5 Reasons Why the Malibu Beats the Competition

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The 2017 Chevy Malibu is way ahead of the competition, such as the Accord and Camry. How? We’ve got a few reasons you might find compelling.

The Engine’s Got Serious “Oomph”

With two optional engine upgrades in the 182-hp Malibu hybrid or the 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo four in the Malibu Premier, the 2017 Malibu can really perform. The Premier also steps up its transmission an extra speed unit.

Listen to Your Music Better

The 2017 Malibu adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system in the Malibu LS and LT.

It’s Safe for All Drivers

The LS and LT trims also come standard with GM’s “Teen Driver” technology, which allows parents some insight into the driving habits and metrics of their kids, like average MPH.

It Looks Good

Maybe a bit subjective, but it’s hard to deny that the 2017 Malibu looks pretty good with its aerodynamic lines and well-proportioned body. There’s not a bad line or angle on it.

It’s a Reasonable Price

Starting with an MSRP on the base model of $22,555, the Malibu is quite the affordable family sedan. The most premium trim, the Malibu Premier, comes in at $31,850.

Visit Classic Chevrolet to Test Drive the Malibu

Come by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a Malibu and see why it beats the competition for yourself. Once you drive the Malibu, it will be clear why it outperforms the competition. While you’re at Classic Chevy, be sure to schedule service for your vehicle or to shop for parts and accessories.

Top 4 Hill Country Destinations for Your Chevy

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If you’ve never explored the Texas Hill Country, do yourself a favor and check it out. With plenty of interesting places to go and fun activities to do, the Texas Hill Country is centrally located around the Austin area and is only a day trip away from DFW.

Marble Falls

Just 45 minutes west of Austin, Marble Falls’ main attraction are its three lakes: LBJ, Buchanan, and the eponymous Marble Falls. For golf lovers, there’s also the popular Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Luckenbach

Country music fans will recognize the name. Luckenbach has been referenced by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. It’s a tiny place with just a general store, post office, and some picnic tables, but if that and some live country music are enough for you, it’s a place to relax and recharge away from it all.

For those not versed in its history, the town was founded in the 1800s and was beneath notice until 1970 when an entrepreneur purchased the town (population of 3) and built a dance hall that started to draw regional attention.

Fredericksburg

Like most of the Texas Hill Country, there’s heavy German influence from the numerous German settlers that came to central Texas in the 1800s, but Fredericksburg holds on to more of that culture than most places.

When approaching the town, you won’t be welcomed… you’ll instead see a sign saying “Wilkommen.” The city square is called Marktplatz and there are numerous German-themed restaurants serving both German food and Texas fare.

Shoppers will enjoy the town’s main street, which is filled with boutiques and artisans.

New Braunfels

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If you’re more interested in activities as opposed to dining and shopping, New Braunfels is the place to go.

Another German settlement, New Braunfels today is popular for the Guadalupe River and the watersports you can enjoy there and for the water resort Schlitterbahn.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Before hitting the road for any Texas Hill Country destinations (or anywhere else, for that matter), remember to stop by at Classic Chevrolet to get your vehicle serviced and make sure that you’re road trip ready. About time for a new vehicle? There’s nowhere better to shop than at Classic Chevy. Our huge inventory means that there’s sure to be a car, truck, or SUV that’s perfect for your needs and budget.

Events You Don’t Want to Miss in November

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DFW is full of events, concerts, and festivals this November. Head out there and enjoy all that the metroplex has to offer.

Blues, Bandits, and BBQ – November 11-12

Head out to Kidd Springs Park in Oak Cliff next weekend where more than 30 teams of barbecue specialists will be occupying the park for a two-day festival. Food and drink will be for sale and live music will be playing. November 11, spectators can watch the teams fire up their grills. The results will be presented on November 12 from 1-3pm. You can even taste it for yourself alongside the judges by purchasing a wristband for $20, which also allows you to caste a vote.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition – Now thru January 8

Debuting at the State Fair of Texas, this exhibit as been extended into January. The exhibit uses overblown panels of the Sistine Chapel images to give you an up close view of Michelangelo’s masterpieces without having to travel to Vatican City.

The exhibit is open daily from Tuesday to Sunday at the fairgrounds from 10am to 6pm. Admittance can be gained with a $16 ticket. Children 7 and older, students, and seniors pay $12. Children 6 and under get in free. Discounts are available for families and groups of 10 or more.

