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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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
25,792 miles
Total Complaints:
11 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (10 reports)
  2. battery jumped (1 reports)
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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 162011


  • 41,000 miles


First the Brakes failed in the back after 12500 miles. Then the Transmission had to be repaired after 15000 miles. The leather in the front center console has been replaced twice and now all shriveled up again for a third time, Now the Starter is shoot(I am guessing) all I get is clicking and I can not jump the battery. I had to leave the car in a public parking lot in Miami. I am sure by tomorrow I will be having to replace windows and paint if it is even still there.

- , Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 172011

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

this is my third honda,,my 2000 had a bad transmission, which they did replace. I then traded it in for a 2002, no real problems. My 2008 has had several issues, new brakes, new tires both before expected. Now my car wont start, its not the battery, Honda checked it before the car totally died and said it was 100%, it had to be jumped 2x in the past 6 mos,,,hopefully its the starter because that's the part that was ordered...Now I am reading about a vrc or something like that possibly being the problem. My door opener only works when it wants to. I always bragged about how much I love my Honda but this will be the last. ONCE I PAY IT OFF...

- , Troy, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 072011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,400 miles

After sitting in my car and listening to the radio for about 15 minutes, my car would not start. I did not think it was the battery because the lights, radio, seat warmers, gps etc all were working so I had it towed to the dealer. They told me that they consistently hear people saying the same thing as me and that it is a dead battery. I can not believe that I am not able to go to a drive in and listen to the movie on my car radio or sit and listen to the radio with the car off without having the battery die. Has anyone else had this problem. I would love to hear about it.

- , Plum, PA, USA

problem #8

Jan 232011

Accord EX 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,826 miles


I had a problem today after washing my car at the basement of my apartment.

I turn on the car and tried starting the car. After a couple of clicks and lights on my dashboard flashing, my car started. But since I felt that it was weird that the lights are flashing, I decided to turn off the car and then turn it on again.

On the second time, as I turn the keys and tried starting the car, only the lights were flashing and a lot of continuous clicking sound, but the car did not turn on. We tired boosting the battery, but nothing happened. Not sure whats wrong with the car.

It was a hassle, with 3 people just to get my car from car wash to my parking lot. It took us 2 hours to do it, even though it would normally take 30 seconds to get from my parking spot to the car wash.

Anyone any solution? What should I do?

Is it Starter? Is it Spark Plug? Is it Fuse? What can it be?

- , Markham, ON, canada

problem #7

Jan 202011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,900 miles

I bought my Honda brand new in 2008. Ever since then it has been nothing but a major expense. Recently my engine will either not start or struggle starting. I checked the battery and its fully charged ready to go. At times it would sound like its starting then it would begin to make clicking sounds. Ill try a second time and it would finally start. Tonight I was at the grocery store when it finally did the worst. I put in the key, turned it to start up the car and the car just kept trying to start but couldn't. Idk what the hell is going on but it is very frustrating. I bought a Honda thinking it would be practically maintenance free but it looks like I got screwed.

On another note my brakes will NOT stop squeaking. Ive done everything, buy new brakes, clean them out but nothing. Its the most irritating thing I have ever gone through with a car and frankly I am not satisfied whatsoever with my purchase. For $30,000 you expect to have good quality but instead I have a crap sitting in my garage.

- , Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 272010

Accord V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

My 2008 Honda Accord does not start. The battery is not the problem. You can hear the starter clicking. I let it sit overnight and it started in the morning. I turned off then on and it would not start. I will be taking it to the dealer at 12p today. I hope it starts so I will not have to pay for a tow.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 042008

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles


Almost brand new car - wouldn't start. Had to work from home. Car wouldn't start - thought it was battery - tried to jump it, but wasn't that b/c lights, radio, etc. that required batteries worked fine. Made noise like it wanted to turn over but wouldn't.

After several hours of sitting, it started OK without a visit to the dealer.

Since this time, it's happened 4 or 5 other times. I never took it in to the dealer until today (12/14/2009) b/c it would always eventually start again after hours of sitting. I did call AAA a couple of times to deal with the problem and by the time they would show up, it would start (even if with a struggle).

Tends to happen in cold weather.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles

Ok so I got my car the end 0f 2007 and within a month it would not start on some occasions. I have to get it jumped off and sometimes it still won't start! I've had the battery checked lots of time, but they say it's a good battery and nothings wrong. It's now Aug 2009 and my car had had this problem at least 7 times to this date. Honda has to do something about this problem or I am considering trading because its a problem!

- , Americus, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 212009

Accord ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,288 miles

Out of the blue, the car would not start. Was running, fine just had it in to repair brakes, no problems.. Then wham! The car would not start. We live in the middle of nowhere (Wiley, CO) and had to have the car towed. An expense that Honda would not pay for if it was not a warranty item. They got the car there and it started. They waited until the next morning and it would not start for them. However, they put it on their computer and could not get a reading. They will NOT do anything except charge us for the towing and hooking it up to the diagnostics because their COMPUTER could not find anything wrong. They will NOT try and replace parts unless the computer tells them to.. Honda America will do nothing and their attitude to me was "too bad". They actually said to me.. when your car breaks down again, call us and we'll have it towed for you... I've never had worst service in all my life. Honda is the WORST....Feel like taking out a full page add in the major newspapers...

- , Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #2

Jun 252009

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,300 miles

This is the 4th time my car has been in for the same problem. I've had it towed to the dealership 3 times in the past week and a half! This time it won't start at all! In the past it has started and stalled out. I'm livid and absolutely will NOT take that car back until something MAJOR is done with it!!!!

- , Crystal Lake, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 202008

Accord LX-P 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles

Starting at 6,000 miles my Honda Accord began having problems starting. After about three tries it finally starts but it is odd that it does this every 4,000-6,000 miles. The car currently has 22,600 miles and it has had this problem about 5 times. I have taken it to the dealership three times and they tell me that they don't know what is causing the problem. Until it does this when I take it in, they can't do anything about it. Of course, we all know that when the car's warranty is expired the car will finally not start and then I will have to have it towed and repaired at my own expense.

- , Lenoir City, TN, USA

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