Honda Accord (8th Gen) - How Reliable Are They? Review, 0-60 mph, Interior, Common Issues (2024)

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I talk about the 8th Gen Accord's price, design, interior functionality, performance, 0-60mph time, and lastly, its reliability and common issues/problems.

This particular 8th Gen is a 2010 Coupe EX-L, with the 2.4 Liter K24 inline 4 engine, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. 203,000 miles.

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Hey, all you people what's going on it's been a while, but we are back with an 8th generation, Honda Accord.

It has the K24 Engine with the 5-speed manual transmission.

And just about 204 000 miles on the odometer today, we're going to look at its price point.

Design, practicality performance, do a 0-60 time.

And lastly, talk about its reliability at this point, the 8th generation, Honda Accord, which spanned from 2008 to 2013 has depreciated enough to where it's a viable option for those people on a budget.

I got this car from auction for a little over three thousand dollars.

But it needed some work right now at the turn of 2023, you can find a high mileage 8th gen on Marketplace for between four and five grand alrighty.

Now let's talk about the design and the practicality of the 8th gen Honda Accord.

In my opinion, the most attractive variant of the 8th gen.

Accord was the later model, V6 Coupes.

They have a surprisingly Classic, GT style, swoop to them, especially when you're looking at their toned rear sections.

And in my opinion, the other variants were all a little Bland, especially the four-door one with its bulbousness to it.


So overall the 8th gen Honda Accord is pretty functional and spacious.

But when we're talking about the lower trim levels like this lxs, they can be outfitted.

Pretty sparsely.

This example has an auto automatic driver side window, automatic door, locks steering wheel, mounted audio controls and an auxiliary input, that's it.

No outside thermostat.

No Bluetooth and no fuel economy.

Gauge, yeah, even this six-way manual seat is a little sparse with no adjustable Lumbar.

And only a modest amount of cushion and bolstering that being said, the driving position is still pretty good considering it's until M telescoping steering wheel.

And all things considered with over 200 000 miles.

The interior is holding up very well with only a couple bulbs out in the console.

And the only other signs of wear really being the shifter knob and the center armrest, both of which I replaced when I got this car, also the quality of the materials used on the interior are pretty good most things being soft touch.

But even the hard plastics are pretty good looking.

The back seat is actually really enough for two full-size.

Adults wouldn't you say, so yeah, absolutely I, even like the fact that it has cup holders back here, but that middle seat, not so great.

Yeah, no I agree.

Yep, they were right.


The back seats, not too bad all things considered, although it would probably be more practical to have a four-door version, rather than having your guests, fold themselves into origami to get into the back seat.

Okay, I got this I'm.

A freaking airplane.

Remember kids even airplanes have to buckle.

Okay, maybe it's, not that difficult to get into the back it's, actually, pretty easy.

Okay, moving on to the trunk as you can see.

The trunk is a very usable size, but will it pass? The most important test will it sleep? A not so handy car guy also known as the standard unit of measurement I'm, six feet tall, let's put down the rear seats using this little pulling him down there's so much stuff in here.

Oh okay.

How's this.

Audio is this good.

Audio I, don't know about this I guess so it's, not very comfortable, oh, ah.


Well, the front seats at least recline, all the way okay now on to the more interesting stuff.

How was the 8th gen when it comes to Performance? Now, a lot of you know that Honda's k-series engines like the 2.4 liter that's in this car are legendary amongst tuners and that's due mainly to the robust construction and ability to hold up to aftermarket modifications, but in their stock form, they're fairly tame with variable lift and valve timing on the intake cam.

This particular K24 makes 190 horsepower at 7000 RPM and 162 pound-feet of torque at 4 400 RPM.

Although that makes this engine rewarding to rev out.

It kind of makes it feel gutless around town, the gearing of this five-speed manual transmission, definitely doesn't help either.

It has a surprisingly long second gear, with a ratio of 1.614 making it good for nearly 75 miles an hour nerd City.

