About / Contact

Tyson here.  I love Acura, I love road trips, and I love writing so all of those passions came together when I started Drive to Five in March, 2011.  I take my readers with me in my > 500,000 mile Acura Legend coupe and my 2013 Acura ILX as we discover offbeat destinations and enjoy the scenery along the way.  I’m based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I encourage you to reach out to me if you’d like to get in contact.  Thanks for stopping by!  My email is:  tysonhugie@yahoo.com.  Follow me on Facebook or Instagram if you wish!

Here’s my current Acura fleet:

  • 1992 Acura NSX 5-Speed Formula Red on Black
  • 1992 Acura Integra GS-R 5-speed Aztec Green on Black
  • 1994 Acura Legend LS Coupe 6-Speed Desert Mist on Taupe
  • 1994 Acura Legend GS Sedan 6-Speed Desert Mist on Taupe
  • 1994 Acura Vigor GS 5-Speed Arcadia Green on Cognac
  • 2013 Acura ILX 6-Speed Silver Moon on Black

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31 Responses to “About / Contact”

  1. Hey Tyson, I came across your site from Jalopnik. Just wanted to say I love what you’re doing. You have a beautiful legend, the nicest condition Ive seen in probably 10 years. And most of the ones Ive seen probably were still under 200k. So I’ve always said I would drive my car into the ground, youve got me re-thinking that…..Ive got a 99 prelude, which took a number of styling cues from the legend coupe, and I would never dream of getting rid of it. Its got 135k, and not riced or beat to crap–all honda parts, which is a rare condition for that model these days. Taking pride in your car seems to be a fading trend, and I dont understand why people think its easier or cheaper to treat it like a throw-away appliance. Anyway, i have a gallery of the lude, check it out if you like….. http://www.racydesign.com/preludegallery.htm
    -Justin

    • Hi Justin, thanks so much for dropping a line! Receiving messages like yours definitely keeps me motivated to keep the blog — and the Legend — alive. I’ll email you separately but I checked out your website and I love it. Tyson

  2. Hey Tyson,

    Just came across your blog, good stuff! Can’t find a contact email, could you email me when you have a chance?

    I would like to do a post about your site.

    Thanks,

    Chris

  3. Hello, this is Armen writing from http://www.torquenews.com We publish daily auto news.

    Can you please contact us using our contact information. We would like to ask a car related question. Thank you.

  4. Hey Tyson,

    First. Its perfect what you’re doing with your Legend.

    I mean it when I say I have the same passion for these cars. My 92 Ls Coupe and I are celebrating its 20th birthday, and my 4th year of ownership, this weekend.

    Needless to say there are some items coming in the mail that should satisfy ‘Miles’ birthday wishes. I wish I lived closer to Arizona because we’d make the pilgrimage out to Scottsdale to see you and your car in a heartbeat.

    Too much to say about the Legend, and this has got to sound wrong, but I’d really like to chat with you more sometime about how perfect they are, maybe even let our two legends meet through means of exhaust chatter haha.

    Seriously though, congratulations on everything, and thanks.

    p.s.- I also have a question about a certain 34,000mile 94 Ls Coupe..??

    • Jeremy, thanks for the note! Glad to hear I’m not the only one crazy about my Legend. I’ve had mine since 2003 and I can claim about 412,000 of the miles on the odometer as my own. It’s been a great ride and it’s not over yet. I’ll send you an email separately so we can get better acquainted. Regards, Tyson

  5. Hey tyson, your car looking
    Beautiful “congratulations” i have the same car as you love my car but i have a question for you, !!!!! Did u find out from acura if this beautiful car will be a classic? Thanks

  6. Great site and great car! I currently have a 1997 Acura CL 3.0 and I’m at 328K! You keep me motivated and I never want to let go of this car now.

    • Mike, thanks for dropping a line! I’ve always liked that CL bodystyle. You’re well on your way to half-million status in that baby. What has your maintenance history been like? I’d love to hear more about how that 3.0 has performed.

