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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,441 miles

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2009 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #135

Sep 212011

Accord

  • 25,178 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they detected that both rear brakes were worn prematurely. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 25,178.

- Magnolia, TX, USA

problem #134

Sep 012011

Accord

  • 19,000 miles
Very loud grinding metal on metal when light or hard braking. Its seized caliper according to the mechanic to fix this not covered under warranty. Also said the back should last at least 40 -70K lasted only 19K of very easy miles.

- Gt. Barrington, MA, USA

problem #133

Sep 112011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 32,775 miles
Rear brake wear signal indicator stated to squeal and make scraping sounds. Inspection reveals excessive wear on right rear brake. Dealer told me on 09/13/2011, brakes are warranted for 1 year or 12,000 miles only and no warranty service would be made available. Dealer informed me on 09/13/2011 that a form will be provided, as a result of law suit. That would reimburse me $150. How can a lawsuit be successful without a safety recall?

- Commerce Township, MI, USA

problem #132

Aug 162011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #131

Aug 222011

Accord

  • 20,000 miles
Front brakes on this model are prematurely going out. I have 21,000 miles and they are terrible! someone is eventually going to get hurt. Transmission is also acting up since the time I bought the car. I have complained six times about both issues but to no avail.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #130

Aug 252011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
My '09 Honda Accord started having brake noises at under 20K miles. Upon taking in the first time at 22K miles I was told the car needed new rear brake pads and resurfacing already. After much complaining (because brakes aren't usually a warranty item, and this was prior to the class action settlement) they did repair and replace them for free. 1 year later I began experiencing a shimmy when braking on the freeway or especially on a hill, and was told then that the front rotors are now magically "warped". I dealt with it for a while, but then recently began hearing the metal on metal sound of the rear pads going out again. Sure enough, upon taking to the dealer we purchased the vehicle from, it does in fact now need rear pads again at 46K miles, as well as front rotor resurfacing....which now I'm also told you can't use the front pads anymore when you resurface the rotors. So essentially, I'm replacing both front and rear brakes(rear brakes for the second time), and resurfacing for the second time at only 46K miles. Naturally, the Honda service department people don't care and won't cover anything under warranty even though this is clearly a well known Honda defect. Sorry Honda, but you just lost a customer who has owned 4 Honda up to this point.

- Newbury Park, CA, USA

problem #129

Aug 152011

Accord

  • 24,900 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 09 Accord began making horrible metal on metal screeching sound out of the blue at 24,900 miles. Took it in for checkup and was told my rear rotors needed to be replaced due to manufacturer error caused by caliper slides being frozen and too much brake pressure applied to rear brakes. Was told by technician that he has seen many Accord with the same problem of manufacturer error. I am very disappointed as I was not and have not been made aware of this problem by Honda.

- Minooka, IL, USA

problem #128

Jul 252011

Accord

  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated while driving various speeds, a squealing noise emitted from the rear brake sensor. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing who replaced the rear brakes and resurfaced the rear rotors. In addition to the repair, the rear brake calipers were also cleaned. The contact planned to notify the manufacturer regarding the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 13,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- West Seneca , NY, USA

problem #127

Jun 132011

Accord

  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord LX. While attempting to stop the vehicle, the contact would have to repeatedly pump the brakes for the vehicle to come to a complete stop. The vehicle would also make a loud scrapping noise. The dealer was notified of the failure, but the manufacturer was not. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 22,000 and the current mileage was 23,000.

- Americus, GA, USA

problem #126

Jun 012011

Accord

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the rear brakes were worn prematurely. The dealer advised the contact that the rear brakes needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 28,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #125

May 102011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Took my 2009 Honda Accord in for schedule maintenance and was told that my rear brakes needs replacement; was also informed that drum/rotor will need to be turned.

- Los Angele, CA, USA

problem #124

May 202011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 16,311 miles
The dealer discovered premature brake wear for 2009 Honda Accord - rear brakes started to grind at 16,300 miles. He said that this is a common problem for this car. I was quite surprised to find out that Honda would not pay for the repair since it was clearly their fault that the brakes were wearing out too early.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #123

May 032011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 39,216 miles
My Honda Accord 2009 is only 33, 216 miles, less than 2 years old but the ABS has problem, I have to replace wheel speed sensor, Honda does not cover because the warranty is over. I have never had ABS problem with my 2002 Accord that has mileage is over 100,000. I would like to report this issue as ABS malfunction.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #122

May 102011

Accord

  • 19,400 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated the vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance and they stated that the rear brake pads were worn. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileages were 19,500. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #121

May 062011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated the vehicle was being inspected for registration when she was told the rear brakes needed to be replaced. The brake disks were replaced but the contact expressed concern with the brakes failing at such a low mileage. The failure and current mileages were 19,000. Updated 06/03/11 updated 06/10/11

- New York, NY, USA

problem #120

Apr 252011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 27,750 miles
Rear brake pads wore prematurely as per class action suit notification we received in 2010. Upon inspection for routine maintenance (no other signs of a problem occurred) found that the rotors were also ruined and required repair. Honda seems ready to wash their hands of the situation because of the class action settlement and would not pay for rotor replacement, at least that is what the dealer indicated. Total cost of repair was $337. Not happy and the second problem with the vehicle on a critical safety system (front wheel bearings went and were replaced by Honda at about 20,000 mi). I'm concerned there will be ongoing critical failures if our experience with this Accord is any indication of what is to come.

- Northfield, VT, USA

problem #119

Mar 112011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
In June 2009 I purchased a 2009 Honda Accord. At 10,000 miles I was told I needed to replace my rear brake pads. After I complained barber Honda changed my brakes for free. Now I have 27,000 miles on my vehicle and once again my rear brake pads need to be replaced. I was told by barber Honda that I would be responsible to pay for my new brake pads. I was also told it was normal wear and tear. I've had many cars in my life and have never had to replace the rear brakes even once w/27,000 miles on it much less twice. At this rate I will have to replace the rear brakes once a year at $150 each time.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #118

Mar 112011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
I went to take my 2009 Honda Accord exl coupe 2.4L 4cyl. For routine oil change in the course the advisor at the oxala service desk said that my rear brakes are in severe change and rotor replacement. I said that the car has 33,000 miles. He said this happens. I found out in the showroom waiting for my car that there was a class action lawsuit for the 2009 Accord brake problem. I removed my car took elsewhere to check it out only to find the break pads and the rotors needed changing as well. I went ahead for the repair so that I would be safe. To find out that month earlier I had an accident by not being able to stop even with time to stop the vehicle needless to say I had an accident. I believe that my brakes locked up due to manufactures defect of the onboard braking system. I should get reimbursed for the repair. The parts on the car were defective. If this is the care I should have compensation from the auto accident as well.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #117

Feb 082011

Accord

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While having the vehicle serviced for unrelated issues, the contact was informed that the rear brakes and calipers would need to be replaced. The contact was also told that the brakes were wearing prematurely due to a failure involving the calipers. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 36,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- South El Monte, CA, USA

problem #116

Feb 162011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
At about 20,000, our 2009 Honda Accord (V6) started having rear brake noises. We took it to the West covina dealership and they said the rear pads were worn and needed replacing. I said that is very premature to have rear pads wear out so soon and they said it is normal and would not consider any warranty replacement or discount as it was normal wear and tear. We took it to our local independent shop and had them replaced. Strange that it was both inner pads that had worn out--the outers had about 50% life left.

- La Verne, CA, USA

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