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:
45,000 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 #1

Sep 162009


  • 45,000 miles


I own a 2008 Honda Accord LX-P. on wed., Sept. 16, I hit a piece of construction debris in the road. The metal punctured the front driver-side tire. When I stopped to inspect the tire and replace it with the temporary spare, I followed the procedures for using the standard-issue jack that came with the vehicle to get the damaged tire off the car. The jack, however, bent under the weight of the vehicle; then it slipped out from under the frame, causing damage to the metal below the door. The jack, which does not feature a slot (more of an indented plate) to fit neatly around the reinforced part of the frame, did not hold up the car. Because I believe the poorly designed jack contributed to the damage, I contacted american Honda customer service and started a case. Following the direction of my case manager, david kitchen, I visited the breakaway Honda, where the parts technician commented that I did indeed have a "defective jack." He took pictures, gave me an estimate, then communicated this to david kitchen. This was on Oct. 21, 2009. Since then, I have fallen into a "black hole" with american Honda customer service. I have left many messages for david kitchen, with very little response or feedback. I even sent a letter to hiroyuki yamada, coo of customer service, which he never acknowledged. Finally, on January 19, 2010, I was informed by Mr. Kitchen that my request for assistance to repair the vehicle was rejected by american Honda because the Honda engineers "could not verify the conditions under which I used the jack." I shared that this answer was unsatisfactory -- that I was told by the parts technician that I had a defective jack -- and requested another person within american Honda to whom I could appeal. Mr. Kitchen said the decision was his and there was no opportunity for appeal. Mr. Kitchen has all photos, estimates and correspondence regarding this case. Four months of waiting on a relatively simple matter is inexcusable.

- Greer, SC, USA

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