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Throwback Thursday: Scans from ‘Vintage’ Acura Driver Magazines

Posted in Brochures, Throwback on May 29, 2014 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  529,644

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Odometer (ILX):  80,905

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Let’s turn back the clock to around the year “Titanic” came out (1997).  I was one of the lucky few to be a subscriber to Acura Driver magazine (now “Style”) in the late 1990’s.  I recently started digging into the archives and found a few hidden treasures that I wanted to share.

Acura always tried really hard to highlight individuals or families who had a strong commitment to the brand, like this family with a bunch of Legends.  I spy a rare 1995 Garnet Red sedan with the gold emblem package!

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This photo feature was published in commemoration of the brand’s 10-year anniversary in 1996.  How different does the lineup look today?  Gone are the two-door models like the Integra, CL, and NSX.  In fact, every single model from this picture has been renamed or discontinued entirely.

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Had to laugh at this one – below is a look at what the http://www.acura.com website looked like in late 1997 – early 1998.  Today’s interactive and elaborate webpages blow this one out of the water.

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In each Acura Driver issue, then-Vice President Richard Thomas shared a letter to the Acura community that was followed by a photo of him with an Acura.  This was one example, taken with a Heather Mist Metallic 1996 3.5 RL on the lawn of the Ritz Carlton.  Posh.  Pardon me, does anyone have any Grey Poupon?

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And this one with his grandkids while on an outdoors excursion in a 1996 SLX.

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Technology sure has come a long way, too.  Below was a sketch of what was on the horizon for the world of satellite-based GPS navigation systems.

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I especially loved this story of a sheriff in Jackson County, Missouri who used a 2.5 TL as his unmarked patrol car.  “My TL outperforms the Crown Vic with its 4.6 liter police package,” he said.  That’s impressive considering his TL had only 5 cylinders!

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Just for fun:  NSX-T advertisement

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3.5 RL advertisement.  “A Ride So Quiet, You Can Hear Your Heart Beat Faster.”  Ha!

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Good stuff!  Speaking of Acura magazines, somehow I made it into the latest NSX Driver.  It’s a publication of the NSXCA (NSX Club of America).

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In each issue, the magazine features members who are new to the NSXCA.  The of mine that they included was from a trip to Coronado Trail in eastern Arizona a couple of years ago.

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Finally, I’m sending a shout-out to Jason from Driven for Drives as he continues his cross-country tour.  He sent me this picture of a meet-up with my friend Sofyan in Washington, DC a couple of days ago.

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Nice looking Fathom Blue ILX and Crystal Black TL!

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You guys are making me want to hit the highway for some travels of my own.  Stay tuned!

1995 Acura Literature: “Preferred Pre-Owned”

Posted in Brochures on March 25, 2014 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  529,040

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Odometer (ILX):  71,797

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Many thanks to my friend (and Acura sales & leasing consultant) Paul at Ed Voyles Acura for sending me some awesome literature in the mail!

Here’s a screen shot from the Excel spreadsheet where I keep track of my inventory.  In total, I have collected 75 items that pertain to general Acura interest (ranging from full-line model brochures to press kits, greeting cards, postcards, paint chips, things of that sort).  Then, I have a separate 50 or so items that are specific to the Legend (brochures, promotional videos, posters, etc).  It’s become quite the library!  I talked about some of it here.

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Here’s a new piece that I picked up just this past weekend.  It’s a 12 x 12 detailed brochure on the 1991 Legend sedan that I got from my friend Mark in Los Angeles.

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Acura, like most luxury automakers, has a very robust program in place to resell its lightly-used vehicles.  Even back in the mid-1990s, there were advertisements like this one that made “original owners want to buy them back.”

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Along with that campaign were printed various types of literature, including this pamphlet and booklet that Paul sent to me.  These were printed in 1995 and contain detailed information about the Preferred Pre-Owned program as it related to the NSX, RL, Legend, SLX, TL, Vigor, CL, and Integra models.

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The brochure has 24 pages of detailed information about what WAS and WAS NOT covered in the Preferred Pre-Owned vehicle warranty program.  One of my favorite recommendations in the brochure was:  “As an aid for the next owner, keep all maintenance receipts with the vehicle if it is sold.”  Something that I love to see when I’m browsing the classifieds is a vehicle that’s fully documented back to new.  I’d be far more comfortable buying a 200,000 mile car with full maintenance history than one with 100,000 miles and zero paperwork.

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Toward the end of the booklet there’s one page called Required Maintenance Record.  I don’t think these 14 boxes would have lasted me very long, considering my Legend’s maintenance spreadsheet now contains 236 lines of data.

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Perhaps the best part of the whole package was a postcard attached to the back cover.  The idea here was that owners could register themselves as members of the Preferred Pre-Owned program.

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I wonder if I should fill one out for my Legend and just see what they do with it when it gets there?

