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:
No data
Average Mileage:
34,300 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

transmission problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 012013

Accord EXL 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


the car revs up when shifting gears and has started to jerk when the gears finally do shift

- Sharon I., Lexington, KY, US

problem #1

Nov 092011

Accord EXL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,600 miles

The transmission not finding a gear has happened 3x's now and I've only had the car less than 2 years and bought it new. It only has 7,000 miles today. The first time it happened I didn't think much of it. The second time I realized it was a problem and not a fluke; I started the car tried to put it in gear and realized there were none, the stick just glided from one of the gear box to the other. I had to turn the car off and wait a few minutes, started it again and all was fine. Third time, same thing and now I have to call and see if I can make an appt at the Honda dealer. It's warranty is close to running out so I'm sure they won't find anything, but I do want it documented. Think it is on the fast track to a trade in. I had my last accord 13 years and I baby my cars. My niece's friend is still driving my old one and never had one incident with it. It was loved and well cared for, this one is well cared for, but not loved. Bummer, I think I have to find a new car company.

- Angela B., Forest Park, IL, US

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