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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,268 miles

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2008 Honda Accord steering problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

May 022011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 7,272 miles


The car was brand new and the steering was to hard to turn, so we took it to Honda on centinela ave. Near ladera heights, they wanted to charge us $1200 to replace it. A couple months later we took the car to santa monica dealer 18th street. They stated the power steering pump was leaking and the rack needed to be replaced. They said that I have to pay $1200 but Honda Accord America was going to give me a 50% discount. I paid 50%. then when driving back to my house, I heard a lot of noise, like something was loose. The noise got worse, when I was turning left, right or going into a deep area. So I took the car back and they said, they cannot hear the noise. I took the car back and now they are saying that nothing is wrong with the car. They said the struts are damaged and power steering hoses are liking all over. Car only has 30,000 miles, I don't really use it that much. This is a lemon car. Can something be done?

- L.A. , CA, USA

problem #27

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 #26

Mar 122015


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the steering wheel was not aligned properly and failed to control the vehicle properly. The contact stated that the steering wheel and the wheels were not aligned adjacent. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the struts needed to be replaced and the wheels needed to be aligned. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred multiple times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #25

Aug 102012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Constant vibration in steering wheel tried balancing, alignment, different wheels but still had the same issue.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #24

Sep 172013


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that he noticed fluid leaking from under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the steering column and steering gear box were both leaking, and the steering gear box needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 63,000.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #23

Jul 292013


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that during maintenance of the stabilizers by an independent mechanic, he noticed that the rack and pinion would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 31,000.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #22

Feb 192013


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the rear wheels began to shake violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that there was no way to adjust the rear alignment. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer where the contact was also advised that the upper and lower control arms, as well as the knuckle would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 80,000.

- Spring Lake, NC, USA

problem #21

Dec 172012


  • 62,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an oil change when he was informed that there was a power steering fluid leak. The contact was also informed of a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V222000 (steering:hydraulic power assist:hose, piping, and connections) however, the contact's model year vehicle was not included in the recall campaign. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified of the issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 62,500.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #20

Jul 152009


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph she noticed a growling sound coming from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the power steering fluid was low and would have to be filled. After the power steering fluid was filled the failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The technician stated the alternator would have to be replaced. The failure continued after the repair. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for routine maintenance. The mechanic stated there was a power steering fluid leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #19

May 122012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
I was driving the car on my way on 101 and power steering got failed while the car was running on 101. I was about to hit a car after but some how I realized that steering is responding late failed and I controlled the car. I was with my wife and son so thank to god for saving me on that day. I was under Honda care warranty so they covered all repair cost.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #18

Feb 102008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


I purchased a new 2008 Honda Accord from what is now known as bel air Honda. I had less than 50,000 miles when I had two sets of rear brake pads replaced. The 2nd set was replaced with a 3rd. At approx. 37,000 miles and the replacement was at my expense. The first two times I was reimbursed for the install, but the 3rd time the dealer and Honda said sorry this ones on you. I feel this expenditure should not have been mine to pay. In less than 50,000 miles I had two power steering pumps replaced. The 4th time the steering box also was damaged and it to replaced. This last time I was told this again was my expense so again their problem became mine. This time the dealer, bel air Honda said lucky I bought the extended warranty or the cost to me would have been approximately $1,600. My worry is that I could have a steering or brake failure while on the interstate causing an injury to me or someone else. I have voiced my concerns to both american Honda and bel air Honda. They blame one another regarding the mechanical failures to my car. The dealer said Honda sent them defective parts and Honda said its a install problem. I have sent and spoke to many representatives of Honda Motors and there response to me amounted to them suggesting things will be getting better and hang in there. So I have a car that I feel unsafe driving that no one seems to be concerned with. Their philosophy seems to be, get it repaired and maybe you'll have better luck next time. My Honda is true and its been a total sad experience for me. Their the goliath and I'm david with no recourse to the total disregard to my on problem. Honda probably has a good track record, but if you are having a serious problem with their car like I have, you get no satisfactory help from the automobile giant. There is a lot more to this sorry situation, but I am or will go over the limit I am allowed in this complaint memo. Your help in getting my story told will be appreciated. Updated IVOQ 09/07/11.

- Baldwin, MD, USA

problem #17

Jan 202009


  • 9,000 miles
My Honda Accord 08 steering wheel vibrates and shakes as when I press on the brake traveling 60+ miles on the freeway. Honda dealer told me that I should replace the brakes and I did but still has the same problem. I feel unsafe driving my car on the freeway. And replacing brakes when my car has only 20,000 miles does not make any sense to me. My steering wheel started to shake when the car had less than 10,000 miles on it. What should I do??