Now, the 3.5 liter V6 is clearly the performance option here making around 271 horsepower at 6200, RPM and 251 pound-feet of torque at 5100 RPM.

And with more usable gearing, the V6 is probably more engaging to drive.

Unfortunately, you couldn't order any trim levels with a limited slip differential, but the V6 Accord can apparently Sprint to 60 in less than six seconds.

Now let's see what this old four-cylinder can do without a specialist timing gear.

Some websites say this will do about 8.1 seconds with the manual transmission and about nine with the automatic come on all right.


Limiter, V-Tech just kicked in yo all right, that's, not too bad.

8.9 seconds for over 200 000 miles.


Now, let's talk about the handling characteristics of the Accord.

Not gonna lie I was pretty surprised with the accord's road banners.

It has a well-balanced ride.

The steering is pretty precise and I'm sure that the coop offers some more chassis rigidity over the sedan version, plus this has a front strut Tower, brace, which I'm sure helps with some chassis flex and understeer and throttle response is pretty good with the manual transmission.


These surprisingly fun car to drive.


The moment we've all been waiting for how reliable is the 8th gen, Honda, Accord.

So Hondas in general have been known for their reliability, Simplicity and resistance to abuse and neglect with some few exceptions around the turn of the century plagued by electrical and transmission issues.

Those issues for the most part seem to have been massaged out for the eighth generation.

So for electrical issues, the alternator is usually the culprit easy enough to replace not terribly expensive.

But this could be pretty dangerous.

If it fails while you're driving foreign also the ignition coils, judging by what I've read online these seem to wear out faster than most other manufacturers when these fail you're going to start getting misfires.

And your car is going to run, pretty rough, super easy and straightforward to replace not too big of a deal.

Another common issue would be the crank position sensor going bad again, not a tough one to change the signs you want to look out for are a check engine light and trouble starting your car.

Oh crank and no start when it comes to the mechanical feelers of the 8th gen Honda Accords, most everything can be mitigated with one simple thing performing regular maintenance.

The number one thing you need to do is regularly change your oil and it's astounding.

How many people don't do this? This is going to lead to reliability issues.

No matter what car you have the most common issues that you'll get on these engines by not changing your oil are worn out.

Timing components, various clogged, oil screens and nasty, carbon buildup on your piston rings leading to excessive oil consumption, the single most common thing affected by this is the VTC actuator.

And what that is is a variable sprocket on the end of your intake cam.

It is ridiculously stupid common that these fail by getting clogged or seized up from Dirty oil.

And this is a very common problem on these Honda engines with millions of vehicles affected.

What happens is that they end up getting stuck in the on position.

And when you go to cold start your car you're going to get this nasty, rattle for a couple seconds.

Oh, wow, oh that even wasn't that wasn't that bad when it's stuck on it makes it.

So the engine's intake cam is permanently adjusting the intake valves for more air, which it's only designed to do at a higher RPM.

Your engine is going to run like crap at low speeds and also destroy your fuel economy.

This also puts extra strain on your timing chain, your guides and your tensioner.

And if this issue goes unchecked for long enough, the timing could potentially jump and then you're going to have catastrophic damage to your valves and your Pistons I could dive into this way more.

But essentially the longer you wait to fix this, the more strain it puts on your timing components, intake and exhaust valves, spark plugs, O2 sensors and your catalytic converter.

The fix for this is to replace that VTC actuator on your intake cam.

But it's also a good idea to refresh your timing components while you're in there.

Another thing that can get severely damaged from low or poor quality.

Oil is the actual lobes on your cams.

These will wear down over time and start to cause performance and misfire issues.

This point actually ties in into another Honda Quirk, Honda still uses adjustable lifters over time.

The valve lash will actually either loosen or tighten.

And this is the reason why a lot of Hondas actually have a Ticky sound coming from their timing cover.

