Readers’ Rides: A TL, a Legend, and a Silverado
Odometer (Legend): 527,271
Odometer (ILX): 56,792
Happy Friday! It’s my pleasure to introduce a few friends to the blog audience this morning. Devan, owner of DNA Auto Detailing, has always been an Acura guy. When I met him in November 2011 at a car show in Gilbert, Arizona, he was driving this exceptionally clean White Diamond Pearl 2003 Acura TL.
He recently sold that when it had about 184,000 miles on the clock. His new ride is this gorgeous Alabaster Silver 2006 Acura TL. It’s loaded to the brim with the Technology package.
Here are a couple pictures of our silver bullets together when he stopped by earlier this week.
The first thing I noticed when I got inside Devan’s TL was how clean it smelled. He’s using a Febreeze air freshener and I must say it was amazing!
Devan has made some nice upgrades to the lighting in his TL. All interior lights, as well as the license plate lights, are now LED.
Sweet ride! Congrats, Devan.
Several weeks ago, I introduced you to Mirel who’s owned a few Legends. His latest ride is a Granada Black Pearl 1993 LS coupe 6-speed that he picked up two months ago. He recently got the car back from a full repaint. It turned out fantastic!
The factory spoiler with LED brake light was added to the trunklid. There are only a couple of updates left: wheel refinish & driver’s seat leather re-upholstery.
This coupe has just over 111,000 miles on it.
It was great to catch up with Mirel for a few minutes.
The last feature today is a vehicle with mileage that even surpasses my Legend’s in distance driven.
I met a guy named Paul via the local “Phoenix Automotive Press Association,” otherwise known as PAPA. Paul owns a moving company called Atlasta Moving Company and his tried-and-true Chevy Silverado 3500 pickup is his workhorse. It has 602,732 miles on the original engine.
Paul tells this truck’s impressive story best, so I’ll let him do the talking:
The Silverado 3500 4×4 is a 2002. I purchased it with 2 miles on it from Van Chevrolet in Scottsdale, Arizona in late September of 2001. What sold me on this truck primarily was the Duramax engine mated to an Allison automatic transmission. Over the last 2 years, I’ve changed the synthetic oil ( which I’ve used all it’s life) to every 5000 miles instead of 3000 miles, since money became tight during the recession.
The only complaint I have with this engine has been the injectors. It’s currently on its 5th set, and at $4800.00 per set of eight including installation, it’s expensive! I’m on my second transfer case. Even though it’s a shift on the fly “four wheel drive”, the transfer case is constantly engaged, causing “non four wheel drive” wear and tear. I’m also on my second transmission solenoid. That has been the only issue with the regularly maintained tranny.
I had a head gasket blow at about 500,000 miles, thus warping the aluminum heads. The amazing part of that story was that I was on a road trip of about 1200 miles, and I continued that trip with the blown head gasket, stopping often to add coolant as the “low coolant” light came on. I was towing a fully loaded enclosed trailer at that time, made my delivery, and made it back home to Phoenix.
I switched to a cowl hood about a year ago after a defective set of Yokohama tires blew out the drivers side front fender, bumper, and partial hood. A few weeks later, the passenger rear Yokohama blew out requiring a new rear fender. Other than that, all body panels are factory. The only other recent upgrade was that I had the front seats recovered, as it looked as if there was a dog fight within the cockpit! I was missing chunks of leather and foam due to wear and tear.
It’s great to see that Paul’s Silverado is still getting the job done, even after all those miles.
The next time I need a heavy duty hauler, I’m definitely gonna grab a GM.
Keep on truckin’, Paul!