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #16

Aug 152008


  • 300 miles
I bought my 2008 Honda Accord coupe ex-L V6 mt on July 08. Since the first 300+ miles, I am getting steering wheel vibration when the car reach 55 - 75mph+. I went to the dealer to check full alignment, 4 wheels balance, I even did the hunter 9700 road force for all wheels and tires. And, I am still having the same problem. This is a almost $30,000 car, I do not think it should has such a lemon car.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #15

Apr 252008


  • 1,300 miles
Vibration/shimmy in the steering wheel. Took vehicle to purchasing dealer twice. Dealer could not fix shimmy. Dealer said that's the way Honda is making them. Shimmy starts ~ 60 mph and continues through 75 mph. Shimmy is intermittent and varying in intensity depending on vehicle speed and load. Took to 2nd dealer and verified problem. 2nd dealer also verified other 2008 Accord having the same problem.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #14

Aug 012008


  • 18 miles
I took delivery of 2008 Honda Accord coupe (4 cylinder automatic) in August of 2008. From day one I experience a steering wheel and suspension/drivetrain vibration & shimmy at speeds between 45-65 mph. The dealer replaced tires and wheels, and balanced four wheels during first service visit. On the second and last offered service visit for this defect, the dealer determined that the vehicle was "operating as designed". they did not state that they could not verify the complaint and stated they would not make anymore attempts to diagnose or repair the problem.

- Shrewsbury, NJ, USA

problem #13

Nov 052008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord ex-V6 steering wheel vibration at different speeds and in different situations occurs intermittently, never seems to happen at dealership. Concerned that it could lead to loss of control or catastrophic failure. Honda dealer denies existence of generalized problem with model.

- Wynnewood, PA, USA

problem #12

Oct 202008


  • 4,800 miles
2008 Accord coupe purchased 3 months ago, 4800 miles; whining sound that worsened over a week. Power steering fluid level checked well below the lowest acceptable level. No signs of leakage under car. Honda replaced the rack and pinion steering in warranty. Not what I expected of my first Honda.

- Riva, MD, USA

problem #11

Jul 312008


  • 15 miles
1) headlight projection very poor. Difficult to see100 feet ahead. This is exacerbated by a draw on the electrical system that makes the headlights dim while car is in motion. I will not drive the car at night or at night while it is raining. I feel that the car is dangerous and on several occasions I almost hit pedestrians walking or on a bicycle. This occurs on a daily basis and is constant. The Honda dealer inspected the issue once and stated that there was no defect, but that the car operates to normal specification and id comparable to all 2008 Honda Accord 4 cylinder models. This issue was prevalent since I took delivery of the new car in July, 2008. 2.) since taking delivery of this vehicle and to the present date, there is a wobble/wheel shimmy in the suspension at various speeds and different degrees of severity on a daily basis. On the first repair attempt the dealer replaced several tires and performed a high tech wheel balance using a hunter 9700 road force balancing machine. The problem was not corrected. On the second visit the dealer test drove the car and stated that the issue is a characteristic of the vehicle and other Honda Accord 4 cylinder models with the same engine, transmission and suspension. Conclusion: This car is dangerous, exhibits very poor steering and ride as it wanders and shimmies all over the road. This problem combined with poor headlight projection and dimming headlights make this vehicle a major hazard on wheels.

- Shrewsbury, NJ, USA

problem #10

Oct 102008


  • 8,200 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving 65 mph, the steering wheel began to vibrate heavily and shake. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, but they have been unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. They have rotated the tires and also replaced them; however, the failure still persists. She took the vehicle to Michelin ntb and, after a test drive, they stated that the failure could stem from the suspension or transmission. Michelin could not determine the cause of the failure as well. The contact believes that a crash could occur because she is unable to control the steering at high speeds. The failure mileage was 8,200 and current mileage was 8,300. Updated 11/25/08. Updated 11/25/08.

- Griffin , GA, USA

problem #9

Oct 212008


  • 4,700 miles
2008 Accord coupe purchased 3 months ago, 4800 miles; whining sound that worsened over a week. Power steering fluid level well below the lowest acceptable level. Replaced with Honda power steering fluid. No signs of leakage under car. The Honda service department examined the car today and says the steering rack must be replaced. They confirmed that Honda will cover all charges. Not what I expected of my first Honda.

- Riva, MD, USA

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