1997 Honda Civic
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About as good a compromise as can be had

by from Portland, OR on May 17, 2011

Face it, Federal regulations make all cars heavier than in the past. So my 1980 Civic 1.3 got 50 MPG and this one only gets 35. And the 1.3 accelerated about as well, too. But this '97 rewards with be...
Face it, Federal regulations make all cars heavier than in the past. So my 1980 Civic 1.3 got 50 MPG and this one only gets 35. And the 1.3 accelerated about as well, too. But this '97 rewards with better comfort, crisper handling, more utility and astoundingly good reliability. Purchased used from first owner at 115,000 miles. Stack of receipts showed just routine maintenance having been done. Up to 210,000 miles, that's all we had done. Standard plugs, cap/rotor, tires, timing belts, that's it. Interior still looks like new (after we vacuum it). MPG about 34 city 38 highway with the five-speed transmission. Engine is weak, but always has been - with a Honda, you usually don't get zip unless you spring for the fanboy version called an "Si", then you have to tolerate a loud exhaust screaming at you. Ride/handling is a notch tighter/louder than other compacts: that's a Honda tradition. You can fling it into corners and get a lot less body lean than in, say, a Corolla. At 210,000 miles, the bushings are loosey goosey. We're going to replace the clutch, not because it's bad, but because it just seems like at this mileage, it should be. As long as it's out, we'll replace engine mounts and driveshafts, and hope this takes up much of the driveline slack. This car supports two people. Drive to/from work, store, long vacations, everything. We have two vehicles, and whoever leaves home first gets this one because it's so nimble and easy on gas. We don't change oil very often - just the 7,500 mile intervals recommended. In those 7,500 miles, it's only using a half a quart, and the stuff comes out fairly clean. This engine's durability is amazing.
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Drive it like an econobox, and it delivers like it

by from Philadelphia on June 20, 2012

All I can say is that as a car enthusiast I believe every car in the marketplace has a purpose. I don't try to turn my Civic into a racecar, put loud mufflers on it and drill holes in the back bumper....
All I can say is that as a car enthusiast I believe every car in the marketplace has a purpose. I don't try to turn my Civic into a racecar, put loud mufflers on it and drill holes in the back bumper. It is completely factory and I love it for what it is: A reliable daily driver that's cheap to buy, own, and fill up. Performance is what it is, don't expect blistering acceleration, although my EX with a 5-speed is acceptable (even by my standards). Ride is smooth and even quiet (with the right tires). Great car, don't hesitate to own one if your expectations of it are in line with what the car was designed for.
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nice car

by from new york on February 5, 2008

this is a very cheep car that has alot of stars in alot of areas cheep to fix reliable and stylish. i like the seats. thye dont hurt my back and im a tall person i like the handeling of the car it doe...
this is a very cheep car that has alot of stars in alot of areas cheep to fix reliable and stylish. i like the seats. thye dont hurt my back and im a tall person i like the handeling of the car it doesnt under stear that much compaired to other cars in its price range. the grip is ok and there is a little bit of body role. its a soft ride compaired to other cars in its price range and its very good on gas. you can go for ever on 1 tank
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You just can't go wrong

by from Stuart, FL on December 7, 2006

A Civic isn't a sports car, but it's fun enough. It's not a luxury car, but it's comfortable. What a Civic IS is the best all around transportation ever built. It does it's job so well, and is so re...
A Civic isn't a sports car, but it's fun enough. It's not a luxury car, but it's comfortable. What a Civic IS is the best all around transportation ever built. It does it's job so well, and is so reliable, you just never have to worry about it. I've put 130,000 on my 97 EX and NOTHING has gone wrong. I mean nothing. I change my own oil, do my own brakes, tires twice, and I had the timing belt and all fluids done at 95,000. END OF HISTORY. I bet no Chevy has ever existed that can claim that. My 2000 Venture has cost me close to $3000 in repairs with less that 75,000 on it. I will NEVER, and I mean NEVER buy a Chevy again.
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Good beginner, economical

by from Illinois on May 23, 2006

My first car, and it has served really well. Cheap to maintain, small and economical, as well as nice-looking. I have the LX sedan, and it's not for tall people. The car drives well if you're not a sp...
My first car, and it has served really well. Cheap to maintain, small and economical, as well as nice-looking. I have the LX sedan, and it's not for tall people. The car drives well if you're not a speed demon, though it's fun to suddenly jump the gun at times and hear the engine buzz, in a tame sense...It's rather uncomfortable on long rides, and the features on the LX are sparse, though livable--radio, AC, power windows and locks pretty much sums up my luxuries. A nice car for average driving.
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My 97 Honda Civic

by from Sterling, VA on June 1, 2006

This little car has taken me everywhere for the last 8 years. It's been very reliable, no major maintenance except an AC recharge. I added a Yakima roof rack system with a Copper Head bike mount which...
This little car has taken me everywhere for the last 8 years. It's been very reliable, no major maintenance except an AC recharge. I added a Yakima roof rack system with a Copper Head bike mount which is included($400 value). It dose have a scratch on the trunk lid and a small ding above the rear passenger door. Besides that it's a super value and a gas saving machine!
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Great car

by from Lancaster, CA on January 30, 2012

Great car, great on gas, decent power, love the tuning radius, just purchased it from previous owner which neglected routine car care. My car has gear problems and had really bad cv joints and dead sh...
Great car, great on gas, decent power, love the tuning radius, just purchased it from previous owner which neglected routine car care. My car has gear problems and had really bad cv joints and dead shocks, along with other things I have yet to find. =\ but overall very good car. Since I only payed $2,750.00
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My Cheap Thrill

by from bronx ,new york on August 9, 2008

I bought my car at an auction with little over 72,000 miles . I work 21 miles back and forth from work and I work 3 days a week when I put $20 gas in my car , I have gas to go to work and to do my lit...
I bought my car at an auction with little over 72,000 miles . I work 21 miles back and forth from work and I work 3 days a week when I put $20 gas in my car , I have gas to go to work and to do my little shopping around town for the week. WOW! It is also cheap to maintain.
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A good solid economical car

by from PA on June 16, 2008

I bought this car new and have not had much maintenance besides what would be expected. The only exception is that the sun roof leaks when the car is parked in a downpour. It gets 32-40 MPG and has en...
I bought this car new and have not had much maintenance besides what would be expected. The only exception is that the sun roof leaks when the car is parked in a downpour. It gets 32-40 MPG and has enough exceleration for turnpike driving. Most importantly, I was in an accident where a Toyota RAV4 hit the driver's side at about 30 mph. I was not hurt at all; the side protection worked great. Everyone should be driving this kind of car. I highly recommend Honda products.
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This car is the best car

by from on February 6, 2009

I have a 97 civic with 360k miles and it has been the best car i have owned. I am even the original owner. This is a great buy especially for a first.
I have a 97 civic with 360k miles and it has been the best car i have owned. I am even the original owner. This is a great buy especially for a first.
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