Saturday Car Wash Party

Odometer (Legend):  522,604


Odometer (ILX):  45,120


From the time I was old enough to pick up a sponge, I was helping my dad uphold our family’s reputation for having the cleanest cars on the block.  In fact, he used to pull the cars out onto the front lawn from time to time and take pictures of them.  I remember a neighbor coming over to ask one time, “When’s the car show?”

(That’s me on the right)


When I got a little older, I’d detail cars for neighbors and friends.  My pride and joy was this chrome-tastic 1989 Honda Prelude Si.


This was one car that I loved working on:  A Geneva Green Pearl 1991 Acura Legend LS Coupe.  It had the Ivory interior and an automatic transmission.


This car belonged to a couple named McKay and Joan who used to visit the copy shop where I worked at the time.  From the moment I sat inside this Legend and drove it to my house, I knew I’d someday own one.  These pictures were taken in 1999 when I was 17.


It wasn’t until 4 years later that I ended up buying a Legend of my own.  McKay and Joan sold this Legend to someone else but I’ll never forget the thrill of calling it my own, even if just for an hour.


In fact, that Legend coupe even inspired me at one point to start making a small clay model of a Legend.  I didn’t get very far with it.


Last Saturday, I hosted a car wash party of sorts at my house.  My friends showed up with a hodge-podge of vehicles, including the following:

Joe’s 1995 Acura Legend LS Coupe Automatic


Jack’s 2008 Volkswagen GTI 6-Speed


Matt’s 2013 Nissan 370Z 6-speed


Jacob’s 2013 Jeep Wrangler 4-door 6-speed


Joe’s Legend is pretty special.  It’s production #1234 from the last model year of the Legend, 1995.  He’s had it for just a few months but already done quite a bit of maintenance to it.


At 155,000 miles on the odometer, it’s got a ways left to go.


Joe recently ditched the aftermarket wheels that were on the car previously and replaced them with the correct 16″ Legend “GS” wheels.


Another friend who came to the party was Paul in his 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD.


Paul’s TL is the definition of “fully loaded.”  This car is equipped with the Advance package and Acura’s signature “Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive” (SH-AWD).


It’s a good thing I was wearing sunglasses, because that Bellanova White Pearl is blinding in the Arizona afternoon sunlight.  The darkly tinted glass on Paul’s TL gives a nice contrast.


Here’s the immaculate interior.  It still smells brand new – and, at only 5,000 miles on the odometer, it should!  Those seats are ventilated.  A great feature to have here in the desert!


My favorite upgrade to Paul’s TL is a Grumpy Cat sticker on the right rear window.  Grumpy Cat, also known by her official name of Tardar Sauce, lives not far from me in Morristown, Arizona.


Who would win this race?  Battle of the brands.


2013 Nissan 370Z Sport:

  • 332 horsepower, 3.7 liter V6 engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission with Synchro-Rev match system

2013 Acura TL SH-All Wheel Drive:

  • 305 horsepower, 3.7 liter V6 engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with sport-shift paddles

It’d be a fun match to watch.

Current events:

My ILX went in for an oil change yesterday at 45,028 miles.  The technician recommended replacement of the cabin & engine air filters, and fresh manual transmission fluid, due to mileage. Otherwise, just a few quarts of fresh 0W20 oil and I was on my way.

Here’s the latest ILX rendering by Hondatalover.


In his own words, here are the makings of this amazing looking custom ILX.

Things you can see:

  • Tinted windows
  • Tinted Headlights (lightly, just going for a darker housing look)
  • Clear strip for Reverse and turn signal’s on the taillights.
  • 18″ European Honda Accord Type-S wheels.
  • A slight drop. Probably 1/2 an inch,
  • ‘A-Spec’ front, side and rear bumpers with wing spoiler. (One piece, not a lip kit) –I have a non-wing spoiler version. Since not everyone likes wings, I’ll send and let you pick.

Things you cannot:

  • Dual, quad exit exhaust (can’t see, but it’s implied)
  • Dark metal trim w/ fake Carbon fiber accenting.
  • Full LED interior lighting and accenting.
  • LED puddle lights in the L and R mirrors, behind the door handles, bottom of the door (when open) to shine onto the ground, and license plate.
  • Sound deadening material through out.


  • HFP/ A-Spec suspension (1/2″ drop)
  • High performance summer tires.
  • RV6 Bellmouth down pipe w/ Si mufflers.
  • Limited-slip differential.
  • Cold Air Intake.
  • Beefier stabilizer bars.
  • Beefier front and rear tower struts.
  • Hondata reflash optional.

Sounds like a dream ILX to me!  Sign me up for those enhancements.

11 Responses to “Saturday Car Wash Party”

  1. Thanks for the ILX share, Tyson!

    Paul’s TL is to die for! The ’12+ refresh changes the 4th Gen TL completely. It has to be had in the Advance or Tech (with 6-Speed) SH-AWD trim! Such a great package. The TL has always been Acura’s perfect Sports Sedan when it comes to Tech, Style and most importantly, Performance. It justifies its’ place in the middle of the sedan line-up perfectly.

    That clay Legend model looks like it was a great little project that was never finished. I wouldn’t have been able to get as far as you did! So props to you for that!

    About the car washing, it’s something we take seriously as well. We can spend up to 4 hours on just the TSX alone, depending on how the weather has been and is. It’s always the full Wash ‘n Wax and interior detailing. The engine bay “isn’t dirty enough” for them to clean it, but I do it every other wash.

    As usual, great Blog, Tyson!
    Take Care.

    • Thanks Dillon for contributing! Always look forward to seeing / sharing your latest Acura creations. I wish I had finished that clay model, but I lost motivation and threw it away. I agree with you the refinements to the TL for 2012 were excellent.

  2. Next time I visit your ‘hood I am going to take a survey and see what your neighbors think of all the shiny metal surrounding them on any given weekend. Unlike living in northern Utah, I would dare bet your car washes boast a clean car for at least a solid week! I gave Hi-Ho a spit shine yesterday and he cleans up like a new (silver) dime. “AWAY!”

  3. Sorry, Matt…Acura TL superior in every way! That Legend looks super clean and deserves the care from Joe. Hope to start arranging BBQs/car washes at my house soon…looks like fun!

    • I’d take the TL over the 370Z, too. Except I’d prefer the TL to be outfitted with the 6-speed manual. Such a hot ride. It was a fun little car wash party. I’ll need another one soon after this weekend’s upcoming trip to Colorado & back… Bugs galore.

  4. “Joe recently ditched the aftermarket wheels that were on the car previously and replaced them with the correct 16″ Legend “GS” wheels.”

    WELL DONE Joe! Great minds think alike!

    I say go buy one of those big easy ups and host a detail party at Casa de Tyson!

    • That’s a great idea Dave. Some shade would be nice – the afternoon sun on my west-facing driveway is pretty bad. I totally agree with Joe’s decision to go OEM with the wheels on his coupe. He’s really taking great care of it.

  5. The GS rims added class and style…and made my ride more smooth….my best addition to my car yet

    • 100% agreement here, Joe! Car looks awesome. Keep it up with the care & maintenance and it’ll serve you well for a long time yet to come. We need to get together again soon for Pavilions or something.

      • Ill be at Pavs this saturday if u wanna get together earlier or pretty open this weekend

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