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 4 of 22)

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problem #380

Oct 142010


  • 30,000 miles


Premature brake wear on my 2008 Honda Accord. Where do I begin" purchased the car in June of 2008, a few months later I replaced my first set of rear brake pads at 30K miles. First indication of brakes starting to fade was metal on metal contact noise coming from the rear. I found this very odd and decided to take the car into the dealer. I was told by the dealer that "brake distribution was changed from a front bias to more rear bias and this is not uncommon.". I was also told this would not be covered under my extended warranty. I paid $200 for the pads and service altogether...and they said my rotors needed to be resurfaced as well....which I wasn't willing to do at 30K miles. Flash forward to October 2010. I'm hearing the metal on metal grinding from the rear of the car again. This will be my 3rd set of rear brake pads in 80K miles. Another thing to note. The car was vibrating very seriously upon braking before I finally replaced the rotors. Which I did around the 50-60K mile mark. My extended warranty on this car has been all but useless. If it doesn't fix a problem as obvious as this.....what exactly does it fix"

- Saylorsburg, PA, USA

problem #379

Sep 152010


  • 28,000 miles
Noise from rear of car. Got contentiously worse. Took to dealership, who said brake rotors and pads needed to be replaced. Car only has 28,000 miles on it, and brakes were intended to last 70,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #378

Sep 292010


  • 27,292 miles
Grinding sound while driving down the road. Sound also correlates with foot touching brake. Sound was coming from the rear brake area. Never had brake problems from a car with this few miles with much of them being highway.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #377

Sep 082010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 22,858 miles


The events leading to the failure came about when my husband notice the brake indicator noise coming from the rear of our 2008 Honda Accord ex V6 w/nav. He also notice the uneven feel of the brakes, during brake pedal application. We called Honda to get a cost estimate about the repair and that's when the customer service rep informed us about a pending or completed class-action law suit against Honda Corp. We were asked not to say anything, as the rep directed us to get the repairs done and keep our receipt(s) for possible redemption at a later date. Had to replaced both rear brake pads, both rotors and both rear tires and an all-wheel alignment.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #376

Sep 282010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord sedan ex-L V6 and the rear brake pads are wearing very prematurely. I'm being told that they need to be replaced immediately, and my mileage is only 30K. My braking ability has drastically reduced and I feel the car having trouble when I apply the brakes. The Accord is a front wheel drive vehicle and the rear brake pads should not be a problem this early in the vehicle's life. My research has shown that this is a problem with all 8th generation Honda Accord. Honda does not acknowledge the problem so this money comes out of my own pocket unless I sue or join a class action lawsuit, which is prefer not to do. This needs to be addressed and Honda needs to work with the Accord owners to rectify this issue.

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #375

Sep 242010


  • 30,000 miles
Ever since I purchased my 2008 Accord, I had noticed a 'squealing' sound upon acceleration, that seemed to be coming from the rear wheels. It was faint at first, and would come and go, so I didn't think anything of it, especially since my vehicle was new. Visually, though, I thought my rear wheels had a 'rusty' appearance on the inside of the wheel well. As time went on, the noise became more consistent, and was audible during deceleration, too. Not to mention, I began to hear a 'grinding' sound. I took my vehicle into the dealer, with the assumption that whatever the cause, my extended warranty would be useful, if there were any needed repairs. The dealer told me that I had worn down the brake pads so badly that the pads, rotors, and calipers needed replacement. In addition, the master cylinder and piston were damaged (due to the brake situation), so that needed replacement too. I asked why the brakes would even need replacement at such a low mileage, in the first place, especially since almost all of my miles are highway miles, and they told me that it was very common, and since I was 'negligent' the cost would not be covered under the warranty, and, therefore, I would be charged $1,667 for the repairs. My vehicle is in their shop right now, as of course, they don't even have the parts to fix it, and the vehicle "is too dangerous to drive." Maybe I should have been more proactive and went with my gut when I thought the 'squealing' sound was strange, but I just figured a brand new car wouldn't have any problems. Unfortunately for me, I was completely wrong!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #374

