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 1 of 7)

problem #130

Jan 082016


  • 100,000 miles


I have a 2008 Honda Accord ex L V6 and the problem I'm is my car died before it died I was on the highway and it started jerking so pull off the highway and as I come to a stop light the battery lights come on light turn green as I hit the gas very slow to shift into gear then it dies and I note the battery and also the alternate is less then a yr old once I jump it off it started up no problem but once I put it in reverse it did not move I give it gas and nothing

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #129

Apr 042016


  • 90,000 miles
Oil consumptiion, no leaks, no smoke, just oil during every 400 miles.

- Olyphant, PA, USA

problem #128

Mar 032016


  • 90,000 miles
Loud rattling noise at cold start for 4 seconds from engine.

- Olyphant, PA, USA

problem #127

Dec 292016


  • 88,000 miles


Engine seized....mechanic found no oil in engine....oil life still showed other warnings regarding low oil.

- Wethersfield, CT, USA

problem #126

Sep 162014


  • miles
Engine uses two to three quarts of oil between oil changes. The problem started around 60,000 miles. The check oil light does not come on. The engine will knock when starting when the oil is low.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #125

Dec 232016


  • 141,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Accord ex-L which I bought new with 153000 miles. It started using oil several months ago. After my last oil change I checked the oil at about 1000 miles and it was over 2 quarts low which I replaced and checked it again after about 600 miles and found it to be over a quart low. I have the oil & filter changed ever 5000 miles and this should not be happening.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #124

Sep 282016


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact noticed a pool of oil under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was confirmed that there was an oil leak and a socket needed to be installed. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was returned to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine would need to be removed to repair the oil leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 115,000.

- Randolph, MA, USA

problem #123

May 212016


  • miles
Vsa/brake/check engine/and ABS light.

- East Orange, NJ, USA

problem #122

Nov 052016


  • 96,000 miles
High oil consumption and engine cold making noise. Honda repaired this issue 2 times in the past under warranty, issue a extended warranty that expires and the issued has happended a third time.Honda knows the issue is happening to the cars and all Honda does it fix it until the car is out of warranty

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #121

Nov 012016


  • 103,000 miles
My car makes a loud rattling noise during cold start.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #120

Jun 012016


  • miles


Car rattles from cold starts. Honda dealership notified but cannot replicate, because it was driven there. Took Honda many years to release a service bulletin, but what about us that are out of your warranty? called Honda customer service, and even though the bulletin reads all 2008 Accord, they keep repeating VIN specific. Case #05211326. Honda step up and fix your mistakes. The date is incorrect, it has been going on for a while, did not save the date.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #119

Nov 042016


  • 75,000 miles
Car lost power and nearly stalled when sitting at a railroad crossing intersection. This was later confirmed to be a oil leak into the pistons that caused the engine to misfire. Car would not run smoothly and nearly stall when driving up to 50mph.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #118

Aug 092016


  • 41,000 miles
Check engine light intermittently on and off from 02/2016 (codes P1009 camshaft position and P0341 camshaft position a circuit each time). Car stalled a number of times when running stationary and in motion in August 2016. Honda dealer on August 9 found camshaft timing chain stretched and in need of replacement. Car had 41,059 miles on odometer and power train warranty of 60,000 miles or 5 years. Repair cost $1,562.90. Honda refused any compensation even though mileage well under 60,000 miles and the vehicle was in excellent working order including engine oil level. Repair should have been covered as an exception under warranty. Consumer reports magazine shows frequency of repair very poor for major engine problems for 2008 Honda Accord(obviously unknown at time of purchase 12/2007). Major engine problems not cited for Honda Accord from 2005 through 2015 in consumer reports magazine.