      • Tyson,

        I bought the CL in December of 1999 with about 50K miles on it. The engine is still awesome (Same as the V6 Accord from around the same time) but I should get a valve adjustment pretty soon. I’ve had the transmission replaced twice. A used transmission was used first and the second one was rebuilt. Other than that, I’ve replaced various parts that go through normal wear and tear like the alternator, starter, belts, brakes, etc. The leather on the drivers side is showing its age and that’s to be expected. I have every receipt from everything that I’ve ever done to the car except gas receipts. Today my mileage is at 329,028. When should I contact Acura? Ha ha!

        [IMG]http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t313/MikeSwing/TravisNortheast-20120306-00049.jpg[/IMG]

        [IMG]http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t313/MikeSwing/Georgetown-RoundRock-20120306-00048.jpg[/IMG]

  7. Sandi McClary Says:

    Tyson,
    You’ve inspired me to keep on keeping on with my 1990 Legend LS. I bought it new in 1990 and now it has 205,000 miles. I never imagined I’d keep a car so long and love it so much. In 2007, a guy backed into me at a slow speed, but the car was “totaled.” I had it fixed anyway, and it’s even better.

    Please keep up your blog !

    • Hi Sandi! Wow, an original owner of a Legend! It’s an honor to have you stop by and visit my blog. I wish I had been fortunate enough to buy my Legend brand new off the lot. Is yours a 2-door or 4-door, automatic or manual? I would love to see some pictures. Congratulations on your 200k achievement. It’s just the beginning!

  8. Jim Lemyre Says:

    Hey Tyson,
    I found out about you through the Acura site…I was perusing the TSX wagon then fell in love with the ilx. I have no intention to give up on my 1st generation Cadillac SRX with just 47K (it is the right package for two people with 2 dogs), but always keep abreast on things Acura…just in case. Your car has the best proportions of just about any car ever made and love the old school Honda interior ergonomics. I think the ilx is a leap forward in capturing the original Acura design statement. If they keep on that path then by the time I’m ready to replace the Caddy they may have a wagon for me…or I might indulge on a second car…I’ll be reading your updates and hope you can keep it going ’till 600K.

    –Jim

    • Hello Jim, I appreciate the feedback. The SRX sounds like a good fit for your 2 dog, 2 car family. I’m glad you’re staying tuned in to the latest on Acura, though. The launch of ILX is significant because it marks the beginning of Acura’s “second” 25 years of existence. The level of technology that they have squeezed into an entry level premium car is impressive (especially since I’m coming from a vehicle that’s nearly classic car status). I hope you give the ILX a close look when it goes on sale next month. Might make a fun & economical second car! Thanks for the well wishes on my drive to 600k. The Legend is getting a new alternator today but will be pounding the pavement again shortly. Keep in touch! Tyson

  9. Jim Lemyre Says:

    I’m in Manhattan and do many road trips to Chicago and upstate NY, eastern LI, Michigan and Canada.

  10. Hey, It would be interesting if you had a section for all the maintenance you’ve done to the car. Are you still on the original engine? I think Legends have terrible transmissions (probably wrong) and wanted to know how many you had been through but then realized yours is a 6 speed.

    • Hey Mike, yes the 6-speed is quite a bit more reliable than the 4-speed automatic. Believe it or not, I’m still on the original engine, transmission, and clutch. I posted some maintenance history here just before hitting 500,000 miles:

      https://drivetofive.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/maintenance-history/

      I’m due for another update post I guess. Spreadsheet is current so if you want me to email a copy, I would love to share it. Post-500k maintenance includes a timing belt and some oil changes but nothing too crazy that I can remember offhand.

