The Classic Chevy Silverado

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If you are considering a Chevy Silverado, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 1500, 2500HD or the 3500HD. The Silverado was introduced in 1999 and took the place of the C/K line. The name “Silverado” was a trim level on the C/K line from 1975 through 1998. However, Chevy isn’t new to pickup trucks – they have been making trucks since 1930.

The first generation of the Silverado ran from 1998 through 2007 and was built on the GM GMT800 platform. This model gave customers a choice of five engines: the 4.3-liter, 4.8-liter, 5.3-liter, 6.0-liter and the 8.1-liter. All were V-8 models except for the 4.3-liter V-6.

In 2002, GM gave the Silverado a slight refresh with some small design changes and upgraded the HVAC controls and audio. In 2007, GM added “Classic” to the first generation trucks. Also in 2000, a four-door extended cab was finally offered. In 2003, the Silverado got an updated rear end and a new front end. It wasn’t until 2006 when the Silverado got another facelift, including the removal of the “Chevrolet” badge from the tailgate.

In 2003, GM launched the Silverado SS, a high performance model. This model was based on the Silverado and featured an upgraded drive train plus upgrades for the interior and exterior appearances. The SS featured a standard 6.0-liter Vortec high output V-8 engine that put out 345 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.

In 2006, the auto manufacturer released a special edition SS called the Intimidator SS to honor Dale Earnhardt. This model features a rear spoiler, Intimidator custom badging and embroidered headrests. Only 933 of these trucks were made.

Today’s truck have seen several upgrades in safety, security and entertainment features. You also have several choices of trim levels to choose from including the base model work truck and the top-of-the-line trim level with all of the bells and whistles.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado for truck month. Ask your salesperson about the discounts and specials we are running on the Silverado models for truck month, including cash back offers and special lease and finance options.

Chevy Bolt EV: Charge at Home or On-The-Go

While plug-in hybrids and EVs are quickly gaining in popularity, they’re still unfamiliar territory for many consumers. If you don’t know as much about these ultra fuel efficient vehicles as you’d like, Chevy has got your covered with this convenient educational video that helps to explain your options when you need to refuel your electric car.

For instance, you don’t have to be at home to charge you vehicle. When you’re out on the road, simply use your Chevrolet My Mobile app to locate a quick charge station near you. A quick charge station allows you to charge your battery while you’re traveling and get back on the road in a timely manner. Pretty convenient, huh?

If you really want to commit fully to the electric lifestyle, you even have the option of installing a professional charging station right in your own garage. This combines the convenience of charging at home with the quick efficiency of a station, giving you more flexibility on when and where you can drive.

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If you’re excited to check out the Chevy Bolt EV, stop by Classic Chevy today to give it a test drive and learn more about it from a knowledgeable associate.

Spring Break Road Trip Destinations in Your Chevy

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You don’t have to buy expensive plane tickets to a tropical destination to enjoy a warm and unforgettable spring break this year. These three Texas spring break destinations offer all of the warmth, relaxation and fun of those pricey destinations right here in the Lone Star State.

New Braunfels

If you’re seeking warm weather, but don’t necessarily want to visit the beach, New Braunfels could be your ideal spring break destination. This picturesque Texas town in the heart of the Hill Country was founded in 1845. New Braunfels wows its visitors with its  historic districts, adventurous rivers, impressive golf courses, live music, shopping, family-friendly attractions, award-winning restaurants, and so much more.

South Padre Island

South Padre Island offers all of the makings of an exciting spring break. The island used to bring in massive crowds of undesirable, rowdy spring breakers, but the crowds have lessened, and South Padre offers a warm getaway with gorgeous beaches, pristine water and plenty of excitement. College vacationers do tend to make the area busier in late February and March, so keep that in mind if you’re seeking a more low-key South Padre spring break.

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi offers picturesque gulf beaches, the Texas State Aquarium, the Padre Island National Seashore, seaside restaurants, marinas, the USS Lexington. and plenty of downtown fun to make this spring break the best one yet. It’s a good alternative if you want the beach setting with less crowds.

Stop and See Us at Classic Chevrolet

When you’re traveling throughout Texas this spring break, don’t forget to stop and see us at Classic Chevrolet. We’re your one-stop Texas auto dealership for sales, service, parts, and accessories.

Chevy Brings the Power of Four

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Chevrolet has more 2016 J.D. Power Dependability Awards than any other Brand. The Chevrolet Malibu, Equinox, Silverado HD and Camaro were recently awarded Most Dependable awards by J.D. Power, helping Chevrolet reach its best results ever. This 2016 study measures 2013 model-year vehicles dependability within its third ownership year.

Segment-leading models:

The Chevy Malibu

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The Chevy Malibu received “Most Dependable Midsize Car, Two Years in a Row” from J.D. Power.

The Chevy Equinox

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The Chevy Equinox received “Most Dependable Compact SUV” from J.D. Power.

