by jonbreeze on Feb 7, 2014 Vehicle: 2005 Scion xB 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
My scion was just totaled after 8 years of ownership. I loved it so much I felt I needed to review it for others to know. I bought it as a salvage in 06 with 16k miles on it and I put 170k miles on it. I did do some routine maintenance but it wasn't super consistent and definitely not on time. I never had a single mechanical problem with it other than replacing some simple belts once. After a few years of ownership I crashed it and had to replace my good, front fenders, front bumper, radiator, and some wiring and even after it ran flawlessly. Im a younger guy and drove it pretty hard and took it On long trips with lots of luggage and it performed great! Minor cosmetic flaws but great value!!
by rutabaga on Aug 29, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Scion xB 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
I wanted a commuter car and got the xB.
It had 20k on it when I bought it.
I've put 60k on it.
Had a salvage title.
It does everything I wanted it to and more.
I'm not too diligent about maintenance but it's still rock-solid reliable.
Spacious cabin room and very easy for the 3 kids to get in and out of.
Not perfect, but just fine driving the occasional 200 mile trip to visit family.
Consistently gets 30mpg *in town.*
Here are some shortcomings to be aware of, although I don't hold them against the car AT ALL: weak on power; small cargo space in back; stock sound not very good; jeez, I really can't think of anything else.
FYI, I'm 6'5", 210lbs and fit just fine in it.
by busdriver8 on Apr 16, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Scion xB 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
i purchased my 05 about a month ago. camaflage green cool color. i also own a civic hybrid but there was no trunk space for my wifes wheel chair so i went looking for a good used car for around $8000. there was the xB@ my local toyota. 37850 on the clock no dents dings just 1 small scratch. paid a little more but not only do i ave 36mpg plentu of room for the kids wheelchair
but my leg and head room is superior. nice for a budget car. the only thing i miss is cruise control but hey cant have everything. and mommas happy with it. and if mommas happy we are all happy.
by 2toasters on Jun 20, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Scion xB 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
My wife bought a used 2005 xB and we liked it so much that I bought an identical (except
color) one for myself. We are both older and drive accordingly, so we get about 33MPG in city and 37+ on Hwy. Both xB's
have about 50k miles on them and we love them. The 1500cc engines pay off. We would not buy the newer, larger xB's because of their economy and looks. A big mistake on Toyota's part, we think. A typical comment: "this back seat is like a Lincoln Town Car". We will definitely keep these cars and repair them for as long as possible. This may be the car for you, too?
by jkm on Sep 14, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Scion xB 4dr Wagon (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
Just bought this car used. It's very solid and basic, much like the imports of the 70s and 80s. For a car with such little power, it's surprisingly fun to drive. The interior room is simply amazing. It's like a theater with 6 screens. The car seems to grow magically when you get in. I always tell friends that it's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Driving position is comfortable but you have to get used to the position of the gauges. The engine is peppy and fun to rev on city streets but merging on the interstate can be a challenge. This is allot of car for the money. I've found that it's several thousand less than a comparable Honda Element, Fit, or Toyota Matrix.
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