TireKicker Time Machine: 1994 Acura Legend Coupe

Tyson Hugie's 1994 Acura Legend Coupe front view
Tyson Hugie's 1994 Acura Legend Coupe. Not your typical 18-year old car.

Confession: I've been neglecting the TireKicker Time Machine feature. Partly because it's 17 million degrees in Phoenix this summer but also because I'm looking for the exceptional.

Turns out I found it in the summer of 2009...and just needed reminding.

The picture above is of a 1994 Acura Legend 6-Speed Coupe belonging to a young man named Tyson Hugie. And it's a recent photo.

Tyson Hugie, Michael Hagerty and Tyson's 1994 Acura Legend Coupe in June 2009
Tyson Hugie, Michael Hagerty and Tyson's 1994 Acura Legend Coupe in 2009.
That's us, a little over two years ago, meeting for the first time when I was doing a story for television on people who keep their cars for 100,000  200,000 miles or more. Tyson more than qualified...his Legend had 378,000 miles..and was not only running...but virtually flawless. That was our only meeting. We've stayed in sporadic touch by e-mail since.

Tyson Hugie's 1994 Acura Legend Coupe rear view
Rear view of Tyson Hugie's 1994 Acura Legend Coupe.
Tyson's a huge believer in maintenance. Anything that breaks gets fixed fast, and there's so much attention to upkeep that nothing much breaks.

And if you think he keeps it nice by not driving it much...remember that mileage? 378,000 two summers ago? Here's the odometer from this past weekend:

Tyson Hugie's 1994 Acura Legend Coupe odometer
Tyson's 1994 Acura Legend Coupe odometer reading as of this weekend.

That's right...now closing in on half a million miles. Tyson has driven 113,774 miles in 26 months. That's 4,375 miles a month. Testing two cars a week, I do maybe 2,000...2,400 tops. How's he do it?

He drives places. Interesting, faraway places:

Tyson Hugie and his 1994 Acura Legend Coupe at the Alaskan border
Tyson and the 1994 Acura Legend at the Alaskan border.

There are a lot of interesting adventures and insights wrapped up in getting a car to the 500,000 mile mark...and Tyson tells them best in his own blog devoted to getting there: DriveToFive (Legendary Quest for 500,000 Miles). He'll hit that milestone soon at this rate...so bookmark it now and start enjoying the ride.


Tyson said...

Thanks for the feature, Michael! I'll update once again when the big 5-0 rolls around. I should start scouring your new car reviews so I can select a successor that will go just as far as this Legend has...

Michael Hagerty, Founder/Editor of TireKicker said...

My pleasure, Tyson! A great story is a great story. You deserve some sort of award for care and preservation of a vehicle while still driving it as intended. Maybe North American Honda/Acura will see to that someday.