by Bill on Apr 26, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Honda Civic CX 2dr Hatchback
This has been a great car. I bought it new and drive less than 10,000 miles per year. I have had a major problem with the exhaust system. I have had to have the exhaust pipe replaced twice and the muffler replaced once. I just had the pipe replaced 4000 miles ago and its beginning to rattle again. The mechanic says that short trips tend to do this to an exhaust (condensation does not have a chance to evaporate and rots the pipes) but I don't know. One minor problem is that the window fell off track and had to be replaced. Overall the car is great, and I have had no engine problems at all.
by Joe on Mar 31, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Honda Civic CX 2dr Hatchback
My little red civic hatchback (3 door) is a dream to own. with oil changes every 3000 miles, it has run like new since the day i got it. i haven't had any problems with it what so ever. If you are looking for a reliable and stylish used car, this is the one to go with. it won't let you down.
by NoMoreHonda on Feb 24, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Honda Civic CX 2dr Hatchback
I purchased a 97 Honda Civic CX
hatchback with only 37,000 miles on
it. Within the first week, a sensor
and ignition coil both failed and the
car left me sit. The engine is
terribly underpowered. I spent $600
on new shocks/struts only to find that
the terrible ride quality had not
improved. The doors rattled and
interior noise was plentiful. NO
extras, not even lights in the glove
box or rear hatch. There are Hyundais
out there which look, feel, and run
better than that car did! I sold it
within a year and bought an 86 Subaru
which actually feels BETTER!
by jrehgkjfhg on Jan 16, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Honda Civic CX 2dr Hatchback
This has been a fun and relatively
reliable car but the build quality.
The front rotors have been turned 5
times and replaced once and the
steering wheel still shimmies. The
computer has been replaced along with
the oxygen sensor. The latest problem
is an intermittant engine knock. It
occurs sometimeswhen cold and sometimes
when fully warmed up. It's not very
confidence inspiring and I'm trading it
in because of it for a Nissan.
by Matthew N. on Mar 27, 2003 Vehicle: 1997 Honda Civic CX 2dr Hatchback
I bought this car with 67000 miles on
it for 45000, and i really got my
money's worth. I loved it to death. I
got in a major wreck at 72000 miles. I
only drove 5000 and can testify that it
was yet the greatest car i ever owned.
It is even extremly safe in collisions.
I walked away with a seat belt wound
after an RV pulled out in front of me.
Crumpled the exterior into tin foil yet
left the interior untouched. Awesome,
safe and dependable. If you see one, do
not pass the opprotunity up! By it!
by wrb on Feb 9, 2003 Vehicle: 1997 Honda Civic CX 2dr Hatchback
bought base model ( lightest, nothing
power but brakes, no options ) for
10800.- Put AEM airintake for better
breathing and 10 more hp, sport
springs and -shocks ( stiffer and 1.5"
lower ), front and rear -swaybars,
front strut towerbar, 15" alloys w.
195/55-15 -V rated performance tires,
all for much improved handling, race
breakpads in front to compensate for
weak rear drumbrakes . Total cost for
improvements : $ 3000.- Overall
result: a small ,light, fast, good
handling, cheap car with 40 mls. plus
mileage, very reliable and lots of
fun !! A 9.5 overall for sure.
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