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Throwback Thursday: Prelude of 15 Years Ago

Posted in Prelude, Throwback on March 12, 2015 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  532,698

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Odometer (ILX):  115,966

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Let’s wind things way back to the year 2000.  “Y2K,” my friends.  Raise your hand if you remember what a big deal it was… and what a big deal it wasn’t.  I was a senior at Pine View High School (go Panthers!) in St. George, Utah.  I filled up 28 CDs with hundreds of songs I downloaded for free on Napster.  Those CDs, incidentally, are still around!  I’d recently upgraded my 1986 Chevy Celebrity to a fancy sports coupe, my Phoenix Red 1989 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si.

I’ve already blogged about my Prelude ownership history a number of times (1) (2), having gone through nearly a half-dozen of them.  This one, though, was special.  I took pride and joy customizing it the way that any high schooler would:  Big rims, rockin’ stereo, and custom red LED accent lights underneath the dashboard.  It’s a good thing my tastes have matured a little.

So, on a sunny Saturday I headed out to get a few pictures of my Prelude on a remote road toward the old airport on the south end of town.  In January 2000 when these pictures were taken, I’d just turned 18 years old a few weeks prior.  My Prelude was already on its second set of custom wheels, some 16″ 5-spoke Enkeis that I got from my brother Bentley.  And that license plate – 4CRUIZN – became my signature nameplate for years to come.  Even today, my posts on many car forums and even my YouTube account are searchable by that name.

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OEM Half-Bra, and one – two – three – yes, four foglights.  Hey, I was 18.  Don’t judge.

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That sticker on the rear window said “Injen.”  It’s a company that made performance air intake systems.  Except, my Prelude was equipped with no such product.  For some reason I just felt inclined to advertise for them.

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I think the rear 3/4 shot was perhaps the most flattering for this car.  Though, I do miss pop-up headlights.

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In all honesty, I think those 3rd generation Preludes are just as fun to drive as my current Acura NSX.  And even back then, I was racking up a few miles and taking note when big milestones happened, like this 150,000 rollover shot.

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Not even 6 months later, I’d upgraded to even bigger wheels and this awful Wings West spoiler.  Let’s not even get started on the white tuxedo, skater shoes, and frosted hair tips.

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I’ve shared this before, but it’s been about a year ago.  Honda loved my Prelude / tux pictures so much that they used one of them in a national TV commercial.

My phone blew up for a few weeks while it was airing.  I loved it.

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Haha, my friends are the best.  And little did I know that little red Honda would be seen by so many people, so many years later.  Meanwhile, as long as we’re back in Y2K, look at what my mom was driving at the time.  This was her 1993 Acura Legend L sedan, which I’ve also blogged about before.

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Those were 16″ “Optima” polished aluminum 7-spokers, and let’s not forget to take note of the chrome fender accent pieces.

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Mom’s plate “GOTIAGO” was a continuation of her old 1990 Integra‘s “C TIA GO.”

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Family road trip to Bear Lake, at the Utah/Idaho state line, later that same year.

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Hard to believe that 15 years have come and gone!  Thanks for coming along for my time travels as always.

Coming Attractions:  This just showed up at my house for a week.  I’m planning on getting it dirty.

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Throwback Thursday: Tyson’s Trio of Cars, March 2005

Posted in Legend, Prelude, Throwback on September 4, 2014 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  531,504

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Odometer (ILX):  94,796

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Some people collect coins, or stamps, or baseball cards.  I guess you could say my hoarding tendencies revolve around objects that are a little bit bigger.  I’ve owned multiple cars concurrently for about the last 10 years. 

I don’t remember what compelled me to arrange my 3 cars around my family’s house in St. George, Utah on the morning of March 14, 2005, but I have a series of pictures that were taken with my Canon PowerShot SD400 that are still bringing a smile to my face over 9 years later.  My trio of cars at the time was rather diverse.  Let’s take a closer look at each of them.  To my parents, thanks for putting me up with me driving on the lawn as an eager car-loving 23-year-old.

