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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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
84,916 miles
Total Complaints:
321 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (191 reports)
  2. per Honda consuming 1qt per 1k miles normal (30 reports)
  3. I heard that Honda replaced worn rings and engine short block (19 reports)
  4. call American Honda corporation to complain (13 reports)
  5. rebuilt the engine (11 reports)
  6. software update (10 reports)
2008 Honda Accord engine problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 17)

problem #321

Oct 052015

Accord V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


Found that the rear spark plug had fouled out. Reason this was happening was because the engine was burning oil. The reason this was happening was because of worn piston rings.

- , Providence, RI, USA

problem #320

Aug 132015

Accord LS cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

GM V8's had similar oil consumption problem. With similar dealer oil consumption test BS to keep from spending money on a fix. Evidently the piston rings get carbon-ed up and begin sticking, allowing oil to flow through and be burned. Also intake valve deposits contributed to this fouled engine situation; So some found that by adding transmission fluid to crank case, this helped remove the carbon and re-seated the ring function. Better treatment is using Marvel Mystery Oil treatment every 6 months at the end of the engine oil life for a clean out. Put whole quart in crank case and in conjunction use a bottle of Sea-foam in gas tank. This make the situation manageable but still need to check dip stick at every fill up. Takes a while to fill up any way. Keep an old jacket and gloves handy so as to not soil your cloths. There nearly are million 20008 Honda Accords, Honda cannot afford to rebuild them all, just to have it happen again. Toyota is looking good, but had a similar engine oil sludge is a few decades back which they went into denial about. -Bob Mc TX PE

- , Kingwood, USA

problem #319

Sep 292007

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 100 miles

Excessive oil composition. Sold it in 10 months after purchased new in 9/2007. It used one Qt every 900 miles rep catalytic converter under warrantee. MFG said this was normal

- , Seattle, USA

problem #318

Jan 012013

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


My hat is off to Honda. I complained to my Honda dealer about the excessive oil consumption. It took a few months of diligence to get a straight answer about what they would do, but Honda eventually replaced my pistons, rings and all fluids. It's been about six months since the work was done and the cars is functioning perfectly. Thank you, Honda Motor Company.

- , Medina, OH, USA

problem #317

Oct 282015

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles

I've been having an issue with oil consumption with my car since it reached 40,000 miles on the odometer. My dealership that I have brought my car to basically blamed me that it is my driving habits that was causing burning oil and found no resolution to the oil burning other than switching different oils and weight, but that still didn't fix the problem and as my car is getting older and higher in mileage the problem is only getting much worse. Currently I have gone through two oil consumption tests with the Honda dealership in the last two months.

Now since I received a letter from American Honda about the 125K miles and or/8 year warranty extension. Campaign:12-087 My car is at the Honda dealer as we speak and they have not yet contacted me if my car has been approved to get the repairs needed to fix it.

- , Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #316

Jan 012010


  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I have previously owned 3 Honda prior to purchasing a brand new 2008 Honda Accord. the ones prior were used and had no problem whatsoever. I've always thought highly of Honda. Not long after I purchased the car I noticed that the oil was evaporating. I took it to the dealership right away, that was back in 2010. I've been dealing with this issue for 5 yrs. It's frustrating because even after the oil consumption tests that they did its yet to be fixed. Every time I go to the dealership I get the same response. If I need oil just stop at any San Diego Honda dealerships and they will be more than happy to top off the oil for me. It's nonsense. To top that off my sensor lights have come on and Honda is trying to say it's more than the oil that is the problem. I called Honda and explained what's going on and their solution is to have another oil consumption test done. I already know the outcome. I'm so disappointed. My daughter is looking to purchase her first new car soon and is looking at the Honda crossovers, but because of all the stress I'm going through with my car I told her to look elsewhere.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #315

May 242013

Accord EXL 4 Cly

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


Took to Honda dealer they did an oil consumption test. Found that it uses 1 qt the first 2000 miles and 1 qt after till you change again, then repeat. Honda said that's normal and it has to many miles. The Honda V6 is fixed with unlimited miles and the 4 cyl. The capped at 125,000 miles. If it was a V6 they would repair but it is a 4 cyl and they will not do anything.

- , Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #314

Oct 052015

Accord 2.5L 4 cyl V-Tech

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,500 miles

It's amazing that a car that burns just under a quart of oil per 1000 miles is considered acceptable to a company like Honda. That they won't stand behind their vehicles is appalling.

- , Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #313

Sep 232015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Our 2008 Accord has been burning oil for the past 4 years. We have taken it to the dealer multiple times asking and complaining about it. Each time we are told it is normal, etc etc.... No engine oil consumption test was ever performed, as we were told they wouldn't do anything.

