Here's Why the Acura Legend was the First Japanese Luxury Car in America
Scotty Kilmer
Acura Legend car review. Here's Why the Acura Legend was the First Japanese Luxury Car in America, car review and car tour with Scotty Kilmer. Car show off contest winner Alex and his 1990 Acura Legend Coupe. This 28 year old car has been kept in great condition with tons of cool features. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 50 years.
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  • Scotty Kilmer
    Scotty Kilmer

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    • YY Margiela
      YY Margiela

      Scotty Kilmer what do u think of the Acura TSX

    • Battosai Jenkins
      Battosai Jenkins

      @Scotty Kilmer, to Alex with those Legends, You think the Canadian ones are good? You better check out the Canada only Acura CSX which ran production from 2006-2011. In fact the looks and reliability was so good that Honda Japan took their design and created the classic FD2 Civic Type-R. Anyways, people are trying to import the Acura CSX to United States but having trouble. It's the best looking Acura to date I think!!

    • Gianluca Galiano
      Gianluca Galiano

      I have a 1990 Acura legend the luxure edition 😍😍😍 its beautiful... 🙈🙈

    • oFailBoat

      Alex is hot keep the videos coming!

    • D Harris
      D Harris

      Scotty Kilmer t

  • Kraig Thornhill
    Kraig Thornhill

    I love the Acuras. The second generation Legend was my favorite. I also love the Acura Vigor! Stunning car! Although I am a Lexus fan, I still love Acura!

  • Noseefood

    Doesn’t mention how many miles it got

  • Hassan Khan
    Hassan Khan

    The amount of technology in this car and for that era is just great its just there for common sense and daily use and every thing has a use not like now days I bet todays cars dont have this much common sense and daily useable items, and the tech is just great, also looks good not like now days with big grills and ugly designs and ugly interiors with cheap quality materials used.

  • Racer X
    Racer X

    Traded my 89 coupe in a few years ago with only 110,000 on it. Those power rear windows were so cool! Really miss that car.

  • YACW

    Camera very noise

  • scs.classics

    WHAT ABOUT the Acura vigor????

  • Framus 1634
    Framus 1634

    I love these cars even though they are little bland. This guy is also cool!

  • juanj24

    1 of these jus pulled up to the junkyard, engine was still good bu da transmission went out, such a nice car

    • Altek

      I could have used that engine, my beater died :(

  • Richard Williams
    Richard Williams

    I used to drive one back in the day (4 door), loved it! This video bought back memories 😍

  • Justin Flynn
    Justin Flynn

    So neat!

  • megachef04

    Mint condition

  • J H
    J H

    I loved my 1990 Acura Legend

  • 7s29

    I have the same car, only mine is a 1988 car, they're awesome to drive.

  • Waseem Sells
    Waseem Sells

    One of my all time favourite cars. Prefer it in red.

  • Daniel Brenner
    Daniel Brenner

    My father had two of these as well in the early 2000s... both tan , both were manual transmissions and both were stolen . Anyway I remember shifting the gears as a kid . You’re right that the 90s car design has not aged well, but these will always be beautiful cars . They’re really hard to find nowadays . I also remember for some reason my father’s not having leather seats ... could that have been true?

  • Kevin MacNutt
    Kevin MacNutt

    I am glad I am not the only one who made the weight reduction joke. My first two 3.5 RLs both had rust issues and joked that the car gets lighter every year. I am on my third which is rust free. I would love to have a 1st gen coupe with stick. Despite the lack of cup holders, the early ones had some neat features left off the RL like the wiper lift and the on board mileage computer. My 1982 BMW 528e did have one of those, I think BMW was the first, however Honda/Acura has always struck me as the Japanese BMW.

  • Theodore Abboud
    Theodore Abboud

    The only reason why I love my 1989 Acura legend is that it has a cassette player and that it takes off like a fighter jet!!

  • robert hildebrand
    robert hildebrand

    I want one so bad I bought a tl cause its tge same engine 😂

  • SlimeBall23

    In 1998 my family had the acura ohhh..the legend

  • Bryan Derrick
    Bryan Derrick

    Nice video, Nice Legends! Have always wanted a 1st gen coupe manual ever since the early 2000s had an clean 89 Sedan Auto L which as my first car and even as an auto was a fun car to drive.

  • Mark Hudson
    Mark Hudson

    What's the vertical lever between the two middle dash air vents? I'm guessing outside air vs. conditioned air.

    • Altek

      You're supposed to flip it up when the AC is on. It does have a recirculate button otherwise, so I'm not sure what it's doing behind the scenes but it's noticeably colder when it's up and the AC is on.

