Born to Drive – Timing Belt #6
In my last post I talked about how I learned to drive an automobile. We can actually even go back far beyond age 16 to seek out my true driving origins. As a kid, I obsessed over my MicroMachines collection, my Hot Wheels, my die-cast model cars, radio controlled vehicles, and the Pinewood Derby event in Cub Scouts. If it had to do with cars, I was excited about it.
Long before I was driving an Acura, I put hundreds of miles on my pride and joy — a teal green Specialized Hard Rock mountain bike. I took great care of my bike, washed and waxed it frequently, and maintained it by the book. Some traits never change!
Turns out I was also quite the ATVer at a young age. Here I am on the red 3-wheeler with my dad at Fairview Lake in Utah as a kid.
Later my grandparents got a cabin and we spent a lot of time rolling around in this red Kawasaki Mule.
Somehow I even got our picture in the December 1997 issue of Dirt Wheels magazine (top shot here).
Lots of fun high-miler news to share today:
A fellow YouTube-r tipped me off on a high mileage achievement that I hadn’t yet heard. Lee Bates of Ellensburg, WA has been driving his 1967 Mercury Cougar for 43 years and has reportedly driven it 718,000 miles.
My friend Brandon who works at Lindsay Acura in Columbus, Ohio shared this link to a gorgeous 321,000 mile 1994 Legend LS sedan that’s recently gone up for sale. What a nice find! Pretty immaculate condition considering the age & mileage.
And in Drive to Five reader news, I’ve learned that this blog’s reach has extended even to Europe! I received a very nice note from a fellow high mileage car enthusiast named Francesco from Italy who drives a 2005 Fiat Panda 1.3. His car has recently surpassed the 240,000 kilometer mark. Congratulations, Francesco, on your achievement and thanks for sharing these great pictures!
My Legend stayed put this weekend as I ventured to San Diego with a friend.
The Legend went in for service at Acura of Tempe this week for a 90,000 mile service including replacement of the timing belt, water pump, and drive belts. The camshaft seals, crank shaft seal, timing belt tensioner pulley and spring were also replaced. My service advisor, Dana, alerted me (again) to the fact that my power steering pump was leaking. It had been acting up for quite some time now (probably 100,000 miles or more – it’s the original power steering pump). Since the technician was already “into” the disassembly of the car as far as he was, it made sense to go ahead and have the 8 seals on the power steering pump replaced at that same time. Beyond that, a clean bill of health!
Dropping off the car before work on Wednesday morning.
My loaner car for the day was a sexy Alberta White 2011 Acura TSX with the Technology Package. I quite enjoyed rocking out to the XM Radio on my way into work! The TSX had just over 7,000 miles on the odometer. An infant! Favorite feature? The bluetooth voice command interface.
This particular 90k service (the 6th overall that my Legend has received in its lifetime) was covered by Acura and I express my sincere thanks! Next timing belt service due at 602,019 miles.
For those like me who are counting down, the all-new 2013 Acura ILX goes on sale in just a couple of weeks. There are still questions & answers being posted to the Acura ILX Facebook tab! Keep an eye there for future developments. Also check out some recently-released performance stats & clips from Inside Line.