1997 Honda Civic HX from North America - Comments

29th Nov 2005, 11:09

I also have a 97 Civic HX and I'm able to hit 110 in third gear I have never maxed out. Only thing I know it to have is a short throw shifter, and Cold air induction. It's able to hit 70 in second. I bought the car with custom paint Burnt orange, Rims, and all the mods.

5th Dec 2005, 17:38

I just bought a 1997 Honda Civic HX and it also gets around 42+ MPG on the highway. I know it has no problems whatsoever at 80 MPH on the highway and feel it still has room to "stretch". These are great little cars!

7th Aug 2006, 22:12

I have a 97 Honda Civic HX and I love the car. It's black with manual transmission, and I got it up to 110 on the highway, but felt like she had more to go.

31st Mar 2007, 00:20

Tiburon's are way faster, I can climb hills with ease, and I can even go down with ease, I love every single horse that my 4 clyinder gives, all 76 at the wheels, how many does your honda's have at the wheel's?

31st Mar 2007, 21:04

I sure hope a Tiburon is faster than a Civic HX. The HX was designed to give economy and I do not know what Hyundai built the Tiburon for.

17th Apr 2007, 12:36

I currently own a 97 civic HX and it is a blast to drive. just this morning on the way to school I had it at 100 and still had room to go. they are good on gas with many aftermarket part to put on.

25th Apr 2007, 01:40

I have a 97 HX, good car just got an oil change today, hopefully that will increase my MPG. In 5th gear at about 4000 RPMs I can hit a hundred. I know that it can go faster. I can hit 65-70 in 2nd gear. Does anyone know if all HX's have VTEC-E?

26th May 2007, 17:01

I am the 3rd owner of this car and currently have 180,000 miles on it. Runs perfect! It’s a manual 5-speed, VTEC-E, SOHC, 97’ HX to be more accurate. Only now with this many miles am I beginning to replace parts on it. Before, everything was original, meaning the previous owners did little to no repairs to this car and they really did beat the heck out of it (surprisingly the interior is mint). The only major fixes to this car, which I have yet to begin by the way, are a new clutch, AC pump, left front brake caliper, and both Oxygen sensors.

The only beef I have with this car is the price of the oxygen sensors totaling $800 in parts (I do my own repairs). I get an average of 33 street, and 37 highway, and that’s with bad sensors! I’ve gone as fast as this car will let me; 124mph or exactly 200k/hr at 5500-ish RPMS in 4th gear, then the governor kicks in and drops me to 100mph. The rev limiter kicks in at about 7200 RPMS. This is a great car and very affordable to operate, with the exception of the O2 sensors. I will not ditch this car until the engine blows or the body rots, it’s that good.

5th Aug 2007, 00:43

I love my 97 Civic HX... It's an automatic, and I love the way it runs. Love the CVT! It's got serious get-up-and-go... I have had it at 110 mph and could have pushed it more, but I am a great big scaredy cat :) The only problem I have ever had with it is that today the exhaust pipe came off of the catalytic converter, and it's gotta be welded back on tomorrow. Other than that, I have had it for 36k miles (14 months), done a lot of traveling, a long daily commute to work, pushed it hard, and it's holding out great :) It now has 172k miles. and runs like brand new (aside from being loud as heck b/c of current exhaust issues!). I have a baby and am looking to move up to a 4-door (a Camry or Accord?) because it's a pain to get him into his car seat now, but I won't get rid of the civic unless I have to. It's fun to drive!!! I highly recommend this car to anyone... I have become so attached to it in the past year! Not to mention all I save in gas!

12th Aug 2007, 15:52

Is there any way to disable the limiter?

13th Sep 2007, 04:10

Actually I have a 99' HX with the same specs. I DYNOed it at school and came to about 120 with no mods. (to the brakes) so about maybe 90-100 to the wheel. D16Y5 engine with 98k on it, changed oil every 3k miles. I'm looking at about 38 city and about 41-42 highway. Filled up and went from Arlington to Austin (200 miles approximately) and back no problem.

Hit up to 125 and RPM governed back to 90. Thinking about maybe turbo and having a ecu expert friend of mine look at it and raising the governor to about 130-140. Maybe take the RDX turbo into my HX. RDX turbo is a GREAT design.

Overall, Excellent car. Wouldn't trade for anything.

25th Jan 2008, 12:21

Just got a 97 Civic HX with many mods. It has headers, cold air, v-tech controller, LSD transmission, t3/t4 turbo with all piping and intercooler, also oil cooler, skunk 2 intake manifold, MSD ignition, and hondata hookup computer upgrade.

Pushing 220hp to the wheels. Oh yeah.

Civic boy out.

9th Feb 2008, 20:34

I love My 97 civic HX 5 speed. I have owned it for 5 years now and have had no problems with it yet... topped it out at 118.

1st Jun 2008, 22:36

I have had my 1997 Honda Civic HX (Manual) from new. I have had no problem with it. It currently has 126,000 miles on the odometer. I love the gas mileage and the power when you punch it. I would love to see Honda bring back this HX model on a current Civic. I would be the first to buy one!!!

31st Jul 2008, 01:14

I bought my 97 Honda Civic HX new in 97, and it now has over 200,000 miles on it. Still drives like new, and I still get over 40 MPG. I'm so glad I chose this vehicle.

12th Aug 2008, 03:27

The legend of all honda's is what I call the hx. Had it since 97 and 160 thousand miles later it still runs perfect. Hx rules : p.

27th Nov 2008, 10:23

I bought a 97 HX (5speed) about 2 weeks ago. I've had a 98 EX (auto) but I sold it for 4,000 when I only bought it for 2000. My HX has all 4 strut bars, AEM intake, 18 inch Katana Inspire chrome rims, drilled and slotted rotors, and it's silver.

This car runs great. It has 206,000+ miles on it.

The check engine light came on recently, but I think it's because my air filter is disgustingly dirty.

I've ordered a skunk short shifter, a Type R shift boot, a Type R shift knob, heat wrap to keep the engine bay cooler, and I'm planning on buying an MSD SS package.

I don't like the idea of the manifold and converter in one. I can't buy a high performance header because it's impossible.

I have big plans for this car, but until the motor blows I'll keep driving and upgrading.

The 0 to 60 on my HX is about 7.5 seconds. I've done it with a stop watch about 20 times, and so have my friends. I haven't had the car over 90, but I'm sure it will do 125 like the rest of them.

I put high test gas in it (2.29 a gal) and drive 240 miles, and I'm paying about 8 cents a mile.

This car is great. It also has halo headlights, fog lights, tints all around, cat back (all the way to the converter), I've been thinking about gutting the converter BTW!