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 Owner Comments (Page 13 of 22)

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problem #200

Oct 282009


  • 16,000 miles


Premature wearing rear brakes. Brakes have been replaced twice on my 2008 Honda Accord, once in March of 2009 and once in October 2009. Each set of brakes lasted only approximately 16,000 miles, which were mostly highway miles. Honda says they are aware of the problem but refuse to remedy the situation.

- Allison Park , PA, USA

problem #199

Oct 032009


  • 21,788 miles
We have a 2008 Accord ex-L V-6 with 20,000 miles and premature rear brake failure. Rear brakes were wore down to the sensors. The dealer said, yes the brakes wear out quickly, but they are not covered. I understand the part as a wear item, but it is also a safety related item. The average customer can, and should expect the brakes to at least last until the Honda specified inspection period which is the "service B". it is very unreasonable to have to replace brakes at every other oil change. Plus the dealer could not tell me if the replacement pads will last any longer that the originals. Apparently Honda is working on a countermeasure, but no date of the effective date. Rear brakes should outlast the front brakes or at least last as long as them. The front brakes are with in the wear period of the mileage.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #198

Oct 292009


  • miles
2008 Honda Accord rear brakes. Pads are worn to 30% at 12000 miles.

- Gresham, OR, USA

problem #197

Apr 242008


  • 300 miles


2008 Honda Accord brake failure.

- Perry, GA, USA

problem #196

Mar 122009


  • 12,000 miles
Rear brake pad(s) producing highly audible squeaks and have worn out prematurely, much like other complaints posted regarding the same.

- Chatham, IL, USA

problem #195

Oct 282009


  • 22,000 miles
At 22,000 miles our 2008 Honda Accord, V6 needed new rear brake pads. Honda U.S.a. was contacted by my wife and she was told this is normal wear. At this rate we will need to replace these brakes 4 more times before the vehicle reaches 100,000 miles. The dealer replaced the pads for $300 since they too claim this is normal wear and not covered under the 36,000 mile warranty. The majority of the 22,000 miles were driven between our home and my wife's work (mostly freeway miles). I looked at one web site, and there are 517 complaints regarding premature brake wear for 2008 and 2009 Honda Accord, with a severity rating of 7.8 out of 10. Honda should recall these cars and fix the design defect that is causing this premature brake wear, and car owners should be reimbursed for premature repair work regarding this issue. Because consumers are not expecting brake pad failure at such low mileage they may ignore the brake wear sensor noise or think it is something else. This could result in brake pad wear beyond safe limits.

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #194

Oct 192009


  • 24,500 miles


Brakes for 2008 Honda Accord down to "squealers" with no notice at just over 24,000 miles. Internet search found many, many complaints regarding this issue. Took vehicle to local car dealer (Honda East, cincinnati, oh). They are aware of problem but will not resolve/replace the defective brake pads unless person does all service work with them - even though car was purchased from them. Car remains parked until local Honda certified/independent mechanic can do repairs.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #193

Oct 242009


  • 30,000 miles
Had to replace front brake pads and turn rotors at 30,000 miles of highway driving. Just replaced rear brake pads and rotors at 60,000 miles with inside pad worn to metal and scraping rotors yet outside pads were virtually untouched. Been driving 50,000 highway miles for years and never had to replace front brake pads before 60,000 miles or rear pads sooner than 100,000 miles. Showed uneven wear on rear pads and scratched rotors jay wolff Honda service manager who admitted that they have a problem with pre-mature wear on Honda Accord pads but said later it is just normal wear to get me to leave.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #192

Oct 232009


  • 21,110 miles
2008 Honda Accord with 21110 miles began squealing loudly from the rear wheels. Honda dealer informed me that the rear brake pads needed replacing. No warranty coverage or reimbursement was offered. Front pads were still at 50% wear. Rear pads should last twice as long as front pads and certainly longer than 21K miles.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #191

Apr 012009


  • 24,000 miles
Interior rear brake pads wearing out extremely prematurely. Front brake pads and rear outside pads are all fine. Likely problem is in the rear brake caliper piston. Honda states that the brake pads are a wear and tear item and not covered. However, uneven brake pad wear is indicative of a mechanical issue and, in the case of brakes, a major safety concern.

