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Any particular reason Scion xB not popular on STT

 
ChanelCinq
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So I was in STX and STT for a brief period interviewing at the hospitals. I own a Scion xB which is super popular in PR but I din't see a single one while I was there. Nor did I see one for sale while I was there.

Would there be a reason that a Scion xB would not work on STT. Will I be able to sell it when I leave or will I have trouble?

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Topic starter Posted : April 7, 2012 3:24 pm
OldTart
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Isn't it a car made by Toyota? Why wouldn't it work here? No reason why it wouldn't sell as long as it can be serviced here and there are plenty of Toyotas on our roads so I'm assuming that isn't a problem.

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Posted : April 7, 2012 3:52 pm
Jamison
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There's a bunch of them on STX. I drove one for a while myself.

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Posted : April 7, 2012 3:56 pm
ChanelCinq
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Yeah it is made by Toyota. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't some reason like because of the hills or something because it does drive very low for an SUV type car. I also want to make sure that it wouldn't be hard to sell.

By the way you guys have no potholes. It was great!

Beautiful island but I felt claustrophobic in the 48 hours I was there.

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Topic starter Posted : April 7, 2012 4:27 pm
OldTart
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No potholes? Even on a short drive of just a few miles every day I avoid half a dozen. 😮

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Posted : April 7, 2012 5:26 pm
East Ender
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By the way you guys have no potholes. It was great!

This is St Thomas, US Virgin Islands you are talking about?? 😉 Actually they have been filling them in recently, but it doesn't last...

Beautiful island but I felt claustrophobic in the 48 hours I was there.

That is a huge red flag. I had a friend from the midwest who felt claustophobic here, moved to St Croix and was much happier. The mountains drove her crazy.

I don't know the car you are talking about, but I gather it is small. An SUV gives you some protection from the drivers who straddle the line, use the roads as a drag strip and are generally not paying attention.

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Posted : April 7, 2012 6:03 pm
pilatesgal318
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I drove one when we lived back in NC...fun little ride, but it sits too low for STT, in my opinion...not enough ground clearance!

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Posted : April 8, 2012 5:00 pm
VIsnorkeler
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PLENTY of potholes here. I want to drive where you drove if you were here for longer than ONE day and didn't experience any.

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Posted : April 8, 2012 5:26 pm
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I drove one when we lived back in NC...fun little ride, but it sits too low for STT, in my opinion...not enough ground clearance!

Definitely something to factor in. I don't "get" why some of these kids equip their already low slung sedans with those spoilers that leave them with about a 2" road clearance. Watching them tie up traffic as they go over a speed bump at an acute angle is hilarious when it's not simply frustrating for other drivers!

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Posted : April 8, 2012 5:40 pm
ChanelCinq
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The car does sit low and that is how it is made. It is an SUV but a smaller one. Tose that don't know it it is one of those super duper box like SUVs. The person that owned it before me put larger tires on it so it is a tad higher then most SCion xBs.

Well I was in STX for 36 hours and STT for 48 hours and compared to Puerto Rico your roads are like silk. Really I don't remember going over any. Here in PR my car is newer and you can destroy a car with those things and they pop up out of no where. I have no idea where they come from. Seriously there is nothing and then all of a sudden there is a crater in the ground. ANd this is NOT rainy season as you guys know.

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Topic starter Posted : April 9, 2012 4:09 am
BeachcomberStt
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If they are popular in PR, then try to sell it there and use the money to buy a car on the island you decide to choose.

If it sits higher, it might work. Some areas you do have drive at a diagonal, so you don't scrape the bottom of your car, like a gut.

"Your roads are like silk" Laugh of the day! Thanks! :@)

Good luck in which island you choose 🙂

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Posted : April 9, 2012 5:13 am
Marty on STT
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Back to the original question:
Would there be a reason that a Scion xB would not work on STT. Will I be able to sell it when I leave or will I have trouble?

The reason you don't see many here is because there is no Scion dealer here. You will have no more trouble selling it here than any other vehicle, IMHO...

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Posted : April 9, 2012 12:11 pm
STXBob
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Here are some images, for those not familiar with the Scion xB

Factory/stock:

Slightly modified:

Island-ready:

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Posted : April 9, 2012 12:19 pm
OldTart
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Very funny! In its original state I wouldn't look at anything like that because of the low clearance as it'd be banged up in a heartbeat. But #3 looks awesome and I could just see myself lumbering around in it and terrorizing everyone else on the road!

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Posted : April 9, 2012 12:57 pm
ChanelCinq
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LOL STXBob. Yeah mine looks like a newer model of the first. My tires are just slightly bigger which means a couple more inches of clearance but not much.

BeachcomberStt I really don't want to deal with buying a car again. In PR my Scion was 2 years old when I bought it and has no prblems at all. I love it. Many of my classmates bought all kinds of lemons and students but thousands of dollars into cars with varying degrees of issues or they bought super cheap cars and have no AC and other issues.

I love my car but I just wanted to make sure I would be able to drive it around STT. Even the thought of trying to have to find another car stresses me out.

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Topic starter Posted : April 9, 2012 5:11 pm
kass
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Thanks for this post, ChanelCing. We have a Scion XB and we're thinking of bringing her to STX.

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Posted : April 9, 2012 6:00 pm
blu4u
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STXBOB, love the flag on #3. nice touch.

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Posted : April 9, 2012 6:33 pm
Gerie
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There were a couple of Scion xBs on St. Thomas a couple of years ago. They were brightly painted and were advertising the business that owned them. I can't remember what the business was, but it was on the street behind the courthouse downtown, near a child care center or something. I was thrilled to see them, because I, too, drive the original xB version. I've driven all over the east coast and mountains of NY and PA with no problems.

The Scion brand was created by Toyota as its low-end product with Lexus as its luxury brand. The xB was specifically created for a young market (best included sound system ever!) but became popular with all ages, lots of old hippies. Working on the Scions shouldn't be a problem for any experienced Toyota mechanic because the original one was basically a Toyota Echo and the newer models (2007+) were (are?) Corollas.

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Posted : April 10, 2012 3:00 pm
BeachcomberStt
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Just happened across a Scion today parked on a street. I'm on the lookout.

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Posted : April 12, 2012 7:10 pm
ChanelCinq
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Just happened across a Scion today parked on a street. I'm on the lookout.

LOL, thanks BeachcomberStt

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Topic starter Posted : April 17, 2012 4:13 pm
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