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:

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #38

Jan 252013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


I bought this Accord used with 95,000 miles on it. When I went to change the oil after 3000 miles, it was very, very low on oil. I might have taken two quarts out, maybe less. I started watching the oil consumption, which has gotten worse. I now add about 1.5 quarts every 1000 miles. It emits no blue smoke from the exhaust and has no oil leaks. It's getting worse. After owning a very reliable 2005 civic, this car has been a complete disappointment. My Honda dealer won't even return my call (I've called them 18 times) and when I go in person, they tell me they will have to consult with the manufacturer's specialist, who only stops in the dealership every 2 weeks. I've going in person to ask about this 4 times. Honda has offered a horrible customer service experience thus far.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #37

Nov 252013


  • 74,280 miles
I have the 2008 Honda Accord with the 4cyl engine and drive approximately 8 miles per day. Within the last few months I have noticed significant oil loss in between oil changes. Approximately 3-4 quarts needs to be added in between oil changes. There is not a leak to be found and I am not blowing smoke out of the tailpipe. Upon additional research, I've found that multiple other owners of the exact same make and model vehicle are having this same issue. I've taken the vehicle to a local shop to have it looked at, but still don't have a resolve. Honda just recently lost a class action suit regarding the V6 models, but still won't admit to the issue with the 4cyl model. I have had estimates anywhere from $500 on up to a complete engine overhaul, which is far more than I can afford. Honda needs to take responsibility for this and fix the problem. I've owned many other Honda's and this is the first I've ever seen do something like this. Please help! thank you

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #36

Jul 072011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
My vehicle burns about a quart of oil every 1000 miles. My engine makes knocking noises when starting vehicle because of the lack of oil. It seemed to start after dealership performed recall. I have taken to dealership several times regarding this issue and they claim normal for the vehicle.

- Hudsonville, MI, USA

problem #35

Nov 012012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


When starting the car a loud clicking noise is heard. Oil consumption is 1 qt every $1230 miles.

- Weirton , WV, USA

problem #34

Nov 072012


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited a loud, rattling noise when started. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the vtc actuator was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 97,000 and the current mileage was 102,000.

- Garden Grove , CA, USA

problem #33

Nov 252013


  • 78,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord vtc actuator has gone bad now twice and each time I have paid out $700 +. this is all within a 12 month period. So in order to drive my car I have to pay an additional 700 a year on a newer car?

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #32

Nov 122012


  • 50,000 miles


Hello, I have a 2008, V4 Honda Accord. I started having problems back October 2012 with the oil. When I get an oil change, I would need to add at least 2 quarts of oil before the next oil change is do. It started off with adding oil the very next month after a new oil change! that is so ridiculous. The only way I would know that I needed more oil was there would be a burning smell coming from the car and a knocking noise. My oil light indicator would never light up-which is another malfunction. I took the car to Honda for servicing and told them what the car was doing. They told me that they did not see anything and that if it persists to bring it back in. So immediately I"M thinking that maybe they are not changing the oil correctly"! so the next few months I kind of kept track of the oil and took my car somewhere else for the oil change to see if that made a difference. Within the past year since then, I have had 4 oil changes with the other place and they did tell me that there is probably a Honda malfunction going on because the car is not supposed to keep losing oil within oil changes and having to add oil!! I am going to take my car in again to Honda and see what they are going to do. I just do not want to have the car engine blow up on me because of something Honda should have repaired. If someone else has had any resolution to their Honda place, please contact me at [xxx]thanks. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #31

Oct 012013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
For the 2nd time since 2008, I've had to replace the sparkplugs due to PCM issues. The engine light will come on and gives an error code of P0303. Unfortunately you can only go to Honda to have the computer updated, and they will try to sell additional services. Today they refused to update my computer stating the only way to fix was to replace all the sparkplugs despite the service bulletin stating otherwise. Despite this being a manufacturer issue Honda has forced car owners to pay for this repair with no true fix existing.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #30

Jun 152010


  • 35,000 miles
Dealer replaced vtc actuator at 35000 miles now at 90000 miles and same rattle from vtc actuator.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #29

Sep 142010


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that as soon as the vehicle was started it exhibited a loud, rattling noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the vtc actuator was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 47,000.

