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2008 Scion xB repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (16%)

Suspension and Steering (6%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (18%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 119 repairs.
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2008 Scion xB repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (26%)

< $100 (64%)

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Chart based on 96 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2008 Scion xB

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Scion xB in Ohio, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2010
Sep 2009

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. 
Oct 2009

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

Scion xB in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2007 - Mar 2010
Scion xB in Texas, United States
Feb 2009 - Apr 2011
Nov 2010

23100 mi
Traction control malfunction, lights came on, fuel was cut off, wheels locked up. I turned off Traction Control, drove it to the dealer. They couldn't find problem, recalibrated Sensor and it's been fine since. 
Scion xB in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2016
Oct 2009

24000 mi
Brake cable froze up causing rear disc caliper to seize upon rear disc in sub freezing weather. Replaced with 2009 brake cable. 
May 2010

52000 mi

US $47
Driver Side rain channel cover flew off on freeway. 
Aug 2013

132000 mi

US $99
The driver's side rain guard flew off again. At $90 a piece this isn't cheap and all due to faulty fastening method. Plastic to metal is becoming brittle and breaking. 
Nov 2015

158600 mi
Oil Consumption fail- new pistons 
Scion xB in Virginia, United States
Sep 2010 - Oct 2013
Oct 2010

24000 mi
Dealer thought that the dash light dimmer switch was broken. Ordered part and gave me a loaner. Turns out they were just fuses. Fuses replaced and car is fine. 
Feb 2013

49800 mi

US $50
Parking brake was partially stuck. It was adjusted. 
Oct 2013

57000 mi

US $165
Battery wouldn't hold a charge, so it was replaced. I managed to roll start it backing out of our driveway. 
Scion xB in Kentucky, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2011
Apr 2011

45000 mi
Aux input for audio system failed Aux input for audio system failed 
Scion xB in California, United States
- Aug 2009
Aug 2009

30000 mi
Lost the drivers side rain guard while driving it blew right off! 
Scion xB in California, United States
Feb 2014 - Jun 2015
Sep 2014

101000 mi

US $1000
Clutch went bad, it was impossible to shift into gear. Gear grinding even with the clutch down. 
Scion xB in Delaware, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2015
Scion xB in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2011 - Jul 2012
Aug 2011

44000 mi
Water Pump leak, powertrain warranty paid for replacement. 
Sep 2011

45000 mi

US $82
Second roof rain rail disappeared, I think they age and the connectors turn brittle and are then ripped off while driving. The first roof rain rail disappeared and was replced under warranty. 
Scion xB in Florida, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
Jan 2009

25000 mi
Skid plate fastener came loose and a water deflector was hanging lower than normal on the front. Dealer re-secured clip by replacing missing fastener. Problem solved. 
Jun 2010

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. 
Scion xB in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2009 - Nov 2014
Feb 2012

100500 mi

US $276
Water pump weeping on and off (weep hole). Was covered under Extended warranty but cost $50 deduct. TPSS light has been on. Sensor in one tire fell apart (or possibly was broke by the previous garage that changed tires) Sensor was replaced and system was recalibrated. 
Jul 2012

109000 mi

US $215
Left Side axle seal leaking. Removed axle and replaced seal. re-installed axle etc. Dealer stated it was a SLIGHT leak that could wait if needed. I drive minimum 92 miles/day, so i had it fixed. 
Jan 2014

105000 mi

US $440
Left rear wheel bearings went. Been making noise for a few months RIGHT after new tires installed. I thought I had a bad tire. Left rear hub assembly needed to be replaced. Toyota apparently has a National back-order right now. used Moog 
Scion xB in California, United States
Oct 2007 - Apr 2017
Nov 2007

1000 mi
Problems with loss of signal with Satellite radio. Strange burning brake smell when car is in Reverse as well as idling in traffic. Happens when heater is on in the car. 
Scion xB in Ohio, United States
Sep 2007 - Apr 2016
Nov 2007

1000 mi
The 2-piece plastic sill between the hood and the windshield did not fit properly at their joint(one piece was raised 1/4"). Dealer ordered new parts and replaced. No charge, problem fixed, has not reoccured. 
Aug 2008

