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 5 of 22)

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problem #360

Mar 242009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles


2008 Accord ex coupe V6. Vehicle is driven daintily, mostly at highway speeds. At 26000 noticed a vibration in steering while braking from 60mph to 30mph. Took car to dealership. Rear brakes pads were gone, and front rotors were warped. Dealer replaced pads and machined and turned rotors. At 38000 miles vibration returned. Took car to dealership. Dealer replaced front and rear rotors were now warped. Replaced front pads, rear pads, front and rear rotors. At 46000 miles vibration returned. Sought an independent mechanic who noted that the rotors and pads were too small for a vehicle that heavy with electronic brake balancing and vehicle stability assist. Installed aftermarket pads and rotors. Issue has not returned.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #359

May 192010


  • 22,000 miles
Premature rear brake pad wear, at under 23,000 we had to replace the rear brake pads because we were told they we worn out and not covered by warranty, after checking I found out this is an issue with the 2008 Accord and there is suppose to be a fix for this with new V springs asked the dealer about this and they said they could not do this repair or change.

- Verona, WI, USA

problem #358

Jul 182010


  • 28,500 miles
My Honda rear brake pads were prematurely worn out. In last 2 and a half year I had less than 29,000 miles on the car. However rear brake pads were worn out and I could hear huge grinding noise from the back. I went to the Honda dealer and have them replace the brake pads. However, it cost me $218.15 usd and lot of agony and issues while driving car.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #357

Jul 152010


  • 32,000 miles


Improper braking system in 2008 Honda Accord led to the rear brake pads failing prematurely at 32,000 on a mainly highway miles driven car. The rear brake pads were replaced at owner's expense and 70% remained on front pads. Experienced shaking when stopping at approximately 33,000 miles and was told that the front and rear rotors needed to be turned. It appears that something is faulty with the braking system and the dealership and Honda is trying to place blame on the consumer but most cars don't need these things replaced and the sequence that things are failing is pointing to a major defect. You can replace all day, but no one is revealing or fixing the real problem.

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #356

Jul 242010


  • 34,039 miles
Premature brake wear on 2008 Honda Accord. Brought my car (34,000 miles) to my mechanic for an oil change and tire rotation and was told my rear brakes were down to medal. I do primarily long distance driving. Considering there are so many complaints on this and Honda is offering a $125 rebate back for premature break wear, shouldn't there be a recall? this is a safety hazard.

- East Islip, NY, USA

problem #355

Jun 092008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 50 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated when driving at approximately 60 mph, there were unusual vibrations and the vehicle would abnormally veer toward the right. The dealer rotated the tires but the vehicle then began to veer toward the left. The dealer realigned the front suspension but to no avail. In addition, the brakes would sporadically squeal when depressed. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The dealer replaced the rotors twice but the failure persisted. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure persisted. The failure mileage was 50 and the current mileage was 24,800. On July 26, 2010, the check engine light, vsa and an exclamation warning lights illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle began idling erratically and the vehicle kept wanting to cut as the consumer approached traffic lights. Upon inspection of the vehicle, it was determined there was a problem with the cylinder. The spark plugs and cylinder were replaced. Updated 08/10/10

- Indian Head, MD, USA

problem #354

Jul 272010


  • 24,000 miles


Brakes had to be changed at 11,000 miles. Honda said it was normal "wear and tear." Brake light came on at 24,000 miles, followed by a crashing shrill sound the day after. Extremely loud, shrill sound with acceleration. Had to get car towed today following incident. This is a safety and quality concern and Honda refuses to take responsibility for their defective vehicles.

- Foothill Ranch, CA, USA

problem #353

Jul 272010


  • 33,152 miles
2008 Honda Accord needed rear brakes replaced at 33,152 miles. Never had rear brakes bad before front brakes. (owned 14 new cars) more than 20,000 miles are highway, so don't understand the wear. Am not a heavy brake user - I maintain good distance, coast before braking slowly.

- Hutto, TX, USA

problem #352

Jul 192010


  • 27,894 miles
At 27894 miles, my 2008 Honda Accord ex-L's rear brakes were "completely gone" according to service tech's. I was advised that it was not safe for me drive one more week with the brakes in this condition.

- Dayton, TN, USA

problem #351

Jul 262010


  • 46,400 miles
I have had 3 rear brake jobs on my 2008 Honda Accord with 46,447 miles which is only 15,482 miles per each set of pads. At $209 per repair that is $627.

