Notes: The 2010 Honda Accord some several significant flaws: excessive oil consumption, premature brake wear, & uncomfortable seats.

In October 2013, Honda settled a class action for excessive oil consumption which extends their V6 powertrain warranty out to 8 years & no mileage limit. However, is the inconvenience & risk of dealing with Honda on this problem worth it? We don't think so.

Premature brake wear has been a consistent problem for this Accord generation. Once again Honda settled a class action lawsuit over brake wear, but most 2010 Accords are NOT covered.

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. Unwary buyers report the seat pain is mainly only noticeable after 15-20 minutes. The common theme we hear is "never noticed this during the test drive."


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
73,050 miles
Total Complaints:
131 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (89 reports)
  2. Honda replacing engine (14 reports)
  3. pistons and rings replaced (13 reports)
  4. replace engine or take car back (7 reports)
  5. rebuilt engine (3 reports)
  6. switched to Castrol 5-20 full synthetic (2 reports)
2010 Honda Accord engine problems

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2010 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #131

Apr 032023

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


This car has been junk. All of the clear coat feel off the fiberglass parts at 24000 miles. Now at 65000 I have to add over 3 quarts of oil in between oil changes. Gas mileage has went to sh*t now also. Cars should last over 65000 miles especially a Honda.

- adam_ottao, Raleigh, US

problem #130

Aug 152022

Accord EX I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 191,000 miles

This is one of the expensive issues with 4th gen accord.

- Ratul I., CALGARY, AB, Canada

problem #129

Mar 072014

Accord LX 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I had several oil consumption tests done at dealerships to be approved under the extended warranty and every time the dealership would overfill my oil during the test. They also told me it was completely normal to consume over 2 quarts of oil every 4 to 6 weeks. This is ridiculous. When did Honda take such a #$%^??!!!

- Teresa B., San Marcos, CA, US

problem #128

Jun 102011

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


The car burns a quart of oil every thousand miles. There was a class action lawsuit to where Honda dealership had me bring in the car and they would measure the oil every thousand miles to see if the car was actually burning oil. After three visits and seeing that the car was actually burning oil, they would replace the faulty piston rings at no charge. The problem is, the two times I brought my car in for inspection, the car would magically have more oil in it after the inspection than before I brought it in (I would check the oil on the dipstick right before dropping it off at the dealership). I suspect they were adding oil to the engine each time so they wouldn't be held responsible for replacing the pistons. After the second time, I gave up knowing that the dealership was managed by a crook and I would never get the issue fixed or acknowledged by Honda. This issue has now caused by catalytic converter to go bad at 110,000 miles. I also had to have the wheel bearings replaced at 30,000 miles, under warranty, on this same car.

- Richie P., Santee, CA, US

problem #127

Jun 302015

Accord LX-P 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

High engine oil consumption. The oil change should last for at least 4-5K miles, but in this car just after 1-2K miles after the oil change, the red low oil indicator comes up and I had to add more oil. I bought this car from DCH Honda dealer in NJ in Nov 2014 and regular oil changes were done at Honda service center. I remember I asked about those issues with the service center technician, specifically about the red low oil indicator, and he said it is normal and anytime I see that low oil indication come up, I should come to the service center and they will fill up the oil, and this was happening in NJ. When I moved to another state and did servicing with Mr. Tire for a couple of times, they noticed this problem and educated me about the Honda high oil consumption issue - until then I was not aware of this. I then started researching on internet about this issue and found that this is the issue Honda addressed back in 2013.

I would ask Honda to fix my car's high oil consumption problem. Because of this issue, I cannot drive my car for long drives, scared if the low oil consumption lights will come up and what will it do, will it break engine and car? I have no peace of mind with this car. Since Honda had already acknowledged this defective engine they released to consumers, it is time for them to fix the problem. I also have complain against NJ DCH Honda service center that they did not talk or explain about this problem with me and tried to hide by providing some workaround - this is totally unacceptable and non-professional. I am requesting Honda to fix this problem in my car and provide peace of mind to me and my family as a Honda customer.

- Gurudatt K., Cary, US

problem #126

Feb 092017

Accord LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

While the 2010 Accord was still under the original extended warranty I had bought with the new car and still within Honda's recall period, the oil consumption problem became evident. The dealer did the 1,000 mile oil consumption test and determined that consumption was averaging about 0.6 quart/1,000 miles, so it did not qualify for the recall. At that time the car had only about 43,000 miles on it. At 53,000 miles, the problem worsened--I estimate that it was using about 3 quarts/1,000 miles. The dealer offered to do a piston ring replacement for $2,100.

