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:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,537 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 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Jul 132016


  • 58,000 miles


This is a safety raised issue on a 2008 Accord-lxp that I purchased used (which had about 29K originally when I purchased it as a certified Honda Accord) from herb chambers boston. Since I purchased the car, I started hearing an odd grinding noise when starting the car on cold days - Honda said just keep oil full. I then find out that a recall had been issued to fix the oil consumption, that Honda had finally agreed there was an issue with the engine design and would fix it and at the same time would not cause other issues to emerge such as vtc and the timing chain issues. Recently my engine light came on, I started researching the problem. It was the first time I knew about the following issues which I will be detailing/describing below. Results were bad: A timing chain failure. My car has stopped in the middle of road causing a very dangerous situation which could led to me losing my life. Not, only that, when I tried to just drive the car a mile back to my house it was accelerating and decelerating by it self. In addition, I decided to take it to the dealership for a diagnoses, I almost ended up in couple accidents. The car was uncontrollable and won't stop and the brakes won┐T respond due to issues caused by oil consumption, to vtc actuator to a timing chain failure: The car keep accelerating and decelerating by it self on the road or highway. Note: Ideally the timing chain should not fail on 58K miles. Simplified sequence of problems: Oil consumption issue vtc (valve timing control) actuator timing chain (either loose or broken) safety issue

- Winthrop, MA, USA

problem #34

Jul 062016


  • 84,000 miles
I purchased this Honda Accord from automaxx of summerville in good faith from dealer stating that vehicle passed all their inspections (including brake system). I found out within 2 weeks later by taking it to a Honda dealership, that the brakes, brake lines, caliper, exhaust system are all affected by severe, damaging rust. During inspection, inclusive were sticking caliper. I had front brakes replaced; but due to rust, technician had to bam & force brakes lose. I was informed of the risks with severe rusting causing parts to brake and fail. New brakes would not install properly after old, seated brakes came off. When vehicle is in motion and stopping, the brake system makes noise, and seems like something coming apart due to the insecure fitting of brakes/rotors/calipers, which all have a great build up of rust. This vehicle was purchased approximately 1 month ago in these conditions. It should be illegal to sell such vehicles that pose safety risk in brake system. Honda inspection suggested that rust was so severe that car could have possibly been damaged by salt water/snow/ice or flood. Car originated from up North. Re-sale should not be allowed.

- Barnwell, SC, USA

problem #33

Jun 292016


  • 119,000 miles
The timing chain broke while driving at approximately 52 mph. This resulted in the destruction of the engine at 119000 miles on a car that has had all recommended services procedures performed. This vehicle has a timing chain not a belt.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #32

Jun 062014


  • 60,000 miles


Replaced vtc actuator once and needs to be replaced again. Need a new redesigned vtc actuator to be manufactured.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #31

Jan 282010


  • miles
Purchased my Accord new off the lot.1st problem came exactly 1 month later 2 sensors had to be replaced. Oil light consistently stayed on I was having to change or add oil all the time. Ive been to every Honda dealer in san diego. Mission valley finally agreed to a oil consumption test but they assured me nothing was wrong. Their solution was anytime I needed oil I could stop by any Honda dealership & they would be happy to top it off for me. Because of this oil problem & the sensor consistently staying on the car began to lose power & shot out the timing belt. My car has been in my driveway since last july2015. After sending Honda numerous letters ron from Honda motor co finally contacted me. Final result his recommendation was to take the car back to the dealership for another oil consumption test to be done & if theres any other problems I would have to pay out of pocket. Because the car was only covered for 60,000 miles. I'm so over this car & Honda. I no longer feel safe driving a Honda!

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #30

Mar 262015


  • 32,000 miles
The engine of my Honda Accord 2008 started to having the rattle and scratching sound when it reached 32000 miles. The engine also started to fail as the rattle sound gets serious. I called Honda usa multiple times, but they said that they will not cover this issue because the car was made in 2008 and I'm filing this complaint in 2016. I think Honda usa is trying to avoid this defect of Accord 2008, since numerous people have had the same issue.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #29

Dec 092015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V665000 (air bags) and 11V395000 (power train) however the parts to do the repairs were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for recall repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #28

Jan 022016


  • miles
Vsa brakeand ABS light comes on after engine has warmed up. Honda dealor has dtc 122-01 vsa selenoid valve malfunction cost for this defect in the vsa light per written estimate is $1639. This is a safety highway hazard. Contacted Honda corporation customer service case# 04375940 and know one has know knowledge of the safety concern and fail to fixed and pay for this saftey highway safety need. Refuses to have a supervisor contact me to discuss the class action powertrain covered til 6-2016 service bulletin 13-078. My car will not increase in speed stalls at 55 mph on high speed and speed limit on highway is 70 mph and can received a ticket for driving under speed limited that can cause a accident on the highways.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #27

Mar 232015

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle repair services at dealership and transmission replacement issues. The consumer stated she took the vehicle to the dealer for a 55,000 mile point inspection. However, the dealer performed other work she did not request. The dealer informed the consumer, the vehicle needed a new transmission. After the transmission was installed, the vehicle performed even worse. The vehicle shook in a violent manner.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #26

Oct 262015


  • 73,000 miles
Automobile shudders violently when driven at a constant speed. Diagnosis from the repair shop is torque converter oscillation and recommends replacement of transmission

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #25

Sep 172015


  • 112,965 miles


The contact owned a 2008 Honda Accord. While the vehicle was parked, it caught fire. The contact also stated that there was an abnormal odor in the vehicle. The contact was able to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher. A police report was not filed. The fire department was not notified. The vehicle was deemed destroyed. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 11V395000 (power train) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,965. The VIN was not provided.

