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Scion Questions

alynn11
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Alternator Whine

Hi, A couple of years ago I had my alternator die on me during a road trip. My care was only 3 years old at the time... Since then, it's been nothing but a slew of problem after problem with it. Wh...

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jrcarmax
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How Much More Is A 2008 Scion Xb Release Series 5.0 #390 Worth If Any?

Wondering how much more I need to pay for a 2008 Scion xB Release Series 5.0 #390 worth if any? Only 2500 made this car has just 56,200 miles and looks great!

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Boyd630
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My Car Alarm Goes Off By Its Self. No One Will Be Near It Or Be Touching It...

My 2005 scion TC My car alarm goes off by its self. No one will be near it or be touching it and it will go off. It likes to go off when someone closes the passenger door also.

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Brenda Humble
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Is The Be Spoke Stereo Worth The Almost $2000 They Charge For The 2015 Scio...

How comparable are aftermarket gps systems to the pioneer or bespoke?

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sstajic91
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I Hear And Feel A Grinding Noise When Accelerating. What Could It Be?

I have a sicon FRS, and I hear a grinning noise under the front end of the car. I also feel the grinding vibrations through my gas paddle. The only time I hear and feel the grinding is when accele...

65 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)

Scion History

Ah, youth.  It is a powerful market, catered to by the film industry, fashion world, TV producers, and of course automakers.  Dismayed that its average buyer was 48 years old, Toyota wanted to bring in a younger, hipper Gen Y crowd, to build brand loyalty over the years.  To do this, it created the U.S.-based Scion division.  Scion's mission is to produce affordable compact entry-level cars that appeal to younger buyers with attention-grabbers such as top fuel economy, copious customizable accessories and a hassle-free, non-negotiable Pure Price sticker concept.

The first Scions debuted at the LA Auto Show in 2003.  Both the Scion xA 5-door hatch and xB 5-door wagon had a limited release and were rebadged Japanese cars.  Not until they were joined by the first true Scion model, the tC 2-door hatch, in 2004 did the brand go nationwide.  The xB is the most popular of the Scions, accounting for 40% of sales, and is the most recognizable, with its boxy, milk-truck look.  Though unique at the time, this layout was perfect for hauling cargo or college buddies.  The xA featured more traditional rounded lines.  Both started out with a 1.5-liter, 108-hp I4 engine.  The sportier tC hatch is powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC I4 that gets 161-hp.  

What makes Scion notable and appealing to younger buyers is the array of aftermarket options.  With a list of 40 accessories both inside and out, drivers can customize their car to their lifestyle.  A highly sought after subset of the Scions are the limited edition Release Series, which Toyota offers in small numbers usually as part of a marketing campaign.  

Since its debut, the subcompact Scions have inherited a few competitors from the Honda Fit and Chevy Caliber, and 2008 will see its first refresh of the line.  In 2008, the xA is replaced by the xD, which carries a longer wheelbase and gets a more powerful 1.8-liter, 128-hp I4 engine.  The tC remains the same, but the xB undergoes some restyling.  Still boldly square, more cargo space has been added, edges softened, split-folding rear seats included, and it now shares the 2.4-liter engine with the tC, though it only hits 158-hp.  As further candy to tempt Gen Y buyers, both the xB and xD will come standard with iPod ports.