2008 Scion xD brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes

NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,666 miles

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2008 Scion xD brakes problems

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2008 Scion xD Owner Comments

problem #15

Sep 112016


  • 85,000 miles


This is the fourth incident, and the fourth time I have brought it to the dealer who cannot find or duplicate the issue. I hit the brakes, and instead of slowing or stopping the car, the car accelerates. One time, it damaged a tire, this time it happened while merging on a highway and nearly caused a dangerous collision. This last incident, I was traveling around 30 mph. The two times before, I had been attempting to come to a stop from 25-30 mph, and the first time I had been traveling between 30-35 mph when I attempted to break to avoid another vehicle switching lanes. Toyota didn't even bother to find out what was wrong.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #14

Jan 262015


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Scion Xd. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, the ABS warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Rego Park, NY, USA

problem #13

Jan 012015


  • 105,000 miles
ABS and brake lights intermittently come and stay on. Manual transmission Xd. ABS/brake lights come on both at highway and city speeds, stay on for hours, then go off, then come back on for a few days, then go back off. Sometimes the ABS/brake lights come on when I start the car, then eventually go off, sometimes they come on while driving and go off the next day or so. Temperatures are cool and wet (40 degree F) over the past few weeks. ABS does not engage while driving, but does not engage properly while ABS/brake lights are on and during braking. When ABS/brake lights are off, all braking is normal. Brakes and assemblies are not worn out, brake fluid level is spot on.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #12

Aug 272009


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Scion Xd. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 09V338000 (service brakes, hydraulic). However, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 172009

xD 4-cyl

  • 35,254 miles
My ABS and brake lights came on while I was driving on a residential road. Went to the nearest Toyota dealership, where they told me that my ABS sensor was no longer working in the left tire. They replaced the sensor. 6 months had passed and the light came on again for a few days then went off. This scenario played out for the next several years, more so in colder months. The reason it was not repaired was because the cost was too high to fix. Starting in October 2013 the ABS and brake lights came on and have not come off since then. I recently brought the car to a mechanic (August 26, 2014) where they took a look at the issue. It was discovered that both my front tire ABS systems were not working and the cost to replace both systems was $1,100.

- Riverside, RI, USA

problem #10

Apr 162014

xD 4-cyl

  • 38,800 miles
As I was driving, my ABS, brake light, vsc lights all came on. They flash constantly. I had the vehicle checked and was told I needed to replace my ABS sensors both the left and right side. Now again the lights came back on and I'm told that the wire harness has to be replace to fix the problem.

- Forest Park, IL, USA

problem #9

Jan 252014

xD 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles


After car was sitting outside after snowstorm, car was started and as I pulled out of the parking spot, several lights (brake, tsc, ABS) appeared on dashboard. Once I began driving on the slippery road surface, the anti-lock brakes no longer functioned as they had previously, leading to increased sliding. This seems like a severe safety issue. The lights went out after driving for several miles, but re-appeared sporadically over the rest of the winter.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #8

Nov 232011


  • 45,000 miles
I, like many others located in cold climates, seem to have had the same problem. While attempting to stop an odd grinding, something-engaging, motorized sound come from the brakes followed by very soft, extended braking and the 'ABS' and 'brake lights' coming on. During the cold months, the lights simply never go off and this issue happens sporadically. Now that it is warmer, the lights are on and off all the time and the sounds and grinding happen a dozen times over the course of a 15 mile drive. I've learned to expect it and as soon as I hear the engaging noise while in motion; I know the braking may become difficult. The issue so far has disappeared every early-summer only to return, as expected, every late-fall. It first began several years and continues to occur. From what I have read, this appears to be an issue regarding faulty rear-hub sensors and/or wiring harnesses, and they are not isolated incidents. Toyota/Scion is surely aware of this problem. The problem is I don't have upwards of $1200 to fix this issue, and I don't believe it falls upon me to do this, either. It's a clear manufacturing/part defect and it really would be great if Toyota/Scion stepped up and were proactive becuase this issue will get someone seriously hurt or killed, if it hasn't already.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #7

