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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,375 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 052009


  • 0 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While looking through the side and rear mirrors, the contact stated the vehicle appeared to be closer than it was causing the drivers judgment to be altered. The dealer and manufacturer were made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 0 and the current mileage was 24,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- North Brook, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 152011


  • 81,000 miles
Pulled sun visor down and something broke, now it just hangs about half way down, seems to be a lot of this with civics as well according to postings on the web. This is a distraction and blocks view of driver.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 032010

(reported on)


  • miles
2009 Honda Accord. Consumer states continued knocking and rumbling noise when the heat is turned on. Issues persist after being taken in several times for service.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #1

Sep 122009


  • 4,500 miles
Windshield wipers do not clear windows during rainy weather. On the upswing the passenger side wiper moves the water from the passenger side onto the driver's side of the windshield. This causes the driver's visibility to be deteriorated significantly in rainy weather by never clearing the windshield of water.

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

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