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.

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 (Page 22 of 22)

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problem #20

Feb 042008


  • 14,800 miles


'08 Accord ex-L 2 door. Inside rear brake pads shot after 15,000 miles. Outer rear pads look like new, so do front pads. Dealer says this is normal. This problem shows up all over the web by typing "08 Accord brakes" dealer won't fix under warranty. I don't use the parking brake. This is not right. What do you say?

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #19

Dec 172008


  • 21,456 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The vehicle was purchased less than six months ago and the contact already has to install new brake pads. The brake pads are not holding and are wearing out faster than they should. The dealer advised him to purchase new brake pads because they were worn. The failure mileage was 21,456.

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

problem #18

Dec 302008


  • miles
Rear brakes gone at 25K and my car is only 1 yr old. None the less the repairs are not covered under warranty and according to local dealer ship Honda decided to make the brake pads thinner. Big mistake. This is my first Honda and I am very disappointed. I will never purchase another one and apparently Honda is not big on quality anymore.

- Winnsboro, SC, USA

problem #17

Jan 302009

Accord 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles


2008 Honda Accord ex 4cyl. W/ 23K has extreme brake wear in rear. Inside pad is good, outside is down to metal.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #16

Oct 122008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. Two weeks after the vehicle was purchased, the contact heard a screeching sound when she applied the brakes at 15 mph. The dealer stated that the noise was normal due to the material used for the brakes and that the sound would eventually go away. The brakes and pads on the vehicle were completely worn out at 8,000 miles; however, no brake failure has occurred. The screeching noises coming from the rear of the vehicle never ceased. The contact can currently hear the noise even when the brake pedal is not being depressed. The dealer stated that the rear brake lining on the rear passenger side was down two millimeters, which meant that new rear brakes were needed. The contact also believes that the brakes were stuck on the calipers, causing the brake pads to wear more quickly then they should. This would mean that the failure was due to a manufacturer defect. The contact believes that the vehicle should not be experiencing brake issues at such a low mileage. She spoke with the manufacturer and they refused to acknowledge any failure or provide assistance with the repairs. The failure mileage was 8,000 and current mileage was 20,000. Updated 3/13/09 updated 03/17/09.

- Cantonment, FL, USA

problem #15

Jan 312009


  • 18,317 miles
2008 Honda Accord / premature wearing of rear brakes / vehicle has 19000 miles on it and the dealer tells me that the rear brakes need replaced / this is totally unacceptable due to the fact that the front brakes are fine / Honda definitely has a design flaw here and they should be made to rectify the problem / there are many other complaints on the internet in regards to this issue.

- Laveen, AZ, USA

problem #14

Jan 302009


  • 33,140 miles


I have a 2008 Honda Accord with 33,140 miles on it, predominantly highway miles. The brakes started grinding. After an inspection, I'm told that all my brake pads and rotor are completely worn and all need to be replaced. This unacceptable. Brake pads and rotor should not wear out after 33,000 miles. While Honda admits there is a problem, they will do nothing about it.

- Blackstone, MA, USA

problem #13

Jan 312009


  • 13,800 miles
I own a 2008 Honda Accord with a little over 13,000 miles on it. The rear brakes are completely worn down and need to be replaced. I've done some research on the internet and have found that this is a huge issue with this particular car. Honda needs to recall this, because it is an obvious defect in design that my local dealer refuses to fix under warranty. I have yet to call Honda, but from what everybody else has said, Honda will do nothing to fix the problem.

- Camas, WA, USA

problem #12

Jan 282009


  • 15,000 miles
Rear brake pads are complety out after 15K miles. Thonda does not want to cover it on the warranty. Front pads are in perfect condition.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 192009


  • 19,000 miles
My 2008 Honda Accord that isn't even 6 months old needs two new rear break pads and a new rotor. Honda wants $470 to fix it and none of it is covered through my warranty or my extended warranty. Am I going to have to replace my brakes every 6 months?

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #10

Jan 292009


  • 21,500 miles


2008 rear brake pads gone at 21,500 miles, mostly highway driving. I called the dealer where I bought the car from and was told that 1. it's not covered under warranty and 2. Honda put smaller pads. I owned 6 new cars never had this problem, very disappointing with Honda and if they don't fix this problem I'll never buy Honda again.