  • Sergey Fesik
    Sergey Fesik

    Hey Scotty, I've been looking for parts for my 1993 Acura legend. I called the dealership and they discontinued most of the parts for them. Any advice on where to find parts?


    This guy mentions all three of the Acuras he's had, they had similar breakdowns at the same time-frame but doesn't mention WHAT THEY ARE!!! LOL

    • Altek

      Issues, not breakdowns. I had the master brake cylinder go at around 150k on each, ball joints going around the same mileage and simple interior bits break around the same time. Never had any engine problems short of the EGR on my latest which I hear is a consistent problem with these.

  • TheFlightSimPros

    John Lennon is that you at the intro???

  • German Beer
    German Beer

    Beautiful lines

  • Supercool

    I love driving my 93 Acura Legend

  • Top40Bill

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="207">3:27</a> Love the exhaust note. I had an 88 LS 4 Door and I've almost forgotten how it sounded.

  • D'Faro

    I had a 93 legend 4 door. It was a smooth ride.

  • Lori Pavlu
    Lori Pavlu

    Was just gifted an 88 sedan. Also gold but it's pretty trashed. Hoping to fix it up. Most features I've ever had!

  • immanuel gulardi
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  • Nick G
    Nick G

    I loved that fucking car!!

  • J T
    J T

    I love him

  • Eric Castillo
    Eric Castillo

    Most new cars my look better but they don't last half the life time

  • Joshua Felty
    Joshua Felty

    I was a very professional review on his car. If I had the money I would have to do my car.

  • mack cummy
    mack cummy

    Ha I did think Hank Azaria. Anyway, I have a turbo RSX-S myself.

  • Sergiu Puscasu
    Sergiu Puscasu

    You don’t need a reason to “why” it was the first luxury Japanese car in America. It just.... was. But it doesn’t really look like a luxury car.

  • jam bam
    jam bam

    Hmmm.... I never noticed before this video that the 1990's Acura Legend looks like the 1980 BMW 6 series.

  • Joey Krak
    Joey Krak

    awesome car

  • may day
    may day

    this man is gorgeous👀

  • Donald Mei
    Donald Mei

    I bought a Red 1990 coupe in 1993. It was a great car. Quick for its day. (lets not forget that the base Corvette had 245 hp back then). Like the guy says in the video, the manual transmission was a sweetheart. Overall, it was a great balance between fun, reliability, practicality and it actually looked good. But alas, the My red Legend Coupe left in 1997 with my estranged wife. It was worth it.

  • Rafael Angel
    Rafael Angel

    Great video, Mr Scotty Quick question , do you think this is worth it ?. I found a 1995 Acura legend coupe with original engine , with 98000 miles on it , the car is being parked for over 3 years at least, with no activity (the owner say the car was running when he left he car there in the grass)the car have some body damage but the interior is in great shape, And don't mind pay no more than $300.00 in the condition it is now. and work on it as project and keep it as my new toy . always wanted to work on a project car . Do you think is worth it ?? Acura NSX Wanna be .

  • Clay Liu
    Clay Liu

    Lexus LS400 vs Acura Legend

  • Ruben Sousa
    Ruben Sousa

    Amazing review! This guy has an amazing potential ! Very captivating when explaining things about the car and funny too. You are going far I subscribed to your channel. Keep up the great work !

  • Tree Garden Life
    Tree Garden Life

    Very nice feature with the back windows rolling down. Old American cars used to do that with coupes.

  • Eugene Sotomayor
    Eugene Sotomayor

    Wow,nice car,still running good.

  • Ken Dowton
    Ken Dowton

    I worked as a service adviser at a Acura dealer from 1987 -1995 when Acura bought back some franchises due to lack of sales. Acura eliminated the Integra and in 91 came out with a new version of the Legend which was very poor. Sales fell off immediately and never recovered. They also came out with the Vigor (it was later changed to the TL) which had an inline 5 cylinder engine. POS . I agree the 90 model LS was the best Legend ever made.. BTW great video. I had forgotten some of the features of that car..

  • Boosted_ brody
    Boosted_ brody

    This was my very first car in high school bought it with 212,000 miles and sold it at 293,000 and it was still running strong!

  • Notus Notus
    Notus Notus

    Nah. The first Japanese luxury car in America was the Toyota Cressida. Circa 1976.

  • Greg Brady
    Greg Brady

    I had a 5 speed '87 Legend sedan I bought in '88....So wish I could find another..Loved every moment I that I owned it...That motor ran like a Swiss watch...I felt that I had finally arrived when I took ownership of it...

