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Scion xB repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (10%)

Chart based on 461 repairs.
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Scion xB engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (36%)

< $100 (50%)

Chart based on 170 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

8500 mi Starting issues continue & Scion cannot find problem (had it a week). Dealership agreed to make me deal to exchange this xB for a new xB due to starting issues I kept having. Thank you to SMART MOTORS Scion! 

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2011 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

91250 mi Car failed oil consumption test replaced pistons piston ring s and oil pan gasket bearings and plus and cat converter 

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2010 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

28000 mi Faulty water pump discovered by pink line on hood liner where coolant sprays up. Covered under warranty. 
59000 mi

US $225
Rubber AC belt had a hole worn in to it from the engine pulley. By design the rubber hose is in very close proximity to the engine pulley. Replaced hose and recharged AC system. Will zip tie hose away from pulley. 

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2009 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

46000 mi

US $600
replaced clutch 
55000 mi Using 1.5 quarts between 5k mile oil changes. Update: switching from Pennzoil (mechanic said it's crappy oil) to GTX seems to have helped. 
70000 mi

US $88
car started to die wile underway (accelerating) usually first in morning. jose cleaned throttlebody throat, replaced nasty spark plugs (4) changed oil. $88.00 total 
65000 mi

US $50
Water pump leaking. 

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2009 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

36800 mi

US $400
Coolant leak from water pump 
68000 mi Engine rebuild due to excessive oil consumption. It was a widespread problem with this Toyota engine used in various models. Replaced pistons, ring, and related gaskets. 
26000 mi Replaced leaking water pump under warranty. No charge. 
38000 mi After returning from a 1500 mile trip I noticed coolant sprayed under the hood. The water pump was leaking. Dealer repaired under warranty. 
119000 mi Car failed the oil consumption test so the pistons were replaced under warranty. 
131000 mi

US $230
replaced 1 ignition coil replaced remaining 2 old ignition coils. One turned out to be days from failure (case already cracked) 
76000 mi

US $70
Dealer service technician had stripped oil pan threads on this vehicle in 2012. Took vehicle in for routine oil change in September 2014 and vehicle was leaking oil once back home. Returned vehicle to dealer and the problem was fixed. 
79800 mi My Scion is using about 2 or more quarts of oil between oil changes. 
123000 mi Scion (Toyota) decided to give what they call a warranty enhancement for the excessive oil consumption on the scion xb's that fit in that catagory. I am in the process of having a oil consumption test done to see if they will repair mine. 
130000 mi Toyota repaired my xb of the excessive oil useage that it was having , the pistons and rings were changed out. 
58000 mi

US $600
Water pump leaking 

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2008 Scion xB

Engine not specified

16000 mi Ignition system failed, constant engine misfires. Replaced complete ignition system under factory warranty. Loose belt causing squealing, dealer claimed there was no issue. 
28000 mi

US $350
Failed ignition system, replaced coilpack and associated parts. 2nd time this has been repaired.  

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2008 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

158600 mi Oil Consumption fail- new pistons 
54000 mi Water pump failed and drained 3/4 of coolant all over engine bay. Dealer replaced water pump, accessory belts damaged by coolant and re-filled coolant. 
13000 mi Engine running rougher than had been, whether in idle or neutral. Small revs of engine to increase RPM did not remove problem. Was told it only ran rough when AC on and not when it was off. Car runs rough in both cases, more when AC on. 
68100 mi

US $60
dealer said water pump as getting ready to go, due to white streaks seen on underside of hood above pump. However, after I removed the streak, it has yet to return and the pump continues to work as of Jan. 15, 2013. 
100500 mi

US $276
Water pump weeping on and off (weep hole). Was covered under Extended warranty but cost $50 deduct. 
44000 mi Water Pump leak, powertrain warranty paid for replacement. 
60700 mi

US $65
Water pump leak, pump was replaced under an extended warranty I bought at inception. 

