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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
51,150 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2008 Honda Accord engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 022012

Accord VTI 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,351 miles


the car makes some grrrrrr type noise when i brake on traffic signal n its in D mode. when i put it in parking or neutral mode the sound disappears. as soon as i move it to D mode, the sound reappears. I don't know what to do about this. can anyone suggest me. thanks

- ridfiz, St Albans, Victoria, Australia

problem #1

Jul 112011

Accord LX-S 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,856 miles

So, I have had some of the problems that have been an issue with this car. Had the VTC actuator replaced, and at about 2500RPM's I started hearing a ticking noise coming from the engine when I would do load bearing accelerations(in gear, not idle). I took this into the dealership and they of course could not recreate it, so I had to do it for them. The tech heard the noise but had no idea what was causing it. After about 2 hours, the guy came to me and said there was news about the "Solonoid Vtech" part making a noise around the 2500rpm mark. He said it would not be damaging to the engine, but that it would just be annoying. Plus, the guy said it was not a part covered under warranty, even though my car still has the powertrain warranty for another year and 3 months. I told the tech guys that I would be contacting honda on this issue because a $650 quote for a very new car is ridiculous and the fact that it wasn't covered under warranty was even greater BS.

So, contacting Honda, they came up with the part WAS/IS covered under warranty, the Tech just didn't put the part in the computer correctly. Yikes!! I mean really!?!? In the end, I've got an appointment tomorrow to get the part replaced, and hopefully the ticking sound gone. If you have this problem, be persistent with the dealer, just like the VTC actuator problem. They know of it, but are not acknowledging it and if i didn't do my research, i would be out $650. Come on honda, pull your heads out of your asses!!

- djbaumga, Indianapolis, IN, US

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