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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,058 miles

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2008 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 15 of 22)

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problem #160

Aug 292009


  • 30,000 miles


Honda Accord 2008 rear brakes worn prematurely. After 30,000 miles, I was told by Honda mechanic that my front brakes look like new (9 mm. Left), but both rear brakes needed to be replaced (1 mm. Left). Both rear brakes worn evenly. After searching few car forums, I found that I'm not alone having this problem. Brakes were replaced at my expense.

- Shaker Heights, OH, USA

problem #159

Jun 012009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Took my new 2008 Honda Accord coupe ex-L V6 to my local Honda dealership service department in early 2009 to investigate why my brakes consistently squeal extremely loudly at only ~15,000 miles, and they told me they didn't know, couldn't reproduce the problem, and even told me my brake pads were in excellent condition. I took the car back to another dealership a few months later for the same problem and they told me immediately that there was some kind of bulletin recently released by Honda about this problem on 2008-2009 Honda Accord. They told me there wasn't yet any "technical service advisory" but were aware of the problem, and that it wasn't a safety issue. Since then, I have not heard anything more on the issue and have found hundreds of complaints on the internet about the same problem. This issue is extremely annoying, a major nuisance for a brand new car with less than 20,000 miles and brake pads in excellent condition. I would like to know why Honda is not doing anything further to pursue a recall or notify their consumers as to the nature of the problem to prevent people from spending unnecessarily on new brake pads and rotors, which will not fix the problem. Thanks you.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #158

Aug 102008


  • 17,500 miles
We purchased a 2008 Honda Accord exl in 09/2008. Vehicle is used to commute to work and majority of the miles are highway. Vehicle is driven normally. At approx. 17500 miles, we were told the rear brakes need to be replaced because of wear on the brake pads. Front brakes are fine. Talked to other Honda Accord owners who are experiencing the same problem. The rear brakes are defective and of poor quality. Honda dealership is willing to pay 1/2 of the service charge.

- Avondale, PA, USA

problem #157

Sep 012009


  • miles


2008 Honda Accord- rear brakes have been replaced four times, along with the rotors once. I have 70,000 miles (mainly highway mile) and they are having to be replaced almost every 20,000 miles.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #156

Sep 022009


  • 16,500 miles
My 2008 Honda Accord has experienced premature brake wear in the rear brakes. After only a year and 16,500 miles, the rear brakes are shot. The dealership told me this was "normal" and they needed to be replaced, which I did. After doing some research, I find that I'm not alone. I've found hundreds of complaints of rear brake problems and I'd like to add my voice to the chorus. I drive mostly on the highway and these brakes just should not have worn out this fast! it's not just a money issue. Premature brake ware is a safety issue.

- Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #155

Aug 282009


  • 16,676 miles
2008 Honda Accord brakes are worn down to 1.6mm after only 16676 miles. Car is in perfect condition and is well cared for and driven safely. Seems like a design problem with 2008 Honda Accord rear brakes. Many complaints on the internet. Rear brakes should last 4 times longer ??

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #154

Aug 272009


  • 25,000 miles


I own a 2008 Honda Accord. My wife took the car into the dealership because it was making a noise in the rear. She was told the car needed rear brakes. The car only has 25,000 miles on it. When I talked to the dealer, I was told I was lucky to get 25,000 miles as he is replacing brakes at 15,000. I was told by a Honda mechanic that the brake issue is due to the parking brake adjustment being inadvertently tightened by the car suspension. He said Honda is aware of the problem and trying to figure out a fix. I had to pay to have the rear brakes replace, when Honda knows there's a problem.

- Pittstown, NJ, USA

problem #153

Aug 242009


  • 25,773 miles
Premature brake wear on a 2008 Honda Accord LX. 25773 miles on car. I took it into the dealer for squealing sound.. they said it was brake pads worn on rear brakes, and a rear rotor needing replacement. They said it was not covered under warranty, even though admitting other people have complained about premature brake pad wear. I feel this is a safety issue that needs to be addressed. I paid $347 on repairs for something that should have been covered because of Honda's prior knowledge of the problem before they even sold the car to me 8/28/08.

- Hurlock, MD, USA

problem #152

Aug 182009

Accord 4-cyl

  • 16,696 miles
Honda premature rear brake wear. 2008 Honda Accord 2-door 4 cylinder auto trans. Has 16,696 miles and rear brakes wore out. Inner pads were metal on metal according to repair shop (pep boys) they did not want to work on the vehicle as they felt the rear brake calipers were defective. The said the dealer should replace the calipers under warranty. Took to dealer next morning on Aug 19 2009. Got a story about how it is normal for rear brakes to wear out at 16,000 miles. They would not cover a safety issue under warranty. Told rear brakes do not last as long as front brakes. Told inner pads on the rear axle wear out faster than the outer pads due to this reason or that reason. Dealer explained that this is not covered under warranty and then charged me for replacing rear brakes. I expect the current set of brakes to only last another 16,000 miles. Researching other owners online and personal friends this is a pervasive problem. Also car magazine motor trend had the same problem.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #151

