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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
702 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.

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 232008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 702 miles


My 2008 Honda Accord ex coupe is a nightmare. Trying to use the defroster while warming up car, blower motor kept losing power. Lights in and out of car are still flickering when you have the lights on and cooling fan comes on. Honda says all Honda do it. This is my fourth and this is the only one with this electrical issue. Honda is rude, and doesn't care. Besides pealing paint, bad drivers upholstry, the passenger seat will not stay still and hass a bead creaking sound. My selling dealer that told me not to come backs service manager told me I weigh too much. I am 245 lbs now. When we had our 04 and 06 I was 300 and it was fine. When you accelerate and decelerations seat moves. I have a spinal cord injury and today this caused it to hurt even more. If anyone would like to email me about what we should do with our expensive nightmares. We should all get a rally of our junkers together and block Honda headquarters and we will call the news to televise it.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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