• Apr 8, 2008
Click above for more pics of the Scion xB post-fire damage

An auto dealer service center is a lot like a doctor's office for your car. When something is wrong or your ride needs a check-up, a technician can set things right. Of course sometimes doctors make mistakes like taking off your left foot when they're supposed to amputate the right one, and things don't always go as planned in the hands of a trained tech. One Scion xB owner took his modified baby to the dealer for a Technical Service Bulletin, and it ended up engulfed in flames. The fire completely destroyed the little xB, but the good news is that the dealer has taken full responsibility for the problem and is giving the owner a new ride for his troubles.

We had auto shop in high school, but we can't seem to remember any reason a car should blow up when being worked on. We don't know what Scion xB TSB was being done, but if trying to fix it could blow up your car, that's probably not good. Check out the gruesome pics in the gallery below


[Source: Scion Life via Motive Mag]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That should buff right out...he'll be fine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, I'm willing to bet the aftermarket accessories were to blame as well.

      Kids and thier BOOMBADY BOOMBADY stereos.
      • 6 Years Ago
      you guys should try looking up the TSB

      the TSB refers to an "A Pillar creak" found on earlier produced xb2s. Toyota's answer to this is doing some spot welding where the A pillars meet the front end of the vehicle which requires removal of the bumper/front fenders. Obviously the insulation under the dash got a little too hot from the welding and combusted
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a bad day at the office for sure. So the wife says, so how did it go today? Hubby says, not bad, did a few oil changes, valve adjustments, and burned one xb to the ground. Boss said not to hurry in tomorrow - he needs time to arrange my termination papers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like the fire was primarily contained in the passenger compartment based on the amount of soot and fire suppressant covering the inside - or - once it started burning, everyone grabbed marshmallows and started roasting them. Makes me even more curious why the xB's entire front clip and front fenders are removed. Scavenging for parts already?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Haha, these pictures should be posted everywhere to serve as a warning for tuners everywhere. Adding something mechanical like CID on is one thing, but people love to muck with the electrical components on these things. I would bet you it was an electrical fire.

      I test drove one of these for my company (WheelsTV.net) and I felt a little silly driving around in it. Especially when the only people that came up to the car in the day that I had it was an elderly couple asking about it.
      Bob in NM
      • 6 Years Ago
      This happened to me once. A primary wiring harness shorted to the chassis because of skimpy insulation, and the harness started smoking and spontaneously combusted.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if it was a "I want my gas guzzlers terrorist group" that burn small cars. jk

      the car looks better know than it did before
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, It is a fire in a car... So It HAS TO be Ford's cruise control switch problem right?
      • 6 Years Ago
      ? whats the what for randy?
      • 6 Years Ago
      YES,Toyota is real smart !!! This is how they are selling so many cars !!! When the customer brings them in for recall work ,Toyota burns them ..thus selling them a new one ..now if this catches on you will have to be carefull when you bring your Porsche in for its next service...
      Monty Python 1975
      • 6 Years Ago
      Weeks ago I got a letter fom Pontiac saying that my GTP with the supercharged engine could catch fire but, so far, they haven't offered to fix it.
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