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:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,222 miles

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2008 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #55

Jun 292012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


The warning light on the dashboard panel is warning that the passenger airbag as deployed. At the same time the "fasten seatbelt" warning stopped working and the seal around the passenger window is loose. Coincidentally, a relative also has a 2008 Honda Accord and the exact same things are happening. According to many internet entries, the same thing is happening to many 2008 Honda Accord. I cannot find information on a recall. It is a safety hazard, because some owners have reported the airbag deploying while driving.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #54

Jun 252012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Sometimes my car makes a grinding noise when I turn the key to start it. I took my car twice to the metro Honda dealer in montclair, ca; but even though I have the extended guarantee, they refuse to check my car. I do not know what to do. I did some research on the internet, and I found out that a lot of people are having the same problem; and some of them had replaced the vtc actuator, and the problem was fixed. I mentioned this to the maintenance experts at metro Honda, but they still do not care. My concern is that this is a situation that is not on a recall list. What should I do?

- Duarte, CA, USA

problem #53

Jan 312012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
I had just bought a used 2008 Accord, while driving at 45-50 mph at night, I noticed the headlights would blink. After several times, I got curious and started timing the occurrence. The lights would blink every 35 -45 sec. The heat was on since it is cold in nh in Jan. I when to the Honda dealership and they asked if the heat was on, and to try shutting the heater off to see if it stopped, which it did. My concern is traffic at intersecting roads could assume that I am flashing the lights to let them proceed. Not to mention that it is aggravating and this is the first vehicle that I have owned in over 40 years of driving that has this problem. I see that other people have the same issue but Honda says that is the way it is. This is not acceptable in this vehicle or any other vehicle in the 21st century.

- Winchester, NH, USA

problem #52

Dec 312007

Accord 4-cyl

  • 25 miles


Headlights flicker often (every 20-30 seconds) when using air conditioning.

- Mesilla, NM, USA

problem #51

Jul 072006

Accord 4-cyl

  • 164,223 miles
Motor shuts down regardless of speed and can sometimes be restarted by applying pressure to the ignition switch key forward to restart if possible while on roadway. Otherwise, must execute a quick response to losing power braking, steering and etc. And drive to safety at off road location. Upon removing the ignition key from switch module, the metal key was extremely hot, starting engine back up often was not possible until ignition switch and key cooled down. This occurrence put an unreasonable risk on occupants due possible accidents. The NHTSA campaign id number 02V120000 addressed this issue. However, rejection of applying recall to my vehicle, even though the situation was exactly identical to recall by Honda dealer, who replaced switch at my expense and refused to consider that recall applied to the ignition unit as not on recall list. I questioned sensibility of this as my car's ignition switch was malfunctioning exactly as the ignition switch under recall. Due to dealer's disposal and inability to retrieve replaced item, unable to compare part number to Honda's list of bad switch components. I have placed a complaint with Honda Motors U.S.a., case #[xxx] which was rejected due that they don't show VIN# is included in the recall. I questioned this with them as recall and actual events occurring with my auto were identical. They advised that refund of the $184.74 for replacing the ignition switch would not be possible even though problem was identical with recall as my vehicle wasn't included.

- Plainview, AR, USA

problem #50

Nov 182011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 26,500 miles
Headlights flicker out completely or dim severely when coming to a stop or the condenser for the ac/defrost kicks on. I have researched this and it appears to be an issue due to the electric load detector. Although Honda had said this might be normal I find that while driving my 4 yr. Old son around it is a safety concern and would like to have the problem looked into.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #49

Nov 032008


  • miles


Some sort of electrical problem is occurring and causes the headlights to dim and fluctuate erratically. The sound in the stereo also gets lower often times and I wonder if this ties into the headlights problem. I feel unsafe driving the vehicle because it is a distraction and causes me to check my instrument panel and I really expect a vehicle to operate properly after spending so much money on it.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #48

Apr 012011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
This started around April 1st of 2011. Everytime I start the car in the morning, I get a grinding noise that last less then two seconds. I think the starter is going out. This should not happen when the car is only 4yrs old. There should be a emergency recall on the starters. The car was doing find when this problem started happening.

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #47

Sep 062011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
At night the headlights dim repeatedly while the car is at a stop. While driving the headlights flicker or blink every 15-25 seconds while the air conditioning is operating. This could appear as if I am flashing other drivers and can be construed as an aggressive act. I would not have bought this car had I known about this design flaw. However Honda released a statement on their website that this flicker of the headlights is normal and was designed that way to increase fuel efficiency.

- New Boston, TX, USA

problem #46

Jan 032011


  • miles
2008 Honda Accord. Consumer states when driving with lights on, when defroster or air kicks on the lights dim the consumer also stated there was a problem with the window.

- Ottumwa, IA, USA

problem #45

Dec 202010


  • 0 miles


Lights dim all the time driving down the road. Honda says no fix.

- Emmett, ID, USA

problem #44

Jul 252010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
I purchased a 2008 Honda Accord and the lights continuously flicker whenever I use the ac or heating. The flickering is so prevalent that I'm afraid that others drivers may think I'm flashing my lights at them. This is a physical safety issue as I'm afraid of road rage as well as the fear that the car will ultimately stop functioning due to the amount of power that appears to be being used when the flickering happens.

