Archive for June 10, 2019

Certifiably Insane x 2: Acquiring a 1996 “Radiant Red” Acura SLX Premium

Posted in SLX on June 10, 2019 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Fir Green SLX):  178,690

Odometer (Radiant Red SLX):  139,142

Because one is never enough, right?

As much fun as I’ve had with my 1997 SLX that I picked up in December, I’ve always had in the back of my mind that it was a “placeholder” until a better one came along.  Kind of like my 1992 Integra LS sedan was last year – I let it go when I found (or a friend found, rather) my now-current 1992 Integra GS sedan with a higher trim level and fewer miles.

Incidentally, this is the first time my blog posts have been back-to-back car purchase stories, since I just talked about the new del Sol a few days ago.  I didn’t ever intend on taking on 2 additional vehicles simultaneously, but the timing worked out that way.

As you can see, I’m sitting on “twins” briefly until the Fir Green Mica base model heads to its new home – which is already determined, so I don’t even have the trouble of needing to list it for sale.  More on its future owner/use to come in a later blog entry.

What about my latest 1996 is so compelling?

For one, it’s only the second “Radiant Red” I’ve ever seen – and I’ve never seen one in real life – only online.  My preferred colors were Radiant Red, and Ebony Black, in that order.  Back in December, I started a daily search across a variety of online vehicle classifieds.  I wanted the “Premium” trim for its special goodies, including power folding chrome sideview mirrors, heated leather seats, alloy wheels and other features.

My search was not fruitful for a very long time.  Geographic location-based buy/sell apps like OfferUp which can be difficult to get a nationwide grasp on.  AutoTrader has exactly zero SLXs listed.  Then there’s Facebook Marketplace, which can be especially tricky because it only allows a geographic search radius of 100 miles.  My strategy there was to pick a handful of major cities around the country each day to see what popped up.

On a Monday morning around 6:00 a.m. I decided to hit Chicago.  Boom.  Eyes lit up, all of a sudden I was wide awake.  A semi-truck repair company had taken this 139,000-mile example in on trade toward some repair work performed and was selling it, along with a handful of other mixed-bag cars (Chevy HHR, Ford pickup, and other randoms).  It had just been listed the day prior.

I sent an initial inquiry to the seller and asked for his phone number.  We spoke briefly, and I think he was a little uneasy about dealing with someone about 1,700 miles away.  I tried to ease the tension a little by later sending a photo of my current SLX via text.  I got the VIN on his, ran a Carfax, and proceed to make payment and transport arrangements.  By 11:00 a.m., the deal was done and transport driver pending assignment.  That was easy!  I arranged transport via a company called Montway.

Pick-up – coincidentally, in a suburb of Chicago called Phoenix, Illinois.

Arrival in Phoenix, Arizona about a week later.

The SLX arrived on Memorial Day, May 27th.  Come with me as I take an initial walk around and see exactly what we are dealing with.  The funny thing was, when I Google street-viewed the address on the vehicle title, I saw the SLX parked there in August 2017.

Check out the video below if you dare see this Illinois rust bucket in all its glory.

Ad inquiry

Photo from the ad

Photo from the ad

Would it have made the trip from Chicago to Phoenix?  I sort of doubt it.

Clean two-owner Carfax.

The new Acura SLX:  Designed for people with a well-developed sense of adventure, and an equally well-developed sense of taste.

First pics

That duct tape interior, though!

3.2 V6 rated at 190 hp

#Chicago – this is what we knew to expect!

The antenna was a series of Phillips head screwdrivers and hose clamps.

First wash

A visit from Jack as I begun my initial detail efforts

More to come on how this played out!

Side note, go see the video that Ethan from Hello Road put together on Radwood Las Vegas.

My Legend GS makes an appearance at about 3:05 in!