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 21 of 22)

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problem #40

Feb 242009


  • 18,900 miles


Premature rear brake pad wear. With 18900 miles on my 2008 Honda Accord ex 4cyl, the brakes started to squeal. I took my car to the car dealer where I purchased the car. The advisor informed me that this is normal and not covered under warranty. I did not agree with his assessment but I proceeded with his recommendation to replace the rear brake pads. I researched this issue on the internet and found the site, after reading the complaints on this site, I believe this is an issue that Honda should acknowledge. I filed a complaint with Honda Corp and was given a case number.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #39

Feb 282009


  • 15,584 miles
At 15,580 miles the rear brake pads on my 2008 Honda Accord exl V-6 sedan were worn down and needed to be replaced. The front pads are fine. I have driven various other vehicles and have never had to replace the brake pads after so short of a mileage. The service consultant at my Honda dealer showed my the pad and they are very small. I was informed by my Honda dealer that the pads are too small and they are wearing out faster. I believe this to be a defect in the design and I have also filed a complaint with american Honda. I would never have checked my pads so early had I not been at the dealership. This is potential safety issue as well. I was lucky and caught the problem before an accident, but brake pads should not need to replaced on a 1- year old car with this low of mileage.

- Gurnee, IL, USA

problem #38

Feb 122009


  • 20,718 miles
Took car in for oil change at 20,718 was told my rear brakes need to be replaced. Service manager told us this was not under warranty and I was responsible for the brake cost. This seems to be a problem with the 08 Accord. Honda needs to address the issue, brakes should not need replaced this soon.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #37

Feb 232009


  • miles


I only have 19000 miles on my car and I already need new brake pads. I talked to Honda and it is not covered under warranty. Also, I talked to another mechanic for a second opinion and he showed me the brake pads and rotors. The rotors were fine but the brake pads were almost completely gone. The inside pads were thinner then the outer pads which leads me to believe that there is a defect in my brakes. Also the bottom of the pads are thinner then the top of the pads due to a slightly tilting caliper. Yet this is not covered under warranty.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #36

Feb 022009


  • 26,000 miles
Squealing noise from rear brakes after 26,000 miles. Inside rear pads excessively worn.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #35

Feb 252009


  • 12,500 miles
2008 Honda Accord, 4 door, V6 - premature brake wear. The rear brake pads on my car are now needing replacement at only 12,500 miles. I have called american Honda and they say this is only a maintenance item and not currently a recall or warranty repair item. With brake pads wearing this quickly people will not be able or willing to pay for replacement/repair on a timely basis. This will lead to these cars being on the highway without adequate brakes. My wife and I are experienced drivers and have owned Honda vehicles for 25+ years. We have never had this type of premature brake wear with Honda or any other type of vehicle. The major issue is the potential for these cars to be on the highway with inadequate brakes. The inconvenience and tremendous cost of replacing brake pads this frequently will lead to this situation. This is a financial hardship that may lead to a dangerous situation for consumers.

- Candler, NC, USA

problem #34

Feb 202009


  • miles


The brakes on my 2008 Honda Accord LX had to be replaced at 13,000 and again at 25,000 miles. This is crazy and I believe this is a defect. At anywhere from $160. To 250. Each time - it's a total rip off and deceitful.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #33

Feb 242009


  • 29,500 miles
Most of my driving is highway miles. At 29500 the rear brakes needed to be replaced already. The vehicle was not even 1 year old and the rear brakes go out first. Usually on my most cars front or rear wheel drive cars, the front brakes tend to go out faster than the rear brakes. After doing research it turns out, I am not the only problem with this issue on this car. Turns out as well the dealerships know of this issue as well. And the fact the part that needs to be replace the brake pads and resurfacing the router is all wear and tear products. So this does not cover the manufacture warranty. I would understand on a normal circumstance if the brakes naturally wore out that you would have to pay for the repair regardless. Which was what I expecting when I dropped of the car for the problems but for the rear brakes to go back this early and this soon and then charge the customer for 200-300 for the fix and no warranty, that's really silly.

- Churchville, PA, USA

problem #32

Feb 182009


  • 18,000 miles
I purchased a 2008 Honda Accord in may of 2008, and with 18,000 miles I already had to put new back brake pad on. The dealer also told me that my front brakes will need to be replaced about 25,000 miles. I have owned lots of cars, and I have never had to replace brake so often.