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Celebrity:

The 1986 Chevrolet Celebrity has a story all its own, which I’ve shared on the blog before.  Purchased brand new by my parents from Axtell Chevrolet in Logan, Utah, it became my first car about 11 years later.  The Celeb was my first taste of life on the open road, and I proudly drove it during my sophomore year of high school.  I even dumped $500 into a Maaco paint job and cleaned its 14″ wire wheel hubcaps in a bathtub with a scrub brush.  #OCD

Years later, I bought it back in ragged shape with 194,000 miles on it for a few hundred bucks and I wasn’t sure what to do with it.  The sentimental value alone prompted me to scoop it up when I had the opportunity, but my (second) time with it was short-lived.  I got rid of it for $800 and its 2.8 liter carbureted V6 was tired and dying.  The Celebrity has surely by now been scrapped and melted down to liquified steel.  It still holds a special place in my heart.  Though its quirks were many – and every vehicle I’ve owned since has been a far more reliable Honda – it had the comfiest bench seat in the world. 

Confession:  I’m a member of a GM “A-Body” car enthusiast forum.  Yes, there exists such a thing.

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Prelude:

One of 5 Honda Preludes I’ve owned, this one was perhaps my favorite:  a Phoenix Red 1991 with 4-wheel-steering.  It had 144,750 miles on the odometer when I bought it in December 2004 for $3,750 with the intention of using it as a “winter beater” at Utah State University and keeping the Legend in storage. Key hand-off!  I still have that hooded sweatshirt…

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Dare I say, that Prelude handled as nimbly as my current NSX and the driving experience was damn near just as fun.  This car, however, sucked my wallet dry.  Having purchased the car with zero maintenance history, it succumbed to a timing belt failure and ended up requiring a new engine right away due to bent valves.  I also dumped a few dollars into an adjustable coilover suspension and those oh-so-flashy 16″ chrome 5-spokers.  I was struggling to juggle cars around and too tied up with full-time college and work to devote to the Prelude, so I put a “For Sale” sign in it at a car show.  It sold that very same day for quite a bit over book value.  Oddly enough, I bought that car back years later, too.  What is it with me and never being able to fully let go? 

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Legend:

The 1994 LS coupe was just a wee babe, with 164,660 miles on the odometer when this photoshoot took place.  I’d upgraded the car at some point with brighter headlights, Catz XLO foglights (later swapped for OEM), and some Ebay-riffic clear corner lenses.  Don’t judge me; I was in my 20’s and still had a bit of “boy racer” in me.  I’d had the car for only two years and intended to keep it awhile, but probably never dreamed I’d still be driving it 9 years later.

So, here we go with my morning photoshoot from the mid-2000’s!

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What were the neighbors thinking as I scampered around arranging these?

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1991, 1994, and 1986 respectively.  Will vinyl roofs ever come back?

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Yes, my friends, my license plate on the Celebrity said “HUGGIE’S.”  Laugh it up!

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Back when a half-bra was all the rage.

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Doors open for artistic effect.  Or something.

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Oops, I was missing some hubcaps on the Celeb.

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My babies.

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Nice shot of the 4WS in action.  Check out that back tire!  The 1988-1991 Prelude with this option handled like nothing else.  I could U-turn anywhere.

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License plates, read left to right:  HUGGIE’S 4CRUIZN UTAHST8.  (I was attending Utah State Univ at the time)

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Okay, that velour interior on the Celebrity.  SO PLUSH.  Comfortable seating for 6.

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Thanks for taking a drive with me down Memory Lane.

Ryan Rendezvous, Million Mile Miata, & Jason’s Journey

Posted in Prelude, Reader's Ride on May 23, 2014 by tysonhugie

Odometer (ILX):  79,776

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Odometer (Legend):  529,586

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Happy Friday!

As I prepare for a road trip departure on this upcoming 3-day weekend, I’ve got a 3-part feature for your Friday serving of Drive to Five.

I’ve met some pretty dang cool people through this crazy car community over the years.  Ryan and I ‘met’ (online, anyway) via a website called Prelude Power.  Around 2007-08, I had a project car 1991 Prelude Si 4WS.  Ryan owned the same car and we liked keeping each other updated.  His car looked like this:

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Ryan is from South Dakota but he and his dad visited the Phoenix area about 5 1/2 years ago and I met up with them.  Here’s the picture we took on November 12, 2008.  We stood in front of the Legend, of course, which had around 349,000 miles on it at the time.

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This week, Ryan’s back in town so he stopped by for a visit last night.

