Fewer than 5 months have passed since the 500k Celebration at Acura Headquarters in Torrance, California and the Legend has easily completed another 10,000 miles.
I’ve got a few gauge cluster bulbs burned out but I knew tonight was the night, so on my way home from a friend’s place I was prepared to document the occasion – even if it meant needing a flashlight! The site was Loop 202 Westbound in Mesa, Arizona at Greenfield Road.
This old Acura was spotted on my way to work a few days ago.
Looks like a pretty clean car to me for being about 25 years old. The 1987 Legend coupe was for its time a revolutionary automobile, even garnering accolades like Import Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine. In comparison my car is still relatively young at “only” 18 years old. This week the Legend went to my local dealership for its 156th oil change.
This particular dealership has a glassed-in waiting area where customers can watch their vehicles being worked on. Naturally, I wanted to keep an eye on my Legend so I snagged this picture.
Aside from the oil change, the car also got a new “100-month” Acura OEM battery. This is the Legend’s 6th battery counting the original that came with the car when it was manufactured in October, 1993. The hot desert climate here is very tough on batteries – the last couple of batteries have been Optima Red Top brand and have lasted me about 3 years each.
All of today’s service was courtesy of Acura thanks to the company’s generosity extended during the Drive to Five Celebration last November at headquarters in Torrance, California.
The following have been done to the car in the last 10,000 miles:
- 4 oil changes
- Manual transmission service
- Replace alternator
- Replace front upper control arms
“Premium Unleaded Fuel Only” reads my car’s gauge cluster as well as a sticker insider the fuel filler door. I paid $4.25 yesterday per gallon of 91 octane gasoline at the Shell station in Tempe, Arizona. Ouch! The pain was made only slightly better when I saw this promotional sticker on the gas pump. Buy 8 gallons or more, get a free cookie!
I enjoyed every delicious bite – especially knowing that it wasn’t really free, but that I had in fact paid quite dearly for it.