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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,222 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #15

Jun 292008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. Whenever the contact is driving at any speed, the air conditioner activates and the headlights flash on and off and then dim. The dealer stated that there were no failures listed regarding the headlights. The current mileage was 5,200 and failure mileage was 5,000. Update 09/10/08 the consumer stated the headlights go dim when the air condition comes on. Updated 09/17/08.

- Harrisburg, KY, USA

problem #14

Nov 302007

Accord

  • miles
2008 4 cyl Honda Accord - headlights brighten and dim continuously while driving at night when heating/air is on - the "flickering" has been viewed as aggressive driving by some people not to mention the effect the flickering has on my night time vision - Honda says the flickering is normal function of eld - the frequency cannot possibly be normal - my 01 Honda had the occasional dimming of the lights but not to this severity.

- Rural Hall, NC, USA

problem #13

Apr 172008

Accord

  • 100 miles
My 2008 Honda Accord ex-L lights flicker or dim at night when all equip. Or ac is on very distracting for me must be for the other drivers that meet me on the road have been to dealer twice for this problem and they say it is normal I have an 2007 Accord that dose not have this problem also have a 2003 Acura tls that does not or have I ever had this problem in the 50 years I have been owning cars. What to do next??

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #12

Feb 102008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 100 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

There is a large voltage drop that can be seen in the lights at night... the lights really dim as the alternator cycles.. it occurs every night when driving and happens at steady rpms and when decelerating.. I know this is not a major complaint but the car is new and it may turn into something down the "road", time wise for owners..what worries me that in a few months that the voltage drop may cause a problem and stall engine or lights dimming may pull excessively on battery and charging system and cause failures in other areas.. thank you very much in advance for your help and the forum to pass on concerns that maybe safety concerns.

- South Dartmouth, MA, USA

problem #11

May 102008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 230 miles
Headlights flicker making it hard to see at night.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #10

Mar 242008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
Car idles high and eratic since a new alternator was put on due to light(in and out) flickering along with fan and radio cutting out when A/C unit is used and cooling fans kick on and off.since then car idles high, surges went fron tacking 1100 cold to 1500. Went from warm idle at 600 and is now 8-900rpms.lights still do the same thing but they agree there was a voltage drop after two dealers said it was acharcteristic.after two month the cars going back in for a second seat track and a syl plate that was damaged.now along with a list of problems the front bumper is pealing in same spot on left and right side near headlights.I alreadt complained about the bumpers not fitting.dealer did idle relearn procedeure that did nothing.check fuel cap message comes on and check engine light was on.they claim after 20 years of driving and 4 Honda, I don't know how to put a gas cap on.worst car I ever had.the worst part is the attitude of the dealers and Honda.I have been waiting for over two months for a rep, las time dealer snuck a note in that I refused to see the rep.I faxed them a demand letter to see the rep and another dealer was also supposed to set a meeting up.they claim he is out with a bad back(philadelphia area rep, )I am suing Honda under the lemon law.I had enough.the suit was filed and my court date is in October, contact me with any questions or comments.car alo smell like a rotten egg.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #9

Oct 072007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Headlights, taillights, brake lights as well as interior lights, all lights dim as compressor and cooling fan engage. Causing brake lights to appear as being applied, also causing high / low beam headlights to have been activated.

- Crete, NE, USA

problem #8

Mar 082008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Lights (electrical system) dim/flicker annoyingly while driving, when the radiator fan cycles on/off.

- Phx, AZ, USA

problem #7

Feb 012008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
The 2008 Honda Accord ex-L nav 4 cylinder suffers from poor headlight performance. While driving at night, the headlight intensity frequently fluctuates causing distraction and reducing nighttime visibility. My interpretation of the local Honda dealership diagnosis is provided below. Poor headlight performance is ┐normal┐ due to the operation of the electrical load detector (eld). The function of the eld is to provide electrical system demand information to the onboard computer module. The onboard computer then uses the provided information to adjust alternator output which ultimately results in fuel savings. Honda is assuming that customers are willing to sacrifice normal headlight performance for the possibility of increasing fuel mileage. The operational design of one system produces a side affect in another system that results in a safety risk. Risks of operating a vehicle with poor headlight performance are provided below. 1. reduced visibility and driving concentration could result in a collision. 2. other drivers could mistake a headlight intensity fluctuation as aggressive driving behavior resulting in driver confrontation.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #6

Feb 232008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 702 miles
My 2008 Honda Accord ex coupe is a nightmare. Trying to use the defroster while warming up car, blower motor kept losing power. Lights in and out of car are still flickering when you have the lights on and cooling fan comes on. Honda says all Honda do it. This is my fourth and this is the only one with this electrical issue. Honda is rude, and doesn't care. Besides pealing paint, bad drivers upholstry, the passenger seat will not stay still and hass a bead creaking sound. My selling dealer that told me not to come backs service manager told me I weigh too much. I am 245 lbs now. When we had our 04 and 06 I was 300 and it was fine. When you accelerate and decelerations seat moves. I have a spinal cord injury and today this caused it to hurt even more. If anyone would like to email me about what we should do with our expensive nightmares. We should all get a rally of our junkers together and block Honda headquarters and we will call the news to televise it.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 192008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 602 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle passenger seat creaks and is not stable, lights on car continue to flicker and dim in and out when A/C and headlights are on. Very dangerous. Someone will think you are brightening them or stopping suddenly and will either cause a crash or road rage incident. Today eddie Milan, general manager of sloane Honda called me (can verify by cell phone bill) and "told me not to come back to sloane Honda anymore" great attitude after multiple purchases and sending multiple customers. Honda refuses to admit they have problems>I will complain everyday that it gives me problems. I urge all consumers who have these problems to keep complaining until Honda fixes this issue. Cars have problems. But flickering headlights and taillights are a danger.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 182008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 565 miles
Headlights, taillights, interior lights, radio fan motor all fade in and out when cooling fan comes on. This was in the shop for this today along with pealing paint, bad seat track, bad upholstery and damage that sloane Honda did to my car in philadelphia, pa. Someone is going to get killed in these new 08 Accord. Honda doesn't care. Murry cohen service manager at sloane threw me out of the service department, threatened to call the police and refused to give paperwork showing the car was there, but I have the rental agreement they signed for the day. They say all Honda lights go in and out, this is my 4th and this is the only one that does it. Honda customer service is no help. Don't waste your breath calling. My email is if you have similar problems. I will complain to this site every day and you all should too. 24590 + tax and tags down the drain. I am getting a lemon lawyer and hope you all do to.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 092008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 510 miles
Cars lights dim and blink everytime the cooling fan kicks on and off, this includes headlights, brake lights, all interior lights, A/C fan dims, radio gets softer. This is dangerous to drive at night. People think you are flashing them and jamming on my brakes. I also have problems with upholstry, side air bags, right seat track, out of line bumper and pealing paint. Honda has to do something with my 2008 Honda Accord ex coupe before someone gets killed. Please someone help me.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 172007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Headlights / all lights flicker about every 10 seconds when A/C compressor cycles while using defroster or air conditioning.

- Montville, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 032007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
While at highway speeds and with the temp control on, my headlights dim / flicker about every 20-30 seconds. The dealer said this is a normal characteristic of the car and there is currently nothing they can do about it. I have since heard of other people having a similar problem. The vehicle is an 08 Honda Accord 4cyl ex-L. Honda is not giving me any information on this and not addressing the issue to my satisfaction. The number of failures is over 40 as this is a constant problem.

- Nipomo, CA, USA

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