really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,444 miles

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2006 Scion xB body / paint problems

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2006 Scion xB Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 112015


  • miles


The rubber piece that covers the switch for the rear hatch has melted for the third time. I had it replaced under warranty the first time and then again when the whole garnish fell off and was replaced under a "warranty enhancement". in other words a recall because it had happened to so many Scion Xb owners. I am very disappointed that they continue to replace a defective part with a defective part! now I am supposed to fork out $90 for another part that is going to eventually do the same thing. This is clearly a widespread problem. All you have to do is a search for "melted swich covers on Scion Xb" on your computer and it brings up many sites. There are blogs and even a facebook page dedicated to the faulty handles! when there are companies who are making a profit producing enhanced replacement parts for your car because Toyota won't something is wrong. I will be buying my replacement parts from them. Very disappointed in Toyota.

- Wailuku, HI, USA

problem #8

Aug 222015


  • 32,000 miles
Wife was driving home hit a parked car driving at 25mph. No air bag was deployed, suffered brusing to chest and stomach

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #7

May 312013


  • 120,000 miles
The handle to my back trunk door is made of some sort of plastic and living in the South has possibly caused it to start melting. It has slowly melted, dripping tar like material onto my rear bumper of my Scion Xb. Every time I open my trunk, the black tar material will end up on my hands and I am unsure of how safe this product is to my health.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 152012

xB 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


The vehicles rear hatch handle has a design flaw which makes the part fail. The rear hatch handle is fastened to the trunk/hatch with plastic clips. When the release button for the hatch is pressed, it only unlocks the hatch door. It does not spring upward like other vehicles. In the manual it shows to hold the release button and lift with the hatch handle. Because there are no springs to help lift it applies lots of pressure to the clips which weaken them. Eventually, they just snap. They are also known for snapping when the hatch is locked, in cold weather, and there are even reports of the release button melting. Another problem develops when the hatch handle is completely removed after failing. There are holes for the clips which are left open if this piece is not attached. These holes can allow exhaust and other emissions into the vehicle. Lastly, there is a possibility of becoming trapped in the vehicle. If there were an accident that left the side doors inoperable and the person(s) in the vehicle were able to exit safely through the hatch, they are unable to do so. This vehicle is not equipped with any type of manual release (which is not required by law). However, rescuers cannot open the hatch from the outside either. This is because when this defective part breaks off, it leaves the dangling release button. Consumers are capping the wires so it doesn't rip off while driving. There is now no way to exit the vehicle.

- Dripping Springs, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 092012

xB 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
2006 Toyota Scion Xb rear hatch release. It broke without any faulty use. The Toyota replacement is not substantial enough to repair the problem. The broken part interferes with the plate lights, the electric hatch release and allows exhaust fumes to enter vehicle through normally covered holes. I just want to list my complaint along with the other several thousand having the same problem. Thank you.

- Garner, NC, USA

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problem #4

Feb 172012


  • miles
The rear hatch handle on my 06 Scion Xb has broken off on the right side and now just hangs there. I can hardly ever get into my trunk because of this. I am worried that it will come off completely as I am driving down the road and become a dangerous hazard for another driver. Also the rear latch button rubber cover becomes so hot that it begins to melt. When you push the button it will leave black reidue on your hands. This prevents the button from working and unlatching the back hatch. Not sure if it is melting due to electrical problems or the sun. Worried could get to hot and catch fire sometime.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 182009

xB 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


Problem #1: front windshield cracked. I replaced the windshield and it cracked again on the replacement. A small pebble hit the windshield while driving on the freeway that caused it to crack. Problem #2: rear hatch handle broke when it was used. I opened the rear hatch handle and the plastic piece broke off in the process almost injuring my hand. I contacted Scion about the situation they that they were aware of. They required me to receive an assessment from the dealer. I drove to my nearest dealer and they did not require an assessment because they said the problem was already known. I contacted Scion again and they get back to me for a solution. The solution was for me to replace the rear handle with a high price amount. The rear handle expensive should have been taken care of on Scion's end, especially when a near injury could have take place. I received case number for my records.

- Cudahy, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 202011

xB 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I have a 2006 Scion Xb. The back latch (made of fiberglass) has completely broken off on one side. It is impossible to use and is impossible to get into the car using the rear entrance. It is expensive to repair. This is a safety hazard in that if some one was in the car in an accident or if this was the only access to get into the car to help victims access is not available. I have seen 4 cars of this model just in my area that have the same problem. If you have to wait until there is an actual accident this is a inferior system!

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Jun 102008


  • 24,000 miles
Rear right lip of the bumper fell off while driving.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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