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Old 09-24-2018, 01:11 AM
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Just picked up this l'il Toaster for my kiddo 203,000 miles on it but runs strong (for a car with barely 100hp) has new axles and struts before I purchased it. I replaced the blower motor, installed a O2 sensor extension (to fix check engine light
because I'm not buying a cat right now) flushed every fluid and changed every filter and changed spark plugs (I work at Toyota so it cost me very little to do so). I'm sure this lil box will last a long time. If it had more power I'd drive it myself.

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Old 03-01-2019, 02:14 AM
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Bought my 2006 new.
Present mileage 60,000. Still averaging 30 MPG.
It's in very good condition (including tires) so I think I could sell it today (2/28/19) for about $4,000.00 - $5,000.00.

Total Repairs:
AC compressor

Improvements:
roof rack
cruise control
upgraded radio with WiFi for phone
washable engine air filter
installed directional arrows in left and right door rear view mirrors.

Replacements:
4 new tires
2 batts (I listen to a lot of radio with the engine turned off)
New windshield because of scratches.

Maintenance:
Changed spark plugs
oil and filter changes every 6000 miles.
about 7 changes of front and rear wiper blades
tire rotations every 6 months
professional buffing and wax job 2017 (still looks new)
replaced cabin filter 2x
2x per year a can of injector cleaner

Minor repairs:
AC compressor condensate leak in cabin driver's side: required snaking the condensate drain tube to eliminate overflow.
Replaced both windshield washer nozzles due to clogging. I recommend snaking a 3/8" fresh water hose down to the bottom of the washer fluid reservoir to flush out slime that clogs the washer pump screen filter (perhaps it's a heat-bacteria thing here in Hawaii).

Given the reliability and remarkable low repair costs and I'm very happy with my xB; I'm thinking of keeping it for another 10 years.

Suggestions to Toyota:
Re: windshield washer. Make it so water comes out first before first swipe of blades. Presently the blades grind dust into the dry glass before the first spray of water.
Use different material for dashboard and doors. The present dimpled plastic material scratches too easily.
Use different material for seats, they are hard to clean.
Make trip-mileage and clock numbers larger, they are hard to read under certain lighting.
Make the turn signal indicator noise louder; it's too easy to forget they are on.
Add disk brakes to all four wheels as with the '07. I would have bought an '07 except for its higher MPG.

I think Toyota blew it when they changed the '06. It was fast becoming cult-like with the younger generation. I had hoped that Toyota would adopt the early VW trend of the same body each year with minor performance changes only.

Cudos to the Toyota-Scion employees for the excellent product.




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Old 03-27-2019, 11:19 AM
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I'm new to this group and happy to be here.

Just purchased a 2005 Scion xB with 131,700 miles on it. 2 owner car, I'm the 3rd. Second owner replaced brake pads all the way around, rear drums, both front wheel bearings, Muffler, Windshield, WeatherTech floor mats front/Rear. Never thought I would buy a Scion xB but the car has grown on me after only a day.
My wife and I are fighting over who gets to drive it to work. Overall for a car that has lived a partial life in Michigan there is no rust on it at all. Previous owners mechanic said he thinks the car came from Arizona as some spots on the body are sun faded. Loving this car so far!

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Originally Posted by Airpolice View Post
I'm new to this group and happy to be here.

Just purchased a 2005 Scion xB with 131,700 miles on it. 2 owner car, I'm the 3rd. Second owner replaced brake pads all the way around, rear drums, both front wheel bearings, Muffler, Windshield, WeatherTech floor mats front/Rear. Never thought I would buy a Scion xB but the car has grown on me after only a day.
My wife and I are fighting over who gets to drive it to work. Overall for a car that has lived a partial life in Michigan there is no rust on it at all. Previous owners mechanic said he thinks the car came from Arizona as some spots on the body are sun faded. Loving this car so far!

