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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
36,171 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced battery (4 reports)
  2. replace battery cable (1 reports)
2009 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 272012

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,825 miles


I am extremely dissatisfied with Honda quality. I had to replace rear brakes (apparently a common problem) and battery just after completing 3 yrs of warranty. I bought Honda for better quality and paid a premium over other vehicles but Honda has let me down. I feel cheated and if I do not get a good response from Honda, I am never going to buy a Honda again.

- , Salisbury, NC, US

problem #4

Apr 082013

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

Melted battery cable wouldn't allow me to start my car, had to get it towed. Lost work hours because of this.

- , Westerville, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 042011

Accord Sedan 4 Cilindr

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,416 miles

on my 2009 Honda accord with 29, 573 miles in 12/ 2011 i was told at car dealership after a oil change and again telling the Service Writer ( a total with this is 3rd time ) to check the Car BATTERY do to the car wouldn't start and i had to get a jump start the car beams where vary low even the high beams then the service writer told me that the battery was low but good and they will check it again after the repair for the Rear BREAK PADS that again needed to be replace the service writer came back to tell me (after waiting 4 hr) that they re tested the battery and it was a DEAD battery so i had to purchase a new one which i had to complain i just went in for a routine oil change and my total cost just for this and rear break pads where around $ 274.93 the service manager was called in and only discounted the battery . what a nightmare in total

- , Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 162009

Accord EX-L 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

Had to replace dead battery after my car had to be jumped on 5 different occasions. I didn't know batteries needed to be completely replaced after a year. I did not drain the battery or leave the car lights on ever. I understand if I am to blame but I am not. AAA was astounded that I had to get the battery replaced.

- , Irvine, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 032011

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,612 miles

HELP....HELP.....HELP..... now lets see how much i have to pay at the end of the lease term.......HORSE-CRAP..... I think HONDA hates me, is there any lawyer that wants to help me. I do not want more defects in the next couple days. GOD BLESS AMERICA !!

- , Greenville, SC, USA

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