I bought four Hondas from that dealer over the last 30 years. I bought Hondas based on their reputation for reliability. Including the cost of the four new cars and the servicing, over the years I spent close to $90,000 at that dealership. Honda refused to fix their manufacturing defect even though it was discovered while the car was still under warranty and within the recall period, and the dealer offered no compensation for the cost of the repair in spite of my loyalty and the amount of money I spent with them. I am done with Honda.

- bye honda, Knoxville, US

problem #125

Sep 042017

Accord EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


After my last three oil changes and the service tech kept telling me that my oil is not on the stick. I did not believe that this was a problem with my Honda until I closely check every week on the oil and sure enough, I am losing oil. First vehicle ever own to do this.

- Nathaniel E., Effingham, US

problem #124

Mar 012019

Accord EX-L 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,778 miles

Bought a 2010 Accord V6 in 2011 (5 months old!) and it has consumed oil since new. You have to keep an eye on your oil level as you can (and will) run out of oil.

Took it to Honda multiple times, was told that it didn't burn "enough" oil to become a problem. Now the car has about 130,000km on it and runs terribly. The engine doesn't idle well, doesn't start well, and still burns through oil. You will run out of oil before the oil indicator states a change is due. The entire engine/car vibrates badly when the "eco" function is active. It feels like one of your wheels is unbalanced, but when the "eco" function turns off it drives smoothly.

We are just driving the car into the ground and will walk away. Not worth a new engine and the local dealership doesn't acknowledge this oil consumption as a problem.

Engines shouldn't burn oil under normal operating conditions.

The rest of the car has been great. Lots of squeaks and rattles, but nothing breaks.

- Wesley W., saskatoon, SK, Canada

problem #123

Jan 102019

Accord EXL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,700 miles

All 6 spark plugs were found extreme dirty. Repair shop told me there was a recall for the oil consumption issue.

The problem (excessive engine vibration and Check Engine turned ON, VSA ON) came before we were about to enter a mountain area. Luckily we could pull it over and found some help, or it would be a disaster if entering mountain area where would be difficult to find help.

- Shih-Ying H., San Jose, US

problem #122

Nov 172017

Accord ES V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I just believe that Honda is better than this, many many people feel the same way. I'd like to see them make it right. The body is in great shape but putting oil in a car regularly is such a pain.

- sheehant, Utica, US

problem #121

Apr 202018

Accord EX-L 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,778 miles


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excessive oil consumption excessive oil consumption

I found my engine oil to be completely out with only a one time brief flash of the indicator light. My oil life was still reflecting 40% on my dashboard. I took my car to a Honda dealership who advised me of the recall on 2008-2012 Honda vehicles. They started an oil consumption test at 118,778 miles ( oil change ) that I had paid out of pocket for and expected to bring back 1,000 miles later or if the oil ran low first. The pics I've attached shows my oil level low three weeks later.

I returned back to the dealership and was told my oil was fine and to bring back again in another 1,000 miles. I'm now getting aggravated and feel like Honda is trying to get of repairing the $3,000 job. The recall warranty is 8 years or 125,000 miles. I brought my car back to Honda at 119,746 and requested to return at 120,683. As you see my time is running out and this is exactly what Honda wants it to do. I purchased Honda due to it being a reputable brand/company, but after this experience I will never purchase another one again.

- fisher3450, Austell, US

problem #120

Jan 012016

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Honda lost the lawsuit and is ordered to fix this problem but is trying to give me the run around and will not fix the car correctly.

- Stephanie R., Gaffney, US

problem #119

Mar 292018

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,604 miles

I had an oil change on 2/28/18, and my engine was "bone" dry on 3/29/18. While driving home on the evening of 3/28/18, I noticed that the oil light flickered once, but did not remain on. Therefore, I continued to drive home (about 5-8 miles). The following morning (3/29/18), I checked my oil, and noticed there was no oil residue on the oil stick. I decided to drive my car about 2 miles to the shop, and was told that the engine was "eating up" my oil.

I was also given a Honda Service Bulletin print out, which was dated 3/31/17 regarding a warranty extension about sticking rings resulting in high engine oil, which referenced my type and year of car. However, the coverage was 8 years from original purchase of car, or 125,000 miles, whichever came first.

I am LIVID because my mileage is 21,000 miles over the warranty's mileage. I had ABSOLUTELY no idea that my engine even had an issue, and don't know how to proceed. If I had received some type of recall information as I did for the airbag, I would have had my engine replaced immediately while it was under warranty. I do not have money to replace my engine. Any type of helpful/positive feedback is welcomed.