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Welcome to the club! Sounds like your xB is just getting broken in. Take care of it and you'll see 200,000 or more easily. I say that because my first 2006 xB - now owned by my ex - just turned 200,000 and has had the living snot whipped out of it by her for the last 100,000 miles. And it's still running great. My current 2006 xB just turned 111,000 miles and still drives like new. When people ask me, I tell them it's hands down the best car I've ever owned.
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Thanks 2stroked! Every time I look at it I bust out laughing but their is a charm to this car. I have fallen in love with it, so has my wife so now we are fighting over who will be using it as the commuter car. I'm planning an oil change and coolant flush on it soon. Good to hear yours is still going strong. I love every aspect of the xB. I fly Drones and the rear cargo area with the seats folded is awesome! I'm no youngster(mid 50's) and should be driving my 2017 Equinox but the xB calls to be driven.
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:27 AM
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Thanks 2stroked! Every time I look at it I bust out laughing but their is a charm to this car. I have fallen in love with it, so has my wife so now we are fighting over who will be using it as the commuter car. I'm planning an oil change and coolant flush on it soon. Good to hear yours is still going strong. I love every aspect of the xB. I fly Drones and the rear cargo area with the seats folded is awesome! I'm no youngster(mid 50's) and should be driving my 2017 Equinox but the xB calls to be driven.
I know exactly how you feel. I bought my first one when gas prices first spiked big time. I was looking for maybe a used Tacoma at a local Toyota dealership and my son and I walked by a row of 3 used xB's. I kept right on walking, but he checked them out and found one to be open. He called me over and said "You might want to sit in this thing. It's huge inside." I'm 6' 1" and I couldn't believe the room in it. We came back the next day and drove it. To say it was gutless would be an understatement, but there was just something to it. Over the next year we lowered it, added a rear sway bar, changed the exhaust, added larger wheels & tires and general made it handle like it was on rails. It still wasn't fast, but boy was it fun to drive!

I sold that one to my son's mom at 100,000 miles when I bought another '06 with only 31,000 miles on it. I quickly did all of the same mods to this one and more. I drive 38 miles each way to work every day and get 34 MPG while having a ball. Of all of the vehicles I've ever owned or driven in my 63 years, none have ever had so many people take pictures of them. Of course the license plate helps!


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I know exactly how you feel. I bought my first one when gas prices first spiked big time. I was looking for maybe a used Tacoma at a local Toyota dealership and my son and I walked by a row of 3 used xB's. I kept right on walking, but he checked them out and found one to be open. He called me over and said "You might want to sit in this thing. It's huge inside." I'm 6' 1" and I couldn't believe the room in it. We came back the next day and drove it. To say it was gutless would be an understatement, but there was just something to it. Over the next year we lowered it, added a rear sway bar, changed the exhaust, added larger wheels & tires and general made it handle like it was on rails. It still wasn't fast, but boy was it fun to drive!

I sold that one to my son's mom at 100,000 miles when I bought another '06 with only 31,000 miles on it. I quickly did all of the same mods to this one and more. I drive 38 miles each way to work every day and get 34 MPG while having a ball. Of all of the vehicles I've ever owned or driven in my 63 years, none have ever had so many people take pictures of them. Of course the license plate helps!

