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 16 of 22)

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problem #140

Jun 182009


  • miles


I have a 2008 Honda Accord ex sedan with automatic transmission. The rear disc brake pads wore out before 28,000 miles & had to be replaced. The Honda dealer stated that this is a common problem with many Accord & at this time Honda has no information when or if a redesign of the rear pads is being considered. This is not a warranty covered issue & owners pay full cost to replace the pads. The servicing Honda dealer stated that more frequent brake inspections should be done than what may be considered normal.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #139

Jul 302009


  • 27,800 miles
2008 Honda Accord. Rear brake noises. Inspection revealed inner rear pad gone @27,000 miles.

- Powell, TN, USA

problem #138

Jul 312009


  • 17,565 miles
I already have to replace the rear brakes at 17000miles on my new Honda Accord. The dealership charged me $400. I purchased a Honda because of their reliability. This is unacceptable! I should not have to pay for new brake pads when it is a Honda default!

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #137

Jul 282009


  • 14,800 miles


Our Honda has less than 15,000 miles when I took it in for an oil change and was told that rear brakes had only 2% left on them. I was told I would need to pay for the brakes since they were not covered under warranty. I refused to pay for the brakes and Honda came back with an offer to pay 75% of the cost. Since brakes are a safety issue I felt I had no choice but to pay the 25%. another customer was replacing his brakes for the second time and he had only about 18,000 miles on his Honda Accord. I researched this problem and found out that many people are complaining about premature wearing of the rear brakes from mileage of 9,000 miles to 20,000. Honda does not seem in a rush to fix this problem or compensate the customer. Honda needs to back up their claim of quality.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #136

Jun 152008


  • 13,000 miles
Low maintenance cost to own.... wrong!!! rear brake pads worn at 13,000 miles. I contacted Honda of America, and boy! I got the run around. In 2004 I have purchased a civic around 22,000 miles I started seeing brake problem and also purchased a denali and no problems until 27,000 mile change pads. I have a 1 and the half and five year old boy, my concern is for the safety, malfunction in the R&D stage. Honda made a new modification on 2008 models braking system, without letting the consumer know.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #135

Jul 272009


  • 22,000 miles
Just spent $256.77 getting new rear brake pads on my Honda Accord 08 that only has 22,000 miles on it. Last week I started to hear a noise that sounded like metal scraping metal and as the week went on I heard the noise more and more. Today when I heard it was my rear break pads I was shocked. Two weeks ago I paid two hundred dollars to get my car serviced and they didn't mention anything wrong with my break pads, but now my break pads were 95 to 100% worn. That doesn't seem possible that nothing was wrong and then they were almost gone. The service guy told me that they would not have noticed this during servicing. Why then was there a check saying my break pads were fine on my service form"? did they just check the box and not look. What did they do at my service appointment? I paid for an extended warranty, but that did me no good. This seems to be a large problem for 2008 Honda Accord so what are we owners going to get from Honda"

- Brighton , MA, USA

problem #134

Jul 282009


  • 16,888 miles


My 2008 Honda Accord has the rear brakes failing after 16,000 miles. After doing some research I realized that Honda is ignoring a systematic problem that requires a recall. This is a serious safety issue if thousands of 2008 Honda have brakes that fail every 15,000 miles. Example link to complaints:

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #133

Jul 242009


  • 27,700 miles
Premature wear on 2008 Honda Accord rear brakes. Rear brakes are having to be replaced before the front brakes and the vehicle is only a year old and the mileage is 26,000. Honda dealership insisted this is not a safety hazard and not fixing the problem or recommending customer have it fixed. Recall

