2008 Scion xB electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2008 Scion xB (Page 2 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,343 miles

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2008 Scion xB electrical problems

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2008 Scion xB Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Jan 132011


  • miles


Sensor harness corrosion.

- Pick And Save - Hales Corners, WI, USA

problem #6

Oct 102010

xB 4-cyl

  • 34,245 miles
I my 2008 Toyota Scion Xb into shop for its 30K checkup. Had to bring the car back to marina del rey dealership for failing to put bolt back onto bottom of car. At the time told the dealer of problem with radio, intermittant power problem (radio would cut out), static, speaker problems. Was told that the car was driven around and had no problem. 2 months later fire started in the electrical harness area and burned the car to the ground.

- Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 142010


  • 87,000 miles
I own 2008 Scion Xb which currently has 87000 miles on it. 4 weeks ago today I was pulling out of my driveway and from 1st gear to second gear the car jerked hard and all vsa, ABS, check engine lights came on, and car wouldn't shift out of gear and steering began to act funny. I had vehicle towed to mechanic in fear of driving it ant further. Mechanic ran diagnostic on car and code read transmission sensor no good. They replaced and problem is still occurring, lights on as well. Mechanic had 3 other mechanics come and evaluate and as well inquired with local Toyota dealership who suggested only that it may be wiring harness below battery which is a recurring problem, also that they would gladly look at the car for 90 per hour! mechanics looked at harness and all looked to be in good working shape. The car is still parked and not repaired 4 weeks later.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #4

Jan 172009


  • 6,000 miles


After purchasing my car I had to bring in to be serviced due to static speakers. The back speakers were replaced but that was not the last problem I would have with them. A few months later my ipod jack went up in smoke and melted my ipod. The service center had to special order the ipod jack and cable which took 30 days to arrive. After replacing said parts I tried them out. They did not function properly and I was told that was the best they could do. A few more months later when I went to turn up the volume on the radio it sent I shock through my finger and out the speaker that my legs as well as my boyfriends were next to. After the shock every speakers started emitting static and I had no choice but to turned the whole radio off. I brought the car in and was sent out the door with no resolution B/C the service center could not duplicate the problem. 2 months went by and the shocking and static happened again. I brought the car in while the issue was present and they tried to sent me home until I begged an associate to please sit in the car and experience what my family and I had. The minute he touched the radio he was shocked and the speakers turned to static. Due to this safety hazard I was given a rental and my car is currently at the service center awaiting repair. However, they do not know where to start and informed my that I should be entitled to a replacement or refund which is the step I am working on now.

- Chester, SC, USA

problem #3

Aug 032008


  • 8,417 miles
Car parked and dashboard electrical unit caught on fire, the car was engulfed in flames within 3 minutes. Fire department has a real concern with this make/model they responded within 3 minutes and the car was gone. If my son was in the car while it was on fire he would not have had a chance to get out. That is how fast the car fire spread. The vehicle had all original factory components (radio, speakers, etc.) there is a serious problem in the electrical part of the vehicle. Since this was an isolated incident Toyota does not want to do a "forensics analysis" on the vehicle because it "costs too much money" and they do not want to invest their resources into a single isolated freak incident. I was told by Toyota's total loss dept representative "that it was just not worth it to them to investigate".

- Goodlettsville, TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 012007


  • miles
Scion Xb 2008. Great so far 9000mi. No defects. This is a design flaw. Lights do not shut off when key is turned off. Very low warning beep to remind. I can't remember last vehicle I owned that did not shut with key.

- Monroe Twp, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 252008


  • 5,500 miles
We had a 2008 Scion X B we took it to stevens auto mall on farmington ave bristol ct on to separate occasions complaining of a burning smell I was told that it was a new car smell and it would go away with mileage. It had 39 miles when we bought on 1-27-2008 and on 5-25-2008 it caught fire and only had 5500 miles on it. When I went back to the dealer to get copies of the work orders, the first thing they said when they saw me was what was wrong with Scion and I told them it was up in smoke and totaled by my insurance company.

- Bristol, CT, USA

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