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CarComplaints.com 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.

9.1

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$120
Average Mileage:
38,450 miles
Total Complaints:
36 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (25 reports)
  2. optional seat design available?? (10 reports)
  3. remove lumbar support (1 reports)
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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Jun 242015

Accord 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The driver's seat sucks. This 2008 Honda Accord is by far our best car for long trips, in terms of long term reliability of the car and gas mileage, but we still choose to drive our older car that has had some mechanical problems because the driver's seat in the Accord is so unbearable and leaves your back in pain for days. Even though my dream car is a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry (reliable, affordable, will last many many years and many many miles, has good gas mileage), we are thinking about selling the car, even considering that it is relatively new and only has around 85,000 miles on it so far. And now that I see complaints online about the driver seat of every Honda model from 2008-2016, I am thinking about only looking for Toyota Camry's and such. I just read that is was listed as the 7th worst problem on all of CarComplaints.com in 2012, and that these seats are still giving people problems into 2016 -- Mind-blowing. I hope you got it fixed for 2017-18. Why can't you Honda people just by a dang Camry and figure out how they make a tolerable seat??? Everything else about the car is great! Which makes it all the more frustrating.

- Sam K., Charleston, SC, US

problem #35

May 152017

Accord LX P 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Bought my used 2008 Honda Accord LX-P last month after an average test drive. I knew the headrests were too far forward but remedied that problem by flipping them around at first. I thought the headrests were the problem until I realized that it's the seat design that sucks. The upper seat back rounds in way too far causing your back to be too far back also, or maybe it's because the lumbar causes your lower back to thrust too far forward. Either way, the design is awful. I was able to turn the headrests back around after hanging about an inch thick memory foam seat cushion around the headrest with a shoelace so that it keeps my upper back forward a little by filling in that dip in the seat back cushion.

As far as the seat bottom goes...it really, really sucks. The angle of the seat where the two seat pieces meet is so pinching to your lower back, it causes pain. Not only that, the way the seat cushion is built up on the sides makes it dig into your outer thighs causing hip pain. There's not enough cushioning in the seat middle to make it comfortable and it also digs into the backs of your lower thighs where your legs go over the front of the seat cushion. Just a horrible design all around. Right now, both my wife and I have cushions hanging from the headrests and also two cushions we sit on, including one that has a wedge shape to make up for that terrible seat design. Someone could make a pretty penny designing and selling sets of seat cushions that would form fit these cars and fill in the gaps with something comfortable that doesn't cause all this pain.

- gilbertd, Madawaska, US

problem #34

Jun 222016

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

I'm short 5'1" and the headrest is unbearable. I have it lifted as high as it will go and it still gives me issues hitting me in the top/back of my head. What can be done to fix this PAIN IN THE NECK of a head rest??

- dawnelizabethboth, Olean, NY, USA

problem #33

Oct 072012

Accord EX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,250 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The front seats are so uncomfortable that I don't want to use the car except for short trips in town. This is a commonly reported problem, and we had the same problem on the 2003 accord that we owned. I had hoped that it would have been resolved by now. This is a significant problem that needs to be addressed by the manufacturer.

- Tom K., Littleton, CO, USA

problem #32

Jul 072016

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

FIRST, MANY OF THE PREVIOUS QUESTIONS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH MY COMPLAINT AND THERE SHOULD BE A "N/A" AVAILABLE SO YOU DONT HAVE GUESS OR MAKE UP SOMETHING JUST TO GET TO THIS POINT.

MY COMPLAINT HAS TO DO WITH THE HEADREST ON THE FRONT SEATS THEY ARE VERY POORLY DESIGNED AND VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. IN ORDER TO TRAVEL ANY DISTANCE, I HAVE TO RAISE IT UP AS HIGH AS IT WILL GO AND WEDGE A PILLOW IN UNDER IT. THIS NOT ONLY IMPEDES THE LINE OF VISION FOR THE DRIVER BUT IS STILL NOT VERY COMFORTABLE. EVEN WHEN IT IS IN PLACE THE LEAN FORWARD DESIGN IS HARD TO SEE AROUND WHEN CHECKING TRAFFIC. I WAS NOT AWARE OF THIS SITE BEFORE NOW OR MY COMPLAINT WOULD HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED MUCH SOONER.

