The Chevy Silverado’s Cylinder Switch Saves Fuel Without Sacrificing the Power of a V8

Hey Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet owners, did you know that more than half of all full-size Chevy pickups sold 20 years ago are still on the road today? I’m not surprised seeing how the Silverado has a reputation of being the most dependable, longest lasting full-size pickup in the world. Not to mention, it’s V-8 engine has a track record that is practically untouchable.

In a GM press release, GM said that more than 85 percent of Silverado customers use their pickups to tow or haul and that these customers expect their trucks to be economical and they expect them to last. Until now, the only real draw back to driving a full-size pickup has been the fuel economy.This is no longer the case as GM engineers are improving the fuel efficiency of its mainstream 5.3-liter V-8 engine by switching off four of the cylinders when they aren’t needed.

Jordan Lee, Chevrolet’s global chief engineer for small block engines, said “Rather than adding turbochargers or multi-valve cylinder heads to increase the power of smaller engines, we chose to keep the proven capability of our larger V-8 truck engines, and save fuel by switching off half of the cylinders when they aren’t needed.”

By giving customers V-8 power and capability when they need it, with enhanced fuel efficiency when they don’t, Silverado offers the best EPA fuel economy estimates of any V-8 pickup, said Lee. “In fact, our 5.3-liter V-8 delivers EPA fuel economy estimates comparable to some competitors’ V6 engines.”

So all-in-all, what does this mean for future Silverado drivers in Grapevine and the rest of the DFW metroplex? It means better fuel economy without sacrificing the power of that famous Chevrolet V-8. Sound pretty good to me… what do you guys think? Check out this video from Chevrolet below.


[Source: media.GM.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Understanding the Difference Between an Automatic and Manual Transmission

When it comes to getting a new car in Dallas, we have a lot of decisions to make. Obviously, we have to select a make and model first. But beyond that, we will have to decide on other options such as color, interior, engine size, features and sometimes transmission.

For quite some time, we’ve had the option to choose between driving a vehicle with an automatic transmission or a manual transmission. It seems that these days, this option is much less of an issue. In fact, I don’t think my younger sisters are even aware of or know the difference between the two. For this reason, I decided to share a little bit of basic knowledge for those of you out there who are unaware, as well.

Let’s start out by putting it plainly: in a manual transmission, the driver is responsible for shifting the gears as speed changes, and in an automatic transmission, the car is responsible for shifting the gears. Obviously, there are advantages and disadvantages to both transmissions and the one that’s best for you all depends on your personal preferences and your driving habits.

Overall, the automatic transmission is considered the easier of the two because you’ll have to learn how to coordinate the clutch and the throttle in a manual. Speaking as someone who learned how to drive in a vehicle with a manual transmission, I will admit that it can be a bit challenging. The learning curve will be different for everyone.

Now let’s take a look at some of the major differences.  A manual transmission out the gate will typically be about $1000 cheaper and will require fewer repairs. They also tend to get better mileage. An automatic transmission on the other hand,  requires less stress and less concentration. They are also much easier to drive in traffic compared to a stick shift. Though they have higher repair costs, this may be worth it to some considering you have an extra free hand and free leg.

Like I said before, the choice is strictly up to the driver and the driver’s preferences. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, you can always head down to your number one North Texas Chevrolet dealership and try out both.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing. 

[Source: DriveSteady.com]

 

 

Don’t Be An Easy Target for Car Theft

While driving in to work this morning, I heard a news snippet that caught my attention. Apparently, a cat burglar who had been targeting homes around White Rock Lake since March has struck again! Not only is this person breaking in to homes, they’re also breaking into and stealing cars! So I thought what better time than now to discuss two things – that should be common knowledge – owners of new and used Chevrolet’s can do to stay off of a car thief’s radar.

1. Don’t be an easy target. Avoid parking in dark, isolated, or otherwise concealed areas. This areas are excellent choices for the aspiring car thief. Planning on parking your vehicle for an extended amount of time? Then you need to either disable the battery or leave it somewhere attended so it doesn’t collect parking tickets, an excessive amount of dirt, etc.

