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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,816 miles

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #110

Jul 062015


  • 38,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving, the vehicle would not accelerate properly. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The contact also indicated that the vtc actuator was faulty and caused the vehicle not to start occasionally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the actuator was replaced, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 38,000.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #109

Jul 132016


  • 58,000 miles
This is a safety raised issue on a 2008 Accord-lxp that I purchased used (which had about 29K originally when I purchased it as a certified Honda Accord) from herb chambers boston. Since I purchased the car, I started hearing an odd grinding noise when starting the car on cold days - Honda said just keep oil full. I then find out that a recall had been issued to fix the oil consumption, that Honda had finally agreed there was an issue with the engine design and would fix it and at the same time would not cause other issues to emerge such as vtc and the timing chain issues. Recently my engine light came on, I started researching the problem. It was the first time I knew about the following issues which I will be detailing/describing below. Results were bad: A timing chain failure. My car has stopped in the middle of road causing a very dangerous situation which could led to me losing my life. Not, only that, when I tried to just drive the car a mile back to my house it was accelerating and decelerating by it self. In addition, I decided to take it to the dealership for a diagnoses, I almost ended up in couple accidents. The car was uncontrollable and won't stop and the brakes won┐T respond due to issues caused by oil consumption, to vtc actuator to a timing chain failure: The car keep accelerating and decelerating by it self on the road or highway. Note: Ideally the timing chain should not fail on 58K miles. Simplified sequence of problems: Oil consumption issue vtc (valve timing control) actuator timing chain (either loose or broken) safety issue

- Winthrop, MA, USA

problem #108

Feb 062016


  • 65,000 miles
I received a letter regarding a warranty extension: Sticking piston rings resulting in high engine oil consumption. When I took my car to the mission hills, ca Honda dealer for repair, I was told that my engine light first had to be illuminated and then I would have to purchase 3 consecutive oil changes from this dealership before they would repair the problem.

- North Hills, CA, USA

problem #107

Mar 182016


  • miles


Experiencing excessive oil consumption, per Honda recall, it is due to piston O rings leaking oil into chamber causing excessive oil burning and causing engine knocks once the oil was consumed within less than 3 months.

- Westmont, IL, USA

problem #106

Jul 062016


  • 84,000 miles
I purchased this Honda Accord from automaxx of summerville in good faith from dealer stating that vehicle passed all their inspections (including brake system). I found out within 2 weeks later by taking it to a Honda dealership, that the brakes, brake lines, caliper, exhaust system are all affected by severe, damaging rust. During inspection, inclusive were sticking caliper. I had front brakes replaced; but due to rust, technician had to bam & force brakes lose. I was informed of the risks with severe rusting causing parts to brake and fail. New brakes would not install properly after old, seated brakes came off. When vehicle is in motion and stopping, the brake system makes noise, and seems like something coming apart due to the insecure fitting of brakes/rotors/calipers, which all have a great build up of rust. This vehicle was purchased approximately 1 month ago in these conditions. It should be illegal to sell such vehicles that pose safety risk in brake system. Honda inspection suggested that rust was so severe that car could have possibly been damaged by salt water/snow/ice or flood. Car originated from up North. Re-sale should not be allowed.

- Barnwell, SC, USA

problem #105

Apr 222016


  • miles
My 2008 Honda Accord has been using oil way before the next oil change. This has only occurred the last two changes. The car does not leak or smoke. There has been a class action suit regarding spark plug fouling indicating unusual oil consumption. My car has only 59500 miles and I believe the problem may be starting now. Honda extended a recall until Nov. 2015, 8 years past the purchase date. I was never notified about this and because the problem hadn't begun until now, it is only a matter of time that my plugs will foul. Other 2008 Honda owners had rings replaced and other engine remedies to correct the premature oil consumption. I have had several new Honda, and never experienced this kind of problem. I first saw about the class action law suit, about a month ago, and several people had this problem. Because of the low mileage I was not affected, until my recent oil change. I certainly don't believe the car should be using 2 or more quarts in less than 1000 miles. The dealer told me they would have to do an oil change and monitor the consumption and then he said only about 2 out a 100 have been warranted. I have taken good care of my vehicles and changed the oil regularly and never had a problem like this. Had I had this problem arise a few months back, I may have gotten this taken care of. Unhappy Honda customer

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #104

Nov 072015


  • 140,000 miles


I began hearing a disturbing mechanical rattle on cold starts and started to become more excessive during the winter months. It was confirmed that the vtc actuator was the problem and I contacted Honda America for a solution and assistance but they denied any goodwill service because of the age and miles on my car even thou its a common problem with every 2008 Accord 2.4L kseries engine. My 2003 Accord, sounds much better at start up than my 2008. Kind of sad since it's over 200,000 miles now. The grinding sounds so bad it has to be damaging to something in the engine. With so many complaints from all the 2008 V4 owners, I don't know why Honda is acknowledging this problem and release a service bulletin but not a free replacement of the troubled parts. This is very frustrating given and I am very unhappy with Honda's customer service. After speaking with casy with american Honda this morning, he stated that a recall has not been made because it has not caused an immediate harm to consumers. So, if I understand him correctly, harm to a consumer has to happen before something is done to a known problem"??"

