The slab-sided xB offers an unusually spacious interior for such a small vehicle. The rear seat is as roomy as those in some large sedans, and access to the interior is as easy a minivan’s. The xB also handles nimbly and is one of the few small cars of its era with standard electronic stability control. Unencumbered outward visibility and small dimensions make it a good city car.
Alerts
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2008.
Road Test

The slab-sided xB offers an unusually spacious interior for such a small vehicle. The rear seat is as roomy as those in some large sedans, and access to the interior is as easy a minivan’s. The xB also handles nimbly and is one of the few small cars of its era with standard electronic stability control. Unencumbered outward visibility and small dimensions make it a good city car. However, acceleration is meager, even with the manual transmission. A stiff, choppy ride and excessive noise make the xB tiring on long drives.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 (103 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Scion xB owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The rear hatch latch cover broke away from the hatch door years ago. I glued it back on, but it clearly was a weakness. No other paint or body issues with this AWESOME 12-year old car"

Kent H., CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Various small panels seem to have broken loose and I will need to have them repaired"

Anonymous, RI (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Half the bumper had come off. My husband reattached it using zip ties."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"there are small decorative grill sections that have both fallen off"

Lindsay R., CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Our model Scion xB is mostly plastic with fasteners prone to failure. We've had to wire it together"

Charles N., NY (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose trim that scrapes against right front tire and makes loud noise at highway speeds"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front fender under the bumper began to separate fromm the care because the attatchement had broken at the screws. The strip of molding under the passenger side doors had brokenthe attatchment point near the rear tire"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exterior lift gate handle keeps loosening"

Sean M., NJ (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a rubber gasket along one side of the roof-line of the that is kept coming loose. I would push it back into place when I saw it sticking up but one day I noticed it was gone. I'm not sure if it came off while driving at freeway speeds or in a"

Paul L., MN (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Plastic snap pins are used to secure various parts. These are failing and require replacement."

Anonymous, NV (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I love the look of the lower trim along the bottom of my Scion but it is so low I cant take it through an automatic car wash without it getting hung up."

Anonymous, (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front lower body mouldings have become detached from the frame in 2 locations. This is serious as it could fall off at some point. There was no good way to secure them to the frame besides drilling holes in them and wire tying back to a frame part."

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Pain peeling off rear bumper"

Thomas H., AK (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat over the paint on the hood and roof began to blister a year or so ago. I live in the desert and the car was outside for its first five years, so I'm not surprised. I had the roof and hood painted two weeks ago, and the car looks like new"

Kent H., CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint over the plastic portion of the front valence/bumper is pealing badly. The metal hood has some chips from rocks that have gotten worse more quickly than I would expect"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started getting a lot of chipping on the front edge of the hood. I ordered an aftermarket shield which has kept the problem from getting worse."

Anonymous, AR (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading in odd small areas"

D H., NV (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chipping and cracking on hood"

T W., NC (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the hood and roof are chipping like mad. I've never had a car with so many chips, not even when I lived near two sand pits"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the dark plastic trim is all fading"

Vince P., MI (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint has been odd since it was new. It was initially soft, as if the clear coat had never dried. The clear coat is now pealing off and the exposed paint is chalking. Pity."

Anonymous, NV (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on vehicle front particularly vulnerable to road rocks and stones. Major chipped areas exposing bare metal."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the hood is dull and checking."

Doug H., NV (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Floorboard rusted completely through after 7 years caused by failed door seals. Door seals were replaced 3 time under warranty and once outside of warranty. Rust in front fenders and doors, also rust hole completely through roof requiring steel pat"

Michael M., ID (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There are tiny rust dots all over the body of the car. Two independent mechanics told me it is because the metal was improperly treated at manufacture. The dealer said "what rust dots? It's just dirty.""

