2005 Scion xA Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 Scion xA

2005 Scion xA Problems

Check Engine Light Due to Defective VVT-i Controller

An illuminated Check Engine Light could be caused by a defective VVT-i controller, which changes cam timing for optimal power.  Updated parts are available and the repair may be covered under the powertrain warranty.

Water Leak Due to Plugged AC Drain

The AC evaporator drain hose may become dislodged and cause a water leak on the passenger floor.

Cable Adjustment Needed if AC Doesn't Blow Cold Enough

Air conditioning that doesn't blow cold enough could indicate the need for adjusting the cable for the temperature blend door.

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2005 Scion xA Recalls

Southeast Toyota Recalls 2005–2011 Vehicles Due to Incorrect Tire Labels

Southeast Toyota is recalling 2005–2011 models for failing to comply with federal safety standards on tire selection and rims. Affected models were sold without the proper load-carrying capacity modification labels, which may cause the driver to overload the vehicle, increasing the chance of a crash. Dealers will mail the correct labels to the customer or install the label free of charge.

Certain Cruise Controls May Not Deactivate Properly

Certain Scion vehicles sold from Gulf States Toyota and Southeast Toyota with Rostra cruise control may have a problem where the cruise control does not release the throttle the first time the on/off switch is pressed. If the throttle is not released when needed, a crash could occur. The vehicle manufacturers will notify owners and replace the cruise control free of charge. Rostra will notify purchasers of the aftermarket cruise controls and replace the units free of charge. The recall began February 13, 2007.

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2005 Scion xA Reviews

I bought the car new and have had it for over 6 years. It has 117,000 miles on it, and I've never had a problem. I use snow tires in the winter and commute 50 miles a day easily. In fact, the car's short wheelbase makes for a pretty stable ride in the snow. Love it!!
We have had this car since new and now have over 100,000 miles and the only problem is the water pump on the engine. we got 60k on the first one, 40k on the second one. Mobil 1 oil always! Runs like new and everything stills works fine.
Was driving yesterday and the car stopped in the middle of the highway and would not start. The ABS light was on at one point the check engine light went on then off again, the check oil light went on then off again. I had to call 911 to get help. The police came and tried to crank it but to no avail. It was then towed to the dealership and they said nothing is wrong with it. They did a diagnos...

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