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Ryan still has his Prelude, but it’s come a long way in the last few years.  Such a long way, in fact, that Honda Tuning Magazine did a feature story on it a couple of months ago.  Here’s a link to some tech specs on Ryan’s build from the Honda Tuning website.

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Ryan took the wheel of the NSX for a spin around the block.  We both commented on how much the NSX feels a lot like a Prelude with its nimble handling, great visibility, and precise shifting.

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We also took the ILX for a spin to grab a bite to eat.

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Thanks for the visit, Ryan and Emily!

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Million Mile Miata – here’s something you all might enjoy.  Sometime last fall, Road & Track editor Zach Bowman picked up a < $2k craigslist ‘beater’ that he’s determined to drive to 1,000,000 miles.  It had 325,000 on it and needed its fair share of maintenance.  A few days ago he rolled 330,000 in the middle of the night, somewhere in Texas.

I’m not totally sure what Zach’s objective of this exercise will be, other than to push his little 1990 Mazda Miata until its odometer rolls over, but that’s a good enough reason for me to (and hopefully some of you!) tune in.  You can follow Zach’s travels via the Million Mile Miata Facebook page.

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Here’s a little more background on how the MMM idea got its start.  Good luck, Zach!  I’d love to meet you the next time you’re rolling through Arizona!

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On a related subject of long-distance road-tripping:  I’m insanely jealous right now.  My friend Jason (who you’ll remember from the recent Canyon de Chelly road trip) is currently on a 17-state, 5,000-mile road trip across the country in his black 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 6-speed.  Check out this picture taken yesterday, just outside Amarillo, Texas.  It looks like a pretty barren landscape, except for those specks along the horizon.

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Those specks are actually 10 Cadillacs buried in the ground, at an angle, that have been spray-painted over and over again by tourists.  This is the Cadillac Ranch.

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I don’t know how much access Jason will have to a computer during his trip, but keep an eye on his website, Driven for Drives.  I’ll do my best to share bits & pieces of his story as he sends them to me, too.

Safe travels, Jason!  And to any others of you who are out on the roadways this weekend.

Flashback Friday: First Driver License

Posted in Legend, Prelude, Throwback on April 18, 2014 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  529,215

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Odometer (ILX):  74,337

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Oh my.  I came across a color copy of this 1990’s artifact the other day.  Issued the last day of 1997, I was 5-foot-8 and 130 pounds of ear-to-ear grinning 16-year-old.  I’m pretty sure I bolted from the DMV and did a few cartwheels in the process as I was finally a fully legalized driver.

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While we’re looking back, here’s a shot from around that same era.  My 1989 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si at the time was equipped with some blingin’ 15″ Optima wheels.  Mom’s 1993 Acura Legend L was looking pretty fly, too.  This was taken in 1998 at my grandparents’ cabin near Elk Meadows Ski Resort in the mountains east of Beaver, Utah.

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I also scanned this beauty from around the same time.  Grandma’s Chevy Beretta.  It was a 1990, I think?  I loved that car, and actually I still find Berettas attractive when I see them on the road.  Call me crazy.

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I finally got around to test-fitting an OEM Legend coupe cover that my friend Mark gave me several weeks ago.

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All bundled up!  Perfect fit, just as I expected.  Thanks, Mark!

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My friend Chris in NJ tipped me off on this stunning Crystal Black Pearl 2014 Acura ILX, customized by Acura of Pembroke Pines, Florida.  It’s sitting on 19″ Vossen wheels and stanced with Eibach lowering springs.

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Absolutely gorgeous!  And, it’s already been sold to a lucky owner.  It’s amazing how a few subtle updates will really make a car “pop.”

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I’m off to Utah until Sunday for some family festivities, so stay tuned for a trip write-up in the coming days.  The ILX is closing in on the 25,000 mile home stretch to its first 100,000.  Thanks for joining me on the way there!

Honda’s “Thank You” Ad

Posted in Prelude on October 28, 2013 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  527,600

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Odometer (ILX):  57,227

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This was a fun way to start my morning!

Honda has launched a new ad campaign called “Start Something Special” and one of the TV spots that will kick it off is this 30-second clip with a quick cameo appearance of me standing with my pride & joy 1989 Prelude.  I was a senior in high school and had just gotten dressed up for that night’s prom.  White tux – check.  White skater shoes – check.  Prelude with more “bling bling” chrome than Vegas?  Also check.