  11. After taking one look at your blog, I am amazed. I am a lover of Acuras as well. My realistic dream car is the 2004-2008 Acura TL. I actually did two Acura reviews, a 2005 Acura TL and a 2007 Acura RL. Feel free to check them out!
    http://rnrautoblog.com/2013/12/27/2005-acura-tl-review/
    http://rnrautoblog.com/2013/12/09/2007-acura-rl-review/

    How did you get the six speed? Because I know they are rare and have a low take rate. Did you have to order it, or buy it off the lot? Anyways, I look forward to reading more from you and your Acura.

    • Hey, thanks for reaching out! I took a look at your blog and I’m impressed too. You’ve got a skill for writing and it looks like you’ve had access to some pretty sweet cars to review. The ILX 6-speed that I got in June 2012 was special ordered with the manual. I agree with you, they are very rare. It’s too bad the upcoming TLX won’t be available with a manual. Btw, are you local to Arizona by chance? Some of your pictures look like familiar landscape.

  12. I don’t own much in that category But I would love to own that black legend coupe for starters.

  13. Hi all,

    I have the opposite of what most are saying here and wanted to post a question for your input. I have a 1988 Acura Legend with 40k miles. Father in law car who has passed. So my question is this…what is this worth? Is it a collector? I will need to spend $2000 to get it in running condition (it has not run for 5 years), so my question is should I spend the $$$ to get it running to sell, or just donate it to a charity? Thanks for your input and advice.

    • Hi John, I emailed you directly. It’s tough to pin a value on the car without additional detail (trim, transmission, bodystyle) but it sounds like something that may have collector potential.

  14. Hi Tyson, I have followed your journey for quite some time and totally love your passion for the Legend coupe. I have a 1995 red Legend L coupe. I bought it in 1997 when it had about 24,000 miles on it. Surprisingly, I am the third owner (the first was a fickle young man who got and and decided he wanted something else, the second owner was a guy having a mid-life crisis who quickly figured out the Legend coupe wasn’t the ideal car for a soccer dad) and I have loved every minute with it. The Legend currently has about 179,000 miles on it and I am at a bit of a crossroads. I don’t drive it very much (it’s always been garaged) and I may be ready to part with it. The desert sun has begun to take its toll on the red paint and the car needs some pretty expensive repairs (struts, timing belt package, rotors, radiator hoses, tires,). These are all normal maintenance items, but having them done at the dealership will be quite expensive. I’m in the Phoenix area, have it serviced at Acura North Scottsdale, and would love to get your opinion on the car. I’m sure you get lots of requests like this, so I understand if you aren’t interested. Thank you.

    • Hi Mishka, I know we’ve corresponded lots of times since you initially posted this via email and text message, but just wanted to respond here because I’m finally checking my “About” page after all these months. It’s fun to meet and interact with fellow Legend fans. I’m guessing you still have yours and I’d love to meet up one of these days for coffee or a bite if you have time. Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Rainier Silverio Says:

    Hey Tyson… Just wanted to write a few words….

    Absolutely love your cars….. Im a huge Honda fan and really made my day to see your garage and passion for DRIVEN Hondas and Acuras….

    Im a huge Type R fan, have owned 7 total cars, all Acura and Hondas including an original DC5 Type R. Here is the list in a span of 19 years:

    1990 Honda Civic Si
    1991 Acura Integra GS
    1994 Acura Integra LS
    1995 Honda Accord EX Coupe
    2001 Honda Accord EX
    2001 Honda Integra Type R
    2007 Honda Accord Ex

    Congrats on having those awesome cars, really enjoyed the article on jalopnik.

    Regards from Dominican Republic

    Rainier

    • Hi Rainier, wow, thank you for reaching out! I like meeting other people who share a similar love for cars that many people in the automotive enthusiast community don’t appreciate. Sounds like you have owned some really nice Hondas and Acuras. It’s nice to know that even in the Dominican Republic there are fellow Honda fans out there! Keep sharing the love and if you ever make it to Arizona, let me know because I’ll throw you the keys to any car in my collection.

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