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:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,384 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.

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Mar 132010


  • 30,000 miles


Around 4:45 P.M., Thursday, March 11, 2010, I took my 08 Honda Accord to goodson Honda I-45 North, houston, Texas, because at approximately 30,000 miles loud noises was coming from the rear of the vehicle. It appeared that I was having serious brake problems. After an inquiry of the brake's quality and performance, the service advisor, carl reed confirmed that the rear brake shoes would be replaced with a better quality. He informed me that Honda's corporate office had selected a new company that would provide better quality, and longer life spans of their brake shoes and pads. In addition, Honda's technician had to replace the front brake pads at approximately 20,000 miles. The qualities of the brake system using low quality brake pads and shoes have proven to be a nuisance for owners. The service advisor, carl reed, drove the vehicle to the rear of customer service and it stayed hidden for about 20 minutes. Then one of Honda's rouge technicians, jose terdomo, drove the vehicle inside the service area where it was visible from a window. He kept the hood of the vehicle open as he removed the rear brake shoes. Around 6:10 repairs were completed, and I checked the vehicle out at 6:19. When I turned the air condition on after departing from goodson Honda service department, contaminated air flowing from the vents initiated an immediate respiratory discomfort. While venturing back and forth to work Friday, 03/12/2010, the air quality that flowed from the vent was unfit for humans to breathe. As it flowed from the air condition vents, it permeated the air with dangerous nanoparticles, lethal chemicals, and irritant gases compressed with tetrafluoroethane (R-134A). This dangerous mixture quickly attacks the respiratory and central nervous systems with its lethal combination. If you need further information, please feel free to contact me.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 182008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving 20 mph, the engine revved. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to his residence, but the engine "raced" the entire time. A few days later, the contact's wife started the vehicle and lightly tapped the accelerator pedal. The vehicle suddenly experienced unintended acceleration, causing the vehicle to crash straight into a home across the street. The brake pedal was depressed, but they failed to work properly. The vehicle had not been moved since the day of the first incident. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but they did not explain what caused the failure or defect. The current and failure mileages were 1,600. Updated 07/15/08. The dealer stated the computer did not show any defects and the brakes were not applied. Updated 07/15/08

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 012008

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Honda Accord exl with variable cylinder management engine. Consumer states that the ad says the transition between cylinder in the engine is unfelt. He states that is a lie the passengers can feel when the engine changes. According to Honda, the system can activate and deactivate the engine's cylinders as needed to meet the demands of both acceleration and fuel saving. The consumer stated the engine constantly surges at highway speeds, even when on cruise control.

- New York, NY, USA

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