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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,892 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #16

Jun 212012


  • 63,000 miles


A federal class action lawsuit claims that 2008-2010 Honda Accord have "a systematic design defect that enables oil to enter into the engine's combustion chamber." The defect causes excessive oil consumption, premature spark plug degradation and engine malfunction. In my 2009 Honda Accord, this has caused cylinder misfires on the following three dates, including spark plug failure, multiple spark plug replacements and engine trouble: - June 21, 2012 - April 18, 2013 - September 17, 2013 Honda has settled this lawsuit but details are still unavailable. Here are the details:

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #15

Apr 302011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 9,500 miles
Vehicle has been consuming oil since purchased with 9,500 miles. Oil consumption has contributed to fouled spark plugs. Fouled spark plugs triggered "cylinder #3 misfire" code and extremely poor performance at highway speeds. Two different occasions the car experienced different cylinder misfire issues. Honda dealer performed engine computer software updates on two different occasions that did not remedy the oil consumption issue. No warning lights to indicate that the engine was 3 quarts low on oil. If the consumer is not aware that the vehicle is using oil, there is potential for the engine to seize causing costly repairs or to lose power in a dangerous situation. Dealer is now performing Honda oil consumption test. According to Honda, consuming 1 quart of oil in 1,000 miles is normal and acceptable. This burned oil is being released into the environment as evidenced by the black carbon on the tail pipes. It is hard to believe that a leading car manufacturer would deem oil consumption in a brand new vehicle as normal or acceptable. This is the first vehicle out of 12 that I have ever owned that consumed oil. Even vehicles with over 200,000 miles did not consume oil. I purchased a Honda so that I did not have to worry about reliability or break downs for many years. Now I have to worry with checking the oil every week as to not get low or run out. Same vehicle has also had premature rear brake pad wear and had to be replaced at 60,000 miles. Complaint has been filed with american Honda. Class action lawsuits have been filed against Honda over the premature rear brake pad wear and the oil consumption issues.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #14

May 012013


  • 88,000 miles
Uses excess amount of oil. Have to check daily. This is not normal. Have heard there is some kind of leak into the engine and a class action lawsuit. This should be a recall!!! also, metallic paint is peeling- very cheap and stereo system components not working. Also makes a loud weird sound from engine when it first starts.

- Osage, IA, USA

problem #13

Mar 242013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 43,146 miles


Check engine light came on due to misfiring and fouled #3 spark plug. Also, between motor oil changes at 35,761 miles and at 43,140 miles, approximately 2 quarts of oil were added due to excessive motor oil consumption.

- Mira Loma, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 302012

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
2009 Honda Accord. Consumer states problem with check engine light and dashboard indicators. The dealer informed the consumer a bulletin had been issued regarding the respective problem. The supposedly fixed the problem, and the consumer left the dealer satisfied until Jan 30, 2012, when the check engine light illuminated again, generating several other dashboard lights, and once again the vehicle was running on a reduced cylinder. On August 18, 2012, the check engine light illuminated again and the dealer charged him $525.43.

- Mine Hill, NJ, USA

problem #11

Dec 012011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Igniti coil premature burnout.

- North Lauderdael, FL, USA

problem #10

Apr 112011


  • 29,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact was driving 40 mph when the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the check engine warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The dealer advised the contact that the vehicle tracking control (vtc) needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure continued. The vehicle was repaired a second time but did not correct the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 29,000 and the current mileage was 42,000.

- Raleigh , NC, USA

problem #9

Sep 122011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the engine was consuming oil at a fast rate. As a result, the vehicle emitted a loud noise and exhaust fumes were present in the interior. The dealer attempted to repair the failure on numerous occasions, but was unsuccessful. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 63,000.

- Clarence, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 122009


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle was using oil at an excessive rate. The contact also stated that the vehicle ran out of oil after approximately 5,000 miles, when the oil was supposed to last for approximately 7,000 miles. Both the manufacturer and authorized dealer were made aware of the failure, and the contact was informed that the vehicle was using the oil at an acceptable rate. The contact expressed concerns over a possible engine failure. The failure mileage was 35,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 122010


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle was consuming oil abnormally quick and could possibly result in the vehicle stalling on the highway and causing a crash. The contact checked the oil levels and stated that they were abnormally low. The dealer advised that the vehicle was consuming oil as normal. The manufacturer was contacted and a case was opened but was later closed to no avail. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 21,919 and the failure mileage was 7,000.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #6

May 012010


  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated that he noticed that the vehicle was abnormally down two quarts of engine oil. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the oil was replaced. The contact since noticed that the vehicle was consuming oil at excessively abnormal rates. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage was 11,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 172010


  • 25,127 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph when the "check engine" warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle would not increase acceleration when pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the technician informed the contact that one of the spark plugs was consumed with oil. Also, the engine oil level was low. The dealer placed an order for a new spark plug to repair the problem. The failure mileage was 25,127.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 242010


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While the vehicle was parked she checked the oil level and the vehicle was two quarts low. She added a quart of oil and the next day the vehicle was taken to the dealer who also added a quart. She stated that every 1,000 to 1,500 miles the dealer had to add a half to 1 and a half quarts of oil. The failure mileage was 13,000 and the current mileage was 20,500.

- Rosemont, MN, USA

problem #3

May 052010


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving at an unknown low speed, the vehicle stalled without warning. Upon restarting, the check engine and vsa service lights were illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that one of the cylinders registered a misfire. The dealer reset the computer. The failure recurred the following day and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The contact was advised that the vehicle was consuming excessive amounts of oil yet the dealer could not repair the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 34,000.

- Delmar, MD, USA

problem #2

May 022010


  • 12,000 miles
I have a 2009 Honda Accord. I began having problems with the A/C not cooling, so I took to the dealership for assessment. I was informed that a line was not working and I had a freon leak. They placed dye in the fluid to determine where the leak originated. They determined it was coming from the condenser. This part is located in the grill of the car and isn't protected in any way and they decided it had been damaged, without proof, from something I had hit, such as a rock. They then inform me that my full warranty does not cover it, and informed me it would cost $432 to repair. They also cannot guarantee that it will not occur again and again. The freon continues to leak and will not cool the car. It also causes a foul smell to come into the car. I do not believe consumers should be responsible for paying to replace a part that is put in a place that is vulnerable to debris or anything, without protecting it in some way.

- Greenback, TN, USA

problem #1

Feb 042010


  • 14,500 miles
This is the second time that the oil pressure light just comes on in the car, it starts bucking and is impossible to drive. I was on a 50 mph highway both times it happened. I'm lucky no one hit me. I only have 17,000 miles on my car. I have had 4 oil changes, one tow and 2 check ups on the vehicle for oil related problems.

- Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA

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