  • YeuLaKho

    Made in Japan Acura. Last forever.

  • YeuLaKho

    What about Acura Vigor?

  • Anaconda Squezze
    Anaconda Squezze

    I had an Aura legend...long time ago and let me tell you, That thing was reliable.

  • Mike Lesesne
    Mike Lesesne

    I used to want an Acura Legend Coupe.

  • Ahmed Rufai
    Ahmed Rufai

    Japanese actually show American big 3 how to build ,and design a car and this is 1990 model we talking about. Excellent

  • Salman Khan
    Salman Khan

    Had a Acura 3.2 TL from 90s. A true gentleman’s car. I believe the legend then turned into the TL

  • Salman Khan
    Salman Khan

    Acura simply amazing.

  • spudnic88

    We Canadians got heated seats but no storage for our Glocks :(

  • Chris Dragotta
    Chris Dragotta

    Similar to my 88 Accord. Fabulous car.

  • K T
    K T

    The legend was ahead of it's time. The price tag was scary for a new company. The integra carried acura in sales.

  • slickkapone

    Those were gorgeous cars! I wish i'd had the money to get one back then. I remember one being for sale in the early 90s, same color and everything, I just didnt have the funds. I would get excited passing by it everyday with a for sale sign on it.

  • Tal Rude
    Tal Rude

    I have owned 3 Generation 1 Acura legend. I loved them and rust loves them too. I would buy another if it’s clean.

  • D McNamara
    D McNamara

    "I'd like to thank Acura...for this and that"? What the hell!.. most every other Country (except the USA) upscale Hondas are sold at Honda Dealerships with Honda badges...not a phony made-up Acura badge . This is guy is a total fool/bozo...we'll stop there.

  • expsterm1

    I have a 2002 Honda Accord V6 EX fully loaded. Only has 126,000 miles. Everything is still in MINT condition and driving great. I think Honda made better cars in the old days.

  • Franquie Maisonet
    Franquie Maisonet

    Details matter! Here’s a solid prof !

  • Kush Keddie Filmz
    Kush Keddie Filmz

    How are you supposed to find one of those in New York that isn’t a rotted out rust bucket

  • Phuck Hugh
    Phuck Hugh

    I hate the smotorized shoulder belt. When they break they cost $800 to fix because its a safety feature and can only be bought from the manufacturer. And you get a ticket if its not in the right position.

  • Norwegian Blue
    Norwegian Blue

    I assume this is based on the 1990 Honda Prelude which is one of the best looking Hondas ever made IMO. Cars from this era, when done right like this, are so sleek looking without all the modern safety requirements bulking it up.

  • Steven Bentsen
    Steven Bentsen

    Man Honda was killing it back then!!

  • Billy Bat
    Billy Bat

    not a lot of people appreciate old cars and will imediately want the newest models.... fools.

  • A P
    A P

    this car was fun as hell. bought it for $800 around 15 years ago. long story short the rust killed this car (I live in rust belt).

  • PolskaWalczaca

    I Did it My Way. ..... ....... You should sing it

  • Jim Ervin
    Jim Ervin

    Cup holders? Who the hell needs them. I've never been a big fan of Japanese cars but the thing I like about this video is that the guy is pointing out a lot of reasons why Japanese cars became best sellers in the market, by offering more features for your dollar than American cars. I'd like to see Alex's Acura Legends in comparison with an American car of the same year in the same body style and price range. The straight body line styling was common to a lot of cars of the period, a little dull to me but looking quite respectable in retrospect.

  • Jacy Borreaux
    Jacy Borreaux

    Cool dude! I like his style of talking about his car...the passion for legend just shows

  • Larry Retzlaff
    Larry Retzlaff

    The reason there are four small horn buttons around the airbag in the steering wheel is that in 1990 car manufacturers did not know how to integrate an airbag and a horn into one unit. So instead of being able to just hit the centre of the steering wheel to honk the horn Federal standards required manufacturers gave drivers ample opportunity to hit the horn in the event of emergency instead of having one small button you had to try and find while you were driving.

  • Kevin T
    Kevin T

    Miss these old cars.. dont make em like they use to.

  • Oscar Orozco
    Oscar Orozco

    Cool Car, pretty full of gear!

  • Vegan Cyclist
    Vegan Cyclist

    ........Ford offered those same stupid fuel econ features, as did BMW... possibly more

  • A. Aziz
    A. Aziz

    The Acura Legend was my favorite car.

  • New Yorker
    New Yorker

    This car was in every rap video of mid 90's ....what a beautiful time 😍😍