1997 Honda Civic User Reviews

1997 Honda Civic Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 86 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 44 reviews
"ride" 32 reviews
"reliable car" 22 reviews
"power" 22 reviews
"handling" 12 reviews
CONS
"power" 18 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"window" 4 reviews
"noise" 4 reviews

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rodgerdodger writes:
1997 Honda Civic DX Review
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4

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Car is great on gas, power is a bit low but adequate for what it is, has sufficient amount of room, comfortable and handles well, it is a real joy to drive everyday

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power is a bit lower than I would like, ac could be better on hot days

rodgerdodger
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Great Little Car For The Money — Car is built real solid and well, I was not a huge fan of Honda cars, but came across a deal I could not refuse and bought it, I started being skeptical but all that went away after 3 months then I really started to like it, I can honestly say now I wouldn't mind buying another Honda Civic and probably will have one to replace this one when I am done with it. I really like the simplicity and how well it has held up and the repairs have not been to bad would recomend the same car to anyone thinking of buying.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Josh writes:
1997 Honda Civic EX Review
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5

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Great fuel economy. Very inexpensive maintenance costs compared to other vehicles.

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Small

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Perfect Commuting Car — Great, reliable vehicle. Great fuel economy and very inexpensive maintenance costs. I wouldn't purchase any other vehicle. Perfect for commuting. The car is small so not the best choice for a family. Handles great, however, my 97 does lack power.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Laurbee writes:
1997 Honda Civic DX Hatchback Review
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5

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Reliable, great handling, great fuel economy.

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Not a lot of room for passengers. When something breaks...it's broke and expensive to fix

Laurbee
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Great Car For College Kid — Little Honda has done it again!!! First and only Honda car I had. I loved it. It was a zipper!! In and out of traffic it handled the road well. Quick, respnsive and FUN!!!. Only issue I had with it was the clutch went out and destroyed the passenger axle. After that the car did anything I asked besides off road driving. Sporty little car!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Citrusy_Honda writes:
1997 Honda Civic LX Review
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2

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Good fuel economy-cheap-ac refuses to quit

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Besides the engine/ac, this is a collection of spare parts on wheels.  Really lost a lot of respect for Honda.  4-cyl fail list:  Honda, VW, Chevy

Citrusy_Honda
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I Must've Gotten The Lemon — I guess I'm spoiled by my gas-eating Silverado. I guess this really is about the bigger choice-buy a V8, pay the gas, or by the 4-cyl and visit the mechanic frequently. The litany of problems I've encountered with this car will bore you. I bought it old and high-mileage, so I guess there is our answer. But I really expected more, or I should say, less, problems from this car. It is consistently highly-rated, but it is also consistently in the shop. They are not high-dollar (over $500) fixes, but require visits nonetheless. The visits have gone from annual to semi-annual. The most troubling part? You're going to save money, but not headaches, by going this route vs the V8. I'm at the breaking point with headaches. Good chance newer versions of all makes are better, but I've a friend with the same make with pricier problems. But of course, if you don't care about the paint, leaking, radiator, door function, axles, manifold, brake light/brake fluid cap, window washer motor, window function and have a mechanic you love/trust within 10 miles of your home you should buy this car for $3000 or less. The engine will last you 300k or better and the ac probably will also. Unfortunately, in the day/age of $4/g gas, you pretty much are forced to pick your poison, but my bottle this time won't come with a square H. The math on a new V8 pickup is pretty ugly over a decade. Slingblade from Illinois removed this from my garage recently. Hung a left in front of me with a truck behind him. Total loss. So let me comment on the handling. I put this car in the only spot it could be put at 60mph so things didn't get REALLY ugly with him and the trailing truck (so close the trailing truck driver had to get out and make sure he wasn't hit). The car was fun to drive, terrible acceleration, but after that, I can tell you looking back that I now felt COMPLETELY safe and IN UTTER CONTROL driving it. I put that car 2" behind slingblade's back tire and less than a foot from the oncoming truck. I probably owe that car my life because it went EXACTLY where I wanted it to go. RIP 97 Civic, better you than me. Changing recommendation to yes. But be ready for problems, have a good mechanic.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Shane writes:
1997 Honda Civic LX Review
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3

Pros

Almost everything

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Lack of engine power

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Get The V-tec — 1500 was to slow, great looking car. Honda spares very pricey. Reliabilty was bad on my one but that could be a once off as Honda are usually pretty good in that aspect. Boot space a plenty for sound. Good Car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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gthaley writes:
1997 Honda Civic EX Review
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small

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not running

gthaley
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I Like This Car But My Wifr Is Getting Fedup With It! — Bought this car to replace my 1997 subaru legacy that has 255000 on it. It is not running because I have a coolant leak on the back of the engine? going to take it into sts tire in a little while.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gamblor writes:
1997 Honda Civic EX Coupe Review
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4

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It is a Honda

Cons

Kinda dented up

Gamblor
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Good Car — It's a Honda and is very dependable. It seems to have good mileage and handles well. It seems a bit underpowered but could probably out perform a new Ford Fiesta. Has two CD players and cruise control. I think it is a good car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jean writes:
1997 Honda Civic EX Coupe Review
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good mileage

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needs a motor swap lol

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Good Starter Car For Anyone. Good For Traveling. — Wish it came with a different motor. acceleration was lacking after i found a b18 lol. it only had a d-series. low maintenance. good interior. good mileage. fun to drive good project car if i would have held on to it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Oscar writes:
1997 Honda Civic CX Hatchback Review
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4

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Good on Gas.

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Not very comfortable.

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Good On Gas, Reliable, Good For A Racing Project! — This car comes with a D16 Engine which is non VTECH, very slow, but really good on gas, does not have electric windows, but is a good car i like it. It could be a really good project to put in a B18 engine it could become really fast becasue the body is really light.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joe writes:
1997 Honda Civic HX Coupe Review
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gas saver, reliable, practical

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no reason

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Great Reliable Car Thats A Gas Saver, Not A Racer... Or At Least Not Right Now — Great 5 speed, awesome gas mileage..around 34 on highways id say..car is small, has a 1.4 ltr v-tech, doesn't have the best pick up. other then that it corners tight and is a fun car.. this car will last forever if taken care of.. 97 is a good year..

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