Corvette Stingray Z51 3LT Convertible

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If you are in the market for a convertible coupe, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 3LT convertible. The ‘Vette features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine backed by a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev matching and Z51 performance ratios. This combination puts out 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm.

Additional mechanical features include a dry sump oil system, an electronic limited slip rear, a rear differential cooler, the Z51 performance suspension, performance four-wheel ABS brakes and speed-sensitive steering with variable ratio.

Safety features include active handling stability control, all-speed traction control, a rear vision camera, several airbags, daytime running lights and OnStar. The OnStar includes six months of Directions and Connections, which includes automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

Interior features include GT bucket seats, the 3LT interior trim, eight-way adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, Napa leather, a leather-wrapped instrument panel and a floor console with covered cup holders, USB ports, auxiliary power outlet, auxiliary input jack, SD card slot and storage.

Additional interior features include a power tilt and telescopic three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a color driver information center, head-up display with color readouts, driver information center, navigation, oil life monitoring system, programmable door locks, keyless access and push button start, express up and down windows, cruise control, engine immobilizer, dual-zone with automatic climate control, rear window defroster, illuminated vanity mirror, and an auto-dimming rear rearview mirror.

Exterior features include silver-painted aluminum 19-inch wheels in the front and 20-inch wheels in the back, a power folding convertible top with remote control, glass rear window, and Solar-Ray light-tinted glass.

Entertainment features include an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen display, Chevrolet MyLink, Bluetooth, smart phone integration, MP3 playback, AM/FM stereo, a radio data system and a 10-sepaker Bose audio system with bass box. Additionally, the Corvette features SiriusXM radio and a one-year subscription.

For a complete list of standard features and additional options available for the 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 3LT convertible, stop by Classic Chevrolet for a test drive. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any ongoing specials for lease or purchase options.

The 2015 Chevy Silverado

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When the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado becomes available at Classic Chevrolet, you’ll find that it has been redesigned and features updated styling, a new double cab body style, an improved interior and new safety features. The 2500HD and 3500HD have been revamped with the same upgrades that the 1500 received.

Interior

The interior received better quality materials in the cabin, new safety features, bigger touch screens for hands-free phone operation and entertainment control, and a quieter cabin. The change in the double cab allows for more interior room – and it now has front-hinged doors for easier access.

Cargo Beds

The 2500HD and 3500HD give you a choice of bed sizes: 6.5 feet or 8 feet, though the regular cab doesn’t give you a choice – it comes with the long bed. The bumpers now have corner steps to make loading cargo easier. The truck also features a lower tailgate and some models have an EZ lift for easier access to the cargo bed.

Engine Choices

The engine choices are the same as last year’s, which means that you can get up to 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque in a diesel-powered truck. The 2500HD could haul up to 3,760 pounds and could tow up to 17,900 pounds if it is properly equipped with the right engine, suspension and towing equipment.

Options/Body Styles/Trims

Chevy is known for giving you many choices when it comes to trim levels. The 2015 Silverado 2500HD starts you off by letting you choose from a regular cab, double cab or a crew cab. Then choose whether you want four- or two-wheel drive. Choose the bed size; unless you chose the regular cab, in which case you get the long bed only.

Trim levels for the different body styles include the base Work Truck, the LT and the LTZ. The regular cab does not feature an LTZ trim level. The Work Truck features 17-inch steel wheels while the LT changes those out for alloy wheels. Additional features for the LT model include an upgraded tailgate, all power accessories, keyless entry, MyLink, voice controls, OnStar, Bluetooth and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Stop by Classic Chevy for more information about the 2015 Silverado – or keep your eye on this page for more information.

Fun Events in DFW

Most people don’t consider buying a new vehicle “fun,” however, we make car-buying easy so you can enjoy the fun of picking out the vehicle you want. You can search our blog and our website at Classic Chevy for ideas for the perfect vehicle whether you need a work truck, a sedan for commuting or you want a “show off” vehicle – think Camaro or Corvette. Once you drive off in the perfect vehicle, you’ll want to continue the fun by heading out for some fun events in DFW.

Build It Garage will be held from June 17 through August 17, 2014 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Learn how to launch a rocket, build a robot, make a car to race and work with a 3D printer. Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is general admission plus an extra $4 for materials. For more information, call (214) 428-5555. The museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, Tex., 75201.

Watch Flight of the Butterflies in 3D at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, located at 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, Tex., 75201. Admission prices vary so for more information, call (214) 428-5555. The film is a great scientific adventure that shows you through a monarch butterfly’s year-long migration cycle. From scenes in remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico through the butterflies’ flight to Canada, you’ll see how these beautiful creatures find their way from their winter home to their summer home.