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Those were simpler times.  Many moons ago when I ordered that Utah “4CRUIZN” license plate, I never thought I’d be “CRUIZN” toward 500,000 miles a decade later in an Acura.  Nor could I have known that Honda HQ would have any such interest in using the picture for marketing.  But hey, I was thrilled to oblige!

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Though my taste in cars (and fashion) has changed a bit since I was 17 years old, my commitment to the Honda brand remains ever-strong, and I’m glad to thank Honda back for the many miles of travels that the company’s well-built cars have provided me.

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Our family’s garage in the late 1990’s did indeed look something like a Honda used car lot.

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  • My 1989 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si
  • My brother’s 1984 Honda Civic 1500 S
  • My mom’s 1993 Acura Legend L sedan
  • My project car 1988 Acura Legend L sedan

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It’s hard to believe that was 15 years ago!  I’ll close with a text conversation thread from a dialogue today with an old friend who I haven’t spoken with in at least a couple of years.

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Out of the blue, an “Are you married to your car?” comment.  The answer is yes, my friend.  And we’ll live happily ever after.   The End.

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My First Honda: 1989 Prelude 2.0 Si 5-Speed

Posted in Prelude, Throwback on March 1, 2013 by tysonhugie

Happy Friday!  It was a week of milestones for the cars.  On Wednesday night, the ILX rolled 30,000 miles.

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And on Thursday night, the Legend rolled 520,000 miles.

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My ILX in fewer than 9 months has accumulated more miles than this 1995 Legend LS sedan has over the last 18 years.  Look how nice that front seat leather is!

Humble beginnings.  Honda’s first foray into production automobiles was in June 1963 with a cute little truck called the T360.  It had only 30 horsepower.  Honda has come a very long way.

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The first car I really ever got passionate about was my 1989 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si when I was 17 years old.  This was a Phoenix Red 5-speed that I purchased in January 1999 with 134,000 miles on the odometer. Original classified ad:

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First order of business was ditching the studded snow tires (this was a Boise, Idaho car) and installing some 15″ Optima polished aluminum wheels.

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This next picture was taken December, 2000.  It’s easy to see how my tastes were a little more “loud” back then.  Wings West spoiler, Dynomax exhaust, even an “Si-R” sticker.  My mom’s 1993 Legend L sedan in the background had a much cleaner sense of style than what I was going for on my Prelude.

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I meticulously kept track of my expenses for the entire time that I owned the Prelude.

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I drove the Prelude for two years and sold it at 169,000 miles.  Two more years later, I was reunited the car in early 2003 when I got in touch with the family who I’d sold it to.  I was able to borrow the car for a couple of hours and detail it.  At the time, I had just recently purchased my 1994 Legend LS coupe so I got some pictures with the two cars together.

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Sadly, it was less than a year later when I happened across the Prelude in the front yard of a towing company in St. George, Utah.  It had been rear-ended and was a total loss.  When I stopped by, I was driving my Charcoal Granite Metallica 1991 Legend L coupe 5-speed (a project car).

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The most depressing part was when I peered inside the car and saw the odometer reading:  199,600.  It had been so close to achieving 200,000 mile status.  I know they’re capable of far more, based on my friend Chris’ experience with his 1988 Prelude Si getting to 399,525 miles before it died.

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I pulled off the “H” emblem from the trunk lid and I still have it in a box, 10 years later.  The only reminder I have left of the car that first got me excited about Honda.

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I must’ve had a video camera handy, because my friend Branson in the background here was documenting our visit.  I’ll have to track down that tape because it could have some entertaining stuff on it.

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I’d love to own another 3rd generation (1988-1991) Prelude someday.

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Congrats to another Drive to Fiver who has picked up an Acura ILX.  Greg from Denver reached out the other day after picking up his first new car, a 2013 Acura ILX in Polished Metal Metallic with the 2.0 / automatic drivetrain.

Thanks Greg for sharing your excitement about (and a picture of) your new car!

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MORE POWER!

Most gearheads can appreciate things like sky-high horsepower and loads of torque, so I’ll share a fun sidebar about my brother’s business called H&S Performance. As long as I can remember, my brothers have been just as into the car scene as I have.  My brother Bentley’s first car was a 1984 Honda Civic S with a whopping 122 horsepower.  It was a 5-speed manual and a hand-me-down from my great-grandma, “Granny.”

