Readers’ Rides & ILX Driving Experience

Odometer:  512,435

No news is good news, right?  Maintenance wise, the old Legend is still chugging along daily without any complaints, though I did notice my brake rotors (still the originals, yes) are warped and it’s probably time to ditch them.   At lunch yesterday I crossed paths with an immaculate looking 1994-95 Legend LS coupe in Cashmere Silver Metallic traveling in the opposite direction.  I gave the driver a customary thumbs up and he returned the favor with a giant, long stare!  I love the sense of ‘family’ that I can share with my fellow Acura motorists.

Snagged these few pictures tonight en route to dinner in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona.

I received a visit this past weekend from a long-time friend from my hometown in southern Utah.  Blair and I have been friends since high school and he has owned a number of Acuras including a few Legends.  His currently family car is a beautiful 2007 Acura TL Type-S in Kinetic Blue Pearl.

Here’s a picture of us from exactly 9 years ago, in May 2003 – St. George, Utah.  My Legend had a mere 100,000 miles on it.  Blair’s 1992 Frost White LS coupe had about 80,000.  Classiest cars in town!

And this past weekend during our visit.  Blair still has his white 1992 coupe.

Blair and I had some fun with our Legends back in the day.  Here’s a picture from a car show in April 2004 after we’d both done some modifications to our cars.  As I recall, we took 1st and 2nd place in the Import class at the show that day!

Thanks Blair and Megan for stopping by!

With each post, I’d like to start to share a story or two from others who have have Honda and Acura cars that are as as well traveled as mine is.  Tony from Toronto, Ontario drives this gorgeous 2001 Acura CL Type-S with 212,000 kilometers on it.  Tony comes from a Honda family and the first car he ever drove was his dad’s 1992 Accord.  Thanks, Tony, for sharing your story and I wish you luck on your quest for 250k and beyond!

Here’s the car that got Tony hooked on Honda, circa 1994.  He looks a little young to be behind the wheel!

And picture proof from Tony that Canadians get “ultra” premium gas!  94 octane – wow!

And following is a super clean (and rare) 1994 Type II Legend GS 6-speed sedan that belongs to Drive to Five reader Duane from Folsom, California.  Duane’s Legend is immaculate for having 208,000 on the odometer.  I’m convinced that life for any Acura is only beginning at 200,000 miles!  Based on the pictures below, I think many will agree.

Duane has a very unique Acura ownership history.  In his own words, here’s the story:

I had bought a 93 Sirius White Pearl LS back in 1997 with 36,000 miles. I drove it until it had 195,000 and then sold it. I didn’t even know Legends came in 2 doors or M/T back in 97 when I got my first one. I did get a 93 Pearl White 6 speed couple back about 4 1/2 years ago, but got in a crash while sitting at a light that I decided to sell the coupe instead of getting it fixed. I then bought the 4 door GS and had 2 at a time for a while. An A/T LS 4 door and a M/T LS coupe. Then I had both 4 doors at the same time. I’ve driven nothing but a Sirius White Pearl Legend since 1997. My kids (18 and 20) don’t remember me ever having a different car.

Gorgeous car, Duane!

The month of June is renewal time for my insurance policy on the Legend.  When I went to put the latest card inside the folio in my glove compartment, it made me realize just how many are in there.  I have every insurance card back to September 2003 for this car!

Years ago I grabbed this little booklet at Walmart because it’s handy to have if an officer says, “License and registration!” rather than having to shuffle through a glove box full of paperwork to find what I’m looking for.  Much like my maintenance record binders, this little booklet is overflowing with registration and insurance stuff.

Here is the cascade of insurance cards.  I guess this is what you accumulate when you own a car nearly 10 years!

I added a new one to the lineup, shuffled the pile like a deck of cards and put them away.

Check out the latest segment in the series of 2013 Acura ILX videos, now posted on Acura’s YouTube channel.  This was filmed a few weeks ago when I attended the 2013 Acura ILX and RDX Press Launch event in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Along with folks from the automotive press, I was able to get behind the wheel of each of the 3 drivetrain configurations of ILX.  It was an incredible experience to drive the ILX right here in my home state and on roads that I’m familiar with.

Finally, a special feature today:  Ever wondered about how a car gets its name?  Little did I know just how involved the car-naming process can be.  I recently had the chance to meet with Vicki Poponi, Assistant Vice President of Product Planning at Acura, to get the inside scoop.  Check out the ILX Experience “Tyson’s Blog” tab for my full write-up!

7 Responses to “Readers’ Rides & ILX Driving Experience”

  1. I will not soon forget that lineup of insurance cards! We should figure out a card game to play with them, like “Name that year!” State Farm has your number!

    Can I speak shotgun again in The Legend when it spins over 600K?

  2. Does your Geico policy have a rider for wild deer that run out in front of your 500k mile coupe?! LOL
    Keep up the bloggin Tyson, Duane’s GS looks great!

  3. Thats very generous of you Tyson, but this is your Legend blog! Maybe when you start a Legend registry blog.

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