1997 Honda Civic Reviews - Page 17 of 17

1997 Honda Civic EX from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car has been very reliable. Bought it new, and only expenses have been regular oil changes and scheduled services. My only complaint is that the scheduled services can be expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2000

1997 Honda Civic EX 1.6 VTEC from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.6 VTEC
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

I bought this car used so I have had a few minor things repaired such as window insulation (free from dealer). The only thing I would change about it would be the bad smell with the startup of the a/c.

General Comments:

I love the sporty look with the spoiler and alum rims.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 1999

1997 Honda Civic LX from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

I have been quite regular in my servicing of the car and at 50,000 road miles, nothing has gone wrong. My engine kicks a teeny bit as it changes gears, and gas mileage is not as high as I expected, but overall, I am pleased with my purchase. I think the Civic makes a great first time new car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 1998

31st Jan 2001, 22:29

I just bought a used '97 Honda Civic LX stickshift, I bought it at 55,000 miles and I love it. It runs like new and it's such a great car for me. I plan on making some modifications to it and to play around with it a little bit.

1997 Honda Civic 5 door Vti 1.8 VTEC petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.8 VTEC petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 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

Faults:

Clutch failed at 2,500 miles - slipping & smoking - replaced no probs.

Creaking from doors - after several visits found to be due to door latches - all needed removing and greasing - no further creaks.

General Comments:

Engine loves to be revved - sings between 6,000 & 8,200 - a missile when kept in this rev band - average 30mpg regardless

Keep revs below 4,000 (75 top) if you want any better, still manages 28 if revved solid - brakes fade if really, really worked for approx 5 miles - tendency to understeer in fast corners - drive this car sensibly all week, your mother would love it.

Pick those revs up to 6k and the horns come out - very discreet car, it will still be in the car park when you come back for it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 1998

1st Oct 2001, 12:47

1997 5 door civic VTi - in 2nd gear it screams and really takes off, had a 2.0 16v Prelude before, not as quick as the Civic.

Only complaint is wind noise, especially from the driver's window and sunroof.

Great car though.

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