This can eventually lead to misfires and other issues.

If it's not adjusted Honda recommends, adjusting your valve lash, every 110 000 or so miles, but it's really common for people to just never do this in higher mileage Hondas like this.

One I actually had to go in do the VTC actuator do the timing chain and adjust the valve lash with Honda's.

Automatic transmissions is actually really important to keep up with maintenance as well.

And if you can make sure you use genuine Honda ATF fluid.

Another common issue with Hondas in general is the balance or dampener on the CV axle shafts.

What happens is that road Grime and debris can get underneath here collects water and moisture.

And eventually rots out I've had two friends where their axles have actually snapped while driving kind of a strange design.

One other issue, that's actually, V6 specific is the vcm software or a variable cylinder management.

This is in charge of disabling, the firing of certain cylinders on the V6 when it's under light load in order to save fuel allegedly Honda had issues with their vcm software making it turn off and on at random times.

And this caused a slew of reliability issues from oil consumption to carbon buildup.

Thankfully, Honda does have a technical service bulletin fixed for this.

So if you think you're having this issue, you can reach out to your local Honda dealer alrighty.

Thank you guys for joining me for this 8th generation, Honda, Accord review.

If you think I missed any important points on this Honda Accord or have anything useful to add, please feel free to do.

So in the comments Below on that note, I will see you guys next time, take care now bye.

Bye, then, ah, Yep.

This is the driving position of all the lowered Accords out there I did let's see if I can telescope this any farther to me.

Honda Accord (8th Gen) - How Reliable Are They? Review, 0-60 mph, Interior, Common Issues (2024)


Is Honda Accord 8th gen reliable? ›

What's Wrong with the 8th Generation (2008–2012) Accord? Accord owners have made 4,365 complaints about the 2008–2012 model years. Using our PainRank™ system we've ranked it 53rd out of 58 Honda generations in overall reliability , with real brakes and engine concerns.

What problems does the 08 Accord have? ›

The eighth-generation Accord sedan and coupe (2008 to 2012) have received numerous complaints about excessive brake wear and noise, high oil consumption, engine misfires, and air conditioning problems. The oil consumption and misfire issues seem to be caused by faulty piston rings.

What is the most common problem with a 2008 Honda Accord? ›

Worn brake pads and seized or leaking brake calipers are some of the most common problems on high-mileage 8th-gen Honda Accords. The 2008-2012 Accord's four-cylinder and V6 engines have some specific issues, but excessive oil consumption can affect both.

What years to avoid on a Honda Accord? ›

Anything from the 1998 model to the 2005 model is all Accord model years to avoid. The transmissions and engines were prone to failure and excessive oil consumption. Some problems can be overlooked in a car, but a bad transmission or engine is a safety hazard that no driver should worry about nor pay to repair.

Which year Accord is the most reliable? ›

According to safety ratings, user reviews, and professional assessments, the 2013 Honda Accord sedan can be considered the most reliable in the lineup.

Which generation Honda Accord is best? ›

Barring some problems, the 2003-2007 Accord models are solid used car options, plus they're practical and surprisingly fun to drive. In terms of reliability, many people swear by the seventh generation of this popular midsize sedan.

How long do 8th gen Accords last? ›

The later years in the 8th generation may cost more. Honda Accords are generally reliable vehicles, and many last past 200,000 miles. However, the 2008 model has been known to have premature brake wear issues.

How long does a 08 Honda Accord last? ›

How Long Will the 2008 Honda Accord Last? A properly cared for 2008 Honda Accord will last about 150,000 miles, shorter than the average lifespan for other midsize cars. Repair Pal estimates the regular annual maintenance costs to be average for a midsize car, at $400 per year.

Does a 2008 Honda Accord have a timing belt or chain? ›

An Accord from 2008-2012 with a 4-cylinder engine will have a timing chain, whereas the V6 engine models have a timing belt. From 2013-2017, the 4-cylinder models still have a timing chain and the V6 models have a timing belt. Starting with the 2018 model year, all the available engines come with a timing chain.