- Searcy, AR, USA

problem #24

Sep 242015


  • 77,000 miles
Driver traveling speed limit on interstate 40 outside kingman, AZ. Driver drifted off the road, over corrected, and struck a wooden post at the end of guardrail, causing car to leave the roadway. The air bags did not deploy, leading insurance investigators concerned. Insurance adjustors felt the car could be fixed until a large hole was discovered in the transmission. Concern to all was that air bags did not deploy.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #23

Aug 142015


  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 5 mph, the transmission hesitated and the rpms increased rapidly. The engine, vsa, and tire pressure monitoring system warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 136,000.

- Clinton, NC, USA

problem #22

Mar 052015


  • 90,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord ex-L model I-4 engine (2.4L) started excessively burn oil in engine after 2,000 mile with new engine oil changed. After new engine oil changed, even the indicator of oil viscosity indicate 60% remain (Honda has the system), when oil checked, oil volume shows under minimum oil level. It make me very worry about engine oil consumption so quickly as unusual to compare other cars in my experience. When I went to check any evidence of oil leaking at 2-different local oil shop, we couldn't find any oil leaking evidence. This is 2nd time that happened. This is unacceptable to the customer. One of my college has 2008 Honda Accord coupe (2.4L), he has same problem. He is change engine oil every 2,000 mile due to burning engine oil issue (no clue of leaking) I checked this issue via web site and find that the article " american Honda settles class-action suit over oil-burning claim for Honda V6 engine only" on automotive news (Oct.22.2013) but unfortunately, the article says that Accord vehicles with four cylinder engines are excluded from the settlement" I am wonder why Honda Accord 2.4L engine got this exclusion from engine oil burning so quickly. Please investigate this issue on Honda Accord 2.4L engine asap. Update 9/15/15.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #21

May 312015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving at approximately 55 mph and attempting to change lanes, an abnormal noise emitted from under the front of the vehicle and the check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the transmission misfired and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V395000 (power train). The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #20

Nov 142011


  • 35,000 miles
I hear a grinding noise when I start my car.when I accelerate I hear noise too.its not only me complain about this. Almost everybody that have this kind of car.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #19

Oct 292014


  • 96,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle in February 2015 and the issues which I have face are: Poor(worn) struts, axle(output shaft) seal leak, vtc actuator which the dealer does not want to honor the warranty defect, and poor motor mounts. In addition, the struts caused one of the tires to pop due to a bump on the tire, and the passenger front tire had to be replaced because of the bump on the tire which again is due to the struts being bad.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #18

Jun 072015


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 5 mph, the transmission shifted into the park position but the vehicle continued to coast. The contact shifted into reverse and noticed an abnormal noise coming from the engine. The contact was then able to park but when the vehicle was placed into the drive position, the engine shut off independently. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the transmission and front mask failed needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000. The VIN was not available.

- Rosedale, MD, USA

problem #17

Dec 232014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 98,300 miles
On 12/22/2014, my 2008 Honda Accord LX (which has 98,300 miles on it) was towed into my local Honda dealer. The reason for my having it towed into my local dealer was due to the fact that my engine failed while driving on a residential street drive two miles from my home. There was absolutely no indication whatsoever that my engine would fail as the check engine light did not go on, there was no oil light illuminated, etc. Thus I was shocked when I was driving and tried to give the car some gas and the car did not accelerate ┐┐ thus I rolled to the side of the road and contacted a towing company. The service representative contacted me via phone and let me know that there was no compression in cylinder 2 and that I likely needed a new engine. The initial estimate would be $6,000 for a car with a blue book value of $6,500 (dealer trade in.) I have all service records and faithfully serviced my vehicle at the Honda dealership. The service rep also explained that I was low on oil and I reviewed my receipts to determine that I changed my oil 2600 miles earlier. I am hoping that Honda will provide goodwill to repair the vehicle as a 6 year old vehicle with 98000 miles on it should not need a new engine. Updated 3/10/16

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #16

Jun 022014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
I purchased this car last year and it had over 150000, as I checked the oil I noticed it was low I have added 1 qt in between every oil change. My second problem was during the winter on the real cold days the starter sounded like it was hanging up as described as the vtc actuator. My third problem is the warning light on the dash for the air bag has illuminated. I contacted Honda today and they told me the light only comes on after it has been to the body shop" also I have received a claim form for a reimbursable deployment prior to Feb 13 2014. I have not been in a accident and neither has the car. So if there is a claim for the air bag deployment why isn't there a recall for the air bag"

- Holly Springs, MS, USA

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