2005 Scion xB Reviews from North America

2005 Scion xB 1.5L I4

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.5L I4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

A reliable, roomy, and economical box!

Faults:

- Wheel bearing.

General Comments:

I've only owned the vehicle for 9,000 miles. I don't consider this enough miles to do a thorough review. However, I have had no problems with this vehicle. When purchased, I was averaging 32 MPG, which is better than the EPA's estimated MPG. After I changed the transmission fluid to fully synthetic Royal Purple and the engine to fully synthetic oil, I now average between 34 and 37 MPG.

The bad: it is very slow when getting up to freeway speeds. The seats can be very uncomfortable on a long drive. The gearbox can be a bit stiff when shifting into first and reverse. The "Check Engine" light would stay on for about 30 seconds, but it was attributed to the fact that the oil life tracking must be reset during every oil change.

I have done regular maintenance such as oil changes, front brake pads, etc. It is due for a wheel bearing and tires.

There is a massive amount of headroom that a professional basketball player would love. There are absolutely no blind spots like most new cars have. This vehicle is very comfortable to steer, and the steering is tight.

I went shopping and bought a 60-gallon air compressor, groceries, and tools, and a child in a car seat still managed to fit with everything in there with one of the rear seats down. I even have a trailer hitch on mine to pull a small trailer.

This is probably the most practical vehicle out there. Before I purchased it, I did plenty of research, and at the time I saw forum posts with users that have obtained well over 200,000 miles, and some over 300,000 miles.

I'm hoping to get at least half a million miles out of it. I would recommend purchasing one as they are going for a cheaper price now days ($4,000 - $8,000).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2013

13th Jan 2014, 16:44

Update to this review: The car is still running strong. One very cold -25F morning, the trunk lid handle snapped off. Looking at purchasing a metal one.

2005 Scion xB 1.5L 4 cylinder

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.5L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Prizm

Summary:

A reliable car that's bigger than it looks

Faults:

Water pump replaced at 113,000 miles.

Starter freewheeling once in a great while.

General Comments:

Love the interior space: head room and rear seat leg room are amazing for a car this size! My teenage kids don't complain about riding in the back seat.

Great gas mileage - I've averaged just over 38 MPG since I bought it.

The upright seating position and high-backed seats offer good support for an old upper back injury.

Good visibility, despite the large roof-support pillars.

A 6th gear in the manual transmission would be great for highway cruising. 3500 RPM in 5th gear at 70 mph is too high for an economy car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2013

2005 Scion xB

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carScion xB

Summary:

Awesome

Faults:

Basically nothing.

Bought this car new in Washington, and imported it to Vancouver B.C. in 2005. Had it serviced in Washington for 3 years, great service at that dealership, and then when the warranty was up, did my own; basically oil every 3000 miles.

Have done the front brakes twice, back once, and it still has all the original parts, including the battery. Does not use a drop of oil, and has never let me down. This car is bullet proof, and will never leave my family.

I wish Toyota had not changed the model, but sometimes change is good, and I am going to buy the next generation xB in Canada, now that they are sold here.

General Comments:

This is my 3rd Toyota product, and I still love them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2012

24th Sep 2012, 07:26

In my experience, THIS is typical of Toyota products, regardless of some of the comments posted on this site from import haters.

2005 Scion xB

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance161000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Great car and investment. Wish they still made this style

Faults:

Over 160,000 miles on my car; had to replace the brake pads a few times, rotors once, and the oil.

The only "failure" at this point is the exhaust bushing; it wore out and leaked, a replacement was $15, and I changed it out when I changed the oil.

And once every Spring, I have had to change the A/C fuse for the past couple years; not sure why.

Still on the same clutch, and everything else is great, and trust me, I don't drive the car like a grandma. =)

Ride and handling is what should be expected for a small car. Winter driving is above average, with the right all-season tires.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2012

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 13 reviews