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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
86,200 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace vtc actuator (3 reports)
2008 Honda Accord engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 012015

Accord LX 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


I have taken my car to same Honda Dealer for almost ten years now! NEVER has the dealer pointed out that I have a problem even though many times my oil was too low! First I noticed engine rattles at cold start-up second was that engine light was on and off! I was thinking that some cover got loose and made such a noise! I was wrong.

- Joe J., Island Lake, IL, US

problem #5

Nov 072016

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

This issue has occured for the 3 time since I have owned this car which I bought new in 2008. Honda repaired the issue when the car was under warranty but his issue should not be happening again. I contacted Honda and was told there is an updated solution for the on going problem but when I spoke to a specialist they denied they had any idea this was a on going problems for Hondas. I think there should be some one who should investigate Honda and issue a recall otherwise this is just a way for Honda dealers to keep getting money out of the car owners. I will be getting my car repaired which they will still will not take full responsibility for this issue. This may not be a safety issue like the air bags but it is a issue where the customer is at the mercy of Honda.

- Carol M., Athens, AL, US

problem #4

Aug 032010

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,903 miles

I purchased this car used certified from a dealership. I thought it was kind of strange the salesman would bring the car to me every time I went to drive it and take it after purchase. Figured it out just days after when it would make a noise on a cold start once in a while. Took it back and they couldn't hear it so I had to leave it a couple days and they still didn't hear it. As it continued to make the noise more often I took back a couple more times until they finally said it was the vtc actuator and they contacted Honda who agreed to replace at their expense. Was ok for a couple years then started with the same noise again. I was told they couldn't replace it again because it won't last. The noise is real bad now with almost every start and the engine is getting loud. I'm ready to ask dealership again, but now I'm worried since my extended warranty has run out they may not do anything for free even though I didn't use my warranty for this issue. Last December when I asked them I was told Honda had not come up with a solution yet.

This is absolutely ridiculous! Honda needs to take responsibility and correct this issue!

- Debbie J., Grove City, OH, US

problem #3

Jan 112016

Accord V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,250 miles


Has been under a Recall to have fixed but everytime you call to bring car in I am told they don't have the part. This has been going on since Jan of 2015. I have literally called every month to have Recall for part to be replaced and they still do not have the part.

Pissed Customer

Kathryn Stephens

- Kathryn S., Houston, TX, US

problem #2

Apr 252016

Accord EX-L 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 138,000 miles

On cold startup (more than 5 hours of sitting) there is a loud metallic grinding sound. It sounds like metal shards are in the engine.

Probably related to TSB #09-010

- Jeremy S., Bethesda, MD, US

problem #1

Oct 012014

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Known issues that are not covered by the company is the first way to lose customers & tell everyone about them. Making them jump through hoops with checking their oil every thousand miles is also ridiculous. People don't have time to deal with that. Seriously, shape up I don't feel like trading my car in and ranting how Honda sucks the rest of my life to everyone I know.

- masonm89, reading, MA, US

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