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:
No data
Average Mileage:
700 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2009 Honda Accord drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 302010

Accord EXL 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles


My new Honda Accord has engine vibration felt when driving down the highway. Its felt in the seat and in the steering. Honda blames the tires as fault, so i argued with Michelin about the tires, and had them replaced under the tire warranty, but that didn’t fix the issue at all!. Honda won’t deal with this problem. Honda America customer service is a JOKE, i took the car in for service and the technician told me they didn’t know why it was vibrating but made not it still vibrated when I left, and even documented on my work order that the vibration was still there. Honda corporate calls the next day and says they couldn’t help me because the technicians told them there was nothing wrong with my car. I feel my only choice is to file under the Lemon Law.

- Joseph H., Anna, OH, US

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