This car has been awesome to me!
By fern on Saturday, July 2, 2016
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Roomy, versatile, gas mileage, lasts forever!"
Cons: "no cruise control, no oomph, no lumbar support"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"If you are thinking of buying this car, do it. I am an active married 40 year old woman with no kids. I bought the bright green Release Series 3 model brand new 10 years ago and it's still going strong. It has only needed minor repairs such as replacing an exhaust gasket, and the usual maintenance stuff such as brakes, spark plugs and cables, oil changes, etc. Still passes inspection every time. I have added fog lights to it, a tow hook on the front and back, and a roof rack. I can throw my canoe on top of it with no problems. The tow hooks that stick out of the bumpers are a pretty awesome option too, very handy for tying down my canoe!
The inside is actually huge! Lots of head room, lots of rear seat leg room (which is rare these days, and if you fold down the rear seats you can fit big pieces of furniture back there. My husband has a land rover discovery and the inside of this car with the seats folded down is bigger than the inside of his suv! I've used this car to move from apartments quite a few times! I can also just throw my 2 large golden retrievers in the back and go! I'm not sure how roomy it would be with kids, there's not much storage space in the way back behind the rear seats for strollers, etc.
Has a great sound system and rear seat TVs! Love that! Although my cd player is starting to act up, wont eject the cd when I want it to. The power locks are also acting up, probably something electrical. Who knows, its not problematic enough to have it fixed.
There are a few things that can be improved, and actually I think the newer models have done so. The first thing is the pickup/motor. It is slow taking off, and really struggles up hills. Especially if the AC is on! I also think it could use more lower back support on the front seats. Not too comfy on the back during long trips. The sun visor needs to be a little longer for the side window, or maybe make a drop down visor on the side? This model needs cruise control! Also inconvenient for long trips.
The car handles pretty nicely as well. My husband says I drive it "Italian Job" style. I can take some tight turns with it. It also has no problem going about 70-80mph on the highway. You wont even notice that you're going that fast until you look at the speedometer. Have also had quite a few near misses with other cars and swerving with no problems. Nothing too crazy though, it is top heavy so I would think it could roll pretty easily. Its not very aerodynamic, the wind really affects it, and it's really loud inside. Lots of wind noise on the highway! The interior could use some better soundproofing. It's pretty much like driving a boxy mini-van. This car also gets GREAT gas mileage, even 10 years later. Only costs me about 16 bucks to fill the tank. Although when gas prices were really high, it was almost 30-35 to fill!
All in all, I love my little Scion. It has treated me well, and is super reliable. It's got 107,000 miles on it and I expect to accumulate many more. I'm the type of person who will drive a car until something major happens to it, like something major mechanically.
Thanks for reading!"
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