- Chesapeake Beach, MD, USA

problem #190

Aug 192008


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. When applying pressure to the brake pedal he heard metal grinding. He had to use increased braking distances when decelerating. The rear brakes were replaced twice. None of the repairs have remedied the failure. The failure mileage was 20000. The current mileage was 53000.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #189

Sep 012009

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. During a routine oil change, he was told that his rear brakes needed to be replaced. A service manager confirmed that the manufacturer was aware of the problem. No repairs were made and he heard a peculiar noise during brake application. The current mileage was approximately 22,000. Updated 10/26/09 the rear rotors were resurfaced and the rear brake pads were replaced. Updated 10/28/09. Updated 10/30/09

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #188

Oct 072009


  • 28,000 miles
Premature wear of rear brake pads. The inner brake pad was completely worn out at 28,000 miles. The outer rear brake pad was not worn. This is a defect that Honda designed wrong. The rear pads should wear out evenly.

- Siloam Springs, AR, USA

problem #187

Sep 012009


  • 19,000 miles
My rear brakes wore out prematurely on my 2008 Honda Accord at around 18K miles. Honda needs to issue a recall on this, especially since the dealership has acknowledged the problem consistently exists.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #186

Oct 022009


  • 15,900 miles
I have leased my 2008 Honda Accord coupe with vsa for 13 months with 15,900 miles currently. Visited the dealership service department for the recommended 15,000 mile service. Told the rear brakes need replacement, the service tech stated " this is a common problem on the Accord, we can have the brake service completed for you in 45 minutes". I stated "if this is a common problem I would gladly have the brake service completed if Honda paid for the parts". service tech said I have to check with the service manager. A few minutes went by and the tech returned, "the service manager said because the vehicle has vsa, that the brakes wear out very quickly and that Honda would not offer to cover the cost of parts. But, because this is a leased vehicle do not put on after market brake pads at another service site". no where in the Honda vehicle manual is it stated that there would be early brake wear and required replacement if your vehicle has vsa. I am in the process of contacting Honda America by phone, by fax and by certified letter. As Honda drivers we should have been made aware of this problem and should receive the work and parts gratis by Honda.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #185

Oct 052009


  • miles
I have an '08 Honda Accord ex and due to the poor design and part quality Honda uses for their rear-brakes I have to change the brake pads on the car with only 17,500 miles on it. At 15-20K mile life on brake pads is subpar quality and design of the system. This should be looked to protect consumers from speeding extra maintenance dollars on a poor decision/design by Honda auto.

- Lansdowne, PA, USA

problem #184

Jan 202009


  • 9,000 miles
My Honda Accord 08 steering wheel vibrates and shakes as when I press on the brake traveling 60+ miles on the freeway. Honda dealer told me that I should replace the brakes and I did but still has the same problem. I feel unsafe driving my car on the freeway. And replacing brakes when my car has only 20,000 miles does not make any sense to me. My steering wheel started to shake when the car had less than 10,000 miles on it. What should I do??

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #183

Oct 022009


  • 37,000 miles
I am a first time buyer of a Honda automobile. I purchased my Honda for the reliability and quality reputation that they were to possess. I first noticed a loud scrapping noise coming from the rear of my car at 37,000 miles. I asked fellow automotive manufacturing employees what they thought it could be. The response was always it can't be the pads because of the low mileage. I took the car to the dealership. The dealership determined I needed to replace the rear pads and that the wear was normal. I was not satisfied with that answer, so upon picking up my Accord I asked for the old pads. The inside pad was completely worn while the pad for the same wheel for the outside was quite the opposite with plenty of pad left. The dealership tried to explain the inconsistent wear due to a emergency brake cable engagement. I did not see the brake light on the dash lit up at all. Investigating this issue further because of my concern with faulty brakes, I have learned I am not alone. I will not tolerate replacing and paying for a problem that is clearly a manufacturing issue of poor quality and what may turn into a life loss if not understood. Safety is number one at Honda manufacturing?

- Lincoln , AL, USA

problem #182

Sep 302009


  • 24,000 miles
I own a 2008 Honda Accord with 24K miles on it. I took it to my dealer because I heard a metal grinding noise from the rear passenger wheel. The dealer notified me that the rear brakes on my vehicle had less than 2mm of brake pad remaining which I validated with a visual inspection. My front brakes had just over 8mm of brake pads remaining (normal wear). It is clear that this is a manufacturers default in either the brake pads or design. I am concerned that this could become a safety issue since it is not a reasonable deduction by most owners of a 2008 Honda Accord that brake pads would wear out within `20K miles and ignore the symptoms. The dealer charged me $150 to replace the brake pads.

- North Richland Hills, TX, USA

problem #181

Sep 152009


  • 17,000 miles
Brake pads on car need replacing after only $18,000 miles.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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