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:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,802 miles

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Dec 192016


  • 51,000 miles


Turned into a parking space in a parking lot, in motion at slow parking lot speeds, when burst of unintended acceleration occurred. Pushed down on the brakes, but the brakes did not end up stopping the car or even slowing down the sudden acceleration. This made me then go to turn the car off with the keys, but not before the car already had went beyond the parking space bumper and into the wall. A wall window was broken and the front of my car was ruined. Air bags did not deploy. Insurance did not check the car for error codes and filed off the situation as a total loss, paying off the rest I owed on the car with the deductible.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #22

Nov 202016


  • miles
When operating the vehicle, I can't excede 30 M.P.H. on level terrain. Maybe 15 M.P.H. going up hills with 4 way flashers activated. Accelerating with gas pedal has no effect. Dashboard vcs light is on and engine symbol. Problem is intermittent and if vehicle is operating correctly, service technician can't find any faults. This condition is frightful this problem exists under normal driving conditions over city streets and expressways. I've observed that when engine is idling, depressing the accelerator will maximize the R.P.M. to only 3,000 several times, I've turned the engine off and restarted with operation normal but dashboard engine synbol indicated

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #21

Jan 032016


  • 105,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle revved and the rpms increased, while the vehicle was in the park position. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate properly when the accelerator pedal was depressed and moved at a very slow pace. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,400.

- Los Angelos, CA, USA

problem #20

Jan 022016


  • miles


Vsa brakeand ABS light comes on after engine has warmed up. Honda dealor has dtc 122-01 vsa selenoid valve malfunction cost for this defect in the vsa light per written estimate is $1639. This is a safety highway hazard. Contacted Honda corporation customer service case# 04375940 and know one has know knowledge of the safety concern and fail to fixed and pay for this saftey highway safety need. Refuses to have a supervisor contact me to discuss the class action powertrain covered til 6-2016 service bulletin 13-078. My car will not increase in speed stalls at 55 mph on high speed and speed limit on highway is 70 mph and can received a ticket for driving under speed limited that can cause a accident on the highways.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #19

Jan 092015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
It happened twice, both times I had tried to come to a complete stop and the car would suddenly start to accelerator, wouldn't stop right away, this could become very dangerous.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #18

Dec 232014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 98,300 miles
On 12/22/2014, my 2008 Honda Accord LX (which has 98,300 miles on it) was towed into my local Honda dealer. The reason for my having it towed into my local dealer was due to the fact that my engine failed while driving on a residential street drive two miles from my home. There was absolutely no indication whatsoever that my engine would fail as the check engine light did not go on, there was no oil light illuminated, etc. Thus I was shocked when I was driving and tried to give the car some gas and the car did not accelerate żż thus I rolled to the side of the road and contacted a towing company. The service representative contacted me via phone and let me know that there was no compression in cylinder 2 and that I likely needed a new engine. The initial estimate would be $6,000 for a car with a blue book value of $6,500 (dealer trade in.) I have all service records and faithfully serviced my vehicle at the Honda dealership. The service rep also explained that I was low on oil and I reviewed my receipts to determine that I changed my oil 2600 miles earlier. I am hoping that Honda will provide goodwill to repair the vehicle as a 6 year old vehicle with 98000 miles on it should not need a new engine. Updated 3/10/16

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #17

Aug 242013


  • 70,000 miles


This was the second time my car accelerated for no reasons while I was driving. The first time I was only driving 35 miles an hour and no one was in front of me. The second time the car accelerated as I was stopping at a red light. I barely missed a car by one foot. Both times I went to the Honda dealership in sanford. Long story one knows how to fix it. I am extremely upset over the idea that there are all car owners with these electronic systems that don't work. The second time my three year grandson was in the back seat. The dealership said the electronic system sent a message that designated that there was an acceleration or malfunction. Anyway I am sending this because I wanted my car fixed and because it is a paper trail if someone gets killed in this car. I will no longer own a Honda. This was my second Honda and until this I was very satisfied. I now have a car paid for that I cannot drive. I do want the public to be aware of this problem. [xxx] I don't have the VIN number. My car is parted outside the dealership in sanford, N.C. waiting for me to pick it back up. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #16

Apr 022013


  • 12,000 miles
When accelerating to merge into highway traffic, car uncontrollably rapidly accelerates and revs up to 5000 rpms. Braking no matter how hard, nor pumping brakes did not stop car - may have prevented it from going faster, however; but revs remained high. Only way to regain control was to switch transmission to neutral and then back to drive. When problem first occurred, rapid pumping of brakes decelerated car and allowed to regain control; however, brake pumping did not work recently. Problem is intermittent and thus, dealer could not replicate even when complaint occurred during first year of ownership - and in fact, did not recur for more than 1 year after warranty expired.

