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NHTSA — Power Train Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,171 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.

2006 Scion xB drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Scion xB Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 202014


  • miles


The back hatch door handle looks like it is melted and very sticky. Needs to be replaced. Also when I shift into 3rd gear sometimes I feel a light grinding. It seems to only happen when my car is cold and does not happen after my car is warmed up. I hope it nothing wrong with the transmission. I have taken it to a mechanic they said nothing is wrong, very strange.

- Jamestown, SC, USA

problem #4

Jul 222013

xB 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Two occurrences within 3 days, unintended full acceleration - accelerator stuck at full throttle.

- East Aurora, NY, USA

problem #3

May 032013

xB 4-cyl

  • 67,855 miles
Manual transmission clutch pivot bolt failed while vehicle was at speed. Clutch pedal stopped working, transmission stuck in gear and could not be shifted into neutral. Required evasive actions to avoid collision. Mechanic disassembled transmission and located sheared off pivot bolt lying loose inside transmission casing. Mechanic stated that in their experience, incident was very unusual and not a common occurrence: In their opinion, cause was likely a manufacturing fault in bolt. Mechanic confirmed that rest of transmission and clutch showed no signs of premature wear or driver abuse.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 282011


  • 48,000 miles
On 4 separate incidents, my car accelerated on it's own while sitting still. The last incident was on March 23rd while I was sitting still in a mcdonald's drive thru. My foot was on the brake and the car suddenly acted as if I had stepped fully down on the gas pedal. I had to really push my foot down on the brake to keep it from lunging forward. I immediately pushed it into park and the car stopped accelerating. This is very dangerous and I am extremely worried it will happen again!

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #1

Apr 012010

(reported on)

xB 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Toyota Scion Xb. Consumer states intermittent problems. Vehicle stalling, surging and transmission not shifting up or down. The consumer stated the dealer was unable to duplicate any of the problems. The engine stalled and surged, low/rough idle, slow acceleration, and the engine light illuminated.

- Norco, CA, USA

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