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:
3,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2009 Honda Accord cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

May 012009

Accord EXL 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


I drove my 2009 Honda Accord EXL for two summers before I finally brought it to another dealership to fix it. Brown's Honda in Charlottesville is where I purchased the car and they couldn't figure out what the problem was, despite my having brought my car in for this problem on several occasions. I decided to take it to a different dealership, Billy Craft Honda in Lynchburg, and they immediately figured out the problem. However, just to be on the safe side, they put dye in the line to see if there might have also been a leak. Brown's Honda never did this. It was determined that there wasn't a leak, and whatever Billy Craft Honda did, IT WORKED!

- Veronica M., Roseland, VA, US

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