1997 Honda Civic Reviews - Page 15 of 17

1997 Honda Civic LX from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Summary:

Awesome for a first car!!!

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

This is my first car, AND I LOVE IT!! In response to a comment made in another review, for a short person like me it is comfortable as you can get buying a used car from that year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2001

1997 Honda Civic EX 1.6 VTec from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 VTec Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance57250 miles

Summary:

A great dependable car for everyday use and roomy enough for shorter traveling trips (within state)

Faults:

The only thing that has gone wrong with the car is that when I recently had the tires replaced (less than 12,000 miles ago) I felt that they weren't gripping properly. This I have learned today is because of an alignment issue which has caused the tires to become cupped. I take the car to the dealer for regular service intervals and oil changes, and despite mention of the issue they failed to notice the problem and now I have to get new tires because of the uneven wear. This is more a result of inattentive service personnel as opposed to anything with the car.

I would have liked a longer warranty period (more than the 36,000/3 years) just as added insurance - although I don't anticipate any major concerns before I reach 100k miles.

Added options are too expensive so I had my own upgraded stereo installed after purchase.

General Comments:

I liked that I got almost the same amount of interior/cargo space as the Honda Accord without having to spend the extra money.

This is my first new car and I have enjoyed it so far. I think I can expect it to continue to perform well even after I finish up my car payments next year. I plan to keep it for a while.

This car serves the general purposes for everyday use without soaking up the fuel.

This car offers a relatively quiet ride for a small car. I expected more road noise and I am happily not hearing it.

This is a better choice of car in value and quality compared to the Mitsubishi Mirage my husband bought the year before I bought the Honda Civic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2001

1997 Honda Civic EX 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Too many inconveniences

Faults:

Windows come off their tracks.

Rubber seal around windows not affixed to the car properly, which is the reason why the windows come off the tracks.

Spoiler lens not approved by New Jersey Dept of Motor Vehicles.

General Comments:

Seats incredibly uncomfortable.

Anyone 6ft or over has a problem with headroom - my husband's touches the top and that is with the seat pushed all the way back.

Some areas extremely difficult to clean with a vacuum.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th February, 2001

14th Mar 2001, 21:48

I have had problems with my windows. I have had to replace my front windows three times already. I'm also experiencing engine problems-it just shuts off if I apply the brakes too hard. I'm very disappointed with Honda.

23rd Mar 2001, 21:28

The windows are on a recall bulletin. Also Honda automatic transmissions have been quite unreliable compared to their manual's in my experiences. I've had 2 88 Accords, one a hatch-back and a 98 Civic, all but one were manual. The first was auto... hence the reason why I stuck to manual thereafter. Honda's are generally good car's except the problems I've had with their automatics.

1997 Honda Civic SR 5 door 1.6 VTEC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 VTEC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

Wolf in sheep's clothing

Faults:

Alternator needed replacing due to a bad jump start.

Exhaust back-box needed to be replaced.

Front tyres needed replacing after 14,000 miles.

General Comments:

Enjoyable car to drive.

The suspension is set a little hard, I assume for better handling.

A fast car with understated styling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2001

10th Apr 2001, 15:25

If you think this one is fast sell it and buy a 1.8 vti, then you will see the difference.

16th Aug 2001, 03:55

I have had this car for 164.000km. It's a good and a fast car, but I feel unsafe in high speeds.

2nd Feb 2009, 06:50

Hi, I have just got a 1996 SR. They're good cars, this is my second one, the last one I killed the engine and the gear box. It had done 145,000 miles, and the last 40,000 I drove the pants of it.

The only bad thing about them was that it was only in production for a couple of years. It was only UK Honda with that engine and brakes, so parts can be hard to come by.

19th Apr 2009, 15:25

Hi. I've had my Honda Civic 1.6 SR vtec for 18 months, and I have to say it is an excellent car. Looks apart, it has everything you would need in a car and a great vtec engine. Very rare also. Trust me, buy one.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 70 reviews