Aug 172009


  • 25,000 miles
Defective rear brakes on 2008 Honda Accord I purchased a new 2008 Honda Accord last may and have approximately 24,000 miles on it. After a little over one year of regular highway driving my rear brakes began to squeal and grind incessantly. My Honda dealer admitted that the Accord have been experiencing premature wear on the rear brakes but refused to service this as a covered warranty issue. I called american Honda and they simply read what appeared to be a "canned" response that there were no recalls or service bulletins and that this was a "wear item" that the customer is responsible for. After conducting my own research online I have come across hundreds of similar complaints from other 2008 Honda Accord including many complaints filed with NHTSA. The proper operation of a vehicles brakes is critical to driver and occupant safety, and Honda refuses to admit to or rectify what is clearly a systemic safety issue. I implore the NHTSA to investigate this issue and to recurrent accept responsibility to rectify this issue for the thousands of Honda Accord owners who may be driving unsafe vehicles.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #150

Aug 132009


  • 19,000 miles


Brakes in need of replacement after 19,000 miles. Service manager says he gets 2 or 3 calls/day on this issue and we are lucky the brakes lasted to 19K. Most only last 15-17K. Service manager (and countless others found online) have made Honda aware, but no recall, no notification to consumers, no coverage under basic or extended warranties. If this was peeling paint, no problem. These are brakes that last (according to service manager) a little over a year before replacement with normal driving! 50% wear in 6 months! have never owned any other vehicle with this issue.

- Winnetka, CA, USA

problem #149

Jul 072009


  • 14,897 miles
I brought my 2008 Honda Accord ex-L 4 cyl in for the second routine maintenance on July 7, 2009. I was subsequently informed that my real brakes were shot, that I needed replacement pads and my rotors turned. I was astounded, I only had 14,897 miles on it. My front brakes were worn down to 7 mm out of 8mm! my rear pads were worn down to 1 mm of surface pad! they were basically gone! the red line for rear brake replacement is 3 mm or 4/32 for disc brakes. My brakes never squealed at all! no warning! no nothing?.. the service rep stated that they have been seeing these things as of late without any explanation or what might be causing it and that Honda was aware of the problem. I told her that my understanding is that your front brakes primarily do the stopping of the car and that you should get at least 30-35,000 or more miles out of your rear brakes. ( my 2007 Toyota Camry has 40,000 on the rears and will need to be replaced shortly.) she said the brake replacement would run about $ 230+, but she would talk with the service manager to see if they could offer something off on the repair job, maybe split the cost. She stated that the car was over the 12 month/12,000 basic warranty which would have covered this problem. They gave me a free rental; I went to my office and found this site and all the horror stories. I called the service rep, she said that they would split the cost of the repair. I told her what I found out and that this was not acceptable. I told the rep that I wanted to speak with the service manager and the owner of the dealership. That I don?T think that I should pay for anything, that they knew there was a dangerous flaw with this car when they sold it to me. She also mentioned that a Honda service representative was there that day; I also wanted to speak with her.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #148

Jul 042009


  • 23,000 miles
The Honda 2008 Accord had a problem which is brake pads prematurely worn. There are 388 brake problem reports out of 527 total complaints about Honda 2008 Accord at July 2009. It is related the safety issue and Honda should recall this manufacturer defect of brake.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #147

Apr 092008


  • 30,000 miles
I am concerned about me rear brakes in my 2008 Honda Accord ex V6. I had to replace them after owning the car only 6 months. I never replace the rear brakes on any other car that I have owned; always just the front brakes. I feel that this is a safety issue and that the brakes need to be recalled. The brakes also wore out only on the inside of both sides and not worn at all on the outside. Maybe if they wore evenly they would last longer.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #146

Jul 312009


  • 24,000 miles
My 08 Honda Accord exl needed to be replaced with just under 24K miles. The inside rear pads were almost completely worn while the outside pads hardly had any wear at all. I googled Accord brake problems and found a page on that, to date, has 358 complaints on the brake problems. While I understand that brakes are designed to wear out, they normally don't need to be replaced until there are 40,000+.miles and it isn't normal for one brake pad to be completely worn while the other has little wear. This is obviously a design flaw but, to date, Honda hasn't announced a recall.the car has a system to notify you when you need service. So far I have received several code a's for oil changes but no code B which among other service items, reminds you to check the brake system. As I understand it, this system is based on mileage.since the system hasn't notified me to check the brakes, I would think that's because Honda, rightfully so, expects brake pads to last more than 24K miles. This is a safety problem. I caught it as many other drivers have. But what about the driver that only uses the system to tell him when to get service" are a few going to have to die before Honda announces a recall" I hope not.

