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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,162 miles

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 8)

problem #156

Jul 012022


  • 128,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle had been taken for an alignment. While performing the alignment, the parking brake activated independently. After the service was completed, the contact disengaged the parking brake and noticed that the vehicle seemed a bit more difficult than normal to steer. The contact pulled over, stopped, and became aware that the rear rotors were overheated and turning red. The contact stated that the parking brake was still activated even though the instrument panel had indicated that the parking brake was disengaged. The contact turned off the vehicle until the vehicle had cooled off and then returned home with the vehicle. Once the contact was home and the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed that the parking brake was still engaged even after disengaging the parking brake. The contact stated that the brakes were still overheated. The contact also noticed that the brake pads had started to fracture from the overheating. There were no warning lights illuminated. The contact had not taken the vehicle to the dealer. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Berlin, CT, USA

problem #155

Apr 302011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 9,500 miles
Vehicle has been consuming oil since purchased with 9,500 miles. Oil consumption has contributed to fouled spark plugs. Fouled spark plugs triggered "cylinder #3 misfire" code and extremely poor performance at highway speeds. Two different occasions the car experienced different cylinder misfire issues. Honda dealer performed engine computer software updates on two different occasions that did not remedy the oil consumption issue. No warning lights to indicate that the engine was 3 quarts low on oil. If the consumer is not aware that the vehicle is using oil, there is potential for the engine to seize causing costly repairs or to lose power in a dangerous situation. Dealer is now performing Honda oil consumption test. According to Honda, consuming 1 quart of oil in 1,000 miles is normal and acceptable. This burned oil is being released into the environment as evidenced by the black carbon on the tail pipes. It is hard to believe that a leading car manufacturer would deem oil consumption in a brand new vehicle as normal or acceptable. This is the first vehicle out of 12 that I have ever owned that consumed oil. Even vehicles with over 200,000 miles did not consume oil. I purchased a Honda so that I did not have to worry about reliability or break downs for many years. Now I have to worry with checking the oil every week as to not get low or run out. Same vehicle has also had premature rear brake pad wear and had to be replaced at 60,000 miles. Complaint has been filed with american Honda. Class action lawsuits have been filed against Honda over the premature rear brake pad wear and the oil consumption issues.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #154

Jul 102011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
Rear brake issues at 31,000 and 61,000 front brakes required repair at 61,000 tires not turning.

- Conway, NH, USA

problem #153

Sep 192012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 24,914 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph and approached a traffic stop, as the brakes were applied a loud screeching noise emitted continuously. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where both rear brake pads were replaced. In addition, the rear rotors were resurfaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 24,914. Updated 10/16/12

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #152

Mar 092011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated hat while driving approximately 40 mph and engaging the brake pedal, a metal to metal noise was heard from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer twice for the defect where both rear brake pads were replaced each time. In addition, the rear rotors were replaced once. The failure recurred after the repairs were performed. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000. Updated 10/10/12

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #151

Apr 252012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 21,968 miles
Required premature replacement of rear brake pads with normal use. Rear brakes wore down to sensors after only 22,000 miles. Original front brake pads are still in very good condition.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #150

Mar 202012

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles


I have rear brake pads that have worn out after just 19,000 miles driven.

- Lawndale, CA, USA

problem #149

Mar 152012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 19,945 miles
Honda service department told me my brake pads needs to be replaced.I was told specially the rear pads down to 1-2 estimate was $610. I taught this was a joke or a scam at 19000 miles brake pads" not the way I drive. I did not get it done but later I checked it myself and looks like it needs it.I have been driving over 40 years never replace brakes so soon. Shame on you Honda.were these pads made out of cardboard"

- Paramus, NJ, USA

problem #148

Mar 142012

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
I brought my 2009 Honda Accord in for a regular oil change and was told that my rear brakes need to be replaced. I only have 30,000 miles which a lot of these miles are highway miles. Never with any lease I have had in the past 18 years, did I ever have to replace brakes. The cars were returned within the 36,000 mile allowance. They were not Honda leases, however, this was my first Honda. Prior leases were Cadillac and Nissan vehicles.

- Capel Coral, FL, USA

problem #147

Feb 112012

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
My mileage is 34,505 I took my car to Honda North, danvers they said to go to ins co geico to have repaired. No one wants to take responsibility please help me![xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- North Falmouth, MA, USA

problem #146

Nov 032010

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles


2009 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to problems with vehicle brakes the rear rotors were resurfaced and the brake pads were replaced. The second time the consumer returned to the dealer, the problem had worsened. The brake pads and both rear calipers had to be replaced. The consumer stated due to a class action lawsuit concerning the rear brakes, she received half of her money back.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #145

Jan 032012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
Brake premature wear causing brakes not to work properly, talk to dealer and they say I have brakes fixed and submit to Honda and they might reimburse me for the repair is this Honda's and the dealers way to make more money. That's why I think we should look at american made cars when we buy from now on. Nothing like the good old U.S.of a. go Ford.

- Sylacauga, AL, USA

problem #144

Jan 222010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 20,085 miles
This is the second Honda Accord that I have bought that had premature brake failure. The first Honda Accord 1996 had to have new rear brakes and pads at around 20,000 miles. This 2009 Honda Accord had premature brake failure at 21,085. This is not acceptable!! the bill was $409.24 + tax. Absolutely ridiculous!!!

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #143

Jan 312012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 28,691 miles
On the 2009 Honda Accord at 28,691 the rear brake pads started to smell like a burning smell then it started to make a noise from the back of the car.I sat in the back seat on the way to the vets office when all this occured.I do not drive this car as its my wifes car, she said that she could not hear the noise from the front seat but could smell a wierd ordor.she sometimes carry our frist grandchild in the car and with this happening thank god nothing happened.please do something before the brakes catch fire or go out completely.the calipers I've heard are defective, they freeze up not allowing the inside brake pad release, I can understand this happening.Honda knows the problem but to call a full out recall they want to hide this critical safety defect.

- Kingsburg, CA, USA

problem #142

Dec 102010

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Rear brakes squeaks and worn out prematurely at 17,900 miles.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #141

Dec 202011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 23,500 miles
Premature brake wear on rear brakes of Honda Accord 2009 2.4 liter. Dealer inspection describes rear pads at 3mm. Front brakes ok. This is not normal. NHTSA please get Honda to recall. Dealer wants $295 for rear brake job.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #140

Dec 072011


  • miles
The rear inner brake pads wore down significantly while the rear outer pads had about 3-4mm left. This seemed to be a very premature wear compare to other vehicles I owned over the years.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #139

Oct 172011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 42,415 miles
Had to replace rear brake pads front fine, right rear completely worn down left fine.

- Glen Dale, WV, USA

problem #138

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

problem #137

Aug 312011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Honda Accord. Consumer writes to express discontent related to brake repairs and unwanted ac service at local dealer the consumer stated there was a strange smell coming from the ac. The dealer stated they added a deodorizer in the ac. The consumer was informed the smell would disappear in a few days, but it had not. It only seemed to get worse. The dealer informed the consumer, she was not the first person to complain, but it was because of mold. The consumer requested the ac to be flushed to get rid of the odor as she never requested it to begin with.

- Highland Heights, OH, USA

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