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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,209 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 112007


  • 17,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The rear wheel bearings and brake rotors began functioning at a higher temperature than normal which caused the rear brakes to prematurely wear down. The vehicle was never taken to the dealer to be inspected or repaired. The manufacturer informed him to contact the attorney generals office in Louisiana in order to receive a refund on the brake pads due to a class action law suit that was settled. The vehicle was never repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 17,000. The current mileage was 46,000.

- Lawtell, LA, USA

problem #6

Nov 282009

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Honda Accord. Consumer states rear brake pad problems. The dealer informed the consumer they rear pads would not to be replaced soon.

- New Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #5

Jun 012008


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord purchased March 2008. The rear brake pads were replaced four times in a period of two years. The front brake pads and rotors were replaced once on the vehicle. A representative of the manufacturer stated the brake pads only last for 2500 miles. There were no recalls listed for the failure. The failure mileage was 4,000. The current was 58,000.

- York, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 142009

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,252 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord which was purchased brand new in 2008. He stated that there was premature wear on the rear brake pads at 21,000 miles. A local automotive dealer stated that the brakes should not wear until 60 to 70,000 miles. A dealer stated that the manufacturer was investigating the issue. No repairs had been performed. The failure mileage was 21,000 and the current was 21,252. Updated 11/17/09 updated 11/1/8/09

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #3

Sep 172009


  • 27,900 miles
The contact owns 2008 Honda Accord. The rear brake pads have worn out prematurely. The dealer advised the contact that he would be liable for the repair cost since there were no recalls or warranties for the brakes. The contact will notify the manufacturer of the failure and the cost. The failure mileage was 27,900.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 082009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,310 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact took her vehicle to the dealer for an oil change and was informed that the rear brake pads were worn down to 2 millimeters. Upon leaving the dealer, she noticed that the rear brakes where squeaking when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the rear brake pads were worn. The vehicle was repaired at the cost of $159.74. She filed a complaint with the Honda manufacturer, but no compensation was offered. The contact feels that the rear brakes are faulty because she uses the front brakes more than the rear. She further stated that the pads should not have worn down due to the low mileage on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 24,310 and current mileage was 24,480. Updated 07/20/09 updated 07/21/09.

- Gaithersburg , MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 262009


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle has reduced braking capability. He took the vehicle to a dealer and they stated that the rear brake pads had premature wear. They further stated that there were other reports of identical failures. The contact is in the process of having the vehicle repaired. The failure and current mileages were 26,000.

- Metropolis, IL, USA

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