- Clarksville, MD, USA

problem #117

Sep 122016


  • miles
Vtc actuator car makes rattling noise at start-up and at other times.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #116

Sep 052016


  • 82,000 miles
While driving, oil light flickered, upon investigation noticed car had lost 3 quarts of oil. I had noticed a momentary rattle upon start up of engine that went away quickly. Honda stated they needed to replace the vtc actuator(O rings, head gasket, timing chain, cylinder repair) before they could do an oil consumption test. Upon research which indicates the actuator is an issue and they refuse to take responsibility. Honda did not want to service it under a recall notice.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #115

Aug 152015


  • 97,000 miles
This is my second complaint about the oil consumption extended warranty. This issue began a year ago. On 8/15/2015, Honda offered and extended warranty for the piston/vct issue that caused the car to consume too much oil. The extended warranty says.."if the vehicle is experiencing high oil consumption, contact any authorized Honda dealer for and appointment to have it insepected and, if needed repaired. Please plan to leave your vehicle at the dealer for two full days to allow them flexibility in scheduling." This quote is right from the warranty. A year later and Honda will not honor this warranty. What they do is make the car have a oil consumption test. If the car is not burning more than a quart in 1000 miles they say its not a problem. Honda mall of Georgia claimed my car is burning 3/4 of a quart therefore this is not a problem. Around 7/1/2016, I had my oil changed at gwinnett place Honda. I am 1000 miles away from having my next oil change and the "grinding" noise hit my car again. My oil light came on. I checked and was down to 2quarts of oil. I had to add two quarts. Bringing car in today 9/7/2016 to start yet another oil consumption test. Honda knows this is an issue, yet will not honor the warranrty!!!!! they extended the warranty to get NHTSA off of its back yet writes unwritten rules that protects them from fixing the issue. The extended warranty is useless unless they fix the issue.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #114

Mar 012016


  • 115,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption. I change the oil religiously every 3-4,000 miles even though the owners manual says 10,000. If I did not add oil, 2 qts every 1,500 miles it would be bone dry at 3,000. No blue smoke, no oil drips left behind

- Fulton, MO, USA

problem #113

Jun 012016


  • 73,000 miles
Vtc actuator makes loud rattle with almost every start. It is an engine problem on 2007 to 2012 Honda CRV as well as 2008 to 2012 Accord. If this part fails, the engine will seize up and could cause the driver to lose control. Honda has verified the problem but since the vehicle is out of warranty at 75000 miles, they refuse to remedy the problem. Given case number 04825102 and contacted product concerns department but still refused to address problem. Vehicle has service notice 09010. Honda tech confirmed they have had may problems and even had to get a replacement part for their replacement part. This needs to be dealt with by Honda, but they are not taking any responsibility.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #112

Jan 012014


  • 80,000 miles
Engine clicks when starting, especially when cold. It sounds like oil is not getting to the engine. I believe it may be related to the vtc actuator.

- Newport, KY, USA

problem #111

May 122016


  • 155,000 miles
The vehicle was running smoothly on the freeway, being driven at approximately 64 mph - there were no warning lights on (check engine, low oil, temperature..) - suddenly there was a metal clank from the engine compartment followed immediately by a plume of thick clear smoke that completely engulfed the car as the engine stalled and died - within a matter of seconds. The smoke cleared rapidly, and looking under the hood, nothing seemed to be amiss. No fire, no more smoke, no leaking fluids, but the engine was completely dead. Subsequent attempts to re-start it produced only the click of the starter - the engine refused to turn over. The car was towed to an auto repair shop where it was discovered that there was absolutely no oil in the engine which had caused it to seize. For the past 18 months the car has been burning quite a significant bit of oil. During that period, it needed at least two two quarts of oil between scheduled oil changes - there never was any oil leak. Two weeks prior to the incident, it was topped off with two quarts of oil when the low oil and check engine lights came on. When the engine was finally opened, it was discovered that the piston rod had snapped off when the engine ran dry of oil (see attached pictures). Subsequent research has revealed that Honda is aware of several problems involving excessive oil consumption for this particular engine configuration and model year (2008 3.5L V6 pzev). I have also discovered official several Honda service bulletins that are relevant and pertinent to this issue. So far, my best attempts to get a resolution from american Honda has produced no result even though I submitted documented evidence that the car was serviced regularly as per Honda's recommendations and its long history of problems and repairs relating to excessive oil consumption.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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