Side Note:  For any who are interested in picking up a really clean RSX 6-speed, have a look at this beauty:

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My friend Buck is getting ready to part with his 2002 RSX Type-S.  It’s immaculately maintained with only 91,500 miles on the odometer.  The interior is black leather.  The RSX is customized with 17″ wheels from the 2007-08 Acura TL Type-S.  For inquiries, reach me at the email listed in my “About” page and I’ll put you in touch with Buck.  The car is located in southern Utah.

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Thanks for looking!

Acura Accessories: 1994 vs. 2014

Posted in Brochures, ILX, Legend on January 3, 2014 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  528,333

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Odometer (ILX):  63,890

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I made the realization the other day that I’ve been driving for half my life.  This year – my 32nd – is the only year I’ll be able to say that.  It’s been fascinating to see how far automotive technology and style have come in the last couple of decades.  We now live in an age where cars are far smarter than their drivers, and it blows my mind.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Devan came over to give me a hand with a detailing project.  My buddy Jeremy recently picked up a 2004 Acura MDX that was absolutely covered in every possible dealer accessory.  A few of those upgrades are tasteful, but for some reason those brown side moldings just didn’t do much for the look of the vehicle against the pearl white paint.  Devan and I stripped the moldings off to give the MDX a cleaner look.

Before:

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After:

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I got thinking about all the ways people can customize a vehicle and how those styles have evolved in the last 20 years.  The MDX had a gold emblem package (I thought those went out of style in the late 90’s!), moonroof visor, chrome wheels, and a bug guard.  I remember how badly I wanted my mom to install these chrome fender flares on her 1993 Legend L sedan back in 1998:

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For kicks, I pulled out some paperwork from my old Acura Legend GS.  The shocker:  The OEM (center console-mounted) cellular telephone was $1,143 in 1994.  According to the Inflation Calculator, that’s $1,797 in 2013 dollars.  Among other goodies on the list are sheepskin seat covers for $499 and gold exhaust tips for $130.  I would love to get my hands on a set of the OEM fog lights since they’re long since discontinued, but $565?  It’s no wonder they’re so rare to find on Legends today – they were spendy as all get-out!  Let’s take a look at how the types of automotive accessories have evolved for Acura.

1994 Acura Legend Accessory Price List

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2014 Acura ILX Accessory Price List

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Gone are the days of gold emblems, sheepskins, and nose masks, but a few NEW things have made the roster.  Mud guards are now called splash guards.  Body side molding, which was standard on the Legend, costs $268 on the ILX.  The price for an OEM car cover went from $175 to $242.  And illuminated door sill trim was probably only a dream in the 1990’s, but can now be picked up for $499 in 2014.

My ILX is pretty highly optioned out.  Here’s what I ended up with:

  • All-Season Floor Mats
  • Illuminated Door Sill Trim
  • First Aid Kit
  • Trunk Tray
  • 17″ Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels
  • Decklid Spoiler
  • Front, Side, and Rear Underbody Spoilers
  • Wheel Locks

All-in, my ILX accessories (“installed”) would ring up at $5,140.28!  That works out to 17% of the ILX’s $29,200 list price!  Few people are likely to spend such an amount to dress up their vehicles.

This was a fun video that was put together in June 2012 in collaboration with Acura on the day that my ILX was accessorized at Acura of Tempe, Arizona.  Most of you have probably already seen it.

What kind of accessories will Acura be offering in the year 2034?

I know I’ve got my friends well-trained when they’re sending me Acura “spy photos” from the road, like my friend Jack did awhile back.

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Have a great weekend!

Bookkeeping

Posted in Brochures, Legend on October 9, 2011 by tysonhugie

Odometer:  497,660

My 50th blog entry!  Thanks for sticking with me as I’ve taken you along the ride from my first blog post on March 22nd of this year at 467,276 miles until today.  It was time for the archive-o’-maintenance records on the 1994 Legend LS to be split between two, 2 1/2 inch 3-ring binders today.

As I was cleaning things out and organizing a little, I realize just how extensive of records I’ve kept on this car!  A receipt from Walmart from a fuel system treatment I ran through at 138,000 miles.  Receipt printouts from Ebay for sets of wheels that I don’t even own anymore.  I made sense of the mess of paperwork and divided the books into a few sections:

  • 1) Records.  First oil change at 4,096 miles from 9/24/1994 through some recent suspension work on the control arms at 497,487 on 10/4/2011. The first binder (Volume I) goes from new to around 400,000 miles.  The second binder (Volume II) goes from 401,000 miles to current, and then includes paperwork on a bunch of other stuff.
  • 2) Miscellaneous receipts.  The receipt on the clear bra that installed on my headlights a few years ago, receipts for audio equipment, extra quarts of oil (no, I’ve never needed them though!), spare coolant, my rear trunk lid lip spoiler, the chrome exhaust tips other grab-bag stuff.
  • 3) Most recent Carfax and Autocheck reports (totally clean, not a scratch or dent on the car’s history according to these background checks).

