1997 Honda Civic Reviews - Page 8 of 17

1997 Honda Civic LX 4 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Perfect

Faults:

The "Check Engine" light came on at about 15,000 miles when it was still under warranty. The dealer said it may have ran some water or dirt through the gas since it sputtered before the light came on and the codes indicated a misfire. They tuned it up for free and it never happened again.

General Comments:

This was a perfect car. I keep asking myself why I traded it in. I never paid for any repairs other than scheduled maintenance!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2004

1997 Honda Civic ex 1.6 SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance82500 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Amazing, I have no desire for anything else

Faults:

My passenger mirror (automatic) is very slow, I plan to lubricate it, and if that doesn't work then it looks like a new motor, but that isn't too bad of a problem, and I have heard of many other Civic owners with the same complaint.

Other than that, nothing much has gone wrong with the car, only minor problems at this point, and I don't expect anything major.

General Comments:

I love this car, I am 17 and have already been thru a jeep with a bad trans., and 2 classic "beaters", and I couldn't be happier with anything other that my civic, I even turned down a Jetta for it. It's a wonderful riding car, a little bit of noise on the freeway, but that's to be expected of a small car, and its certainly peppy for a 1.6. I can't wait to see how she'll ride when I put a f20 (S200 motor) under the hood.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2004

1997 Honda Civic EX 4 - cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 - cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles

Summary:

A masterpiece on 4 wheels

Faults:

The rubber around the left headlight started to come out around 65,000 miles.

The interior is loud when I am driving on the freeway, but the intensity tends to vary.

Rubber around windshield came undone around 80,000 miles. It was very cheap and easy to fix.

Tail lights kept going out and later found out that the wires to the "trunk open" light were blowing the fuse. It was very cheap and easy to fix.

General Comments:

I have had this car since I was 16 and I absolutely love it!

Other than regular maintenance (oil changes, new brakes, new tires, new muffler) I really haven't had any major problems with it.

The car has a small engine, but once it is going it can pick up speed very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2004

1997 Honda Civic EX 1.8L Vtec from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8L Vtec Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunbird

Summary:

Exactly what I expected...Reliability

Faults:

Gas pedal got stuck twice. Dealer had no clue why this happened. Got re-call notice for the floor mat 2 years later.

Rubber lining around left headlight came loose (70k miles)

Check engine light came on around 75k miles (Car was re-called for some EPA issue)

Once in a great while the engine won't even turn over when I go to start it. However, it does start within 3 minutes after the first attempt.

Driver side window jumped the track. Seems to happen in cold weather.

Both power windows roll up and down slowly in cold weather. Sometimes windows can't roll all the way down.

Recently been hearing the rear springs creaking.

General Comments:

I bought this car new right after I graduated college and have been very pleased with it.

Reliability has been excellent. I have never missed work with this car because the engine has never failed me.

It's not very fast off the line, but it does much better when you are in 3rd or 4th gear. There is some body roll, but you gotta remember that this is no Porche.

My biggest complaint is the interior noise level when riding on the freeway. It can get loud and I have noticed it to be louder as the car has gotten older. It maybe just the cheap tires I put on it, but it's always had a higher degree of road noise than other cars I have ridden in.

I think it is a comfortable ride though. The suspension is not so soft that you feel like a beached whale. It's semi-tight with some roll in tight turns. It's nice if you like having a semi-sporty feel to your daily commute. Ohio roads suck though so I also feel the pot holes!

The gas mileage has been great. I recently adjusted my driving habits so I can get even better gas mileage than what is advertised. I have been averaging 38 mpg in combined 50/50 city/highway.

Interior is well laid out. Typical Japanese philosophy having an ergonomically correct layout.

Exterior paint job has held up awesome through the years. I think it's shinier than some of the newer cars out there. The thin sheet metal does tend to ding up easy though.

I have been considering buying a new car (Pontiac Vibe) but I just can't force myself to get rid of this perfectly good car. I think I will keep it another 2 years and get rid of it when it hits 150,000 miles.

It has served me well and I will miss it when it's time for it to go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2004

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