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1997 Honda Civic

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1997 Honda Civic Problems

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

On certain models the windshield wipers will not park in the proper place or won't shut off. The wiper motor must be replaced to repair this issue.

Engine -- Verified

Damaged engine mounts can lead to vibration and roughness felt in the steering wheel. A rattle in the dash and engine area may also be heard. Replacement of damaged mounts will commonly correct these issues.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

On some models the hood release cable breaks at the hood release handle.

Brakes -- Verified

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

On Certain models a faulty power window switch can cause the power windows to work or not work intermittently.

1997 Honda Civic Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., October 25, 1997

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Honda recalled certain 1997-1995 Civics due to improper assembly of the cloth flaps that cover the folded air bag. The cloth flaps were found to be tucked in too far, which could prevent proper deployment of the air bag. This could result in an injury in the event of a collision. Dealers will repair the front passenger air bag module.

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Body, Interior & Misc., May 21, 1999

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Honda has recalled certain 1996-1998 Civic accessory floor mats because they could become mispositioned on the floor, causing interference with the accelerator pedal. This could cause the accelerator pedal to stick. Dealers will install a positive floor mat retention system to secure proper fitment of the mats.

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Drive Train, May 24, 2000

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Honda is recalling certain passenger vehicles because the accelerator pedal may feel rough or notchy when depressed, causing the vehicle not to respond properly when traveling at low speeds. Dealers will replace the throttle cable.

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1997 Honda Civic Questions and Answers

DASleeper916, 1997 Honda Civic, Sacramento, CA

my 97 civic failed her smog test due to "Emissions self test" not ready? i have never heard of a problem like this one and have no clue on how to fix it. Anyone know what is the cause of ...

williame1964, 1997 Honda Civic, Forest City, NC

Is 5w30 the best oil to use in a 4 cylinder 1997 Honda civic, it has slightly over a hundred thousand miles.

rolando, 1997 Honda Civic, Bayamon, PR

there is any way that i can correct that problem. thanks for you help

sbob62, 1997 Honda Civic, Akron, OH

My honda is a 97 civic 1.6l 4 cin and when you come to a stop slow down for a turn it stalls. it would idea ok when it was in park but now is stalling there too what is the prob?

jdub62, 1997 Honda Civic, Reynoldsburg, OH

The engine on my 1997 Civic EX suddenly cut off while I was driving it. Now it won't turn over at all, although all the electricals seem strong (lights etc.) Suggestions?

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1997 Honda Civic Reviews

I'm the original owner. It's a 1997 Civic EX. The car has run like a champ from day one. Just stay ahead of the maintenance schedule; timing belt, water pump, drive shafts, brakes, oil changes, air and fuel filter changes. No problem.

Major repairs done ; radiator @ 125k, clutch @ 225k, struts @ 215k, rear brakes lasted to 250K and drums were still good, changed boots on steering rack @ 260k, catalytic converter lasted to 274k!! At this point the steering is a touch clunky maybe the tie rod ends are finally due.

Quality problems; AC is a little weak, but still on it's original charge, headliner is falling apart, water leaked into rt headlamp in the early years, rr camber a touch askew. Interior is becoming a bit noisy for my taste @ this point. Might be the tire selection....

Handles and runs superbly for a roller skate! You'll surprise people in faster cars through the twisty turns. Extremely dependable. Great for trafficy commutes.

Excellent cat. Though i bought it in 2007 as a commute car, i have taken it for 1000 mile long vacations trips. Amazing performance both functionally and leisure features as well. The A/C and sound system inside are amazing for a 97 model car.

I have a 1997 Civic EX Sedan and LOVE IT. I commute 100 miles a day for work and this car has been great. It has 214,000 miles and still runs great.
To make my commute more comfortable I replaced the front seats with seats from an Acura Integra. Huge improvement. I also tinted the windows and installed a remote start for the cold winter mornings.
If I need any body work done to it I buy my repair supplies from Auto Body Toolmart and fix anything that needs fixing.

3rd Civic I've owned. Great car. Wish they still made the hatchback. Just wish the seat material was a little tougher.

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