Interesting to note that according to the most recent Carfax, dated 7/22/11, my Legend is actually worth $470 ABOVE retail book value!  This I’m assuming is due to the extensive dealership maintenance showing up on the report.  There are 54 Acura dealership maintenance items listed on the printout.  The dealerships range geographically from Power Acura of South Bay (southern California) to Princeton Acura of New Jersey, and scattered locations in between.  For kicks, I decided to see what blue book says about my car as of today.

Assuming “excellent” condition (which is the only option that Kelley Blue Book allows you to pick when you’re looking for retail values), my car’s worth $3,795.

But remember, Carfax just told me I can tack on an additional $470.  So the question is, would you pay $4,265 for a vehicle with nearly 498,000 miles on it?  Perhaps the almighty blue book isn’t intended to be used for a vehicle this used up!

  • 4) Estimates for repairs and/or bodywork or anything else.  One example:  Because it gave me such a laugh, I kept a copy of a handwritten estimate from a couple of years ago when I priced out a new OEM clutch for my Legend sedan.  $2,279 for the clutch assembly and $1,375 for labor.  So $3,654 for a new clutch in a car that at the time wasn’t even worth that much.  Yikes.  I ended up going a different route with the repairs needless to say.
  • 5) Articles.  I’ve kept printouts of some of the feature stories my car has made it into, including last week’s Jalopnik “Commenter of the Day” fame with the piece on “I would drive 500,000 miles.
  • 6) Traffic tickets and other fun stuff.  For having traveled over 400,000 miles personally in this car over the last just over 8 years, I’ve been (knock on wood) pretty lucky about avoiding run-ins with the police.  Four speeding violations, one “failure to obey traffic control device,” a couple of warnings for dark window tint.  I snagged a picture when I got pulled over by an officer on the Kaibab Paiute Indian land in southern Utah in April 2009.

I also have a Consent to Search from the Arizona Department of Public Safety dated 2/21/10 from when I was pulled over on Interstate 10 near Quartzsite, Arizona and the Legend was strip searched because I was suspected as a drug trafficker.  For some reason the officer got suspicious when I told him I was driving to Los Angeles from Phoenix – and back in the same day – just to have lunch with friends in Santa Monica.  Apparently normal people don’t drive 12 hours round trip for a lunch appointment?  But I do.  And yes, I somehow managed to discreetly take a couple of “spy” photos while the officer went through my belongings.

Brings back memories!

  • 7)  Finally, I have a section for car show related paperwork and other trip memories.  The Legend has been entered in the Hurricane Valley Easter Car Show at least half a dozen times and has brought home a few trophies in the Import class.  I have my original entry forms from my participation in the NOPI Nationals Motorsports Supershow in 2005 and 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, my “Longest Drive Award” from the 2008 National Acura Legend Meet in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  That was one of seven NALMs I’ve attended across the country.  I also have an entry form from when I entered the car in the Lakeland Hills Rockin’ Auto Show in Seattle, Washington in 2005 (at a mere 182,000 miles).

My friend snagged this picture while sitting next to me at a stoplight at Camelback Rd & Scottsdale Rd this afternoon.  I was blasting Metallica’s “Sad But True” as loud as my aftermarket Pioneer sound system would pump it!  I’m planning a little road trip tomorrow so I’ll update again with something more exciting, but today was very productive in non-odometer-rolling ways.

My Kinda Books

Posted in Brochures, Legend on June 10, 2011 by tysonhugie

As further witness to just how deep this Acura Legend obsession goes, I thought I’d take a pit stop in the 500k blog to post about my catalog of Acura & Legend literature that I’ve accumulated over the years.

I’ve been collecting anything on paper related to this car since I was about 16 years old.  Today I received in the mail from my friend Steve in Missouri a new addition for the library:  a JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) brochure for the Legend coupe, including photos and specs (in Japanese, of course) for the super rare Alpha-Touring model.  It’s fun to thumb through and view the accessories offered and recognize just how far ahead of their time these vehicles were.  It’s also amazing the level of detail that went into not only the cars themselves, but the advertising materials that promoted them.

I’ve got some full size 24×36 posters, a VHS promo tape, OEM service manuals, magazine articles, brochures from about every year, original dealership press kits in boxes, and virtually anything else that could have been used to promote the Legend.  Among my collection I also keep a few special items related to my own personal car; I was fortunate to obtain from the original owner the window sticker, purchase paperwork, pre-delivery inspection, and I even still have the California license plate “3KED109” that was issued to the car when it was brand new in 1994 in Pleasanton.

Like any good data analyst, I went ahead and logged my collection a few years ago in Excel and I add a line each time I get a new piece of material, such as today.

Here’s the new piece I got today.  18 pages of fascinating reading!  Thanks Steve.

Just one of the boxes of some of the junk I’ve accumulated.

And some pics from a few years ago when I pulled out a few pieces to reminisce.

I won’t even get into the thousands of Legend pictures I’ve taken over the years – of my cars and of others’.  My best friends know me well enough to realize that it makes my day when they send me random “spy” shots of Legends on the road with their phones.  And they’re quick to quiz me on the year, trim, options, and official color name every time it happens.   I love it!