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:
66,001 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 3 of 6)

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problem #78

Jul 262014


  • 130,000 miles


I purchased a used 2008 Honda Accord ex-L 4 cylinder. Unknown at the time that these specific model cars have a history of excessive oil consumption. Although a class action lawsuit covered the V-6 models the 4 cylinder models were not. After purchasing before I even put 2,000 miles on vehicle it was almost out of oil with no signs of leaking. Finally took it to dealership and had oil consumption test done in August 2015. They decided the piston rings were bad. They did give me a 10% discount on the repairs. Shortly afterwards I received a warranty extension for 2008-2011 Honda Accord for 8 years of original purchase date or 125,00 miles. When purchased it had 135,000 and at time of repair 150,000. I tried calling dealership to complain since Honda new about this problem long before the extension since they issued a service bulletin 12-087, 2012. This is my second Honda I have owned and probably will be the last if they do not cover my repair bill of $1727.75. It is sad that a car company that makes a faulty car to take three years to issue a warranty extension that probably has about 50% of vehicles affected that do not meet the mileage criteria. Honda should issue a recall. I am a working man with a family and cannot afford to buy a new car with less than a 100,00 miles and then have a $1727.75 repair bill that I had to max a credit card out on, not to mention the extra money spent adding oil every 1,000 miles before repair was completed. If Honda cares about their product they should resolve the issue not issue an extension after most of the cars are over the criteria for the warranty extension. I will be submitting my paperwork to see if they will resolve my case. I surely hope so. I will never purchase another Honda after reading all the complaints and the class action lawsuit.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #77

Sep 152011


  • 30,000 miles
I check my oil on a regular basis. My engine was not shifting as normal and stopped to check the oil level and after 2000 from my last oil change I had lost over 2 quarts of oil. I called my Honda service department at jay Honda where I bought my car and they said this was normal for my car and that there is nothing to worry about. I looked for leaks on the pavement around my car and there was none. The engine showed no signs of burning oil of any kind. The service department said this was normal for this car and that there was nothing at all that they could do.

- Solon, OH, USA

problem #76

Aug 162015


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. Whenever the vehicle was started, the contact heard a rattling noise coming from the engine. The contact turned off and restarted the engine, and the noise was gone. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #75

Jul 302013


  • 80,000 miles


My car burns a quart of oil every 750-1000 miles. It is a 4 cylinder, and there is only a recall on the 6 cylinder cars. Hondas are not supposed to do this! I have a 2002 civic, and it's engine is better than my Accord. What is the problem with this? I've read a lot that this is a common problem.

- Dandridge, TN, USA

problem #74

May 052015


  • 82,000 miles
The outer race of the secondary shaft bearing is broken according to my mechanic and is causing abnormal noise, the malfunction indicator light is turn on and the car has stalled on me. And once when I have placed the car in the park position it has rolled on me... updated 09/30/15

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #73

Jun 142015


  • miles
First incident was on 6/14/2015. I was driving on the highway as my engine light came on and the car started shaking. I pulled over and turned the car off because it smelled like smoke. As I tried to turn the vehicle back on it would not cut back on. The car had to get towed and repairs had to be done to the tune of $1,500. The battery, gasket, plugs & alternator had to be replaced. Second incident was on 7/17/2015. As I was making a left hand turn the car stalled & I was hit by another vehicle. All air bags deployed and burst. The right front wheel was pushed in.

- Morrisville, PA, USA

problem #72

Apr 152015


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While starting the vehicle, an abnormal knocking sound emitted from the engine. The failure recurred multiple times intermittently. Also, while driving at approximately 60 mph, the knocking sound could be heard from the engine. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an oil change which stopped the knocking sound. After 2000 miles the failure recurred, and the oil warning light illuminated. The contact replenished the vehicle with 2 quarts of oil, and the knocking sound stopped. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- West End, NC, USA

problem #71

Jul 182015


  • miles
Oil low at oil change.

- Morristown, TN, USA

problem #70

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 #69

Jun 012015


  • 111,129 miles
My model year 2008 Accord coupe ex model has been burning oil for a long time. A few years ago I had the tsb completed on it that reprogrammed the computer and was supposed to fix the issue. As of now the car is still burning oil and has developed a new problem. My check engine light is on with error code P0341 which is for the cam position sensor. This is with combination of a loud rattle for a few seconds coming from the engine bay when the car is first started. I am concerned to drive the car and hope that Honda could diagnose and fix this problem for me. I believe Honda extended the engine warranty to 8 years and 125,000 miles.

- Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #68

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 #67

May 032012


  • 36,000 miles
Low oil pressure light came on for a couple of seconds. After a week of driving and still getting the low pressure light from time to time went to change the oil and the guy told me that there was almost no oil in the engine. Since than I have to add a quart of oil for every 750 miles driven. That was since 2012... now I end up pouring 4 to 5 quarts between oil changes (6000 miles full synthetic oil).

