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

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.

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2008 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 17 of 22)

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problem #120

Jul 082009


  • 19,000 miles


Today when I had the car serviced by Honda dealer, was advised that the rear brakes needed replacement at 19,000 miles. The majority of my driving, at least 80% is highway with very little stop and go. I have been driving for 40+ years and I never had this problem. My last car, a Toyota Camry, di not replace rear brakes until 90,000 miles. Honda claims this is normal wear.

- Stony Point, NY, USA

problem #119

Jul 042009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
Rear brakes on a 2008 Honda Accord V6 prematurely wore out at 26,000 miles.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #118

Jun 252009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 20,500 miles
Premature rear brake replacement, 2008 Honda Accord V6, at 20,000 mile the rear brakes needed replacement.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #117

Jun 302009


  • 12,000 miles


Premature wearing of rear brakes on 2008 Honda Accord. I already had to replace them once at 12,000 miles and just took it in again for service and they are telling me that I will have to replace them again soon.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #116

Jun 202009


  • 25,000 miles
My rear brakes on my 2008 Honda Accord are shot after 25,000 miles. I had to get the brake pads replaced and rotors fixed at a cost of $276. This seems very premature for a new car. I have never experienced this in any new car that I have owned. This needs to be fixed by Honda but they just say it is "not covered by warranty". please help!!!

- Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #115

Jun 242009


  • 21,500 miles
2008 Honda Accord ex. Rear brakes worn at 21,000 miles. Logic prevents me from believing this is reasonable or customary. All miles are open road highway miles. Owner does not know brakes are worn until there is a metal grinding that time brake pads need to be cut lessening life of rotors. Dealership and company refuses to acknowledge unusual/premature wear and remedy issue.

- Lake Ridge, VA, USA

problem #114

Jun 152008


  • 21,550 miles


On June 15, 2009, I detected the rear brake indicators sounding, I immediately took the Honda Accord to the dealership I purchased the car and was told the brakes needed to be replaced. The vehicle has 21559 mile and just at a year old. The service manager told me that this is common with 2008 Honda Accord and that it is not covered under the warranty. I have seen online that this is a common complaint with Honda Accord. The price to replace the rear brakes was 300 dollars.

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #113

Jun 232009


  • 11,000 miles
Extensive and very fast rear brake wear on Honda Accord 2008.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #112

Jun 142009


  • 29,000 miles
I purchased a 2008 Honda Accord in February 2008 and so far I have gone through 2 sets of rear brake pads in 28,000 miles. All the while my brakes continue to make noise (squeak and grind). I have had the car at the dealership 4 times over the last year trying to remedy this problem with no cure. The dealer insists that this kind of brake wear is "normal" for this car and the rear brakes need to be replaced every 15,000 miles. I find this incredible. I'm afraid that my brakes may fail without warning. This is clearly a design flaw by Honda. Rear brakes on cars should last for quite a while and not be replaced sooner than the front brake pads on a front wheel drive vehicle.

- Winchester, CA, USA

problem #111

Jun 102009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2008 Honda Accord 4-door LX-P sedan (automatic transmission), which was purchased in January of 2008. Beginning in December of 2008, I detected an intermittent noise which can best be described as the sound of air moving through a straw when applying the brakes, which was sustained through subsequent acceleration until repeated application and release of the brakes caused the noise to cease. It was audible inside and outside of the car, and could not be isolated to one particular area of the car (rear or front), though it appeared to originate in the wheels area. This was reported to the dealer during visits for oil changes and tire rotations, as well as a separate visit specifically to assess this ongoing occurrence. I was repeatedly assured that they had not heard the noise, but had checked the brakes and tires and all was fine, there were no suspected or visible concerns. One day prior to my most recent service appointment of June 11, 2009, the noise changed (though was still very intermittent) and began to sound and feel like a grinding, metal-to-metal noise, as well as a vibration felt in the brake pedal. When inspected during the service appointment, I was told that they had discovered that the rear brake pads were completely worn and damage had been done to the rotors as a result. The rear brake pads on the newer Honda Accord (automatic transmissions) wear extremely quickly, at approximately 18-20,000 miles. They also wear unevenly, such that the inner pads wear much more quickly than the outer. The rear pads also wear much more quickly than the front. This problem is potentially dangerous and very costly.

