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NHTSA — Engine Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,194 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.

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2008 Scion xB engine problems

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2008 Scion xB Owner Comments

problem #19

Jul 012008


  • 0 miles


Oil consumption. Ever since this vehicle was new I had to add oil several times in between oil changes. Which I though was "odd" but when I called Toyota about it they told me it was normal for my car to consume oil. Got a letter called warranty enhancement program says to bring car in for oil consumption test and is car burns more than 1qt in 1100-1300 miles I would get it repaired under warranty (not recall keep in mind). So the test showed I burned 3/4 of oil in 1300. I get nothing from Toyota. Not enough oil consumption for them to do anything for me. I don't understand 3/4 in 1300 miles is (a lot) means I have to add 4qts of oil in between oil changes if intervals are 5000 miles. That is ridiculous!!! I am basically doing a oil change my self by burning & adding because 4qts is the capacity of this car. Toyota set the standard of this test beyond reasonable on purpose. The only people that will qualify for any repairs to the piston rings or block would be people that neglected their engines by not adding oil in between oil changes and damaging the engine more than the good guy constantly adding to save our car!!! Toyota is not a good company for reasons like this. I will stick with Honda in the future. Honda does not play these stupid games with people. My Scion has been consuming excessive oil since it was brand new and Toyota knows about issue since they issued a tsb on it and free oil consumption test. Due to this problem this car is not a good car to own. I strongly suggest people with similar problem to come forward and let the world know how ridiculous Toyota is handing the oil consumptions issue.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #18

Nov 202015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Scion Xb. While driving 5 mph, the vehicle stalled while pulling off without warning. The contact stated that the vehicle lost power and the contact had no control over the vehicle. The failure also occurred while driving 80 mph on the freeway. The contact had no control over the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000. The VIN was not available.

- Lacrescent, MN, USA

problem #17

Jan 292016


  • miles
I owe a 2008 Scion Xb. I have notice the oil consumption over the past 5 years use more and more each time. I had asked the place I get service at about the problem. They had told me about Toyota having a problem with different models have problems using oil. I haven't see any oil leaks or has my mechanic.

- Corbin, KY, USA

problem #16

Jul 012008


  • 12,000 miles


"too much oil consumption" ever since I bought this vehicle in 2008 I noticed topping off my oil in between oil changes. Over the years I added more and more. I called Toyota several times and they told be an engine should consume oil and it is normal. But this is too much. I never in my life had to add so much oil to a newer car. Right now I am adding almost a quart every 1000 miles. I have 110K miles. This can get dangerous if you are on a long trip and run out of oil and engine can seize up and stall. Luckily I always carry extra oil with me. Imagine how much money I spent on oil through the years. I am not happy and this will be my last Toyota I ever own.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #15

Feb 272015


  • 150,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption. Took vehicle into dealership and spent seven hours waiting while they "tested" the car. Finally, after paying for an oil change was told to let the engine run and come back in when either the oil lamp came on or it was time for an oil change. Lamp came on before mileage was through so went back to dealership and was told that our car "qualified for recall procedure." Was not given dates or anything, just told we would be contacted when the parts came in. The car seems to be getting worse, engine shudders and feels like about to stall every once in a while. Called dealership to let them know and girl on phone said that if repairs were needed before parts came in, it would be out of my pocket, and that loaner car would also be at my expense. Finally got word that parts are in and now should be scheduled soon for repairs. Will never buy from Toyota again.

- Portland , OR, USA

problem #14

Jan 152015


  • 159,465 miles
Scion vehicle was hit in an accident by another car on 1/15/2015. Vehicle that hit Scion failed to stop for a red signal and collided into Scion hitting first the right front corner of passanger side, then hit again head on. Air bags did not deploy. We have 2 witnesses that saw the accident and all witnesses including the police officer noticed the air bag was not deployed. Police report: 15002362 police information: (240) 773-6200; officer T. pyles - montgomery county police department location: Montgomer county,