- bcwavery2014, Clinton, US

problem #118

Sep 012017

Accord V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


My Accord started experiencing excessive oil consumption as covered by the Class Action Lawsuit that Honda lost.

I had a fresh oil change done by a local mechanic and then brought the car to a local Honda dealership for diagnosis and service. They insisted that they must do an oil change first, and then they would check the oil level after I drove 1000 miles. I checked the oil after 300 miles and found that I had at least 2 QUARTS TOO MUCH OIL!

WOW!! A Honda dealership tried to dupe me by grossly overfilling the oil, so it wouldn't seem low after I drive 1000 miles!

Furthermore, even if this is fixed, how much is my car worth after this repair is done? Would you want to buy this car?

I loved Honda! NOT ANY MORE!

They are yet another crooked, dishonest company!


- Honda H., New York Ny, US

problem #117

Nov 282017

Accord EXL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,339 miles

My 2010 Honda Accord is burning 1 quart of oil every 1000 miles. Since this model had 7000 miles per oil change, the warning light came on when there is no oil on the dipstick. The first time I brought it in I thought that they failed to put enough oil in during my last oil change. .

Then it happened again. I then checked online and see it is a common problem for both 4 and 6 cylinder Accords. I also saw that the was a class action lawsuit filed and Honda settled by agreeing to repair the engine by replacing the rings.

I brought it in to the dealer for the oil consumption test and yes, they collected evidence on the excessive consumption. They told me V6s were not covered and I have to call corporate. That's my next step. I also see there version of a fix is to change the computer to require an oil change every 3000 miles. That's great, hide the problem!

I have 3 other Hondas and they don't do this. Honda is trying to say this is normal, but they are just avoiding standing behind their faulty product and avoiding the expense of fixing. This isn't 1950 technology where you add a quart of oil a month. This is supposed to be a quality 2010 vehicle.

I have always been a dedicated Honda customer but if they don't stand behind their product, then no more.

Toyotas don't have this issue.

- Lars S., Lombard, US

problem #116

Jan 012015

Accord EX 2.4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

My Honda burns a quart of oil every 800-1000 miles. The oil light must not work because I almost ran it dry between my 3000 oil change and no indicator came on. not sure if the engine was damaged. It only has 90,000 miles.

- Steve T., Chanhassen, MInnesota, US

problem #115

Dec 212017

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,325 miles

This problem first occurred on 7/13/17. I change the oil every 5,000 (synthetic), The check engine light came on around 4800 miles since the previous oil change. The oil level was very low. On 12/21/17, the check engine light came on with less than 4000 since the previous oil change. In both cases the oil was very low. This problem seems to be getting worse with each oil change. I recently found out that this is a known with problem with V6 Hondas.

- Robert O., Smithfield, US

problem #114

Dec 072017

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,341 miles

Major oil consumption problem. Honda has class action suit. Just opened complaint with Honda. This engine is defective. Need them to replace engine.

- Loralee D., Mission Viejo, US

problem #113

Dec 132016

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,251 miles

I bought this 2010 Honda Accord EX V6 used in March of 2015. I have always used synthetic oil in this vehicle. The problem began two oil changes ago. I always have the oil changed at 5,000 miles. The first occurrence was on 12/13/16. The engine oil was very low when the routine oil change was performed. The check engine light went on again on 12/21/17. I brought to my regular auto service center (North Providence Tire & Auto). It had only been 4,000 miles since the last oil change. The oil was changed again on this date. The frequency of oil loss is getting shorter and this is why I am filing this complaint.

- Bob O., Smithfield, RI, US

problem #112

Oct 202017

Accord EX-L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,999 miles

This is second time that I have a problem with spark plug fowling due to the excessive oil consumption. The engine uses excessive oil with no indication of any leakage at all. After I researched the issue on line I found that is was a major problem for a lot of Honda owners and that there had been a Class Action Lawsuit filed which included about 1,593,755 vehicles with the same problem. Honda issued Technical Service Bulletin (TSB # 11-033) in july of 2001 but still denied the problem was their fault. The class action suit appears to have been settled quietly by Honda in October 2012. I'm looking for recourse to get reimbursed for the spark plug replacements and consideration under the class action lawsuit. Not a very happy Honda owner anymore.

Update from Jan 4, 2018: Dealer replaced the short block due damage in one cylinder, along with the spark plugs. Reworked engine appears to be performing normal. Have had it back for about two weeks.

- Charles S., Aberdeen, MD, US

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