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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,681 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.

2008 Scion xD brakes problems

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2008 Scion xD Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 182012


  • 34,000 miles


ABS and vsc lights came on. ABS and vsc not working. Dealer states it is the right rear speed sensor that has a short in the wiring harness. Dealer said it was safe to drive until I get it fixed, but the ABS and vsc would just not work. After hitting large bump right before braking was required, the brakes did not engage. The car is unsafe and is not covered under warranty per Scion. This is a serious safety issue.

- Batavia, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 132012


  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Scion Xd. While the vehicle was parked the contact noticed the ABS and brake warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V338000 (service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum). The warning light continued to illuminate after the recall repair was performed. The technician stated additional diagnostic test had to be performed in order to determine the reason the warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 28,000.

- Avon Lake, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 152011


  • 34,000 miles
My 2008 Scion Xd started having intermittent "mushy" brakes and several times the slow stop left me too far into an intersection or too close to the car in front of me. The dash board lit up with warning lights about the brakes, ABS, and electronic stabilization control. When I called the dealership and before any diagnostics were done, I was informed that it was a corroded sensor on the rear driver's-side door. After receiving a quote for $787 for the repairs, I was told that the replacement part was designed so the problem would not occur again on that wheel. Of course, there are three more wheels that could experience the same failure. The possibility of brakes becoming suddenly "mushy" and slow to respond is a safety hazard that needs to be addressed. My car had 34K miles when these problems occurred.

- Solumbus, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 012011


  • 38,100 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Scion Xd with <40K miles. The brake system, in particular, the speed sensor and parking brakes, failed during a snow a week ago. The contact was forced to slide without ABS and with a funny brake all the way home. Toyota obviously knows this safety-related defect on their Scion Xd and yaris (platform mates) since a tsb was issued for yaris (T-sb-0120-08, June 27, 2008) and the dealer immediately guessed "failed rear passenger-side wheel sensor" without even looking at the vehicle when the vehicle was brought in for repair. The contact agreed to pay $750 our of pocket for the repair, yet the part was back-ordered for more than a month due to the large number vehicles suffering from the same defect. NHTSA, look at the recent surge in ABS related complaints on the Scion Xd and the yaris. Toyota obviously knows that this is a design/manufactoring defect yet no recall have been issued and the owners are forced to pay for the repairs while waiting indefinitely for the replacement part. Even worse, the rear driver side sensor is likely to be defective, yet Toyota won't do anything about it even if a recall is issued. It's like sitting on a bomb that's waiting to explode.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 292011


  • 49,669 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Scion. The contact stated that the dealer told her that the ABS sensor failed. The failure caused every other warning light to come on. The dealer does not have the parts available to replace the sensor. The manufacturer stated that even though the ABS sensor failed they insist that the vehicle was safe to drive. The failure and current mileages were 49,669.

- Leviitown, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 032010


  • 32,000 miles
The ABS light in my car keeps coming on. I took it to the dealership (bay ridge Toyota, brooklyn, NY) three times for this problem. The second time I took it with a letter for a recall on something related to the brakes. The problem still happens and the brakes sometimes feel spongy and are not as responsive. I took the car again today, and even though the car is still under the new car warranty, they want to charge me $94 dollars to just look at it. Again, I have taken the car 3 times. And I do not feel safe. I want all this recorded in case the brakes stop working and something happens. I feel like no one is listening to me. The car is under warranty!!!! also the seatbelt lights come on even when I have the seatbelt on.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 042009


  • 62,000 miles
I have a 2008 Toyota Scion Xd. Prior to finding out about the recall for the ABS system, my ABS light indicator on the dash board came an along with my parking brake light. While driving I was coming to a stop sign, the ABS and brake light shut off. When I tried to apply my brakes the ABS brakes kicked in and wouldn't allow me to stop my vehicle before I came to the intersection! I released my foot from the brakes, then re applied the brakes. I was finally able to stop. I had the recall repair performed on my car January 2010, but the problem still persists. The ABS indicator light still remains on, and when it shuts off the ABS brakes activate causing my car to be out of my control.

- Houlton, ME, USA

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