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 3 of 22)

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problem #400

Feb 172011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


Metal rear brake rotor were unusually rusted and corroded on both the outer edge and inner areas. There was no corrosion on the area which was touched by brake pads.

- Englewood, NJ, USA

problem #399

Feb 082011


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the rear brakes wore out at 26,000 miles which was premature wear for the rear brake pads. The brake pads were replaced by the dealer. The contact stated that this was a known issue that the manufacturer should address. If the brake pads continued to become worn at very low miles a crash could occur. The failure mileage was 26,000.

- Marlboro, MA, USA

problem #398

Dec 012008


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 65 mph the contact applied pressure to the brake pedal and felt a vibration in the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and replaced the brake pads and the rotors. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance approximately eight months after he replaced the brake pads and rotors. The technicians inspected the vehicle and stated that the brake pads, rotors and calipers needed to be replaced. The contact stated that there was a defect in the calipers because the brake pads should not have to be replaced that often. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #397

Aug 222009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


Would like to register a complaint and potential safety hazard for braking system on the 2008 Honda Accord. 2 repairs for the same problem on brake pads and rotors. One repair required at 1.3 years old second at 2.7 years old. Total failure in a quick stopping situation is possible. I for one do not want to find this out. Please investigate the current class action lawsuit against Honda corporation of America and force them to address and correct this problem. Over 1100 complaints about this on car are we going to wait for something terrible to happen before this is addressed? dealer repaired 2 times at my expense. Honda is aware of this issue but will not correct permanantly. Excessive repairs bills charged to all owners of this vehicle.

- North Bend , WA, USA

problem #396

Jan 082011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord ex-L. the brakes vibrate roughly when used and shake the entire car when stopping, this should not be a problem with a car with so few miles on it. It seams that the brakes have something wrong with them or they are wearing down way too quickly.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #395

Sep 182009


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the rear brakes were wearing quickly and were being replaced for a second time at a low mileage. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was aware of the problem. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000.

- El Monte, CA, USA

problem #394

Sep 012008


  • 300 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel started to shake and the rear brakes made a squeaking noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians replaced the rear brakes. The failure occurred five times. The vehicle was repaired four times. The contact stated due to the problem with the brakes the rotors also needed to be replaced the last time the vehicle was repaired. The contact stated the brakes failed without warning making it difficult for the vehicle to stop. The manufacturer was contacted and reimbursed half of what was spent on repairs. The last time the failure occurred the brakes were repaired but the rotors were not. The approximate failure mileage was 300.

- Pooler, GA, USA

problem #393

Aug 152009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Rear brake pads wearing out prematurely on 2008 Honda Accord. Wore out twice so far.every 25000 miles they need to be replaced. Concerned that brakes are undersized for car. Recall needs to be issued.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #392

Nov 162010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
I have experienced premature wear of the rear brakes on my 2008 Honda Accord. I had to have them replaced by a dealership in harvey, Louisiana in November 2010 and it cost $170.37. Apparently there should be some money available to my as the result of a settlement.

- New Yorm, NY, USA

problem #391

Dec 192010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 32,200 miles
I was driving on I70 from denver to leadville. On a downhill situation I hit brakes and the steering started shaking causing me to panic. I nearly lost control and drove over the edge of the mountain. Took the car to Honda and they said they were able to recreate it. They told me that the rotors would get too hot and warp, causing the steering to shake. They wanted me to pay them $400 to fix the problem. I don't have that money to do so.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #390

Mar 012010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles


My wife and I are age 55+ and are responsible drivers. We own a 2008 Honda Accord with approximately 22,000 miles. At about 18,000 miles, and within the 3 year warrantee period, we contacted Honda regarding a pulsation experienced when the brakes were depressed. We were told the problem is related to warping of the brake rotors. Honda indicated that this was not covered under the warrantee. We have just discovered that Honda has been subject to a class action lawsuit regarding the brakes on our vehicle. The problem we have experienced appears to be directly related to the issue in this lawsuit. We are requesting reimbursement for replacement of brake rotors and pads. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #389

Nov 012010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Vehicle required rear brakes replaced 3 times before 32,000 miles and 30 months. Brakes have never lasted the year between required inspection. First set replaced at about 12K, second set about 20K, third set at about 31K.