If you’re into fashion, visit Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style, from July 19 through October 5, 2014 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, 2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas, Tex., 75205. Admission is from $10 to $16. You’ll see what inspired this fashion designer’s life and work, explore his career and see more than 60 garments, including some that are out for viewing for the very first time. You’ll also see highlights of clothing worn by Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and Hilary Clinton. For more information, contact the center at (214) 200-4300.

If buying a new vehicle is not in your “fun” schedule this month, be sure you bring your current vehicle to Classic Chevrolet for a checkup or for maintenance if it’s time to do the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ

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Once you decide that you need a Silverado from Classic Chevrolet, you have to decide what kind of Silverado will meet your needs. Whether you need something with a crew cab or a standard cab, a truck with lots of power for hauling or a truck for light jobs, and even four-wheel drive or two-wheel drive, we have something for you.

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ with a crew cab, standard box and four-wheel drive is the middle of the trucks. You can choose a lighter duty 1500 or a heavier duty 3500 truck – but the 2500 is perfect for those who want to haul a boat, a small horse trailer or a box trailer full of work tools.

The 2500 features a 6.0-liter Vortec engine with variable valve timing. This engine will run on unleaded or E85. It makes 322 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic heavy-duty transmission, which is electronically controlled and features a tow/haul mode and overdrive. The transmission also features cruise- and powertrain-grade braking.

The 4.10 rear axle ratio also gives you some extra “gearing” for pulling heavier loads up hills – it’s perfect for getting that boat out of the lake. The transfer case is an electronic shift case with dial controls.

Keeping the engine and transmission cool are important factors when using the truck for hauling. The 2500 features an external engine oil cooler and an auxiliary external transmission oil cooler.

The Silverado also features a trailer brake controller, recovery hooks in the front, a trailering hitch platform with a 2-inch insert for HD and a 7-wire harness that features independent fused circuits.

Safety and security features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, StabiliTrak, proactive roll avoidance, traction control, electronic trailer sway control, hill start assist, daytime running lamps, several airbags, OnStar with 6 months of Directions and Connections, a rear vision camera and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The interior features leather-appointed front seats, a heated driver and front passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, a driver information center, 4.2-inch diagonal color display, express up and down driver window, express down on all other windows, remote vehicle start and remote keyless entry.

For more information about the 2015 Silverado 2500, stop by Classic Chevy for a test drive and for a full list of standard features and additional options.

Should I Buy or Lease?

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Once you decide to get a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, you have to determine whether you want to lease or outright purchase a vehicle. Things you need to take into consideration include your lifestyle and financial picture. If you want a new car every couple of years or you want something that costs more than you could afford, you might consider leasing. Purchasing also has its benefits – if you’re the type who likes to save money and drive a car until it’s dead, then leasing might not be for you.

Advantages of Leasing a Vehicle

Advantages include having lower monthly payments, having to put down less money for a down payment, you can “afford” a “better” car, your repair costs are lower since you are leasing a new car under warranty, you get to trade it in for something new every two or three years, you don’t have any trade in squabbles at the end of the lease and you pay sales tax only on the part of the vehicle you finance.

Advantages of Buying a Vehicle

When you buy a vehicle, you can modify it as you please and not have to worry about putting it back the way it was or getting charged for your modifications, buying is more economical if you’re the type who keeps a vehicle longer than a typical lease term, you don’t get penalized for driving more miles than is allowed on a leased vehicle, and you can sell the car whenever you want – you don’t have to wait for a three-year lease to end.

Disadvantages

As you can see, there are advantages whether you buy or lease a vehicle. Along with those advantages come the disadvantages. If you lease, you don’t own the vehicle at the end of the lease, your yearly mileage is limited, the contracts to lease can sometimes be confusing, leasing is more expensive in the long run unless you sell or trade in your purchased vehicle every four to five years, you get charged for wear and tear on the vehicle and if your driving needs change, it will cost you to break the lease.

Just as leasing has its disadvantages, so does buying, including requiring a higher down payment, higher monthly payments, paying for maintenance costs and having more of your cash tied up in the initial purchase of the vehicle.

Again, to buy or to lease depends on what you want and how often you want to get a new vehicle. Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive your next new vehicle and then determine whether it’s more beneficial to you to lease or buy.

Chevy vs. Ford

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The Chevy vs. Ford argument will be a forever thing – there’s always going to be a competition between the two models. If you are torn between the Camaro and Mustang, be sure to head over to Classic Chevrolet to test drive the Camaro before you make your decision.

Price

While the price difference is large between the V-8 models, you can get a V-6 Camaro for about the same price as a 5.0-liter Ford. However, you’ll be missing out on some “hidden” things, such as depreciation and status if you go with the Ford. The Camaro SS with 2SS will have more value than a non-SS Camaro or the Mustang later in life.