- robinsonmo, Clever, MO, USA

problem #31

Aug 312010

Accord SDN 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

I am seriously considering trading this car because it is causing everyone severe lower back issues.

- theresacalifornia, Duarte, CA, USA

problem #30

Jan 012008

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The seats in the Honda Accords are so uncomfortable. The headrest is a joke. No one wants there heads pushed forwards. What where they thinking? Who designed the headrests?????? I trying to see if I can replace the headrest with another style. Just straight up and down. Toyotas are far better.

- Monica T., Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #29

May 202008

Accord LX 4cy

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles

This seat has been uncomfortable from day 1...purchased new in 2008 and my 20 year old son starts complaining once he sits in the seat for more than 1-2 hours on road trip. I've tried pillows, adjust on lumbar support and anything I can think of to no avail. Seems that I never take the six hour trip to see grandkids anymore due to the fact this car is downright uncomfortable to drive any distance!!

I would buy new seat if something was available to retro fit and not the 2008 model

- John R., Brighton, MI - Michigan, USA

problem #28

Aug 022013

Accord Coupe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

I agree with several of the people mentioning this. In fact mine is so bad I'm selling it to my son and he just called and said, I HAVE TO HAVE A NEW SEAT! Like really! I have had back pain now for going on 3 years and I can not deal with it any more. I have had my gallbladder removed for they thought this was the problem.

FIX THE SEAT HONDA!!!

- lindahtx, Burleson, TX, Honduras

problem #27

Aug 122011

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles

I had only driven the car 2,000 miles when I had a fall in April of 2013. After the fall I ended up in the hospital and had a spinal fracture. The fracture was healing nicely and I drove the car on a 25 mile round trip. (What a mistake). My back was killing me. I do have osteoporosis so my bones are a little fragile. I had an MRI and my doctor asked me if I fell again because the MRI showed extensive damage to my back. No, the only thing I did was drive the car. I looked up the problems with the Accord and found that practically everyone had back problems from the lumbar support.

I took it in to an auto upholstery shop and had them remove the lumbar support. It turned out be a HARD plastic piece. A hard plastic lumbar support?

I am still suffering 9/14.

- Eward B., Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #26

Apr 082014

Accord EXL 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The head restraint system in this car is definitely not working properly for drivers who position their seat correctly for driving. If I position the seat in the correct driving position the headrest juts forward, pushing into the back of my head and leaning my head down so that I am basically looking at my feet. If I lean the seat back far enough that this does not occur, then my arms are too short to reach the steering wheel comfortably and I cannot see over the hood. Perhaps it works for those who lean their seat back to the reclining position "gangsta style" while driving but NOT for those of us prefer to sit more upright so we can see over the hood.

I have had the car since April 8 and the negative effect on my neck is becoming critical. There are MANY MANY MANY complaints about this issue on the internet......just search for "08 Accord head rest" or "08 Accord head restraint"and you will find them. Can't Honda create a solution to this problem?

- lelliott19, Rainbow City, AL, USA

problem #25

Jul 012008

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

Head restraints in 2008 Honda Accord tilt forward far too much. Unable to sit up straight. Must lean forward in the seat, at all times, in order to avoid hitting the back of my head while driving, or while riding in the passenger seat. Have checked many other car manufacturers. Not an industry standard at all. Love the car otherwise, but would need to have an option available for a better restraint, even if it means purchasing a newly-designed part.

- Sandy E., Sun Lakes, AZ, USA

problem #24

Dec 022013

Accord LAX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

After taking a job that required a 1 hr and 20 minute commute, I began to experience severe lower back pain, numbness, stiffness, and excruciating pain in my right thigh and knee. It has been painful getting out of the vehicle and walking any distance beyond 10 feet cause my leg buckling underneath me. I am not putting any significant stress on my body as I am a business professional standing 5'10" and weighing 178 lbs. I contribute it to a seat design that places to much pressure on my lower spine and does not allow my body to get into a normal seating position.