Couple of weeks ago, we get a letter in the mail stating that Honda is extending the warranty to fix this problem, except the car has to be under 125k miles. Well ours is at 140k. I called the dealer and made sure they were aware of this and they told me to bring it in anyway. The dealer called me today and told me that they would not fix it because of the miles.

I called American Honda about it and asked multiple variations of the following:

Why do I get punished because I drove my car more than someone else with the same year that is getting theirs fixed?

This was a delay of notice, Honda has been aware of this issue for years, and yet they wait until the last minute to provide a solution? Honda told me that if I had really gone to the dealer to talk to them about it, they would have done an oil test (driven 1k miles and checked the level). Well they never had me do that so I am just SOL apparently. So since I have no documentation that I went to Honda about this problem before 125k miles, they will not do anything about it.

So they are willing to lose me, and possibly anyone else I talk to about this as a customer, just because they do not want to fork out probably a thousand dollars on their part? That seems like good business practice. There should be no mileage limit on this. I will try again to reason with them and if something changes, I will let everyone know.

Update from Oct 12, 2015: Talked with the dealer the car was purchased from. They are having me do an oil consumption test to see how much oil it really burns. They do an oil change, which I paid for, and drive 1k miles, and bring it back to see how much it has burned. I am going in tomorrow for the update on it, and I am pretty sure that I will get turned away because it has burned only about a half a quart... We will see though. One thing that is fishy is I have never put the full 5 quarts in on a oil change. They did, and it put the oil mark at above the full mark on the dipstick. I called and made sure they were aware of this after I took the car home. My first thought was that they were trying to pull a fast one on me and fill it more than full so when I came in, it would be at the full line still. As per the honda tech, "it will get lower when the car is hot." Now that goes against everything I was ever taught about cars, but it did go down to the full mark when it was hot. We will see what tomorrow will bring...

Update from Nov 9, 2015: So after the first 1k miles test they pulled the dipstick and said "You haven't burned a drop." So they are having me do another 1k mile test, and bring it back to them after that. Currently it is now down more than 1 quart. So technically it has burned more than 1 quart in the last thousand miles as per their own words. We will see how that holds up though.... We are going in today or tomorrow.

- , Magna, UT, USA

problem #312

Aug 202014

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,235 miles

In June 2008 bought this Accord from a Honda dealer, 2.4 lt, in August realize that its taking oil. My mechanic tells me that for some Accords it;s normal putting oil in it. 2015 never did much oil checking but that morning did it and was surprised almost 1.5 pint of oil and the next day I had a letter from Honda telling me that MAYBE my car could be watched by a Honda dealer, so did go and made an oil change. Went back yesterday after 2000 km one and half lt of oil. They told me next time they will send the report to Honda and they told me at 90% chance of getting my motor fixed. I will come back here and tell you more but one thing NEVER I WILL BUY ANOTHER HONDA.

Update from Sep 27, 2015: did buy it in 2014 not 08

- , Granby, QC, Canada

problem #311

Oct 012014

Accord LX 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


I carry a quart of oil in the door pocket at all times. Despite reporting the problem to my dealer, I was never made aware of any issue by them or Honda and only advised to switch to a full synthetic.

- , garland, TX, USA

problem #310

May 102015

Accord EX 2.4L I-Vtec

  • Manual transmission
  • 155,000 miles

I have loved my Honda's. My 2008 was my 4th Accord and only Accord purchased new. We have had a Pilot and also own the Odyssey. After 25k miles the Accord started "USING" oil according to Honda, that was the spec for the car. 1 quart per 1000miles. That was in the first year after purchasing my new car.

Each visit after we expressed concern over the oil consumption and in 2012 they did a consumption test for actual usage and made some adjustments to the on board computer. This was supposed to help - instead we went to a quart every 750 miles.

In 2013 -14 the car started making a screeching noise when starting cold. Once again brought to Honda and their response was to make sure to keep the oil full at all times. In May this year the car make a horrible noise and then lost all power. We took it to Honda and they informed us we had a broken Timing Chain and some other part.

They also informed us that Honda had a recall out for our car to fix the defect in the rings and something else and the issue with the chain was due to this problem and would all be covered - that was until they looked at the mileage. The recall was good to 125000, our accord has 150000 and they would honor the recall. We paid the $1400 to fix the chain so we could drive the car and we are now in discussions with Honda America. We have spoken with the area service manager who denied us his last name, denied our request for his superior or any other names or number we might be able to call to keep moving this issue up the ladder.

We are extremely upset and disgusted with what we thought was an upstanding reputable automobile company. We have been a loyal customer to Honda for over 20 years - the only cars we have driven - Unless we can get some sort of resolution, Honda will lose this family as Honda loyalist.

