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 19 of 22)

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problem #80

May 072009


  • 16,877 miles


2008 Honda Accord had excessive rear brake wear at 16,877 miles. Rear brakes had to be replaced and rotors turned. Honda technician had no explanation for problem or whether Honda was working on solution to problem. I was concerned about safety of using this vehicle.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #79

May 142009


  • 17,391 miles
2008 Honda Accord with 17000 miles. When braking, the car shakes violently, even more dangerous when roads are wet. Took car to dealership for repair, they said the brake shoes were great, but the rotors needed to be resurfaced. My issue is that rotors should not need to be resurfaced after only 17000 miles. The 2008 Honda Accord has some type of problem regarding it's braking system, and you need to find out what it is before people are hurt due to this issue.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #78

May 182009


  • 24,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord, that is not even a year old. I bought the car July of 08 and I immediately noticed squeaky brakes. I was told that the brakes were just wearing in. It continued to squeak every once in a while when I would brake. A couple days ago I heard this awful screeching noise coming from my rear passenger tire. I called Honda service and explained this to them and the lady told me to bring it in it was probably just a little rock stuck up in there, no big deal right! not!!! now they tell me you have to replace the rear brake pads, which would cost just under $200 for them to do. Instead I just bought the Honda brand brake pad from the dealer for $65 and had my boyfriend install them. This is just a major inconvenience. There is no way that any rear brake pads should be going out on a brand new car that has only just over 20,000 miles on it. Every one that I talk to says wow that way unusual and not right at all! nothing can be done. Warranty doesn't cover this issue and there is no recall on the braking system. I am extremely disappointed with this!! it's just not fair.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #77

May 192009


  • 15,795 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the rear brakes became worn at 15,795 miles. He felt that this was a safety issue because the front brakes should be wearing out before the rear brakes. The manufacturer stated that the failure was normal. The current and failure mileages were 15,795.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #76

May 192009


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the rear brakes on his vehicle became worn at 20,000 miles. He felt that this was a safety issue because the front brakes should be wearing out before the rear brakes. The current and failure mileages were 20,000.

- Towaco, NJ, USA

problem #75

May 052009


  • 27,000 miles
Vehicle rear brakes suffer for premature wears. Every 15,000 miles (or less in some cases) brakes make a annoying noise. When bring the car to service, they said rear brakes are damage and need to be replaced. This have been happened twice in one year. Initially, service center personnel said this is due to normal use, but now they have a lot of complaints on this matter, and they are saying manufacturer is evaluating the situation.

- Canovanas, PR, USA

problem #74

Apr 252009

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact heard a loud squeaking noise in the rear of the vehicle whenever the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the rear brake pads were failing. The brakes were repaired at the cost of $200. The contact called the manufacturer and a report was filed. The failure mileage was 15,000 and current mileage was 16,200. Updated 6/18/09 updated 06/22/09

- Banning, CA, USA

problem #73

Apr 102009


  • 19,000 miles
Premature back brake wear on new Honda Accord. Had to replace brakes and rotors at 19,000 miles.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #72

Apr 092009


  • 17,566 miles
2008 Honda Accord premature rear brake wear-out at 17,000 miles. Called Honda of America and was told brake noise was a normal feature. Told rep that if she wished me to remain civil she needed to stop the garbage. She opened a case number and told me to take to dealer. Took to dealer who replaced rear pads and resurfaced rotors as "goodwill repair" - good for them! but this ridiculously fast - and widespread (do a google search on 2008 Accord brake problems) - brake wear is a safety hazard that Honda should address through a recall.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #71

Mar 202009


  • 23,500 miles
Bought my 2008 Accord in October 2007. Shortly after buying I noticed the brakes squeaked upon stopping especially in rain and cold. I never had it looked at, because to be honest the brakes worked and I didn't want the headache of taking the car in to be looked at. Then at roughly 23,500 miles I started hearing a high pitched noise and upon braking it would feel like sand was grinding in my brakes. It came and went for a few days, so I had the car looked at and was told I needed new rear brakes. Goodyear didn't even have the brakes available so to make it less expensive I picked the brakes from Honda and Goodyear put them on. It's been about two months and even with the brakes working I still have a squeak when stopping, especially in the cold. It's sooo !@#$% annoying. This is a new car, a nice car, and I shouldn't have this problem. It's to the point where I regret buying the car. This is my third Accord in a row, and my last two were definitely better cars, even if I bought them used. Never have I had brake issues like this.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #70

