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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
133,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2008 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 242015

Accord EXL 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles


I bought this car because of consumer report saying it was one of the top cars...I've been very disappointed. Day 2 I was stranded, replaced alternator, wheel bears while in garage. 18 months later the shifting doesn't feel right, inspecting checking tranny fluid level, fluid color was grey, with further inspection found transmission fluid in cooling system. Further inspection found defective transmission cooler, which lead to contaminated transmission and engine cooling system. A cooler is inexpensive,a motor and tranny are not!!!

Problem is not fixed yet, may have to junk my Accord...buyers beware of the this defect !

I've lost faith in Honda and consumer reports !

- Marie C., Escanaba, MI, US

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