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 012008

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Honda Accord ex-L V6 bought August 2008, brakes started squealing after 6,000 miles. Car currently has roughly 11,000 miles on it. Have had into dealership more than three times to rectify the brake squealing. Honda claims there is nothing they can do. Find others on the internet with the same problem. Come to find out it is premature brake wear on the rear brake pads. Honda corporate says that they and I are at an impasse and they won't do anything. In a nutshell, I'll be replacing brake pads every 12,000 miles just to maintain a safe vehicle! no deaths yet, but I won't let my 8 month old baby in the car anymore for fear that if my brakes do fail, I don't want her to be injured.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #8

Nov 102008


  • 27,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord brake failure premature barke wear.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 262009


  • miles
2008 Honda Accord LX, premature rear brake pad wear. The first time I had them replaced my car had 14,000 miles, just bought it 5 month ago. Second time was only 3 months later. Dealer states, "normal " the problem is that it's the same brake pad and only one side wears out. It is hard to believe that a new car needs brake pad replacements every three months. The front brakes are still good.

- Long Beach , CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 202008


  • 25,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord ex. There was noise present in the rear brake area. The mechanic stated that the brakes were worn and needed to be replaced at the owners expense. The brakes are not covered under the warranty. The contact is aware of the safety risk. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 26000.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 242009


  • 12,000 miles
Defective rear brake pads. 2008 Honda Accord coupe exl with 12K miles. The car was bought in May 2008 and only has little over 12K miles on it and the rear brake pads already needs changing. I called the dealer where I bought the car from and was told that Honda had bought on small pads in the back but there doesn't seem to be a fix in for the small pads and the brakes are not covered under warranty. I also did a search on the internet for similar problems and found that a lot of customers are complaining about the same issue. I feel that either Honda needs to find a fix for the problem by doing a re-call on all cars with the same problem or they need to cover the fix under warranty. I don't think I or any other consumer can afford to have their brakes fix every 12K miles during this hard economic times. Please check the provided link from other consumers complaining about the same issue.

- Chatsworth, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 132009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 12,900 miles
While driving on an interstate my car increased my normal braking so bad that the car completely stopped on a winter road, causing the cars behind me to almost hit me. I wasn't able to accelerate right away so I shut the engine off and back on, then I could release the brakes. It happened a second time 2 miles ahead. This was pretty annoying, scary and dangerous. The car is now at the shop, I'm waiting for the dealers call to see what they found.. Honda's website ( ) reads: "another key vsa function is recognizing emergency braking situations and almost instantly applying added braking force. This brake assist feature is controlled by a special logic in the system that determines when the pedal stroke and speed exceed a typical range - as they would in a panic stop...vsa is calibrated to function in a near-transparent manner, and in many cases a driver will not even be aware of its operation." Well, these were not "panic stops" at all and I was very aware of its operation so was the people driving behind me. Honda Accord coupe 2008-V6 AT5.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 012008


  • miles
I to have a 08 Accord exl 4 cyl and so far I have a list of things wrong with the car. 1. the famous vibration 2. terrible fuel mileage 3.lights flashing to the extent that people are high beaming me [that's fun] 4. drivers seat jerks and moves real slow 5. wind noise on R/H front of car 6. hard starting in cold weather 7. gear shift rattles 8. R/H front door rattles 9. a banging in the trunk over moderate bumps or railroad tracks [there is nothing in there] 10. Squeaking and sometimes grinding brakes 11. Right front shock bangs at times 12. When you push the accelerator about one third of the way the car bogs until about 3 thousand RPM's then doubles and triples in power.

- Thunderbay, 00, USA

problem #2

Aug 082008


  • 14,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord brake rotors had to be resurfaced at 14,000 miles and again at 22,000 miles. Dealer and manufacturer are not willing to be responsible for this problem on a car that is mostly highway driving and requires comparatively little use of the brakes. Suspect poor quality metals in the rotors as every car or truck ever owned has lasted 60,000 + miles before requiring this work.

- Hinckley, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 122008


  • 600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving 20 mph, she heard a thumping noise when she applied the brake. The contact stated that the thumping noise got louder as she continued to drive. The dealer stated the passenger side rear rotor caused the failure and made the replacement. Approximately three weeks later the failure occurred again. The dealer stated that passenger side rear rotor caused the failure. In addition, they stated that she wasn't driving the vehicle enough because there was a lot of rust around the wheel. As of May 5, 2008, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The failure mileage was 600 and current mileage was 825.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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