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:
14,348 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 #9

Dec 012010


  • 39,400 miles


I was backing out of my drive way when I pressed the brakes to slow down and the brakes "grind'. the following week I took my 2008 Honda Accord to the dealer and I was told the brakes "prematurely wear out" I asked about a recall and I was told that there is a class action suit so Honda can not do a recall. I bought my car preowned from carmax in December 2009.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Nov 282010


  • 25,046 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord coupe. On 11/28/2010, while driving the vehicle, I heard a loud screeching sound coming from the rear tires, as I applied the brakes it felt like the vehicle was hitting bottom, I took the vehicle for service on 12/01/2010, and was advised I needed new brake pads. The vehicle has 24,046 miles. For the past three (3) years I have taken this vehicle for service to the same Honda dealer, they never warned me that the rear brakes would require such frequent repairs. I was very upset to have to paid $250 for repairs. Thank you for your assistance.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #7

Aug 012010


  • miles
Back brakes are making a loud sound when I press on them. Car begins to shake as well. Many people are having the same issues.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #6

Feb 272010


  • miles


Purchased Honda Accord exlv6 in 02/08. Rear brakes started squeaking at 3K miles. Brought the car into bay ridge dealership in brooklyn NY and work was done to the rotors and/or rear brake pads numerous times. I have complained to the service mgr on every oil change and they're well aware of the situation. I was told everyone's waiting for Honda to issue recall. I have sent letters to Honda in 2008 & 2009 to file complaints. The issue is well documented online and in various magazines. Honda told me it was normal wear and tear, but that is not satisfactory. Aside from the noise, there is a real safety issue here as the braking distance seems longer. I was finally so frustrated that I went to a trusted local mechanic and was told the rear brake pads needed replacing immediately. Approx 18K miles. The ironic part is that he told me to make an appointment soon because he knows this will continue to happen and worried for my safety.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 182009


  • 20,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord and drive about 22,000 miles mainly highway a year. At 20,000 miles my rear brakes went out a year after purchasing. I was told I must have drove w/the parking brake on and brakes were replaced. Next, as time went on many others were having the same problems and dealerships were aware and agreed this was an issue but Honda wasn't doing anything about it. I have now replaced my rear brakes a second time and called american Honda I have 42,000 miles this time. I was told due to the highway miles I'm getting more out of the brakes then intended. The brakes are working up to specs is what was said but also said that Honda knows this isn't right for the customer or for what a Honda buyer is expecting but there will be no change. I was heading toward the mountains of chatanooga when I was going to hit the mark for replacement. I was afraid to drive the car and have the brakes go out. I thought to replace them before the noise I'd hear just in case I was on the mountains. I took the car in and my rotors were effected even though I hadn't heard any signal noise yet and the rear brakes needed replacement. The dealerships apologize and admit they've brought this to Honda's attention but nothing is done about it. I could have been on those mountains with it going out but luckily I knew already it was a possibility and concern. For me, I'm going to have to replace the rear brakes yearly. It is still cheaper than me buying a new car in this economic time but awful to buy a trusted name like Honda and have this safety concern each year that a company is aware of but won't fix or take on the cost of repair. I was told that the problem was handled in this years model but don't know that for sure. No one is thinking at 20,000 miles their rear brakes might go out while driving. This is a problem that I hope will be addressed. I was told to send my complaint here by a service mechanic at Honda because he said he knows this is an issue not being addressed.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #4

Dec 152008


  • 28,000 miles
Mid-December at 28,000mi in my Honda Accord, I started hearing grinding noises when backing out of the driveway; went to the Honda dealer so they could tell me what was going on. I was told that the rear brakes had 1mm and I needed to replace them as soon as possible. I asked them to cover this expense with an extended warranty I bought when I got the car and I was told that this would cover anything from bumper to bumper. They charged me $50 for the inspection (I paid for it) and told me that the estimate was $170 to replace them. My total bill was $180 dollars. This is a disgrace and Honda needs to stand behind this mess up and honor their customers.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

Oct 102008


  • miles


Premature wear on brakes on 2008 Honda Accord. Purchased car in 2007 and have had to replace brakes in 2008 & 2009 with less than 30K miles on it. Brakes are $200+ to be replaced and squeal and squeak even after replacing. Brakes are of poor quality and need to be recalled and replaced by Honda motor corporation.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 272009


  • 16,689 miles
2008 Honda Accord rear brake failing & rotors need to be replaced @16,000 miles. I was upset to find out that my almost new car needed brakes & rotors @16,000 miles. I have never had to have brakes replaced before 50,000 miles. I researched a Honda Accord web site & found alot of other Honda owners were having the same problem & are being told it is their driving habits. Honda refuses to acknowledge that this is a manufacturer defect & can cause a vehicle crash. I find it odd that I took the car in for an oil change & they knew the brakes were bad. Scary stuff - a major car manufacturer refusing to admit they have a design problem. I called Honda headquarters & they told me this is the first they are hearing about it. Not true! I found out that I was not the only person having this problem after researching it on line. Many others were filing complaints & being told the same thing. I paid to have the brakes replaced & the rotors resurfaced. I will not keep this car if this is what is going to keep happening. Someone will get killed because no one thinks they need brakes replaced so soon.

- Richboro, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 062008


  • miles
2008 Honda Accord, 3800 miles, brakes squealing. Scottsdale, AZ dealership said "defect" and changed the front pads. Online search indicates this is a widespread problem and Honda motor Corp is not taking responsibility. Customers report multiple trips back to their dealerships.

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

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