Ten-Year Anniversary with the Legend
Odometer (Legend): 520,521
Odometer (ILX): 32,309
Today marks the ten year anniversary of the date when I flew to California to buy my 1994 Acura Legend coupe. With a Ziploc bag in my pocket containing 95 $100 bills, I hopped on a flight from Las Vegas to San Jose and later that day laid eyes on the car I’d be driving to half a million miles. It had just 95,000 on it at the time. Here’s the original AutoTrader ad.
And my American Airlines plane ticket from when I flew out to pick up the car.
Below is the key handoff picture. I bought the car from someone named Carla, but she’d only had the car a few months. The original owner was Patricia. It was a happy occasion to be finally purchasing the Acura I’d been wanting for years. I re-created the handoff picture this morning at work (thanks Tiffany for being my photographer!).
3/26/2003 on top and 3/26/2013 on the bottom. The car looks about the same, but I think I’ve aged a bit! Pardon my Photoshop skills, or lack thereof, as I attempted to stitch these pics together.
My first fuel up when I bought the car was at the “MBP Travel Plaza” off I-5 in Firebaugh, California. I paid $2.49 for Chevron Premium.
An 11-hour, 696-mile drive later, I was in my hometown. One of the first places I visited with my new car was my grandma’s, and she took this picture of the car with its proud new owner.
In this thread on the Acura Legend forums (my first post there) entitled “Finally got my six-speed,” I proudly announced my new purchase the day after I’d picked it up:
After months of searching intensely, I found one that fit my needs. Yesterday I flew from Utah to San Jose CA to pick up a car I’d found on AutoTrader just a few days before (I saw the ad just 20 minutes after it had gone online, and immediately called the owner.)
I drove the car 10-hours home and I must say I couldn’t be more thrilled with what I got. It’s a tannish-brown (what’s the real name?) ’94 LS six-speed. Best of all, it only has 95k miles, and has had two female owners who BABIED it! I have a receipt book to prove it! I even have the window sticker ($41,800 for my car in ’94).
This Legend is pristine and I know I had a grin on my face during all 697 miles I had to drive it home. In sixth gear, you’re only revving the motor 2600 rpm at 80mph. It just wants to keep going faster!
Anyways, after years of admiring the 2G LS coupe, I finally got one. My mom introduced me to Legends when she got her ’93 L sedan (now sold) and I must say, I’m hooked! I’ll never go back to any other car
It was only a few weeks later when I installed a set of 18″ chrome wheels on the car and tinted the windows. I mentioned later in the introductory forum thread that one of my first “mod” plans was to get an OEM 6-disc CD changer for the trunk, but I never ended up doing that. The stock stereo was ditched for a Pioneer DVD setup in 2004 which remains today (but I intend on changing back to the original Bose head unit soon).
It’s been a great ride since that purchase day a decade ago. As I shared in my blog’s kick-off post, the miles came fairly quickly:
- 100,000 Miles: May 20, 2003
- 200,000 Miles: December 3, 2005
- 300,000 Miles: July 29, 2007
- 400,000 Miles: October 30, 2009
- 500,000 Miles: November 4, 2011
Awhile back, AcuraConnected featured a short article on what I would call my “Top 10 Road Trips.”
Times have sure changed. When I bought the Legend, I was 21 years old. I’d not owned a car for the prior two years because I was a service missionary for my church. I was living at my parents’ home, working on my Associates degree at Dixie College in Utah, and working for a locally based regional airline in the maintenance records department. Little did I know that I’d keep that Legend through 5 moves, 4 employers, 3 college degrees, and countless road trips.
I took the Legend to work today and it started up on the first try just like it has many times before. Here’s a very boring 2-minute look at the first part of my drive today. I typically keep the revs under 2,000 RPM until it’s warmed up.
I’m dedicating most of my seat-time to the 2013 ILX so the Legend is enjoying retirement, though I still get it out regularly to stretch its legs. Here’s an ILX shot at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, Terminal 4 parking deck from a few days ago.
This is an ultra-hot Crystal Black Pearl ILX at an auto show recently – it’s not my video, just one that I enjoy watching.
And one more nice ILX – this one a Hybrid – from a member named “954tsx” on the Acurazine forums. This one’s been upgraded with some 17″ wheels off the 2005-06 Acura RSX Type-S. Great looking car!
Tonight, my ILX met a new silver-painted friend. My friend Matt brought over a 2009 Nissan GT-R that he’s doing some evaluations on for his work at the Nissan proving ground near Maricopa, Arizona. We took it for a (fast!) spin around the block. This thing has a 3.8 liter twin turbo motor with horsepower in the high 400’s. I got a little motion sick! Whiplash anyone?
I can’t wait to see Acura’s answer to this car when the next generation NSX comes out in a couple of years.
Here’s to another 10 years of Acura ownership! Thanks everyone for following the blog.