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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
488 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

problem #6

Mar 152008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,089 miles


Car idles rough and stalls, check fuel cap message comes on.this was after they replaced alternator due to lights flickering and radio and fans going in and out.alternator did not help and now the idles is high and eratic, system that detects missing fuel cap is inop. When car comes to a stop the idle stops real hgigh and comes down as you sit at the light.the dealer says the owners maual is wrong about the way system works.I drove two identical ones and while the cars were still of poor quality, the idle was the same as before they messed with car.other issues include bad seat tracks, bad upulstry, paint on bumpers improperly finished. Honda refuses to fix these issues. I am taking it under the lemon law and urge all others to do the same.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 262008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 728 miles
Ongoing isuues with electircal system, lights flickering, accessories going in and out, seat uhpulstry and paint and seat frame. Had into another dealer and they said bad paint, bad fabric and flickering lights are chacteristics of the 2008 Honda Accord.service manager varified all problems and then I get a call later to pick up car because they tried to fix the seat and couldnt so they ordered another seat frame.I picked the car up next day with fraudulent paperwork, wrong dates and mialege.I was wondering why seatbelt did not feal tight.I get home and see that when they took seat out to try and fix, mechanic did not install seat belt back on the frame and he distryed the syl plate taking seat in and out and now the bolt cover is also picked up car from and brought it back.did not send car back with paperwork or even an apolagy.they claim they ordered replacement parts to fix what they damaged.please email me and I will let you know anything youd like.Honda was no help. Fourth time Honda owner and last! Honda quality and attitude is so poor, I am going back to american cars.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 192008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 602 miles
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 #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

Dec 102007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My headlights and taillights flicker dim to bright approximately every 30 seconds when the A/C is on. This is a new 2008 Honda Accord ex 4cyl. Honda has checked the vehicle and says this is normal. This is a safety issure to the driver and others.

- Friendsville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 062008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Exterior lights flicker noticeably when the A/C engages and disengages. This happens every 10-15 seconds. I have taken to my Honda dealership, and they did not want to admit that this was an issue.

- Marietta, GA, USA

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