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #103

Mar 112009


  • 15,000 miles
1. excessive oil consumption. 2. rear breaks require pads changed after every 15K -17K ml of driving 3. battery failed after 1 1/2 of service, about 20K mi.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #102

May 162016


  • 42,000 miles
Check engine light blinking under normal driving. Engine needs to be replaced. Honda won't cover because car is 5 months out of warranty. Only has 42,000 miles. Was told excessive oil consumption even though I have noticed no excessive oil consumption. Last week was told engine misfire issue and they replaced rings and pistions.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #101

Mar 012016


  • miles
The cold start generates the grinding sound from vtc actuator. The result of vtc actuator complete mechanical failure is catastrophic. The valves from the intake of either cylinder 2&3 or 1&4 will result in a tensioner to fail and a fantastic collision of the valve with the piston. Honda should issue a recall as this is a part defect. The newly redesigned vtc accturator was released but Honda America only replace this for certain customer as case by case.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #100

Mar 012016


  • miles


There's excessive oil consumption. I've changed spark plugs, PCV valve, throttle body but nothing helps.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #99

Apr 252016


  • miles
The cold start generates the grinding sound from vtc actuator. The result of vtc actuator complete mechanical failure is catastrophic. The valves from the intake of either cylinder 2&3 or 1&4 will result in a tensioner to fail and a fantastic collision of the valve with the piston. Honda should issue a recall as this is a part defect. The newly redesigned vtc accturator was released but Honda America only replace this for certain customer as case by case.

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #98

Nov 212015


  • 124 miles
Excessive oil consumption of 1 or more quart every 1000 miles. Honda repeatedly fails to uphold it's service warranty extension of vehicles that qualify for excessive oil consumption.

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

problem #97

Apr 182016

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Takata recall, I took my car to the Honda dealer on April 18,2016 because of noise. They identified the vtc actuator as the problem and started that it is not covered under warranty. My Honda Accord has 37,000 miles on it. There are many complaints for this issue, starting several years back. Please force a recall. Thank you! picture sent from Honda, gold part broken, silver was replaced.

- Woodinville, WA, USA

problem #96

Apr 072016


  • 37,000 miles
Purchased this vehicle in 2012, within 60 days of purchase I reported issues with oil consumption to Honda and also to the dealership in which the car was purchased. Honda gave me a rental for two days while they reviewed the problem. We were then asked to bring our vehicle back for a total of 3 tests once every 30 days to have them measure the oil. In the meantime we kept putting oil in the vehicle in a more than normally expected rate. Even though they noticed it as a problem, the best they offered to do was fix it for $1500, however we never should have been responsible for the oil consumption problem. In 2016 Honda reported a oil consumption recall for vehicles of which mine fit the orginal criteria. Four years latter Honda is still telling us that they will fix it for $1500. This issue should be fixed without us having to pay for it considering this was a late identified problem of which we have had to foot the cost for even while having a car note. Honda should be responsible for fixing the oil consumption problems on the vehicles recalled.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #95

Jan 282010


  • miles
Purchased my Accord new off the lot.1st problem came exactly 1 month later 2 sensors had to be replaced. Oil light consistently stayed on I was having to change or add oil all the time. Ive been to every Honda dealer in san diego. Mission valley finally agreed to a oil consumption test but they assured me nothing was wrong. Their solution was anytime I needed oil I could stop by any Honda dealership & they would be happy to top it off for me. Because of this oil problem & the sensor consistently staying on the car began to lose power & shot out the timing belt. My car has been in my driveway since last july2015. After sending Honda numerous letters ron from Honda motor co finally contacted me. Final result his recommendation was to take the car back to the dealership for another oil consumption test to be done & if theres any other problems I would have to pay out of pocket. Because the car was only covered for 60,000 miles. I'm so over this car & Honda. I no longer feel safe driving a Honda!

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #94

Aug 152015


  • 920,000 miles
Aug 2015 heard a rattling noise from the engine. Checked the dipstick and the engine was almost out of oil. This was in between oil changes at 3700 miles. I took the car in and had an oil change. I received a notice from Honda about oil consumption issues. I began the oil consumption test with the dealer. So far, twice it has been down.75 qts. Over 5K miles that would place the engine down 3.75 qts or almost dry, but Honda says that's normal and I should be adding oil myself. That is ridiculous!!! why send out the notice and extend the warranty then. Honda knows that this is an issue, but does nothing to fix the issue. I've read that it is worn piston rings do to a vcm timing issue. Why is that the customers problem? the settled this owners of the V6, but told owners of the 4cyl to pound sand. This issue requires a recall. This is my first and last Honda Accord.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #93

Mar 262015


  • 32,000 miles
The engine of my Honda Accord 2008 started to having the rattle and scratching sound when it reached 32000 miles. The engine also started to fail as the rattle sound gets serious. I called Honda usa multiple times, but they said that they will not cover this issue because the car was made in 2008 and I'm filing this complaint in 2016. I think Honda usa is trying to avoid this defect of Accord 2008, since numerous people have had the same issue.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #92

Mar 012016


  • 92,000 miles
Makes a loud noise on a cold start and then it goes away. Call the dealer and he said it was the vtc actuator issue.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #91

Feb 242016


  • miles
"takata recall" I purcahsed a 2008 Honda Accord in 2013. About a year and hald ago I started noticing that the car was burning alot of oil. On top of oil changes, I had to add 3-4 quarts a month. In Sept 2015 I rcvd a warranty ext from american Honda for sticking pistonsrings resulting in high engine oil consumption. I took the car to my local Honda delaership and was told 3 failed attempts for a oil consumption test had to be done first before Honda would fix rings problem. Took the car to Honda in Oct 2015 to start test 1. after that the car started acting funny. I would jerk alot, engine light would start flashing, it wouldnt accelerate properly. In Feb 2016 it happened again and I got stranded because the car wouldnt accelerate. American Honda wouldnt honor the warranty ext because I was over the allowed miles. They know there was an issue with these model cars and had only recently sent me a letter regarding it. I found out that a few of the cylinders were misfiring and after reserach found out it was due to the rings. They provided terribel customer service and they put a crappy on the street and did everything to avioid fixing it. And then informed customers so late after the case was settled.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

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