Notes: The 2012 Honda Accord has a solid reputation (so far), with one very significant flaw: 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:
Average Mileage:
46,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. problem solved with detailing, did not need repainting (1 reports)
  2. repaint car (1 reports)
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2012 Honda Accord body / paint problems

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2012 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 102017

Accord EX-L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles


In January of this year, I started noticing that the paint on my Honda began to look dull. Specifically the doors, roof, trunk and rear corner panels. Basically the entire car with the exception of the hood and front corner panels which had been repainted as a result of an accident 2 years ago where I was hit in front.

I just took the car down to the Honda dealership where I initially purchased it. The service manager said that the protocol is to take pictures of the damaged areas, take it to the paint shop to have one area "color buffed" to see if this resolves the issue and if not, then they would go to Honda to see about resolving it another way. I'm the only owner of the car and it has sat in a garage since it was purchased. It currently has 48k on it and it's just shy of being 5 years old this July.

I've owned Honda's in the past however, the car was purchased on New York, no California. But there was never a paint or clear coat issue. Some people say that it's because this Honda is white and my other Honda was Gunmetal Gray but that really shouldn't make a difference. I owed my 2006 for 6 years and it sat outside all the time, no garage.

I'll update this again once they make a determination which they said will be "a few days." We will see :-)

Update from Jun 9, 2017: Galpin Honda took my car in (after 2-3 weeks because a special person from Honda had to look at it) and had their detailing guy see if it was the clear coat or a wax/polish issue. Turns out that the section they did came out beautifully. They first used some kind of clay buffer which cleans the paint and then they apply the wax. After they did the entire car, all of the marks and dullness were gone thereafter. I'm happy with the outcome but I also have a really amazing service rep here in Los Angeles but I feel like you have to be insistent about something being done with management.

Galpin does the actual detailing here although I don't know if that's available in every state. It was $160 bucks which was well worth it to fix the issue. It definitely was not the clear coat coming off.

- Iamlegend E., Porter Ranch, CA, US

problem #1

May 022016

Accord 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

My beautiful black Honda Accord coupe, with 51,000 miles is no longer beautiful. About 6 months ago I noticed that there were sections on the rear and front quarter panels of the car that were losing their shine and getting very dull. It looked like someone had dragged steel wool across the area and removed the top coat. Over time I saw that it was getting worse and traveling across the initial area. I recently called the Honda dealership by me and told them about the problem and after being placed on hold for several minutes was told that there were no problems with that year. "Don't even bother bringing it in because Honda will not cover the problem." Supposedly 2011 was the last year they had issued a recall due to exactly what was happening to my car. Well Honda you can add mine to that list!! Google Honda Accord paint recall and you will be amazed at how many different Honda models have had issues with this, are still having problems with this and seem to be more common with dark colors (blue,black and red) . One website addresses Black Honda Accords and clear coat peeling also referred to as delamination. At present I have made a call to customer service / relations @ 800-999-1009 and am waiting for a response regarding this issue. I was given a case # and promised a phone call in the next 2-3 days. If this issue gets resolved I will let you know however I would advise anyone considering the purchase of any Honda model to do your homework and make sure you ask about the continued paint/clear coat problems and what your recourse will be in the event you experience these problems.

- Maryellen H., Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

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