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 6 of 22)

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problem #340

Jul 022010


  • 35,266 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While the vehicle was being serviced at an authorized dealer, the mechanic advised her that the rear brakes needed to be replaced. The contact stated that she made an appointment for routine maintenance; however, the dealer cut the rotor and replaced the brake pedals. The approximate failure mileage was 35,266 and the current mileage was 35,269. Updated 09/22/10.

- Egg Harbor City, NJ, USA

problem #339

Jul 062010


  • miles
I was told my rear brakes on my 2008 Honda Accord have worn down and need to be replaced soon. I have had the car for slightly less than 2 years and only have 23,342 miles on it. I purchased a new car form Honda so this was not a used car. Given the low amount of miles over this time period these brake pads have worn out faster than they should have especially since I have put much less than 15,000 miles per year on this vehicle. I have not replaced the parts yet as I just found out about it.

- Belcamp, MD, USA

problem #338

Jan 102010


  • 45,000 miles
Rear brake pads are wearing down prematurely. I have a 2008 Honda Accord ex-L and have gone threw two pad replacements and one set of rotors replaced and am about to replace rotors again. I contacted Honda to inform them that two mechanics have seen the brake pads from the front and the rear. They were amazed at how quickly the rear pads wear down. Honda response that the braking system was new and the braking power now has a 60 - 40 distribution. 60 % on the rear and 40% on the front. Every mechanic that I've spoke to about this stated that if the vehicle was rear wheel drive then they can understand "somewhat" but for a front wheel drive vehicle the front brakes should be taking most of the power to stop. Never the less, Honda stated that they are aware of complaints about the same issue and that they were correcting the issue but my case is not the same. Every online article I read showed the exact same issue I encountered. All I want is my brakes to be corrected before I die or any one of my kids die. Somewhere online I was told that a class-action lawsuit was filed with Honda with regards to the brake wear.

- Barnegat, NJ, USA

problem #337

Jun 222010


  • miles


2008 Honda Accord, took it to another Honda dealer and they stated in writting that the brakes were put on wrong by the previous dealer (steve jones Honda of aberdeen 910-6921-2111). I contacted Honda Corp, because steve jones told me to take a flying leap and contact them and get involved with the class action lawsuit, can not because it was there shotty work. Please assist in this situation. Formal complaint with Honda Corp is numbered [xxx]. please retrieve my information soon because getting ready to be deployed back to afghanistan. Thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #336

Oct 082009


  • 1,410 miles
Brakes are defective on the 2008 & 2009 Accord. My rear brakes & rotors were replaced at approximately 14,100 miles, approximately 1 year ago prior to a class action lawsuit filed against Honda for the defective brakes. According to Honda the new material (brakes are to be released mid June 2010. I contacted Honda (see case #[xxx]) I advised them that I wanted the new brakes put on the vehicle as the earlier brake shoes appear to be defective. They advised that I would have to pay for that. There is written documentation available that states the brakes are bad and there is a new procedure to put the brake pads on. As that documentation was not available when my brakes were replaced I now still have the defective brake pads that have not been installed according to the new procedure. I would also note that at 17,500 miles my front shoes are almost completely worn also. This is a serious situation which can lead to brake failure resulting in a serious accident. I would asks you to look at for further documentation my hyperlink is and is complaint #836. I would also refer you to this link which explains the details further In short this is an extremely serious problem that Honda has until this point apparently covered up. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Boscawen, NH, USA

problem #335

Jun 152010


  • 23,800 miles
I have 2008 Honda Accord which I purchased it new in 2007. I changed the back brakes after 12,000mile and I took it to service dealer after 6500 mile for oil change and they told me I need new back brake again(this is after changing the brake 6,500 mile ago). I received the letter from Honda company that there was the defect and it was fixed and they pay for my last brake change. Now I have a problem with brake and the problem was not fixed. Do you have any recommendation or suggestion in regards to this problem. Thank you!

- Encino, CA, USA

problem #334

Jun 062010


  • 53,000 miles


Premature failure of rear brake pads.

- Woburn, MA, USA

problem #333

May 292010


  • 28,668 miles
Honda Accord 2008 has a brake problem (rear) pads simply disintegrate at 28,000 miles. Call to manufacturer Honda on the telephone the representative confirmed a class action law suit but did not offer any solution like Honda to fix the problem. No action was deemed necessary as it was not safety related. From when did not able to stop your car become a non safety related problem. My other car is a Toyota and they did all in their power rectify the defects and pay a fine. NHTSA definitely needs to bring Honda down to reality and check on the numerous problems related to brakes. Brakes are definitely safety related and any outside chance that they fail should be a major safety violation. Please enforce the rules on Honda and Acura. They have a very secretive and defensive attitude. If they had paid for the brake service I wouldn't be writing to you.

