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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,058 miles

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2008 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 10 of 22)

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problem #260

Feb 222010


  • 30,663 miles


2008 Honda Accord 30,000 miles and needs a rear brake system change for the second time. I already changed the rear brake system at 17000 miles at 15 months of purchase and now after 7 more months the Honda asked me to change my rear brakes again.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #259

Feb 172010


  • 15,150 miles
The rear brakes wearing out significantly at low mileage. Perhaps in the ABS/traction control/stability control system; tweaked the rear brakes to engage earlier/harder than normal. I think american Honda motor was trying to eliminate some front end nose dive when you applied the brakes. Bottom line, rear brakes are wearing out at an excessive rate.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #258

Feb 042010


  • 24,000 miles
On a 2008 Honda Accord brakes started to squeak at 24,000 miles (highway miles), took it to a Honda dealer and they said that rear brakes are worn and need to be replaced. Asked why the brakes wore out with so little miles and they said it was due to the weight of the vehicle and that the brakes are a "soft pad". rear brakes were replaced and rotors were cut. I paid for the cost of replacing the brakes.

- Archbald, PA, USA

problem #257

Feb 082010


  • 30,000 miles


Rear brakes worn prematurely.

- New Zion, SC, USA

problem #256

Nov 152009


  • 16,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord rear brakes had to be replaced at 16,000 miles. The inside pads were down to 2 mm thickness. Dealer response was that this was "normal wear". the front pads were in very good condition. Total cost for the repair was $249.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #255

Feb 102010


  • 15,000 miles
Premature brake wear on Honda Accord 2008 models. These new cars require expensive brake repairs (new rotors and brakes) as frequently as every 15K miles. Rear brakes are failing so soon after purchasing a new car.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #254

Jun 012009


  • 27,042 miles


I have had my 2008 Accord ex-L w/navi in for brake service five times. 27,042 miles. I believe this problem is very wide spread based on the number of complaints on line. It's possible there are many vehicles out there with bad brakes due to owners having no idea there is a problem with their brakes so soon in the life of the car. First incident was in the first week of ownership. Dealer had to replace rear rotors (warped). 2000 miles. Dealer (cary autopark Honda) failed to put bolts in calipers which fell off causing major safety hazard. I had to nurse the vehicle to another dealer for repairs. The service manager from cary auto park, never returned my calls about this problem. Vehicle has been in two more times for warped rotors, front and rear. I have gone to five different dealers hoping for some reasonable final solution to this very real problem over the year I have owned this car (cary auto park crown Honda southpoint, asheboro Honda). On 7/31 I was informed that all rotors needed to be resurfaced and the rear pads needed replacement. Dealer was leith capitol blvd in raleigh nc. Honda was not going to cover $500 cost but the dealer would cover re-surfacing as goodwill. The rears would have to be paid by me. It was likely I would need to replace the rear pads every 12K miles. I have never needed to replace brakes sooner than 100K! I called and left Honda in ca a voice message. As of today, Honda has not returned my calls. I have traded the car in at a significant loss in equity. My confidence in the safety of the vehicle and the integrity of Honda service makes me unable to continue to drive the car on a daily basis. With all the posts on the NHTSA for brake problems I believe there needs to be a forced recall. It's outrageous. I will never go with another Honda product, nor can I recommend anyone I know to take a chance either.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #253

Feb 022008


  • 19,224 miles
Second Honda Accord had premature brake pad wear at 19,224 miles.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #252

Oct 102009


  • 20,775 miles
Rear brake pads prematurely wear on 2008 Honda Accord at 20,775 miles. Paid nearly $200 for the pad replacement.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #251

Feb 092010


  • 22,300 miles
2008 Honda Accord-rear brake pads worn out at 22,300 miles. Service personnel admit there was no uneven wear, not caused by driving habits etc. Described by service mgr. As normal according to Honda motor co. And not covered by warranty.

- Utica, MI, USA

problem #250

Jul 012009


  • 15,000 miles


During regular driving, 2008 Honda Accord has displayed excessive rear brake wear. Over 38,000 miles, rear brakes have been replaced twice. This included new rotors as well as pads.

