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:
31,050 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2009 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 312012

Accord EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


Steering wheel vibrates. Steering wheel vibrates. Steering wheel vibrates. Steering wheel vibrates. Steering wheel vibrates. Steering wheel vibrates. Steering wheel vibrates.

- Joann E., Austin, TX, US

problem #1

Jul 272009

Accord EX-L Navigation 2.4L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles

I bought a brand new 2009 Honda Accord EX-L Navigation and since day one I have had a steering wheel vibration problem traveling at speeds of around 100 km/h. I have had the dealership look at it several times now and they still haven't been able to identify the problem. No TSB's (Technical Service Bulletins) whatsoever!! The worst part is that it is intermittent. I've test driven at least 5 more Accords of the same kind and they all have the identical problem. Have called Honda Canada and they've not been of much help, I was surprised when they said to me that it is probably the characteristics of the car. Very disappointed about the fact that Honda has not yet come up with a solution and the dealership has been telling me that I'm the only one that has been having this problem.

I've spoken to people who drive the same model year and have the same problem.

Everyone who reads this and has the same problem with their Accord please contact Honda Canada and express yourself so they will wake up and hear the voice of the people with this concern.

Love Honda's but, For a $ 36,000 car this is a very big disappointment !!!

- Aubtin Y., Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

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