Anonymous, TX (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust starting to appear under the rubber stripping on roof near the windshield, trapped water"

Anonymous, (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust has begun to form on the body around the frame of the front window. It began about 3 years ago. It has not been resolved yet."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"passenger door hinge bent and door difficult to close"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

"The front is short, the car is somewhat low & the windshield is upright and it "attracts" rocks. On my third windshield. This is not a glass defect, but actually a consequence of the design"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"The electric locks were secured. I could not get the key which is how I usually unlock my door from outside, to unlock the door nor the elec. opener without locking and unlocking several times. Then, once inside, I could not get the other doors to unlock either by using the inside door handle (front- no child locks), nor by pulling up or down and up on the manual lock sticking up in the door. Freaked me out!"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not unlock to allow entry/operation. Occurred when using key in lock to unlock driver's door. In past, when this has occurred, using the keyless entry has worked (select lock, then unlock). However, twice since 5-2017 this did not work. I was able to access the car by entering on the passenger side and climbing over to driver's seat. Elec. lock switch was also unsuccessful initially at opening drivers door lock. Manually pulling up on the lock stem on the inside did not work either."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear hatch latch and adjacent tag lights has broken off. The tag lights and button to open rear hatch are inoperable."

Anonymous, NC (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Same problem as previously described - the rear gate handle broke. Toyota eventually replaced it without charge."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"door lock on driver side has shown a tendency to not operate with electronics, and to stick during cold and/or wet weather. This is a severe safety issue, and it has a large price tag for repair of the "tired" motor that I have been told is the prob"

Donna V., CA (2006 Scion xB)

"Latch for back hatch broke under normal use for the third time"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"latch on hatch door is very stiff and difficult to squeeze open. Toyota replaced once but new latch has same problem"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Typical rear hatch latch finally broke. Too late to use Scion "recall""

Justin K., TX (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"when weather gets over 80 degrees the driver's door lock does not lock with the remote. it must be locked manually."

Anonymous, FL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Cheap latch, easily broken"

Thomas H., AK (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Manual latch became corroded. Back hatch wouldn't open and needed t be replaced"

Anonymous, RI (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The handle on the rear gate broke spontaneously a few years ago. I looked online and there were several customers with a similar complaint. Eventually, Toyota fixed all these broken handles for free, but it took a couple of years."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exterior handle to open hatch came partially off, making it difficult to open."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Trunk handle is loose making it difficult to open the trunk at times."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Latch handle fell off. Cannot open rear hatch"

S R., KS (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tailgate leaked water, also plastic handle broke several times, solenoid switch in handle also failed twice making it impossible to open the hatch"

Michael M., ID (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Handle broke off from rear hatch preventing you from opening it"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The tailgate latch is really and electric release the unlock the gate but the handle is not strong enough to lift from. I broke the lift handle when trying to open the hatch when the ice sealed the hatch shut"

Paul L., MN (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back hatch open handle broke. Fix under call back. NO prpblems"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The latch on the hatchback rusted and stopped functioning making it impossible to open. It began about 4 months ago and was repaired fairly soon after."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"button to open rear hatch is too stiff and broke off door when opening. Repaired once but has happened a second time"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The tailgate hatch failed (broke) at around 80k miles. This problem was a known issue with complaints and discussions all over the internet. It was the subject of a recall several years ago."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"The front window habitually develops a crack. This is a defect with the Scion xb. Something about how the front window is shaped makes it vulnerable to cracking. It had to be repaired 2-3 times while we owned this car."

Anonymous, MD (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back window leaks"

T W., NC (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Ever since this car was new water has come in when I go threw a car wash or it rains hard. (scion never found where it comes in so they wouldn't fix it)"

Brenda B., MN (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seal above the passenger side windscreen has failed. Water leaks done the inside of the windscreen and into the glove compartment. I sealed it with silicon and it seems ok"

Robert G., MA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Kept getting water in the passenger side rear floorboards. Lots of water. I'm still not sure it's fixed. Nobody seems to be able to properly diagnose the problem"

Jeffrey H., TN (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Actually, the alternator, water pump, and serpentine belt all had to be replaced in December 2016. Since that time, the engine makes screeching noises when cranked. I have had the serpentine belt tightened 12 times since it was replaced. Prior to December 2016, I never experience any issues with this vehicle"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"dealer can't fix it"

Mark S., OR (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Areas in the dash occasionally rattle"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in dashboard speaker covers"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"routine wear and tear"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it is a noisy car"

Lindsay R., CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rattles in the under dash area"

D H., NV (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake dust shield was repositioned."