- East Northport, NY, USA

problem #388

Nov 182008


  • 12,000 miles
Rear brake pads ON2008 Honda Accord worn out causing worn brake indicator to contact rear brake disc causing rotor damage after only 14,000 mile on odometer. Honda dealer said that it was normal brake pad wear, however the front brake pad was not worn at all. Everybody knows that the front brakes wear down much faster than the rear brakes pads. I had Honda change the brake pad since I needed the car back on the road quickly. Fast forward to the next year-I checked the brake myself and found the rear brakes worn out again. The wear pattern on the rear brake pad is very uneven. One side is completely worn down while the other edge of the same pad is not worn at all. This leads me to believe that this is a design flaw of the brake system, not the brake pad. I have replaced 4 sets of rear brake pad on my 2008 Accord so far. I have tried using different aftermarket brake pads to no avail. I hope this complaint get heard by Honda. Many mad Honda owner are out there complaining about the rear brake problem.

- East Windsor, NJ, USA

problem #387

Dec 012009


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while trying to unlock the vehicle, the key fob failed and would not open any of the doors on the vehicle. Also, the contact experienced failures with the rear brakes. When applying the brakes, the contact would hear an abnormal squealing noise. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer and the dealer informed the contact that the key fob had a faulty part and the rear brakes were exhibiting the abnormal noise due to normal wear and tear. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 41,000.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #386

Jun 202010


  • 26,500 miles
Rear brakes on my 2008 Honda Accord full deterioration at 26K - 29K miles. Brakes making scraping & high pitched grinding noises. Did research online and found class action lawsuit against american Honda for faulty warning brakes on 2008 - 2010 Honda Accord & Acura tsx models. See this site for lawsuit info: and american Honda is hiding behind this settlement to make you think they are doing something about the issue. But Honda dealers continue to install the older unreliable brake pads. American Honda has a Toyota like major failure waiting to happen. What will it take to get american Honda to do a recall on this" I've owned or leased over 10 Honda's since 1987. If american Honda is not willing to face the real facts on this issue and perform a recall, then they leave no choice but to switch automobile brands. I'm assuming they are taking the stance of "do not fix it until it breaks" approach. Come on american Honda, this is your wake up call. Have you not learned anything from Toyota's after the fact recalls??"

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #385

Nov 052010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 18,500 miles
2008 Honda Accord ex-L rear brakes worn out at 18,500 miles. I understand I can receive a partial refund through a class action suit filing. I did send off the receipt and completed the required form, but have not heard anything yet. Definitely have not receieved the $150 promised ! dealer was aware of the settlement offer and said these new improved brakes should last much longer..........

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #384

Nov 012010

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Honda Accord. Consumer states problems with brakes the consumer was notified by the Honda rear brake replacement settlement administrator that a class action relating to premature rear pad wear in various Honda models had been settled. He was given instructions about how to have the problem rectified. The repairs were made. However, the wear had caused damage to both rotors which had to be resurfaced at a cost of $90. The consumer sent a letter to corporate requesting reimbursement for his expense, but to date, he has not received a response.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #383

Oct 222010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
Began noticing a grating sound to the rear of the car when braking. The car is a 2008 Honda Accord with only 29K miles at the time the problem was first noticed.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #382

Nov 012010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord. Consumer writes regarding airbag not deploying during accident the consumer was hit on the left side by a small truck. The driver of the truck was traveling twice the speed limit. The consumer stated the brakes on his vehicle were defective. An engineer suggested that the front and rear brakes be replaced. But, when the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, the rotors were cut down, which had already been done twice in the past. And the front was cut down once. The consumer stated the rotors are extremely thin now. The consumer stated at 5,000 miles, the brakes began to grind and rumble with a loss of braking ability. Updated 01/14/11.

- Mountainside, NJ, USA

problem #381

Oct 242010


  • 13,700 miles
My 2008 Honda Accord started making a loud noise after 13,700 miles and specially when the car was put in reverse. The Honda dealer determined that the rear brakes were worn-out. By the way most of the mileage is highway driving.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

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