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:
42,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. #b072j81z91 key fob cover (1 reports)
  2. reprogram window motor (1 reports)
2009 Honda Accord windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 012018

Accord EX 2.4L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Multiple trips to the detail car shop to get the water extracted after a rainstorm. Over $100 each time. Plus inconvenience of interrupted schedules. Very uncomfortable riding on wet seats. A concern of interior corrosion and damage to electrical systems. Also opens the sunroof. Asked several dealers in the area, they all gave me a blank stare. A simple $8.00 item may have solved the problem.

- jay dub, Appleton, US

problem #1

Jan 012010

Accord EX 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,000 miles

The auto-up feature on the driver's window occasionally failed. When I let go of the button, the window went back down instead of continuing up. The dealer was aware of this problem and reprogrammed the motor. The problem still exists but happens much less frequently. I reported the problem a 2nd time, but of course it worked fine in the shop.

- L S., Binghamton, NY, US

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