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:
100 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.

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2008 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 132008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 100 miles


Vehicle pops out of third gear and acceleration is stopped abruptly due to this defect causing a significant chance of rear end crashes every time it occurs. Vehicle is 2008 Honda Accord ex V6 6 speed manual transmission. This is a serious defect and fits the criteria for a safety recall on both concerns, I.e., "poses an risk to motor vehicle safety, and "may exist in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacture, or items of equipment of the same type and manufacture". Honda knew of this problem in 2007 civic manual transmissions and ignored the problem and continued to put the defective transmissions in the 2008 Accord and civics. Finally after a consumer demonstration in California and coverage by the local media, Honda issued a Honda service bulletin 08-020 that replaces the defective transmission parts. I believe this should be a manufacturer recall based on the number of complaints listed here where the consumer writes that they believe it is a serious safety concern and that they were almost involved in an accident because of the problem. Too many near misses to ignore. Also, because it fits the criteria listed on this website for a like defect in a "group of vehicles". I hope it doesn't take a death or serious injury to require Honda to issue a recall for the defective models. We all know money is the determining factor and basis for their decision and if left to them, they would never issue one. I am thinking to burn my new Honda Accord which has less that 7000 miles on it and is currently at first team Honda in chesapeake, Virginia with a bad transmission. I am so disgusted with paying over 32 thousand dollars and getting a lemon and vehicle that will need to have the transmission removed already. Honda doesn't care about the consumer anymore, only the $$$. help for a recall please ! I think I will construct a website to publicize this travesty and gain support for the burning of my Honda. Maybe something like

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

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