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2008 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

110000 mi

US $225
Ignition coil #4 failed. Toyota had a TSB on the coils,but would not honor replacement of all the coils. Shame on Toyota for not covering the repairs. Now I am waiting for the other coils to fail. 
108200 mi

US $800
water pump leak 
82000 mi

US $43
Car is undergoing an excessive oil consumption test connected to a warranty extension for a piston/ring problem affecting many vehicles. 
86000 mi

US $100
Car was recalled for replacement of pistons and rings which caused excessive oil consumption. This was a general recall by Toyota for multiple models using the same 4 cylinder engine. 
124000 mi

US $25
Code P0302 cylinder 2 misfire code read. Changed all 4 spark plugs, cleared code and haven't had any other issues yet. 
65000 mi

US $300
Water pump replaced 
47000 mi

US $178
Hiland Scion is worthless. Charged me $40 for analysis of a bad coil which I already knew. Had no repair parts on hand. I drove 160 miles in freezing rain and snow on three cylinders for nothing. Called Scion complained about Hiland Scion. Scion told me to take it to Deery Toyota for repair. Scion said they would reimburse my repair costs. Haven't seen a check yet. Hiland Scion really sucks. 
101000 mi

US $515
cylinders misfiring, replaced ignition coil, spark plus and replaced serpentine belt. Performed tune-up. 
1100 mi Short in main computer module. Entire module was replaced. 
8000 mi Defective coil. 
41000 mi Check engine light. Defective ignition coil, #1 cylinder. Coil replaced. 3 days later, check engine light. Defective coil cylinder #3. Got whomped by Toyota. $105 per coil. 
43000 mi

US $108
Second time I had to replace an ignition coil. Did the work myself. Toyota charged $108 for the part. 
83300 mi Water pump was leaking, water pump was replaced 
92700 mi Burning lots of oil 
130000 mi

US $375
Water pump needed replacement. 
30000 mi Saturday: engine check, skid control lights on, Anti skid brakes erratic. Appoint made for Monday. Monday: O2 sensor defective, part on order. Tuesday: Part replaced, warning lights out, all functions working,  
14000 mi Water pump leaking fluid and problem with serpentine belt (car was idling loudly). Replaced water pump, belt, and pulley. 
86800 mi

C $335
Changed coils and plugs to correct miss which put it into "limp" mode. 
89900 mi

C $9
Intermittent missing: codes read 2,3, and all, more or less at random when missing. I asked an old auto parts guy if it might be fuel? He suggested a can of Seafoam. That's what he uses. He said it would be better inside ten minutes if fuel was the problem. It worked. 
91760 mi Intermittent missing combined with CEL reporting misfires on Cylinder 3, then others, then all of them. Cancelling the CEL reset the computer out of limp mode. Bewildered: coils and plugs are virtually new. Auto parts guy suggested Seafoam, a gas additive. Some success, but the problem remains. Might be computer. 
2000 mi Terrible gas consumption 17 mpg and they said was me, while I have a Matrix and Camry with same engine and no problem at all 
22000 mi A pink spray line from leaking coolant was noticed on interior of hood and in engine. Toyota knows about water pump problem with 2AZ-FE engine so there was no denial from dealership about possible faulty water pump. Fixed under warranty. 
2000 mi ignition coil d misfiring misfiring ignition coil b 

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2008 Scion xB 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

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2006.5 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

103-horsepower 1.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

61000 mi

US $306
The shop ended up re-installing the old alternator and putting in a new water pump instead - they had misdiagnosed noise. 
78200 mi

US $346
Car Overheating - Water Pump & Thermostat replaced 
128000 mi

US $350
Radiator replaced 

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2006.5 Scion xB 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

64300 mi Replaced complete exhaust system from catalytic converter back. Cost $430. 