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He wasted no time in making some aesthetic and performance upgrades to that old hatchback.

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But 122 horsepower was only going to satisfy him for so long…

H&S is a producer of diesel performance products.  There’s an entire enthusiast community dedicated to souping up diesel pickup trucks.  And these monster trucks, it may surprise many, can put sports cars to shame with their speed & power capabilities.

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On Thursday afternoon, H&S broadcasted a 2-hour live video feed of my brother Bentley’s 2011 Ford F-250 Powerstroke through a series of dyno runs in an attempt to break something.  They literally wanted to push this truck to its ultimate limits for the sake of R&D.  My brother is the one leaning on the truck in the final shot of this video where folks from around his office predicted the fate of the truck.

The live video feed from the event is here.

  • Run 1: 1:28:39 – Warming up the truck, ~400 HP
  • Run 2: 1:30:21 – Fuel only, ~580 HP
  • Run 3: 1:33:45 – Fuel only, ~600 HP
  • Run 4: 1:40:35 – Nitrous run 1, ~700 HP
  • Run 5: 1:45:41 – Nitrous run 2, ~700 HP
  • Run 6: 1:50:48 – Nitrous run 3, ~700 HP
  • Run 7: 2:01:02 – Nitrous run 4, ~750 HP
  • Run 8: 2:18:05 – Nitrous run 5, ~800 HP
  • Run 9: 2:47:04 – Nitrous run 6, ~880 HP

The truck ended up at 884 horsepower and 1,668 lb/ft of torque on a stock bottom end and transmission.  That transmission ended up being the weakest link.

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The H&S crew said they’ll be back for 1,000 horsepower soon.  I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store.  Now, if only I could get them to do a little tuning to my 2.4 liter ILX.

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EDIT:  Let’s make this interactive.  Duane from California emailed me and told me about his first Honda.  He paid $426 for it in 1988, which was a lot of money for a lawnmower back then.  But in 25 years, it’s only been in for service once!

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What was your first Honda?  😉

High Mileage Stories

Posted in Milestones, Prelude, Reader's Ride on April 27, 2012 by tysonhugie

Odometer:  511,358

One of my favorite things about Drive to Five is that it has brought so many other Honda and Acura fans out of the woodwork to share their similar mileage successes with me.  I have a new friend named Tim from New Jersey who drives this beautiful 2003 Honda Accord coupe that recently crossed a milestone.  I welcome Tim to the 150,000 mile club!  His car still looks fantastic and from the sounds of things, he’s maintaining it carefully so that it will no doubt cross the 200,000 mile mark and beyond.

Some of my readers will also remember when in a prior post I mentioned Matt Marion, editor at Mens Health, who took his green 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T to 500,000 miles on its original drivetrain.  The car was donated to science, so to speak, and engineers at VW headquarters disassembled the motor to assess its condition after all those miles.  The results were pretty remarkable.  Matt shared his story on the Mens Health blog here, complete with a video.

Congratulations, Matt!  (And Matt’s Jetta, which will now live on in other Jettas since its parts have been donated).

I also love to check in periodically at HondaBeat.com.   There’s a special section of that page dedicated to people like me who have had such great ownership experiences with Honda products.  I first submitted my Legend to the page in October, 2005 when it had 194,000 miles.  Following was that initial entry.  I was rolling around on 17″ RSX Type S wheels at the time:

I’ve since followed up with the website administrator, Ellen, multiple times and she’s posted my latest mileage status each time:

  • November, 2007 (300,000 miles)
  • January, 2010 (400,000 miles)
  • November, 2011 (500,000 miles)

The page is searchable which is handy if you’re wondering about high mileage stories of any Honda or Acura model in particular.

Lastly, a special feature for today’s post:   A “Guest Editorial” of sorts.  We all know that well-maintained Hondas seem to last forever.  I’ve known that since long before I started obsessing over getting my own Acura to the 500,000 mile mark.  And I recently shared with my readers that one of my Honda loves has always been the 1988-1991 Honda Prelude, which I shared in a previous post.

