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1997 Honda Civic

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 28/Hwy 35/Comb 31 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.6 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

1997 Honda Civic Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 1171 Ratings for the 1996 - 2000 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

A VERY EXCELLENT CAR; NEVER ANY MAJOR PROBLEMS

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,238

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Love short wheel base; U-turns & HatchBack & fun 2"

Cons: "Cups Holders-need taller space-for taller drinks"

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

"THE SAYING GOES, PUT INTO YOUR CAR THE BEST POSSIBLE CARE, AND YOU'LL REAP THE REWARDS LATER. Our Rewards received since getting our car in 1999 with 11 miles on the odometer(It was a Demo car)are: * We only have 113,200+ miles driven in this car, and it still drives like a new car; I think this is due to our religious oil changes every three thousand miles driven, it was at the Honda shop for an oil change and related works, along with the timely check-ups for anything else that was due to change, i.e., Hose changes, all belt changes, brakes, etc...We've had no major problems with anything on the car. * And we kept it clean inside."

Love this car!

By on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 181,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, amazing MPG, low maintenance"

Cons: "Not great for driving up mountains/in snow. Small"

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

"I've owned this car for 6 years. The only issues I've had (aside from normal wear and tear) was with the radiator and power windows."

Reliable-but not the Workhorse Expected

By on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"The consensus on the Honda Civic is generally that they are stalwartly durable and economical to maintain. Supposedly, if you take of the car--it takes care of you. Although I bought my EX new in 1999, and owned it for almost 16 years, I didn't find it to be extraordinarily reliable. Even though I maintained it meticulously with every recommended service, it only lasted 112k miles before the major, expensive repairs started rolling in (paint job from oxidation, radiator leaked, leaky head gasket, suspension needed work). Cabin comforts were OK for the price--although the AC was weak from day one, and the ride quality was good, but not outstanding. To be frank, from word of mouth, I expected the car to last twice as long as it did. My buddy still has an older (1998) Toyota Camry with 250k miles, that's been more reliable, and is in much better shape, than my '99 Civic. The $2k price tag required for the repair of the head gasket/valve job was the final straw--and had to sell it for almost next to nothing. Overall, the car served me adequately, but I wasn't dazzled. I wouldn't recommend a Civic, nor buy another."

1998 Honda civic lx

By on Saturday, November 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "$1,500.00 GREAT VEHICLE ....CLEAN TITLE ...."

Cons: "NO"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"1998 HONDA CIVIC LX FOR SALE RUNS GREAT .IN NEED OF A GOOD OWNER!MINOR REPAIRS NEEDED ....CRACKED WINDSHIELD...THIS IS A PROJECT I CAN'T AFFORD ! SHE HAS 180,000 MILES ON HER ! THIS VEHICLE WAS USED FOR WORKING ONLY !"

6 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Never let me down!

By on Saturday, November 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 252,450

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "I paid $16,000 for this car in 2000--what a deal!"

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

"I love my Honda Civic LX sedan! 252K+ miles and still purrs like a kitten. All I've done is change the oil regularly, new brakes occasionally, new tires, spark plugs and new timing belt. The rear defrost didn't work when I drove it off the lot, new, I was just too busy to ever go back and have it repaired. 15 years later and she runs like a champ. She's also has such a classic look--she doesn't look 15 years old! I call her Sally and she has certainly protected me through the years. She can go uphill in the snow, cross mountain passes. I chained her up when I was pregnant and drove past all the cars stuck in the Seattle blizzard of 1991. Still gets 29-32 mpg. What a great car!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great Bargain

By on Friday, November 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 266,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Dependable"

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

"Honda Civic was purchased from an auction over 10 years ago. It had 150K+ miles, but looked good and well cared for. My husband told me not to be afraid of the mileage because it was a Honda, so I bought it for my daughter who was 16 at the time. She's now 26, was still driving the car, until I recently gave her my used Honda Accord. Anyway, the Civic has been a very dependable and easy to drive vehicle. I would keep it for myself, but I prefer a vehicle with a little more power."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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