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2006 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

103-horsepower 1.5L I4 5-speed manual FWD

68000 mi

US $50
Car would not start after a cold snap. Battery, fuel, spark okay. Mechanic diagnosed fuel flooded engine due to short running time followed by cold snap resulting in pooling of gas in cylinders. 
128300 mi

US $132
Replace belts 
30000 mi

US $50
CEL, did not have info left in the computer by the time I got to the shop two days later.  
33000 mi cam gear replaced on VVT.  
46100 mi water pump replacement, had not failed but was leaking. 
65000 mi

US $800
Check engine light, VSC and TRAC OFF button illuminated. Strong fuel smell coming from car. Shop diagnosed error codes related to evap system. Found water in fuel line. Cleared water and error codes. All systems working. Same problem as previous trip to non-dealer repair shop. Dealer diagnosed broken fuel neck pipe, ordered part and installed to correct problem. Fuel filler neck replaced to fix leak. Charcoal canister failed also and was replaced for a total repair cost of ~$800. I have contact Scion Customer Experience and requested refund of repair costs. Known problem and 3rd canister in 3 years. 
164000 mi

US $85
Serpentine belt replaced 
94000 mi O2 sensor 
101000 mi

US $115
replaced ignition coil #2 after check engine light and rough idle. found all ignition coils leaking fluid. 
75000 mi

US $425
Broken transaxle mount. It also caused an exhaust leak, which is what prompted me to take it in. 
122000 mi

US $300
Radiator replacement 
73500 mi

US $245
Replace serpentine belts 
24700 mi

US $210
Leaking gasket at the exhaust manifold. 
40000 mi Knock sensor went bad 
45000 mi

US $200
Check engine and other idiot lights came on. Happened once before but they cleared it and did not replace any parts. This time they replaced the faulty Oxygen Sensor. 
49000 mi

US $350
Exhaust system failed from cat back (not including catalytic converter). replaced pipe, muffler, and tip. 
108700 mi

US $290
Water pump leaking and serpentine belts replaced. 
98000 mi Water pump leaking. Had taken car in for new belts a month ago. Then took in for new brakes last week and dealer reported that water pump was leaking. Strange they didn't notice when belts were replaced. 

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2006 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

103-horsepower 1.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

103000 mi

US $20
Serpentine belt broke. Pita to loosen alternator. Fairly easy to replace belt once wheel and shroud removed 
104000 mi

US $300
pipe from cat convertor to muffler rusted, muffler split/shot. shop repaired for $300. 
42406 mi Replace throttle position sensor 
43606 mi Software upgrade 
150000 mi Replace gas cap assy 
90500 mi

US $350
Replace mass airflow sensor 
139000 mi

US $1000
Fuel filler neck and Evap canister leak 
82400 mi

US $20
replace drive belts 
101000 mi

US $150
cylinder 1 stopped working. turned out the coil wasn't fully bolted down, and water from a storm the day before got in. Mechanic shop dried it out, sealed, re-bolted. all parts still in good shape. Got oil change at same time. Not bad! 
165000 mi

US $250
Power Steering pump belt replaced because of failure. Prophylactic replacement of alternator belt. Tire rotation balance and Align 
21000 mi Maintenance required dummy light came on. No known reason, reset by dealership. 
95000 mi

US $37
Had to replace the gasket and bolts on the exhaust pipe to the exhaust manifold flange. 
97000 mi

US $461
Replace belts and water pump. It was too hard to replace water pump, was better for dealer to do work and use OEM parts. Took 3 hrs to complete. Classic Toyota / Scion Mentor, Ohio great service no problems 100% happy. 
101000 mi

US $100
Exhaust pipe after cat and before muffler rusted by weld for rubber bushing hangers,order parts from RockAuto and replace same. Week later had to re tighten rear clamp between muffler and new pipe, didn't make it tight enough the 1st time. 
109000 mi

US $86
Had to replace muffler from union connection before rear axle, rust holes at union flange. 
56000 mi

US $20
Radiator leak. fixed it with alumaseal. May replace radiator later.  
71000 mi

US $200
radiator sprung a leak, replaced radiator 71344 miles. 
171500 mi Noise from fan belts 
138500 mi

US $1600
Ac belt noisy 

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2005 Scion xB

Engine not specified

129000 mi

US $1200
Fuel Intake-couldnt get fuel to go into the gas tank! 

