really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,693 miles

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problem #48

Dec 062019


  • 115,000 miles
I started my car up in the morning and warmed it up for about 15 minutes then as I go to put it in reverse the battery light came on I then put my car in park and turned it off then I turned it back on and the battery light was still on I decided to just go because I have to be at work in an hour as I am driving down I five the radio stopped working like the side of the vehicle started flickering and my headlights turned off and I was now driving down I-5 in the dark. Fortunately I made it to my location parked my car and it completely died. I didn┐T open my hood and started checking my battery and my alternator etc. I confirmed my battery was fine and that my alternator had failed. I then notice fluid was leaking from the power steering pump to the alternator. Now my car is has no power and even if I get it jumpstarted it just dies.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #47

Apr 032019


  • miles
In 2008, I purchase a new Honda Accord V6 paid with financing $25,000. I purchase a brand new vehicle to not have to be bothered with someone else problems. When my car reached 100 thousand miles in the winter, I heard a loud knocking sound under the hood and I was loosing a lot of oil. I took my car to the dealer. My engine light was on and start blinking. The dealer pulled the dtc and the P0301 cold was present. A service bulletin 13-078 and case # 312-cv-01377-S1 told me that would be no cost to me because I was a class member. This was from a class action filing that 1.5 million Honda were defective because of a manufacturer defect. I was told this would fix my $25,000 investment Honda I purchase and paid in full. Since then I went to the community Honda dealership in orland park Illinois and on April 2019 the P0301 code was present again something new and the P0420 dtc. I paid again for tune up which the 1st cylinder was fouled out again the third time this year. The director of the service department name bob stated for this repair again would cost me $8,000 and smiled. I said I could not afford that repair and because now that the first repair which I was lead to believe was going to fix the effect and did not. I was sold a lemon and I need Honda to repurchase this vehicle and give me a brand new vehicle similar to the one I purchase for $25,000. The community Honda service director would not warranty my tune up because he said I need piston rings again. I then contacted Honda corporation and informed them of my issue with the vehicle I purchase with was a defect. Took two weeks for the regional director per dana Honda rep stated no more assistance will be given to this defective vehicle which is a manufacturer defect that I would not have purchase if I had known. I then had to go to pep boys to avoid blowing the engine and catching a fire for repa

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #46

Jul 222019


  • 128,000 miles
At 90,000 car shook and was misfiring. Codes pulled were P301 and 304. Spark plugs 1-4 were replaced free of charge due to Honda service bulletin 13-078 which extended the warranty to 8 years on engine misfires. My complaint is that the pistons and the piston rings were not inspected at that time. Why not" who knows what condition they were in" the car was returned to us with spark plugs as band-aids! it happened again at 103,000 miles (which we paid for) and now at 128,000 the dealership says we need a complete lower engine rebuild to replace pistons 1-3. of course as a 2008, even though low miles, it's outside of warranty. I thought in buying an Accord, I could drive it for at least 150,000- at least! I would like the warranty further extended, or at least for american Honda Corp to pay for half of the repairs as it's only 3,000 miles outside of the original service bulletin extended warranty of 125,000. If Honda acknowledged something was wrong with this particular V6 vtec engine, why does the warranty expire" shouldn't there be a grace period or a compromise? we are getting punished for caring for our car and having low miles on it. Many folks benefitted from the extended warranty because their cars failed within the 8 year time frame because they had high miles- higher than ours! what about those 08 Accord that are still failing outside of the 8 year mark that have lower miles than the ones Honda covered under warranty??? C'mon american Honda, take care of all your customers! I have purchased 6 Honda in my lifetime and am a loyal customer at my local Honda service center with an extensive service history. On this car alone I've purchased new brakes, new starter, new alternator, drive train belts, water pump, new vtec spool valves, vtec solenoid, and every service as recommended by- at the dealership- and my Accord only lasted 128,000? how"

- Minnetonka, MN, USA

problem #45

Mar 022019


  • 100,000 miles
Check engine lit. Engine room 1500--2000. Computer indicate transmission sensor. I replaced it but doesn't help. Removed minus battery. Check engine disappears after 40 miles check engine appear again.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #44

