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 2 of 22)

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problem #420

Aug 312010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles


Honda Accord, 2008, rear brake system defective. Honda has knowledge of issue. Rear breaks on 2008-2009 Accord wear our before 25K miles. Rear breaks replaced at 27K mile and now needed again at 55K miles. Honda is aware of issue with there breaking system and will not recall their vehicles. They are paying for 1 time breaks as part of their class action suit, but will not fix the root cause of the issue. After the brakes are replaced 1 time its up to the car owner to keep paying for and replacing their brakes every 15-25K miles. This needs to be a recall issue and fixed properly, no matter what the cost to Honda. Rear brakes cannot go bad this quickly. Please check forms such as for validity of claims from many Honda Accord owners nationwide.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #419

Aug 012011


  • 28,000 miles
The complaint I had with the vehicle is that the brakes wore out way before what is usually expected of their normal life. At 22,000 I could barely hear an audible high-pitched sound. At 25,000, when I took it in for routine servicing, I was informed that the brake pads were worn down to less than 2/32 and that the rivets on the pads were scoring the rotors and it was needing a complete brake job. I felt this was rapid wear and after reading comments from other Honda owners found there may have been engineering issues with the brake system stemming from an"enhancement" and redesign of the brake system.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #418

Aug 122011


  • 35,000 miles
Premature failure of rear brake pads.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #417

May 012011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 45,080 miles


2008 Honda Accord. After approximately 45,000 miles the rear brake pads were declared worn out by the local Honda dealer, the front brakes however were deemed in "good condition" and needed no maintenance, we have discovered this rear brake problem, known to the Honda, is a known defect in materials, discovered through a class action law suit that has been settled out of court. The reason for the premature rear brake failure however is still unknown to Honda owners. Despite the known defect Honda has failed to recall these vehicles and has not notified the owners though its "Honda owner link website" or any other official Honda notifications. Honda states it relies on the company that brought the law suit to notify Honda customers. This would represent an attempt to shift responsibility to a third company for Honda's known defect in its rear brakes. It is still unknown whether it is a material or system problem with the electronic brake distribution system. Many owners are unaware of this safety defect in their vehicles braking system. Honda dealers are also reluctant to discuss this problem. These vehicles need to be recalled for brake pad replacement and or ebd adjustments to prevent premature rear brake failures. Honda also needs to take immediate action to notify the owners of affected vehicles.

- Senoia, GA, USA

problem #416

Feb 102008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
I purchased a new 2008 Honda Accord from what is now known as bel air Honda. I had less than 50,000 miles when I had two sets of rear brake pads replaced. The 2nd set was replaced with a 3rd. At approx. 37,000 miles and the replacement was at my expense. The first two times I was reimbursed for the install, but the 3rd time the dealer and Honda said sorry this ones on you. I feel this expenditure should not have been mine to pay. In less than 50,000 miles I had two power steering pumps replaced. The 4th time the steering box also was damaged and it to replaced. This last time I was told this again was my expense so again their problem became mine. This time the dealer, bel air Honda said lucky I bought the extended warranty or the cost to me would have been approximately $1,600. My worry is that I could have a steering or brake failure while on the interstate causing an injury to me or someone else. I have voiced my concerns to both american Honda and bel air Honda. They blame one another regarding the mechanical failures to my car. The dealer said Honda sent them defective parts and Honda said its a install problem. I have sent and spoke to many representatives of Honda Motors and there response to me amounted to them suggesting things will be getting better and hang in there. So I have a car that I feel unsafe driving that no one seems to be concerned with. Their philosophy seems to be, get it repaired and maybe you'll have better luck next time. My Honda is true and its been a total sad experience for me. Their the goliath and I'm david with no recourse to the total disregard to my on problem. Honda probably has a good track record, but if you are having a serious problem with their car like I have, you get no satisfactory help from the automobile giant. There is a lot more to this sorry situation, but I am or will go over the limit I am allowed in this complaint memo. Your help in getting my story told will be appreciated. Updated IVOQ 09/07/11.

- Baldwin, MD, USA

problem #415

Jul 012011

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2008 Honda Accord. Consumer states problems with rear brakes the consumer stated the rear brakes had to be replaced five times and the front brakes have never been replaced. The dealer informed the consumer they installed the pads with more metal and they should last longer.