Anonymous, MN (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"embarrasing loud squeals from drive belts for air conditioning when starting up or moving away from a stop. They could be mitigated by turning off the A/C system until up to speed."

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a rattle in the dashboard heating duct from the beginning. The dealer quote fixed unquote. The problem three times – he said. But it's still there."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust heat shield came loose. I managed to jerry-rig a solution that holds it in place."

Charles G., NY (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"When driving this vehicle It is extremely loud it hurts! I used a decibel monitor and it was 105 decibels at 75 mph. OUCH!"

Brenda B., MN (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Related to the leak, the seal above the passenger side windscreen whistles, needs more silicon"

Robert G., MA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car has always had a lot of 'tire' and 'wind' noise. There is no leak, either air or water into the cabin. It's just a bit loud."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"the catalytic converter is vulnerable to road debris. a truck mud flap lying on the road sucked up and struck the converter, breaking its internal structure and requiring replacement. only Toyota makes them >$1,400 expense"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"completely replace exhaust system. front catalytic converter and rear muffler assy. transfer of exygen sensors"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust pipe "rotted out": "Replace front pipe with muffler and two oxygen sensors""

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust leak was in front"

Mary L., NY (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was not the problem, actually turned out to be a leak from the manifold area"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transition between manifold and exhaust has become so rusted it cannot be repaired without replacing the manifold"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Scion xB)

"Gaskets at exhaust connection to engine failed. Expensive special order parts"

Charles G., NY (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Manifold rusted at the point where the front pipe was connected to the manifold and thus did not have a tight seal at the first gasket."

Robert W., NH (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Repair shop thought exhaust pipe had a leak and they replaced the pipe but it did not solve the problem. It seems to actually be a leak in the manifold but I have not yet repaired it"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had the leaks fixed 3 times in 6 years"

Elizabeth B., MI (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Heat shield became loose and rattles. Dealership will not repair without replacing exhaust"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Scion xB)
Muffler

"Had a hole in my muffler. Got a new one. Not a dealer one, but one from a automotive repair shop"

Allan H., PA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rust"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"12 inch length of exhaust pipe rusted out - new piece was welded in"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a hole in one of my main exhaust pipes. Had a sleeve welded on it and the problem was solved. Given that the pipe was a thoUSnd dollars"

Allan H., PA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer wanted $ 3,ooo to fix an exhust leak, I took it to an independent repair shop that repaired it for $ 300.00. The Volvo was a gift , It has been driven very little since it was given 2 days ago"

Francis P., PA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Joint to pipe connecting catalytic converter to muffler rusted out, had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Still not fixed after four attempts to find a leak. Not he car's fault; it's the lack of repair expertise available"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Internal refrigerant leak"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced when purchased in August of 2016"

Sheila M., PA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor died and had to be replaced"

Alan C., OH (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At 210,000 miles the AC quit cooling. No real complains."

John N., TX (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The AC was replaced in 2013 and failed again in late 2014"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearing went out on A/C compressor"

Dean W., NC (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"a/c had leak and mechanics could not find leak"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"a/c "amplifier" began running the a/c continuously; replacement is Toyota only at >$500"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"The fan/blower has been replaced 5 times. All but once covered by the dealership warranty"

David P., CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Nicked by a road trash"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Condenser and evaporator replaced in conjunction with compressor"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"eVAPORATOR IS TOO EXPENSIVE TO REPLACE, SO i WON'T FIX IT."

