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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,268 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.

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2008 Honda Accord steering problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Sep 082008


  • 8,700 miles


My 2008 Accord consistently flash/dim every 30 seconds when the auto climate control mode is on. This is a safety issue when driving on a dark road at night as one's eyes naturally look away from the road for about a second-- enough time to be dangerous. I complained to the dealer and they said all vehicles do this. I have never heard of any vehicle doing this. I asked when the service bulletin would be coming out, assuming there is one in the works given the widespread issue, but the service writer ignored my comment. I had to literally demand that the dealer write my complaint on the repair order, and at the end, with my repair order, the clerk handed me an article trying to explain away the issue or pacify me. (it was a Honda article, which looked like it was from a repair manual or brochure, which stated that basically, if the customer complained to tell them its normal.) in "auto" climate mode, the air conditioning compressor/fan kicks on every 30 seconds (even in the middle of winter) and the lights seem to flash at that time. Also, the steering pump makes a very loud whining/moaning noise at 1500-2000 rpms, and the steering in the vehicle has a shuttling/slipping sensation in the steering wheel upon turning. The dealer confirmed the steering issue and has ordered a new power steering pump which will hopefully remedy the issue. Finally, the driver's door handle, interior and exterior, does not open the door on occasion. This is also a safety issue as being able to exit the vehicle in emergency is critical. For such a highly touted vehicle manufacturer, Honda needs to work on fixing problems with their cars on the road and finding a resolution, not just their reputation and/or their bottom line. Also, Honda needs to instruct its dealers to take its customer's complaint's seriously, not simply attempt to diminish the complaint (I.e. headlights flashing) because it is a widespread issue. I am disappointed with Honda's handling of the defects.

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 052008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving 60 mph, the contact experienced excessive vibration in the steering wheel. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer approximately three times and they switched and rotated the tires. The failure still persists. The current mileage is 6,000. Update 10/01/08 the dealer informed the consumer that the vibration was caused my a motor mount location problem that Honda was aware of and was working to correct it. Updated 10/03/08.

- Tipp City, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 112008


  • 20 miles
2008 Honda Accord has wheel shimmy/vibration at 60-70mph. Wheels oscillate violently and car wanders all over road (this is a replacement vehicle) I originally leased a 2008 Honda Accord in April 2008 and drove it for 4 months with same exact problem. $ attempts were made to fix original car to no avail. Dealer won't even attempt to test drive or repair the replacement vehicle--has arranged appt. With district parts & service manager.

- Shrewsbury, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jun 182008


  • 1 miles


2008 Honda Accord ex sedan - steering wheel shakes/vibrates at highway speeds (60-65 mph). I fear that this creates a safety hazard since front wheels are continually shaking. The car has been to the dealer 3 times and the problem was not repaired. Currently car has 1,200 miles. The problem has been experienced since it was picked up at the dealer. The dealer will not take any further action based on instruction from Honda.

- Monmouth Junction, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 312008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
2008 Honda Accord ex V/6 steering wheel vibration and shake at highway speeds 55-80 balanced 4 replaced and roadforced balanced again............still have wheel shake at speeds.....

- Beverly, MA, USA

problem #3

Jan 152008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. Typically, when driving between 60-70 mph, the steering wheel vibrates. The failure occurs every time the vehicle is driven; however, it will begin before reaching 60 mph on occasion. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer 6 or 7 times for this failure. The dealer was able to duplicate, but not correct the failure. The current mileage was 6,200 and failure mileage was 30. Updated 07/29/08 updated 08/01/08

- Tipp City, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 142008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering wheel and car vibrates over 55 mph gas sloshes in tank at stops (car moves from weight of gas moving in tank).

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #1

Nov 092007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving between 60-70 mph, the front end vibrated and was felt through the steering wheel. There were no warning indicators. The dealer stated that the failure was normal. The failure mileage was 37 and current mileage was 1,350.

- Wayland , MA, USA

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