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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
57,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. dealer replaced boot under warranty (1 reports)
  2. replace axle (1 reports)
2009 Honda Accord drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 202018

Accord EX-L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,900 miles


Axle discovered during tune up. Honda $800 to repair. Quote fm certified auto repair quoted less than $300.

- William M., Savannah, GA, US

problem #1

May 012009

Accord LX-P 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75 miles

What a pain in the ass! It happened on a weekend and they had to order the part. I drove a loaner for three days. BTW - they found the hole in the axle boot while replacing all four brake rotors since they were warped.

- druthstrom, Clinton, CT, US

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