2. Hide those electronics and their cords! I don’t know about you guys, but I have a terrible habit of leaving my iPod cables and chargers out in the open. I’ve even left my lap top in my car on several occasions. Regardless of whether you locked your vehicle or not, mp3 players, laptops, tablets, even radar detectors are all easily and quickly lifted from exposed vehicles and can be easily wiped of identifying information and resold. Even the presence of charging cables may be enough to tell a casual vandal that it’s worth getting into your car to go through the glovebox and armrest to see if you’ve stashed a phone or an iPod there.

Even though advanced technology is steadily lowering the auto theft percentage in the U.S., it’s still happening. The new break-ins in Dallas prove it. So hide your belongings Dallas Ft Worth! And don’t let your new or used Chevrolet fall victim to car theft.

[Source: TheCarConnection.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

The Chevy Spark is on the Up and Up in the U.S.

Even though the Chevy Spark is relatively new to us in the states, it’s been cruising around the globe since its 2009 launch in Korea. In fact, there are more than 600,000 thousand Spark owners internationally. In a GM press release on August 2nd, GM shared some really interested facts about the Spark’s global presence including:

  • The Spark is the best-selling Chevy vehicle in India and pink is the preferred color in Korea.
  • In South America, the Spark is seen as a status symbol for up-and-comers.
  • In Europe, the Spark is most popular in Italy.
  • In Africa, customers favorite color choices are red, cocktail green and atomic blue.
  • In Australia, the Spark was originally only offered with a manual transmission.
  • The Spark represents 40 percent of all General Motors vehicle sales in Lebanon.

The Spark was reengineered for the United States to add technology and safety features as well as better ride and handling in city and highway driving, and is already seeing a rise in sales. So how exactly did GM “reengineer” the spark for Americans? They added a seven-inch touchscreen, MyLink (which runs apps of a paired smart phone) and soon a special navigation app.  Autoblog.com actually got to sample a preproduction version of the mapping software running on an iPhone during a test drive and said, the Spark “not only looked great but performed perfectly, including restarting its guidance after we turned the car off and temporarily undocked the phone.”

It looks like mini-cars are on the rise in the U.S., especially for city dwellers. Stay tuned for more info on the Spark, Dallas Ft Worth Chevy enthusiasts.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Get Better Fuel Economy in Your Chevrolet Part II

As I mentioned before in a previous post, the list of things we can do to get better fuel economy out of our Chevrolet goes on and on and some of these things don’t really do enough to make a difference.

Lucky for you, we’re here to educate you on the ones that do make a difference. We’ve already talked about how we can save by shopping around for low prices, passing on premium gas unless it’s required, reducing our drag, monitoring our tire pressure and selecting “eco” routes. Today, I’ll share a few more tips you can add to your list to really make difference.

No idling. There is no need to warm up your car or keep it running while waiting for passengers. The general rule-of-thumb is to turn off your car if you know you’ll be stopped for more than 30 seconds. Don’t worry about the starter, it is designed for multiple, repeated starts. If your Ford has a push start button, then there is really no reason you should idle.

Combine trips. Avoid making multiple short trips or try to combine all errands into one trip. If you can, avoid rush hour, as sitting in traffic burns more gas and emits more pollutants. Why not try carpooling?

Watch your speed. For those of you out there who like to drive fast, this one will make a huge difference. Did you know that the faster you drive on the highway, the worse your gas mileage will be? ConsumerReports.org saw fuel economy in a tested Camry drop 5 mpg when we  cruising speed was increased from 55 mph to 65. Driving at 75 mph cost an additional 5 mpg. Even though it may be hard for some of you to do, try it. I promise you’ll see a difference.

Drive smoothly. Avoid hard acceleration and braking when possible. In the same Camry, ConsumerReports.org found that frequent bursts of acceleration and braking reduced fuel economy by 2 to 3 mpg.

Give the other tips a try and let us know what the results are. I doubt we’ll find anyone who says they didn’t see even a little bit of a difference. In the meantime, check out this video from ConsumerReports.org.

Get Better Fuel Economy in Your Chevrolet Car or Truck

Hey Dallas Ft Worth I’m sure you hear people talk about fuel-saving tips all the time, but have you ever actually tried any of them? You’d be surprised at how much you can really save by doing the smallest of things.

The list of these things goes on and on, with some tips actually being myths. It all depends on the credibility of the source. Recently, ConsumerReports.org provided some tips that I had to share.