Engines

The Camaro features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with sequential fuel injection. It is backed by a six-speed manual transmission and features a 3.45 axle ratio and limited slip differential. The Ford Mustang features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with multi-point fuel injection and runs on premium unleaded fuel. It is backed by a manual transmission.

The Camaro makes 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The Mustang makes 420 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and only 390 pound-feet of torque at 4, 250 rpm. The Camaro’s horsepower comes in earlier than the Mustang’s, giving the Camaro the advantage on a quarter-mile track.

The Camaro also features a maintenance-free battery with rundown protection, a performance suspension and four-wheel ABS disc brakes. The front and rear calipers are Brembo four-piston calipers. The Mustang features four-wheel disc brakes and ABS brakes, and a mechanical limited slip differential.

Safety Features

Both vehicles features some sort of stability control: The Chevy features StabiliTrak stability control system with traction control. The Ford features electronic traction control. The Camaro also features daytime running lamps, OnStar with automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation. It also features several airbags for the front and rear. Additionally, the Camaro features rear parking assist, a rearview vision camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The Mustang features an engine immobilizer instead of the stolen vehicle assistance, but also has several airbags for safety. This particular model does not have standard parking assist or a rearview vision camera.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the Camaro, whether it’s a V-6 or V-8 model. Be sure to ask your salesperson for a full list of standard features.

Summer Fun Checklist

Summer is the time for fun and that usually means packing up your Chevy and driving somewhere – even if it’s just to the next neighborhood or the other side of town. Most activities take some planning, especially if you have children. Part of the planning should include making sure your vehicle is safe – bring it to Classic Chevrolet for a checkup if you haven’t been for maintenance recently.

Once you have your vehicle serviced or you drive off the lot in your new vehicle, you’ll need a list of summer fun things to do.

  • Go tent camping
  • Hook up the RV for a long road trip
  • Go hiking
  • Go fishing
  • Go tubing
  • Take a bicycle ride
  • Blow bubbles
  • Have a party just to have a party
  • Watch fireworks
  • Visit the zoo
  • Go swimming
  • Go to a concert in the park
  • Go on a city history tour
  • Finger paint
  • Take a boat out on a lake
  • Take a canoe down a river for some white water excitement
  • See a drive-in movie
  • Go to the fair
  • Ride a ferris wheel
  • Build a blanket fort
  • Run through sprinklers
  • Read a book
  • Have a treasure hunt with your neighbors, then eat all the hotdogs and burgers you can eat at a neighborhood cookout
  • Play Frisbee
  • Play volleyball
  • Go to the beach

Make sure you plan for the activity. Making lists helps so that you don’t forget anything for the bigger activities, such as fishing, camping and a day at the beach. Whether you have a truck, an SUV or a sedan, you can fit just about everything you need in there – well, except for the sedan – if you go tent camping, it might get pretty crowded in the trunk, depending on the size of your tent.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to have your current vehicle serviced or to test drive a new model pickup, SUV, coupe or sedan.

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Take a Hill Country Road Trip!

You’ve just had your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevy – or maybe you sprung for a new vehicle – and that means it’s time for a road trip. If you haven’t been to Hill Country lately, you might want to plan a weekend trip to the area around Bandera.

Between Ingram and Bandera, you can find plenty of sights to see and shopping to do, so plan to leave early in the day so you can do everything.

If you are looking for some leather furniture and some great sculptures, stop by Grand Wows in Ingram. It’s located at 3167 Junction Highway 830.

In the mood for some horseback riding? Plan to stay over at the Dixie Dude Ranch for home-cooked meals and trail rides. The dude ranch is a 725-acre working cattle ranch. You can find more information at dixieduderanch.com.

Looking for designer denim? If it’s time for a new pair of fancy jeans, stop by Schreiner Goods on the downtown mercantile at 214 Earl Garrett Street. While you are checking out the top label jeans and other denim offerings, sip a mimosa.

If you’re getting a bit thirsty after traveling, stop by the 11th Street Cowboy Bar. Be careful not to scare the horses tied at the hitching post. You’ll meet some great people including hipsters, ranch hands and bikers while you listen to live music and suck down a couple of ice cold brewskies. For more information, visit 11thstreetcowboybar.com.

Do you have a taste for seafood? Stop by Francisco’s for the best tilapia ceviche with pico de gallo and other seafood delights. Wash it down with a bottle of cold beer. For more information, visit franciscos-restaurant.com.

Now that you have a brand new pair of jeans, you’re going to want a pearl snap shirt to go with them. You can stock up at Gunslinger Dry Goods. And if you need accessories such as a hand-tooled leather bag, boots, hats and artisan jewelry, be sure you stop by. For more information, visit gunslingerofbandera.com.

