2005 Scion xB Overview


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Best Mini-suv Ever by TheManInDboX
 — I bought this car at the height of the fuel price jump. I had a Nissan Sentra SER-Spec-V that i traded in on it for.. I wanted reliability and Nissan is just not there anymore. The XB was a new design... Read More
2005 Scion Xb: Strive 2b Different by Josh
 — I love my box. Performance - good acceleration, sensative braking, handles like a dream, very responsive to driver input. Build Quality - Just don't crash. Not very strong or safe in an accident.... Read More
Good Looking Car With Lots Of Personality by Pcechris2572
 — I enjoy the visibility from the large windshield, great headroom and legroom for tall people. This little car has lots of power for such a small engine. It handles the mountains very well kicking in... Read More

2005 Scion xB Overview

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2005 Scion xB

Scion xB production and availability expanded in 2005, but there were no significant changes for this second year of production. The xB and xA were joined by a new model this year, the tC coupe.  Scion's unique and bold styling, especially with the xB, has attracted many new prospective buyers to the Toyota lot, but the Scion sales experience has been instrumental to the company's rapid success.

The xB is surprising well-equipped for its price, and despite a myriad of available dealer installed upgrades, it would be a challenge to create an xB that even comes close to $20,000.  Standard features include keyless entry, full power accessories, a Pioneer CD audio system with MP3 compatibility, air conditioning and privacy glass.  The list of safety items includes ABS, stability control and traction control.  Customization options include a subwoofer, back-lighting kits, satellite radio, spoilers and body moldings, sport pedals and various shift knobs.

The xB is powered by a 1.5 liter DOHC inline four, mated to a five-speed manual transmission.  A four-speed automatic optional, but many reviewers suggest that the manual makes for a better driving experience (improved acceleration).  The Variable Valve Timing-enhanced engine supplies the 2400 pound xB with 108 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque.  Fuel economy is estimated at 30/33 mpg, and Scion claims a 0-60 mph time of nine seconds.

By now, first year Scions have accumulated some mileage, and complaints about reliability and durability are incredibly scarce.  Owners have also been very satisfied with the Scion service experience, along most report no service needs aside from oil changes and tune ups. Interior flexibility was common favorite feature: the back seats folded flat to allow for over 40 cubic feet of cargo space.  Owners and reviewers agree that although the Scion is quite affordable, Toyota's impact on engineering, build quality, efficiency and comfort is very apparent.


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Ignition Coils... Oem Versus High Performance Coil

Am I really gonna get better performance from my car using an Eccel ignition coil over an OEM replacement coil. I can get 4 OEM for $100 dollars down the street today. I can get 4 Eccel's for $200 dol...

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Can I Trade My Wrecked Car In?

I wrecked my 2005 Scion xB and it's about $1400 worth of damage. It's paid off so I was wondering if I could trade it in at a dealership?

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Tail Pipe On Special Edition 2005 Xb

I was driving down the freeway and heard a loud clunk looked in my rearview mirror and a hunk of metal was bouncing behind me barely missing the car following. When I arrived at my destination I look...

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Is There A Problem With The Vsc Or Traction Control On The 2005 Scion Xb

about a year ago my vsc, trac off, and check engine lights came on and i took it to the dealer and they repaired it. within 8 months the lights came on again. is this a known problem or am i just lu...

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