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NHTSA — Structure: Body Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,412 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Scion xB body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Scion xB Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 072013


  • 66,000 miles


My 10 year old son was simply opening the back hatch to get out a bag and the whole rear door garnish broke off. It broke from simple designed use and now hangs off the vehicle and the hatch will not close properly. Scion issued a warranty enhancement program but it was only good for one year and does not cover my vehicle now even though the part is faulty and the vehicle is now dangerous to drive. Please insist on a vehicle recall so there is no time limit to fix the problem.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #9

Jan 312015


  • 94,120 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Scion Xb. The contact stated that the rear hatchback handle fractured causing the other four door locks to become disabled. In addition, there were holes where the hatchback handle was fractured and there was a strong fuel odor. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 94,120.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #8

Mar 012014


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Scion Xb. The contact stated that she attempted to open the liftgate and noticed that the door handle was loose. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but they stated that the door handle assembly needed to be replaced but the parts were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Novato, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 142013

xB 4-cyl

  • miles


The rear hatch door handle came off in my hand and is now dangling by the wires for the tag lights which is a safety hazard as it may fall off while driving down the road and cause an accident.

- Harlem, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 052012

xB 4-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Rear door latch broke off when pressure was applied. Will not release.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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problem #5

Jan 262013


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Scion Xb. The contact stated that the rear latch door handle fractured while she attempted to open the trunk. As a result, the trunk was unable to be opened from the inside or outside. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the latch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 108,000 and the current mileage was 108,023.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #4

May 192010

xB 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


Trunk latch came off, made of plastic and held by two screws, happened twice, first time had to glue screw to thread on plastic latch base but it wont hold. Door will not open while this problem persists. A 4 door Xb without a trunk access? C'mon man!!

- Loiza, PR, USA

problem #3

Sep 102010

xB 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Rear hatch outside opening mechanism broke after routine use. This appears to be design flaw using flimsy plastic door apparatus. This is dangerous situation - it has resulted in improper closing of rear hatch door which can cause exhaust fumes to enter the inside on the car. This could also cause objects to fall out of the rear of the car while on the road. (anecdotal note: I see numerous Scion of this era with taped up rear hatch door handles indicating that they have the same problem.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012006

xB 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Earlier in 2011 while accessing the rear of my car through the hatch door, my hatch handle snapped off completely. After further looking into the issue, I discovered that the plastic clips built into the handles broke. My local Toyota dealer is aware of the "issue" and acknowledges that it is a "defect" with this specific make and model car. On top of that, I have both seen many broken hatch handles while on the road, and read many other incidents similar to mine on several notable Scion forums online. Others report that their Toyota dealers fixed the issue, free part, but still charged upwards of $100 for labor. I would like to see this problem get fixed by Toyota as it is clearly a defective part.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 152008


  • 135,000 miles
Trunk latch broke off when trying to open. Made very flimpse and will not withstand regular use.

- Sylvania, GA, USA

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