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #414

Jul 012011


  • miles


Brakes 2nd issue with the same problem there was a recall in 2009 but Honda never admitted that they were @ fault there is no way I can afford to go through this again 'im informing you of this time because I don't want to have an accident or incident Honda should cover the repair costs and repair correctly I entered more info about this on beef. please help 2008 Honda Accord 20K first occurrence now 40K 2nd occurrence along with four new tires needed @ 30K this is unheard of this is my third vehicle and 2nd Honda purchase brakes, brakes, tires.

- Chicago Ridge, IL, USA

problem #413

Jun 292011


  • 25,406 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that when driving at speeds above 50 mph, the steering wheel would shake excessively. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were notified of the failure. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who informed the contact that the front rotors would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 25,406.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #412

Jun 102011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Premature brake pad wear on my 2008 Honda Accord -- the rear pads need replacement at 25,000 miles.

- Webster, TX, USA

problem #411

Feb 182011


  • 32,000 miles
Owning 2008 Honda Accord rear brakes needed to be replace under class action suit dealer replacement would be $450 and reimbursement $150. This doesn`T sound like good customer relations.. I could buy pads for $38 and replace them myself as I have done for years as a fleet mechanic.if store bought pads prematurely wear out they have limited lifetime warranty for replacement. The only thing...stopping....U and your family from serious injuries would be good brakes..Honda needs to come up with better idea for future car buyers also rear shock had broken dealer did replace with no problem.

- Tomsriver, NJ, USA

problem #410

Mar 112009


  • 18,822 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the rear brakes had to be replaced four times within two years. The second time the brakes were replaced, the contact was advised by the dealer that the previous brake pads were inferior. The contact then spoke with the manufacturer and was told that the cable to the emergency brake would need to be released slightly, but there was no way to make the correction. The contact also stated that the door latches were also replaced several times. The failure mileage was 18,822 and the current mileage was 48,569.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #409

May 142008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 16,068 miles
Took car in for oil change and found out rear brake pads and rotors needed replacement at 16,000 miles!

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #408

Jun 012009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
Rear brake pads have prematurely worn out at 22000 miles and again at 46000. Dealer admitted to knowing about the design flaw. I was charged $350 by the dealer to do the repairs.

- San Dimas, CA, USA

problem #407

Apr 012010


  • 19,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact noticed that there was premature brake wear in the rear of the vehicle. The rotors and brake pads were replaced at 19,600 and less than a year later, the rear brakes need to be replaced again. The dealer was contacted but provided no further assistance. The manufacturer informed the contact about a class action settlement that would enable him to receive a refund and the contact mailed in the necessary forms and was awaiting a response. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 19,600.

- Weathersfield, CT, USA

problem #406

Jul 012009


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that she had to replace the brakes and the rotors twice in less than a year. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who told her that the the brakes and the rotors had to replaced again. Manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired a third time. The failure and current mileage was 59,000.

- Alexander City , AL, USA

problem #405

Feb 222011


  • 19,300 miles
Rear brakes failed at 19,300 original miles. New brake pads needed to installed due to premature brake wear. Updated 03/10/11

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #404

Aug 302010


  • 34,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact engaged the brakes but there was no response. He then attempted to reengage the brakes and the vehicle began to decelerate. The failure would occur sporadically over a period of eight months. The vehicle was taken to the dealer yet they were unable to duplicate the failure. The dealer then reviewed the vehicle computer system and was able to locate the failure but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 34,600 and the current mileage was 39,000. The VIN was not available.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #403

Dec 222010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
After noticing a squealing sound coming from my rear tires, I went to my mechanic to have it checked out and was told I needed new rear brakes. My 2008 Honda Accord only had 37,000 miles on it and I had to replace the rear brakes pads for a total of $140 out of my pocket!

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #402

Mar 012010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While parked, the contact noticed an excessive amount of brake dust located on the rear wheels. The contact also stated while braking at any speed that it felt as though the rear brakes were pulling on the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told the brakes exhibited normal wear and tear. The rear brake pads were replaced. Approximately one year later, the failure occurred again. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed and was not repaired. The failure mileage was 28,000 and the current mileage is 50,000. Updated 03/24/11 updated 05/02/11

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #401

Apr 152009


  • 18,000 miles
The brakes on my car wore out around 18,000 miles and needed replacing. My car now has about 50,000 miles and the brakes need replacing again. My previous car did not need a brake change until 110,000 miles.

- Rockville, MD, USA

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