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 7 of 22)

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problem #320

May 062010


  • 25,000 miles


Premature rear brake pad wear-out on 2008 Honda Accord. Rear brakes replaced at 25,000 miles. Uneven wear between inner and outer rear brake pads.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #319

May 082010


  • 21,000 miles
My 2008 Honda Accord has 21000 miles on the odometer but the rear brakes have already worn out. While doing some research online I have discovered this issue is common to this vehicle.

- South Gate, CA, USA

problem #318

Mar 122010


  • 27,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord rear brakes wear prematurely. Had to be replaced at 27K miles.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #317

Apr 242010


  • 60,000 miles


My 2008 Honda Accord exl has 60,000 miles on it and I have just had to replace the rear brakes for the second time. Once at 35,000 once at 60,000. I have been told by three different Honda managers that Honda knows about this problem and refuses to do anything about it. The problem is that the design of the spring that is supposed to separate the pads after braking does not push the pads far enough to clear the rotors. This not only wears the pads much too quickly but also makes the engine work harder and hinders the gas mileage.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #316

May 052010

(reported on)

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Letter from senator warner on behalf of constituent who is concerned about the brakes on her 2008 Honda Accord the consumer stated the rear brakes were out prematurely and the rotors were extremely rusted. To date, the brakes were replaced twice by the Honda dealer.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #315

Apr 292010


  • 30,000 miles
I own a 08 Honda Accord. When I put in reverse a horrible screeching noise started. It would continue when I would brake also. I took it to a local shop to look at it. I only have 30K miles so figured something minor. They said it was the rear brake pads! front ones were never replaced and in good condition. $200 for new brake pads. Called the local Honda dealer they said 250. I have done nothing further.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #314

Sep 142009

Accord 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


2008 Honda Accord had began to make a strange noise while driving. The noise was coming from the rear brakes. The rear brake system was in need of replacement at 20,000 miles.

- Rock Springs, WY, USA

problem #313

Apr 102010


  • 29,000 miles
Honda Accord 2008 model shows premature brake wear out on rear brakes. My car is at 29,000 miles, and the brake pads are gone, even wearing out the metal. I heard some intermittent squeaking noise from a couple months back, but when I brought the car into service, they said they couldn't hear any sound (I couldn't too during the test drive) and it would be better to just leave the car alone then start disassembling the car when there might be nothing wrong. They also said that a compound of moist and dust could make the squeaking noise occasionally. A few months later, the rear side started making a rumbling sound when I hit the breaks. I brought the car back to the service center, and the said the brake pads were gone leaving metal to metal contact for the brakes. They said there was a sensor that broke but how could I know the squeaking sound was indicating to replace the brake pads even when the service guy didn't pick it up? they say I have to pay just under $500 to replace everything that was damaged in the brakes, and no warranty would cover it. I don't think this is a one-time thing, and I found a ton of similar complaints in the internet. It's also weird that the front brake pads were fine, when they are usually known to brake earlier. This is a brake problem, which could potentially lead to serious accidents.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #312

Mar 272010


  • 26,000 miles
Premature wear of rear brake pads resulting in replacement with 26,000 miles.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #311

Apr 132010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord w/ 23K miles on it. I've been told by boch Honda that the rear brakes are 80% gone and Honda will only pay half. Obviously, there is a safety problem and Honda needs to address this problem and take full responsibility. Also the front disc brakes were replaced at 11K and 19K. Something is wrong. This is not normal. Please advise. Updated IVOQ 05/26/10.

- Norwood, MA, USA

problem #310

Dec 182009


  • 22,389 miles


Rear brakes had to be replaced at 22,000 miles at cost of $207.52. It is now 12,000 miles later and brakes are squealing again and will need to be replace again very soon.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #309

Oct 092009


  • 26,210 miles
Considerable brake damage after 26K, had to replace drums, calipers, rotors and shoes to the tune of $546. 7K later, the brakes are down 25%, they were installed by a Honda dealer who said tough luck, its a friction item, not covered under any warranty by Honda. Looks like we have to have new brakes every 15-20K and its at our expense. Time for Honda to step forward or for Honda to learn from Toyota mistakes, maybe another 16.5 million dollar fine should be up for Honda also. Last time we buy this piece of garbage. Signed - a former Honda customer!!!

- Oro Valley, AZ, USA

problem #308

Apr 092010


  • 30,300 miles
The rear brakes on my 2008 Honda Accord are wearing out far faster than seems reasonable. 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.

- Vicksburg, MI, USA

problem #307

Mar 132010


  • 50,000 miles
Pre mature rear brake wear on a 2008 Honda Accord. Had rear brakes replaced at 12K miles. Rear brakes again replaced with new rotors at 48K. Worried about pre mature wear and how this would effect safety. Including brakes that came wit vehicle this is the third set, seems to be a design error. Have seen thousands of complaints on internet for same. Need help to get Honda corporation to fix problem before injuries to people occur.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #306

Apr 162010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
My 2008 Honda Accord sedan with 15,000 miles (4 cyl, 5 sp manual, VIN# [xxx]) was at the service at the boch Honda for oil change. During the service it was discovered that rear pads and rotors were worn out completely. 0% of life left on both sides. Honda of America acknowledges that there is a problem and will pay only first $150 of the repair. Repair cost is $463. However, Honda is paying 100% of the repair if car has less than 12,000 miles. Please investigate and advise. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Brighton, MA, USA

problem #305

Apr 142010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
I am an owner of a 2008 Honda Accord ex V6 with 26K miles. The rear brake pads on this vehicle wear prematurely. I contacted both the dealer and american Honda corporation both of which told me that this was normal wear and tear and that in order to fix the brakes I would be responsible for the replacement cost. The cost itself is not my concern even though I did pay additional out of pocket expense to have the "platinum" warranty program. My concern is that this is a safety issue and being the mother of 2 young small children it is not acceptable that Honda is not standing behind the safety of their vehicles. Properly functioning brakes is not a amenity as they are treating it. The internet is plethered with individuals who are in the same position as I. these vehicles should be recalled and the proper brake pads should be applied.

- Wilbraham, MA, USA

problem #304

Oct 102009


  • 22,000 miles
Rear brakes wore out early.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #303

Nov 152009


  • 14,888 miles
Early premature rear brake wear.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #302

Mar 152010


  • miles
2008 Honda Accord with 20K miles needs rear brake pads, due to defective brake pads. Honda of America does not see this as a safety issue and will not recall or replace pads as warranty; they just want their $120. There are hundreds of similar cases on the internet. Don't you think faulty brake pads are surely a safety issue? I have been in the automotive service industry for over 20 years and am a ase master tech. This is just ridiculous and something needs to be done about it as soon as possible.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #301

Apr 122010


  • 36,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord rear brakes I just spend a little less than $500 replacing my rear brakes and rotors on my 2008 Accord. It is a new car and the brakes should be lasting a lot longer.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

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