- Williamsbury, VA, USA

problem #132

Jul 232009


  • 21,032 miles
I purchased a Honda Accord 2008 in January 2008. The car has less than 22,000 miles and the rear brakes were replaced on June 23, 2009. The car was in for general maintenance and tire rotation on 6/23/09, there was no mention of my brakes at that time. On July 10, 2009 there was a very loud screeching noise when backing up and it sounded like metal against mental, I was over fifty miles from my home. On my way home I placed a call to Honda of bowie where I purchased the vehicle, and was informed to bring the vehicle in for service. On the next day the service advisor informed me it was my rear brakes and they had to be replaced. I questionned why are rear brakes going out on a car with less than 22,000 miles, and is it covered under warranty, when my husband has a chev with 66,000 and the rear brakes have not been replaced. When the tech check the brakes there on the "brake condition" sheet(left rear 0mms and on the right rear 1mms), now I'm not sure what those #S indicate, however, on the inspection checklist the rear brakes required "immediate attention". there is obviously a serious problem with the brakes on the 2008 Honda Accord.

- Forestville, MD, USA

problem #131

Jun 292009


  • 20,000 miles
I bought a 2008 Honda Accord on November 30, 2007. My brakes started squealing shortly after. Squeaky brakes do not indicate a defect so I waited until my first oil change at 8K miles but the squeaking did not go away. I complained to the service rep who said they visually inspected the brakes and everything looked fine. They suggested it would go away. At 12K miles and my second oil change, I had the same complaint. Again they inspected the brakes and said they looked fine, and that it could be a piece of rock stuck in there somewhere, and it would cost if they were to do a thorough inspection. This trend continued to my fourth oil change where the tech suggested that my brakes would be due for replacement during my next oil change. I couldn't wait until the next oil change because my brakes were squealing to the point of embarrassment. Within the same month, I had the rear brakes replaced. The tech agreed that it was time and it wouldn't have made it to the next oil change. I paid just under $200 for this service. It hasn't been a month and my front brakes are also squeaking to the point of embarrassment. I think this is absurd for a new car. I have spoken with the service manager, a sales manager, and one other person who is above both of them. They are all telling me the same thing. I insisted that it wasn't normal for* car brakes to start squeaking and to *keep* squeaking. I also mentioned that I do mostly highway driving so the brakes should not wear out that fast. The sales manager had the audacity to tell me that the brakes on this model are known for squeaking and it is normal for them to continue squeaking. They then offered to inspect them for $30 or service them for $240, which I declined. I have read the warranty documentation and have decided to follow the advised procedure, hopefully to a fair resolution. My only regret is not starting this process sooner.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #130

Jan 012009


  • 12,000 miles


I own a 2008 Honda Accord ex-L and every since I have owned this car since the end of 2007 I have been experiencing rear brake problems every 3-4 months I have been having to replace rear brake pads and other owners of this same year Accord have been experiencing the same issues and I can bring some of those owners to front with the same issues. The car is very hard to brake and salesman at some of the Honda dealerships have acknowledged the problem but they do not want to do anything about this situation. I have a 10 month old child and this can be very dangerous with the issue of the rear brake pads and this to me is justification for a recall of the year of Honda Accord and just about every oil change the rear brake pads are needing to be replaced on top of having to pay a high car note I have to continue to pay car repair charges for this vehicle.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #129

Nov 012008


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact heard a loud whistling and scraping sound coming from the rear of the vehicle. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the rear brakes needed to be replaced. The brakes were replaced, but the failure has recurred nine months later. Through research, the contact discovered that this was a common issue and believes that a recall should be issued by the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 20,000 and current mileage was 28,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #128

Jul 162009


  • 26,300 miles
The rear brakes on my 2008 Honda Accord are wearing out far faster than seems reasonable. The first time they wore out was at approximately 14,000 miles while this second instance has happened at about 26,000 miles. The brakes start making a very loud metallic grinding noise and reduced braking power with almost no warning. Honda's solution to this problem is to simply say it's normal brake wear on the vehicle and then require that the rotors be turned and the brake pads be replaced, after charging an absurd diagnostic fee. The front brakes on the vehicle have yet to require replacement and were still shown as having around 60% life at the most recent check.