Why does my 2008 Honda Accord hesitate when accelerating? ›

An engine that is hesitating to accelerate is most likely dealing with a fuel/air mixture that is too lean. Engine's that are running inefficiently will begin to show signs like hesitation which will only become worse over time.

What is the lawsuit against 2008 Honda Accord? ›

About this Case

Plaintiffs allege that 2008 – 2010 Honda Accords contain a common manufacturing defect that causes the engine to burn excessive amounts of oil. The defect may be present in the guide valve seals or piston rings or the VTEC variable engine-timing system.

What year is a good Honda? ›

Not sure what car to buy?
Best YearsWhy?Worst Years
2010Strong reliability ratings, lower chances for expensive repairs2007-2009
2013-2015Excellent dependability scores, reduced likelihood of costly problems2011
2016-2021Solid reliability ratings, great MPG performance and crash test scores2012
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What year did Honda Accord go to timing chain? ›

From 2018 to the present, your Honda Accord will have a timing chain, but those specs vary a bit for previous model years. Here are the details: 2013-2017: V6 models have timing belts & 4-cylinder models have timing chains. 2008-2012: V6 models have timing belts & 4-cylinder models have timing chains.

How long do Honda Accord engines last? ›

How long does a Honda Accord engine last? The Honda Accord's engine can last well over 200,000 miles, but it does begin to form a bad habit after the 70,000-mile mark—it suffers from excessive engine oil consumption.

Is the Accord more reliable than the Civic? ›

Overall Reliability Rating

The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Civic is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road. The Honda Accord Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 24 for midsize cars.

What is the best version of the Accord? ›

According to CarEdge, the most recent model years, namely the 2022, 2021, and 2020 Honda Accords are the best used models to consider. The findings are based on value, of which the newest Accord models retain the most. For instance, Car Edge calls the 2022 model the best value due to its abundance of retained value.

Are Honda Accord engines reliable? ›

Yes, Honda Accords last long, they are reliable and can last between 200,000 to 300,000 miles depending on the driving habits of the driver. What is this? The engine is so reliable that it has been used in many different models of Hondas over the years including Civics and Accords.

Is Honda Accord EX or LX better? ›

The difference between Honda EX and LX trims is that LX is a base-level trim while EX is a mid-level trim for Honda cars. —among others. LX is simply a base-level trim, meaning it is the most affordable and least-outfitted trim level of the car which it names.

Which Honda Accord is best on gas? ›

The LX and EX-L models deliver the best gas mileage of the bunch with 30 miles per gallon city, 38 miles per gallon on the highway, and 33mpg combined. For the 2.0-liter turbo trim level of the Accord, drivers can get 22 miles per gallon in the city, 32 miles per gallon highway, and 26 miles per gallon combined.

Is Honda Accord good for seniors? ›

Best Midsize Car for Seniors: 2022 Honda Accord

The Accord is a dream to operate and ride in with its high-end interior, smooth and responsive handling, powerful turbocharged engines, and superior safety features.

Can a Honda Accord last 500000 miles? ›

Apparently, yes, the Accord can reach 500,000 miles and even more. In 2019, the owner of a 2000 Honda Accord hit one million miles.

What year is Gen 8 Accord? ›

The eighth generation of the Accord is the second most recent Accord, running from 2008 to the 2012 model year.

What transmission does an 8th gen accord have? ›

Honda Accord (North America eighth generation)
Honda Accord Eighth generation (CP1-CP3; CS1-CS2) North America and Asia Pacific
Transmission5-speed manual or automatic 6-speed manual
WheelbaseSedan: 110.2 in (2,799 mm) Coupe: 107.9 in (2,741 mm)
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What is the best and worst year for Honda Accord? ›

2004-2007, 2010-2011, 2014-2017, and 2019-2021 are the best years for the Honda Accord. But Accord buyers should stay away from the 2001-2003, 2008-2009, 2012-2013, and 2018 model years. The troubles with these Accords usually involve expensive repairs to the engine and catalytic converter.