Oct 082008


  • 177,000 miles
Honda recall. My car for some reason was covered under the power transmission recall even though my car is experiencing the same problem and codes other 2008 Honda Accord were the same year. My oil is going faster then I can put it in. It doesn't last a whole month. I have no oil leaks in my car at all what so ever. Its damaging my engine because I had no clue it was burning the oil that fast. It's not fair they only cover some 2008 Honda Accord. When they already were sued because if it.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #43

May 162018


  • 83,000 miles
Grinding noise presents when cold start the car, possiblely the vtc actuator failure

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #42

Apr 222018


  • miles
Since last 5 years I noticed loud grinding noise at startup, only in the morning when I first start the engine. Noise does not happen on startups during the day and the engine runs fine. Just the annoying about 2 second long scratch noise at first start in the morning. But since last 2-3 weeks it has gone worst and get that noice even when I start driving and every time I slow down and start speed up again it get that noice like gear slipping or grinding noise until I reach to faster speed like above 30-35. Its happening every time now. On Honda's website it defines problem as "engine rattles at cold start-up" just difference for me is now its happening all the time when I am driving. And I was waiting for hope to get recall notification since it's happening to all 2008 Honda Accord customers. Here is the link of Honda website which has more information. Https://Honda.oemdtc.com/219/engine-rattles-at-cold-start-up-2008-2013-Honda which even says the 2008-2012 all Honda Accord models has this problem. So before I schedule an appointment to dealership I thought to take this step to mention about common problem of particular 2008 Honda Accord to NHTSA United States department of transportation hoping I will get some kind of help or solution.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #41

Nov 022016

Accord 4-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph with the accelerator pedal depressed, the vehicle speed decreased independently. The contact was able to pull the vehicle over. The vehicle was towed to the contacts residence. The vehicle was towed to two different independent mechanics where they diagnosed for a new battery, and rebuilt ECU however, the remedy failed. The vehicle was towed to dealer (bell Honda, 701 w bell rd, phoenix, AZ, 85023) where it was diagnosed that the transmission control module software failed, causing the counter shaft bearing to hit against the speed sensor and all three parts need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure under the case number: 6198619, where they informed the contact that the vehicle was serviced under the NHTSA campaign number: 11V395000 (power train) as of September 26th of 2012, however the remedy failed. The manufacturer stated depending on what information the contact found out that they would escalate the case to a case manager, no further assistance was offered. The failure mileage was approximately 103,000...updated 09/05/17

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #40

Jul 272017


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While driving at unknown speeds, there was an abnormal knocking noise. Additionally, the vehicle burned oil excessively. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer (dublin Honda located at 6300 dublin blvd ca 94588) where it was diagnosed that the vehicle was irreparable. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was informed and offered no assistance. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Dublin, CA, USA

problem #39

May 262017


  • 88,600 miles
Defective vtc actuaftor. Honda & dealer knew by 2011 that the part was defective and defectively designed, and should have recalled it. Now, in spite of being "out of warranty, " they should replace or reimburse. I did replace and am seeking reimbursement, so far denied.

- Canby, OR, USA

problem #38

May 262017


  • 88,000 miles
The vtc actuator needed to be replaced. The mechanic explained that it was not merely defective, but was a design defect, for which there had been recalls for other/later models years. I confirmed this with a google search. I was told that, were the part not replaced, the damage could be catastrophic. Cost - over $600. I complained to Honda of America, and sought reimbursement. They denied it, saying it was out of warranty. Car has about 88,000 miles and warranty was for 5 years and 30,000 miles. However, Honda of America representative said he would sue Honda if it were him. I should receive reimbursement, and there should be recall on this part.

