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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,719 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 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 222014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


Four Michelin Pilot P225/50P17 mixed age/mileage due to individual tire damage/replacements since 2008. Tread wear is acceptable on all four tires @ 64,000 miles. Sidewalls on all 4 tires experiencing dry rot dot B90A vjlx 0808 M30A decx 3109, 3909, 0207 advised tires unsafe at highway speeds due to dry rot on sidewalls. Note; spare is a MINI

- Long Branch, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jun 222014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Purchased a set of four new hankook ventus V12 evo tires back in June 2013. I drive very little- have only 30K in my '08 vehicle. I was planning a road trip this month & of course did all that was necessary including a vehicle checkup. After driving about 2 hours on the highway (w/ a break after an hour, which included another vehicle checkup), the steering wheel starting shaking violently & I saw smoke coming from the side of my car through my side view mirror. Pulled over to find that one of my tires was completely blown out & the side wall was torn. I was in complete shock. These were new tires- only a year old, with considerable tread on them. There was no reason for it to get blown out like this. Called aaa for roadside assistance & they had to put a spare tire on. I was hundreds of miles away from home & from my destination & there were no tire shops open in the area. Had to drive close to 100 miles, in the middle of the night with the emergency lights on at 50 mph to get to a 24 hr tire shop. First shop didn't have my tire size, but second one did. Tire was inspected & there was no other damage or adverse objects found with the tire other than the sidewall being torn & the tire blown out. Had no choice but to pay for a new tire (they had no used tire), since I was still hundreds of miles away from home & my destination, & I couldn't keep driving with a spare tire on. I ended up paying a hefty fee for the new tire & other charges. I initially paid a very high amount, for what I thought were quality tires from hankook, apparently I was very wrong. After this experience I will never buy hankook tires again.

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 242014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 93,579 miles
I have had 2 blowouts within a 3 month period of my front drivers' side Goodyear weatherhandler fuel max tires. I was fortunate that it was a smooth stop but I'm concerned that I had two in such a short period of time with the tires only being 2 years old. I had my car checked out, front end checked and no problems there. The inside rim of both tires were "dry rotted" per one tire guy and unexplainable on how it would wear like it did.

- Ridgeway, SC, USA

problem #3

Apr 042011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


I have owned a set of yokohama avids for the past 2 years and roughly 20,000 miles. In that time I have had 3 side wall failures. One from a pot hole, one from a raised man hole cover and one from a nail going through the sidewall. All three tires were completely destroyed. In 24 years of driving I have only had this happen these 3 times. The original set of tires were Michelin's and there were no issues with side wall failures in over 50,000 miles.

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #2

Dec 172009


  • 17,735 miles
Michelin Pilot mxm4 P225/50R17 original equipment tire on a 2008 Honda Accord 4dr ex. Mounted on rr with only 17735 miles developed a side wall blister near the bead. The tire was properly inflated and had never suffered any impact damage. The tire had to be replaced at owners cost because Michelin dealer would not honor warranty. Defective tire kept by owner for inspection by Michelin rep.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 272009


  • 4,000 miles
Tire had a 1/16 inch wide by 1/2 inch length slit near the rim. Went to the tire manufacturer and I was told it was not a defect. When I first saw the slit, it was like a pulled tissue paper. Now it is two inches long. I got it replaced at a cost.

- Katy, TX, USA

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