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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,462 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 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 202016


  • 77,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. Within months of owning the vehicle, there was water intrusion during heavy rain. The rear driver's side paneling, electrical function area, and side curtain air bag area was wet. The vehicle was not inspected and diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Greenville, MS, USA

problem #12

Oct 022016


  • miles
The paint faded, clear coat coming off and it is peeling. Terrible quality! leather seats have bubbled and ripped. Terrible quality.

- Anaheim Hills, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 012015


  • 90,000 miles
The white paint on my 2009 Honda Accord is flaking off in big chunks all the way down to the beige under-layer. It started on the channels around my rear windshield. I then noticed spots on the trunk, drivers side door and roof. This is unacceptable! after consulting a local repair shop, it was determined that the paint is not adhering - manufacturer error!

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #10

Apr 232015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Chain reaction where I was the last vehicle in a stopped line of cars I was rear ended by an usb who was traveling fast and never attempted to brake the SUV struck the rear of my Accord and pushed me into the car in front my car had crushed rear end and crumpled front end while the side air beg went off the front air bag did not deploy....this is my concern since it struck the front of the next vehicle causing damage.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #9

Apr 192015

Accord 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
The sunroof shattered for no apparent reasons, no cars nearby, sunny day. There was a pop, then the sunroof glasses started to come down.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #8

Nov 012014


  • 102,000 miles
I purchased my 2009 Honda Accord brand new from a Honda dealership. The paint on my car is now peeling on the hood, roof, trunk, and around the back window. I took it to a Honda dealer and they took pictures and at the same time tried telling me it appeared as if something got on the car. There's no clear coat left on the car. I'm so frustrated with Honda. I take good care of my vehicles and have had Honda in the past. I'm completely disappointed in the way I've been treated by Honda and their inability to help. I think this is my last and final Honda.

- Pittsville, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 012014


  • 85,000 miles


I am currently having water leakage from the headliner right where the side curtain airbags are located. This is occurring on both the driver and passenger side of the vehicle. I am concerned not only for the damage this is causing to my vehicle but because if I were to be in an accident I am afraid that airbags will malfunction and not deploy.

- Riceboro, GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 182013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The noise coming from the passenger side under the glove box when the air is on is annoying and pretty loud. The radio can't even conceal the sound at low volume. Likewise, the glove box isn't latched according to the lines of the dash (1 cm gap). The glove box moves and rattles. The seat also rattles and shakes when going over any surface whether highway or city streets... these noises are just too much. The car is 09 not 1988. Actually 1988 probably wouldn't have all these problems. The deal said the air noise is normal"?" sorry it's not normal to not be able to talk to someone because the car feels like it's breaking down and noise is coming from every direction.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #5

Mar 012013


  • 49,000 miles
White paint near rear windshield is peeling off.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #4

Jun 052013


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the soft leather upholstery on the arm rest exhibited numerous bubbles. In addition, the top exterior door panel leather upholstery on the front driver and passenger's sides also had bubbles. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000.

- Bennettsville, SC, USA

problem #3

Aug 012012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


Metallic silver paint is peeling and the car looks beat up and looks cheap.

- Orrmond Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 262012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
At speeds between 65 and 70 mph the car vibrates as if the wheels were out of balance. Have had the wheels balanced twice in the past month with no change. Had the car aligned within the past month and dealer says there was no change. A new set of Michelin mxm4 primacy tires were installed in April 2012. Just returned from a 3000 mile trip and found the vibration to be very annoying. This is a Honda Accord 4dr ex-L V-6 help.

- Basye, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 082010

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Since the first incident I have had a clicking noise coming from the ac on the right side vent on my 2009 Honda Accord. It is October of 2011 and the dealer has now replaced the same blower motor 3 times. It alleviates the issue, only for it to return. The dealer has no other explanation. Also, I have replaced 2 door actuator motors. This car was bought in December of 2009 and it is October of 2011. I will not buy another Honda due to having issues occur repeatedly and so soon after a new purchase. Obviously brakes have to be fixed again and again.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

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