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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,608 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.

2008 Honda Accord wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 022016


  • miles


Vsa brakeand ABS light comes on after engine has warmed up. Honda dealor has dtc 122-01 vsa selenoid valve malfunction cost for this defect in the vsa light per written estimate is $1639. This is a safety highway hazard. Contacted Honda corporation customer service case# 04375940 and know one has know knowledge of the safety concern and fail to fixed and pay for this saftey highway safety need. Refuses to have a supervisor contact me to discuss the class action powertrain covered til 6-2016 service bulletin 13-078. My car will not increase in speed stalls at 55 mph on high speed and speed limit on highway is 70 mph and can received a ticket for driving under speed limited that can cause a accident on the highways.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 142015


  • miles
First incident was on 6/14/2015. I was driving on the highway as my engine light came on and the car started shaking. I pulled over and turned the car off because it smelled like smoke. As I tried to turn the vehicle back on it would not cut back on. The car had to get towed and repairs had to be done to the tune of $1,500. The battery, gasket, plugs & alternator had to be replaced. Second incident was on 7/17/2015. As I was making a left hand turn the car stalled & I was hit by another vehicle. All air bags deployed and burst. The right front wheel was pushed in.

- Morrisville, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 192015


  • 46,000 miles
I purchased new tires about a year ago. Tires had less than 30,000 on them. Back tires still had 90% tread but getting a vibration. Took car to the body shop and was told that the rear end of my vehicle was badly out of alignment.. I could see it with my naked eyes. The problem is that the rear tires can not be aligned. There is no way to adjust the camber on the back tires, so no matter what you will always have vibration and alway unevenly where your tires. Only way I can see to fix this, is to install adjustable cambers, but if this is a desig flaw and Honda already acknowledged it with a service bulletin addressing there Honda civics, then why should I have to pay for the fix. I am totally disgusted with Honda.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #3

Nov 122013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


Both wheel bearings required replacement around 120K miles. Loud humming noises coming from the rear of the car. Changed out both hub assemblies and now it sounds quiet again. Seems a bit premature to have to change out the parts.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 182010

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,350 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord coupe. The contact stated that the wheel rim on the vehicle which was manufactured by Honda was defective. The manufacturer uses a clear coat on their wheel rims which causes water to enter underneath, which has caused corrosion. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer and could not diagnose the failure, but claims that the contact applied chrome cleaner to the wheel rim which may have caused the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. He then took the vehicle to a tire company to inspect the wheel rim and they informed him that they were defective and should be replaced. The vehicle has not been repaired for the wheel rims. The failure and current mileage was approximately 6,350. Updated 3/8/11 the consumer stated no cleaners or chemicals have been used on the rims. The consumer believed there was a defect with the rims. Updated 08/08/11

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 052008


  • 6,300 miles
Make : Honda model : Accord model year 2008 other essential information - I want to bring to your attention that the inside of the Honda alloy wheels are not sealed or painted from the factory. The wheel is already corroding the aluminum with pits with metal missing. After 2 more winters the salt on the roads will dangerously weaken the wheel strength leading to failure at speed. This is a real hidden danger that I thought should be looked into since Honda dealer sees no problem with the corroding aluminum. If the wheels where simply painted or clear coated from the factory on the inside like they are on the outside then this would not be become the hidden danger this type of wheel will present to the unsuspecting public.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

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