Autumn at the Arboretum – Now thru November 23

Named one of America’s “Best Pumpkin Festivals,” by Fodor’s Travel and “One of the World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens” by Architectural Digest, this year’s Pumpkin Village will highlight the Art of the Pumpkin, featuring over 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash beautifully displayed by a talented horticulture team.

Besides which, the gardens are bursting with over 150,000 fall blooming flowers, like coleus, impatiens, zinnias, and salvia.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Before you hit the road to enjoy any festivals or events this November in DFW, drop by Classic Chevy to make sure that your vehicle is ready to handle the rigors of the road. Think it’s time to get a new car or truck? There’s no better place to shop in the metroplex than Classic Chevrolet. Stop by today and check out our inventory and try out your favorite vehicles with a test drive.

Are You Up for an Oil Change?

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Part of keeping your vehicle in great running condition is ensuring that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance, including oil changes. Changing the oil in your vehicle is one of the most important maintenance items you do for your vehicle.

Engine Sludge

Engine oil gets dirty – very dirty. Eventually, the oil will get so thick that it won’t drain back into the oil pan, nor will it get into the heads where it is needed. Over time, the oil also breaks down to create more sludge. When it gets this bad you could cause engine failure because the pertinent parts won’t get the oil needed to keep metal from rubbing metal. And, on top of that, it can start building up in the heads, which causes the engine to work harder and use more gas.

Operating Temperatures and Friction

Oil contains ingredients that reduce friction. The more friction in an engine, the hotter the operating temperatures and the more wear you’ll put on the internal engine components. It also makes the engine run warmer, thus taxing the cooling system.

And, when the engine runs hotter, that means the sensors are going to try to adjust the fuel mixture to lean the mixture out to cool the engine. In some circumstances, this could damage the engine. Changing the oil at the recommended times keeps the friction and crud in the engine at a minimum; and you’ll have a smoother-running vehicle that will serve you for many miles.

When You Should Change the Oil

Consult your owner’s manual to see when you should change the oil as it varies depending on the vehicle you are driving and on your driving habits. If you often drive in the mountains, sit in traffic for long periods of time or frequently tow heavy loads, you may have to change your oil sooner rather than later. If your commute is easy on the vehicle, you might be able to go up to 7,000 miles between oil changes, depending on your vehicle and the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Visit Classic Chevy

Call our service department at Classic Chevrolet to make an appointment to have your oil changed and for any other maintenance the manufacturer recommends.

Eerily Good Dessert Recipes

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These treats are easy to make and will put you in the mood for some Halloween fun. Head to a nearby store in your Chevy and pick up the ingredients you need.

Scary Spiders

  • 16 pieces of black licorice lace, 3 ½ inches long
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate chips, melted (melt them in the microwave)
  • 4 chocolate-covered marshmallow cookies
  • 8 chocolate chips for decorations

Spread the melted chocolate on the bottom of the cookies. Bend the licorice into semicircles, and then press them into the chocolate for legs. Each cookie gets 4 pieces for 8 legs. Dip two chocolate chips for each cookie into the melted chocolate. Attach them to the cookie as eyes. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until the melted chocolate sets.

Ghoully Ghosts

  • 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • ½ c. water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons confectionary sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Sprinkle the gelatin over ¼ cup of water; let it stand to soften the gelatin. Sift the cornstarch and confectionary sugar together. Spray a 9-inch by 9-inch pan with cooking spray, then coat it with the cornstarch mixture.

Heat the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water to boiling in a 2-quart saucepan. Boil the mixture for 1 minute; and then add the gelatin mixture. Cook the mixture over low heat to dissolve, stirring constantly.

Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Add the vanilla. Beat the mixture for about 15 minutes until it is thick and glossy. Spread the mixture in the baking pan, then sift 1 tablespoon of confectionary sugar over the top. Cover with wax paper and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours or until it’s firm enough to cut. Cut the mixture into ghosts with 3-inch ghost-shaped cookie cutter.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Visit Classic Chevy this fall to shop for a new or used vehicle. Classic Chevrolet offers sales, service, parts, and accessories in DFW.

Top 5 Reasons to Be Excited for the Bolt EV

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The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV is coming to Classic Chevrolet soon, and we’re excited to show it off. You should be excited too, since the 2017 Bolt EV has a lot of features and specifications worth getting excited about!