- Cashiers, NC, USA

problem #127

Jul 092009


  • 9,300 miles
2008 Honda Accord. During normal service by selling dealer at 9,300 miles was notified that the rear brake pads need to be replaced. Was told this was a problem with "this model". was not charged for this repair as was deemed a warranty issue. Dealer has checked to be sure there has not been a re-design of pads- and there has not been. A check on consumer reports web site under the forum for Honda shows this is a widespread problem. Although most got at least 12 to 15 thousand miles. I live in hills which may explain part of the difference. Having to replace rear brake pads every 9,000 or 10,000 miles is a safety problem. Had I had the car serviced somewhere other than the dealer it might not have been looked for or discovered. A recall is needed and it is irresponsible for Honda to not have done so at this point.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #126

Jul 152009


  • 18,103 miles
Premature wear on rear brake pads on 2008 Honda Accord; vehicle at 18,100 miles!

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #125

Jul 132009


  • 36,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord w/ 36,000 miles. Noise from rear brake pad wear indicators. Rear brakes pads were wore down to wear indicator on one side of each rear disc with very little wear on opposite pad, "very uneven brake wear". Honda of greeley in Colorado did brake pad replacement with no corrections or mentions of a problem with uneven brake wear. Front rotors at the same time had to be resurfaced due to warp, however there had not been enough pad wear to require replacement of pads.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #124

Jul 142009


  • 19,326 miles
Rear disc brakes on a 2008 Accord exl V6 have worn out at only 19,328 miles. Inner pads on each side of axle are dramatically thinner than the outer pad, possibly indicating a proportioning problem. Rear discs should not wear out so quickly and there appears to be numerous 08 and 09 Accord owners with similar complaints about the rear braking system needing repair/replacement on a very frequent basis. Complaints to Honda have only yielded an explanation that they are conducting an 'investigation' and no further information is available.

- Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA

problem #123

Mar 232009


  • 19,863 miles
Heard metal grinding noises; assumed it was the brakes. I took it in to Honda for an inspection. I was told the rear brakes needed to be replaced. Brakes should not have to be replaced after one yr four months - especially rear only. Front brakes should go first on front wheel drive. Was told it was designed that way. Owned two other Accord in past. Brakes last two - three years. We should be informed of this before purchase. Replacing brakes are expensive. Heard same complaint from two other same model/year owners.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #122

Jul 082009


  • 28,500 miles
Defective rear braking system.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #121

Jul 062009


  • 13,678 miles
I bought a 2008 Honda Accord ex-L V6 coupe, and after only 13,000 or so miles I began hearing a terrible metal on metal scraping noise coming from the rear wheel well. I contacted my local Honda dealer who indicated this is a known problem in this make and model car, but that it was not on recall "yet". after one day of driving with the noise I felt a noticeable difference in my vehicle's breaking and highway driving. I informed the dealer of this and was told that any abnormal brake wear will effect my vehicles stability assist system (SAS) which controls the vehicle's traction, speed, acceleration, etc.. when I took my car into a repair shop (not the dealer due to their absorbent prices) they notified me that my rear interior brakepad was worn down to the indicators. Unfortunately I had to pay out of pocket to get this fixed because Honda informed me this was not covered by warranty and despite the fact that it is a known defect they are not covering the cost because a recall is not in place yet. I have checked several consumer websites wherein this has been noted as a continuous problem with this make and model vehicle. Every 12,000-15,000 miles or so the rear brake pads wear out prematurely. I am concerned due to the rapid pace that the brake pads wear out at and am fearful that my vehicle (and others like it) will loose stability and result in an accident if this problem is not resolved. The dealerships make excuses for this problem and when contacting Honda America they act as if they have never heard of the problem before. has 350 complaints and counting as of 7/9/09 so I find it difficult to believe that Honda America has never been notified of this problem. I saved my old parts and the receipt/invoice from the repair place I went to and am expecting a recall to be issued (eventually) so that I as well as hundreds if not thousands of others can be reimbursed for this unnecessary expense. Does someone have to die to get a recall ?!

- Livonia, MI, USA

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