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I was tboned in January in my 2012 Mercedes c250 and the car was a total loss. After getting the money back for the insurance the amount I received was exactly the same price as the Scion IM. In the past I have always owned Mercedes and I used to restore classic Volkswagens. Never did I ever think that I would own a Scion but right after the accident I had to find a car quick. I was at the Toyota dealer checking out Tacomas when the sales rep recommended that I check out the Scion IM. I'm very familiar with the past Scion lineup but after the first time I saw this car I was immediately intrigued. I took it for a test drive and fell in love. I've been driving this car around for the last 3 months and although my last car was turbocharged with higher horsepower I have more fun driving this car. Yes, I understand that I can drive in the economic mode but driving this car in sport mode or switching it over to manual shifting is a blast. I love how the transmission shifts and i can downshift in traffic. If im starting from a dead stop and gunning it down the road in manual mofe the tranny still shifts itself at redline. Other big pluses are the gas mileage, the stock touch screen display, nice backup camera and the utility of owning a hatchback. Thank you for having this forum and I'm hoping in the future I can contribute more to it. I have done a lot of fabrication, custom cars, and motor building in the past so hopefully I can use these skills to modify my new toy.
 

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I'm loving mine as well. Great gas milage and a ton of fun to drive. More power would be nice but the handling is what makes this car fun.
 

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Honestly Lee I agree less power from the motor but with manually shifting the automatic I have I get plenty of power. None of that "eco" mode for me. Of course I do get worse gas mileage this way....but the fun I have this way is worth it.
 

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Hey me too I been having a lot of fun in this little car and its funny cause my other cars have had over 300hp but no where as fun as this little scion iM. congrats on your iM it looks like your having fun with it and that's what there for.
 

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Nice car bluerocket...love the pics. Same boat here...have had 550 horsepower cars and several 300hp....I think what helps this car is the weight to power ratio and the transmission gearing. Like I said even though I have an automatic I shift it manually all the time..don't even have to let off on gas. I find this car so zippy around town. I think if people aren't getting the same pep they need to learn how to drive this car better. I think with the right driver it moves well. I've also been playing with the audio lately and fine tuning the equalizer options mixed with my galaxy s7's audio adjustments for better sound. I've always been a fan of pioneer stereos and speakers even when I was a stereo and alarm installer at Best Buy.
 

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Yeah I had a 2009 Jeep wrangler sahara 4 door, with the suspension lift, 37s, geared, bumpers, the whole show. Basically dumped a ton of money and then the classic jeep problem happened. Rear main seal, stabilizers, bushings everything started to go out. Just a month ago I got the wife a 2016 tacoma trd sport, so I went back to the dealership and talked to the same sales rep, said i needed a cheaper toy after leaving the mudding world. He sent me over in the IM direction and fell in love once i saw/test drove it. Biggest thing i love about this car is that it has potential, but not NEEDED potential. Definatly a car worth keeping stock!!

Funnest car ive driven in years.
 

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Funny you said that Boegbert..." Biggest thing i love about this car is that it has potential, but not NEEDED potential". Love that line. I've had history of making stock cars tastefully modded to bringing cars back to stock. But this car I feel like it's unique enough in its way to not have to do anything to it...almost like it's already modded. And I feel like I can keep it stock to keep its value as a collector's car first/last year model (first IM, last Scion). Yet still use it like it's a daily driver. I also feel like I got all the bells and whistles that my last Mercedes had at a fraction of the price. Yeah it's not the name of Mercedes by any means, but at my age, I'm not as much inclined to impress anybody anymore, been there done that. This is my toy on wheels.
 

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The one in the picture is a Hollywood rack which I didn't like because it had 4 mounting straps and was made for 1 bike. Right after that I bought one from Allen sports called the 102dn that has 5 mounting straps and can fit 2 bikes.
 
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