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530k Milestone & Flagstaff Quick Drive

Posted in Arizona, ILX, Legend, Milestones, Road Trip, Spy Shots on June 29, 2014 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  530,024


Odometer (ILX):  85,452


Took me long enough to get to 530k!


Friday, I drove the Legend to work and achieved a milestone on the way home from the office.  I took a few cell phone shots of the car just shortly after the roll-over.  They aren’t the best quality but you get the idea.

I have a few maintenance items to address before driving it to Los Angeles next month for NALM.  I might go ahead and have the spark plugs changed (last replaced at 434,000).  There’s also a leaking inner CV boot on the passenger side, and I’ve been told the A/C lines at the compressor are leaking, though the system still somehow blows ice cold air.


These were taken just east of Phoenix on the Beeline Highway near the Saguaro Lake turnoff.



Yesterday, I escaped the Phoenix heat for a few hours and met up with some friends in Flagstaff, Arizona.  It’s only about a 150-mile drive each way via I-17 so I was easily able to get up and back comfortably over the course of the day.  It sure was great to spend some time in “only” 90 degree temperatures as opposed to the 110 degrees at my house.


The only photos I grabbed were at Exit 317:  Fox Ranch Road.


Perfect day for a drive.


Think anyone will mind if I park the car there?  I was a rebel for a few seconds.


I thought it would be fun to share a few “spy shots” that friends have sent me over the last couple of weeks since I recently started saving them.  My friends know how Legend-crazy I am, so I frequently get text messages of random sightings from the road.

From Tim


From Terrance


Another from Terrance


From Paul


From Mike


From Jim


Another from Jim


From Beau


Haha, to those who have my phone number or email:  Keep the pics coming!

Spy Shots

Posted in Legend, Spy Shots on September 22, 2011 by tysonhugie

Odometer:  495,710

It really hit me that I talk too much about my car when a few years ago, my friends started sending me “spy” pictures of Acura Legends every time they saw them on the road. My friend Jeremy’s eyes are so well trained that he can even spot them in his rearview mirror.  I received the following as a photo text message this afternoon:

My friend Matt sent this one this past weekend during a trip to Los Angeles.

And a colleague from work, Jim, goes the extra mile — often sending MULTIPLE angles of the same vehicle.  One day a couple weeks ago I received a series of 9 (yes nine!) photos of this 1994 Legend LS here in Scottsdale that’s a twin to mine.  Jim later acknowledged that the driver appeared to get suspicious when he saw Jim taking so many pictures with his camera phone.  Understandably!

It makes my day to get photo text messages like this.  How disgustingly nerdy is that?

My love of the road is well known among my friends.  This morning I posted a Happy Birthday message on a friend’s Facebook wall who I haven’t talked to in a few months.  His response:  “You are probably road tripping somewhere… hope all is well!”  These people have me figured out.  Speaking of Facebook, have you visited the Acura Legend Owners & Enthusiasts page lately?  I created it in November, 2006 and it’s up to over 660 members today.  Little did I know that so many other people shared my love for a vehicle that’s now been discontinued for over 15 years.

Today, my brake rotors were refinished on the LS coupe for the first time since 89,784 miles.  I also had the front lower ball joints replaced with OEM units.  None of this was absolutely critical – I’m sure the car would have easily sailed to 500,000 without today’s work.  However, as Mr. Preventive Maintenance, whether a car has 50k or 500k on it, I maintain my vehicle as if I’m going to be driving it for the rest of my life.  And that means I’ll have more peace of mind knowing that I’m doing my part to not only ensure my car’s future but my own safety.

The beauty of Desert Mist Metallic paint is that from a distance you don’t see just how bad the front end on this thing is.  Road rash galore.