2008 Scion xB Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Scion xB

2008 Scion xB Problems

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.

When backing up and applying the brakes, you may hear a squeaking noise. Scion engineers addressed this problem by modifying the shape of the brake pad and the anti-squeal shims; they also applied more grease during assembly.

Vehicles fitted with remote start may encounter a dead battery after sitting for a few days. This can be due to a parasitic draw caused by the remote start computer. Our technicians remind us proper diagnostic procedures should be followed before replacing the remote start module with an updated part.

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2008 Scion xB Questions

This is an intermittent problem with my 2008 Scion XB. The problem is I can star the car, it starts and then engine dies like its losing power. Then it starts sometimes right up sometimes you have to crank it again. It starts and runs fine then stop at light or intersection and car dies. Put it i...

the battery and it still doesn't start. Any ideas what it might be???

Vsr light stays on also the check engine light is on what would cause this

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2008 Scion xB Recalls

Toyota and General Motors are recalling certain models because the power window master switch assembly in some of these vehicles was built using a less precise process for lubricating the internal components of the switch assembly. Irregularities in this lubrication process may cause the power window master switch assemblies to malfunction and overheat. This could result in the switch melting or possibly catching fire. Dealers will inspect and repair or replace the master window switch as necessary.

These vehicle were sold without the required load carrying captivity modification label. Dealers will mail the corrected label to vehicle owners. Owners have the option of requesting that the dealer install the label. This recall is expected to begin on May 27, 2010.

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.

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2008 Scion xB Reviews

Best car on the market for the money. Roomy, plenty of power. Has Camry engine, could use Camry transmission for better mileage.

Worst car I have ever owned. Needed new tires after 20k miles. Automatic door locks broke at 35k, brakes gone at 45k, and A/C gone at 47k. Regardless of the crap parts they put into these cars their gas mileage is pretty poor for a 4 cylinder engine, the suspension feels like a Flintstone mobile and road noise is terrible.

Bought XB new in o8' best buying experience ever. Makes me feel like a young guy again. Very competent getting on the freeways, making the curves, is a blast. Added a TRD high performance muffler and cold air intake manifold, after market from Toyota. Still gives great gas mileage and better performance. Only wish it had is a regular clock in the dashboard.

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