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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,000 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 #4

Apr 162012


  • 55,000 miles


Sun visor will no longer stay up. Creates visibility problem

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 232014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Vehicle sun visor, when being lowered, snapped and something inside appeared to break rendering the visor unable to return to the up position. Same thing happened about two years ago to the drivers side visor and this is the passengers side. I replaced the first breakage myself at a cost of about $90 for replacement. I am getting tired of replacing Honda's poorly designed safety equipment. Vehicle is a 2008 Honda Accord LX-P. this is a well maintained adult driven car which was bought new. My sixth new Honda and maybe my last. Honda says not covered except for three years initial warranty. One breaking may be a fluke but when both break within two years, poorly designed part. When partially in the down position, they create a distracting and potentially dangerous condition.

- Sheridan, AR, USA

problem #2

Aug 012013


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the sun visors failed to stay in the up position. The vehicle will be repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 123,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Burgaw, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 172009


  • 16,000 miles
The plastic sun visor split at the seam. Now it will not fold up flat against the ceiling, causing it to be a visibility issue. The visor will not fold all the way out, therefore blocking more of the road than preferred. Since it will not fold up either, it sticks out directly at my head. This visor breaks about every 10,000 miles, with below average use of the visor (less than 10 times a week).

- Mobile, AL, USA

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