Anonymous, IN (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Hose from compressor malfunctioned, Freon leaked out"

Sheila M., PA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fixed be dealer one time and still leaking"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Developed a slow refrigerant leak. Chose not to find and repair leak. Refill refrigerant approximately every 12 months."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The check engine light came on and indicated a problem with the fuel system. Ran some injector cleaner through it and the light eventually went off. Oddly the traction control light went off and on with the check engine light."

Anonymous, AR (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Charcoal canister purge valve failed, setting Check Engine light, and eventually causing it to be difficult to fuel the vehicle (fuel tank was not venting properly, so gas pump would click off every half gallon). Car otherwise ran fine. After diagnosing, I replaced the canister myself with an aftermarket part in about 30 minutes."

Scott S., KY (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"charcoal canister vacuum leak known problem with model dealer and Scion would not help with problem"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For the second time within 5 years, the gas vapor control devices failed. This is not necessary in the states where I have lived!"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The evaporative canister lost pressure and was replaced. Within the month, it failed again and was replaced. Within the month it failed again and was replaced with a filter and a newly developed boot to isolate it from the weather. This was after 8 years with the original replacement that was installed at year three of the car’s age."

Charles M., OR (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light came on. Diagnosis: Replace catalytic converter and tail pipe with aftermarket equipment"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"was told that we should change to a top-tier gas"

Joe G., TX (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"When car was smog-tested the operator told me the O2 sensor was bad. Car passed emissions test though. Went to Scion dealer at the next routine maintenance and had it replaced. Noticed car ran better"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor gets moisture in it and shows a failure. After weather warms up, can reset and sensor is okay again"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine check light came on so took it to the dealer. Diagnostic code P0505. Had to replace the idle air control valve and purge hose and was told to limit driving until the parts were ordered and installed on the car."

Anonymous, AL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace both upstream and downstream sensors in order to clear engine fault light. Vehicle still ran and drove fine."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 #2 had to be replaced. Gas cap causes unrelated lights to come on if not tight"

David M., KY (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor failed"

Dean W., NC (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The warning light came on and a couple months later I had them and the catalectic (just for pre-maintenance insurance) replaced."

J S., WA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"bolt broke that holds the caliper on. $7 fix, but unsafe to drive."

Matthew B., FL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"The problem was discovered during a regular oil change. I could have driven a little longer with the brakes but I decided to make the repair sooner than later."

Anonymous, MD (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"just routine maintenace"

Lawrence C., NY (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My original brakes lasted 117,000 miles--pretty good I'd say. They just wore out."

Jeff Z., (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Usual fading when applied."

Anonymous, NH (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I have been plagued by brake wear, squealing and rusted rotors about every 30 months. Appears to be salt corrosion related in Cleveland, OH"

A T., OH (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had the brakes and rotors redone twice in the last 3 years, but put on only about 30.000 miles since then. They still squeal and pull. Service personnel can't find the problem"

Donna V., CA (2006 Scion xB)

"wears out fast"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to winter road salt.the calipers would not release and caused brake pad wear on one side only and will score the rotor"

A T., OH (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Appear t o wear prematurely ever since new. 10-12K"

Anonymous, NH (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal wear and tear. They couldn't be turned anymore and they were a bit warped. Not bad though considering they had 200,000 miles on them."

Matthew B., FL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Brakes squeak periodically, when backing up and then braking there is a clunking sound."

Anonymous, (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"rear axle beam bushings are starting to crack"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"I didn't notice the problem, but two mechanics in different shops both told me it was leaking, and that I should keep an eye on it. I didn't wait. I had it fixed right away. My car is 12 years old, so I'm not sure I can complain about it."

Pamela W., CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump wore out, had to be replaced"

Dean W., GA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"they wore out"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When I first complained about the excessive tire noise, the tire company replaced the shocks and struts to try to cure the problem. (It didn't because the problem was a bent rear axle.)"