How long do Honda Accord transmissions last? ›

Manual transmissions might go 30,000 to 60,000 miles between changes, and automatics can reach 60,000 to 100,000.

What is high mileage for Honda Accord? ›

It is true that Honda Accords will last over 200,000 miles. I have seen this happen several times. However, this is also true with many other models.

How much is a 2008 Honda Accord worth right now? ›

2008 Honda Accord Value - $1,855-$9,110 | Edmunds.

Why is my 2008 Honda Accord burning oil? ›

To address your excessive oil consumption, Honda Accords that were manufactured between 2008 and 2012 may have defective valve seals, piston rings, or a flaw in the Variable Timing Electronic Control system. The other possibility deals with the use of inferior gasoline.

Is a 2008 Honda Accord a luxury car? ›

The fanciest V-6 Accords with leather upholstery are more handsome inside, and the extra performance moves the car up into the near-luxury category. The unpretentious Honda badge lets you luxuriate incognito, appealing to those of us who want pampering but like to keep a low profile while getting it.

Can a timing belt last 200 000 miles? ›

It is safer to replace the timing belt even earlier than the manufacturer recommends. In general, however, timing belts needs to be replaced from 60,000 miles up to 150,000 miles.

How much does it cost to replace a timing chain on a 2008 Honda Accord? ›

Shopping around to get a few quotes is your best bet to get the best deal, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $409 to $919 (including parts and labor). Have a timing chain instead of a timing belt? Lucky you, because they can actually last the lifetime of your car.

Why does my Honda Accord struggle to accelerate? ›

There are a number of potential reasons why your Honda Accord might not be accelerating as quickly as it used to. It could be something as simple as a dirty air filter, which is restricting airflow to the engine, or it could be a more serious issue like a problem with the fuel injectors.

Why does my Honda Accord jerk when I accelerate? ›

Dirty fuel injectors are among the most common reasons for why an accelerator becomes jerky. The dirty injector leads to your car losing power when you attempt to accelerate while at a stop and when you try to drive at a consistent speed. This is the result of an engine misfire.

Why does my Honda jerk when I accelerate? ›

There are a range of reasons why your car is juddering when you accelerate. Your vehicle could have dirty fuel injectors, a damaged fuel pump, a blocked catalytic converter, a faulty mass airflow sensor, broken spark plugs, or even an accumulation of moisture.

What is the major Honda recall? ›

Vehicles included in the recall are 2020-2022 Odyssey, 2020-2022 Passport, 2020-2021 Pilot and 2020-2021 Ridgeline.

How much does it cost to rebuild a transmission on a 2008 Honda Accord? ›

The average cost for Honda Accord Transmission Rebuild is $3042.

Is there a class action lawsuit against Honda? ›

On September 28, 2022, a putative class action was filed against American Honda alleging that it had sold thousands of vehicles—including the 2018-2020 Honda Odyssey, 2016-2020 Honda Pilot, 2019-2020 Honda Passport, 2015-2020 Acura TLX, and 2015-2020 Acura MDX—equipped with a flawed Idle Stop feature.

Which Honda engine last longest? ›

Most Reliable Honda Engine

The Honda K20 and K24 are some of the most reliable engines ever built. They come in vehicles from 2000 to around 2015, like the Civic, Acord, Acura, and more. The K20 (i-VTEC) is an inline 4-cylinder, 2L engine making - depending on other components - making 150-221 HP/131-151 lb-ft.

What month is best to buy a Honda? ›

The end of the year, particularly the months of November and December, can be a good time to purchase a Honda. This is because many dealerships offer special promotions and incentives to clear out their inventory before the new models arrive.