13000 mi
The problem from September/07, The 2-piece plastic sill between the hood and the windshield not fitting properly, reemerged. However, rather than replacing the bad piece as was done in September, the dealer said it was now 'a design defect'. Paint melted on a spot on the hood. Was told it was due to tree sap and they would not repair. Shop agreed we should look out for tree sap falling on our head and melting skull - true response. Water dispenser for back windshield wiper now drips more than it sprays, as it had done correctly when first purchased. Told they tried to clean with pin and then that is was within specs to drip. 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. When first bought, car on a driveway with minimum drainage slope did not move when in 1st and with parking brake off (suggested solution from dealer for problem with parking brake not releasing completely). NOW it rolls back, stops, rolls again, etc. Found snag on front passenger seat cover. Not sure whether present when bought car or occurred later. Dealer bought new seat cover to replace one with snag. 
Sep 2009

29000 mi

US $52
problem: whining noise from the engine compartment. At previous oil change in May/09, dealer claimed could not detect the problem. At this oil change (oct/09), Dealer acknowledged problem. Dealer oiled a belt. Problem returned 6 hours later. Clutch appears to be slipping in 3-5 gears, especially going up hill. Dealer could not detect, and did not inspect clutch. Dealer said tires tread gone and that was the slipping. Latter may be true, but I KNOW what a clutch slips is vs. a tire slip. 
Jan 2010

45600 mi
All indicator lights went on simultaneously and stayed on. TSB indicating loose/broken wire to the ABS system. I was told ABS might go out but that regular brakes would continue to work. ABS never went out. They replaced ABS hub and sensor wire. 
Feb 2012

56000 mi

US $800
Caliper slider froze up on rear wheels, burning the brake rotors 
Mar 2012

58000 mi
The ABS sensor went out on left/front, shutting down ABS and anti-skid controls. Decided to not have repaired at this time due to cost (est. $600.00). Found out that dashboard display will NOT show ABS is out if it is out longer than a day! 
Nov 2012

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. 
Scion xB in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2007 - Jun 2016
Nov 2007

1000 mi
Parking brake cable had way too much play in it, making the handle very loose. 
Dec 2010

40000 mi
Heated seats installed at delivery by independent shop. Shop found a loose ground wire and repaired under warranty. 
Sep 2011

48000 mi

US $175
Dealer found and patched a drilled hole in the firewall above the brake pedal. I have no idea how it got there. 
Nov 2012

60700 mi

US $65
Water pump leak, pump was replaced under an extended warranty I bought at inception. 
Jul 2015

87300 mi

US $77
Right rear caliper was stuck, causing excessive wear on the brake pad, scoring the drum and necessitating the need to replace the rotors. 
Scion xB in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2007 - Jan 2015
Aug 2009

42000 mi
Cracked windshield. Arch shaped crack appeared at bottom right corner of windshield. Happened for no apparent reason overnight. 

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2008 Scion xB 4dr Hatch

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

Scion xB in South Carolina, United States
Apr 2014 - Dec 2017
Oct 2015

136000 mi

US $80
Recharged the AC system for fist time since new. A/C was struggling little bit when idling and when it was very hot outside. 
May 2017

145000 mi

US $180
Passenger rear wheel bearing replaced due to excessive noise 
Scion xB in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2007 - Jun 2010
Dec 2007

6000 mi

US $12
The plastic tire guard came loose from the body and was reattached. 
Feb 2009

14000 mi
Water pump leaking fluid and problem with serpentine belt (car was idling loudly). Replaced water pump, belt, and pulley. 
Aug 2009

18900 mi
Plugged evaporator drain hose, causing water to leak into cabin on front passenger side. 
Sep 2009

20000 mi
Plugged evaporator drain hose 
Scion xB in Ohio, United States
Mar 2014 - Sep 2017
Sep 2014

105000 mi

US $86
Sliding pin on caliper was stuck, causing brake pads to wear unevenly and quickly. Replaced rear brake pads & hardware. Original battery died and was replaced 
Nov 2014

105900 mi
VSC,ABS,trac off,Brake lights came on dashboard after a light snowfall. Mechanic test drove, put the car on the lift and checked sensors - and the lights on the dashboard turned off. 
Dec 2014

107000 mi
VSC,ABS,trac off,Brake lights came on dashboard again, after a heavy rain. Lights were on all weekend. Dropped car off Monday morning and lights were still on. When the mechanic started the car later, no lights were on so no repair attempted 
Jan 2015

107200 mi
VSC,ABS,trac off,Brake lights came on dashboard again. Mechanic had car for a week- ordered 2 bearings with bad sensors. Could not get warehouse to send them another. They replaced some wiring and sent us home. 
Jun 2015

