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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Iva62 writes:
1997 Honda Civic EX Review
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5

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Awesome gas mileage very dependable

Cons

A little small  that is why its our commuter car!

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Quality — We have almost 200,00 miles on this little commuter car! And we have not had to do anything with it! Can your car measure up

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Christopher writes:
1997 Honda Civic LX Review
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3

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Amazing very rare factory leather interior.

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Didnt have a vtec engine.

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My "other" Civic — This car my mom bought from her friend for me because it had such low miles (58,000) and was only $5,000. It was an LX model, so it had all the nice luxuries of the EX model (power everything and sunroof) but not the vtec engine. It had a 1.6 litre SOHC non-vtec engine with 5 speed manual trans. The one really nice thing about this car was, that it was owned by the famous "little old lady" that everyone wants to buy a car from, and it had a full MINT leather interior. This is strange for a civic, but it was an option and they do exist. I was just one of the lucky few to own one. I had this car along with the white civic and the mustang, but sold it to my cousin soon after the accident because it was 5 speed so I no longer had any use for it.

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William writes:
1997 Honda Civic EX Coupe Review
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4

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Great mileage and range.
Cheap to own and run.

Cons

A somewhat underpowered engine makes steep hills fun.
Common styling.
Unfortunate body roll.

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Econobox For The Win! — 35+ mpg says most of it. If you're looking for cheap, economical transport then look no further. Yes, there's body roll. Yes, you see them everywhere. Yes, it's somewhat lacking in the power department. But you forget most of this when you're passing people stopped at the pumps. Driving frugally I get about 35 mpg combined meaning a range of 350 miles on a tank. This competes with many modern hybrids. Maintenance costs for a car this old? Low since parts are everywhere and hardly anything will go wrong if you just keep up with recommended maintenance. A must have for a first car, a poor man's car, and everyone else not looking to look foolish in an SUV.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Aaron writes:
1997 Honda Civic DX Hatchback Review
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4

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35MPG, Cheap Parts,Easily repaired,Lots of Room,Fully adjustable seats

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No Tach,Manual Windows,Does not drive well in wet conditions,Driver Seats are notorious to rip from entry and exit

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A Quick,cheap "ricer" That Is Very Reliable! — I have owned this car for a little over a year, and it is perhaps the best car I ever drivin since everything is perfect! I only have MINOR things break (parts under $60) and you can easily go 2,000 miles over on an oil change befor realizing you need it changed, EXCELENT Gas millage and the stock clutch is pretty lightweight but I would recommend a replacement at 120,000 miles for an Excedy (or somthing close) but over all it is an excelent car!and easily customizable! (yet you need to make shure the parts are for the Hatchback Model!)

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Tim writes:
1997 Honda Civic LX Review
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4

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Honda quality, looks, mileage

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It was a floor model and had some cheap aftermarket crap bolted on.

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Good Car — I liked it. It wasn't as good as the '95 Civic but still was a great buy. A little bigger and stronger then the previous model.

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Jennifer writes:
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5

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Small, good gas mileage.

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Not alot of cons for this car.  

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Honda Heaven — Well, the Honda is a good reliable car. We don't have to take it in very often. Non-American made cars tend to last a lot longer. I love to just drive this car everywhere!

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Daniel writes:
1997 Honda Civic LX Review
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4

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EXCELLENT gas milage!  Great handling.

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less than wanted power

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Gas Milage — The gas mileage is great. However going from a 425 hp V8 beast to this was quite a change. It has been modified with a full exhaust system, intake system, and 1" lowering springs. Lack of money prevents other needed mods.

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Klaus writes:
1997 Honda Civic LX Review
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Superchargers welcome... parts cheap... easy to work on...

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If you want to push the car, expect to be on your third engine (like me)

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Built For Reliability. But That's Where It Ends. — It's a starting-driver's car. Car is not fast on any level and the only upgrades available for the car are dominantly body-kits.

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Jordan writes:
1997 Honda Civic CX Hatchback Review
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5

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gas milage, handling, practicality

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cheap interior, gutless stock motor

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Call Me A Ricer But I Love It! — I bought the car completely stock and unmollested as a daily driver, and loved the fuel economy and go cart handling. I soon blew the clutch, then decided i might as well blow the engine as well, wchich led to the first build. Even with the interior, engine, suspension, and wheels redone, it was still a practical daily driver, but it was now loud, had more guts, and handled better. Now in the middle of its second build, it will loose all practicality, but should be the fastest, best handling, best looking car I have owned yet, but with the money I am dropping into it it should be. Not the quickest car I have owned by any means, but one of the best handling, this car is by far my favorite to drive

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Matt writes:
1997 Honda Civic DX Coupe Review
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5

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good on gas, never broke down once.

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gutless, no room in it, little scary on the highway next to transports

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The Donda. — another vehicle i never stopped driving. should never have got rid of it.

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2011 Honda Civic Reviews

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2010 Honda Civic Reviews

Good By xrigs007

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2009 Honda Civic Reviews

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