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:
14,092 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.

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2008 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 222013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles


Paint chipping and weather stripping disintegrating.

- San Marcos, TX, USA

problem #8

Apr 122010


  • 29,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord ex-L I picked up new in the fall of 2007. To date I have just over 30,000 miles. Today, (4/12/10) I took my car to my local Honda dealership for an oil change. I was told that my rear brakes were at 5% and repair cost would be $330!!! I mentioned I paid an additional $2,200 for an "extended warranty "on top of the $28,000 sticker price back in 2007. Today I asked the Honda advisor what does my $2,200 "extended warranty" cover? he said nothing mechanical. By this point I did not want to argue, but rather I paid the $38.13 for my oil change and left. Also with my previous oil change maybe 3 months ago with about 29,000 miles I was also told my rear brakes were somewhere around 15% and I think the Honda dealership quoted me around $300. I am definitely a named party in the gibbs lawsuit as of 12/17/09. I have not paid to fix my rear brakes yet. Other problems I am having is my navigation freezes up, I have this rattling sound in my front drivers door, my front passenger door sounds like it is not closed all the way because I hear road noise, and twice now my wipers have continued to stay on even though I turned them off or the wipers will be "delayed" even though the wipers are off, my glove box is misaligned on the right hand side and at times when I am pulling into the garage with my foot off of the gas pedal, the car will accelerate forward a little. I am finished with this car!!!! my 2008 Accord is my 3rd Accord and by far the most obnoxious lemon I have ever owned. My 1986 and 2000 Accord were more "Honda" than my 2008 Accord. I am thoroughly disgusted with Honda's caring integrity.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #7

Feb 102010


  • 25,266 miles
Whenever the vehicle is exposed to water, water leaks in through a sunroof drainage tube, entering the vehicle adjacent to the rear, passenger side airbag. Per Honda, it was caused by a leaf entering the drain, and is something I risk happening anytime this sunroof is open, operating under "normal use." As confirmed by Honda, because their sunroof cassette design allows for this, there is nothing I can do to mitigate the risk, and there is no way I can be aware that it has happened until the damage is done. Additionally, nowhere in any manual does it warn owners of this risk, the possible effects, and actions to take. Per Honda, it may occur again, but all I can do is wait and see if it happens again, in which case they'll 'fix' it the same way, and at the owner's expense. The drains were disassembled and cleaned, and it was confirmed that no damage had yet occurred to the airbags, electrical, upholstery (mold), or metal (rust/corrosion). Honda is not able to provide any recommended maintenance actions (in addition to their standard recommendations, which do not address this issue), thus the problem is likely to continue to occur.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #6

Apr 012009


  • miles


2008 Honda Accord ex with a couple issues. One issue is water setting around the door seals when it rains and there are water stains. Paint seems to scratch easily.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 012008


  • miles
I to have a 08 Accord exl 4 cyl and so far I have a list of things wrong with the car. 1. the famous vibration 2. terrible fuel mileage 3.lights flashing to the extent that people are high beaming me [that's fun] 4. drivers seat jerks and moves real slow 5. wind noise on R/H front of car 6. hard starting in cold weather 7. gear shift rattles 8. R/H front door rattles 9. a banging in the trunk over moderate bumps or railroad tracks [there is nothing in there] 10. Squeaking and sometimes grinding brakes 11. Right front shock bangs at times 12. When you push the accelerator about one third of the way the car bogs until about 3 thousand RPM's then doubles and triples in power.

- Thunderbay, 00, USA

problem #4

Oct 212008


  • 4,700 miles
2008 Accord coupe purchased 3 months ago, 4800 miles; whining sound that worsened over a week. Power steering fluid level well below the lowest acceptable level. Replaced with Honda power steering fluid. No signs of leakage under car. The Honda service department examined the car today and says the steering rack must be replaced. They confirmed that Honda will cover all charges. Not what I expected of my first Honda.

- Riva, MD, USA

problem #3

Oct 062008


  • 3,300 miles


Headliner had to be replaced on my 2008 Accord LX because raw edges were showing at weather stripping on all doors. Original dealer had car all day for repair. Three days later, the driver side sun visor fell on my head while driving on the parkway at high speed (knocked off my glasses). This could have caused an accident since I swerved after visor hit me. Went to different dealer for repair and it took two tries before they attached visor properly. They admitted that 2008 Accord now use plastic latch instead of 2 screws (civics still use screws), so it breaks easily. Honda should acknowledge and change back to the metal screws. The pleasant attitude that Honda is famous for is missing.

- Seaford, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 252008


  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While the driver's side door was locked, the contact leaned on the interior of the door with very little force and the door opened. The door would also become stuck on a regular basis. There were no prior warnings. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer and repaired for the malfunction. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 3,000 and current mileage was 10,300.

- Mount Pocono, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 182008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 565 miles
Headlights, taillights, interior lights, radio fan motor all fade in and out when cooling fan comes on. This was in the shop for this today along with pealing paint, bad seat track, bad upholstery and damage that sloane Honda did to my car in philadelphia, pa. Someone is going to get killed in these new 08 Accord. Honda doesn't care. Murry cohen service manager at sloane threw me out of the service department, threatened to call the police and refused to give paperwork showing the car was there, but I have the rental agreement they signed for the day. They say all Honda lights go in and out, this is my 4th and this is the only one that does it. Honda customer service is no help. Don't waste your breath calling. My email is if you have similar problems. I will complain to this site every day and you all should too. 24590 + tax and tags down the drain. I am getting a lemon lawyer and hope you all do to.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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