I used to drive a Mercedes C230, but when my job got relocated, I had to get an economical car that is cheap and does not depreciate much. I highly recommend the Scion xA. It may not have the performance one would desire for or the sporty styling but over the life of the car or 25,000 miles, the only money I spent not counting oil change was spark plugs and belts. This is a dream for somebody who travels to work on long distances, wants a car with very low maintenance, utilitarian and easy to park. Four people sit comfortably in this Scion. Moreover, the resale value holds. I bought it in Dec '08 for $7,950 with 57K miles. Price has not changed at all during the year. Toyota did A+ job
Stereo, interior room space, fuel economy (average 31 mpg on NYC streets/highway). On the way to Niagara Falls with A/C in May the average highway mpg was 38!!!
Position the gear shifter properly. When I am engaging 5th or reverse, I end up hitting the passenger's leg. Once the 1st gear in engaged the shifter looks as if it's in 3rd
Owned mine since new.
104K miles on it now.
At 18 months the cam gear, cam sensor, and transmission went out all in a period of 3 weeks.
Around 90K the left rear wheel bearing went out which seems to be a problem on this car.
I do most of my own work and changing this bearing was a *%#$@!
I've got fogs, spoiler, allow rims, high flow air filter, removed sound tube and charcoal filter in the air box, performance tires, and platinum plugs.
Best thing about this car is 40mpg (if you drive like grandma), and NO timing belt!