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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,418 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.

2008 Honda Accord fuel system problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

May 152014

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles


2008 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to repairs on vehicle and seeks reimbursement since vehicle still under warranty. According to the invoice, the fuel and check engine light illuminated. The technician found a misfire in cylinder #5. the cylinder 5 spark plug was inspected and there was evidence of oil burning creating an ashy build-up on the plug.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 012011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
There is a loud grinding/rattling sound after a cold start up.

- Glen Dale, WV, USA

problem #3

Apr 292010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord V6. I took it in for pre-mature rear brake wear at 25,000. The next week the engine surged and I crashed into a concrete barrier while parking.

- Nanuet, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 122009


  • 10,000 miles
Engine malfunction light came on. Tightened fuel cap per om. Days later took to dealer for service. Dealer discovered that allegedly an animal had crawled above gas tank (below rear seat/frame) & gnawed away some of the plastic or vr valve attached to the gas tank creating a "pinhole" leak for fuel vapor & liquid....assembly requires replacement of whole gas tank.

- Haddonfield, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 152008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,089 miles
Car idles rough and stalls, check fuel cap message comes on.this was after they replaced alternator due to lights flickering and radio and fans going in and out.alternator did not help and now the idles is high and eratic, system that detects missing fuel cap is inop. When car comes to a stop the idle stops real hgigh and comes down as you sit at the light.the dealer says the owners maual is wrong about the way system works.I drove two identical ones and while the cars were still of poor quality, the idle was the same as before they messed with car.other issues include bad seat tracks, bad upulstry, paint on bumpers improperly finished. Honda refuses to fix these issues. I am taking it under the lemon law and urge all others to do the same.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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