- Las Flores, CA, USA

problem #350

Feb 072010


  • 9,000 miles


Honda Accord front brake rotors warped at 10000 miles. Honda dealer repaired. Brakes continue to squeal occasionally.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #349

Jun 152010


  • 21,000 miles
Rear brakes were replaced after 20,000 on 2008 Honda Accord. Honda service indicated that 2008 model year change modified when rear brakes engage at stopping. 2008 Accord engage the rear brakes a fraction of second prior to front brakes preventing front dipping. This was done without enlarging the caliper/pad/rotor dimensions/capacity.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #348

Jul 212010


  • 31,793 miles
Scrapping metal sound in rear of car. Had to have rear brake pads replaced. Was informed around 26K miles that the brakes were less than 25% and had to replace them 5K miles later.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #347

Jun 302010


  • 22,000 miles
At roughly 6,000 miles, my 2008 Honda Accord began making high-pitched noises (which came from the rear of the car). I brought it into my dealership and they stated, "we could not replicate the noise that you heard." So I continued to drive it. At 22,000 miles, I had to replace my rear brake pads due to uneven ware. The driver side rear pads were okay, however, the passenger side pads showed uneven ware. The inside pad was completely gone. Discussed what I had found with my new Accord with dealership. They stated that my car was still under warranty, but because it was a brake pad issue, it was considered "normal" ware and tare... they wanted close to $300 for repair. I purchased new pads from Napa auto parts and installed myself. I have my old pads as evidence and all receipts from bringing my car to the dealership (which they were unable replicate the problem). However, after further investigation online, this defect is surfacing all over the United States (carcomplaints, com, edmunds, etc.) this is a serious issue that is not being addressed and injuries will occur or worse if this is not rectified.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #346

Jul 112010


  • 16,760 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 55 mph he heard a loud grinding noise near the right rear brakes when they were engaged. The contact was able to continue driving to his residence. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who replaced both rear rotors and brake pads. The failure mileage was 16,760 and the current mileage was 16,810.

- Moon Township, PA, USA

problem #345

Jul 132010


  • 15,980 miles
2008 Honda Accord rear brake failure.

- Moon, PA, USA

problem #344

Jul 122010


  • 23,000 miles
I have only 23,000 miles on my car and the rear brakes are failing on my 2008 Honda Accord.

- Warrington, PA, USA

problem #343

Oct 212009


  • 25,258 miles
Rear brakes pads worn out in less than 25000 miles and at that time damaged the brake disk and weak braking occurred. The noise of the rear brakes were present from 10,000 miles and were ensured brakes were ok.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #342

Jul 102010


  • 28,000 miles
08 Honda Accord rear brakes started squealing at 28,000 miles. Dealer said pads were a Honda problem and were 'soft' and dealer replaced them. I was concerned about the front brake pads because of problem with rear, and dealer said the front pads were fine. Then about 33,000 miles I started to get a shimmy in the front when I braked at highway speed (over 55 mph). It wasn't too bad at first, but progressively got worse. When the front started to pull to the left when I braked coming off the interstate, I told the service manager at the dealership and he said it's probably a warped rotor. Plus, the service manager said there had been other complaints. He said he would machine the front rotors, but I would have to pay for it. The cost is way beyond my budget. I have nearly 39,000 miles on the brakes and the shimmy is a major shake when I brake at highway speed and at low speeds it feels like I'm driving on rocks when I brake, although I'll be on a smooth service. The pull to the left coming off the interstate is so wrong for a 2008 car. I had it aligned twice just in case that was the problem, but I was assured the alignment was good, but the rotors were not. This was from a highly experienced mechanic not employed by Honda. He also said he had talked to a number of owners of Honda Accord of the 2008 or later model year and they had the same problem with brake rotors warping. That's the events leading up to the problem. The brake rotor failure occurs every mile I drive and the consequences are it takes much more stopping distance when I apply the brakes, and if it's wet, even more stopping distance to safely operate the vehicle. Nothing has been done to correct the failure. Honda says it must be the way I brake, although most of my driving is on the interstate. I found out from other Honda Accord owners that have had the rotors turned that they have to do it again in 15,000 miles. This is a major safety issue, and Honda needs to recall Accord and fix them.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #341

Jul 102010


  • 19,000 miles
Hello, I have a 2008 Accord LX, this is the 4th Accord I have owned. My concern is with the rear brakes. I am on my 3rd set of rear brake pads and the car has 37,385 mi on it. The front ones have not been changed yet and they are the primary pads to stop with. I took it to the dealer at 19000 mi and after a long debate they replaced the back pads at no charge.I just replaced them for a 2nd time at 37,000 mi. I noticed that the piston on the rear caliper screws out when its used for braking. Every other caliper I have worked with when you push on the brakes the piston pushes on the rotor then releases. The piston on this Accord screws out but does not screw back in causing the brakes pad to have great constant presure on the rotor. I as the dealer about it and they said there is no recall. Either way the breaks should not have to be replaced every 19,000 miles especially if they are the rear brakes the front brake have not been replaced yet and still have plent of life left in the pad. In closing I want to let you know that this is not proper and to as if there is a recall or design change be made to this produce.

- So Windsor, CT, USA

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