- La Vere, CA, USA

problem #31

Feb 232009


  • 32,230 miles
The rear brakes of my 2008 Honda Accord have worn out prematurely. (32230 miles) the dealership stated it is normal for this car because the rear brake pads are built very small and thin. After checking the internet, it seems that the normal wear is between 20000 and 30000 miles. The average american driver simply can not believe that the problem they are having, such as noise and vibrations is due to rear brake wear at such low mileage. It is my opinion that the braking system on the 2008 Honda Accord is of poor design and possibly a safety issue. Please give consideration to investigating the braking system of the 2008 Honda Accord.

- Anadarko, OK, USA

problem #30

Jan 132009


  • 24,000 miles


Noise from rear of car, taken to local Honda dealer for inspection. We were told that the rear brakes were worn and needed to be replaced at 24000 miles! repair was made.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #29

Feb 202009


  • 25,000 miles
Premature rear brake pad wear on 2008 Honda Accord exl V6. Multiple websites stating that this is a common problem some stating that Honda Corp. Is aware but is not willing to do anything about it. I had to replace rear brakes @ 25,000 miles which are 90 percent freeway miles. This is not acceptable. I recommend you do a google search to see how many people are affected by this problem.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #28

Feb 142009


  • 15,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord and have only drive 15000 miles (mostly highway) and now I have to replace the brakes due to a manufacturing defect made by Honda. The corporate office is aware of the problem and is "looking into it" but by the time they get finished with their investigation I will probably have spent one thousand dollars on brake maintenance. I hope your Agency can look into this matter and pressure Honda into correcting their defects.

- Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA

problem #27

Jan 102009


  • 13,000 miles
Honda Accord 2008 sedan LX... there is a "metal grinding against metal" sound from the rear. Went to authorized dealership only to be told that the rear brake pads are gone. I purchased this car new in April 2008. It has done only 13K miles. The dealer admits that it's very early to have rear brake pads worn out. Looked online and found many consumers of 2008 Accord facing the same issues. It's high time Honda wakes up and acknowledges the fault. I cannot keep spending usd 300 every 10K miles to have the pads replaced, which on other cars need replacement once every couple of years.

- Menlo Park, CA, USA

problem #26

Dec 012008


  • 4,000 miles
Brought car in dealership for squeaky brakes at approx. 4,000 miles. After the inspection, was told rear pads needed to be replaced and were covered under 12,000 mile warranty. A few days later noticed squeaky noise coming from the front. Brought car back and front pads were replaced. A few days after that, noise came back, and dealership replaced both brake pads and rotors. Two weeks later noise was back again and need to bring back to dealership. Also considering writing to Honda regarding lemon law claim.

- Robbinsville, NJ, USA

problem #25

Feb 182009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord ex-L V6 rear brakes wore out, needing to be replaced, at 15,000 miles.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #24

Feb 172008


  • 13,454 miles
Took my 2008 Honda Accord to the dealer due to squeeky brakes, the told me I needed rear pads and the rotors need resurfacing......the car only has 13,500 miles on it !!!! what a joke. I have gone under numerous websites and have read the complaints of other consumers with the exact problem.....

- Stickney, IL, USA

problem #23

Feb 132009


  • 18,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord 4cyl sedan rear brake pads wearing out in 18,000 miles. The dealership came up with some poor reasons including my driving skill level as to the reason why. Not covered by warranty and Honda replacement brake shoes are not available except at dealership. I found a website called auto beef where at least 55 others had similar experiences. Seems like they changed the rear brake design to a flawed one and don't want to admit they screwed up and can cause serious damage and likely injury left to its own resolution.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #22

Feb 062009


  • 19,000 miles
Took car in for 15K work. Car had actual mileage of 19K. Was told I needed rear break pads was told this was normal for this car. I have had 2 other Honda Accord with 3 year leases and never had to touch the brakes. The brake pads were wore down on one side, was ok on the other side was told this model (2008 Accord) now has disc breaks, were other models had drum brakes. Brake pads were replace, I do have the old parts. I feel, to replace brake pads after 19K miles is not correct. Most of my driving is highway.

- Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #21

Feb 032009


  • 15,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord, started making horrible scraping noise after just 15K miles. Went to dealer for service and was told that the new 08 Accord have alloy wheels and coupled with the salt in the air from living near the beach causes the noise. Come to find out the rear brake pads were metal to metal and cost $287.01 to be replaced at my expense. I complained that the brakes should not be going out this soon and was told that it is my driving habits that caused the brakes to go out so soon.

- Panama City, FL, USA

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