110000 mi

US $320
Replaced left rear wheel hub assembly Had rear left wiring harness replaced. Cost includes diagnosis fee and labor. 
Dec 2016

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. 
Sep 2017

130000 mi

US $240
Caliper pins tend to stick in this car, causing rotors and brake pads to wear somewhat quickly. Had new rear brake pads and rotors put on. 
Scion xB in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2012 - Oct 2016
Mar 2013

103000 mi
Electric steering ECM failed. Could barely turn steering wheel while driving. Very unsafe situation! Toyota had a TSB on issue but would not help. The dealer did at least discount the repair from $875 to $535 as a goodwill gesture. 
Jun 2013

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. 
Scion xB in Washington, United States
Jun 2017 - Sep 2017
Sep 2017

133000 mi

US $540
Leaking axle. Replaced a second time. 
Scion xB in Missouri, United States
May 2015 - Dec 2017
Jul 2017

158000 mi

US $150
Replaced front brake rotors and pads. 
Scion xB in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2007 - Jul 2014
Oct 2007

3000 mi
License plate attached by only 2 screws at top of plate. Plate cut through the paint because it banged into the body of the car whenever the rear hatch was closed. License plate needs a better way to both secure it and keep it from touching the car bod 
Dec 2007

5000 mi
license plate only attached by 2 screws at top. Metal plate banged into body when hatch was closed. Plate cut through paint. Dealer repainted the area and put foam tape on back of plate to keep it from hitting the body of the car. 
Jun 2010

24000 mi
air conditioning repeatedly lost cooling gas.  
Scion xB in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2016
Jun 2014

98000 mi

US $1700
both rear hubs were making growling noises and had to be replaced 
Scion xB in Ontario, Canada
May 2016 - Dec 2017
Jun 2016

86800 mi

C $335
Changed coils and plugs to correct miss which put it into "limp" mode. 
Mar 2017

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. 
Jun 2017

91760 mi
I bought the parts for a complete brake job from Toyota two years ago and did it in my shop. The car had sat outside for extended periods intermittent with winter driving. After two years the rear callipers were badly seized so I bought front and rear callipers and rotors, as well as pads from RockAuto.com. The brakes are fine now, and likely will remain so for another two years. 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. 
Oct 2017

96100 mi

C $500
Last fall I replaced coils and plugs. I couldn't believe they would be failing again, so I towed the car to Kingston and let the dealer test things for a day and then install nothing but two coils. It runs roughly, as if the other two coils (which I requested) should have been added. The reason they got to work on the car was it was going in anyway for an airbag -- after a two-year delay. Passenger side airbag. 
Scion xB in Oregon, United States
- Jan 2008
Jan 2008

1100 mi
Short in main computer module. Entire module was replaced. 
Scion xB in Arkansas, United States
Mar 2015 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

56000 mi
Low speed whining noise increasing over time, dealership stated it was a transaxle problem and should be replaced at a cost of $4000. 
Scion xB in California, United States
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
Jun 2008

10000 mi
Loose lower trim near the right rear wheel well. 
Sep 2008

15000 mi
A binding/creaking sound on left front side when making a tight turn. Sound was coming from strut plate. Replaced both front strut plates. No more noise. 
Scion xB in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2015 - Jun 2017
May 2015

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. 
Nov 2015

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. 
Scion xB in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Sep 2016
Jan 2009

33000 mi

US $238
Cracked Windshield. Gravel Truck launched a rock into it. Scion xB windshield is fairly vertical, huge and an easy target. Less than a month later, got another rock hit, but it hasn't espanded to a full on crack, yet. Used outside company. 
Scion xB in Maryland, United States
Dec 2010 - Jan 2011
Jan 2011

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 
Scion xB in Illinois, United States
Nov 2008 - Feb 2018
Dec 2010

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. 
Scion xB in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2008 - Sep 2016
Jun 2008

10000 mi
Replaced intermediate steering bar. Took 3 trips over 1 year to convince dealer. Dealer ordered part. Installed on 4th trip. Problem solved Cowl hatch over Brake reservoir would not remain closed. Dealer ordered part, received defective, reordered. Left cowl unit must be replaced with hatch. Part received not installed, owner must schedule time. 
Aug 2008

11000 mi
Dealer replace cowl (Rt.Side) @ front of windshield. Repair is satisfactory. 
Mar 2010