Anonymous, (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"It started in 2016 with excessive tire noise. It turned out the rear axle is bent, even though I've never been in an accident in this vehicle. It would cost $2300 to fix it. I am not going to fix it, because just buying new tires is cheaper."

Anonymous, (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Right rear wheel bearing needed replaced. Made a grinding noise when cold. Extremely worn, wheel about to fall off"

Anonymous, AR (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"right real wheel bearings disintegrated, necessitating an approx $600 repair that was not covered by warranty"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise from the rear sounded somewhat like a small motorcycle running in the back seat. Dealer diagnosed the problem and replaced the wheel bearing."

Anonymous, FL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Had over 100K on the vehicle and finally needed to replace the clutch"

Mark C., TX (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine began smoking and it turned out to be the clutch. I was towed to the nearest Toyota dealership and the clutch was completely replaced over a five day period for a cost of $2500+"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch was slipping and I had it replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Repair shop advised us that XB's have weak clutches"

Michael S., MO (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Original clutch needed to be replaced. Only complaint about it is the amount of labor cost with parts made it cost about $1000. Other than that, great life from OEM clutch"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"If parked outside in hot weather display will go blank and unit will stop working until interior of car cools down. Then you can recyle on and off and it restarts"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"When cold will jump freq's..for example will go from 102.3 to 102.5....has to be reset back to the station you want to receive"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio tuning skips to all static a lot when I drive over a slightly bumpy road"

Vince P., MI (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There's apparently a short in the radio. It changes stations, turns itself off and loses presets suddenly while driving."

Anonymous, (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"2 License plate light bulbs burned out"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Headlight switch broke and would not shut off the lights. $190 repair at independent shop"

Patrick M., CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"The overhead bulb is flimsy and wouldn't stay in the socket and the cover wouldn't stay on, so I gave up trying to make it work within the first year. I carry a flashlight"

Anonymous, (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Exceptionally intermittent. 1st time was probably 5 or 6 yrs ago. I would try to exit the vehicle and the driver's door wouldn't open. This required egress through the passenger door from the driver's side. Truly a pain. This usually occurred when I'd have an issue with the door locks. The key fob button to unlock wouldn't unlock the door if the push/pull tab in the door had been manually locked. And sometimes if the door had been manually locked, attempting to unlock it from inside manually wouldn't work. Sometimes I can 'fool it' by using the key fob INSIDE of the car, but this only works about 1/2 the time. It hasn't happened (crossed fingers) in over a year. It is very intermittent- no consistency about time of year, wet or dry, etc. The only common factor seems to be when using the key fob in combination with a manually locked door. Then it doesn't work. The absolute best preventative I've found is to solely use the key fob and never manually lock the door(s). However, when the door is locked manually, usually accidentally, it doesn't always respond to be unlocked by pulling up on the lock tab inside the car. Additionally, one would assume (and hope) that on the driver's side actuating the door opener handle inside the car would override the lock- but this is exactly what fails to happen. It is in this instance that one has to exit the vehicle from the passenger door. As mentioned above, sometimes it can be 'fooled' by using the fob to lock and then unlock the doors. But not always. I try to stay away from open bodies of water- and hope that I never have an accident where I have to exit the vehicle rapidly."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Replaced radiator"

Charles G., NY (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"was noisy and started to leak, i figured after 125000 miles that is not that bad, first issue with the engine"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I attribute the water pump and belt replacements as fair wear and tear items. This little car has been the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

CV joint

"The CV joints develop problems as the car gets older. We've had to have our replaced two or three times during our 10-year ownership of this car."

Anonymous, MD (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CV Joint Boot was leaking grease and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"The air conditioning "amplifier" operated the A/C continuously until replaced - a $500 repair."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"I did not know the engine mounts were broken until I took it in for normal service. Being broken did not affect my driving."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Doesn't up-shift when cold"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"REPLACED THE MOTOR DUE TO NO CYLINDER PRESSURE IN 2 CYLINDERS"

Dean M., CA (2006 Scion xB None 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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