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 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #35

Jun 222008


  • 35,843 miles


In the last two weeks, the car would not start on four separate occasions. Have had to have the car jump started. I've taken it to the Honda dealership and they say that nothing is showing wrong with it on the diagnostic reading. They first indicated that an interior light could have been left on but then the problem repeated itself. Took the car back and was told that nothing was wrong. For that reason they say they cannot fix something that is not wrong. However, the car has not started on even after it has had two new batteries put in it. Something continues to kill the battery when it sits for a while or over night and they have no clue what it is and will not fix it because "nothing is wrong" with the car. Sometimes the car will start but the problem is getting worse. I have a car that I'm terrified to drive for fear that I might be stranded. I've also purchased a jumper cables with battery to keep in the trunk of the car because I am using my auto club too much in a short period of time and now they must charge me if they come out to start it. The Honda dealership does not know what is wrong with it and will not fix it.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #34

May 312009


  • 27,500 miles
I bought my Honda Accord ex just last year, and I started having problems with my rear brakes. It began with a metal scraping noise from the rear wheel well. There is an abnormal number of complaints online regarding 2008 Honda Accord's premature brake wear. It would be the best thingo for an investigator to look at to see just how complaints of exact same issue have been reported online. This issue must be resolved, and Honda should be held responsible for repairing them or reimbursing owners for any repairs done, as any problems with brakes are serious safety concerns. Please investigate. Thank you.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #33

Apr 142009


  • 24,800 miles
Premature rear brake failure at only 25,000 miles. Sticking rear calipers causing excessive wear on brakes and decreased fuel mileage. Engine cooling fan causes headlights to dim at night every 30-40 seconds causing a major safety and visibility concern. Dealer refused to fix either problem under warranty.

- Firestone, CO, USA

problem #32

Mar 072009


  • 27,046 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the electrical components of the vehicle failed. The battery was replaced and the electrical system was reset. The navigation system appeared quickly and asked for a code to operate. The contact was never asked for a code before and was unaware of any existing code. The VIN was unable to be accepted in the system. The current and failure mileages were less than 27,046.

- Nesconset, NY, USA

problem #31

Mar 132008


  • 1,000 miles
Lights go dim and then brighten back up very often like every few seconds, other drivers think I'm flashing them this action seems to be very un safe for drivers. Also when raining the wipers pull the rain water back down the windshield about half way down the drivers side from the a frame.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #30

Feb 102009


  • 600 miles
I purchased an Accord exl on 2/8/09. While driving with the defroster or air conditioning on, the exterior and interior lights flash approximately every 30 seconds. We took it to the dealership and were told this is a normal characteristic caused by eld system. They are not able or not willing to fix the problem. This a serious safely hazard, as I drive highly congested roads daily and do not feel safe driving a car that flashes its headlights constantly. Other cars do not know this is a normal characteristic. They will think I am an aggressive driver flashing them, and this could cause serious problems. I do not understand why this cannot be resolved, and why Honda does not consider this a major problem. There seem to be many complaints about this issue, and I am not aware of any other cars that have this problem. Please help us with this issue, as someone may end up seriously hurt due to this issue. You may contact me for my VIN but I do not wish to post this information online.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #29

Jan 142009


  • miles


Headlights, cabin lights, back lights all dim/flicker every 20-30 seconds. Seems to happen with defogger or A/C is running but has also happened when air is off. Other drivers think I am flashing them or hitting brakes. Was told car is functioning as designed to help fuel economy. I wish I had test drove car at night, would have never bought the car.

- West Milford, NJ, USA

problem #28

Jan 072008


  • 4,100 miles
08 Honda Accord headlights dim while driving. When ever the car shifts up or down as well as randomly and while driving at a constant speed.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #27

Jan 232008

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Accord 4cyl. Headlights flash about every 20 seconds. Have reported this and was told that they couldn't find anything.

- Red Bud, IL, USA

problem #26

Dec 302008


  • miles
2008 Honda Accord headlights dimming while driving. Consumer states that the headlights dim every 30 seconds. Noticeable when driving at night time. Oncoming traffic flashes lights thinking that his high beams are on. The consumer learned the source of the problem involved the electrical load detector. The consumer stated the interior and exterior lights would routinely dim.

- Lexington, VA, USA

problem #25

Nov 012008


  • miles


I to have a 08 Accord exl 4 cyl and so far I have a list of things wrong with the car. 1. the famous vibration 2. terrible fuel mileage 3.lights flashing to the extent that people are high beaming me [that's fun] 4. drivers seat jerks and moves real slow 5. wind noise on R/H front of car 6. hard starting in cold weather 7. gear shift rattles 8. R/H front door rattles 9. a banging in the trunk over moderate bumps or railroad tracks [there is nothing in there] 10. Squeaking and sometimes grinding brakes 11. Right front shock bangs at times 12. When you push the accelerator about one third of the way the car bogs until about 3 thousand RPM's then doubles and triples in power.

