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:
23,125 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.

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 182011


  • 32,000 miles


Owning 2008 Honda Accord rear brakes needed to be replace under class action suit dealer replacement would be $450 and reimbursement $150. This doesn`T sound like good customer relations.. I could buy pads for $38 and replace them myself as I have done for years as a fleet mechanic.if store bought pads prematurely wear out they have limited lifetime warranty for replacement. The only thing...stopping....U and your family from serious injuries would be good brakes..Honda needs to come up with better idea for future car buyers also rear shock had broken dealer did replace with no problem.

- Tomsriver, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 112009


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. Whenever the contact would operate the vehicle and travel over a rough terrain, the contact would notice a grinding noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 20 mph. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The current and failure mileages were 31000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 102009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2008 Honda Accord 4-door LX-P sedan (automatic transmission), which was purchased in January of 2008. Beginning in December of 2008, I detected an intermittent noise which can best be described as the sound of air moving through a straw when applying the brakes, which was sustained through subsequent acceleration until repeated application and release of the brakes caused the noise to cease. It was audible inside and outside of the car, and could not be isolated to one particular area of the car (rear or front), though it appeared to originate in the wheels area. This was reported to the dealer during visits for oil changes and tire rotations, as well as a separate visit specifically to assess this ongoing occurrence. I was repeatedly assured that they had not heard the noise, but had checked the brakes and tires and all was fine, there were no suspected or visible concerns. One day prior to my most recent service appointment of June 11, 2009, the noise changed (though was still very intermittent) and began to sound and feel like a grinding, metal-to-metal noise, as well as a vibration felt in the brake pedal. When inspected during the service appointment, I was told that they had discovered that the rear brake pads were completely worn and damage had been done to the rotors as a result. The rear brake pads on the newer Honda Accord (automatic transmissions) wear extremely quickly, at approximately 18-20,000 miles. They also wear unevenly, such that the inner pads wear much more quickly than the outer. The rear pads also wear much more quickly than the front. This problem is potentially dangerous and very costly.

- Orange, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 182007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord (na). The contact heard a cracking sound coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. While driving at various speeds, he must hold the steering wheel tightly to prevent the vehicle from veering to the left. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the rear struts failed. The dealer replaced the rear bolt and strut; however, the cracking noise still persists. The contact notified the manufacturer, but they did not provide any assistance. The vehicle is currently at the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 500. Updated 11/20/07

- Astoria, NY, USA

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