ILX Colorado Trip Day 3: Colorado Springs to Scottsdale
Odometer (Legend): 522,645
Odometer (ILX): 47,274
Daily Distance: 788 Miles
That Legend odometer seems stuck at 522,000 these days. The car is resting up for its big trip to Asheville, North Carolina next month. Meanwhile, I drove the wheels off my ILX (attempted to, anyway) in Colorado this weekend.
Rested up from a day of mountain-climbing, my third day of the Mount Evans trip this past weekend was entirely dedicated to my return trip to Arizona. Many years ago, I rolled through Colorado Springs in my 1994 Legend coupe and I met up with my friend Adam who’s local to the area. He owned a 1991 Legend coupe 5-speed at the time.
Now, Adam’s moved on to other automotive interests and he’s currently driving a 1995 BMW 540i. Adam stopped by my hotel on Sunday morning for a reunion.
This car’s in amazing shape for having 210,000 miles on it. Best of all, it’s a 6-speed manual. Adam says it’s one of only 100 cars that were produced in its color / transmission configuration for the year.
I gave Adam the opportunity to take the ILX for a short cruise.
After that, I hit the highway and headed southbound toward home. This was a sign along I-25 in northern New Mexico when I made my return trip:
Report Drunk Drivers
Dial #DWI (#394)
I know I’ve been on Instagram too long because when I blew past the sign, I read it as “Hashtag DWI” instead of “Pound DWI.” Why in the world would they want me to report a drunk driver by hashtagging?
I was on the road long enough (roughly 12 hours, with only short stops for fuel & bathroom breaks) to learn that XM radio stations DO repeat the same songs. Frequently. I spent most of the day on a country station, WSIX Channel 57. I heard this song 4 times. And I couldn’t bring myself to change the station each time. It’s too dang catchy!
Storm clouds loomed in the distance as I neared Holbrook, Arizona.
Sure enough, the summer “monsoon” storms were in full force and I got very wet. The ILX, even with 47,000 miles on the current Michelin Pilot tires, gets excellent grip and I was able to make it through the weather with confidence.
That concluded the 3-day Colorado adventure to the highest paved road in America. I loved the drive and I’m glad you could all be a part of it!
Random Fun Mileage News:
The other day, I came across a “Trade In Quality Index” website that is a database of about 160,000 traded-in vehicles. It illustrates the percentage of vehicles with over 180,000 miles on them on this chart. Acura had 20%. Geo was the highest at 27%. I’m not sure how current this data is, but it’s fun to consider. I have colleagues at work who get antsy to sell or trade their vehicles as soon as they close in on 100,000. That’s barely past break-in.
Here’s a 1987 Chevy Celebrity with over 375,000 miles, found on Copart.com. Impressive for an old tank! The Celebrity model will also have a special place in my heart since it was my first car.
And here’s another Chevy with super LOW miles. This is a 1950 model year with just 437 miles on it. More on that here.
All original – of course!
Just look at that interior.
If you haven’t already watched it, check out this Acura “Advance” Commercial linked here. Thanks Ryan for finding it!
Hope everyone has a great Friday tomorrow.