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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,624 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012010


  • 37,873 miles


The contact owned a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact was driving at 65 mph when the left rear wheel locked up, causing the vehicle to skid. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the caliper had locked up. The dealer also stated that there was a class action lawsuit for the brake pads but not the calipers. The current and failure mileages were 37,873.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012010


  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving he heard a grinding noise, but he did not have problems with the vehicle stopping when he applied the brake. He took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer stated that both rear caliper were rusted and it was because he didn't drive the vehicle enough. The dealer stated that they could remove the rust. He took the vehicle to an independent mechanic who stated the calipers were build with defective metal and that is why the calipers rusted. The vehicle will be repaired. The failure mileage was 20,000, and the current mileage was 21,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Milton, DE, USA

problem #1

Aug 202009


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while applying pressure on the break, she experienced squealing and reduced breaking capability. Break failure can cause an increase in the vehicles stopping distance which increases the risk of vehicle crash. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and a technician concluded that the calipers and rear break system needed to be repaired. As of current date no repairs were made. The failure and current mileages were 12,000.

- Stanford, CT, USA

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