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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2009 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
26,092 miles
Total Complaints:
248 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace brakes (132 reports)
  2. let's all complaint to the top! (24 reports)
  3. not sure (17 reports)
  4. replace brakes & rotors (16 reports)
  5. class action suit (15 reports)
  6. dealer fixed free of charge (13 reports)
2009 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 13)

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problem #208

Nov 062012

Accord 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


I should not be replacing rear brakes with only 33000 miles on the car. The front brakes had been repaired with less than 10000 because of a bulletin. This is ridiculous. I had a camry with 60000 and never had brake problems. I caught the problem before the rotors went thank goodness.

- , Sumter, SC, USA

problem #207

Jun 042011

Accord LX-P 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles

This is a problem for sure. Lucky I found out about the problem early, was able to temporary address it and not have it became a safety issue. I would not want to find out what could of happened while traveling at highway speed with defective brakes, and needed to stop quickly.

I am sure some less knowledgeable owners are no so lucky.

- , San Lorenzo, CA, USA

problem #206

Dec 142012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

This problem was first addressed at 31,000 miles and now it is back again at 61,000. The dealer was not forthcoming that there was an issue with the brakes. I have submitted the first claim and am annoyed that it appears it will be an ongoing issue.

- , Center Conway, NH, USA

problem #205

Dec 122012

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles


I will never ever buy another Honda. I have had nothing but problems with this car since I purchased it. I read where many people were complaining because they had 30,000. miles on their car and had to replace the rear brakes. Well - I only had 13,000 miles on my car and you guessed it - I had to already replace the breaks. I called Honda and they did not want to listen to me even though there is a class action suit against them. Next time I will buy a Ford as I am soooo unhappy with Honda. I asked the service person if they read the complaints about them and they responded No. Well maybe they should start. Do Not Buy A Honda.

- , Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #204

Oct 272012

Accord ES 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

Rear brakes should not wear out on a new vehicle that is only 3 years old and only has 30000 miles!

- , Kaysville, UT, USA

problem #203

Aug 182012

Accord V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,577 miles

This complaint is regarding my 2009 Honda Accord and the fact that Alberta Honda charged me $328.27 to fix Faulty Rear Brakes that should have at the very least been partially covered under the existing warranty.

Here is a link to an article that talks about the Honda Rear Brake problem: http://www.hondaproblems.com/Accord/premature-brake-wear.shtml

I had this same problem with the rear brakes on my 2009 Honda Accord. However, I was not told that this was an on-going issue with Honda, and even after I brought it to the attention of Alberta Honda, they shrugged me off. After a 20 minute meeting with the Service Manager DAVID ELGIE on August 20th, who was very much aware of all the rear brake issues on many Honda's, I was told I had to deal with Honda Canada. Even after I told him they had totally put me on ignore he was very clear in saying, in order to get my car back I had to pay the full price for the repair of $328.27, plus the original oil change, which came to a total of $576.55, including tax.

And there's more. It turns out Millwoods Honda had the car in for brake repairs in May of 2009, as I have a receipt given to me by the previous owner. The receipt clearly shows that they fixed the front brakes by installing new Brake Pads and V-Springs, but did absolutely nothing to the rear brakes, which should have clearly showed excessive brake pad wear at the time with 9736 Kms on the vehicle. Furthermore, Honda dealerships all across Canada have been aware of this problem since 2008 and to this day they are not telling any customers about the manufacturer's defect involving Brake Pads (and sticky V-Springs and Caliper Pin Bolt, according to Service Manager DAVID ELGIE, but rather charging them $300 to $400 dollars for the repair, and $600 more plus labour costs if the rotors have to be replaced!

Below is a copy of the email I sent to Honda Canada on August 18, 2012, which received no reply.


Dear Sir or Madam:

Today I took my 2009 Honda Accord into Alberta Honda for the first Oil Change A12 at 46K Km. During this time I was told that my rear brake pads were almost worn to the rotors and that I had to replace them immediately for another $320 plus parts, etc. I thought it was very strange to have excessive rear pad wear on a front-wheel drive car. I found that these cars have defective parts in that regard and that Honda agreed in a (US) class action suit to pay $150.00 for the repair. I want to know how to go about collecting this money, which will help off-set my expenses for something that I feel should have been completely covered under warranty for defective parts.



