Reader’s Ride: Tina’s RL & TL

Odometer (Legend):  528,121


Odometer (ILX):  62,075


Today we welcome a new member to the Acura family.  Tina is a long-time friend of my mother’s who recently reached out via Facebook about her car “conversion” story to the Acura brand.  She writes:

When our Honda Accord was stolen right after we moved to California, I remembered your son’s video about the 500,000 mile Acura! I told my husband about your son and his car, so we bought a 2000 Acura. Then my son bought a 2002 Acura. We’re hoping both make it to 500,000 miles and beyond!

I got in touch with Tina to congratulate her on a fine purchase decision.  Here is her husband’s pride and joy, a pearl white 2000 Acura 3.5 RL.


This car, minus the color, is identical to a 3.5 RL that my mom owned from 2004-05 (pictured below).  Check out my recent write-up on the 2014 Acura RLX for a little history on the RL model and how it’s evolved over the years.


Tina also shared a picture of her son’s blue 2002 Acura 3.2 TL:


She and her family now live in Grand Junction, Colorado where winter weather is fierce and having a reliable vehicle is critical:

In our -8 temps this morning, my Trail Blazer was sputtering and wouldn’t idle. So I got to take the Acura to work so my husband could take the Trail Blazer to the shop. Below zero temps didn’t bother the Acura!   I actually stopped a couple weeks ago and took pics of a 1997 Acura I saw for sale for $2,000.  But it’s no longer there, so I’m afraid someone snatched it up!  Dang it!

Thanks, Tina, for sharing your enthusiasm for the Acura brand and I am confident your cars will serve you reliably for many years to come.

Check out my new license plate that arrived this week!



9 Responses to “Reader’s Ride: Tina’s RL & TL”

  1. Kevin Amoth Says:

    ILX license plate is too cool.

    • Isn’t that sweet! I couldn’t believe the letter combination was available. And I enjoyed the design of the plate too. I had a bunch of top picks, but ended up selecting this “FFA” / Agriculture series plate because the charcoal color is a nice compliment to the ILX “Silver Moon” paint.

  2. So pleased to see that Tina’s cars made the blog! I absolutely love her husband’s pearl white RL (makes me carsick for my black RL which I wish I still had). Keep them clean and maintained, Tina and family! 🙂

    • Glad Tina got in touch with you! “Carsick” usually refers to motion sickness, but I think in this context it means you’re missing that black RL! It was a beauty.

  3. Future Farmers of America? What’s that about? Posted first then read your previous response. Charcoal color? I thought you might have been a secret 4H guy or something.

  4. nice! A little personalization for the ILX! (excuse the spelling) Seems as if some of the Tyson Acura magic is now rubbing off on other folks!
    Well done.

    • Thank you Dave! Glad you approve of the plate. Hope you have a great weekend up there in the PNW. I’m in Salt Lake for a family party (flew, this time) and freezing my buns off.

  5. “freezing” for those that live in the SW is what? Below 65 degrees?!
    LOL Have fun and travel safe.

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