1. It can go the distance.

The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV has an EPA-rated range of 238 miles on a single charge! That kind of distance goes far, even in a big state like Texas.

2. You can take it all with you.

Its hatchback design and ample storage space means that you don’t have to make tough decisions on what you pack or what you want to bring back with you.

3. It charges fast at home or on the go.

With a 240-volt Level 2 charger, your Bolt EV can get 25 miles per hour of charge. With DC Fast Charging, you can get 90 miles of range in 30 minutes. No waiting around watching the clock!

4. It’s electric, but you’ll hardly notice.

Sure it’s electric, and you may wonder what that’s like. You might even be put off by the idea — what if you don’t like it? What if it doesn’t drive the same as a gas-powered car? The truth is the Bolt EV feels like driving any gas-powered car… you know, other than saving all that money on gas.

5. It’s electric and that means it’s green.

You can feel good about driving the Bolt EV. Its all-electric design means zero emissions, so drive as much as you like!

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Keep checking back here for more info on the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV as it becomes available. When it arrives at Classic Chevrolet, stop in for a test drive. Or, just come in today and test drive any vehicle Classic Chevy currently has in stock, get some service done, shop for accessories, and shop around.

Best Fall Activities Around Texas

Looking for somewhere to head this fall in Texas, but you’re not sure what’s going on around the state? Try one of these festivals happening in the coming weeks.

Austin Celtic Festival – November 5 and 6

Whether you’re Celtic or not, all are welcome to celebrate the culture this November 5th and 6th in Austin. The festival will celebrate all things Celtic, like Celtic music from regional and international artists; Celtic dance, including Irish Step Dancing and Scottish Country Dancing; Highland Games (involves a lot of heavy lifting!); Celtic animals, including dog breeds, mini horses, and sheepdog herding; and Celtic history demonstrations, including Viking combat demos.

The festival will be held at the Fiesta Gardens in Austin, Texas.

GrillsGiving – November 19

Head to San Antonio for GrillsGiving, a BBQ and music festival. The BBQ and grilling contest means that you get to sample chicken, ribs, and brisket that are the result of fierce competition. Enjoy live music from local and regional artists and a number of fun activities for kids. All proceeds will benefit community programs.

Houston Tamale Festival – December 3

This all day celebration offers up great fun, music, and food. Tamales will be widely available, of course, but there will also be great Texas BBQ, assorted food trucks, fair ground fare, and much more. Visitors can also enjoy live music.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Before hitting the road, stop by Classic Chevrolet to get your car or truck serviced and road trip ready. Need a new vehicle to get you where you want to go? Test drive a new or pre-owned vehicle at Classic Chevy today!

Top Accessories to Add to Your Chevy

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The accessories you choose for your vehicle depends on the type of vehicle you are driving – or the type you intend on buying or leasing from Classic Chevy. You can make your Chevy your own with certain accessories – or you can make your vehicle more practical.

Trucks

Pick up a bed extender to add an extra 2 feet to the bed of your truck. These come in handy when you need to haul 8-foot lumber in a 6-foot bed. The bed extender fits over the open tailgate and keeps things from falling out of the bed.

Bedliners and mats keep the inside of the bed from being scratched up from the things you haul. They also keep things from sliding around in the back.

If you add a toolbox to your bed, you may want to add a bed step so that you can reach into the center of the box without having to climb in the bed of the truck.

One of the neatest accessories for a Silverado, especially if you like to camp or go hunting, is a sport tent. The tent is water- resistant and converts the bed into a camper. The tent features a waterproof floor and is made specifically for the Silverado bed.

Cars

Cars have limited space so a roof rack is a good addition if you are constantly trying to cram big things in the back seat or the cargo area. Choose from cargo management items to better organize the trunk, remote start if your vehicle didn’t come equipped with it, license plate holders, a spoiler kit, window deflectors and splash guards. Interior accessories include door sill plates, floor mats and pedal covers.

No matter what you drive, you should have a good first aid kit and a roadside assistance package in the event of an emergency. You can also pick these items up at our accessory shop.

Stop by Classic Chevy

Visit Classic Chevrolet to pick up or have accessories installed or to have other service completed on your vehicle. If you are looking for a new vehicle, stop by our showroom to test drive your next new car, truck or SUV.

