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.

14 Responses to “Ten-Year Anniversary with the Legend”

  1. Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary Tyson. I am approaching a big milestone myself. I have had my TSX for 8 years and it is rapidly approaching 100,000. 99,600 and counting.

    • Thanks Carlos! Wow, just 400 miles to go until your 100k mark. If I were you, I might be taking an extra lap or two around the block each day to get you a little bit closer. Hope you’re planning on sending me a picture of the odometer and the car when it happens. Impressive that you’ve kept the TSX 8 years, too. It seems like few people these days keep a vehicle that long.

  2. Tyson, great post and congrats on a decade of ownership! I hope I get to keep my Accord at least that long…if I don’t get tired of it before then. I too keep my RPMs below 2,000 until it’s warmed up. Gearbox gets a gentle treatment too. Your Legend stills looks as good as when you first picked her up in San José. Matt’s job just seems too good to be true. GT-Rs have always intrigued me even though it only has an automatic. I bet it was quick. Wonder what the next 10yrs will bring for the Legend? Or better yet, how many miles will the ILX have in 10yrs? Who knows, just drive on!

    • Jason, yeah lots of unknowns for the upcoming 10 years but all I know is time flies! I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. I’m glad you can relate to my “warm it up first” strategy and I think that’s part of the reason my car has lasted so long. It makes me cringe when someone gets into a car and blasts it to the redline right away. The GT-R was really a trip. I love everything about it except that automatic transmission (which, people will argue, is still a manual since it technically has a “clutch,” but unless it’s got a third pedal in the driver’s footwell, it doesn’t count for me).

  3. Congrats Tyson! Amazing how fast you racked up the miles! Heres to another 10 years
    That Nissan must be a blast

    • Thanks Marc. What’s the longest you kept a car? Seems like the 1993 Accord SE coupe might have been your record. Which reminds me…. Look at this beauty! Lots of money, but you can just tell it’s absolutely mint condition for 210k miles.


      • Tyson- I had to think about it here.. My 72 gran Torino I owned for about 15 yrs and my 93 accord SE was just about the same amount of time so I would say it it is about a tie between the two. As we have discussed before, that model accord-esp the last year (93) was such a solid car. 200k is nothing for a well kept one. Thanks for the CL ad link. That definitely does look like a well kept one right there. As that ad stated the SE was made in Japan and I think was even more well put together.

  4. Congrats on your 10 year anniversary with your Legend! I saw your comment on Sofyan’s video on his recently acquired ILX. While I was already familiar with your YouTube channel, I had no idea you had a blog, until that day. Ever since that day, I’ve been absolutely hooked on your blogs. I even went all the way to the beginning, because they were so fascinating! Keep up the good work!

    • Hey Todd, thanks for reaching out! Glad I’ve picked up another passenger on my drive to five. I enjoy watching the 2TheRedline YouTube uploads, so when I saw that Sofyan had picked an ILX 6-speed as his long-term tester, I got excited. What type of automotive (or other) content would most interest you in the blog going forward? I’m always seeking feedback. Finally, what part of the country are you joining us from? Thanks again for following along. Hope you enjoy the ride.

      • I just think your blogs are fascinating the way the are. Just the many adventures you take, interest me. In fact, I will be going to Cortez/Durango Colorado in June of 2013, if you have any info. on that area, or any activities or sights you recommend doing in that area, that you would recommend, that would be great! The first day we arrive in Colorado, we are dedicating the entire day to just scenic drives. Probably driving along the Million Dollar Highway. By the way,I am joining you from the Midwest, in Illinois.

  5. a belated happy anniversary to you and your LEGEND!

    • Thank you, Dave! Hope to keep it at least another 10 years. I’m just getting home from a 947 mile trip in the coupe. Not one hiccup or ounce of hesitation. The old girl’s still got it!

  6. Ivan K. Says:

    TYSHAWWWWN lol! Grats on the 10 year mark 🙂

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