- Mundelein, IL, USA

problem #66

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 #65

Jan 022012


  • miles
Excessive oil consumption 1 quart every 1000 miles was told vibration was heat shield. In reality vibration was due to low oil in engine. Oil was changed by dealership M by jiffy lube every 3000 to 5000 miles. Now being told engine needs to be replaced or just keep adding oil till engine fails.

- Algonquin , IL, USA

problem #64

Jan 242014


  • 115,980 miles
My car rattles severely every time I drive it. I'm so afraid to drive my car because I feel unsafe. The vtc actuator is a problem that all 2008 Honda Accord have and costs so much money to not fix the problem. This issue is needs to be recalled. It can cause major car failure. I'm a hard working student that can't afford to keep paying for the car to be worked on with no solution. This is a huge problem.

- Stockton , CA, USA

problem #63

Oct 012009


  • miles
Every single day when I start up my 2008 Honda Accord 4 cycl. Automatic from a cold start there is a horrible noise (rattle) from what sounds like the engine. The Honda dealership in waldorf, md has tried to fix this problem 3 or 4 times. Now they say they won't try to fix it anymore, even though the problem still exists. I've been told by Honda that it is the vtc actuator and it is a defective part. Til this day 5/15/15, I have not been able to get the issue resolved. The problem started about a year after I got the car. It is the only annoying and unnerving problem with my Honda. Why can't this issue be resolved? I found all these complaints in the Honda technical service bulletin and have been fighting this issue with Honda ever since. Obviously Honda knows about it. At cold start-up, customers may complain about a loud engine rattle that lasts for about two seconds. The probable cause is a faulty vtc (variable timing control) actuator. This applies to all 2008 Accord L4 (two/four door) vehicles, 2009 Accord L4 two-door VIN 1hgcs19A000001 through 1hgcs19A004953, 2009 Accord L4 four-door VIN 1hgcp29A000001 through 1hgcp29A029528, and 2009 Accord L4 four-door VIN jhmcp29C000001 through jhmcp29C010096. Parts information vtc actuator P/N 14310-R44-A01 vtc oil control solenoid valve O-ring P/N 15832-raa-A01

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #62

Apr 262015


  • 98,838 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact heard a grinding noise coming from the engine when the vehicle was started. The failure recurred every morning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the vtc actuator control needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,838.

- Deptford, NJ, USA

problem #61

Jun 112014


  • 78,873 miles
Dear sir/madam, we have been complaining to Honda Motors about noise coming up first time when we start car in a day. The cranking noise is so loud that my wife and kids are worried about the car situation and feel very unsafe. The noise generally occur when we start car first time in the morning. We contacted Honda Motors last year and they recommended us to take it to dealership. We went to two dealership and they could not find any issue when they start car first thing in morning. This is very unusual as we have been hearing noise every single morning since than when we start car first time. We do not know how to resolve this issue" with some google search I found out that failure of vtc is causing similar issue to 2008 Honda Accord models. Can you please guide us how to resolve this matter" we are worried about overall situation with our car for last one year. Appreciate your assistance. Thanks/[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #60

Apr 132015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
My car was leaking fluid which I was unaware. My starter went out and the dealer said that the power steering fluid was leaking so bad if I did not repair it there could be an engine fire as well as damage to the alternator. He had to replace the entire power steering pump because he said that the leak was too bad to just replace the O ring and hose. I brought my car to moss motors in lafayette, Louisiana for the repair. I believe that since I only had 70,000 miles on my car that this power steering system is an obvious defect and safety hazard.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #59

May 012012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Departing a parking lot at low speed, I made a turn to the left and heard a loud rattle from the engine. I stopped at the service station up the road and checked for obvious loose parts. Checked the oil and found that the level barely registered on the dipstick, indicating approx. 2 quarts low. I added oil and verified that the level was full. At no time did the engine oil light illuminate. Since that time I have had to add one quart of oil approximately every 900 miles. I notified my Honda dealer and was advised to have them perform a software update. The update was accomplished but the rate of consumption has not changed. Honda dealer advised me that this rate of consumption is considered normal. Considering that this engine holds 4 quarts and that the average oil change interval is 4,000 miles (according to the Honda maintenance minder software), this means that I am replacing the entire contents of the crankcase between each oil change. I was then advised that Honda can perform an oil consumption check that would require me to come back to the dealer every 1,000 miles (+/- 50) for approx. 1 year. After that time, Honda would determine, based on the results of the tests and the age/mileage of my vehicle, whether they would take any action. This is clearly a defect in the engine, as I change my oil when indicated by the maintenance minder and can produce all the records to prove the car has been serviced properly. I seek the appropriate correction of this problem by Honda.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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