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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,000 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.

2008 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 022010


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The driver side door arm rest cushion fabric tore. The contact planned to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer to have it inspected. The VIN information was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000 and the current mileage was approximately 22,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 152010


  • miles
Both rear doors on my 2008 Honda Accord have defective doo handles on the inside. I can only open the doors from the outside. The first one quit working around mid August 2010, and the other about three weeks after that. I am concerned that if there were a fire after an accident that someone in the bsack seat would not be able to exit the vehicle.

- Winchester, VA, USA

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