Feb 272014

xD 4-cyl

  • miles
Whenever I use the brakes in my car, they lock up. There's been many times when I'm approaching a stop sign/light and I get extremely close to hitting a car because my car is acting up, its been doing this for about a month and a half. My ABS and brakes light were also on. I took my car into Toyota as soon as the lights started popping up, and they said it was that the wiring in my car was setting off random lights, nothing was wrong with my brakes; it wasn't under their warranty, so they wanted to charge me $1,000+ to fix it. I declined. A month after my visit, every time I use my brakes, it makes a weird clicking noise, people say it's my anti locks kicking. No clue why something so serious isn't under recall.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #6

Feb 142014

xD 4-cyl

  • 44,227 miles
ABS and brake lights come on in car, along with code C0210. Diagnosis indicates that brakes are functional, but ABS is not functional. Have already had hubs with sensors replaced once and, when the problem recurred, had the harness for the right rear speed sensor replaced. Based upon internet searches and searches of the complaints database, this appears to be a common problem with this model and year of the Scion Xd. Since ABS functionality is compromised, this represents a safety concern.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 202014


  • 93,000 miles


The ABS warning light and brake warning light came on while driving my 2008 Scion Xd, the ABS stopped working. Emergency brake and brakes seem to be working normally. My local Toyota/Scion dealer diagnosed the problem as two faulty rear wheel sensors, including one that was replaced two years ago (Jan. 2011) for the same reason. All failures occurred during below freezing/ heavy snow conditions - exactly the conditions under which one would need ABS. Proposed repair includes replacing the wire harness/sensor, but no measures to protect the new parts from freezing or corrosive road debris. Repair estimate is approximately $1,200. Many other Scion Xd owners have experienced this identical problem. Some Scion owners cannot afford this repair and will continue to operate their vehicles with inactive ABS systems, as I have been advised by several people that I could do to save money. It appears that Toyota is not addressing this problem with a repair bulletin or replacement parts for parts that were not designed to withstand the very weather conditions in which they are needed most, or issuing a recall to help cover the cost to remedy this potentially dangerous defect when the parts fail. Very disappointing for what has otherwise been an excellent value and reliable vehicle.

- East Aurora, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 102011


  • 36,000 miles
I don't know what went wrong but I was on the way back from work and for some reason as I began to try and break my car maneuvered in a strange way I hit a pothole and the car swerved into the wall. Now the model is having all sorts of recalls and issues. I have received three letters regarding safety hazards in my car.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 102013


  • 84,500 miles
The ABS warning light and brake warning light came on while driving indicating a problem with the braking system. Our local Toyota/Scion dealer diagnosed the problem as faulty rear wheel sensors and corroded wiring. Proposed repair includes replacing both rear hubs and replacing the wire harness that is connected to the faulty hubs. Repair costs approximate $1,500. Many other 2008 Scion Xd owners have experienced this identical problem. Some Scion owners cannot afford this repair and will continue to operate their vehicles with inactive ABS systems. Toyota refuses to issue a recall to remedy this serious and dangerous defect.

- Rye Brook, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 072013


  • 80,000 miles
Anti-lock braking system engaged while traveling at low speed and applying the brakes causing the vehicle to continue through an intersection. ABS and brake warning light came on after driving the vehicle for several more miles. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who said both rear wheel speed sensors have corroded and need to be replaced along with the wires. Since both rear wheel sensors failed at the same time, this does not appear to be a random part issue but seems to be a design issue. Toyota is aware of this issue and has issue a service bulletin regarding this same failure on the yaris model.

- Williams Bay, WI, USA

problem #1

May 202012

xD 4-cyl

  • 29,211 miles
Was stopping behind a line of cars on an exit ramp, mashed brake pedal and brake did not stop car completely, hit truck in front of me rolled back and hit it again rolled back again and finally had to pull emergency brake to get car to stop completely.

- Williston, SC, USA

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