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So long old fellow
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Don't send me any e-mails
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2008 Scion xB 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Good little car for getting around town. Can haul 4 thirty-three gallon garbage bins to the dump. Noisy ride, can also feel every bump in the road. Rear panel obstructs view, especially on the right side, contributed to a small fender bender of "the other car". With some improvements I would have bought another one, but since Toyota is not making the line any more, I am out looking for a replacement.


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Zippy and Practical
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Terri Quinlan
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2008 Scion xB 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I love this car. That being said, it is a practical everyday vehicle which has good headroom for taller folks. It would be a great commuter car. The gas mileage is good but not outstanding. You can't beat the price or the value it holds down the road. Well, built, reliable transportation.


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great little used car
27 of 28 people found this review helpful
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By jjjjjohnson
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2008 Scion xB 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Happy with it

PROS:
great little short distance commuter.
nice simple interior.
simple easy to clean exterior.
smooth auto trans.
nice strong 2.4 engine.
very reliable once you replace or update its weak cooling system and weak brakes.
strong a/c system.

CONS:
cheaply built car.
cheap interior pieces.
mpg is only so so.
paint and exterior trim is weak.
suspension is a little bumpy.
not a long distance freeway car.
can't take abuse

got this for about 6800.00 cash.
the cheaper you get it the better. then upgrade the weak cooling system and braking system. runs about 600.00. if you can afford it. move up to a 2010 and up used model. they were more reliable cars.


Best Features

simple econ-box car. great go to the grocery store or hardware store car. always starts. never has let me down. especially since i upgraded the brakes and cooling system.


Worst Features

2007-2009 had a few issues. so do your homework before buying these years. weak parts of these years were the cooling system. they also go through batteries. the brakes and paint and trim were weak on some of these 2007-2009 models. so be prepare to inspect the car very very carefully. also some people complained of excessive oil on these early 2.4 engines. but it was rare. but check the oil and dipstick level just to be safe. also smell the automatic transmission oil on these early XB models. it should have no burnt smell to it. none


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Potentially a good car...but not.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By troytali
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2008 Scion xB 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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Having grown up on pocket rockets like the GTi, Honda Prelude Si, Civic Si, Mazdas, etc., the Scion xB was a bit more practical extension of that. I only wish Scion would make it with some performance. We know they use the same engine in the tC, so it's a mystery why they castrate the xB so deliberately. Put an engine with actual power below 4k rpm, close ratio 5 or 6 speed manual and auto choices, GOOD sound system, less body roll, NO MORE center gauges then maybe we have a car worth buying again. I've had two of these, and auto and the manual. Both have squeaks and rattles in the same places, and from new and almost new. Plasticky interior, peaky power delivery, lazy throttle response? Wow


Best Features

Over 4k, engine wakes up a little bit. Decent seats, and good room inside in case I do actually need to carry anything. Looks cool.


Worst Features

Close-ratio manual and auto trans. 30-40 horses more, at least. The car weighs 3k + pounds, for pete's sake. 158 HP isn't working well. Did you folks at Scion actually drive this thing? Less body roll. Give us our money's worth in build quality, less rattles and squeaks please. For goodness sake, improve the audio systems. The Alpine audio I had in mine was terrible. Scion, I know you can get better power out of this without having terrible gas mileage. I've seen it done in other cars, similar in nature.


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Excellent, Reliable, Economical Vehicle
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By nicest2
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2008 Scion xB 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Purchased a 2008 Scion XB with 48000 miles in 3/2009 and have put 195000 miles on it in just under 5 years. I have not had any problems with this car and it is still driving like new. The key to this longevity is to keep up on the maintenance and to take care of the car. I drive over 50000 highway miles per year and get an average of 25 to 28 mpg. Good job XB.


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