Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2008 Honda Accord has several serious defects: poor brakes, excessive oil consumption, & uncomfortable seats.

BRAKES: There was a class action lawsuit against Honda in 2010 for premature & excessive brake wear. See our page on Honda's brake problems for more info.

OIL CONSUMPTION: Honda issued a TSB about this in late 2011, claiming it could be fixed through a software update to the VCM (variable cylinder management). There are class action lawsuits pending. See our page about the Accord oil consumption.

UNCOMFORTABLE SEATS: Owners have consistently reported uncomfortable seats with the entire 8th generation (2008-2012) of Honda Accords. Complaints range from back pain to leg circulation problems due to bad lumbar support, cushioning, & seat angle. Complaints aren't limited to only a certain body type -- the seat comfort problems are from a wide spectrum of owner height & weight. The common theme we hear is "we never noticed this during the test drive." Unfortunately for unwary buyers, the seat pain is noticeable after 15-20 minutes.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,806 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 092010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 52,770 miles


Rear brakes on 2008 Honda Accord are getting stuck. I have a manual transmission and am force to leave the car in gear when I shut it off because the park brakes get stuck everytime I use them. When I went to the dealer and I was told that it was because it needed brake and rotors needed to be replaced. I had the repair done and the next day the same thing happened. Which confirmed what I thought originally that it was the emergency brakes.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #8

Jul 132010


  • 15,980 miles
2008 Honda Accord rear brake failure.

- Moon, PA, USA

problem #7

Jan 102010


  • 45,000 miles
Rear brake pads are wearing down prematurely. I have a 2008 Honda Accord ex-L and have gone threw two pad replacements and one set of rotors replaced and am about to replace rotors again. I contacted Honda to inform them that two mechanics have seen the brake pads from the front and the rear. They were amazed at how quickly the rear pads wear down. Honda response that the braking system was new and the braking power now has a 60 - 40 distribution. 60 % on the rear and 40% on the front. Every mechanic that I've spoke to about this stated that if the vehicle was rear wheel drive then they can understand "somewhat" but for a front wheel drive vehicle the front brakes should be taking most of the power to stop. Never the less, Honda stated that they are aware of complaints about the same issue and that they were correcting the issue but my case is not the same. Every online article I read showed the exact same issue I encountered. All I want is my brakes to be corrected before I die or any one of my kids die. Somewhere online I was told that a class-action lawsuit was filed with Honda with regards to the brake wear.

- Barnegat, NJ, USA

problem #6

Feb 072010


  • 20,000 miles


I have a 2008 Accord and the brakes started squeaking at around 1000 miles so took it to the dealership and told me that everything was fine and it needed a break in period. Then around 10K miles noise got so loud that I can hear it with the window up and radio on. Now at 20K miles the dealership told me that I needed new brake pads for both front and the back. On my old Toyota Tacoma I did not needed new pads until around 70K miles. I think there is a problem with the brake design. There are a number of concerns on the web about the premature wear.

- Clinton, MS, USA

problem #5

Feb 102010


  • 15,000 miles
Premature brake wear on Honda Accord 2008 models. These new cars require expensive brake repairs (new rotors and brakes) as frequently as every 15K miles. Rear brakes are failing so soon after purchasing a new car.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 042010


  • 22,000 miles
The rear brakes on my 2008 Honda Accord have worn prematurely. It was necessary to replace the brake pads at 22,000 miles.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #3

Jun 032009


  • 15,000 miles


Premature brake wear on Honda Accord 2008 models. These new cars require expensive brake repairs (new rotors and brakes) as frequently as every 15K miles. Please see all the complaints at: this is dangerous because there are so many other people who may not know that their rear brakes are failing so soon after purchasing a new car. Having owned prior cars, needing to replace brakes every year is unheard of.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 202009


  • 13,500 miles
At around 13K miles, the rear brake needed to be replaced.

- Hacienda Heights, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 082008


  • 15,000 miles
Premature brake wear on the rear brakes at 20,000 miles.

- Davie, FL, USA

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