Thats awesome! I am discovering my xB has a modified air intake as the original air box was removed by I assume the 1st owner. Looks like it had a big bore exhaust as well which the second owner had removed. Nonetheless this little toaster is awesome. Good to hear your gas mileage is up there. We are getting hit with a huge gas tax here in Michigan so the the toaster is going to handy. I will need some new tires on mine before next Fall and was thinking of going with a bigger tire. How much bigger did you go? Your toaster looks awesome and Iím sure you look quite distinguished when driving in it. The other day another toaster drove by me as I was waiting for traffic. An elderly lady was driving it. She waived at me, I waived back😊
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I didn't get too crazy with summer rubber. I run 205/50-16 General G-Max tires on 16" x 8" wheels.
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Ok cool. Iím looking at sporting some new wheels for the Scion as well. For now Iím going to keep the steel wheels and hubcaps on. We are going into Summer so if I find a really good deal on some wheels Iíll push the buy button on them.
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I've had my '06.5 box since it had about 2k on it, bought it in July of '07... it now has 244k and still looks & drives great! 1st set of front brakes lasted 105k, changed the back once. Tires & plugs 3 times and regular oil changes I've done myself. Alternator went bad around 150k, changed it myself also. Power steering belts been a PIA a couple times. Battled the O2 sensors and ultimately the cat about 100k ago. Only thing I had to take it somewhere for was the rear brake line had rubbed on the exhaust till it leaked, which was my fault. Shocks about 60k ago and replaced some bushings in the front end, also myself. In all, HANDS DOWN THE BEST CAR I'VE EVER OWNED! And possibly parting ways with it now.
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Nice looking xB Puz! The mileage on yours is reassuring as I am hopeful to get as many or more out of mine. I was happy to hear the previous owner of my xB had a mechanic look at it before he purchased it and has kept up on the maintenance when I bough it. It isn't a perfect xB but it is not bad either. The interior is in really good shape. So if you are parting ways with you xB, what vehicle is going to be next in the garage?
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This box and from what I can tell most of them are SOLID, and surprisingly easy to work on if you do your homework and take your time. I also loved that the undercarriage was powder coated and still looks amazing, salt isn't bad in KY but do spend a fair amount of time in NE Ohio during the winter. Parts are still fairly cheap and easy to come by also. Did forget to mention that I've had the windshield replaced probably 5 times, but these cars are known for that. I also did my own fix to the rear hatch latch to reinforce it, the stock plastic and mounts were probably the poorest design on the whole vehicle.

The new vehicle, I went a little bit outrageous, wanted something 4-wheel drive so picked up a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with a Hemi Love the power and comfort, but it's a GAS PIG! May just hold on to the box for commutes lol. Dealer was only going to give me 1500 on trade in, knew I wouldn't get much with the miles on it but too solid of a car to let go for that.

Hope yours provides you with many more miles, and it should.
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Thanks Puz! Hoping my xB gives me many miles without problems as well. I almost bought a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Hemi engine. I got turned off by it due to the gas prices here in Michigan going up. We will soon get a 49 cent increase in gas tax which will drive our 87 octane to almost $3/gallon. Ridiculous but hopefully my xB will have smoother roads to travel on in return. My wife and I are fighting over who gets to drive the xB to work. I leave first so I can grab the keys and go, LOL!!!
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Good to see another low mileage xB.

I bought mine on 11/13/2004.
60K miles.

It has been getting my attention lately, just installed a new CarPlay stereo, installed a usb into the switches area (looks factory).

Getting new tail lights.

Runs and looks the exact same as it did the day I bought.

Such low maintenance.

My other vehicles, not so much, granted, I can't go 0-60 in 4 seconds with the top down or off road, but the amount of $$$ to upkeep them vs the xB is amazing. Won't ever give it up, simply not worth it.

Would love to locate some cold cathode lighting that I never pulled the trigger on as well as maybe CAI.

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Bought my 2006 new.
Present mileage 60,000. Still averaging 30 MPG.
It's in very good condition (including tires) so I think I could sell it today (2/28/19) for about $4,000.00 - $5,000.00.

Total Repairs:
AC compressor

Improvements:
roof rack
cruise control
upgraded radio with WiFi for phone
washable engine air filter
installed directional arrows in left and right door rear view mirrors.

Replacements:
4 new tires
2 batts (I listen to a lot of radio with the engine turned off)
New windshield because of scratches.

Maintenance:
Changed spark plugs
oil and filter changes every 6000 miles.
about 7 changes of front and rear wiper blades
tire rotations every 6 months
professional buffing and wax job 2017 (still looks new)
replaced cabin filter 2x
2x per year a can of injector cleaner

Minor repairs:
AC compressor condensate leak in cabin driver's side: required snaking the condensate drain tube to eliminate overflow.
Replaced both windshield washer nozzles due to clogging. I recommend snaking a 3/8" fresh water hose down to the bottom of the washer fluid reservoir to flush out slime that clogs the washer pump screen filter (perhaps it's a heat-bacteria thing here in Hawaii).

