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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,450 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 032011

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2008 Honda Accord. Consumer states the vehicle was parked, no keys in the ignition, and gear shift in park, when it rolled into another vehicle the consumer stated one month prior, the vehicle had been serviced for recall 11V395000. After the incident, the consumer contacted the dealer who performed the recall and they suggested she file a claim with her insurance company.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 082008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,900 miles
Transmission/vcm constantly continues to shift. Car cannot locate correct drive ratio. Very prevalent when driving 60 mph on level grade and no pedal movement. However, the transmission and/or variable cylinder management constantly surging is noticeable at all speeds with no change in pedal force applied. Also, when accelerating from a stop slowly and a sudden demand to increase speed, the transmission fails to downshift when the pedal is pushed to the floor and restricts the engine rpms.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

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