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Retiring a Champ; My 2014 Equinox Goes to a New Home


May 2021

I’ve written about my 2014 in posts before. It was, without question, the best car I’ve ever owned and featured prominently in many photos of my bikes.

Alas, it was finally time to retire her with 236,000 miles and only three major repairs in all of those miles; a catalytic converter (two, actually, one was defective), a water pump, and shocks and struts (about 45,000 miles ago). The rest was regular maintenance, brakes, tires, a tune-up. Like I said, the best car I’ve ever owned… and I got to drive it paid off for almost two years.

If you’re not aware, this is quite a crazy time for car purchases. You can’t get a new car and used cars are going for a premium so I was given an incredible deal on a brand new car I wouldn’t pass up. And so that was that, as of yesterday. It shouldn’t even be a surprise what the new vehicle is:

2021 Equinox LT AWD

The new Equinox is vastly superior to my old one. Such is the power of good, clean living. It used to be I couldn’t own a car that was less than five-years-old. Today I’m getting the best interest rates and it’s a matter of picking a color and signing on the line. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. [The promises] will always materialize if we work for them.


  1. idlecyclist says:

    Health to enjoy as the saying goes here 👌

  2. Lisa M. Boyd says:

    Amazing, we are a two car family. We were holding onto a 1999 one owner Mazda Protege(my husbands elderly moms). It got my husband to, and from work. Great on gas, it was time to retire it though. Some little problems were arising. All disclosed in sale.
    I am bit of a salesman myself. We sold it to the first person who looked at it. Original owners manual, and a file kept just for that car.
    We too were blessed with a beauty of a car 2015 Subaru Legacy with only 70,000 miles on it. Paid for! No car payments! The promises are real, and yes sometimes quickly sometimes slowly. We couldn’t feel more blessed. Your new car is a beautiful! I love these stories! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Brent says:

    Congratulations on the new ride. I am looking forward to an endless series of blog posts on getting the steering wheel slammed and the seat angle just right. I just hope you don’t get the bottom bracket squeaks in this thing like you had on the Venge in the early days.

  4. Looks more aero than the old one too… 😎

  5. unironedman says:

    Mildly suspicious, Jim. That car looks like it might be worth more than the bikes on the back. I am pretty sure this is a breach of the Rules!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Ah! However, if we modify that rule to “the bikes in the stable shall cost more than the vehicle you drive, I barely squeak by! I don’t want to drive a jalopy for the rest of my life, so I’ll hope the fellas at Velominati will accept my interpretation.

      If not, I’ll try to be okay with that new car smell. I’ll try real hard.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Just so we are very clear, my response should have come with this: 🤣

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