Apr 282009


  • 26,000 miles


My 2008 Accord's rear inner brakes wore prematurely and inconsistently with the rear outer brakes. Inspections of the outer brakes by the dealer service technician led them to assume that the inner brakes were sound, when they were not. While driving at a high rate of speed the car began making a horrible screeching sound and caused me to weave through traffic to get to the side of the road. The dealers service center informed me that this was a common problems for 2008 Honda Accord's between 16K and 30K miles and that Honda, although being made aware of this issue on multiple occasions, was doing nothing to fix this. We replaced the brake pads, but were informed that the dealer does not normally check the inner brakes when performing routine inspections at oil changes. They allowed to keep the brake pads for our records.

- Lehi, UT, USA

problem #69

Sep 012008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
My 2008 Honda Accord (ex, V6 model) needed new rear brakes at 15,000 miles! rear brakes were replaced at the cost of $250.

- Los Altos, CA, USA

problem #68

May 042009


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving 45 mph, the contact noticed that the rear brakes were faulty at 17,000 miles. The dealer replaced the rear brakes for free, but the contact is concerned about the brakes failing so soon while a child is in the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 17,000. Updated 05/19/09 updated 05/20/09.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #67

Apr 142009


  • 24,800 miles
Premature rear brake failure at only 25,000 miles. Sticking rear calipers causing excessive wear on brakes and decreased fuel mileage. Engine cooling fan causes headlights to dim at night every 30-40 seconds causing a major safety and visibility concern. Dealer refused to fix either problem under warranty.

- Firestone, CO, USA

problem #66

May 052009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 16,720 miles
Our Honda Accord V6 developed a loud "squeaking" noise in the rear brakes @ 16,720 miles. Took car to dealer & were informed that the rear brake pad(s) were bad & this was not covered under warranty??!! after being on line, discovering the many complaints on this issue I confronted our dealer w this info. They (said) they called Honda district rep & were told to "split" the cost of repair 50/50. Better than nothing but it's quite obvious this is a flaw & should be corrected under warranty at no cost. Help us!

- Kennett Square , PA, USA

problem #65

May 012009


  • 16,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord, my rear brakes go out every 15000 mi. I have found out that almost 200 other owners have had the same issue that I know off. Honda says its normal, however their is a problem with the rear brakes, but Honda will not address it.

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #64

Apr 112009


  • 25,000 miles
Rear brakes squealing on Honda Accord 2008 after tire rotation.

- Pascagoula, MS, USA

problem #63

Apr 242009


  • 16,000 miles
The brakes on my car started squealing at 16,000 miles. Honda said the rear brake pads were worn down completely. In checking the web it appears to be a common problem with the rear brakes. This is a potential safety issue since nobody expects their rear brake pads to be worn down in 15 to 20K miles.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #62

Nov 152008


  • 17,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord lxp currently has 17000 miles. I am having 3 issues: 0 miles to current miles: Headlights power surge or "flicker" when A/C is engaged every 30 seconds-45 second. This is very distracting while driving at night. Honda technician stated that this is normal because car is engineered to "save power" by doing this so no excessive strain is put on alternator. 9750 miles: Air conditioning system had to be evacuated of freon and recharged due to contamination of coolant. Air conditioning still functions very poorly and intermittently blows warm air/cold air as it did before. Honda states air conditioning system functions per specs. 12500 miles- rear brake pads required replacement due to premature wear. Car is carefully driven and maintained and I've never had to replace brakes this early on a vehicle. Dealer cost $154.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #61

Apr 132009


  • 20,000 miles
My 2008 Honda Accord needs rear brakes replaced. I was told at 18000 miles that I will need brakes next oil change. Now at 25000 miles noise is unbelievable. Never before on any new car that owned did I need rear brakes replaced at such low mileage of mostly highway miles. Reading through all the complaints about brakes I am shocked that there is no recall at this time. I hope that NHTSA is working for the people and not auto companies.

- Ridgefield Park, NJ, USA

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