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NHTSA — Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,356 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.

2009 Scion xB engine problems

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2009 Scion xB Owner Comments

problem #11

May 012015


  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Scion Xb. The contact stated that the vehicle consumed oil prematurely; however, the manufacturer advised that the parts for the warranty repair were not available. The contact was placed on a waiting list for over one year. The contact added that NHTSA campaign number: 16V340000 (air bags) exceeded a reasonable amount of time for repair. The manufacturer stated that the parts were not available for repair. The contact had not experienced the air bag failure. The failure mileage was 95,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

Mar 152016


  • 34,000 miles
March 15 my Scion Xb spontaneously erupted in flames, we on our way home at the intersection of union tpke and parsons blvd in queens NY, we were stopped for construction traffic when the vehicle began to emit smoke, we pulled into a kfc/pizza hut parking lot, , within minutes flames were coming out from the engine compartment, one of the fire fighters thought it was electrical

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #9

Aug 122015


  • 88,913 miles
2009 Scion Xb. Almost empty by the next oil change. It took a while to realize after years of oil changes that by the time it was time for the next oil change, the engine was almost without oil. This went on for years. I took the car to the dealer to perform a test. The dealer performed a test and stated that it was normal for this vehicle to use 1 qt per thousand miles. I then asked him how many quarts does the car have. He answered about 5. if the oil changes are every 5K miles then the engine has no oil by the next oil change. He stated that was Toyota rule. I took the car a second time and they stated know I have a leak that wasn't there during the first test. I believe the leak was caused by the engine running on so little oil.

- Pico Rivera, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 122010


  • miles


The contact owns a 2009 Scion Xb. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle shuddered and vibrated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure could not be duplicated. When attempting to make a complete stop, the vehicle would continue to roll before stopping. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake system failed and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also stated that the vehicle burned four quarts of oil within 3,500 miles. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that it needed to undergo an oil consumption test. After the test, the dealer stated that the engine would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 072016


  • 97,000 miles
The Scion Xb 2009 was driving on the highway, at speed limit, 10 miles after the "needs maintenance" oil light came on. After 15 minutes, the car made a loud bang noise which we think came from the engine.after the bang, car pulled over. Another car pulled over too, since a piece of flaming debris from my car came out from underneath and broke that car's windshield. That driver indicated that my Scion was on fire and to get out of the car! ~5 seconds later the first of many explosions happened. The car quickly, within one minute, became completely engulfed in flames. By the time the fire department arrived the car was "fully engaged" (100% burning). It is a total loss.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #6

Aug 312015


  • miles
Car using one quart of oil every 1100 miles took to Toyota twice for oil consumption test, getting complete run around. They probably dont want to replace engine parts as described in Scion forum. People are blowing engines because Toyota won't recall, only campaign notice sent out mid year around May 2015. Spoke with Toyota torrance California no satisfaction, emailed james lentz, president CEO Toyota usa, sent certified letter today 10/26 to jim lentz Toyota.

- Patterson, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 172015


  • 112,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Scion Xb. While driving approximately 35 mph, there was smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. The driver immediately stopped the vehicle. Flames were present under the hood and the subframe of the vehicle. The flames eventually self extinguished. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed the cause of the failure was due to the motor failing. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 112,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 11/23/15

- Paxinos, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012014


  • 100,000 miles
A representative from Toyota told me if I upgrade to a synthetic blend I would not need a oil change until I pass the 5000mi mark or after 5 months. That was a lie! this past year I have to get oil changes everytime my car hits around 1200 miles. This starting occurring after 105000mi. I went in many times to try to have this fix but they are telling me there is nothing wrong with my car. It's funny because my father had the same car and it would happened to my father as well. Update 9/15/15

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 152014

xB 4-cyl

  • miles
Too much oil consumption.

- Glendale Hts, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 122015

xB 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Heading in to work, hear knocking. Pull over, no warning lights. Check oil, it's low. Has never been low, nor leaked any, and it is a one-owner car. Put a quart in, keep heading to work, still, no warning lights. Front of long block exploded forward toward the radiator. Didn't know what the explosion was until we hooked up to the wrecker. Aluminum parts and a piston laying under the engine. Motor was out of oil. No warning light came on, it went straight to hot, and blew. My Honda wouldn't let you turn it on if it was low on oil or antifreeze. I liked that. This problem hurts.

- Floyd, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 122013

xB 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
To much consumption of oil.

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

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