- Damascus, MD, USA

problem #13

Jan 012014

xB 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


2008 Scion Xb. Excessive oil consumption. First noticed problem when engine light came on while braking. Stopping caused what little engine oil was in pan to move out of area of sensor triggering low oil warning. Added oil upon arrival at home; dipstick did not show any oil. This continued after multiple oil changes at scheduled intervals. Consumption is approximately 1-2 quarts in between oil changes, approx 5K miles. Brought vehicle to dealership to have oil consumption test performed. Vehicle passed, but was told that in order to qualify as an oil consumption vehicle, the car would have to consume 1 quart per 1000 miles. With only a 4 quart capacity, the car would burn all oil prior to the 5K oil change frequency leading to a catastrophic engine failure - seize. I had to pay for an oil change to have the test performed. I was told that my oil consumption was normal, which I do not accept as fact. This Scion Xb was purchased as a certified used vehicle from a dealership. I am annoyed that the onus falls upon me to prove that my car consumes oil, only to be told that it does not meet the unrealistic criteria. I have been a Toyota owner since 1982. I will never buy a Toyota vehicle again and I would not recommend the Scion brand to anyone. I do not believe Toyota builds quality vehicles anymore.

- Bolton, MA, USA

problem #12

May 012011

xB 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The engine oil level began to drop quickly in between oil changes. Often times a quart would be required to bring the level back to its proper point after the vehicle was driven as little as 1500 miles.

- Mokena, IL, USA

problem #11

Feb 022015

xB 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I purchased the Scion Xb 2008 new and have had all oil changes and recommended service performed timely. At approx. 45,000 miles (but after the 5 year warranty had expired, (I am a low mileage driver) I noticed that it had consumed two quarts of oil within around 1500 miles after the oil change (recommended to perform every 5000 miles). I had an oil change and took a road trip so that I put more than a 1000 miles on it in about 10 days, and when I was on a steep incline the check oil light came on. My mechanic said it was possible that the oil had not been filled properly after the change and topped it off. It was low again when I had it changed at the 51,000 mark; after about 1,500 miles it needed two quarts of oil which was added. After another 1,500 or so miles it needed another two quarts of oil, which I added. I contacted Toyota, and without reciting the initial runaround, they set up an oil consumption test after confirming it was not leaking oil. The oil consumption test is not completed - it may not be a true reflection of oil usage as it seems to be worse when driven a long distance at one time which will probably not happen during this 1,000 mile cycle. I then got a notice in the mail that they had a program to reimburse owners for the parts (not the labor) if they believed the vehicle met certain (unspecified) criteria after the owners had the repairs done for the defect which, apparently, they already know specifically exists and how to fix it. The notice said they are making as many replacement parts as possible before encouraging us to get our vehicles repaired. My numbers are not exact but the information is generally accurate. Please investigate this and have a recall issued. Thank you

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #10

Dec 252014


  • 150,000 miles
1. incident the driver was driving the 2008 Scion Xb alone on East-bound I-80, approaching carquinez bridge, vallejo, when the vehicle stopped working. The driving speed was about 70 mph. Time of the incident was around 12:45 a.M. on December 25, 2014. He was driving on the 1st lane, and to the best of his knowledge, there was only one compact car passing nearby, when the car stopped all of a sudden. He tried to reach out for a tow truck without success, but later on he remembered he was an associate member of a classic membership card registered in the name of his mother. But he did not have the card on him at that time, but gave his name to aaa to prove he is an associate member. Finally, the aaa tow truck arrived on the scene around 1:45 a.M. he towed it to home, and days later had it towed to a mechanic shop, East bay auto located on North Texas street. The mechanic diagnosed the problem and said the engine got broken and the car needed replacement of the engine. 2. Scion side on Feb. 10, 2015, the owner of the vehicle received a letter of warranty enhancement notification from Scion. The owner did not take an initiative to call Scion before receiving this notification. The next day, the vehicle owner called Scion and filed a claim for engine failure due to excessive engine oil consumption. Case #[xxx]. the customer service rep at Scion arranged for Toyota dealership in vacaville to inspect and diagnose Scion Xb to see if the engine failure was due to excessive engine oil consumption. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 022012

xB 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


Extremely excessive oil consumption. The vehicle uses over 3 quarts of oil between oil changes (5000 mile oil change interval.) we are concerned that the engine may seize while driving, due to lack of oil, causing a crash. (Toyota issued a tsb regarding this issue in 2011, due to a design defect.)

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 252013

xB 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Dates and mileage are approximate. I have been going through oil for over a year and I have less than 90,000 miles on my Scion. I also have a power steering leak. When I first start the vehicle, it makes an awful noise, but when I take it in, no one can find anything wrong. I have another 2,000 miles to go before I need to change the oil again. I checked it once, then checked it again on 11/14/2014 and it was 3 quarts low! I took it to where I get the oil change and that's what I was told - they checked for leaks - none except the power steering. I don't see the vehicle smoke nor do I smell the oil burning. I have had 2 other Toyota and have not had problems - they ran with over 150,000 miles.

