2005 Scion xB Reviews from North America - Page 2 of 4

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

2005 Scion xB

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired63000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Could be a good vehicle, but right now it is not

Faults:

The 2 square front grille pieces fell out.

The front bumper lip cracked when I bumped into snow.

The screw in the R rear wheel well snapped, and the bumper sticks out now, from when I backed out of the driveway and bumped into snow left over from after the plow drives by on the street.

The hatch release on the back of the car snapped in half, and was left dangling by wires when I tried using it on a cold morning.

I was not comfortable while driving to work, so I shifted my weight placing my elbow on the arm rest/center console. When I applied pressure to the arm rest/center console, the plastic and magnet inside broke.

The windshield has cracked very easily.

On the passenger side of the car, it filled up with water and I don't know where it came from. I had to strip the panels and carpeting off, and push out the rubber plugs in the bottom of the floor to drain the water out.

General Comments:

The car handles poorly in the snow.

Some of the things that have gone wrong with my car are common things that happen with the xB. Look them up for yourself, and don't take my word for it.

I would not buy another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th January, 2012

2005 Scion xB

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance67300 miles
Previous carHyundai Accent

Summary:

Awesome and fun to drive car

Faults:

Bad wheel bearing at 20,000 miles.

Front axle replaced at 20,000 miles.

New tires at about 45,000 miles.

Back windows stopped working at 60,000 miles.

New front brakes at about 60,000 miles.

General Comments:

I just sold this car to pay for school, and I am going to miss it very much. It was a great little car!

The dealer screwed up the wheel bearing replacement twice, once replacing the wrong side, and then damaging the front axle when they replaced the correct wheel bearing.

Dealer sent me off with my "fixed car", that in fact had a damaged axle due to their poor work... took it to another dealer that repaired it under warranty.

I found a TSB on how to fix the back windows... and did it myself, easy!

Tons of room inside, you can bring anything home in this!

I loved the upright seating and short clutch throw.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2011

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 14 reviews