Half-Million Miler: Randy’s 2010 Acura Is Finally Broken In


The universe works in mysterious methods.

In late June, I wanted to select up a car from the physique store, so I referred to as an Uber from my home. As an Acura fanatic (or extra so, a fanatic) I used to be happy to see that my journey was going to be in a TSX. The automobile arrived and regarded nice. “What number of miles are on it?” I requested as we bought the journey underway. The motive force, Randy, paused. I assumed he may say it had 100,000 or so, however the automobile had 495,980 miles on the odometer. When the journey completed, I exchanged contact info with Randy so he might keep in contact when he bought nearer to the big-five.

He adopted up with me solely a few weeks later through textual content message and stated, “Seems like tomorrow is the day.” We met up at a midpoint (I drove my 585,000-mile Legend, after all) to expertise the milestone collectively.

The Rollover

Being mid-July in Arizona, by 10:30 a.m. the temperature had already soared to triple-digit vary so we stored our time within the car parking zone to a minimal. Randy had 13 miles left to go, so I hopped into the passenger seat and we determined to drive about six miles up the freeway after which loop again.

Our calculations paid off, as the five hundred,000-mile mark got here at virtually precisely the placement the place we initially began – protected contained in the car parking zone at Tempe Market so we didn’t should be pulled over on the facet of a busy highway taking movies and pictures. I shook Randy’s hand and welcomed him (and his trusty TSX) to the half-million-mile membership.

Randy’s Mileage Accumulation

The staggering factor to me isn’t essentially Randy’s mileage achievement, as a result of there have been loads of automobiles reaching the five hundred,000-mile mark and past. I’m significantly intrigued by the pace at which Randy accrued these miles.

Click on above to look at Tyson’s video of the rollover

To additional illustrate this, I pulled a CARFAX report primarily based on his automobile’s car identification quantity (VIN). His automobile was bought new in Might 2010 with 10 miles on the odometer. Randy took possession in January 2017 at 44,993 miles. Inside two years, he hit 150,000 miles. The latest odometer studying on the report was an emissions verify in March 2022 at 391,073 miles. And now 16 months later, he hit 500,000.

Working the maths on that knowledge: Randy has put 455,007 miles on his automobile in just a bit over six years of possession. That comes out to 75,834 miles per yr. Divide that by twelve months per yr, and his automobile has been pushed on common 207 miles each single day day for the final six years. Wow. Uber over-achiever extraordinaire.

Nuts and Bolts

What’s the backstory on this seemingly-immortal automobile, anyway? The TSX model was launched in 2004 because the gateway sedan to the Acura Division of American Honda. Technically, it was launched in mid-2003 which is why we not too long ago celebrated a 20-year anniversary. The primary-generation model was bought as an Accord in Europe.

Randy’s TSX comes from the second technology of the model which launched in 2009 however carried over related engineering. It’s powered by Honda’s widespread (and clearly sturdy) 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline-four powerplant which was rated at 201 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque when new. The engine might be paired with both a five-speed automated transmission (as in Randy’s case) or a six-speed handbook.

Randy’s automobile is an automated, and he says that the one main unscheduled alternative throughout all these miles has been an alternator. The remainder has merely consisted of routine fluids, tires, and brakes.

To the Moon (Twice)

The conclusion of our celebration consisted of putting a “LOW MILEAGE” sticker on Randy’s windshield to make issues official. We joked about the truth that Randy’s automobile has pushed to the moon and again, and now he’s on his manner there once more. “I feel I left one thing there, so I’ve to return,” he mused.

Thanks, Randy, for sharing your expertise with me. I want you a lot extra joyful and protected miles.

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