CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,074 miles

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2008 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

Dec 062019

Accord

  • 115,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I started my car up in the morning and warmed it up for about 15 minutes then as I go to put it in reverse the battery light came on I then put my car in park and turned it off then I turned it back on and the battery light was still on I decided to just go because I have to be at work in an hour as I am driving down I five the radio stopped working like the side of the vehicle started flickering and my headlights turned off and I was now driving down I-5 in the dark. Fortunately I made it to my location parked my car and it completely died. I didn┐T open my hood and started checking my battery and my alternator etc. I confirmed my battery was fine and that my alternator had failed. I then notice fluid was leaking from the power steering pump to the alternator. Now my car is has no power and even if I get it jumpstarted it just dies.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #31

Dec 222018

Accord

  • 55,400 miles
Speed secer is bad and the air bad need to be replace or check out light keep coming onit been in the shop every two week there something wrong

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #30

Apr 012015

Accord

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact noticed smoked underneath the hood without warning. The vehicle was pulled into a parking lot, where an independent mechanic lifted the hood, and stated that the alternator was smoking. The vehicle was towed to moss motors (337-235-9086, located at 1407 la 728-8, lafayette, la 70501) where the technician diagnosed and replaced the alternator. Prior to that failure, the same dealer replaced the steering pump and the starter in 2015 when the steering pump leaked and destroyed the starter. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures and offered a forty percent discount towards the cost of the repairs. The failure mileage was approximately 77,000.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #29

Nov 192009

Accord

  • 123,459 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Nose mask recall JW9

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #28

May 022011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 7,272 miles
The car was brand new and the steering was to hard to turn, so we took it to Honda on centinela ave. Near ladera heights, they wanted to charge us $1200 to replace it. A couple months later we took the car to santa monica dealer 18th street. They stated the power steering pump was leaking and the rack needed to be replaced. They said that I have to pay $1200 but Honda Accord America was going to give me a 50% discount. I paid 50%. then when driving back to my house, I heard a lot of noise, like something was loose. The noise got worse, when I was turning left, right or going into a deep area. So I took the car back and they said, they cannot hear the noise. I took the car back and now they are saying that nothing is wrong with the car. They said the struts are damaged and power steering hoses are liking all over. Car only has 30,000 miles, I don't really use it that much. This is a lemon car. Can something be done?

- L.A. , CA, USA

problem #27

Apr 132015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
My car was leaking fluid which I was unaware. My starter went out and the dealer said that the power steering fluid was leaking so bad if I did not repair it there could be an engine fire as well as damage to the alternator. He had to replace the entire power steering pump because he said that the leak was too bad to just replace the O ring and hose. I brought my car to moss motors in lafayette, Louisiana for the repair. I believe that since I only had 70,000 miles on my car that this power steering system is an obvious defect and safety hazard.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #26

Mar 122015

Accord

  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the steering wheel was not aligned properly and failed to control the vehicle properly. The contact stated that the steering wheel and the wheels were not aligned adjacent. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the struts needed to be replaced and the wheels needed to be aligned. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred multiple times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #25

Aug 102012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Constant vibration in steering wheel tried balancing, alignment, different wheels but still had the same issue.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #24

Sep 172013

Accord

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that he noticed fluid leaking from under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the steering column and steering gear box were both leaking, and the steering gear box needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 63,000.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #23

Jul 292013

Accord

  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that during maintenance of the stabilizers by an independent mechanic, he noticed that the rack and pinion would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 31,000.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #22

Feb 192013

Accord

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the rear wheels began to shake violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that there was no way to adjust the rear alignment. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer where the contact was also advised that the upper and lower control arms, as well as the knuckle would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 80,000.