The pain makes it tough sleeping comfortably at night due to the pain in my right hip and restless leg type symptoms in my right leg. After several visits to my physician, I was given muscle relaxers and a back stretching exercises as the first remedy. After thirty days of treatment the symptoms have not improved. Now, the next remedy he suggests is prolonged physical therapy for at least three days per week. If that does not work, he believes the only remaining option is surgery on the vertebrate in my lower back that have shifted out of position.

The only way I can minimize the pain is to put lumbar support in my seat along with a bed pillow to sit on. I hope that Honda will offer a replacement seat or find an aftermarket replacement that does not put the stress on my body and reverse the nearly crippling condition of my back and leg. I honestly feel like I have aged 20 years in 3 months,

- Tim D., Newport News, VA, US

problem #23

Jun 062012

Accord EXL 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Too bad I didn't notice these god awful seats the day I was test driving the car. Otherwise I would've left that lot without another word. I'm dusgusted at how bad these front seats in my Accord are. Honda's are supposed to be the highest quality cars on the road... and these seats feel like they were made out of concrete with a hint of stabbing in the back. Literally. There is absolutely no seat position that I can be comfortable in. I am not kidding when I say that I change my seat position every time I get into my car trying to do so. The good news is that Accords have lumbar adjustments... bad news is that even when the adjustment is set to the lowest amount of support, the active headrest restraint system build into the seatback digs into your lower back. The entire seat is garbage. Going on a 20 minute drive? Expect a numb ass and a sore back and neck on the way there.

- cdn, Columbus, OH, USA

problem #22

Sep 102012

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

Bought a Honda se at carmax drove it home and back started hurting. Lumbar is too aggressive and has no ability to adjust. Returned the car within 2 days. Beware seats are horrible. Otherwise, loved the car.

- joelga, Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #21

Aug 272012

Accord EX 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

head rest causes severe and chronic neck pain in driver

It wasn't until I was driving to work everyday (I used to take the train) did I notice that I was experiencing severe and chronic neck pain. After seeing a Chiropracter, Orthopedic Doctor, Physical Therapist have we finally discovered the root of my problem. My pain would subside on the weekends, but return on Monday. I originally thought it was work, but we have narrowed it down to driving in the car. The position of the head rest forces the driver's head in an unnatural forward position. This causes fatigue and eventually neck alignment problems. I am aware that the headrest is designed to prevent injury in a crash, however it is providing injury when not in a wreck. If I cannot find a solution to this problem I will have to sell this car because of a HEADREST. That is absurd. I bought a Honda because I knew it would be reliable and it has been. I really, really don't want to sell it - especially since that would mean I would have to buy another make. I have been checking all the Hondas that I see on the road (they are very popular here in Connecticut) and they all have the same style headrest. It's crazy to think I would have to give up driving a Honda because it gives me SEVERE and CHRONIC neck pain.

new headrest design, or make it adjustable

- Lisa B., Westport, CT, USA

problem #20

Jan 012013

Accord LX 2.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

it is very painful to drive the car more than 20 mins - i bought 2 weeks ago - i feel my body all numb and very painful in my lower back = i can not drive this car what is the solution - email me back rgamal@rogers.com

- Rose K., Toronto, Canada, canada

problem #19

Oct 112012

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,450 miles

I bought this car used and had it for about 2 years, then all of a sudden I started having problems with my lower back. It took me a few weeks to realize it as the car. The pain is so bad after and during driving I will never buy another Honda again. I had an 01 accord and it was plenty comfy, what ever they did to the seats or whoever designed them went way in the wrong direction. At this point I am using it as little as possible, maybe 5 miles a week and looking for a replacement fast!

- evi6660, Mount Sinai, NY, USA

problem #18

May 012012

Accord EXL 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

I have neck and back pain. When I drive for over 20 - 30 minutes I am achy and

experience trouble walking. The pain is getting worse as each day progresses.

- Stephanie G., Bronx, NY, US

problem #17

Dec 102008

Accord EX 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles

I discovered early on that the front seats caused me and my wife back pain and the head rests stuck out in such a way that was creating neck pain. I finally just turned the head rest around for me and my wife and got two small couch type pillows and put them in the ergonomic hole at the bottom of the backrest. It seems to solve the problem with the pains. It seems that since everybody has gotten on board with ergonomics that seats have become very much a problem with me. I did much better with the old bench seats.

- Mitchell S., Frazier Park, CA, USA

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