Is Honda the most reliable car? ›

Overall, RepairPal awards Honda vehicles a 4.0 out of 5 when it comes to safety and reliability—that's number 1 out of the 32 car brands they currently survey!

How many miles does a Honda Accord timing belt last? ›

Generally, a Honda's timing belt will last 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Do Honda timing chains need to be replaced?

When should a Honda timing belt be replaced? ›

Every model is just a little different, so to see the exact recommended time for your specific vehicle, it's best to check your owner's manual. However, the general timeline you'll want to follow is to replace your timing belt anywhere between 60,000 and 100,000 miles.

Do Honda timing chains need to be replaced? ›

Normally it needs to be replaced between 80,000 and 120,000 miles. Our suggestion is the well-maintained engine can give the timing chain at least 300,000 miles or an even longer life cycle and continue to power multiple mechanical components.

Which car model lasts the longest? ›

Here are the cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans with the longest potential lifespan:
  • Toyota. Toyota Sequoia. Potential lifespan: 296,509 miles. ...
  • Toyota. Toyota Land Cruiser. ...
  • Chevrolet. Chevrolet Suburban. ...
  • Toyota. Toyota Tundra. ...
  • GMC. GMC Yukon XL. ...
  • Toyota. Toyota Prius. ...
  • Chevrolet. Chevrolet Tahoe. ...
  • Honda. Honda Ridgeline.
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How long do 8th gen accords last? ›

The later years in the 8th generation may cost more. Honda Accords are generally reliable vehicles, and many last past 200,000 miles. However, the 2008 model has been known to have premature brake wear issues.

How long do 2008 Honda Accord engines last? ›

A properly cared for 2008 Honda Accord will last about 150,000 miles, shorter than the average lifespan for other midsize cars.

How many miles can a 2008 Accord last? ›

Honda Accord Lifespan

Even though the Honda Accord's average miles are 200,000, they can easily last up to 300,000 miles. If you drive it 13,500 miles a year, for example, you can keep your vehicle for 20 years.

Can a Honda Accord last 300k miles? ›

Honda is one of the top brands in the world for longevity of vehicles. The Honda Civic and Accord will last between 200,000 and 300,000 miles when cared for properly.

Is the Honda VTEC engine reliable? ›

And yes, the Vtec's are reliable. The '03 will pull strongly when the gas pedal is pressed down with its small 1.7 litre engine, don' even ask about the SI. It is a rocket ship.

What engine is in the 8th gen accord? ›

Honda Accord (North America eighth generation)
Honda Accord Eighth generation (CP1-CP3; CS1-CS2) North America and Asia Pacific
EngineGasoline: 2.0 L R20A3 I4 2.4 L K24Z2 I4 2.4 L K24Z3 I4 3.5 L J35Z3 V6 3.5 L J35Z2 VCM V6 Diesel: 2.2 L N22A2 turbo I4
Transmission5-speed manual or automatic 6-speed manual
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What is the spec of Honda Accord 8th generation? ›

The Honda Accord 2008-2011 has 2 Petrol Engine on offer. The Petrol engine is 2354 cc and 3471 cc . It is available with Automatic & Manual transmission. Depending upon the variant and fuel type the Accord 2008-2011 has a mileage of 7.0 to 12.8 kmpl & Ground clearance of Accord 2008-2011 is 155mm.

Do 8th gen Accords have VTEC? ›

The Z3 six-speed manual 8th-gen Accord Coupe models feature a lower compression ratio of 10.0:1 and a lower torque output of 251 lb-ft, but it features a standard VTEC valve-timing system and cannot be had with cylinder deactivation.

What is the highest mileage Honda Accord ever? ›

Justin Kilmer owns a 2003 Honda Accord with more than 982,000 miles on its odometer.

What car lasts the longest? ›

1. Toyota Sequoia. In a separate study, analyzed over 260 million cars sold between 2012 and 2022 to find the probability that a vehicle would make it more than 250,000 miles.

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