Is there anyone else out there having a similar issue - and whats with the Class action suit - Only 6 cylinder engines, what about us 4 cylinder??? SHAME ON YOU HONDA!!!!! YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR LOYAL CUSTOMERS!!!

- , Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #309

Aug 012014

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

I bought a Honda because I thought they were reliable. So through two deployments to Iraq I saved enough money to buy one. Only to find out all that money I had saved up getting shot at being separated from my loved ones was a wasted on a 2008 Honda Accord Coupe that takes more oil than gas. Not only that, I go through rear brake pads about every six months if I am lucky.

- , Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #308

Jul 032015

Accord V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190,000 miles

I bought this car thinking it would last, it is the worst purchase of a car that I ever made. Honda has to be the worst car manufactured in the world.

- , Salem, VA, USA

problem #307

Sep 302014

Accord EXL 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

I'm adding a quart of oil a week! While I change the oil and add to it repeatedly, I'm uneasy each time I get behind the wheel. "Will this be the day that the engine totally craps out on me?". It stutters when getting up to speed, has an irregular idle, and is prone to stalling at rest after being driven for a while. I'm a repeat Honda owner and have never had any issues until owning this oil guzzling 4 cyl. I have no idea what to do about this issue so all advise is very welcome. I'm not really into the idea of shelling out cash for Honda's mistake.

- , Stow, OH, USA

problem #306

Oct 082014

Accord EX L 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

I am a Senior Citizen and needed a reliable car. I always thought that Honda made some the most reliable cars in the world. I was totally disappointed with the serious oil burning problems and that you guys were dismissing the problems.

Please help me.

- , Glenn Dale, MD, USA

problem #305

Apr 122015

Accord V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,600 miles

Several months ago I started hearing a strange loud noise under the hood when I started car in AM, and again all day when I would stop & start. I had an oil change and was not anywhere near ready for the next one (I usually change oil between 3,000 & 5,000 miles). I stopped at a service station to check on noise. No one could give me any answers. I asked to have my oil checked & found it was almost on empty.

Went on my way & forgot about it until a month later when same thing happened. I had only driven about 900 miles & oil was completely gone. I stopped & asked several mechanics & no-one had an answer other than it was getting old.

It happened again today (the loud noise upon starting) & when I checked the oil was empty. I finally researched this problem online only to find this has happened to others. I am taking it to a Honda dealer tomorrow to get an answer.

- , Exeter, NH, USA

problem #304

Feb 012015

Accord EX 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Own a 2008 Honda coupe. Bought it used from a "reputable" dealer a few months back. The dealer even sold me an extended warranty; not telling me there was an extension of existing warranty by Honda; of course. Only way I realized it was a serious problem was because my spark plugs stopped working. The car was very unstable; I'm surprised the car didn't stop on the freeway; could have been a very dangerous situation.

I took the car into the Honda dealer and they did a software update which they stated would fix the problem and I assume they replaced the spark plugs. The car is stable now but the oil consumption still continues to be a problem. I have to add a quart of oil about every 2 or 3 weeks. And I only drive the car to and from work (about 15 miles round trip). I'm going to try and call the Honda dealer again. But if Honda knows about the problem they need to be proactive about the issue and inform owners and have them bring in the cars to at least inspect them.

I should not have had to drive the car on the freeway like this! I'm just glad there are web sites like this one that inform people about these things. Will update my post once I go back to dealership.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #303

Dec 012013

Accord EX-L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

Car burns all the oil. Honda dealership claims it's "NORMAL??." I can't even make it to 3,000 miles before the engine starts to make this knocking noise.

I've taken it to HONDA numerous amount of times and they claim there isn't anything wrong with it. I bought the car in 2011 (3 yrs old) with 38k miles. It was fine for the first oil change, or two, and then I started hearing the knocking. I'd say around 40-45k thousand miles the problem started. When I bought the "certified" Honda, the exhaust had this gurgling sound that I wasn't comfortable with. Had two separate Honda dealerships look at it and they both claimed it was "normal." Now, I read a post a mechanic claiming to not be surprised if there's old build up somewhere within the muffler and/or exhaust. I knew something wasn't right!!

Now, the class action lawsuit only covers 6-cylinder engines...How about the 4??

My brother-in-law also purchased one around the time I did, 2008 4cyl. He has the SAME problem. Drove from MA to PA and when he arrived in PA he had NO OIL!!

- , New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #302

Jul 012013

Accord LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

My 2008 Honda Accord started consuming excessive oil in between oil changes I am adding oil, Honda motors tell me that I need a new engine and I didn't qualify for a repair by Honda because of the mileage, but regardless this oil leak was cause by Honda.

- , Selma, USA

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