Fall Road Trips to Take in Your Chevy

Looking for a great road trip destination this fall? Whether you’re more interested in enjoying the season or escaping it, there’s a destination waiting for you. Choose your path and hit the road in your Chevy this fall.

Fall Foliage Destinations

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Old Forge, New York

Old Forge, a small town on New York State Route 28 at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, is a charming haven for fall foliage lovers. Dine in cute cafes, canoe the rivers, hike the mountains or simply enjoy the scenic drives loaded with brightly-colored trees.

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry is a charming West Virginia town that becomes surrounded by vibrant leaves in the fall months. Take in the fall colors while tubing along a river, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, biking, rafting or on an exhilarating canopy tour. The historic town serves as an ideal place to relax and enjoy an award-winning meal after a day of adventure and snapping photos.

Warm Weather Spots

Pensacola Beach

Galveston Island State Park, Texas

Galveston Island State Park feels thousands of miles away from it all, yet it’s only a short drive from the exciting day and nightlife of Galveston. The 2,000-acre park offers undeveloped beaches that are ideal for fishing, picnicking, birdwatching, swimming, camping and just about every beach-related outdoor activity you can imagine.

Pensacola Beach, Florida

When you’re looking for calm, turquoise waters and beaches that look like they popped out of a magazine, there’s no better escape than Pensacola Beach. Step away from the sand, and you’ll find the Portofino Boardwalk, which is loaded with fun shops and restaurants. Other Pensacola activities include taking paddle boarding lessons, exploring nearby Casino Beach, attending the National Museum of Naval Aviation and snapping photos from the famous Pensacola Pier.

Stop and See Us

All of these destinations are just waiting for you to take a road trip. Find your dream road trip vehicle right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas. Our location nestled just north of the Dallas/Fort Worth area means you can get unbeatable deals on brand-new Chevrolets by shopping just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city.

More Midnight Fun for 2017

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The Tahoe and Suburban are the latest Chevrolet vehicles to receive the Midnight Edition treatment for 2017.

Chevrolet announced that it is expanding its popular specialty models to include Midnight Editions of its segment-defining Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs.

With years of heritage to build on, Chevrolet continues to forge ahead in sales and share with these two storied full-size SUV entries. Tahoe retail sales are currently up 18 percent compared to 2015, while Suburban sales are up 30 percent compared to 2015. Market share for Suburban and Tahoe has risen a combined 3.6 percent this year, and Chevrolet continues to lead the segment.

Together, these two vehicles represent about 50 percent of all full-size SUVs sold in the U.S.

The Suburban and Tahoe join the Silverado, Colorado, Equinox and Trax as part of the growing portfolio of Chevrolet Midnight Edition vehicles, among the fastest-selling of Chevrolet’s special editions.

These two iconic vehicles were natural candidates for the special edition treatment due to their lineage and importance to the Chevrolet brand Tahoe is the best-selling full-size SUV in America and Suburban is the longest-running nameplate in automotive history since the vehicle’s inception in 1935.

The Midnight Edition Suburban and Tahoe full-size SUVs are offered in two distinct variants, the Z71 Midnight package and the LT Midnight package. All Midnight Edition vehicles are finished exclusively in black.

The Z71 Midnight includes all of the features found on the Z71 Package including off-road tuned suspension, off-road tires, skid plates, off-road tubular assist steps, fog lamps, tow hooks, sill plates, 3.42 axle, 2-speed transfer case, floor mats, hill descent control, high capacity air cleaner, Z71 badging and more. The Midnight Edition adds 18” black-painted Z71 wheels, roof rack cross rails, black grille insert, and black Chevrolet “bow tie” logos. The Z71 Midnight Tahoe also comes equipped with aggressive Goodyear DuraTrac off-road tires.

The LT Midnight includes all of the features found on both the LT trim levels of Suburban and Tahoe and adds 20” black wheels, all-season tires, roof rack cross rails, black assist steps and black Chevrolet “bow tie” logos.

“Our SUV customers have shown a considerable appetite for specialty vehicles,” said Mike Weidman, marketing and advertising manager, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe. “The Midnight Editions allow us to further deliver on the premium expectation that our customers already have for these class-leading full-size SUVs.”

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop in at Classic Chevy this October to check out the Tahoe and Suburban, maybe even for a test drive. Ask your Classic Chevrolet sales professional about the upcoming Midnight special editions and keep your eyes on this space for more information as it becomes available.