Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,572 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Honda Accord engine problems

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #52

Nov 012015


  • 90,000 miles


The car makes metal grinding noise when start the engine in the morning or when the engine is cool down. The noise last about 1 to 2 seconds but it's very loud. Mechanics insisted it's okay to drive. It's happened for a few months now and I am just afraid that something will be break very soon.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #51

Sep 012016


  • 60,000 miles
High engine oil consumption. 4 cyl engine burns 2.5 quarts of oil every 1600 miles. Heavy soot residue on tailpipe, and engine pinging while driving uphill with normal oil level. No visible oil leaks. Dealer claims that 1 quart every 1000 miles is normal consumption. Currently performing engine oil consumption test and will follow up in 1000 miles.

- Mountainside, NJ, USA

problem #50

Sep 212016


  • 114,000 miles
7/2016 my oil light came on and I went to my mechanic and they said my oil stick was dry and they ended up doing lots of work; maintenance mostly and perhaps it would take care of the oil loss. They did not find a leak. 9/19/2016 my engine had problems starting; went to Firestone to get a new battery and I told them no other maintenance as I have a mechanic. They installed my battery and told me my oil stick was dry and I had 50% oil noted on my dash board. Went to my mechanic on 9/21/2016 and they said my oil stick was dry again. My mechanic researched and found there was a recall on this issue; therefore am reporting it.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #49

Sep 262016


  • 160,000 miles


Engine rattles at cold start-up - service bulletin 09-010 symptom - at cold start-up, the engine rattles loudly for about 2 seconds. Cause - the variable valve timing control (vtc) actuator is defective

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #48

May 152010


  • miles
Oil burn one quart every 1000 miles

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #47

Jul 202016


  • 125,000 miles
I was getting ready to leave for work one morning and I noticed when I cranked the car up that it made a knocking noise for about 2 seconds and quit. I done a lot of research a found that a lot of the same cars have had the same problem. I found out that it was the vtc actuator. It only does this when it is cool. If it has been cranked up it will not do it.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #46

Apr 132016


  • 79,000 miles


In April of 2016, I turned the engine off. I heard the fan still running. I also smelled antifreeze. Following advice from a mechanic, I checked the fluids to learn that there was no antifreeze. I took the vehicle to two repair shops. Both put a pressure test on the vehicle and stated that it was holding pressure. I took it to the local Honda dealership on a Friday was told that they could not find anything. I told them that I smelled anti-freeze but did not see any leaking under the car. They asked me to bring it back the next week so they could have more time to analyze the complaint. They provided me with a loner car for three days. When they completed the diagnostics they called me and told me that I needed an engine, I was devastated. When I purchased the auto, in had 22,000 miles. At this time it had about 80,000. I purchased the auto October 2011. My thoughts were, this is unheard of. I still don't know what happened. It has never run hot with me. I have records of the maintenance. I am concerned that there is something about the auto that was not reported on car facts that I am not aware of. Every time I took it to the dealership for maintenance, I had to request that they stabilize the floor carpet. That concerned me. Why was the old removed and new installed. When posing that question, I was told that more-than-likely it was soiled beyond cleaning. But that is minor compared to having to purchase an engine for an vehicle that is known to endure thru 300,000+ miles during its life. Someone is not being truthful. I notified carl hogan that I will never purchase another vehicle from his dealership and I will do my part to ensure that those I come in contact with refrain as well, even if they have to travel to another city or state. Now, I must spend a minimum of 2,500 to rebuild the engine or up to 4,500 to purchase a new engine.

- Columbus, MS, USA

problem #45

Feb 122016


  • miles
In regards to Honda safety recall JN9. Warranty extension: Sticking pistons rings resulting in high engine oil consumption. I had the car inspected by the Honda dealership in thousand oaks, ca. Starting back in December 28 2015. They did an oil consumption test that lasted 3,000 miles on the road and had me come in every 1000 miles of those 3K miles. Every oil consumption evaluation at the designed mark is burning through 1.2 qt of oil every 1,000 miles. They claim that is standard for the car to burn that much oil. My old 2003 V8 GMC Yukon does not burn any oil at all. Jut last week on July 19th 2016 my oil engine light came on, they (dealer) top me off with another 1.2 qt of oil off the records. No service report was taken. I do not believe a four cylinder engine should use that much oil unless indeed the piston rings are sticking.. please help!

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #44

Jul 112016


  • 96,000 miles
Vtc actuator is failing causing a 2 second delay when starting please advise!

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #43

Jun 062016


  • miles
Recently, my car started consume too much oil. To fix that, dealership advised to replace piston rings for better result. After we have new piston rings, in a month and so engine is making grinding noise while starting. Dealership said it wasn't happened due to piston rings replacement. But we don't have that problem before and now dealership can charge us up to $700 for new part.

- North Wales, PA, USA

problem #42

May 022016


  • miles


This is a 2009 vehicle and I was notified August 2015 of a oil consumption recall but ask that you have 125,000 miles or less to fix however when you notify a consumer 7 years after it has been sold not to have that many miles I believe it's very unfair to the consumer because this is a problem I have had this this vehicle since ive owned it and now the dealership is refusing to fix it because of the mileage. There is no specific amount noted on how much oil consumption this car should have and Honda dealership is using that to their advantage and ask that I have 3/4 of a quart of oil consumption before they would even consider which is so unrealistic.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #41

May 172016


  • miles
My car is burning 1-2 quarts of oil every 1,000 miles. Dealership says that is normal even though the oil light is coming. My car

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #40

Dec 032015


  • 70,000 miles
Vehicle in motion turning right into parking space. Brakes applied, vehicle accelerated into brick post causing significant damage to front end of vehicle and post. Second incident vehicle in motion turning right into parking space. Brakes applied, vehicle accelerated into grassy strip. Vehicle difficult to bring to stop.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #39

Oct 132012


  • 150,243 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving 35 mph, the check engine warning light and oil warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the vehicle was experiencing excessive oil consumption. The mechanic was unaware of what caused the excessive oil consumption. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,243.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #38

Jun 012014


  • miles
There is a loud rattling noise coming from the engine (which lasts for a couple of seconds) when I start the car. The noise worsens in loudness and duration in the cold weather.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #37

Oct 092015


  • 128,000 miles
2009 Honda Accord vtc acuator grinding on cold start. Potential to cause engine failure. No remedy from Honda.

- Elk River, MN, USA

problem #36

Jul 012015


  • miles
Makes a loud noise when car is cold started. It sounds like metal on metal. Why is there no recall call when so many people state having this same problem.

- Bellmore, NY, USA

problem #35

Sep 012015


  • miles
2009 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle excessive oil consumption.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #34

Sep 012014


  • 100,000 miles
Car started having excessive oil consumption around 100,000 miles. Received first notice today from american Honda about sticking piston rings causing excessive oil consumption. Warranty limitations are 125,000 miles or 8 years, whichever comes first. My car is at 127,000 miles. American Honda customer service says this car is inelegible for warranty repair because it exceeds their mileage cutoff.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #33

Aug 122015


  • 70,000 miles
Loud rattling noise upon cold start. Honda says no fix available. Sounds like metal on metal and Honda can not fix this?

- Southington, CT, USA

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