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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
686 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.

2009 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 252009


  • 11 miles


Rear frame was not bolted down to spec in the factory causing the car to be unsure while driving. Numerous bolts were loose. Transmission has a shredding and tearing noise when put in reverse and then drive. Brakes are grinding and cause the car to possibly lurch forward while foot is on brake. Noise in the passenger side door panel and in the rear of car.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 252009


  • 11 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. The contact stated the brakes and the transmission are making a loud noise when shifting gears into reverse. The dealer test drove the vehicle, duplicated the failure and stated that since the vehicle is brand new the noise will subside. The Honda manufacturer advised the contact to have the vehicle repaired by a local dealer. The contact informed the manufacturer that the vehicle was diagnosed on two occasions by the dealer. The failure mileage was 11 and the current mileage was 460.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 282009


  • 2,700 miles
I initially reported a problem on my car on the 28th of January and brought the car in for repair at Honda of serramonte for making a cranking thump noise when making a reverse to acceleration. The noise coming from the transmission is very consistent and it occurs during a gear shift from reverse to acceleration. Brought to the attention of hmc at torrance, California and the dealership and they both claim this noise is normal characteristic of the car. I say this is not, as the noise is the first time I hear since in my adult driving experience of multiple cars and SUVS. Please help!

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 022009


  • 20 miles
Transmission failed on a brand new vehicle.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

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