- Waverly Hall, GA, USA

problem #43

Sep 102010


  • 56,333 miles
I have a Honda Accord LX 2008 sedan which I bought 2 years ago. Ever since I bought this each year without fail I have experienced intermittent lack of power during acceleration which has happened while driving on the highway, each time it has lasted any where from 20 to 45mins, there no engine check light on or any indication light of a malfunction. I reported to the dealership left the car with them over night I was told that they ran the automated computer test and nothing was found to be wrong with the car, the second time it occurred I called Honda usa and reported the same incident, I was contacted by Honda told to take to a dealership, I left the car over a week and was told the automated test showed nothing and they could not duplicate the problem. This same thing occurred again this year and I contacted Honda dealership, I produced a bulletin from Honda web site describing exactly the problem my car has been experiencing, I contacted Honda took it the dealership I was told that my car VIN # range wasn't covered in those affected since my car had a more recent soft ware up date. And that they will have to duplicate the problem, as per Honda request I left the car and I was told there was nothing they could do, even though the problem had persisted and has being recurring I was told to bring it in when it occurs again but its had happened three times already I have a. my frustration stems from the fact that Honda usa claims that my car has an up dated soft ware and even the over ride could not be possible, but the problem detailed in the Honda bulletin memo describes what's happening to my car. The bulletin states thus : some 2008 Accord L4 vehicles may experience an intermittent lack of power due to interference or noise on the knock sensor signal circuit.interference or noise on the circuit can cause the PCM to retard the ignition timing, causing a decrease in engine power usually during acceleration.

- Wicita Falls, TX, USA

problem #42

Jun 122010


  • 10,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord ex/4-door sedan/4-cylinder: Bought new car 03/09; at considerably less than 10,000 miles rear brakes wore out prematurely, thereafter front brakes also wore out. Had to pay for replacements due to american Honda motor Corp refusing to cover under warranty. They refuse any assistance or resolution.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #41

May 012010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord ex-L, 4 cyl engine. Headlights constantly blink (dim) when ac or automatic temp control is activated. Lights dim for about 4 seconds and then return to normal regardless of speed. Other drivers think that I am signaling them and sometimes become very irate and threatening. Honda and dealer indicate the problem is normal. Search on internet indicates a large number of similar complaints on 2008 Accord.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #40

Apr 122010


  • 29,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord ex-L I picked up new in the fall of 2007. To date I have just over 30,000 miles. Today, (4/12/10) I took my car to my local Honda dealership for an oil change. I was told that my rear brakes were at 5% and repair cost would be $330!!! I mentioned I paid an additional $2,200 for an "extended warranty "on top of the $28,000 sticker price back in 2007. Today I asked the Honda advisor what does my $2,200 "extended warranty" cover? he said nothing mechanical. By this point I did not want to argue, but rather I paid the $38.13 for my oil change and left. Also with my previous oil change maybe 3 months ago with about 29,000 miles I was also told my rear brakes were somewhere around 15% and I think the Honda dealership quoted me around $300. I am definitely a named party in the gibbs lawsuit as of 12/17/09. I have not paid to fix my rear brakes yet. Other problems I am having is my navigation freezes up, I have this rattling sound in my front drivers door, my front passenger door sounds like it is not closed all the way because I hear road noise, and twice now my wipers have continued to stay on even though I turned them off or the wipers will be "delayed" even though the wipers are off, my glove box is misaligned on the right hand side and at times when I am pulling into the garage with my foot off of the gas pedal, the car will accelerate forward a little. I am finished with this car!!!! my 2008 Accord is my 3rd Accord and by far the most obnoxious lemon I have ever owned. My 1986 and 2000 Accord were more "Honda" than my 2008 Accord. I am thoroughly disgusted with Honda's caring integrity.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #39

Dec 072008


  • 55 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord ex that the head lights dim considerably when the you have the heat or air condition on. I have been back to the dealer and they say this is normal for Honda's. the problem is driving at night when you see this occur and think something wrong electrically and you are distracted. It's so noticeable that I have had cars in the opposite direction blink their lights at me. I have spoken with other owners and they have the same issue. I feel this is a very serious distraction when driving. Is there any thing that can be done about this.

- South Plainfield, NJ, USA

problem #38

Nov 192007


  • miles
Lights dim constantly while driving the car. Cars have moved out of my lane because the dim is sometimes very strong. Dealership looked at several times and found nothing wrong except that the charging system has some new component part that is to create more "juice" when needed and it isn't switch fast enough, but no repair was completed.

- Wilder, KY, USA

problem #37

Mar 112009


  • 0 miles
Headlights frequently dim and then re-brighten, causing a noticeable flickering when driving at night. This is very distracting at night, even well lit roads. Honda has checked and says electrical system is operating normally and it may be, but some interface with the lights and the elp is incompatible if it causes such a noticeable flicker. We drove a Honda Odyssey with same system for 100,000 miles and never noticed a headlight flicker.

- Hollywood, MD, USA

problem #36

Oct 012008


  • 100 miles
I drive a 2008 Honda Accord that has an electrical issue when the compressor runs. Whether it is with the A/C or the heater, when the compressor kicks on, my headlights and taillights flicker/dim. It happens everytime the compressor kicks on. I asked my dealer about it at a regular service interval and was told that was normal for Accord. It is very distracting when you are driving at night and your headlights are constantly dimming/flickering. I have resorted to not using my air conditioning or heater at night so I won't have the lights flickering/dimming.

- Lagrange, KY, USA

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