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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
659 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 252008


  • 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 #1

Aug 012008


  • 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

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