Given the reliability and remarkable low repair costs and I'm very happy with my xB; I'm thinking of keeping it for another 10 years.

Suggestions to Toyota:
Re: windshield washer. Make it so water comes out first before first swipe of blades. Presently the blades grind dust into the dry glass before the first spray of water.
Use different material for dashboard and doors. The present dimpled plastic material scratches too easily.
Use different material for seats, they are hard to clean.
Make trip-mileage and clock numbers larger, they are hard to read under certain lighting.
Make the turn signal indicator noise louder; it's too easy to forget they are on.
Add disk brakes to all four wheels as with the '07. I would have bought an '07 except for its higher MPG.

I think Toyota blew it when they changed the '06. It was fast becoming cult-like with the younger generation. I had hoped that Toyota would adopt the early VW trend of the same body each year with minor performance changes only.

Cudos to the Toyota-Scion employees for the excellent product.
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Original owner of this 2006 xB with 105,000 miles.

Other then basic maintenance, this car has been trouble free up until about a month ago.
Driver side window and door lock has stop working intermittently.
Clear coat on paint has started to fail on roof and hood.

Upgrades I did myself:
Cold air intake
Front and rear sway bars
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Here's a blog post about mine from 2 years ago....not much has changed.

https://motoluvr.blogspot.com/2017/0...-scion-xb.html
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We traded our 02' Celica for my 06' xB. At the time she had about 400 miles and 12 yrs later she's rocking 142K. So far usual repairs like new belts, starter (2), socks/struts, occasional suspension bushing/joint and fluid/oil flush. I've done all the work on her except the wheel bearings because I don't have a press and the shocks/struts but my mechanic will put my parts in for a discount. I finally swapped the coil packs, relay switches (codes trowing at one time) & rear hitch fell off. Ordered one in 08' from someone on here. The most expensive part so far was the charcoal/vapor box. Starting throwing codes for no reason, turns out the box was faulty (know issue with Toyota) but those idiots wanted $800 for it. After $225 for a stupid box (order online), 15 minutes later in the dark and she was as good as new. Waiting on the water pump to go soon. Plan to keep her until she blows up and maybe even after that.

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Thanks tinact21, it's nice to hear of other's successes.
I just discovered Toyota charges about $425.00 to change the transmission oilówhich includes removing-cleaning the pan and replacing the filteróon my '06 xB w/62,000 miles.

Presently, this senior says I am going to keep it for about 8 more years.
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Hey All! Been a good while since I've been on the 'Forum..
My '06.5 manual trans is now a 4 wheels down toad behind the motor coach....
Wife's '06.5 BOP auto 45,000 (+ or -) miles.. pure stock xB (with powder coated stock rims/beauty rings & grease cups, WeatherTech rain deflectors on all door windows.) NO accidents and clean Carfax.
Going on the market within the next month or so. Oil change & tire rotate every 3k, With the low miles and pure stock, will consider Best Offer.

Please PM me me if Interested. Or look for my Future Sales Thread in PPC: Vehicles

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Mines at 94K now, we bought it new back in December 2006 with 6 miles on it.

I've replaced the water pump a couple times, the only reason for that is that the Bosch replacement pump crapped out and I replaced it with an Aisin like I should have in the first place. Rear wheel hubs replaced about a year ago with Timken hubs, alternator, front brakes multiple times, shocks swapped over to Tokico blues around 6 years ago, front drivers window motor/regulator. I've changed the auto transmission fluid/filter a couple times myself over the last 13 years of ownership. All maintenance was performed by myself the entire time I have owned this car, it's so simple and easy to work on.

The clear coat on the roof and hood is starting to fail but not yet peeling or anything, I blame that on the fact that the garage is occupied by our other cars and it sits outside in the brutal central California sun.

I bought my wife a 2017 iM a couple years ago to replace the 06.5 xB and decided to hold onto it. We are actually turning the keys over to our daughter as soon as she gets her license in the next couple months, it'll make a great first car for her. The fact that I know it's been maintained and is in great shape will put my mind at ease, had we bought a car off craigslist or something for her that wouldn't be the case.
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