I purchased my 2006 Scion Xb from a fellow on Craigslist in January of 2014. It had 133,000 and was in good mechanical condition. Since then I've put another 32,00 worry free miles with no major breakdowns. I've only replaced minor wear items like the tires, oil and spark plugs. It's a great car and will make you very happy. The gas mileage is good, the A/C is ice cold, the inside is huge and maintenance costs are very low. The only bad thing I can think of is the ride isn't the greatest, but it's not terrible. Unfortunately, I was involved in an accident that totaled my poor Scion so now I'm looking for another one!
Wins- mpg, price, reliability, value, cargo room, seat comfort, head room, visibility, maintenance, easy to drive, good looking. Opportunities- interior material quality, rough ride, engine noise, cargo space when you have back seat up
Need a car that just works and occasionally transports large items and or large people? No other car with a footprint this small is as useful. It's supremely reliable, fun to drive with a stick, and cheap to own. It's makes me smile.
More than 20 thousand miles later the car has needed nothing but oil changes and some fluid changes. I really appreciate the simplicity of owning this very useful car!