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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
164,223 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.

2008 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

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

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