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2006 Scion xB (Page 1 of 3)


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,144 miles

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2006 Scion xB windows / windshield problems

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2006 Scion xB Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

Sep 272009

xB 4-cyl

  • 36,700 miles


Front windshield developed an 'L' shaped crack from the top center of the windshield behind the rearview mirror extending to the passenger side. At first I thought something hit it on my way home and for some reason I didn't notice... when I inspected it, there was no sign of anything hitting it, no ding no anything, it seemed to just appear overnight. I took it to the dealer only to be told that I had gone over the 36000 mile bumper to bumper warranty by a couple hundred miles. I love my car, but the more I read the more discouraged I get. It seems if I pay to replace the windshield, it will only break again. If I don't have it replaced, I could be decapitated or crushed in an accident. For only having 36700 miles that shouldn't have happened unprovoked.

- Oak Creek, WI, USA

problem #49

Jun 062010


  • miles
My car was parked in my driveway over night. The next day when I went outside to wash the car I noticed there was a very large L shaped crack running the length of approx. 3 from the top of the windshield down, then curving and running for another 17 towards the driver's side. This large of a crack happened overnight!! the crack has seemingly appeared out of nowhere as there is no other damage that the crack would have originated from; it appears to begin under the trim of the windshield. I have done quite a bit of research and discovered that this same problem has been experienced by many other Scion Xb owners. This would lead me to believe that the windshields Toyota installed in the Xb model are defective. Again, my car was parked in my driveway overnight and I live in a very quiet residential neighborhood.

- Ojai, CA, USA

problem #48

May 152010


  • miles
My 2006 Scion Xb has a crack on the front windshield, starting from the center top extending straight downward approximately 6 inches and then proceeds to crack in the direction towards the drivers side which again extends another 6 inches. The crack has no visible point of impact from a rock or foreign object and originates from on top of the windshield behind the trim. Upon further investigation and searching online I found many other Scion Xb consumers who share the same exact crack similar to mine. It is clearly due to the Toyota oem windshield being defective, causing the windshield to crack on its own. The Scion Xb was parked in a parking lot in residential when first noticed.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #47

Mar 182010


  • 54,000 miles


Came out to the car this morning to find a " L " shaped crack starting from the top middle of the windshield down about 8 inches, and taking a 90 degree turn twords the driver side for another 12 inches. Upon inspection the crack has no impact point and looks to have started from behind the weather stripping. Contacted my local dealer and they refuse to believe there is a common problem. A simple google search of 'Scion Xb windshield' turns up thousands of results and a class action lawsuit. Repair estimate; 680$.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #46

Feb 282010


  • 60,100 miles
Follow up to complaint # 10203228. My windshield has sustained two more brakes. I'm ready for my fifth windshield in four years. All brakes have occurred on paved roads.

- Silver Springs, FL, USA

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problem #45

Jun 042006


  • 6,000 miles
The windshield on my 2006 Scion Xb cracked (full length of the windshield) while the vehicle was stationary. The vehicle was parked in my driveway. There was no evidence of impact. Curious why it would crack while the vehicle was parked I searched the internet and discovered that numerous others Scion Xb owners were reporting an identical situation.

- Greenville, PA, USA

problem #44

Jan 312010


  • 2,000 miles


Toyota Scion Xb, 2006: Windshield has been cracking ongoing beginning 2 weeks after I purchased this car. Toyota/Scion refuses to acknowledge this ongoing problem, and offers no replacement. I replaced 2 windshields within a year and lived with another crack for 3 years until now, as I have accumulated 3 cracks. Toyota offers me the chance to pay twice as much for their glass as the cost for aftermarket replacement.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #43