- Cave Creek, AZ, USA

problem #145

Aug 072009


  • 25,000 miles
I bought a new 2008 Honda Accord and drive it everyday to work. The trip is about 20 miles of highway and 5 miles of light city driving. After 23K miles we took our car so someone because the rear wheels were screeching. We come to find out that the brake pads were completely worn off. We talked to the vic bailey Honda dealership ing spartanburg, SC and they said it was a known problem and that they'd cover 60% of the cost. I am happy they are paying for part of the cost, but I don't want to have to pay every 25K miles to get brakes replaced when they should last a lot longer. This should be a recall or something.

- Woodruff, SC, USA

problem #144

Aug 052009


  • 13,000 miles
I purchased a 2008 Honda Accord in February 2008. I started experiencing break noises around 10000 miles, I contacted Honda regarding the concerns. Honda assured me that this was because the breaks get wet during rain and washing. Wrong, after I refused to accept this as an answer, at 12,000 mi I demanded a recheck by Honda. I was then informed that a rock was enlodged in the wheel. Liar, at 13,000mi, after another trip to Honda because I was now hearing grinding noises when backing out of the driveway, Honda replaced the back break pads and stated that they were completely gone. Approximately 26,000 miles the same exact noises started again, I drove another 2,000miles and decided to have them checked again at Honda. I was insulted by Honda insinuating that I was a bad driver. I responded that I have been driving since the age of 13 and that was an insult because I am now at the age of 44 yrs old. I then stated that I have alot of highway miles on my vehicle because my daughter is out of town in college and I visit her often, this is why I purchased a Honda because I always heard that they were reliable and dependable and good on gas, not. I have owned Oldsmobile, GMC, Chevy, Cadillac, Mazda, Mitsubishi's and have never experienced this type of bull. Then Honda svc mgr and general mgr insisted that I pay for a break job because Honda was generous to replace them the first time at 13,000 miles and the car was under warranty. Duh, I purchased an extended warranty and I was told that this would cover anything from bumper to bumper. Honda then came back 5 hrs later with a phone call stating that they would try to contact Honda to see if they would cover half the expense. This is not good enough for me because the way it looks, I will be replacing brakes every other oil change. This is a disgrace and Honda needs to be pulled on the red carpet to stand behind this mess up and honor their customers. Maybe if the recession affect them then they will change.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #143

Jul 282009


  • 15,000 miles
Owner of Honda Accord LX 2008. At 15,000 miles I experienced odd back noise (tinny, airy sound). Dealer downplayed until test drive with me. Checked brakes and informed me all 4 back pads were worn to the metal. Replaced under warranty but I've since learned via internet that the rotors are too small so will probably have the same problem within a year.

- Chambersbug, PA, USA

problem #142

Aug 042009


  • miles
My 2008 Honda Accord was purchased in March 2008. I wanted a Honda due to the reports of their reliability and safety. I took my car for an oil change in December of 2008 and was told that my rear brakes were so far gone that I was digging into my rotors. There was no warning at all. No squealing noises, no form of warning at all. I complained alot. Honda ended up splitting it with me 50/50. At that time I had 25,476 miles on the car. I'm sure the brakes were shot well before that point. I took my car into the dealership this morning for another oil change. Again, I was told that I need new rear brakes now. No warning once more. And now I only have 21,000 more miles on the car. How can it be acceptable to manufacture brakes that only last for 20,000 miles? my whole view of Honda is changing rapidly. I called the dealership who referred me to Honda directly. I called Honda and got no where. I was told that because brakes are a "wear and tear" item that there is nothing Honda "can" do. I asked to speak to a manager. The best I got was a rep that took my info and said someone would be calling me in 1-2 business days. Again... not acceptable. Not only are their products going downhill, so is their customer service. I am thankful that my brakes didn't simply fail and cause a very bad situation. But who's to say that my brakes won't fail this time around unless Honda does something to resolve this issue.

- Millville, NJ, USA

problem #141

Jul 282009


  • 23,000 miles
We are a first time Honda car owner. We purchased our Honda Accord LX after extensive research which included consumer reports. At approximately 18K miles, we were informed by the Honda service department that our back brakes were down to 10% remaining on the rear brake pads. At 23K miles, the Honda service department advised that the brakes needed to be replaced. I complained to no avail to the dealership and to Honda America who advised that they stand by the engineering and workmanship of their product and this is a normal wear and tear item. Our driving habits are daytime highway miles and for rear brake pads to worn out at 23K is ridiculous and non-standard for the auto industry. We own a 2000 infinity I30 which required its first brake pad replacement at 110K miles, (actual need, not manufactures recommendation). Honda has a good reputation for producing quality products; I hope they will seize this opportunity to build brand loyalty by doing what is right for the owners of their 2008 model year Honda Accord. If not, I will never buy another Honda manufactured product.

- Allen, TX, USA

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