After getting no response I sent 2 more emails, which made a Honda Canada rep named Jean call me on August 23rd, asking me to fax him a copy of my receipt. I immediately did this within minutes including a cover letter, but to this day there has been no further response, even after I faxed the same person a Follow-up Request on September 3rd, 2012. At this point Honda Canada and Alberta Honda have both put me on total ignore.

In order to resolve this complaint I feel I should be compensated for half of the total repair ($164.14).

- , Edmonton, AB, canada

problem #202

Aug 072012

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles


I am so upset because I Referred three people to buy 2009 Accords and they have faulty brakes. My belief is you reap what you sow. For Honda to say they have new brake pads now that wear better, guess what!!!! I got 6000 extra miles out of these brakes, plus the price increased from $142 to $160. Not nice. I can't afford to replace brakes and I am ashamed to sell the car because I actually have a conscience. My NEW DESIGNED brakes lasted 35,000 miles. I hate this car. Honda needs to step up and be right or their future will look bleak.

- , Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #201

Jul 242012

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,200 miles

Every since I first bought my honda accord I haven't felt like the brakes performed as they should but I never complained thinking that I needed to get use to my new car. I have always been able to hear a noise but kept thinking that it was maybe road noise. Then one day as I was driving away from talking to my niece she stopped me and said Aunt Sherle your car sure makes a lot of noise. It sounds like its coming from your brakes. I paid close attention after that and realized it sound like steel against steel. I called Honda because I only had a little over 17,000 miles on my Honda. I told the girl I spoke with what was going on and asked her if brakes were covered under my warranty. She informed me that no that was regular wear and tear. So rather than driving all the way over to Honda I took it to my local mechanic who replaced the brake pads and the rotors. He said the rotors were warped and showed them to me. It cost me almost $300. in brake repair that day. I knew yes I knew I should have stayed with Toyota.

- , Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #200

Jul 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

I can't believe my Honda Accord is a 2009 with 30,000 mils. We have only had it for three years. Just all of a sudden there is a grinding noise in the rear sounds like brakes. It just came all of a sudden. What is up with that? I know I am going to have to fix this, but why is this happening just all of a sudden? Isn't kind of early for your brakes to go out. I am really upset, and if the dealer doesn't help us out on this one, I will never by a Honda again. Most of the miles are Highway miles.

- , Davenport, IA, USA

problem #199

Jun 012012

Accord 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles

My rear brakes are completely worn out and discs are worn out as well before 20K! This should not be happening to a car that has only 20K miles!!!

- , Evanston, IL., USA

problem #198

Jun 122012

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles


I just find it outrageous that they are aware of a back brake deficiency and won't pay to have them fixed. I'm a senior that bought what I thought was a reliable car overall. The high cost of replacing the brakes is a hardship that I genuinely resent.

- , Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #197

Apr 052012


  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles

With just under 19,000 miles on my 2009 Honda Accord, I was perplexed at the metal on metal sound I was hearing and then smelling. I was told I need to have the works done on the rear brakes to the tune of $500+. Needless to say I was beside myself, how could this be? Makes no sense to me at all especially since this car traveled cross country so you can hardly count 3,000 miles of the 19. Further to that, I have a manual transmission and often downshift to slow down so what is up with this. Initially called the dealer and was told that it sounds about right for the timing and that brakes are replaced as early as 8,000 miles. Seriously??? I worked for Honda Service many years ago and have owned Hondas so I have no idea who this guy thought he was fooling. For the hell of it I Binged Honda brakes and HELLO! I have called the dealer back and expressed my complete and utter disgust that they tried to tell me this is normal and did not even have the decency to tell me about the class action. I am not satisfied with the prospect of being out of pocket $450 and, after seeing how other dealers have replaced the brakes in good faith, will not back down until Honda rights their wrong. My lease is up in June and if I have to return it to them with the original faulty brakes that will be their call. Good luck for trying to charge me a fee on this. I will use my other car which has twice as many miles and the brakes are not even close to being an issue. I have always loved Honda. I have recommended Honda after Honda and now, well like everyone else... Good Bye Honda from me and anyone who will listen. What a shame. And how dumb on their part. DUMB

- , New York, NY, USA

problem #196

Apr 042012

Accord EX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,456 miles

I do not have the time yell!

Rear brake failure like everybody.

