15th Jan 2009, 10:57

I too am the proud owner of a BLK 97 Honda Civic HX, manual, and it's at 178K, cool running like a Jamaican. I feed her synthetic oil and premium juice. Keep my psi up, only mod is a KGN intake, and I get great speed and performance with amazing 40+ mpg.


2nd Feb 2009, 22:51

It actually is possible to put a header on an HX even though the cat is built in. Dumb design if you ask me, but if you plan on keeping the O2 sensors from setting your check engine light off, I wouldn't bother with the header.

Another thing about the HX is the CVT transmission, which has extremely tell gears as was previously stated.

Overall, if you are looking for a Civic to mod, don't go with the HX. You will spend a lot more money in the long run than if you had just went ahead and got an Si.

13th Sep 2009, 21:42

I have a 98 Honda Civic HX. I definitely know it will do all of 130 without any problems. I need to know though if it is vtech? It should climb rpms faster after 4000, right? But mine doesn't really feel any different. Any suggestions on to why my vtech doesn't work or what?

30th Nov 2009, 11:34

I have an automatic '97 HX and I bought it with a tranny problem, when I put into D, 3 or 2.. the transmission seems not make the gear smoothly and it shakes the whole car... I had to change one of the engine mounts because of this... is this fixable or will I have to buy a whole new one???

24th Mar 2010, 21:09

Hello, I have a 1997 HX Automatic. I have had it since it had 113k, now it has 123k.

I like it, but my check engine light just came on. I've got a p3040 code; something to do with the gas or sensor. I don't know for sure. I hope it's not my tranny. I say that because I just hate how it starts to roll when you take off from a complete stop.

The other issue or unfamiliarity is that when you are coming to a stop light, and right when you are about to stop, and the light turns green and when you step on the gas, the car kinda jerks. I just don't like that, and I hope I don't have to pay a lot for that check engine light problem.

OK then, later from the Yai Area 510.

8th Oct 2010, 10:04

I have a 97 Civic hatchback (not sure if it is a HX... etc). I was told it would be bad to put a header on it because of the heat where I live (AZ). I just wanted a second opinion. I'm going for more noise and performance. What should I do?

2nd Jan 2011, 18:52

I'm 16, and I have a 1997 HX with Spectra intake and exhaust. I don't know if it's a VTEC either? Isn't it supposed to pop at 4500 rpm? And my check engine light is on too. I don't know what it is, but every time I unplug my battery and plug it back up, it goes off. Then when I drive it, it comes back on. But other than that, it runs good.

I stay beating up on Si's. Maybe I do have a VTEC :) But I know I need another tranny; my reverse is gone, and it makes a whining noise.

16th Jan 2011, 23:10

The HXs have what is called "V-tec E". It's similar to V-tec except it works continuously including in low RPMs, unlike traditional V-tec, which only engages after 4500+RPMs (depending on the vehicle). This is why it doesn't produce a kick in higher RPMs. It has a valve that slowly opens as the RPMs increase, which engages the V-tec. In short, it "allows extremely lean fuel-air mixture at low RPMs in order to increase fuel economy".

27th Sep 2011, 13:43

I believe it is a VTEC. Mine feels like it. According to the engine name, it is in fact a VTEC.

27th Sep 2011, 13:46

P0304 Code - Cylinder #4 misfire, most likely an EGR valve issue. Just clean it and see it that works. Takes no more than an hour. Good luck!

23rd May 2012, 13:59

I have a 1997 Honda Civic HX! I cannot seem to find the centrifugal clutch for this M4VA tranny???

14th Feb 2013, 13:06

Yes, all standard Honda Civic HX's came standard with VTEC-E in them, although it doesn't really hit until about 5600 RPM. I have a 97 HX and I can get it up to around 45 in first gear, and VTEC-E will kick in and I'm just gone. It's amazing.

5th Jun 2013, 12:54

So I am looking to buy one, but it has 269 thousand miles on it right now as is... Will it last much longer?

20th Jul 2013, 00:06

Mine got the VTEC-F.

20th Jul 2013, 10:28

A well maintained 1997 Civic can conveniently give you 400k miles.