by The Dude on Jan 27, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Honda Civic DX 2dr Hatchback
Not a bad little car. My commute is 100 mi/day, and I bought it for commuting and hauling. I'm familiar with Hondas, so when the 5-spd failed I wasn't surprised. Gets 40-43 MPG consistently. Like the hatch and fold-down seats to haul ladders, furniture, trees, tools, wood, etc. There's a lot of cheapness inside, but not the hollow cheap you get with GM or Ford. Handling isn't great, but not terrible. I don't know why ppl race these so much when it's only a commuter at best.
by guera1904 on May 18, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Honda Civic DX 2dr Hatchback
I bought this car a little over two years with about 65k miles on it. I've driven this car HARD- I'm now at 110k (mostly highway miles but plenty of city driving as well) with no problems. My AC unit went out, but that's to be expected after 100k miles. I take great care of it, and the mechanics always tell me my car is in great shape mechanically. I wish it had more power on hills and a little more style, but the car is GREAT economically so I cant complain. I would recommend this car to anyone!
by CivicFlyer on Apr 2, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Honda Civic DX 2dr Hatchback
I've had my 97 Civic since 2000 and as long as I keep it tuned up it is getting 40 MPG plus. That is with an hour commute with speeds up to 85 mph. The dealership offered a free warranty tune up once a year. I just had all the bodywork done and a high end paint 2004 Subaru Garnet Black (white and red pearl on black). With a Cold Air Pack you get that piece of junk 70s Honda motorcycle sound (+mpg). I got cool wheels, chrome exhaust tip, mirror tinted back windows... chicks dig it. It looks very similar to a picture I see on the edmunds.com 1997 Honda Civic Styles page. I have run alcohol and hydrogen through it with no problems at all. Very low maintenance and very good power for an economy.
by civic97 on May 4, 2006 Vehicle: 1997 Honda Civic DX 2dr Hatchback
I spent $4000 on my 97 civic hatchback 6 months ago when it has 155,000 miles on it. It's been 6 months and it running great and the average of 320 miles per tank of gas. It does not have any problem on it. All I did is oil change. Engine is still running strong. I just love it.
by I miss my little car on Aug 28, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Honda Civic DX 2dr Hatchback
I recently totalled my little hatch. I blew a front tire going downhill on the freeway and hit a concrete retaining wall doing about 65 mph. My passenger and I walked away shaken, but unscathed. I'm so sad! That car was my little buddy! It may not have been a fancy car, but it was reliable, fun, and above all, safe. I'm buying another Civic with the money I get for my car...but I really just want the one I had. It was great!
by JohnJay on Oct 18, 2002 Vehicle: 1997 Honda Civic DX 2dr Hatchback
I got this car and i have never had
any problems with it. And I beat this
car EVERYDAY :) Hiting 110+mph. This
car gets good gas mileage and is very
reliable. And there are so many
aftermarkets parts for it. I am in to
fixing up cars for racing and this car
is idel for the tack because of it
light body. And it is so easy to put
in a bigger engine. :)
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