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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
31,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace rear wheel bearing (1 reports)
2009 Honda Accord drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 312011

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


My car was making a roaring noise from the rear of the car starting at about 45 mph and increasing in volume as the speed increased. The Honda dealer in downtown Dayton said all my tires were slightly cupped, so Michelin partially paid for a new set of tires. The noise didn't go away and actually sounded worse. The dealer checked the tires and the rest of the car and said nothing was wrong. They even said they couldn't hear the sound. I then took the car to 3 other places and all of them said the sound was normal and nothing was wrong. After suffering for months with the noise that "only I could hear", I took it to another Honda dealer, who heard the noise and said the transmission needed replacing. So under warranty they replaced the transmission, but that didn't fix it. After that, the service manager and I drove the car together and compared it to another used car just like mine on the lot. The next day, they fixed the problem by replacing the right wheel bearing. Now my car is like new again. In fact I don't think it was ever this quite the day I bought it brand new.

- savoykl, Dayton, OH, US

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