25500 mi
Stress crack in windshield, passengers side, starting from under trim at top, approx 10" long. Dealer said Toyota will replace it. Windshield now on order. Windshield replaced under original warranty by dealer. Mileage 24K. Stress crack in windshield, passengers side, starting from under trim at top, approx 10" long. Dealer said Toyota will replace it. Windshield now on order. 
Dec 2010

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,  
Scion xB in Ohio, United States
Nov 2007 - Apr 2013
Jan 2010

41000 mi

US $36
engine under cover 
Jun 2012

57000 mi
drive shaft bearing 
Scion xB in Massachusetts, United States
May 2009 - Apr 2016
Mar 2015

90000 mi

US $600
Rear Brake pads, rotors, new calipers. 
Jan 2016

88500 mi

US $40
I don't remember what they replaced. Something was loose under the hood... 
Apr 2016

101000 mi

US $515
cylinders misfiring, replaced ignition coil, spark plus and replaced serpentine belt. Performed tune-up. 
Scion xB in Georgia, United States
Jun 2008 - Jan 2014
Jan 2009

17000 mi
Vinyl trim that runs front to back on driver's side of the roof came off. There is one on each side of the roof, covering up the seam between the roof and side of the car. It was replaced in about ten minutes. 
Scion xB in Washington, United States
May 2008 - Dec 2017
Jul 2011

42000 mi
Roaring noise in rear end, replaced left rear wheel bearing and hub. 
Jan 2012

83300 mi
Water pump was leaking, water pump was replaced 
Scion xB in Rhode Island, United States
May 2008 - Dec 2017
Dec 2010

64000 mi

US $245
Windshield cracked severely. No apparent cause. Windshield replaced. 
Jan 2012

92700 mi
Burning lots of oil 
Feb 2014

130000 mi

US $375
Water pump needed replacement. 
Dec 2017

182217 mi

US $600
Air bag passengers sensor failed and seatbelt tensioner 
Scion xB in Texas, United States
Nov 2009 - Mar 2012
Apr 2010

2000 mi
ignition coil d misfiring misfiring ignition coil b 
Scion xB in New York, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2014
Jan 2013

62000 mi

US $475
Replaced 1 ABS module due to corrosion at contacts. The other was able to be cleaned 
Jun 2013

65000 mi

US $300
Water pump replaced 
Jul 2014

76500 mi

US $300
Replace Alternator 
Scion xB in New York, United States
Mar 2008 - Dec 2017
Aug 2009

8000 mi
Defective coil. 
Jun 2015

38000 mi

US $250
AC hose to compressor shifted to right and hit pulley causing wear to hose and finally a leak. This car was never hit so my mechanic is at a loss for a causal explanation. 
Mar 2016

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. 
Dec 2016

43000 mi

US $108
Second time I had to replace an ignition coil. Did the work myself. Toyota charged $108 for the part. 
Scion xB in Virginia, United States
Jan 2011 - Sep 2011
Jan 2011

45608 mi

US $126
Dealership fixed both warrantied front wheel bearings. Replaced burnt light bulbs. Had to drill out rear license plate bolts and retap($105.00 1 hour!?). 
Feb 2011

46327 mi
While washing the car, noticed a large amount of built up grease behind the passenger brake rotor backing plate. Took it to the dealership, found that the CV Boot had a tear. CV Boot replaced under warranty. While washing the car, noticed a large amount of built up grease behind the passenger brake rotor backing plate. Took it to the dealership, found that the CV Boot had a tear. CV Boot replaced under warranty. 
Scion xB in California, United States
Sep 2010 - Dec 2017
Apr 2011

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. 
Scion xB in California, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

180000 mi

US $3200
Transmission needed to be rebuilt and have damaged parts replaced. 
Scion xB in California, United States
Jan 2010 - May 2016
Apr 2016

108200 mi

US $800
water pump leak 
Scion xB in Arkansas, United States
May 2010 - Jul 2014
Jul 2013

130500 mi

US $140
Roottop weather stripping came off while driving on the freeway. 
Mar 2014

165000 mi
The sunroof literly blew out while driving on freeway at 65mph 

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2008 Scion xB 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Scion xB in Illinois, United States
Sep 2007 - Apr 2012
Nov 2007

5000 mi
body seam rubbing together during acceleration, stopping, and turning. located on the drivers side where the dash meets the a pillar 

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