- Streamwood, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 012012


  • 125,000 miles
My 2008 Scion Xb is burning through oil at a crazy rate. I drive 100 miles a day and every two days I have to put a whole quart of oil. I have read online about all the complaints but Toyota will not publicly acknowledge the problem. My Scion is now at 175,000 miles and engine sound becomes worse and worse. Please issue a recall.

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 102014


  • miles
Went to walmart for oil change and they detected oil is off sticker. Have to trade in my car to get a new one.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 102010

xB 4-cyl

  • miles
After around 50K miles, I noticed that the engine oil was about a quart low when taking it in for an oil change. At the time I was told pretty much what the owners manual states about oil consumption. I've owned many vehicles in the past, old and new, and never had one that used this much oil. If any of them did use oil, it was a small enough amount that you can't tell from the dipstick. So, with their explanation I moved on. As time went on, it seemed more and more oil was being used by the engine. Now after the warranty would no longer cover such a thing, I was told that I could bring the vehicle in for an oil consumption test, which I did not do since any problem they discover would come out of my pocket. As time progresses, the vehicle is at the point where I have to check the oil every week and add oil. I learned that if I wait for the next oil change @ 3000 miles, there is no oil left in the engine. What's even more disturbing is that there is no indication on the instrument cluster that anything is wrong. I would suspect the oil light would come on at some point, but never have I seen this light, or any other light come on indicating an issue. To sum it up, there are no leaks, the engine will consume all of the oil within 3000 miles if not monitored, and there are no warning lights indicating a problem.

- Sammamish, WA, USA

problem #4

Feb 012014

xB 4-cyl

  • 58,128 miles
My vehicle is consuming an excessive amount of oil. This issue started at roughly 58K. I have never been low on oil at any oil change. I was approximately 3qts low at 58K with no signs, at all of an oil leak. I took my car to Toyota where an oil consumption test was performed. I was then informed that my engine is having the oil consumption problem as listed in a tsb issued by Toyota on August 11, 2011. Because my car is no longer under the power train warranty, Toyota is refusing to cover the costly repairs.

- Belleview, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 102013


  • 98,888 miles
Driving on major highway and noise started and immediate shutdown of engine which forced me to drift to side of road-- could have been seriously injured as all other cars going well over 65 mph. Now being told engine dead on a 5 year old car!!!"?? can you help me? I also bought a 2004 sienna and its awesome with no issues. I want to know why this happened and where am I going to get 5000$ for a new engine when living pay to pay already?" thanks for your help and consideration. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Upper Darby, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 192007

xB 4-cyl

  • 200 miles
Within the first 3 months from buying my Scion from hammer Toyota my Scion sway bar breaks and come to find out there is a recall on that, but Toyota never sent me a notice till I took my car in.then there was a electrical problem as well that something was burning inside my car within the first 3 months and then a hammer Toyota employee brings me my car and they had crash my driver side next problem is that my car is only 4 years old I bought it with 0 miles off the lot and now the car charcoal canister breaks and I bought the extra warranty on my car only for them to tell me that the warranty doesn't cover it and it cost me $1800 for them to fix the next problem is that the engine is burning to much oil within a month 1 qty of oil.I take the car to get service and check the oil before the month end and its burn just about 1 qty and that's only driving within the city not driving I am getting calls from Toyota wanting to buy my car back from me for less then what I bought my car for.this car has cost me more money then anything and problems.something is wrong here for them to be calling me to buy my car back from me why is my question? after so many problems I pay my car in full and only 3 to 5 months old when all this problems started and Toyota giving me the run around each time I took the car into them and told them about the oil problem for them to tell me just to check the oil every two weeks why should I check the oil every two weeks when the car is new at the time dozen make any sense if it gets oil service every 2,500 miles.

- Reseda, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 132012

xB 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Engine locked. My car was diagnosed with "oil starvation", which was due to Scion's "oil consumption" problem. Because I did not have my oil changes done at the dealership, they found a loop hole to avoid paying for a new engine. There has been a tsb issued on this problem and Scion refused to take responsibility.

- Greenback, TN, USA

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