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 12 of 22)

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problem #220

Dec 152008


  • 27,500 miles


Brakes on a 2008 Accord coupe wore out in the rear much earlier than expected. I found them to need replacing at 27,500 miles. Brake pads were worn down and needed replaced. They are too small for the size and weight of this vehicle. This is a safety hazard that is being ignored by Honda.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #219

Dec 142009


  • 28,099 miles
Noise from rear of 2008 Honda Accord, mileage 28099. Took auto to dealership findings "inspected and found the rear brake pads are just below min. Safety specs. Dealership "installed 43022-TA0-A51 :set pad rr.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #218

Dec 112009


  • 34,000 miles
I had my rear brakes replaced on my 2008 Honda Accord at 34000 highway miles because they were worn beyond the sensor which I never heard. I never replaced the rear brakes on my last car even after 1400,00 miles and I read on line that this is a big problem on 2008 and 2009 Honda. Honda told me the rears wear faster than the fronts now and their mechanic said he often replaces them at 15,000 miles.

- Central Islip, NY, USA

problem #217

Nov 252009


  • 28,000 miles


Rear brake squeaking. Rear brake pads worn uneven, and premature @ 28K miles.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #216

Dec 042009


  • 24,000 miles
Rear brake wear.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #215

Oct 102009


  • 210,000 miles
Premature rear brake wear and defective TPMS sensor.

- Theodore, AL, USA

problem #214

Nov 302009


  • 15,000 miles


The braking system of Honda Accord 2008 is wearing out faster and is risking the drivers who are unaware of it. The rear braking system is the issue and Honda has not taken any decision regarding this.

- Springdale, OH, USA

problem #213

Nov 152009


  • 14,500 miles
Premature and uneven rear brake disc pad wear severely reducing braking effectiveness.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #212

Nov 242009


  • 64,253 miles
This involves continuous brake rotor problems with my 2008 Honda Accord ex 6 cylinder car. At 42600 miles I complained to Honda about a grinding noise when making turns. They replaced the rear pads/shoes and machined the rotors. At 61200 miles I complained to Honda about scraping and clunking noises when backing up. They replaced the front pads and had to machine the front rotors because of warping. At 64200 miles I complained to Honda about the same clunking noise when going in reverse and a thumping sound when braking. The tech found a right rear caliper bolt was loose. He retorqued the bolts. I'm seeing so many complaints online about the '08 Accord brakes and I'm concerned this problem is going to keep occurring. I've never needed to have my rotors worked on in any car I've owned.

- Lansing, IL, USA

problem #211

Nov 192009


  • 22,500 miles
I had to replace my rear brake pads at just under 23,000 miles. They were worn extremely unevenly on the inside only. The outside pad was not worn at all. Now at just under 45,000 miles, they are in need of replacement again. Same problem -- worn on the inside only. The mechanic that I go to told me that he suspects that there is something wrong with the calipers. It is unusual to see absolutely no wear on the outer brake pad and all the wear on the inner pad. The first time I had them replaced, I went to the dealer and was told that is how Honda redesigned the braking system in the 2008 Accord. I purchased a Honda because of it's amazing reputation for reliability and am very disappointed that the brakes not working properly is not being fully investigated by Honda.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #210

Nov 142009


  • 25,209 miles


2008 Honda Accord rear brakes.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #209

Sep 242009


  • 21,400 miles
My rear brakes had to replaced at 21,400 miles because of excessive wear on the inside brake pad - I had read other reports about this and my brakes had been squeaking since 4000 miles!

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #208

Nov 142009


  • 27,223 miles
On 2008,2009 and potentially 2010 Honda Accord, braking distances are may longer due to the overloading of the rear brakes. This overloading of the rear brakes causes premature wearout (18,000 to 27,000 miles) of the rear brakes. Due to a failure to balance the loads in the brake system, front brakes may not performing their proper braking function. This is causing the rear brakes to carry additional braking loads and wear out sooner.

- Windsor Locks, CT, USA

problem #207

Nov 142009


  • 29,800 miles
The rear calipers on a 2008 Honda Accord seized up and caused premature destruction of the brake pads and damaged rotors.. this has rendered the car unsafe according to a service tech of my own and the dealership. The caliper repair will be covered under warranty but Honda will not cover the cost of the damaged brakes and rotors. This problem occurred with less than 30,000 miles.

- Willard, OH, USA

problem #206

Nov 122009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,500 miles
2008 Honda Accord LX-P 4 door sedan with automatic transmission..has had brake problems from day one ( purchased new at tempe Honda, tempe, AZ)....squealing from inner pads due to uneven pressure from calipers.....Honda refuses to come up with a fix....this is the 3rd set of brake pads on a 25,000 mile vehicle driven 90 percent on the open highway........huge defect....

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #205

Nov 082009


  • 16,000 miles
Honda Accord (2008) rear brakes are worn to the sensor at 16,000 miles. No warning.

- Los Altos Hills, CA, USA

problem #204

Nov 102009


  • 9,000 miles
I only have 9000 miles on my 2008 Accord and my mechanic told me with in 2000 miles I will need the rear brakes replaced. I noticed I am not the only Honda owner with this problem and that there are hundreds of complaints of rear brakes with premature wear. Does some one have to be injured or killed before something is done. Please some one has to step up to the plate and fix this serious problem with the Honda Accord because the Honda co. Sure is not going too.

- Crestwood, IL, USA

problem #203

Sep 012009


  • 21,100 miles
I have had my 2008 Honda Accord exl for a little bit over a year. About one month ago, I heard my car making some screeching noise. It was not persistent but it was enough to make me feel embarrassed to drive my car. About 2 weeks ago the screeching noise became such a problem B/C 95% of the time I'm driving both rear brakes seem to be making the noise. It sounds like someone is running a metal wire along a metal sheet and it seems like the brakes slip every once in awhile. I recently googled the issue and its to be a fairly common thing. I just called and made an appointment with the dealership to have them look at it. I also told them about the thousands of complaints I have read online and told them that I will not pay for any charges that occur. They acknowledged a brake problem for all 2008/2009 Honda Accord and said they should be resolving the issue 12/22/09 and that I should hold off until then and that it is not a safety issue.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #202

Nov 062009


  • 23,000 miles
Premature wear on bake brakes of 2008 Honda Accord. Full replacement of back brakes at 23,000 miles.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #201

Nov 022009


  • 12,787 miles
I own a 2008 Honda Accord. It started to make some noise in the front right side. I took it to a mechanic and he told me that it wasn't my front brakes and advise me to take it to the dealer, I did. Much to my surprise they told me that I needed back brakes. I was shocked I only had 12,787 miles on my car, rear brakes generally don't go before the front ones and not especially at this low miles. I concern that it the brakes are wearing out this soon they have to be defective and I'm concern that someone is going to get hurt. Lets not wait till someone dies before doing this recall. As a consumer I didn't by this car so that I can continue to pay Honda for repairs every year. I was told by the manager of service that I was going to need brakes every 12,000 miles. This is unfair and I feel that Honda should be responsible to repair this problem that they are fully aware of.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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