- Spring Lake, NC, USA

problem #21

Dec 172012

Accord

  • 62,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an oil change when he was informed that there was a power steering fluid leak. The contact was also informed of a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V222000 (steering:hydraulic power assist:hose, piping, and connections) however, the contact's model year vehicle was not included in the recall campaign. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified of the issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 62,500.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #20

Jul 152009

Accord

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph she noticed a growling sound coming from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the power steering fluid was low and would have to be filled. After the power steering fluid was filled the failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The technician stated the alternator would have to be replaced. The failure continued after the repair. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for routine maintenance. The mechanic stated there was a power steering fluid leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #19

May 122012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
I was driving the car on my way on 101 and power steering got failed while the car was running on 101. I was about to hit a car after but some how I realized that steering is responding late failed and I controlled the car. I was with my wife and son so thank to god for saving me on that day. I was under Honda care warranty so they covered all repair cost.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #18

Feb 102008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
I purchased a new 2008 Honda Accord from what is now known as bel air Honda. I had less than 50,000 miles when I had two sets of rear brake pads replaced. The 2nd set was replaced with a 3rd. At approx. 37,000 miles and the replacement was at my expense. The first two times I was reimbursed for the install, but the 3rd time the dealer and Honda said sorry this ones on you. I feel this expenditure should not have been mine to pay. In less than 50,000 miles I had two power steering pumps replaced. The 4th time the steering box also was damaged and it to replaced. This last time I was told this again was my expense so again their problem became mine. This time the dealer, bel air Honda said lucky I bought the extended warranty or the cost to me would have been approximately $1,600. My worry is that I could have a steering or brake failure while on the interstate causing an injury to me or someone else. I have voiced my concerns to both american Honda and bel air Honda. They blame one another regarding the mechanical failures to my car. The dealer said Honda sent them defective parts and Honda said its a install problem. I have sent and spoke to many representatives of Honda Motors and there response to me amounted to them suggesting things will be getting better and hang in there. So I have a car that I feel unsafe driving that no one seems to be concerned with. Their philosophy seems to be, get it repaired and maybe you'll have better luck next time. My Honda is true and its been a total sad experience for me. Their the goliath and I'm david with no recourse to the total disregard to my on problem. Honda probably has a good track record, but if you are having a serious problem with their car like I have, you get no satisfactory help from the automobile giant. There is a lot more to this sorry situation, but I am or will go over the limit I am allowed in this complaint memo. Your help in getting my story told will be appreciated. Updated IVOQ 09/07/11.

- Baldwin, MD, USA

problem #17

Jan 202009

Accord

  • 9,000 miles
My Honda Accord 08 steering wheel vibrates and shakes as when I press on the brake traveling 60+ miles on the freeway. Honda dealer told me that I should replace the brakes and I did but still has the same problem. I feel unsafe driving my car on the freeway. And replacing brakes when my car has only 20,000 miles does not make any sense to me. My steering wheel started to shake when the car had less than 10,000 miles on it. What should I do??

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #16

Aug 152008

Accord

  • 300 miles
I bought my 2008 Honda Accord coupe ex-L V6 mt on July 08. Since the first 300+ miles, I am getting steering wheel vibration when the car reach 55 - 75mph+. I went to the dealer to check full alignment, 4 wheels balance, I even did the hunter 9700 road force for all wheels and tires. And, I am still having the same problem. This is a almost $30,000 car, I do not think it should has such a lemon car.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #15

Apr 252008

Accord

  • 1,300 miles
Vibration/shimmy in the steering wheel. Took vehicle to purchasing dealer twice. Dealer could not fix shimmy. Dealer said that's the way Honda is making them. Shimmy starts ~ 60 mph and continues through 75 mph. Shimmy is intermittent and varying in intensity depending on vehicle speed and load. Took to 2nd dealer and verified problem. 2nd dealer also verified other 2008 Accord having the same problem.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #14

Aug 012008

Accord

  • 18 miles
I took delivery of 2008 Honda Accord coupe (4 cylinder automatic) in August of 2008. From day one I experience a steering wheel and suspension/drivetrain vibration & shimmy at speeds between 45-65 mph. The dealer replaced tires and wheels, and balanced four wheels during first service visit. On the second and last offered service visit for this defect, the dealer determined that the vehicle was "operating as designed". they did not state that they could not verify the complaint and stated they would not make anymore attempts to diagnose or repair the problem.

- Shrewsbury, NJ, USA

problem #13

Nov 052008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
2008 Honda Accord ex-V6 steering wheel vibration at different speeds and in different situations occurs intermittently, never seems to happen at dealership. Concerned that it could lead to loss of control or catastrophic failure. Honda dealer denies existence of generalized problem with model.

- Wynnewood, PA, USA

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