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:
17,025 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 #5

Apr 122010


  • 31,326 miles


My wife went to turn on the ac last week and found that it was blowing hot air. Took the car to the dealership to get it fixed and was informed that the A/C condenser damaged from rock chip. I was speechless to find that such damage was not covered under warranty due to a design flaw with the front bumper, there was no screen/grill protecting the condenser. Design flaw I say and they should honor the warranty. Vehicle had 31,326 miles on it.

- Kirtland, NM, USA

problem #4

Apr 022010


  • 28,900 miles
Went to turn on my ac last weekend and found that it was blowing hot. Took the car to the dealership to get it fixed and was informed that the problem was with the ac condenser. Was told that in all likelihood a stone had been picked up from the road and done the damage to the condenser. Was dismayed to find that such damage was not covered under warranty despite it coming from a possible design flaw with the car.

- Chester Springs, PA, USA

problem #3

May 152009


  • 18,800 miles
A/C blowing hot air, took to dealer, told that a rock or some debris hit the condenser and caused a leak, told repair not covered by warranty due to road hazard, like a windshield getting cracked, estimated $650 to replace condenser. Only had car for 1 yr, 18800 miles.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Aug 162008


  • miles
I purchased my 2008 Honda Accord in January of 2008. August 2008, my air stopped working. I took the car to Honda dealership and they advised me that a rock or a pebble hit the condenser and that it is causing the freon to leak out. I took the car to another mechanic they advised me that Honda is jerking my chain because that is not the case. I told the people at Honda, that there is nothing protecting the condenser from the debris, it is poorly designed on that aspect. I told them that I am very disappointed, they would not try to resolve this issue with me at all. They are expecting me to cover the cost for this issue.

- Orangeburg, SC, USA

problem #1

Nov 052008


  • 6,100 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord LX. When air conditioner compressor cycles the lights dim and then go back to normal as if you were flashing your headlights. Took to dealer and I was told Honda is aware of the problem but has no plans of a fix. Also the transmission has a whine at slow speed. I took service manager for test drive. He kept the car over night and gave me a rental he acknowledged both problems and answer was the same for both. "?????????????"

- Tucson , AZ, USA

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