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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
67,250 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2009 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 022016

Accord V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 74,844 miles


Ridiculous that the paint would peel, fade, and lift off. No other cars I have owned have done this. Makes a nice car look very cheap!

- jonigaynor, Anaheim Hills, CA, US

problem #3

May 012013

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

I've had Honda dealer tell me it was because of parking outside. I have a 97 Ford F150, 2001 Nissan Sentra, 2003 Town and Country wagon that park on same driveway, in same weather ... they ALL have much better paint despite being 6 years older and more.

- Kenneth M., Henrico, VA, US

problem #2

Oct 142014

Accord EX-L 4

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I have a 2009 White Honda Accord Coupe EX-L and I have been having some serious paint issues: the clear coat on my spoiler and in between the back windshield and body of car.

First, a year and a half ago I brought my car into Indy Honda in Greenwood, Indiana, where the manager, Travis, inspected and took pictures of the peeling/rusting paint between my back windshield and the body of the car but did not take pictures of the spoiler: there were a couple spots on the spoiler and Travis stated that it was “from sap.” I park in a garage every day and DO NOT park under trees, I actually called him a sap when he said it and told him to fix the issue but he stated he would not take pictures of it, only in between the back windshield and body of car. He informed me that “white paint always has issues, never buy a white car,” are you kidding? It has nothing to do with being white! Anyways, he stated he’d take pictures of the car and send them into District and they’re the ones who would be giving the OK to repaint the car.

We heard back from Indy Honda a few days later and they did agree to repaint in-between the back windshield and body of the car but would not paint anything else. I asked Honda if they would be providing me a rental car since the paint would take 5-7 days to be completed, they informed me that none were available and that I would have to come back in a couple days to pick up the rental…how inconvenient. When I received my car after it being painted I was not very happy. You could tell the difference between the paint on the front of my car versus the paint on the back so I called Honda Corporate and complained and they gave me a claim # but nothing was ever done about the issue.

Now, a year and a half later the clear coat on my spoiler is officially peeling, half of my spoiler has clear coat and the other does not (mind you, this is “from sap” as Travis stated…bull!!) AND, in between the back windshield and the body of the car is rusting again!!! We took my car into Honda today and Travis tried pulling “the spoiler is aftermarket so we can’t do anything.” I bought the car at that same place, Indy Honda, with the spoiler!! It is not!! Also, he tried stating that he would take pictures but since the car is not under warranty most likely I would need to pay to have the car repainted: he took some pictures and said he’d contact us when he hears back from District. As for in-between the back windshield and the body of the car, he stated we’d need to contact Church Brothers where the car was initially re-painted and have them fix the issue: we did call Church Brothers and they stated we have a lifetime warranty so they WILL be able to fix it. Maybe you should learn from them HONDA.

I definitely am not happy about the issue so we contacted Honda Corporate today and they told us that since my car is not under warranty anymore there’s nothing they can do, even though we reported a claim the first time we had a paint peeling issue and informed them about the spoiler!! They stated that we’d be lucky if District came back and said they’d paint the spoiler but if so, we’d have to pay.

I cannot tell you enough how much I love my Honda, but I will NEVER AGAIN buy one. Outrageous.

- Brenda M., Greenwood, IN, US

problem #1

Oct 302013

Accord Coupe EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

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I bought this car brand new in August 2010. Its a 2009 Honda Accord EX Coupe San Marino Red. My friends always say I'm obsessed with keeping my cars clean. I always wash them once a week at least and wax a few times a year. And if bird droppings or anything gets on my car I am always quick to get them off.

Well Imagine my shock when just the other day I was washing the car and noticed what I thought was some goo or something on the passenger front fender. After finding it wouldn't wash off and closer inspection with my hand I could tell it was something more serious.I finished drying my car and was shocked to see that it was in fact the clear coat coming off the paint. A 4 year old car that I only owned for 3 years should not be losing any clear coat. Even if I never took car of the car this should not be happening yet. I have attached some pics so you can see. If you were to see my car in person you could tell I take care of the car obsessively.

Anyways, I am really disappointed. I really loved my Honda but now I have lost faith. I don't think its a fluke because I have read other people having similar issues with earlier year cars. I also fear that the problem may spread to the rest of the car. I am going to take it to my dealer but from reading online I don't think Honda will do anything to help you out. Well I got to say if Honda doesn't make this right they are going to lose an avid Honda fan and family of Honda Owners. I love my baby but if it starts to look like a Zebra and an embarrassment I won't have anything good to say.

I would have to say 100% this is a manufactures defect and if Honda was really the company I thought they was they would do something to help me out.

- jimmut, Greenville, PA, US

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