First Maintenance in the ILX & Monsoon Rains
Odometer (Legend): 514,705
Odometer (ILX): 5,102
The drive to five (thousand) didn’t take very long! A few long highway trips is all it took to rack up an average about 145 miles per day over the 35 days I’ve been driving this new 2013 ILX.
Yesterday, I had the ILX’s first oil change performed at Acura of Tempe. Even though the maintenance indicator in the dash display said oil life 50% and they recommended not scheduling the maintenance until it was down to 15%, I still felt that for a break-in oil change I should have it done sooner than later.
Clean bill of health and it’s now back on the road. Aside from the tire pressure activation early on, there have been no unforeseen maintenance needs on the car.
I discovered while thumbing through the magazines at the local Barnes & Noble bookstore one time that my favorite part of every car magazine is the Long Term Update section. It’s one thing to evaluate a brand new car and announce its merits, but completely another to follow that car through its lifetime and see how it actually CONTINUES to perform. As someone who’s had an incredible experience with Acura in getting my last car to 500,000 miles, the question I want answered when I read about any new car is, “How long will it last?”
I plan on using Drive to Five a venue for not only continuing to value my heritage as an Acura Legend driver (since, after all, that car is responsible for getting me here) but also for sharing my experiences with the 2013 ILX from a real life perspective. This first oil change marks the beginning of my coverage of what it takes to keep the car in tip top shape for many miles ahead.
Thanks to Acura Connected, I learned this week about THR-W (Team Honda Racing – West), which is the road racing team of Honda R&D in Los Angeles. They’ve got a fun project going on right now! Check out the vision for a couple of race-inspired Acura ILX models that will be built to compete at Thunderhill Raceway in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance racing event.
I love seeing Acura dig back into its “performance” roots and truly showcase what it’s capable of. Here’s Honda Performance Development’s blog which talks more about the project and has a few pictures.
Our friend Linh loves being a goofball, but I think she’s got a potential future in modeling with cars. Right?
I vacuumed the car this week and reached under the driver’s seat to grab something that had fallen there. I discovered a hidden treasure. It appears the Acura production factory in Greensburg, Indiana left a tool in the car when it was on the assembly line! My car was #82 so it was among the very first ILX models that were made. Hopefully they didn’t need this tool for #83 and beyond.
I also realized when washing the car a few days ago that the side moldings had been scuffed by a piece of tire tread that got kicked up. The marks were easily cleaned up. I still need to wax the entire car – I think it’s safe to do so now that the paint’s a couple months old.
How’s this for some high class company:
This dream garage belongs to my friend Kelvin. He’s got not one, not two, but three Acura NSXs. Talk about an Acura supercar hoarder! I visited him yesterday evening.
Left to right: 1993 Formula Red, 1999 Monte Carlo Blue, 1997 Kaiser Silver. He’s probably already on the waiting list for the 2015 NSX.
For any who would like to experience the ILX in a more involved setting than just reading my stories, there’s currently a sign-up in progress for an all-access Ride & Drive event nationwide held in 5 separate cities this summer (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia). Check out this link to see if the schedule works for you and you’d like to participate.
The Legend coupe is under construction getting some paint work. Here’s a picture I received showing its current status up in Utah. The front end hasn’t been this torn apart since 2007 when it was repainted after hitting those two deer in Texas.
I found this sign in Kingman, Arizona fitting on my drive from last weekend:
Lastly, now that we’re into July it’s officially “monsoon” season here in Arizona. No longer can we brush off our 110+ degree temperatures by saying, “It’s a dry heat.” Higher humidity levels bring huge afternoon thunderstorms to the area frequently. After a downpour yesterday, I spied a photo-op just off the McDowell Rd exit of the 101 freeway in Scottsdale. I was glad for those all-weather mats when I got back in the car with muddy flip-flops.