- Orange, VA, USA

problem #110

Jun 022009


  • 30,275 miles


Audi brake warning at 30000 miles, brought vehicle following day to dealer service dept. Service dept found it necessary to resurface to rotors and replaced pads. Considering front brakes have 15000 miles left on them this should not have happened to the rear brakes. I consider this a manufacturer design flaw and should be recalled. Warranty refused to pay for this procedure. What will happen in another 30000 miles and how many times can the rotors be resurfaced:

- Somers, CT, USA

problem #109

Jun 202009


  • 16,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord - went in for regular maintenance at 16,000 miles. Rear brake pads at 2mm and was told they needed to be replaced. This is a front wheel drive car, the brakes were not making any noise or indication they were worn out. Being charged by Honda dealership $300 to replace. This seems to be a defect on the braking system by Honda, why would rear brakes wear out so fast compared to front?

- Westport, CT, USA

problem #108

Jun 152009


  • 15,000 miles
Premature brake wear on 2008 Honda Accord. Rear brakes were worn to the indicators after only 15,000 mostly highway miles. There are hundreds of similar complaints for the 2008 and 2009 Honda Accord.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #107

Jun 172009


  • 20,010 miles
2008 Honda Accord LX-P purchased in August, 2008 now requires complete brake pad replacement after only 20,026 miles on the rear brakes. Strange that rear brakes would require replacement on a front-wheel drive car after so few miles. After researching online, thousands of people are seeing the same exact issue. Some only after 6,000 miles.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #106

May 082008


  • 20,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord rear brakes: I am writing you about the thousands of online complaints on the new Honda Accord rear brakes. I was told my brakes were wore through on my new Honda Accord at 20K miles (I'm lucky most have failed sooner). I'm very concerned about the amount of complaints and the national press on the rear brake problem (consumer reports wrote and article about the issue in May 09) will your office please look into this before someone is killed or hurt.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #105

Jun 072009


  • 17,701 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving 40 mph, the contact heard a grinding noise as if the brake pads were striking the rotors. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and they stated that they were receiving numerous complaints about the noise for her type of vehicle. They suggested that the braking mechanism could be the cause of the failure or either the rear brakes were faulty. The vehicle only has 17,000 miles and the brakes were supposed to last for 12,000 miles. In addition, the calipers were locking and not releasing. The dealer stated that they would not repair the brakes because the vehicle was not under warranty. Furthermore, the rear brakes were previously repaired on the vehicle. The additional repair was made at the contact's expense. The failure mileage was 17,701 and current mileage was 17,834.

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #104

Jan 172009


  • 16,000 miles
Premature rear brake wear on a 2008 Honda Accord ex-L. I had to change the rear brake pads at around 16, 000 miles.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #103

Jun 162009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 17,043 miles
2008 Accord V6 3.5 rear brakes are dangerously thin and require replacement at 17000 highway miles.

- Old Bridge, NJ, USA

problem #102

Jun 152009


  • 14,252 miles
2008 Honda Accord has chronic rear brake issues. I have approximately 31,000 miles on a 2008 Accord and my rear brakes have needed replacement twice. I have not had to replace the front brakes. Honda says that this is normal wear and tear, but I disagree. There are numerous complaints online about the same issue. I think that Honda should issue a recall for this part of the car. It is a safety issue. Most people are not looking to replace brake pads at 15,000 miles and this can easily lead to major safety issues.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #101

May 172009


  • 20,000 miles
Premature brake wear and reduced brake efficiency.

- Forest Hills, NY, USA

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