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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,203 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.

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 052010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 17,000 miles


My 2008 Honda Accord only have 25000 miles on it and recently when trying to slow down/braking the RPM/engine revs up and the car accelerate while trying to stop. I drove it last weekend for about 2hrs it happened over 5 times.

- Nutley, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jul 172011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
We purchased a new 2008 Honda Accord exl in 2008. It has only 40,000 miles on it and my husband was driving and went to pass and the engine missed and and began to shudder and misfire and almost had a head on because he could not accelerate and had to find a way to get back into line. We took it in and the only thing to fix it was replace the spark plug which we did and car was fine for a few weeks but now it is doing it again. I feel it's a safety issue if in the middle of driving you cannot accelerate the vehicle.

- Soldotna, AK, USA

problem #6

Dec 212010


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving 45 mph, the contact noticed smoke from the engine compartment. The contact pulled over and saw that the engine was on fire. The fire department arrived and extinguished the fire; a report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. There were no injuries. The fire department stated that the fire started because of the electrical fuel ignition in the engine. The contact called the manufacturer who took a complaint and stated that a representative would be sent out to investigate further. The failure mileage was approximately 34,000.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #5

May 082010


  • 34,000 miles


I have 34,000 miles on my 2008 Honda Accord ex, the engine has been revving when I reach approx 2,000 RPM and the dealer tells me this is normal. The car began making this sound only a few months ago, so it is not normal. I am also told that my rear brakes are already worn and need replaced asap. The cost of the brakes to be replaced is over $500, which seems a little steep, especially with Honda already having settled the lawsuit over this models brake issues.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Mar 212010


  • 54,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving at approximately 70 mph, the vehicle seemed as if it would suddenly turn off so the contact pulled over and turned off the vehicle. The contact then restarted the vehicle but the issue continued to occur once on the road. The contact called an authorized dealership and was informed that the valves did not feed properly and slipped causing misfires. The vehicle had been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 54,800. The current mileage was approximately 57,000.

- Irmo, SC, USA

problem #3

Feb 032010


  • 25,000 miles
Variable cylinder management transmission unexpectedly surges in traffic. In heavy traffic, or slippery road conditions, a sudden unexpected surge in the car could result in hitting the car in front.

- Skokioe, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 132009


  • 28,700 miles
Engine stops running at idle or while driving, is difficult to restart. Dealer could not reproduce. No engine error codes found. Occurred on more than one occasion.

- Middletown, CT, USA

problem #1

Apr 052008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving 60 mph, the contact experienced excessive vibration in the steering wheel. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer approximately three times and they switched and rotated the tires. The failure still persists. The current mileage is 6,000. Update 10/01/08 the dealer informed the consumer that the vibration was caused my a motor mount location problem that Honda was aware of and was working to correct it. Updated 10/03/08.

- Tipp City, OH, USA

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