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2005 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

108-horsepower 1.5L I4 5-speed manual FWD

46000 mi

US $550
Water pump getting noisy, replaced along with the usual 5k service. 
109500 mi

US $33
Noticed water pump weep hole, "weeping" and slinging coolant on the underside of the hood, not good. Car never got hot, replaced water pump, flushed cooling system, refilled with Toyota extended coolant, job done. What a PITA. 
85100 mi

US $50
engine mount broke the transmission/engine mount under the engine in the hood but probably because of my crack pot mechanic since he only charged $50 to fix it 
127000 mi

US $130
Bolts holding lower driver side engine mount sheared off, one bolt broke off in the hole, the other two stripped out had to drill out and retap the holes to a bigger gauge and finer thread Bolts holding lower driver side engine mount sheared off, one bolt broke off in the hole, the other two stripped out had to drill out and retap the holes to a bigger gauge and finer thread 
216000 mi

US $340
muffler flange came loose but was repairable. ignition coil went out on way to the mechanic lol coincidence. engine was burning 2 quarts of oil between oil changes did a engine flush and switched to 10w30 hopefully that will slow the burn. 
274000 mi tube between gas tank and solenoid in the EVAP canister became clogged could not pump gas 
286000 mi

US $740
Exhsust gasket on header flange wore out and melted my shifter cable so that it became stuck in first gear 
63000 mi Idle Air Control was bad. 
63500 mi Idle Air Control went out two weeks after it was originally replaced. My car was still running rough after the second trip to the dealer. They couldn't give me a good reason for it other than, "These cars with little engines just idle rough." Short story - They left a hose unattached. I attached it. Fixed! 
155900 mi Replaced the Clutch - $1200 
96000 mi

US $150
Changed rusted bolts on cat assembly. Replaced aftermarket muffler with stainless steel muffler assembly. No real problems. 
105000 mi

US $500
I have the infamous P420 error code. There are so many possible causes that it is hard to know where to start. Ever since the OEM muffler had been replaced with an aftermarket "tip" and cheap muffler, nothing but muffler leaks. 
125000 mi

US $120
Replaced exhaust using clamps no welds. Retained the catalytic converter. All of the clamp kits excluded bolts (needed), or the bolts were too short. 
395000 mi AC/Water pump belt broke. Engine overheated. Replaced belt & engine. Used engine from salvage yard (84K=$617) mechanic cost $1200. O also replaced clutch since it has over 200k miles of use. 
404000 mi

US $1950
Cracked head; replaced with one purchased from replaced clogged catalytic converter; purchased at 
120000 mi

US $16
Oil dipstick worn out, cracked in two pieces 
106000 mi

US $1900
Exhaust system. cat back 
120000 mi

US $400
Check engine light went on, and was determined to be both a oxygen sensor and bad gas cap. 
137000 mi

US $165
Evaporative system error. Still not fixed. Check engine light came on again. 
138400 mi

US $800
Charcoal canister was not functioning and set off the engine light. Replaced part. 
115000 mi

US $40
I replaced water pump 
152000 mi

US $160
Exhaust flange rusted through & joint started leaking. Replaced resonator pipe, muffler, gasket & clamps. 
49000 mi

US $75
Replaced downstream oxygen sensor. 
156000 mi Replaced original power steering belt that broke and was left with no power steering. While at it also replaced the alternator belt. 

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2005 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

108-horsepower 1.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

160000 mi

US $3500
Fried #2 piston do to lean conditions reported by IAC Valve. 
39000 mi

US $250
Water pump started making noise and small leakage noticed. 
150000 mi

US $250
replaced coil pack 
54900 mi

US $265
would not accelerate; lost power on interstate; car kept bucking Front Oxygen sensor replaced 
175000 mi

US $30
tightened belt to alternator to get rid of whine when running air conditioner. 
59828 mi 1. two cracked drive belts 2. bad O2 sensor 3. exhaust leak at front gasket 
178000 mi

