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2005 Scion xB repairs by problem area

Engine (42%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (13%)

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2005 Scion xB electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (30%)

< $100 (52%)

Chart based on 27 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2005 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

108-horsepower 1.5L I4 5-speed manual FWD

96000 mi

US $150
Changed serpentine belt. Recharged a/c, it was low.  
422000 mi

US $375
Air Conditioner compressor failed; also changed spark plugs. 
398000 mi

US $250
Starter failed. Towed to shop and starteR replaced. 
153000 mi

US $395
Replaced AC compressor, dryer desiccant packet, and recharged with R134a freon. 
157000 mi

US $685
Once again in a little over a year the AC evaporator was leaking freon. Oak leaves will etch holes on the aluminum causing the freon to leak out. 
168000 mi

US $21
Both reverse lamps not coming ON when backing up. Found reverse switch mounted on manual transmission was open. Replaced switch myself. 
171000 mi

US $850
Airbag warning light constantly on, also a noise when the steering wheel was turned. The spiral cable clock spring assembly located below the steering wheel had a completely broken off ribbon cable. I replaced the spiral cable clock spring myself. This replacement also required the use of a steering wheel puller. Toyota wanted over $235.00 for this piece of plastic part. Found it on eBay brand new shipped for $13.00. I also had to buy a wheel puller from Harbor Freight for $14.00 to pull steering wheel out. 
76000 mi

US $600
A/C compressor leaks freon out the front shaft seal. A/C compressor leaks freon out the front shaft seal. 
77000 mi Left rear door lock actuator intermittent, would mostly unlock and not lock. Opened door panel and disconnected actuator, replacement about $100 or so, decided to live with it, so now I have a manual lock without having to worry. 
90400 mi Car started cranking "slow." Checked battery cells, one bad one. Grabbed my receipt from Autozone, they checked the battery, agreed with the bad cell & replaced under warranty. N/C 
92000 mi

US $12
Had visiting relatives, decided the back lock actuator previously reported should be fixed.... both the L&R rear door locks were toast. AMAZON! $5.62 each free shipping universal locks, installed in a snap, been about a month, no problems! 
97500 mi

US $5
245800 mi

US $120
rear passenger power window motor burnt out and needed to be replaced. 
257000 mi

US $550
i got the lucky water pump and alternator since they lasted this long. the water pump bearing started to make grinding noises so I knew it was going to go out. the alternator died four days later lol. 
59300 mi

US $6
License plate lights: removal of lenses resulted in broken-off screw and broken mounting bezel. Repaired with homemade solution rather than replace an expensive painted bezel. 

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2005 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

108-horsepower 1.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

190000 mi

US $363
Trip from Mn to Ms, 200 miles from destination, engine light came on, My remote start was able to tell me the battery was getting low. Deduced alternator problem. Dealer replaced alternator with rebuilt. 
132000 mi

US $90
HVAC blower motor. 
56 mi

US $150
Wiper switch going bad. Intermittent and mist settings will no longer park the wipers. Switch needs replaced. 
164200 mi Right rear window will not operate, both left doors will not respond to fob 
165000 mi

US $5
Replaced battery on key fob 
108500 mi O rings had to be replaced. 
121400 mi Compressor was replaced. 
125000 mi A/C recharge. Put in dye, but in follow-up found no signs of a leak. 
125000 mi Still no working air. Diagnosed as a bad evaporator assembly. Estimate of $1600 give. Between this and the condensor, we elected not to fix. 
68000 mi Air condition quit cooling (2nd time). Charge & fuses okay. Occurred after car wash. Suspect computer locks out compressor upon belt slip. Dealer quoted $1500 compressor replacement, but factory reset of computer restored. 
64000 mi

US $840
A/C Recharge 

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2005 Scion xB Electrical Problems

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