- , Naperville, IL, USA

problem #195

Mar 302012

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,691 miles

Car is still under 3 yr warranty, and the brake problem is a know DEFECT! Why should I have to pay ANYTHING to have it fixed? I can file for a $150.00 settlement which I shouldn't have to file just to get a VERY small part of my money back. Since I am now required paperwork to get any money back, I will do my homework. I will make sure my attorney general, automobile associate, and Honda directly all look into my complaint. How is this not covered under either the lemon law or normal warranty? If I don't get all of my money back I will never buy a Honda again, Nor will anyone I can bad mouth this company too.

- , Chepachet, RI, USA

problem #194

Feb 282012

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles

I have 2009 Honda Accord and had to replace the rear brake pads prematurely which cost me upwards of $200 for the same. Apparently, this is a manufacturing defect and there are lots of complaints on the internet for the same. I believe Honda should have voluntarily recalled and rectified this problem free of cost to the owners.

I bought a Honda for the quality and I am terribly disappointed with Honda, right now. I am going to try and reach out to them to see if they are going to reimburse me for the repairs. If not, then this is going to be my first and last Honda!! Toyota, here I come!!

- , Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #193

Mar 212012

Accord LX 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,646 miles

We have a 2009 Honda Accord and just replaced the rear pads and rotors for the second time at 41,646 miles also had to replace the rear calipers this time due to them wearing unevenly. The pads and rotors were under warranty, but the calipers and labor were not, at a cost of $430. Clearly after reading all the complaints Honda has not handled this problem well at all. Not a good way to keep customers and certainly not a good way to keep a "good" reputation. This was our first and last Honda. I have never had a car that had issues like this so early in it's life. Very worried about how this is going to go from here on.

- , Billerica, MA, USA

problem #192

Mar 202012

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,217 miles

I had the rear brake pads on my Honda accord changed back in May 2010 when I had 9807 miles on my car!!!! Yeah, that's right less than 10,000 miles! CRAZY! So at the time Honda was covering the replacement of the rear brake pads because of a class action law suit. Got my brakes changed for free (which it what I would expect) and I thought, cool, I will be good for a while So I go into the Honda Service Center I usually go to in March 2012 and I get told that my rear brake pads needed to be changed..... WHAT???? AGAIN??? I have driven less than 20,000 miles since they changed them in May 2010 and here I am being told that I have to replace them again. I am livid! I mean REALLY!!! rear brake pads that can last more than 19,000 miles???!!!! That's ridiculous! Honda needs to SERIOUSLY revisit the 2009 Accord model and come up with a much better solution than add a spring to make them last 19,000 miles instead of 9,000 I have owed several other car brands and have NEVER had to change the rear brake pads this often. Honda needs to change the whole entire braking system on the 2009 Accords so that us owners don't have to have the rear brake pads changed every 19,000 miles.

- , Lawndale, CA, USA

problem #191

Feb 012011

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,500 miles

Breaks on the NEW Honda(11-2009) Accord went bad BEFORE 45000. Should have taken it back sooner-but I thought it was the road and the steep hill. Had to replace the entire break system with Pads&Caps&Roters.

Steering wheel jump and shack as you apply the brakes. Down deep hills was the worse! Birmingham has VERY Steep Down Hill roads. Rear Brakes were covered but F/Breaks were not. Weak and poor break pad equipment!. Above all the breaks are starting the same jump with less than 60,000. Pads have less than 20,000 miles. I WILL Film it this time!!!!

- , Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #190

Mar 152012

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,945 miles

I can not believe HONDA reputation to build a car that at19000 miles I have to replace rear brake pads.I owned so many cars, foreign and domestic,never had to replace specially the rear brakes so soon.Are this pads made out of cardboard?

- , Paramus, NJ, USA

problem #189

Mar 072012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

Honda Accord rear brakes are still defective. Honda does not care about their owner safety or the safety of other drivers. If you have had to replace your brakes 2 or more times I urge you to contact the attorney who handles the original class action lawsuit. Honda needs to take responsibility for their poor quality brakes that creates hazardous conditions to all drivers. I will never again own any Honda product.

GIRARD GIBBS LLP c/o Eric H. Gibbs 601 California Street, 14th Floor San Francisco, CA 94108 1-866-981-4800 www.GirardGibbs.com/HondaBrakes.asp www.GirardGibbs.com

- , Sarasota, FL, USA

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