Choices. If you have a smart phone, there is an array of applications you can download that will tell you the prices of nearby gas stations. One of the best ones by far is GasBuddy. It’s free and easy. When it’s time for a fill-up, there’s no reason in the world you shouldn’t spare the single minute it takes to find your options.

Pass on premium gas. If your car is designed to run on regular gasoline, as most vehicles are, don’t waste your money on premium unless it’s “required”. It won’t make your engine run any better, and the only real difference you’re likely to see is about 20 cents more per gallon. To find out if your car needs top-grade gas, check the owner’s manual, or fuel-filler door. If premium is “recommended,” then it is optional. Peak, at-the-limit performance may decrease, but it is not likely to be noticeable to the typical driver.

Reduce drag. Don’t add to your car’s aerodynamic drag by carrying things on top of the roof or hanging off the back of your vehicle if you don’t have to. When ConsumerReports installed a large car-top carrier on a Toyota Camry, gas mileage dropped by a notable 6 mpg when we drove at 65 mph. Ski season is over; take off the unused rack. And even though kayak season is in full swing, remove the carrier when not in use.

Tire inflation. This one has been said time and time again and in ConsumerReports’ tests, they found that fuel economy is reduced when tires are not inflated to where they should be. Check your tires’ pressure and top off as needed when they’re cold (before the vehicle has been driven or after no more than a couple of miles of driving). Use the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer, not the maximum pressure embossed on the tire’s sidewall. The recommended pressure is usually found on a placard on a front doorjamb, in the glove compartment, or in the owner’s manual.

Check your route. With GPS systems, it is now even easier to track traffic and choose alternative routes, but keep in mind that traveling at a consistent speed without many stops or traffic lights is best for fuel economy. Some GPS devices, including recent Garmins, have an “Eco” function to factor fuel consumption into its route plans.

The next time you fill up, give these tips a try and see if they actually make a difference in your new Chevrolet car or trucks gas mileage. I’m willing to wager that you’ll see a difference.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.


 

Chevrolet’s New Guarantee: Love It or Return It With Total Confidence Pricing

If you’ve been on the fence about buying that new Chevrolet car or truck, it’s time to jump off.  On July 10, General Motors announced that U.S. Chevrolet dealerships will offer the Chevy Confidence program which includes “Love It or Return It” and “Total Confidence Pricing”.

“Chevy Confidence adds another element of convenience to the retail experience that is sure to attract consumers to our showrooms, and we know through first-hand experience that once they get behind the wheel of one of our new products, they are more likely to take one home,” said Steve Hurley, co-chair of the Chevrolet Dealer Council.

With Total Confidence Pricing, the price you see is the price you pay—plain and simple. So you can rest assured you’re getting a great deal on your Chevy, with no need to negotiate. That’s what you call Total Confidence.

With “Love It or Return It”, customers can return 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet cars and trucks bought during the program 30 to 60 days from the purchase date. The only stipulation is the vehicle must have less than 4,000 miles driven and no damage. It doesn’t get much simpler than that, Dallas Ft. Worth.

Swing by your number one North Texas Chevrolet dealership in Grapevine and learn more about the irresistible program. And in the meantime, check out this video about the program.

 

[Source: GM.Media.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Short Box 2-Wheel Drive LS

If you’re looking for the new 2013 Silverado at Chevrolet dealerships Texas would like to announce the exciting arrival of the 2013 Chevy Silverados. Stop in and drive a Silverado 1500 crew cab LS with the 4.8-liter V8 with variable camshaft timing. This technology will result in a truly exhilarating experience.

The camshaft is a component in the engine that controls the opening of the valves that allow fuel and air into the cylinders, which is used to develop power. How far the valves will open, how long they’re open and when they open are fixed by the camshaft design. The problem in the past was that how the engine performs was always a compromise.

Check out the new Silverado today. Photo Credit: Classic Chevrolet

Should a truck be intended to haul heavy loads, the camshaft is cut to produce massive torque at low speeds, however the horsepower over 50 mph will be compromised. Conversely if higher cruising speeds are the main concern, the pulling power will be significantly reduced. With this in mind, most of the trucks compromised with a camshaft that would produce decent pulling power while still having suitable high speed cruise capabilities.

Now, with variable timing, camshafts in a small engine can produce large amounts of torque at low rpm and as the rpm rises, the camshaft changes position to increase high rpm power. It’s the best of both worlds. This technology helps Chevy to produce in excess of 1 horsepower per cubic inch of engine size. The end result is a much more efficient engine.