- Valley Center, CA, USA

problem #249

Jan 152010


  • 23,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord - premature brake ware. At 23,000 the brakes began to squeal.. I took it to kuni Honda on arapahoe rd. - they said they were well below tolerance.. I didn't believe them because it only had 23K on it. I picked it up from them, with no repair, and took it to just brakes for the second opinion. They confirmed the need for the brake repair. I had them do it. I am now in negotiations with Honda customer service for reimbursement for $144.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #248

Jul 252008


  • 40 miles
I bought a 2008 Honda Accord brand new, in July 2008 & from day 1 it had squealing brakes. I have asked so many Honda dealers as I move with my job & all of them were never able to fix it & the issue is so common with a lot of customers the link above is just a fraction of the large number of Honda owners. I did file a complaint about this with Honda last year & they cam back saying they did not have a fix at the moment. The issue did not stop there now I'm having premature brake wearout in less than 24000 miles my rear brakes wore out & I replaced them. I'm mad about the fact that every time you hit the brakes they squeal like !@#$%. please help me with this. I'm paying a lot for this car & need some justice.

- East Rutherford, NJ, USA

problem #247

Jan 262010


  • miles
Premature wearing of rear brake pads in 2008 Honda Accord - down to 30 percent as 12,500. With others it has happened with less mileage. Safety concern - risk of brake failure had to replace pads at my own cost - should be covered and problem corrected by Honda due to design flaw and safety issue!

- Seal Beach, CA, USA

problem #246

Dec 192008


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. Whenever the contact would apply the brakes he noticed a screeching sound coming in the rear of the vehicle. The failure occurred while driving various speeds including approximately 35 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the failure could not be reproduced. The current and failure mileages were 37000.

- Timmonsville, SC, USA

problem #245

Jun 262009


  • miles
The rear inside brake pads on my 2008 Honda Accord, which has 23K miles, are severely worn and had to be immediately replaced. The rear outside brake pads, however, show normal wear for the car's mileage. An internet search of this problem indicated thousands of similar complaints affecting 2008 to present Honda Accord and represents a safety hazard that could lead to serious injury or death.

- Biddeford, ME, USA

problem #244

Jan 262010


  • miles
The rear inside brake pads on my 2008 Honda Accord, which has 25K miles, are severely worn and ihad to be immediately replaced. The rear outside brake pads, however, show normal wear for the car's mileage. An internet search of this problem indicated thousands of similar complaints affecting 2008 Honda Accord and represents a safety hazard that could lead to serious injury or death.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #243

Dec 232008


  • 15,000 miles
I purchased a new 2008 Honda Accord LX-P in October 2007. Six months later, brakes started squeaking. December 2008, the rear brakes needed replacement according to the dealer. Four months and 4500 miles later, brakes squeaking again. Brake pads need to be changed again. They wear out way too fast. Never had this problem on any other vehicle (including other Honda I own/owned). Google "2008 Honda Accord brakes" and you will find over 670+ complaints about the premature brake pad wear from carcomplaints from Accord owners throughout the country. There is also a class action lawsuit on this very issue in California! please, please, please investigate this issue. Honda more than has the resources to cure this manufacturing/design defect.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #242

Dec 222009


  • 26,000 miles
Back brake pads failing on 2008 Honda Accord at very low mileage. I began to notice a vibration at 25,000 miles. When I had the vehicle checked by the dealer, I was notified that my back brakes had deteriorated to the point that it was not safe to drive. The rotors had been damaged. The front brakes were still in excellent shape. The back brakes should never wear out before the front brakes. It is generally two pairs of front brakes for every pair of back brakes. Honda acknowledged that there is a problem with the back brakes and that they were receiving hundreds of complaints. They changed the braking ratio and the rear brake pads are wearing out at an alarming pace. However, the dealer refused to replace the brake pads, even though the vehicle was still under warranty. I checked with several other individuals in my area who own the same vehicle and they had all experienced the same issue with rear brakes. One individual's rear brakes went out at 15,000 miles. The braking issue was never mentioned when I purchased the vehicle, even though Honda has been aware of the problem. Drivers don't anticipate rear brake issues at such low mileage. There is a great potential for injury with this problem. Owners don't know they should be watching for rear brake problems at low mileage.

- Kingston, TN, USA

problem #241

Jan 092010


  • 22,099 miles
Rear brakes wore out prematurely (22,000) miles. They were replaced but I could see how this could be more serious because you would not expect to be looking at this problem after only 18 months.

- Coppell, TX, USA

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