Jun 092009


  • 90,000 miles
This is my second complaint around this issue. My 2006 Scion Xb has a cracked windshield. This is the second time! my research indicates this is an unusually common problem in this model and I note that this will be the 89th complaint of this type on this site. I have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles in my life and my windshield has been hit by rocks on many occasions. Not once have those strikes resulted in a fatally cracked windshield until my Scion. A small nick will almost invariably end up in major crack. I was told by the dealership that this is because of how the windshield is sloped. I believe it is a cheap piece of glass or a design flaw of some kind. At $500 a windshield it is becoming an expensive proposition to own this vehicle.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #42

Nov 282009


  • 59,180 miles
Windshield on my 2006 Scion Xb cracked overnight while sitting in my driveway. I discovered a crack starting from the edge of the windshield, approx eye-level on the drivers side. The crack extends about 10 inches downward at a 45 degree angle. There were no signs of a rock chip or other exterior damage to the windshield. This crack was not present the evening before then the car was parked.

- Auburn, GA, USA

problem #41

Sep 252009


  • 48,000 miles
On September 25 th my family and I went to the fair in our town in our 2006 Scion Xb. Came home parked it in the drive way and the next morning we got up went outside around 10:00 a.M. to wash our cars and the windshield in the Scion was broken. There is a crack from the rear view mirror in a V shape going half way down the windshield. I have been looking line and have found that this happens with this car. There was even a class action law suite on in.

- Fruita, CO, USA

problem #40

Aug 052009


  • 52,000 miles


2006 Scion Xb windshield crack in middle of rearview mirror in to a "L" shape ! no apparent damage woke up one morning and was cracked!!

- Demotte, IN, USA

problem #39

Jul 312009


  • 32,000 miles
2006 Scion Xb. While parked in driveway overnight, a large crack developed running down behind the rearview mirror and then making a 90 degree turn towards the driver side.

- Spring Valley, NY, USA

problem #38

Apr 202009


  • miles
Two months ago, as I was driving on the freeway during rush hour, I heard a noise. At first, I did not notice anything different until I then glanced at the passenger side of my windshield. There was a crack starting from the top of the windshield to about a 1/3 down. It has slowly been getting longer and is now halfway to the driver's side. When I got out of the car to examine the crack, there is no sign of a rock or any other item hitting the windshield. My insurance will only cover it after I pay my deductible (which is more than a new windshield would cost me).

- Hacienda Heights, CA, USA

problem #37

Apr 302009


  • 31,000 miles
Woke up to a cracked windshield behind the rearview mirror. Line crack that is spreading slowly.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #36

Oct 312008


  • 30,000 miles
Windshield cracked on passenger side while vehicle sat in closed garage overnight.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #35

Apr 182009


  • 46,600 miles
Pulled my 2006 Scion Xb into the garage after waxing it. About 30 minutes later got in to pull it out of the garage and there was a large "L" shaped crack in the middle of the windshield.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #34

Jan 132009


  • 33,000 miles
The windshield cracked on the driver side at eye level. From the side of the windshield at the roof support moving towards the middle of the shield. The crack occurred overnight while the vehicle sat in our garage. It did not experiences any type of impact. No repair has been made only an estimate of replacement cost.

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #33

Feb 202007


  • 5,500 miles
I purchased a new 2006 Scion Xb in July 2006. In February 2007, I turned on the defrost for the first time and the windshield cracked exactly in the middle about 5" straight up curved toward the driver for about 9" and then curved up again about 1 1/2". there were no other cracks in the windshield. I took it to the dealer who ran a pen digging into the crack saying there must have been some prior damage. There wasn't any prior damage to the windshield.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #32

Mar 032009


  • miles
Standard driving down the street, suddenly small chip in bottom left hand corner of the windshield appeared, no other noticeable chips or cracks. Car was parked overnight in secure garage and obtained a large crack greater than 6 inches in the top right hand corner of windshield. Windshield was replaced.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #31

Mar 222009


  • 25,750 miles
The windshield cracked for no apparent reason. It occurred while the car was parked. It starts on the driver side and is dog-legged in shape.

- Milford, NY, USA

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