US $25
Running rough, replaced 1 coil pak. 
65000 mi Charcoal canister had to be replaced. Loose gasket from earlier repair. 
85000 mi New oxygen sensor. 
29500 mi Have RS 2.o Exhaust fell off and was replaced with new RS2 DC sport exhaust 
259000 mi failed Maryland emission due to catalytic converter 
259000 mi catalytic converter, 
40200 mi

US $150
Loud exhaust noise coming from under the car. Diagnosed as rusting of pipe near exhaust manifold. It was replaced by mechanic. 
56000 mi

US $95
Part of the forward exhaust corroded. Shop cut it out and soldered in a replacement. 
59000 mi Check Engine light came on. Code for Evap system leak. Replaced the gas cap. 
60000 mi

US $480
Replace fuel evap canister 
64000 mi

US $840
Exhaust pipe - remove and replace including gasket 
65000 mi The muffler heat shield was rattling around as one connector had rusted away. A little pulling made the whole thing fall off. Did not replace. 
138000 mi Bad ignition coil. Dash had check engine, abs cancel, skid control cancel. Frogged cyl 1 & 2 and confirmed. Ordered from California aftermarket and replacedn , under $20.00. 
58000 mi

US $50
rust through and leak on exhaust pipe 
67000 mi

US $32
CEL & Traction control light on. Problem was broken wires to MAF sensor. Replaced by owner. New connector was only $8, but each wire was $12! 
95000 mi

US $120
VVT malfunction, replaced VVT oil pressure switch. 
226000 mi

US $60
Replace thermostat 
133000 mi

US $65
Installed sleeve over rust-perforated exhaust pipe section 
149000 mi

US $359
Replaced cylinder coil 
133500 mi

US $70
Replaced 2 belts; power steering and another 
205000 mi

US $200
Ignition coil 

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2004 Scion xB

Engine not specified

90000 mi

US $4300
The check engine light came on when the overheating light came on causing a blown head gasket. 

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2004 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

108-horsepower 1.5L I4 5-speed manual FWD

145000 mi

US $95
Coil pack went bad on cylinder 3. Replaced. Also new spark plugs. 
125000 mi

US $240
Coil failure # 1 cyl 
107000 mi

US $1700
Replace clutch, and front Brakes 
221000 mi

US $80
Original muffler finally rusted out 
98500 mi

US $1250
Replace catalytic converter 
105000 mi water pump replacement 
199000 mi

US $2500
due to multiple check engine lights, needed to replace air flow sensor, O2 sensor, canister, fuel lines, and gas cap. 
239800 mi

US $200
Ignition key no longer worked. Ignition lock replaced. 
296000 mi

US $250
Plugs installed too long causing carbon buildup and misfire. Replace sparks plugs and had 21 point inspection completed. 
296000 mi

US $300
Knock sensor, plugs, belts 
326000 mi

US $475
Cat converter replaced. 
87000 mi

US $300
220000 mi

US $100
CEL light indicated O2 sensors out. Both O2 sensors changed with Denso parts. Resonator pipe replaced due to crack. 
148000 mi

US $300
Failed ignition coil replaced. 
164000 mi

US $1000
Catalytic converter replaced. Oxygen sensors replaced. 
187300 mi

US $700
CEL was on and car was loud. Shop replaced the water pump, serpentine belt, alternator belt and gas cap. 

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2004 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

108-horsepower 1.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

22500 mi

US $100
Replaced donut between exhaust manifold and down pipe. First and only repair! 
45000 mi

US $156
Water pump was squelling badly, opened the hood and saw the water pump pully wobbling. Replaced water pump. 
70100 mi

US $300
Failed State Inspection for Emission, replaced surge valve and carbon cannister 
112000 mi

US $300
Check engine P0420. Just replaced catalytic converter only. 
151000 mi

US $375
Radiator leaked and was replaced. 
171000 mi

US $160
Replaced power steering belt and other belt due to squeaking. 
153500 mi

US $300
Overheating - although thermostat was working correctly. Replaced fan and temp sensor. Ten days because of miscommunication. 

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