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1997 Honda Civic

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Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 1152 Ratings for the 1996 - 2000 models.

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  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.9/10
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Refuses to die, most reliable car ever

By on Saturday, April 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 337,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability, easily modified, parts are cheap."

Cons: "Rust (in New England)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

At 300K miles

"I bought this car new April 1, 1996. Original engine still running strong. I have had no major issues during my ownership, just standard maintenance and parts wearing out. 5 speed EX. Clutch went at 234,000 miles. Only real issue is rust at this point. Have also replaced air conditioning system when the compressor went at 275K miles. If you're a shade tree mechanic this is a great car. Parts are cheap and easy to replace. Planning to drive her to 500K miles."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

At 300K miles

Nice car

By on Thursday, February 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fun to drive, last forever"

Cons: "get stolen a lot"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"perfect design"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

an amazing car with 203,000+

By on Monday, January 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 203,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "mileage, storage capacity, RELIABILITY"

Cons: "Not a quiet ride, shifting gears, now burns oil"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Amazing Grace

"Love my DX. Original owner. Purchased from dealer who couldn't wait to get it off his lot because nobody wanted a 5 speed. No major mechanical problems. Only now am I starting to have a few problems--oil burning, oxygen sensor. At one point I got 40 mpg on highway but now that's down to 34 mpg. The storage capacity is unbelievable to the point where my friends call it the clown car. Never planned to keep this car for as long as I have but life's twists and turns led me to hang on to her because she is so reliable. Every mechanic who has worked on my car has offered to buy it."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Amazing Grace

I'd buy it again!

By on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been a great little all purpose vehicle. I've gotten good mileage and performance. Good pickup from stopped position. I was original owner and would not be selling it but it outlasted me(age). For an older person, the non-power steering makes it a little more difficult to operate. Which is why I gave it a 9 rather than a 10 in that category. The other 9 rating was for comfort. Somehow, the design of the seat was incompatible with my bad back. This car has given me 17 years of great service. I would recommend it to anyone (except the elderly)."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Perfect Little City Car

By on Saturday, December 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "MPG, Reliable, Somewhat fun with a manual"

Cons: "Slightly uncomfortable and loud on long trips"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have owned this car for nearly 5 years now, and have put approximately 50k on it since purchase. Mine is the 4dr LX model, with 5-speed manual transmission. Let's start with what it is like to drive. There is plenty of power in 1st and 2nd gear in town, but power does noticeably taper off at highway speeds. Passing someone on a two lane road typically requires a 5th to 3rd downshift. I don't think I would purchase this car with an automatic, there just isn't enough power there. The steering is quite heavy for a small car. I tend to like this except at very low speeds. The weight of the steering gives it a somewhat sporty feel, unlike modern economy cars that all have far too boosted of steering in my opinion. The brakes work well(no abs though). It stops confidently and quickly, though it does require significant pedal effort. The clutch is also somewhat heavy for a small car, but it does offer a lot of feedback and has a nice engagement point. The shifter is excellent. The car snaps into gears with a couple of fingers quite easily, though you can feel every gate, and will never miss a shift. The shifter is one of the best parts of this car. Now, let's move on to interior and comfort. The seats are ok, though they do get a little uncomfortable on long trips. My wife is much shorter than me, and doesn't seem to have as much trouble over long distances. My car being an LX model comes equipped with most of the creatures comforts you would want; cruise control, power windows, power locks, and air conditioning. All of these features work quite well, though the driver side power window is starting to show its age. It has gotten quite slow, especially in the cold. I will have to replace the motor soon. The car is a little bit noisy inside, but not terrible. It is after all, a very small and light car. You get noticeable road and wind noise. However, the cabin is free from squeaks and rattles even after 15 years(unlike my 2013 Toyota Sienna). The trunk is fairly large for such a little car, and will easily haul a large load of groceries, or a weeks worth of luggage for 2-3 people. The gas mileage has been excellent. I get around 30mpg city with it, and in the upper 30's on the highway. The mileage does drop off when you start pushing 70-80 mph, though this is probably due to the fact that the engine is spinning at over 3000 rpm's at that speed. The car has been fairly reliable. The exhaust basically disintegrated at 100k from the catalytic converter back. Fortunately my local O'Reilly auto parts store sells all the pieces necessary to fix the exhaust. Cost me about $250 to do the whole works myself. Otherwise, I have done front brakes, oil changes, and put gas in it. It has cost me very little to own. Insurance is even relatively cheap. Mine is starting to rust a little, but it is 15 years old. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a cheap and reliable set of wheels. Would make a great first car for a teenager as well. I would steer clear of an automatic if you can help it. It would probably be extremely slow and frustrating to drive."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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