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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,397 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 AC / heater problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 012009


  • miles


2008 Honda Accord. Consumer states air condition blows out hot air the consumer was informed by the dealer, a rock must have kicked up from the road and penetrated the condenser for the air conditioner.

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #9

Mar 082009


  • 32,000 miles
I purchased a 2008 Honda Accord LX last year and also purchased an extended warranty due to the amount of miles I drive per day. This year I took my car in to be serviced because the air conditioning was not cooling. The dealership informed me that the condenser was damaged from rocks hitting it and it would not be covered by warranty. The repair cost would be $594 and there was no way to prevent this problem from re-occurring in the future. I informed the service manager that this appeared to be a design flaw in the manufacturing of the vehicle. Upon researching this problem on the internet, I found this is a common occurrence among Honda & Acura models.

- Saint George, SC, USA

problem #8

Jan 012008


  • 300 miles
2008 Honda Accord LX. All lights flicker when ac unit is running.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #7

Apr 092008


  • 0 miles


Each time the air conditioner kicks in, the headlights dim dramatically. It happens every time the air conditioner compressor turns on.

- Canon City, CO, USA

problem #6

Jul 272008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
I bought a brand new 2008 Honda Accord with a 4 cylinder engine. When the air conditioner kicks on and the headlights are on there is a noticeable and quick dimming almost flashing of the headlights and taillights. It is bright enough to seem as though I am flickering my head lights to the person in front of me on the highway and this is a serious safety hazard. I contacted Honda both the dealership and a regional representative and was told this is "normal" and "within specs". I am not alone with this problem as I have found many others with the same problem and they were all told the same from Honda representatives. I have owned over 50 cars in my lifetime and flickering lights, let alone on a brand new $27000 care should never be considered "normal." Thank you for your time and I appreciate any feedback you would be able to provide. Sincerely, john kalapodis

- Algonquin, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 122008


  • miles
Purchased a 2008 Honda Accord June 29,2008. Finally got a chance to drive the vehicle for a period of time with the headlight on last night and noticed that the headlights keep dimming momentarily as the A/C or fan cycles about every 20-30 seconds. Two issues that I have is that Honda is aware of the issues as every 2008 Accord does the same thing. It is rather noticeable and very distracting not only to the driver but no doubt to other drivers that think I may be flashing my lights at them.

- Columbia, TN, USA

problem #4

Dec 052007


  • 500 miles


I own a new 2008 Honda Accord ex 4-cyl. When the A/C is on, my headlights, running lights and tail lights flicker dim to bright approximately every 40 seconds while at idle and while driving. This is a major concern and should be corrected. I will contact all insurance companies concerning this.

- Friendsville, TN, USA

problem #3

Mar 202008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15 miles
Voltage drop when A/C compressor turns on, resulting in headlights and taillights dimming/flickering.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving 40 mph, she heard a cracking noise coming from the vehicle. In addition, she smelled propane fumes when she turned on the air condition. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. As of February 25, 2008, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The failure mileage was 1,000 and current 6,500. Updated 3/19/08 updated 03/19/08

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 252008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54 miles
Exterior and interior lights flicker when the air conditioning compressor comes on. Baytown Honda service dept, baytown tx, stated this is normal and intended to do that. First they said they weren't aware of the problem, then they produced a service bulletin on the 2008 Accord that advised Honda is aware of the problem. Baytown Honda stated nothing could be done because Honda said there is no problem with flickering lights. The flickering lights are a distraction to the driver and other drivers.

- Crosby, TX, USA

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