- Owings Mills , MD, USA

problem #28

Aug 272013


  • 46,859 miles


I noticed transmission fluid leaking from my vehicle. Took my car to a trusted independent mechanic, who determined and documented the fluid leak is coming from a "split-case gasket", where both case halves bolt together. His opinion was that a transmission fluid leak is highly unusual on a low mileage Honda and that he suspected a defective gasket that was improperly sealed, prior to leaving the factory. Made an appointment with the service department of leith Honda in raleigh, N.C., where the vehicle was originally purchased, on August 29th, 2013. The torque converter seal was found to be "leaking" and it would cost$ $1993 to repair, which the dealer would not assume. This is historically been a long standing problem with Honda vehicles, which eventually causes transmission slippage, extensive transmission damage, loss of power, causing the vehicle to suddenly stop. This potentially can lead to severe injuries and death. I consider this problem a critical safety issue, well known to the manufacturer and dealers. I am appalled and outraged by Honda's lack of integrity and apparent disregard fo public safety..I am sure it is related to their "bottom line" I respectfully am requesting your Agency to investigate my complaint and to review other owners complaints and horrendous experiences, on line. Please force them to acknowledge these defects and make them accountable to prevent future injuries and deaths, that likely will occur to unsuspecting Honda owners.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #27

Aug 242013


  • 70,000 miles
This was the second time my car accelerated for no reasons while I was driving. The first time I was only driving 35 miles an hour and no one was in front of me. The second time the car accelerated as I was stopping at a red light. I barely missed a car by one foot. Both times I went to the Honda dealership in sanford. Long story one knows how to fix it. I am extremely upset over the idea that there are all car owners with these electronic systems that don't work. The second time my three year grandson was in the back seat. The dealership said the electronic system sent a message that designated that there was an acceleration or malfunction. Anyway I am sending this because I wanted my car fixed and because it is a paper trail if someone gets killed in this car. I will no longer own a Honda. This was my second Honda and until this I was very satisfied. I now have a car paid for that I cannot drive. I do want the public to be aware of this problem. [xxx] I don't have the VIN number. My car is parted outside the dealership in sanford, N.C. waiting for me to pick it back up. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #26

Jun 142012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
I bought this car pre owned at 15K the back brake went out on this car after 1year at 24K I replace brake myself I was curious why would a back brake wear out so fast on doing online lookup I found numerous owners had the same problem so I called Honda regional office and I given a refund for the expense. Now last year June I notice cold rattle start on my engine and now is progressively getting louder. I did a look up online and my mechanic said it vtc ( variable timing control ) actuator was found to be defective. I think Honda should replace this since my car now has 80K miles I might be out of warranty.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #25

Jan 312013


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle seized. The contact pulled over and added oil to the vehicle. The vehicle was restarted and continued to operate normally. The vehicle was taken for a software update. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000 and the current mileage 58,000.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

problem #24

Jul 242013


  • miles
Excessive oil needed between oil changes. Oil indicator light does not indicate low oil.

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

problem #23

Jun 162010


  • 42,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord purchased new at gary force Honda bowling green ky. First issue: Cold start rattle, dealer replaced atc actuator, problem corrected. Have replaced brakes on the car 4 times. Most recently replaced approximately 1 year ago and now when brakes are applied the steering wheel vibrates worse than a road wagon. At 70,000 miles oil light came on, checked oil and none was on the stick. Added oil, took the car to dealer, they replaced vtc actuator but it did not correct the problem. Complained again and they performed oil consumption analysis only to tell me it was using less than one quart per one thousand miles and that was the industry standard. A few months later I became more irritated about the problem and complained again. They performed another oil consumption analysis to tell me it was using more than it was previously but less than one quart per 1000 miles and wouldn't do anything. Currently the car has 100000 miles on it and yes, the warranty just expired and it's using one quart per 1200 miles. I wrote Honda of America a letter and complained. They called but other than kind words, they did nothing. Oh and have I mentioned the head lights.... they blink when the heat or air is on. I must not forget that the leather on both the arm rest and console has bubbled up but no signs of wear or damage around the bubbles. And let me not forget the most recent issue: Now often times while setting completely still at a stop light and/or going down the road I hear a clicking sound in the steering column. I am not turning the steering wheel when I hear this noise. It just starts clicking, kind of like an electronic click coming from the steering column. Oh what a piece of junk Honda made when it built the 2008 Accord. Paid 30,000 for it and I'm sadly disappointed.

- Morgantown, KY, USA

problem #22

Jun 172013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Engine makes noise when starting up that goes away after around 5 seconds. Was told atc actuator was bad.

- Roslyn, PA, USA

problem #21

Jun 012011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Excessive need for oil, between oil changes. Oil indicator does not show that vehicle is low on oil, but vehicle starts to run with problems, if oil not replaced.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #20

Jan 162013


  • 74,000 miles
When driving the vehicle (2008 Accord) in morning, I noticed a small rattle on inclines. Later there was a rattle when starting the car that has gotten progressively worse. I am hearing it constantly now and very loud.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #19

Apr 292013


  • 40,000 miles
The vtc ( variable timing control ) actuator on our 2008 Honda Accord sedan 4 door model was found to be defective and required immediate replacement by the Honda dealership. The 4 cylinder engine is exhibiting high oil consumption and poor gas mileage. Odometer reading is approximately 40,000 miles.

- Columbia, MD, USA

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