- Monroe, NJ, USA

problem #332

Mar 212010


  • 21,000 miles
Premature rear brake pad failure on my 2008 Honda Accord.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #331

May 042010


  • 23,000 miles
I bought my used 2008 Honda Accord ex in March 2010 when the mileage was 18000. In 2 months, at 23000, I started to hear screeching sounds coming out of the rear tires when I pressed the brakes. Slowly, this problem started to worsen and the noise started to become more louder and it was sounding as metal with metal. This happened both when car was traveling at 40-50 mph and also when braking. This occurs all the time during the day. Initially it starts off as no noise but after 10 minutes at low speeds the noise starts to crackle and its very embarrassing especially when braking at the lights and at stop and go traffic. I took this to the mechanic and he said that the rear brakes have worn out and needs to be replaced. He changed the rear brake pads, brakes, motor and also flushed out the brake fluid. In total this cost me $700 including the labor. When I bought my Honda, I looked at the reliability of the car and with such low mileage I did not expect it to give me any issues. Alas within just 3 months I have had to spend a fortune on the car.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #330

May 262010


  • 22,667 miles


I purchased a 2008 Honda Accord LX, 3.2L in August of 2008. It currently has 22676 miles and I had to replace the rear brakes last week. I began hearing a squeaking noise the week before and took the car to my local Honda service center. They informed me that the rear brakes were completely worn. I questioned the brake wear because of the low miles on my vehicle and the fact that it is a front wheel drive car. Honda stated that they are aware the brakes are an issue, however it will not be covered under warranty.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #329

May 272010


  • 18,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord had rear brakes completely worn down to the sensor at 18,000 miles. Received information in mail from law firm that Honda acknowledged issue in a class action lawsuit and will reimburse up to $150 in repair costs. This does not fix the safety issue of burning through a set of brake pads in under 20,000 miles as well as the repeated trips to the service department and inconvenience. Sounds like a major problem that should be investigated.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #328

Nov 082008


  • miles
Premature brake wear on 2008 Honda Accord relating to current class action lawsuit.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #327

May 212010


  • 16,000 miles
Rear brakes failed at 16,000 miles and 48,000 miles after replacing the original brakes with ceramics on 2008 Honda Accord, premature wear.

- Yucaipa, CA, USA

problem #326

May 272010


  • 29,016 miles
I bought a new 2008 Honda Accord in August 2008. I took it in to be serviced today for routine maintenance to the cramer Honda of venice. My Accord has 29,000 miles. I was told by ron, in the service department, that I had to replace my rear brakes immediately. They are not covered under warranty or recall. I was told my brakes were really, really, bad. I was told Honda Accord has defective rear brakes. Honda is aware of this problem but is not correcting it under warranty or recall because it has a class action lawsuit filed against them. I was told driving with these brakes could be deadly. They advised me I have to pay to have my brakes be replaced immediately. I have never had to replace brakes at 29, 000 miles. Honda told me the Accord brakes are defective. Honda knows there is a risk with these brakes and have failed to correct such a problem. I have not been notified by Honda of such danger. Why won't Honda recall/replace their defective brakes when the risk of not doing so is deadly.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #325

May 262010


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While having the vehicle inspected by the dealership, the contact was informed that the rear brakes on her vehicle were more than 90% worn and needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 26,000.

- East Sandwich, MA, USA

problem #324

Dec 312009


  • 18,000 miles
I experienced the known issue of premature brake wear with the 2008-2009 Accord. I heard a horrible grinding sound so I took my car in to the shop. They said I my rear brake pads were bad. So I googled the problem and found out it is a known issue and that it is going to keep occurring every 12-15,000 miles. Apparently Honda switched the rear brakes to use smaller (and apparently undersized) rotors & that's why the rear brakes are wearing out so fast. My rear brake pads were placed and Honda charged me 1/2 the cost but the problem is that this is going to keep happening every 12-15,000 miles.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #323

Jun 082009


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated the rear brakes were wearing out prematurely. The dealer replaced the rear brakes accordingly. The manufacturer was contacted and advised there were no recalls for the failure. The manufacturer would not assist. The failure mileage was 23,000 and the current mileage was 44,000.

- Clayton, CA, USA

problem #322

Sep 302009


  • 23,495 miles
I, like many others, have had issues with the rear brakes on my 2008 Honda Accord. I first had the brakes replaced at 23K and again at 41K. And, because I could not afford it last week, I must take the car back to get one of my rotors completely replaced (the others were able to be resurfaced). Apparently sometimes between 23K and 41K my brakes wore bad enough to cause an indention on my rotor. This is strange to me because I took my car to have the brakes looked at as soon as I heard them making the indicator noise both time, yet somehow my rotor was able to be indented B/C there was metal rubbing against metal... I'm no mechanic, but that sounds like a safety issue to me! I would just like whatever the issue is that is causing these brakes to wear down so quickly to be fixed. It is a safety issue, a quality issue as well as a financial concern (at least for me).

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #321

May 102010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 23,364 miles
I drive a 2008 Honda Accord ex-L V6. I have had to have the rear brake pads and rotors replaced at 23,364 miles. The rear brakes wore extremely premature for any car I have owned. Online forums and complaint websites show the same occurrences for the same make/model/year. Upon calling Honda to complain, they do not wish to recall the problem, nor are they willing to refund me the $221.30 that I had to pay to make my car safe to drive. Honda said on the phone that they were aware of the problem and were yet to make a recall/reimbursement for the fault. I believe that Honda had a reputation that exceeded many manufactures and thus I purchased a Honda. This problem is unacceptable and unfortunate. Luckily I was able to have the problem fixed and was capable of paying for it. I would hate to see this be a problem that is unresolved and would be capable of causing someone else physical harm/death in brakes not working properly. I have never owned a car that has needed this sort of repair and have driven 4 other vehicles with at least 70,000+ miles on them.

- Huntersville, NC, USA

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