- Hilo, HI, USA

problem #15

Jan 232013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
Subject: Sudden unintended acceleration at about 9:25 pm, on Wednesday January 23, 2013 I was parked in the North parking lot of the vienna metro station, in fairfax, Virginia, awaiting arrival of my wife. I had parked in the first parking space, across from the waiting area in front of the metro station entrance. When I saw my wife emerge from the entrance of the metro station, I started my car and shifted to drive. The engine suddenly revved up and the car lunged forward, accelerating at high speed and out of control. I remember reacting by applying the brakes with all my might and engaging the hand brake without much effect.the car lunged forward about 100 feet and hit a concrete barrier which smashed the front and engine and totaled the vehicle. Luckily there were no other cars or pedestrians in the vicinity otherwise there would have been more severe consequences. When I regained consciousness, I had been transported to the fairfax hospital and had suffered severe trauma to the neck, throat, larynx and mouth area and was bleeding from a cut on the chin. Two days of intense examination at the hospital and several follow-up medical exams found no evidence of any physical or medical condition that could have possibly contributed to the accident. It must be noted that I did not receive any citation for the accident from the fairfax police.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #14

Dec 062012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 38,300 miles
Unintended acceleration. Driving slowly in a parking lot looking for a space, the car suddenly took off, accelerating, the engine racing, heard a clicking noise. Stepped hard on the brake, the engine stopped racing, the car stopped, but not before the car rammed some bushes, scratching the paint.

- Rye, NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 282012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


The car did not want to move after it was put in gear. When the car did move it was very hesitant and would not pick up speed at first, then would gradually pick up speed. The car is back at the dealership and first they said it was transmission sensor, then said it was the computer, after replacing that the car begin a rough idle.

- Brunson, SC, USA

problem #12

Apr 062010

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated unexpectedly. The contact also stated that while stopped, there would be an increase in the engine rpms up to 4,000. In order to stop the failure, the contact released the brakes momentarily before depressing them. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they were unable to diagnose the failure. The contact stated that the failure occurred randomly. The failure mileage was 25,000 and the current mileage was 45,000. Updated 5/7/12

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #11

Nov 142011


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the vehicle suddenly accelerated with the brake depressed, causing him to crash into a building. A police report was filed. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure nor was the vehicle diagnosed or repaired. The current and the failure mileages were 25,000.

- Natrona Heights, PA, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Sep 012011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
I first noticed losing power on acceleration on a full stop...then it turns sluggish to accelerate more when it reaches 60-70 mph even pressed hard on the gas's like losing power.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #8

Aug 022011


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle was stopped at a stop sign when it suddenly accelerated. The vehicle did not stop when the brakes were applied and it continued to accelerate up to 70 mph. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a truck while attempting to avoid other vehicles. In order to remove the driver from the vehicle, it had to be cut open. The driver suffered severe injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The vehicle was not examined for the cause of failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were 39,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Pamona, NY, 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

Sep 032010


  • 6,054 miles
Owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The vehicle suddenly accelerated while driven up hill. The driver lost control the vehicle turned over. The engine caught on fire. There was no injuries. The vehicle was towed. The insurance company investigated the failure however she didn't received the investigation report.

- Ty, KS, USA

problem #5

Apr 272010

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Honda Accord. Consumer writes to inform of several experiences such as sudden acceleration with vehicle the consumer stated all of the incidents happened while trying to slow the vehicle down to a stopped position and have occurred in parking lots, driveways and in traffic. The consumer stated on two of the several occasions, the consumers father experienced sudden acceleration while pulling into a residential driveway and pulling into a parking space. The incidents the consumer experienced happened when she attempted to make a left turn at an intersection, pulling into a parking spot, approaching a stop sign at an intersection as well as driving behind other vehicles which were slowing to stop and trying to exit a parking lot. In all cases, the consumer and her father removed their feet from the accelerator then placed it on the brake to slow to a stop. However, while applying the brakes, there was a sound and motion of the vehicle revving up and accelerating, propelling the vehicle forward as if it were fighting the brake pedals command stop. So far the consumer has been able to control the vehicle.

- Garfield, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 242010


  • 11,700 miles
While driving at about 60 mph on the highway, then tapping the brake to slow the car down, suddenly the RPM display console show the needle revup from 1.5 to 3, and engine roar lightly when brake is tapped to slow down to get into the ramp. When braking again while entering into the ramp, the RPM get down back to about 1.5, and the engine is idle back to normal. It happen every time while trying to slow down the car at about 55-65 mph to get in the exit.

- Randallstown, MD, USA

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