The Chevy Silverado HD

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The Chevy Silverado HD received “Most Dependable Large Heavy Duty Pickup, Two Years in a Row” from J.D. Power.

The Chevy Camaro

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The Chevy Camaro received “Most Dependable Midsize Sporty Car, Four Years in a Row” from J.D. Power.

This demonstrates that Chevrolet has a continued commitment to building cars that excel in dependability, as most of these awards were earned for several years in a row. Dependability is one of the best things you can expect out of any vehicle you buy. At the end of the day a vehicle can have all the bells and whistles, but if it won’t start and is in and out of the shop, rather than taking you where you need to go, then it’s not serving its primary function as a car, truck, or SUV.

When you’ve got to have dependability, shop Chevrolet.

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If you value dependability, stop by Classic Chevrolet to check out one of the four award recipients. After you take one (or all four) on a test drive, we’re sure you’ll agree that Chevrolets have got it where it counts.

Let’s Talk 2018 Chevy Equinox

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If you’re on the market for an SUV that is spacious and gets good gas mileage, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox and to learn more about this model’s features. You can also wait until the 2018 Chevy Equinox goes on sale later this year.

The 2018 Chevy Equinox

Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past January, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a popular compact SUV in Chevy’s lineup.

The 2018 manages to shed a few hundred pounds and adds a turbocharged engine that, taken together, manage to boost efficiency. The five-seater is 183.1 inches long, which is 4.7 inches shorter than the previous year, but it’s still longer than the competition, such as the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.

An amazing 400 pounds lighter than the 2017 model, the 2018 Equinox is able to carry a four-cylinder engine lineup across all trims. A 1.5L turbo develops 170 hp and 203 pound-feet of torque, while a 2.0L turbo produces 252 hp and 260 pound-feet. A 1.6L diesel — the first diesel Chevrolet has offered in a small SUV in North America — hits 136 hp and 236 lb-ft. All the power figures are estimated until closer to when the Equinox goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017. The 2.0L comes with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The other engines get a six-speed auto.

Other features will include seven- and eight-inch touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G Wi-Fi, safety alert driver seat, front collision alert, low-speed autonomous emergency braking, blind spot alert and lane keeping alert and assist.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox (or the 2018 when it becomes available) and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.

Getting Your Chevy Ready For Spring Break

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Road trips are fun and exciting and are largely popular during Spring Break. Students, teachers, and other persons who desire a break from the dull winter months head for sunny beaches and warmer climates. Before you head out this year to your favorite vacation hideaway, make sure your Chevy is just as ready to go as you are. There are several things to check before you hit the road.

Oil changes are usually pretty cheap and quick at most places. This is wonderful since it is a crucial, key component when readying your pride and joy for a Spring Break road trip. While you’re at Classic Chevrolet getting your oil changed, it’s a great idea to make sure to have your fluids checked and topped off as necessary. This includes the power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and brake fluid. You don’t want to get caught down the road with an overheated engine, so also check your coolant levels.

Tires are designed to wear out, so check to see that you have ample tread on your tires. If you aren’t sure, use the penny trick. Grab a penny and stick it into the grooves of the tread with Abe’s head down. If you can see his entire head clearly, it’s time for new tires. Also, be sure to keep an eye on the PSI in your tires. The proper inflation amount should be listed either in your owner’s manual or the inside sticker of the driver’s side door. Proper PSI will also give you better fuel economy on your trip.

Don’t overload your vehicle. Only take with you the things you really need. Take out those school books, gym bags, or other unneeded objects before you pack for your adventure. The lighter your car or truck, the better mileage you ultimately receive. Keep your speed in check, too. We all get excited to get to our destination, but easy does it. Remember that every 10 miles per hour you go over the limit is going to decrease your fuel efficiency.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet

Keep this simple checklist in mind before you head out for Spring Break. If you need assistance with any of these items, stop by Classic Chevy. Our friendly service department staff is more than willing to assist you.

Chevy Bolt Wins North American Car of the Year

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The Bolt has been named North American Car of the Year, beating two conventionally-powered luxury sedans, the Genesis G90 and the Volvo S90, in an announcement delivered at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month.

The award recipient is determined by several dozen auto journalists who regularly test-drive vehicles and then vote on the annual awards.

Bolt is the first U.S.-made, mass-market, fully-electric car, beating Tesla Motors’ Model 3 to production. The vehicle has a range-per-charge of 238 miles, which is double most electric cars on the market except those from luxury automaker Tesla. Yet the Bolt, in many cases, is about half the price of Tesla’s Model S or X. It just went on sale with a starting price of $37,495 before federal tax credits kick in.

The Bolt was previously named Motor Trend Car of the Year and at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Green Car of the Year. It is not to be confused with the Chevrolet Volt, a pioneering plug-in car with a backup gas engine. Bolt is a pure electric and has no gas engine.