- Canby, OR, USA

problem #37

Feb 222017


  • 93,867 miles
Engine is burning oil, american Honda states I am not in tsb #11-033, but they just told me my passenger air bag is involved in the takata recall, transmission 1-2 shift doesn't feel right

- Massapequa Park, NY, USA

problem #36

Nov 142016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. While attempting to exit the vehicle with the key out of the ignition, the vehicle rolled away in reverse and dragged the driver's left leg. The vehicle crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. In addition, the front driver's side door failed to latch due to the crash. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained left leg, head, and neck injuries, but did not require medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V056000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 100,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #35

Jul 132016


  • 58,000 miles
This is a safety raised issue on a 2008 Accord-lxp that I purchased used (which had about 29K originally when I purchased it as a certified Honda Accord) from herb chambers boston. Since I purchased the car, I started hearing an odd grinding noise when starting the car on cold days - Honda said just keep oil full. I then find out that a recall had been issued to fix the oil consumption, that Honda had finally agreed there was an issue with the engine design and would fix it and at the same time would not cause other issues to emerge such as vtc and the timing chain issues. Recently my engine light came on, I started researching the problem. It was the first time I knew about the following issues which I will be detailing/describing below. Results were bad: A timing chain failure. My car has stopped in the middle of road causing a very dangerous situation which could led to me losing my life. Not, only that, when I tried to just drive the car a mile back to my house it was accelerating and decelerating by it self. In addition, I decided to take it to the dealership for a diagnoses, I almost ended up in couple accidents. The car was uncontrollable and won't stop and the brakes won┐T respond due to issues caused by oil consumption, to vtc actuator to a timing chain failure: The car keep accelerating and decelerating by it self on the road or highway. Note: Ideally the timing chain should not fail on 58K miles. Simplified sequence of problems: Oil consumption issue vtc (valve timing control) actuator timing chain (either loose or broken) safety issue

- Winthrop, MA, USA

problem #34

Jul 062016


  • 84,000 miles
I purchased this Honda Accord from automaxx of summerville in good faith from dealer stating that vehicle passed all their inspections (including brake system). I found out within 2 weeks later by taking it to a Honda dealership, that the brakes, brake lines, caliper, exhaust system are all affected by severe, damaging rust. During inspection, inclusive were sticking caliper. I had front brakes replaced; but due to rust, technician had to bam & force brakes lose. I was informed of the risks with severe rusting causing parts to brake and fail. New brakes would not install properly after old, seated brakes came off. When vehicle is in motion and stopping, the brake system makes noise, and seems like something coming apart due to the insecure fitting of brakes/rotors/calipers, which all have a great build up of rust. This vehicle was purchased approximately 1 month ago in these conditions. It should be illegal to sell such vehicles that pose safety risk in brake system. Honda inspection suggested that rust was so severe that car could have possibly been damaged by salt water/snow/ice or flood. Car originated from up North. Re-sale should not be allowed.

- Barnwell, SC, USA

problem #33

Jun 292016


  • 119,000 miles
The timing chain broke while driving at approximately 52 mph. This resulted in the destruction of the engine at 119000 miles on a car that has had all recommended services procedures performed. This vehicle has a timing chain not a belt.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #32

Jun 062014


  • 60,000 miles
Replaced vtc actuator once and needs to be replaced again. Need a new redesigned vtc actuator to be manufactured.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #31

Jan 282010


  • miles
Purchased my Accord new off the lot.1st problem came exactly 1 month later 2 sensors had to be replaced. Oil light consistently stayed on I was having to change or add oil all the time. Ive been to every Honda dealer in san diego. Mission valley finally agreed to a oil consumption test but they assured me nothing was wrong. Their solution was anytime I needed oil I could stop by any Honda dealership & they would be happy to top it off for me. Because of this oil problem & the sensor consistently staying on the car began to lose power & shot out the timing belt. My car has been in my driveway since last july2015. After sending Honda numerous letters ron from Honda motor co finally contacted me. Final result his recommendation was to take the car back to the dealership for another oil consumption test to be done & if theres any other problems I would have to pay out of pocket. Because the car was only covered for 60,000 miles. I'm so over this car & Honda. I no longer feel safe driving a Honda!

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #30

Mar 262015


  • 32,000 miles
The engine of my Honda Accord 2008 started to having the rattle and scratching sound when it reached 32000 miles. The engine also started to fail as the rattle sound gets serious. I called Honda usa multiple times, but they said that they will not cover this issue because the car was made in 2008 and I'm filing this complaint in 2016. I think Honda usa is trying to avoid this defect of Accord 2008, since numerous people have had the same issue.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #29

Dec 092015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Accord. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V665000 (air bags) and 11V395000 (power train) however the parts to do the repairs were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for recall repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

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