really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,831 miles

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problem #89

Sep 172019


  • 112,900 miles
Recenly purchaced this 09accord ex coupe automatic 5speed 4 cylinder from a used dealership with no warrenty. 3 or 4 days lateri noticed a brief but loud rattle from the engine compartment only on cold start up. I have researched this and there are thousands of posts on this issue and I definetly can be a very serious safty issue if the engine becomes damaged whild driving with this issue with the vtc actuator. I shouldnt have to pay for this repair as there is a tsb on the issue that clearly stares it as a defect.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #88

Feb 012017


  • 95,000 miles
The car has excessive oil consumption (0.75 Q per 1000 miles) based on a recent oil consumption test. Every 2100 miles or so the low oil warning light lit. Honda refuses to repair.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #87

Jul 032017


  • miles
The engine won┐T start the starter motor sounds like it is spinning faster than normal, but the engine does not start up and run.

- Weaverville, NC, USA

problem #86

Dec 122018

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
2009 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle misfiring and lights illuminated on dash.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #85

Feb 152019


  • 157,328 miles
The vehicle stationary when starting makes loud noise caused by the vtc actuator is the defaulted part which can cause the engine to malfunction.

- Chrisman, IL, USA

problem #84

Mar 152018


  • 110,000 miles
Unintended acceleration. Has occurred 6 times since March 2018. No coloration with ambient temperature, weather conditions or speed. Symptom: Driving & braking hard to slow down, place into neutral and engine revs up to 5K RPM. Restart car after about 10 seconds and engine runs fine, if sooner engine revs back to about 5K RPM. Taken to shop - no problem found. Has only happened at low speeds coming to a stop. Was traveling in a strait path 4 times, twice when turning into a parking spot. Note: I travel back roads mostly. Car has over 110,000 miles.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #83

Dec 262018


  • miles
Engine oil consumption is more and causing burning of engine oil very frequently. This is causing rattling noise when accelarating and would cause more damage to engine and can be hazardous if driving on highway.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #82

Feb 102018


  • miles
Ocean Honda is where I take my Honda for service. The check engine light had been coming on over a year or so. I was told my car is using too much oil and needed pistons, rings and valve repair. That cost almost $6000. From research I discovered that this is a problem with this engine generation. The car was in motion when the check engine light came on. I was told by other mechanics that I should have gotten a new engine, it would have been less expensive. I found information that the NHTSA issued a notice to add years to the warranty which would cover my situation. As of the repair I had owned the car for 6 years. I need the information on tsb A12-087.

- Oak View, CA, USA

problem #81

Nov 092018


  • 102,506 miles
Vtc actuator is bad and requires replacing along with piston rings, according to the dealer. The cost is $2400. While I know there will be things that happen to aging vehicles, this is an issue for a very large number of 2008-2013 Honda.

- Kensington, MD, USA

problem #80

May 122015


  • 75,000 miles
Car starts up with a noisy rattle. This is a known issue with certain Honda engines. There is a tsb (A09-010) that describes the repair. I want to bring my car to a dealer for repair but I am told it is not for free.

- Amherst, NH, USA

problem #79

Jul 162018


  • 56,232 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving various speeds, the vehicle misfired and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to inver grove Honda (4605 S robert trail, inver grove heights, mn 55077, (651) 306-8600) where it was diagnosed that there was an oil fouled spark plug failure and the spark plugs needed replacement. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but the dealer could not duplicate the failure and no failure code was found. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 56,232.

- Stillwater, MN, USA

problem #78

Dec 012017


  • 64,000 miles
Loud grinding noise coming from engine when starting. Honda has acknowledged faulty actuator but refuses to issue a recall to pay for repair.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #77

Apr 012018


  • 129,000 miles
Oil consumption in excessive amount.

- Fox Island, WA, USA

problem #76

Jan 162018


  • 170,000 miles
My engine started knocking due to excessive oil consumption, even tho I changed my oil on time every time. There was a lawsuit in 2013, but Honda said I didn't qualify to get my engine replaced free of charge because it was VIN # specific and state specific. Which is crap. I will never buy another Honda. Quality has went way down..

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #75

Dec 012016


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Accord. While driving unknown speeds, the passenger side turn signal lever failed to remain in position. Additionally, the vehicle was burning oil excessively without warning. The contact called a local dealer (mcgrath city Honda, 6720 w grand ave Chicago il, 60707) and was informed that the vehicle was not included in a recall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #74

Dec 212017


  • miles
The vtc valve does not give the proper oil pressure resulting in loud noises and rattles. Oil pressures is an important component of safe engine operation. From our research numerous Honda have this problem and Honda is not taking responsibility for it.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #73

Jun 262017


  • miles
Takata recall, excessive oil consumption, vtc actuator loud grinding on start up cold or warming

- Flat Rock, NC, USA

problem #72

Oct 022017


  • miles
Faulty vtc actuator - this is a known ongoing problem with Honda cars but no recall has been issued. $600-$700 to get replaced

- Brookhaven, PA, USA

problem #71

Aug 012015


  • miles
2009 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to sticking piston rings resulting in high engine oil consumption. The consumer stated the manufacturer would not completely honor the recall due to it being out of warranty. The consumer stated the dealer began testing the vehicle without providing an expiration date to complete the tests. By the time oil consumption tests were completed, the warranty ran out. The manufacturer offered to cover a portion of the repair cost. The consumer believed the manufacturer should cover the full repair costs under the warranty. Updated 10/31/201/2017

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #70

Jun 162017


  • 62,000 miles
Honda Accord 2009 - currently 62K miles. Engine rattles on start up and also on acceleration. Contacted Honda dealership about the sporadic flashing oil light and rattling noise. Dealership confirmed no leaking oil, but there was oil consumption. Now involved with a oil consumption test. Dealership couldn't replicate the rattling noise. We never received the notice from Honda on the service bulletin about oil consumption. Currently 1K miles into the consumption test and we are halfway to the lower mark on the dipstick. Updated the dealership of the status and was told not to bring it back until it was at the lower mark on the dipstick. Car continues to have the rattling noise, which now the dealership is advising us that is a separate issue. Currently still covered under the extended warranty for this issue, but a test has to be completed before the issue is resolved. Extended warranty should have taken affect without any testing, since this is a known issue and needs to be dealt with immediately instead of waiting around until someone gets injured or more damage is done to the car. This needs to be fixed for every car that was listed in that bulletin.

- Richland, PA, USA

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