If you’re looking for an exciting show, visit the Bandera Rodeo, put on by the Cowboy Capital Rodeo Association. You’ll get to see tons of barrel racing, enjoy a barbecue cook-off and even the kids will have fun with kid activities. Banderarodeo.com will give you a schedule and more information.

There’s a ton of fun to be had in your new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet – so if you don’t have a new Chevy in the driveway, stop by to test drive a new truck, car or SUV.

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Chevy Corvette History

When you buy a Corvette at Classic Chevrolet, think about the history of this car – it’s come a long way. First of all, General Motors made Buicks, Cadillacs, Pontiacs, GMCs and Chevrolets – about what you’d think – but the company also made locomotives and home appliances and provided insurance to people. It was not a company that one would have associated with a sports car back in the day.

In 1951, Harley J. Earl, General Motor’s chief designer at the time – and also the man who invented the 1938 Buick Y-Job, had an idea. He wanted to build a sports car that was in line – pricewise – with a typical Chevrolet sedan, which was about $2,000. He came up with some ideas and turned them over to Robert F. McLean. McLean used parts from other Chevrolet models to build this new sports car. It used a 1952 Chevrolet sedan for the suspension and chassis, and the same inline-6 that was featured in all Chevy’s cars.

However, McLean pushed the passenger compartment back so that 53 percent of the car was “front.” He also built the motor with a higher compression ratio, a more aggressive camshaft and triple Carter side-draft carburetors. Since this 150-horse engine was deemed to be too much for Chevy’s three-speed transmission, it used a two-speed Powerglide trans. And, to keep costs down, the body was made from fiberglass instead of steel.

The car came in at $3,498 – higher than expected, which was okay since it was never built to be sold. It was only supposed to be part of the Motorama exhibit at the 1953 New York Auto Show – that is, until Ed Cole, chief engineer for Chevrolet, saw it. At the time, Cole was working on making the 1955 small block V-8 engine and just loved the Motorama car. Because of this, corporate talks were held, and before the auto show even opened, the engineering to put the flashy new car into production began.

Now, Cole needed to figure out what to call the car. Myron Scott, the founder of the All-American Soap Box Derby came up with the name: Corvette. Since Cole liked the suggestion, that is the name he used. The first year of the Corvette – 1953 – saw a vehicle that was nearly identical to the prototype being manufactured. That first ‘Vette went from zero to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds. The 1953 and 1954 models did not sell well, even though people were clamoring for them at the show.

In 1955, Chevrolet added the V-8 engine – a 256 cubic-inch engine with 195 horsepower. It still had the Powerglide, but this one did the zero to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. Even with this slow beginning, Chevy kept at it and the rest is history.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive one of the new Corvettes – and just remember this little piece of history.

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Upcoming Events in Grapevine!

Grapevine has many upcoming and ongoing events – and planning a dinner out and the attendance of one or more of these events is the perfect way to celebrate that new vehicle you just bought at Classic Chevy. Fireworks or a wine tasting – or any other local event is a perfect way to start or end an evening.

Summer Blast runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. This event provides family fun including special exhibits, waterparks, outdoor activities, fireworks, shopping, dining and more. The fireworks are every Friday night over Lake Grapevine. Take the kids to Legoland Discovery Center or help catch the outlaws on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. You might also want to catch a show at The Texas Star Dinner Theater or take in some music at the Grapevine Opry Show.

The Grapevine Farmer’s Market is going on – it started on April 10, 2014 and will run until October 18, 2014 at the Town Square Gazebo, 325 S. Main Street, Grapevine. The Farmer’s Market runs from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. If you want locally grown produce and products, this is the place to go.

Stop by the Gaylord Texan Resort for wine and cheese pairings from June 13, 2014 through August 30, 2014. The resort is located at 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. The wine and cheese pairings are held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00p.m. You’ll enjoy three wines and an Artisanal cheese selection. You must be aged 21 or over. The price per person is $35.

The Night Watchman Tour is being held from January 2, 2014 through November 29, 2014 at the D’Vine Wine of Grapevine, 409 S. Main Street, Grapevine. Stop by for stories of haunted wineries and haunting history. This is a walking tour – it takes 90 minutes and goes through Grapevine. The tour starts at D’Vine Wine. Tickets include a glass of wine when you return to the winery after the tour. You should be present 15 minutes before the tour starts. Tours are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but call the winery for times. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors and $10 for children under 12 years of age.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet to get a new sedan, SUV or truck if you haven’t already – that way, you’ll be ready to head out to as many events as you can fit into your schedule.

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