Chevy has always been known to dominate in the amount of horsepower per cubic inch. Any racetrack will lend creed to this by Chevy’s pure dominance. The 2013 Chevy Silerado 1500 crew cab LS has a small 4.8-liter V8 which produces 302 horsepower with 305 pounds foot of torque. This results in the ability to carry 1,708 pounds of payload or tow 4,400 pounds and accelerate from 0 to 60 in 7.1 seconds flat.

If this isn’t enough, the Silverado also has stability control that works in conjunction with the ABS four-wheel disc brakes to prevent excessive body roll. Controlled by the ECU, the truck senses the beginning of excessive roll, as experienced in a panic maneuver or very hard turn. In response the stability control with the help of the ABS unit, the front and rear brakes on the side opposite the turn are engaged. This will shallow the turn and slow the vehicle making it difficult to roll over or lose control. This is hailed as a great piece of technology.

The Chevy Silverado is still has the best ride and handling of all its counterparts. Once again, there is a new rooster in the hen house, and he is definitely strutting his stuff!

Things to Do Before You Hit the Road This Summer

Ahhh the summer. For most of us, this is the time we take those vacations we’ve been planning all year long. I don’t know about you, but I just love hitting the road with the windows down and feeling that summer air (in the early morning of course when the temperatures aren’t unbearable).

If you’re planning a trip in your new or pre-owned Chevrolet with friends or family this summer, it’s a good idea to check a few things before you head out of the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex. 

For starters, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. When is the last time you checked your refrigerant? Long roads trips quickly become miserable with no air condition especially during this time of year.
  2. How are your fluid levels looking? Check the wiper,transmission and brake fluid levels.
  3. When was your last oil change? Check your windshield for a sticker that lists the mileage of your last oil change. If it was more than 3,000 miles ago, I’d recommend a change. If you aren’t sure how long it’s been and there isn’t a sticker to tell you, then you definitely need to bring your car or truck in to the Classic Chevrolet service department and let them take a look for you.
  4. How’s that glove box looking? Do you have all of your documents up to date?

Now that we’ve made it through that list, here are a few other important things to check on:

  • Double-check the air pressure in all your tires,including the spare. Long hours of pounding the pavement are hard on tires,so check each tire’s tread for wear.
  • Check the antifreeze hoses,and make sure you don’t need to top off the coolant.
  • Make sure your headlights,turn signals,back-up lights are working. Did you know that extra weight in the rear of your car or truck can cause your headlights to shine higher than normal,potentially blinding other drivers momentarily?
  • Adding on to the previous item,make sure items you’ll need at a rest stop are easy to find. Avoid packing a lot more weight on one side of the car than the other.

Once you get on the road, you definitely don’t want to run into any car-related issues. It’s a terrible way to start or finish a trip. As always, the Classic Chevrolet dealership is more than happy to help you check off the above lists.

[Source: Allstate.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Chevrolet Volt Owners Speak Out About Thier Savings to Consumer Reports

The word is spreading, DFW. According to Consumer Reports web users, many Chevy Volt owners are claiming they use even less gas than Consumer Reports’ formal tests have assumed.

Consumer Reports has based their fuel economy calculations for the Volt being operated by electricity 70 percent of the time and gasoline 30 percent of the time. But some of their forum users are claiming that they operate almost exclusively on electricity. Here’s a few examples from Consumer Reports:

  • User carriegordo reports driving 7,000 miles on just 7.3 gallons of gas. That’s less than a single tankful in the Volt’s already small 9.3-gallon tank.
  • User marclee reported that 2800 of the 3200 miles he’s driven his Volt have been on electricity. That leaves just 400 on gas. (These numbers are easily retrieved from the efficiency screen on the Volt’s central display.)
  • User themajor1975 reported driving 11,000 miles on 62 gallons of gas.
  • Two other forum users reported driving more than 2500 miles on 10.7 gallons of gas, and 500 miles on just one gallon.

While we can’t say with certainty that this is the case with all Volt owners, it does prove that the Volt has a tremendous amount of potential when it comes to saving on fuel.

Want to hear it from a Volt owner yourself? Check out this customer testimonial from Kory Levoy. He’s spent $38 in gas – in two months!

[Source: Consumer Reports]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.