Mar 132009


  • 20,268 miles


The first time the rear brakes on my 2008 Honda Accord needed service was at 20,268 miles. The notified that the rear brakes were wearing unevenly. The dealer replaced the rear pads at no cost. I just replaced the rear pads at 53,347 miles for $214.50.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #373

Sep 102010


  • miles
Honda Accord 2008 brakes problem.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #372

Sep 132008


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. As she was driving 45 mph there was a grinding noise when shifting from second to third gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they found the third gear grind synco was worn out. The dealer informed her that this was a part of the automatic transmission and it will be repaired under the warranty. She also stated that she had brake failure as she depressed the brakes when they extended to the floor. The dealer had to replace the brake pads at her expense for $116. The manufacturer was not contacted in regards to any of these failures. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #371

Jul 272010


  • 25,238 miles
Premature rear brake wear. Rear brakes went metal on metal on rotors. Three month prior nys vehicle inspection performed and found not problems. Honda dealer pulled wheels to inspect brakes and found no problems. Dealer would write down on invoice if brakes were marginal and inform customer. Driving performed was mostly long distance thruway driving.

- Marcellus, NY, USA

problem #370

Apr 102010


  • 35,205 miles


Initial rear brake squealing after over night setting or use to parking lots, squeal would occur in reverse direction braking, as if brake was dragging. As time progressed a metal to metal sound was noted as if some metal part had come loose and would drag or rub in slight directional pressure changes. Applying brakes would temporarily silence, but would return when brakes were released. A slight pulling sensation was noted to either right or left along with a vibration when applying brakes. Rear brake rotors were resurfaced and pads replaced at a cost of $214 parts and labor. Additionally, front brake rotors were resurfaced and pads replaced at a cost of $133 parts and labor.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #369

Jun 202010


  • 22,000 miles
My 2008 Accord ex has abnormal brake wear. At about 25,000 miles, we had to replace the rear brake pads. The wear was extremely uneven, and one side of the brake was worn before the other. The brakes wear out every time at about 25,000 miles, and the sensors go off much too early, at about 15,000 miles. To correct the failure, we replaced the rear brake pads, but it does not fix the abnormal wear. The brakes are also overheating extremely quickly, which is contributing to the abnormal wear.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #368

Jul 092010


  • 14,000 miles
The brakes on my 2008 Honda Accord have worn out twice prematurely, the last time my rotors were gone and needed replacement almost $400 dollars at first the dealer service unit said it was normal. Later upon making a lot of disturbance at dealership with the manager of service he admitted there was a known problem. He said pay and submit to Honda for refund. I called Honda and they said to wait since a class action suit had been filed and no refund would be given at this time.

- Mamaroneck, NY, USA

problem #367

Aug 192010


  • 24,123 miles
Brake pad failure, Honda Accord 2008.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #366

Jun 092010


  • 26,749 miles
Left rear tire starts making loud squeaking hissing whenever the brakes are applied. The car brakes do not respond fast enough.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #365

Aug 172008


  • miles
2008 Honda Accord has premature brake wear. Brakes need to be recalled. Honda needs to take responsibility for this defect!!! rear brakes wear out after only 20,000 miles. This is the second time I've had to replace rear brakes and rotors.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #364

Aug 142010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 28,193 miles
I had to replace pads and rotors on all four wheels. I've only had my Honda Accord for nine months and have only put approx. 9,000 miles on the car. I was told by the Honda service mgr. That the unreasonable wear was due to a defective design that caused "excessive force to be applied to the vehicle's wheels". he also told me that the brakes on the 08 Honda Accord were wearing out more than twice as fast as they should! then I found out about the class-action suit against Honda and the 20008 Honda Accord ex-L V-6 sedan.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #363

Aug 122010


  • 20,400 miles
Rear brakes wornout at 19,000 miles. Highway driving 70%. dealer said this was normal. $170 to replace.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #362

Jun 152010


  • 30,000 miles
Rear brakes worn out and making very loud noise.

- Woodland Park, NJ, USA

problem #361

Jul 282010


  • 42,000 miles
My front rotors warped at around 17K miles and caused vibration when braking at freeway speeds. Vehicle now is at 42K mile and vibration is occurring again similar to the 17K incident. Last week mechanic said pads were still 70%. rear pads have been replaced twice already since purchasing vehicle new.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

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