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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
59,000 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2008 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 142016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles


The car seriously shudders during transmission from the 4th to the fifth gear. I have taken the car everywhere but no one seems to know how to fix the problem. At first I thought it was a minor problem but the problem still subsists.

- tivdoo, Abuja, Nigeria

problem #5

Apr 302014

Accord EX-L 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

2008 Honda Accord Jerks when shifting from 2nd to 3rd. I saw a SB regarding false oil consumption and Software update. I printed it out and took to dealership. they would not recognize the SB they must diagnose the issue which costs $90. At the end they come up with $1500 Transmission repair, when asked about the software update they claimed my car does not have it. I still have the problem. A class suite should be filed against Honda for the worst model they had and will not fix it.

- Alex H., Houston, US

problem #4

Sep 012014

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


- Ben C., San Diego, CA, US

problem #3

Mar 122013

Accord EXL 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Transmission in this accord along with many other Honda models are pretty bad. Accelerating from a stop right in between 1st and 2nd gear the transmission shudders and thuds and it shakes the car. Many times it does the same thing going from 3rd to 4th gear. It won't do it if you accelerate hard enough through these gears but it'll absolutely do it if you're just cruising along at a normal pace. The transmission has also slipped on multiple occasions which doesn't seem like a good sign to me. It's been doing these things since I got the car not even a year ago. Only has 69000 miles on it now.

- cdn, Columbus, OH, US

problem #2

Oct 312012

Accord EX-L 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Several passengers in my car separately and unsolicited mentioned shuttering in the car as it accelerated. The problem had been there for some time but i didn't realize the issue as the change over time was subtle. But as people kept bringing it up, I had it checked.

I was told the transmission needs to be rebuilt as there is an issue on acceleration between the 2nd and 3rd gears. The estimate is for $2200 assuming no other parts need to be replaced as they do the work.

I am ticked. I thought this Honda would last for 200k miles and I barely have 90k.

- Don B., Clarendon Hills, IL, US

problem #1

Oct 012010

Accord EX-L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

Took car in at 28,775 mi. with complaint. Techs said they could not duplicate and sent me away (I am after all just a woman with a vivid imagination!). The problem has gotten continually worse; took car back to dealer. Car was test driven, they still said they could not duplicate problem; however, the service adviser finally did admit feeling a "very slight shudder" while driving that was "normal for this vehicle at this time." I disagree. This is not normal. I told them I think it is a torque converter problem, and they recommended to start with a transmission flush, which I declined since they would charge me approx. $200 to perform that service. The tech also finally said that he has seen this in several cars of that model and that Honda may come up with a "fix." This is my first Honda, and it may be my last.

- auburn575, Powder Springs, GA, US

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