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:
13,050 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace at owners expense (1 reports)
2009 Honda Accord windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 132011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6 miles


Back Glass of vehicle is damage and not repaired till date.

- Praveen C., Lucknow, UP, India

problem #1

Nov 202010

Accord 4c

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

I had just stopped at a stop sign and was proceeding to the next stop sign, had traveled approximately 20 feet at about 5 mph, when suddenly there was a loud explosion. It was fairly cold out.... 15 degrees, but I had this car last winter without any problem. I looked and seen my passenger front and passenger rear windows in a bazillion pieces! Both happened at the same time. There was no traffic around me whatsoever, that could have caused anything to be thrown at the windows. I went to the Honda dealership and was told they don't cover any shattered windows. I understand that you can't possibly know what could have caused this, but I know nothing from the outside of the car caused this. I had read other stories on line about windows doing the same thing, with the same results from Honda, but I thought being I had TWO windows go out at the same time, that there would be a possibility of Honda looking at this differently.... not so! Honda perhaps thinks they are saving money by not owning up to what possibly is faulty glass, but in the long run they lose. I won't buy another Honda for this reason. I am very lucky I didn't have the kids with and the glass would have been all over them, once it fell into the car. I have lost the security I once had in this car. I do like how it drives and handles.... but I need to feel secure that this won't happen again and I can't do that without changing to another make of car.

- Daril R., Devils Lake, ND, US

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