Chevy has been unabashed about trying to get out the message that it’s first with a mainstream-priced fully-electric long range car.

“There’s been a lot of talk about building an affordable electric car with a 200-mile range that brings electric vehicles to the mainstream, but only one manufacturer has done that, and it’s us,” Chevrolet marketing manager Steve Majoros said when Bolt won the Green Car award, given for environmentally friendly cars, in November.

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If you’ve been wanting to own an all electric vehicle, but have been unable to due to their unaffordability, you’re probably pretty pumped about the Chevy Bolt. Stop by Classic Chevrolet to check one out and give it a test drive and to learn more about its features.

The 2017 Chevy Volt Premier vs. the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced

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If you’re on the market for a plug-in hybrid, your options are more limited than if you were going with a gas-only vehicle. Basically, the Volt and Prius are probably on your list to check out.

These two plug-in hybrid models have come a long way since their initial releases; the Volt could travel 38 miles on a full battery charge before the gas tank kicked in, while the Prius could only handle a mere 11 miles on a full charge.

Both the Volt and Prius are now entering their second generation, and their electric-only range and overall performance have improved greatly. Here’s a breakdown of how they compare…

Battery and Range

The Volt has an 18.4-kWh battery that weights 21 pounds less than its predecessor and uses fewer cells. It has more than 40 miles of electric-only range.

The Prius has a larger battery than before, but it’s still much smaller than the Volt at 8.8 kWh. This gives the Prius a range of 25 miles in electric-only mode.

Engine and Horsepower

When the Volt runs out of electric power, its new aluminum-block 1.5-liter four (replacing the heavier iron-block 1.4-liter) has 101 horsepower, which is bolstered by reserved electric energy to 149 horsepower.

The Prius has a 1.8-liter four with 95 horsepower, which is similarly boosted by remaining electricity to 121 combined horsepower.

Overall, the Volt outshines the Prius down the board. Regardless of whether or not you value fuel economy or driving performance more, the Volt wins hands down.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2017 Chevy Volt in any trim level we have available. If you’ve got questions about its technology or deductions/incentives tied to a hybrid purchase, we’ll be happy to provide answers.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Chevy Car Lover

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If you’ve got a Chevy lover as your Valentine, sometimes the best gift of all is a much wanted or needed Chevy accessory. Try getting them some Chevy gear this Valentine’s Day if you truly want to capture their heart.

Floor Mats

You may have carpeted floor mats in your Chevy now, but during the winter, you should have rubber floor mats to protect the carpet from melting snow and slush on your feet. And, at some point, the snow and ice will melt, giving way to mud, which will eventually stain the carpets, especially if you have clay.

Plug-in Coffee Cup

The last thing you need on a long commute on a cold day is cold coffee, tea or hot cocoa. Instead of having your hot drink cool off too fast, get a coffee cup that plugs into the cigarette lighter so you have a hot drink all the way to your destination.

Vintage Chevy Wall Decorations

From poster to tin signs, you can find plenty of vintage Chevy signage online or at some retailers. This is great if your Valentine has an office or room for their hobbies (including the garage) that they can add their new decor to.

Chevy Merchandise

If you can’t think of any accessories they need, you can also just get them a t-shirt, coffee travel mug, baseball cap, tote bag, or anything else that’s branded with their favorite auto company.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance or for help installing accessories.

 

Chevy Unveils a Life-Size Lego Batmobile

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Evidently the Batmobile has a make and, as it turns out, that make is a Chevy. Unveiled on the last day of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show last month, Chevy actually went and made a life-size Batmobile made completely of Lego bricks.

Modeled after Batman’s high-tech car from the upcoming The Lego Batman Movie, the 17-foot long Lego Batmobile from Chevrolet features intimidating looks sure to strike fear in the bad guys.

According to the hilarious mock showroom page on Chevrolet’s website, the Batmobile will be available in your choice of colors (so long as that choice is black!). You can go with Jet, Raven, Midnight, Carbon, Coal, or Shadow Black, among others.

With a modest retail price of $48 million, it’s probably not affordable on almost any budget. You do get quite a lot for your money, though, including 120,000 lbs. of towing power, 20,000 horsepower, a rocket-powered engine, and a full complement of arms and armaments.

This is in addition to the normal features inherent in other Chevrolets, like 4G LTE Wi-FI, Teen Driver technology, and Apple CarPlay.

Based on an aluminum square tube platform, the Lego Batmobile is built from more than 340,000 Lego bricks, and weighs 1,695.5 pounds. Each tire alone tips the scale at a touch over 100 pounds. Designing the Batmobile took 222 hours, and assembly saw the Lego Master Builders team needing 1,833 hours to complete at their shop in Enfield, Connecticut.

The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters on February 10th.

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While you can’t actually own a Batmobile, you can certainly own the next best thing: a new Chevrolet from Classic Chevy. Come by today to test drive a Chevy and see why Batman prefers to drive one.