One of the key sources of inspiration early on in my Honda-owning history was my friend Chris who lives in Maryland.  Chris and I were both members of the now-obsolete http://www.hondaprelude.com website & forum back in the late 1990’s.  Chris’ car, at around 250,000 miles, was one of the highest mileage vehicles I knew of at the time.  I looked up to his example and set a personal goal of reaching that milestone with my own car at the time, a 1989 Prelude Si that looked just like Chris’ ride.

My Prelude is the red one pictured here.  It had a mere 155,000 miles on the odometer.  These are pictures from the first “meet” I ever attended with any vehicle – held in May 2000 at the Excalibur Casino parking structure in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It wasn’t until November 2008, when I was on a cross-country road trip from AZ to PA and back that I had a chance to actually shake Chris’ hand and sit behind the wheel in his famous Prelude in Maryland, which had 393,565 miles on it at the time.  My Legend had just over 352,000 on it then.

Following is Chris’ story (in his own words) about this Prelude, followed by a photo journal of some of his car’s history.

The abridged 2-owner history of “Highmileage:”

I purchased a bright red 1988 Prelude 2.0 Si from the original owner in February of 1999 for $4800.  The title and odometer read nearly 227,000 miles.  The main reasons why I bought this car were (1) its service history was fully documented from its late 1987 purchase thru present and (2) I was curious how long it would last before it blew up.  I wanted to know how many ORIGINAL miles a Honda would go.

The $4800 I paid for it was a little much but some one repair on the suspension had just been completed and a total repaint and clear coat was done within the last year.  Though the car was 11 years old with well over 200,000 miles; it LOOKED like it was just off the showroom floor and I had to have it.  A quick trip to the credit union and a signature later I bought my first car.

I had Highmileage for 10 years and drove it through MD, DE, PA, NJ, VA, NC, TN, OH, MI and WV.  I drove it, I babied it, I thrashed it with 100-120 mph highway runs in it, I raced it at Summit Point Raceway in WV,  and I took it to numerous car shows before it started rusting.  I took it to the beach dozens of times and it was my prized ride back in 2003 as I left the church with my new bride.  The car was adorned with very large underwear, silly string, soda cans, you name it in tow towards our hotel the night we got married.

Her last car show was the 2004 National Prelude Meet in Pittsburgh PAwhere she won 3rd place with nearly 350,000 miles.  Not long after that 2004 show the numerous Maryland winters with salt started to take their toll on the car and her outward appearance started to go down hill.

April 23, 2009 was her last day on the road.  That week my mother-in-law borrowed it while her car was in the shop having some body work done.  Due to lack of driving at this stage it was stuck around 398,000 miles and I knew with her 100+ mile commute she could easily get me closer to 400,000 miles.  After stalling 2-3 times the car wouldn’t restart.  The front camshaft was seizing up and the timing belt sheared the pulley off the shaft in my hands during troubleshooting.  The odometer showed 399,525 miles.  Due to a broken speedometer cable in 2000 this car easily had over 400,000 miles as I was returning from Detroit to Maryland when it snapped.  The outward condition of the car at this point was poor and at this point it was time to let it go.

August 1st 2009 I rented a trailer and towed it to the junkyard with my Toyota Sequoia

where it was put in the lot for pickers to grab parts off of.  I visited it every week or two and a few parts were taken off the car but nothing major.  After about 2 months; she was gone.

I’m now 35 years old and my twins are 6.  I’m still a car guy per say but haven’t found the next toy to run up and down the highways.  I’ve tried to find the elusive rust-free Prelude, Acura Legend or another rare car that isn’t seen very often but until then I will always remember the good times had with Highmileage!

-Christopher Miller

Havre de Grace MD

Email millafied@comcast.net for the full story.

The car in its prime early days.

Outstanding Award that Chris received at the Churchville Car & Truck Show on Memorial Day weekend, 2000.

October 1, 2001 – at 300,000 miles.  Photo that Chris sent to his friend at Apple Honda of York, PA who helped with the Prelude’s maintenance.

Happy day at 300k!

Chris received as an honorable mention at the Ocean City car show in June 2002.

This car was the getaway car after Chris’ wedding to his wife Kera.

And finally, in later years.

The car’s last day – odometer at 399,525 miles.

August 1, 2009 – final walkaround video here:

The story, though, has a happy ending.  Several weeks ago, Chris picked up a gorgeous 1991 Prelude Si 4WS with only 207,000 on the odometer.

Thanks, Chris, for sharing your story and for your enthusiasm for Honda!