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2008 Scion xB: Flat Tire

September 25, 2008

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This is not the latest in xB wheel customization. This is the spare tire that came with our long-term Scion xB. It is yellow and reminds us of the Denver boot, but in kind of a good way. The xB is rockin' the donut because we recently flatted while on the mean streets of west Los Angeles. Those tire pressure warning lights really work. Before I could feel the bumpity-bump of the flat, the little helpful light caught my eye as I rolled down Venice Boulevard and gave me enough time to turn into a nearby service station before things got too dicey. Wish I had a shot of the flat when I did finally see it. Looked like a vintage cartoon flat, the kind that appears to have melted onto the asphalt.

We took the xB to Stokes Tire Pros in Santa Monica to get a replacement the next day. Our bill came to $154.50 for one 205/55/R16 Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02, installed after one night's stay, since Stokes didn't have the tire in stock and had to order it.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 28,677 miles

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2008 Scion Xb: Another Service another Smile

July 18, 2008

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I'm two-for-two today. First the BMW X5 service went off without a hitch and now the Scion is back from its appointment at Scion of Santa Monica good as new.

The appointment was made last night for an 8am drop. The maintenance light was on and the left brake was squealing a bit. We also had that bothersome issue with the caps on the wheels.

Two hours after we dropped it off I got the call that the Xb was ready. The service called for a tire rotation, oil change, fluid top-offs, and general inspection. The charge for that was $94.95. Slightly more than Edmunds Maintenance calulator estimates.

When I got the call I had a confession to make, I'd forgotten to mention the peeling plastic parts over the lug nuts. Turns out my advisor had noticed the bad plastic and had replaced them without being asked to. Nice!

All things considered it was a great experience.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 20,706 miles.

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2008 Scion Xb: Windshield Replacement

July 09, 2008

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Just about a month ago, James Riswick made it knownthat the Scion Xb's giant nearly vertical windshield had cracked. It was a dime-sized chip with some spider-webbing that was most likely caused by an errant rock...that or a jealous ex-girlfriend with a ball-peen hammer and limited arm strength.

Recently the Mini Cooper S, which is a loaner from the manufacturer, had its window replaced by the dealer at the fantastic cost of 1,231.67 USD. We own the Xb so we ditched the dealer (who quoted us $1,300) and called Glass Doctor. Not only did they come to us, something the Mini dealer surely did not, but they were done quicker and only charged $443.73.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 20,000 miles

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2008 Scion xB: Sweat the Details

June 08, 2008

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There's plenty to like about the redesigned xB - Toyota knows there's beauty in the details. I like how the Scion logo on each wheel has a sculpted metal look. It doesn't bother me that the center piece is really plastic but I'd be really bummed as a Scion owner if the paint began flaking off that plastic piece with just 19,000 miles on the clock like it is on our car. Every center cap but one on our long termer is doing the same thing to some degree...

Hopefully Scion will replace at no charge.

Brian Moody, Road Test Editor @ 19,863 miles,

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2008 Scion xB: Another Car on Crack

June 05, 2008

Pre-Crack Scion xB. About as good-looking as pre-crack Amy Winehouse.

Oops, there I go again. I mean, the xB has a crack. Like our Mini Cooper's, the Scion xB's upright windshield has become victim of some errant road debris...

This one is more like the Edge's, but it's more of a web-like mini shatter pattern than the Ford's less severe-looking spider-crack. I'm not sure what caused the xB's, it was there when I got in it. We'll add it to our shopping list at Apple Autoglass.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 19,029 miles

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2008 Scion xB: Arizona Rocks!

March 28, 2008

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Day one of our Arizona Spring Break tour ended with a bang and an expletive. We were travelling North on Loop 101 in Glendale, Az, within 5 miles of our first stop, when a loud "crack" sounding like an over-enthusiastic billiard shot startled the four of us.

A plumber's van a car-length ahead in the next lane had kicked up a stone. There was no avoiding it. I guess now we'll get to see how much a new 2008 Scion xB windshield costs.

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2008 Scion xB: DIY Oil Change

March 25, 2008

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I'm on my way home from the office, about to spend the next few days on vacation with my family in our 2008 Scion xB, when I notice the "Maint Reqd" lamp was on. Oh dear. I hate it when my maint gets reqd.

A sticker in the top corner of the windshield indicates the next oil change is due at ... the exact same mileage now displayed on my odometer. What a co-inky-dink. Too late to turn back now. I guess I'll do it myself.

Just before I arrive home, I stop in at the auto parts store. For $19.14, I walk out with a filter, 4 quarts of the recommended 5w-20 motor oil and a 2-foot long receipt. (Why do they do that?) Since the Scion has just broken 15,000 miles, I'm going to do the other things on the maintenance schedule while I'm at it: rotate the tires and inspect the brakes, brake hoses, tie rod and axle boots, etc.

I've done this before. I've got the tools: a floor jack, jack stands, a 14mm box wrench for the drain plug, an oil filter wrench, a screwdriver for the wheel caps, a speed handle/breaking bar and 21mm socket to remove the wheels and a screw-top drain pan to get the waste oil to a disposal point without spilling.

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2008 Scion xB: Fuel Economy and Service

December 07, 2007

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I tallied up our 2008 Scion xB's fuel economy today. After 10,000 miles, we averaged 23.9 mpg. Our best tanks have typically been about 29 mpg while the worst drop down to about 19 mpg. The EPA estimate for this vehicle is 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway... The EPA combined average is 24 mpg.

Due to a smallish fuel tank and a Chicken Little gauge, the xB's range has been a little disappointing. We've exceeded 300 miles just once. And opting for the manual transmission in the xB makes no difference in fuel economy -- the EPA says it's also 22/28 mpg.

Meanwhile, we took our xB in for its 10,000-mile service today. It included an oil change and tire rotation. We've yet to pick it up, but there should be no surprises -- the first two services for the Scion (this one and our earlier 5K service) are complimentary.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2008 Scion xB: Pre-Holiday Check? Low Psi

November 21, 2007

2008 Scion xB -- Brent Romans

Today is America's big travel day. I hope all of you hitting the road are checking your vehicle's tire pressures.

I hopped into our Scion xB yesterday morning and found the car's low tire pressure warning light illuminated. I didn't have a gauge on me, and no tire looked flat... After about 15 minutes of highway driving, the light winked out. "One of the tires is on the verge of hitting the sensor's low pressure threshold," I thought. But in checking the tires this morning, I found them all to be 5 to 9 psi below the cold recommended inflations.

Practice what you preach? Frankly, it was embarrassing to find them that low.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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