- Thunderbay, 00, USA

problem #24

Dec 112008


  • 3,200 miles
Events - normal driving. How often - every time driving the automobile. What was done? nothing. Dealer stated this is normal performance of the vehicle. Description - headlights dim while driving the automobile. I stated to the dealer that I am concerned about, the vehicle will be poorly illuminated, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash. However, the dealer stated that this is a normal performance for the Honda Accord. I am fearful of driving this car at night due to the amount that the headlights dim.

- Huntsvile, AL, USA

problem #23

Dec 122008


  • 3,300 miles
2008 Honda ex-L Accord coupe - during low light conditions (late evening/night) the headlights flicker every 10 -13 seconds. I constantly see other drivers gesturing at me as if I'm flicking my hi-beams at them. Honda says that this is normal and says there is no fix. This is the first new car I've owned that has this problem. The battery is a little bigger than a motorcycle battery. This condition I believe is dangerous to on-coming traffic. This could also lead to failures of various other electronic control systems due to the fluctuating power spikes which could lead to devastating consequences while on the highway or freeway.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #22

Dec 312007


  • 50 miles
Inside and outside (all) lights flicker when A/C is operating. Very noticeable to on coming traffic. Consider safety issue.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #21

Mar 012008


  • 3,000 miles
All lights dim really bad when drive down the road at night every 15 seconds when the A/C is on. Honda says this is normal.... I have owned over 15 different cars and never had this problem.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #20

Jul 312008


  • 15 miles
1) headlight projection very poor. Difficult to see100 feet ahead. This is exacerbated by a draw on the electrical system that makes the headlights dim while car is in motion. I will not drive the car at night or at night while it is raining. I feel that the car is dangerous and on several occasions I almost hit pedestrians walking or on a bicycle. This occurs on a daily basis and is constant. The Honda dealer inspected the issue once and stated that there was no defect, but that the car operates to normal specification and id comparable to all 2008 Honda Accord 4 cylinder models. This issue was prevalent since I took delivery of the new car in July, 2008. 2.) since taking delivery of this vehicle and to the present date, there is a wobble/wheel shimmy in the suspension at various speeds and different degrees of severity on a daily basis. On the first repair attempt the dealer replaced several tires and performed a high tech wheel balance using a hunter 9700 road force balancing machine. The problem was not corrected. On the second visit the dealer test drove the car and stated that the issue is a characteristic of the vehicle and other Honda Accord 4 cylinder models with the same engine, transmission and suspension. Conclusion: This car is dangerous, exhibits very poor steering and ride as it wanders and shimmies all over the road. This problem combined with poor headlight projection and dimming headlights make this vehicle a major hazard on wheels.

- Shrewsbury, NJ, USA

problem #19

Nov 042008


  • 2,100 miles
2008 Accord I4 automatic transmission LX problem, lights dim and blower for heater/defrost slows. It occurs every 20 to 25 seconds. The change in the blower for the heater/defrost is such that it sounds as if you turned the blower speed down significantly and then turned it back up. At the same time the lights dim significantly. I have read many posts here of lights dimming with the A/C running and that Honda says this is normal. This is dangerous because of the eye strain caused by the lights dimming and then brightening over and over again.

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #18

Sep 112008


  • 700 miles
I only have about 1,500 miles on my new Accord and I've noticed that the headlights and interior lights blink each time the air conditioning compressor kicks in, about every 20-30 seconds. I've been in contact with the dealer several times, they said "its normal". this is a safety issue, because it is distracting to both myself and other drivers. Also, other drivers think that I am flashing my lights at them.

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #17

Sep 152008


  • miles
We bought a new 2008 Honda Accord, while driving at night with the defroster or the ac on the head lights will dime, at first almost to dark, the dealer has replace the alternator and the fuse box this did help a little, but now its nothing the know to do the resolve this problem. I have call the 800 # for Honda and they say this is normal, I do not agree with this answer at all. Help with this would be great thanks.

- Stuarts Draft, VA, USA

problem #16

Aug 152008


  • 200 miles
II have a 2008 Honda Accord 4cyl. My headlights keep dimming when my ac is on. The dealer said it was normal. I have owned several Honda and none of them have done this. With the advanced electronics on this car drive by wire etc. I don't think this can be good for it.

- Vale, NC, USA

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