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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
34,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. body repair shop under warranty (1 reports)
2009 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 012012

Accord 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles


When it rained last week, I got in my car to drive home from work. I kept feeling drips on my arm. When I reached up, the the part between the windshield and drivers window, the headliner was wet and leaking. The door and the radio speaker in the door was leaked on and the seat was wet. Honda of Cleveland has it in the body shop since day before yesterday. They said it is the weld on top of the car body that is leaking. They have to take the windshield out to fit the weld. How on earth did this get out of assembly with a faulty weld in the body? Very upset! So far I have had the brake recall where the put on new brake shoes. They also did something to the fuel injectors when they had it that time. I thought I bought a new car, at least it was a new price in 2009. Still under warranty.

- Betty M., Cleveland, TN, US

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