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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
9,200 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
2008 Honda Accord engine problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 182008

Accord LX 2.5L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25 miles


poor design that resulted with breakdown of parts, car stalls , unable to startup, loss of power accelaration, toxic smell in the car, break pad problem, honda customer relations claims, it is delear issue, and dealer claims, it is honda customer relations problems, as they could not replicate the problem, sometimes the vehichle had to be left in the delearshop, for a week or longer . for them to figure out what is the issue, bad, customer serviice, with bad quaility products, which unskilled workers(not sure it is intended forto rip off customer, so to charge customer for deffective parts sold). i must say when buying initially, they are in good customer service, once car is sold, all in worst category

- Joe S., Ottawa, Ottawa, canada

problem #3

Sep 062009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,550 miles

Well I'm really not sure of this is a problem with the engine or if it's mechanical at all. Basically after starting the car it stalls out. It starts again, the RPMs jump all over the place, the "D" indicator on the dash blinks and it stalls again. So, according to some other posts I read, typically a flashing "D" light means it's a tranny problem or some drivetrain issue. No clear explanations of this to be found online. Of course this happened the one time I take the car out of the city and get stranded in Macomb Illinois, 4 hours west of Chicago. I take an Amtrak back and tomorrow I have to have my girlfriend who is in Macomb for school take time off to wait for a tow truck so that it could be towed to a neighboring town with a Honda dealer. EXTREMELY bad timing, very INCONVENIENT. I don't know what the problem is yet but I'll keep this board updated. Anyone with the same problem please contact me. The car is a 2008 Honda Accord V6 with an auto tranny. Babied since new, never driven hard, no accidents, spotless!! By the way I also owned a 2001 Civic LX auto that threw the tranny at 120k. Honda didn't want to fix it even though they acknowledged they know it's a bad tranny. Look the car up on this site, YOU WON'T BELIEVE IT. I tell this story to anyone who will listen and everyone claims it's just me and I have bad luck but I'm beginning to suspect that Honda is just CRAP. Utter garbage disguised by their reputation of cars they built from the 70s till the 90s which really were great. I never thought I'd say this but when it comes to Asian "economy" sedans, my next stop is Hyundai, Kia, Toyota...don't be fooled by Honda.

- yelkin2, Chicago, IL, US

problem #2

Jun 202009

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,200 miles

This is the 3rd time I've had my car in for repair! I have had it towed twice now to the dealership! Of course, once again, they can't get it to repeat the problem! I tell them I absolutely will not take the car back until they do SOMETHING! They take a guess and replace the fuel pump and relay. I get my car back two days later and pray that fixes it. It doesn't though and 3 days later it's towed in again because it won't start at all!

- crittenden, Crystal Lake, IL, US

problem #1

Mar 072009

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles

I am appaled that Honda cannot figure out what is wrong with my car. The reason I chose a Honda is because of the great reliability ratings and customer satisfaction ratings! I'm so frustrated and angry! I basically have a car that was less than a year old that kept stalling out on me. Of course, when I got it to the dealer it started up every time and wouldn't stall out. Their answer -- if it doesn't duplicate the action, we can't diagnosis it! I took my car home and waited for it to happen again -- and it has -- three more times now!

- crittenden, Crystal Lake, IL, US

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