About Scion xB
Scion xB is a subcompact and compact car manufactured by Toyota but sold under Scion - the marque of Toyota from 2003 to 2015. The first Scion xB was introduced in 2003 as a rebadged Japanese-market subcompact Toyota bB. Though it had only been produced for two generations, it was awarded by Car and Driver magazine as one of the top ten safe vehicles under $25,000 and IIHS's Top Safety Pick as well as Cars.com's Top 10 Best Base Model.
The first generation Scion xB (2003-2006) was released in 2003 as a 5-door hatchback. It was available in trim levels such as: xB RS 1.0(2004), xB RS 2.0(2005), xB RS 3.0(2006), xB RS 4.0(2006). Scion Xb then was only available with a 1.5 L 103-108 hp inline 4-cylinder engine mated to both a 4-speed automatic and a 5-speed manual transmission. Then at the 2006 New York Auto Show, the second generation Scion xB (2007-2015) was unveiled as a 5-door hatchback but at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show as a production xB. It offered xB RS 5.0(2008), xB RS 6.0(2009), xB RS 7.0(2010), xB RS 8.0(2011), xB RS 9.0(2012), xB 10 Series (2010), and xB RS 10.0(2014). Main power came from 2.4 L 158 hp inline 4-cylinder engine attached to a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Scion xB Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Even as a compact car, Scion xB did not need to haul or load weighty items like some full-size cars, some problems would still come for it. After driven for a certain time, Scion xB owners help list these common problems on it:
First, excessive oil consumption. This problem troubles xB drivers a lot especially in such a world that oil is at surging price. As a matter of fact, other than poor fuel economy, difficult to start the vehicle also bothers a lot. And the illuminated Check Engine Light, reduction in power and acceleration as well as roughly idle and misfiring would happen from time to time. Once sensed any similar signs, you can try check if your Scion xB oil filter, air filter, drive belt or spark plug goes wrong.
Second, suspension and cooling system failed. Generally speaking, Scion xB's suspension failure would show signs as vehicle bottoming out, bouncing or tilting to one side, uneven tire wear especially in the front of the xB are very common. Coil springs and coil spring insulator are auto parts you should take care. While in cooling system, the radiator hose, water pump and thermostat are easily worn out. At the same while, brake disc and brake pad set in Scion xB often failed as well.
In order to drive your Scion xB as long as possible, you need to take care of every auto part in it as good as possible. Seat belt may look unimpressive to you, however, plays an important role in protecting occupants from impact harm. And headlight, wiper blade, wiper arm, headlight bulb and fog light bulb action similarly in providing open driving vision for driver. You routine maintenance can never lack of them.
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