I'm the original reviewer. 3 1/2 years after my initial review I still have this car, so consider this is long term review to be added to the original one. After replacing the rear hub, which contains the wheel bearing and speed sensor, I've had no more problems with the anti-lock brakes. However, something peculiar has happened, twice in fact. I've replaced the rear brake pads twice because they were wearing in a very odd manor. From what I can tell, corrosion of the caliper assembly interferes with the pads moving smoothly to the disc, which cants the pads at an angle. They wear down enough to start screeching. I drive quite gently, have had no issues with the front brakes, and don't drive around with the emergency brake on, so the pads really shouldn't wear down, but they have.....twice. Since purchasing the xB my overall gas mileage stands at 29 mpg. Almost half of my highway miles include a kayak on the roof, and / or a teardrop trailer behind, so the mileage would be higher without the extra load. I use an UltraGauge while driving which shows instantaneous mileage, and drive gently, so most people will use more gas. On the highway fuel use is greatly effected by the wind. Let's face it, the car is shaped like a brick. Assorted observations are as follows. The air conditioning compressor must be pretty efficient since turning on the air has little noticeable effect on mileage or performance. Other than the temperature knob being behind the shifter, it's very easy to use the controls, in direct contrast to the video games present in the dashes of most current cars. I've discovered that when the rear seats are down, I can load as much stuff inside as a full size pickup with an 8 foot bed will hold under a tonneau cover. The car still feels very solid, but it only has ~60k miles. The seat fabric seems tough and stain resistant, while the fuzzier backs of the seats grab onto any particles of dirt and won't let go. If you're handy with a wrench, it's possible to make the front seats more comfortable by tilting the back a bit. If you raise the front of the seat by roughly an inch, where it bolts to the floor, your buns will appreciate it. Other than the rear brakes, the car has been perfectly reliable. The water pump seems to have sealed itself, as the pink stripe never worsened. That's all I can think of right now.Report it
Best review I've read. I'm in Iowa, too. Not loving my xB at the moment! Right now I'm trying to have fixed a knocking in the front passenger's wheel well area and four places have not been able to find the problem. Grrrr.Report it
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