and perennial bad back. Most cars sit too low and I did not want an SUV. The XA is too cute for words, is comfortable for any trip of 300 miles or less, and will fit in any parking space. Plus, it is as reliable as anything on the road. It is important to keep the tires properly inflated: 29 psi. Any higher and the ride is too harsh.
by peter on May 6, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Scion xA 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
I have 123,000 miles and the only problem I had was both front wheel bearing needed replacing. The interior still looks like new. Car rides too harsh and could be quieter. I am confident it will run past the 200,000 mile mark.
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