10 Reasons Why the New Chevy Silverado Trounces the Competition


Chevrolet manufacturers some of the highest ranked vehicles in the industry. The Silverado is no different. According to J.D. Power and Associates, this responsive, heavy duty truck is the highest ranked heavy duty pickup in initial quality. That means you get more bang for your buck when choosing Silverado.

If you’re still up in the air about finding the perfect pickup for your needs, these 10 reasons why the Silverado is superior to its competitors will make you want to cruise over to Classic Chevrolet and purchase your new heavy duty truck today.

1. They’re built just right.

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the Chevy Silverado HD received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among large, heavy-duty pickups in the 2013 Initial Quality Study.


2. The 2015 Silverado 1500 is the fastest growing pickup brand of 2015.


3. The 2015 Silverado tows better than its competitors.

Drivers can choose an available 12,000-pounds of V8 towing capacity — the best in the Silverado’s class.


4. It’s a super safe truck.

The new Silverado 1500 received the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety in 2015.


5. The Silverado has unrivaled fuel economy.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 crew cab short box pickup gets superior V8 fuel economy to the 2015 Ram 1500 crew cab short box and the 2015 Ford F-150 super crew short box.


6. You can take all of your toys with you.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 can tow nearly 1,000 pounds more than the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150.


7. Want to take the internet with you? Now you can.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 is equipped with available built-in 4G LTE WiFi, a feature that is not available in the 2015 Ford F-150 or the 2015 Ram 1500.


8. Go green while going big.

The new Silverado 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine is the most fuel-efficient Gas V8 pickup engine ever.


9. Handles like a dream.

The 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6 engine offers the most torque of any standard V6 in the Silverado’s class.


10. It has a killer sound system.

The 2015 Silverado offers one of the quietest interiors in the industry, so you can hear the Bose premium audio system more clearly and enjoy every riding experience more than ever.


Find the Chevy Silverado of your dreams right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.

Tire Safety Tips for Fall


Fall is one of the best seasons for road trips. The Texas temperatures are more mild, destinations are less crowded and the fall colors create exciting scenery along the way. However, it’s important to know that your vehicle is in top condition before you hit the road, and your tires are a big part of that.

These tire safety tips will help you stay safe on the roads as temperatures drop this season.

Check for Signs of Wear and Tear

Do a visual inspection of your tires before you hit the road. Check for over or under inflation by seeing if your tires are wearing more in certain areas than others. A majority of the wear on over-inflated tires will be in the center of the tread, while you’ll notice more wear on the edges of the tread if your tires are under-inflated.

Low tire pressure is something you may encounter on a road trip in the cooler months. Keep a pressure gauge in your vehicle to check your tire pressure often. Your recommended tire pressure is listed on a sticker inside your driver-side door, or you can find it in your owner’s manual.

Check Your Tire’s Tread

One of the easiest ways to check if your tires have enough tread is to use a coin test. Insert a coin into the tread groove with George Washington’s head facing down. If Washington’s head is not visible, your tires are ready to hit the road. If you can see a portion of Washington’s head, you’ll want to stop and see us at Classic Chevrolet for a dependable set of new tires.

Be Aware While Driving

Be aware of any unusual thumping or vibrating noises while you’re driving. These signs could alert you that one of your tires has a flat spot, a separated belt or another issue.

Bring your vehicle to our service department at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, to ensure your tires are in top condition before you hit the road.

Smartphone Overheating? Chevy Impala Can Help


Smart phones tend to overheat – it’s what they do on occasion. Chevrolet has come up with a solution to that issue: Active Phone Cooling. The 2016 Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Volt and Cruze models that features wireless charging will cool your smart phone if it’s integrated into your Chevrolet’s multimedia system. Once these models hit the showroom floor at Classic Chevrolet, you’ll be able to circumvent this issue while you are connected to the Chevrolet MyLink system.

Why Phones Shut Shut Off

When a smart phone overheats, its built-in thermal protection feature shuts the phone off until it cools down. This is especially inconvenient if you are using it for navigation, listening to a play list or are waiting for an important call. Even if a smart phone is not in use, but gets hot inside the vehicle, it will shut off.

Smart phones may also overheat if there is a heavy strain on the graphics and data processors, if the air temperature in the vehicle or house is high or even when you’re charging the phone. Because vehicles are warmer than your home or office during the summer, you’ll notice the issue more while you’re driving.

Engineers noticed this happening while testing the wireless charging feature and they came up with the Active Phone Cooling system. As of October 2015, no other vehicle manufacturer offers a solution to smart phone cooling.

How the Active Smart Phone Cooling System Works

An air vent that is connected to the vehicle’s air conditioning and ventilation system directs cool air into the charging bin where you would set the phone to charge it wirelessly. The cool air keeps the phone’s temperature lower so that it is less likely to turn itself off. The system only works when the air conditioning is turned on.

Since several instances of a phone crashing over time could damage the Lithium-ion battery, it’s a good idea to keep the phone cool and ventilated.

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Are You Up for an Oil Change?


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.

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

2016 Chevy Malibu Starting Under $23,000


Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new Malibu – the 2016 model years are here and start under $23,000. According to Steve Majoros, the director of Chevrolet cars and crossovers, the manufacturer focuses on building vehicles with the highest quality levels; and he cites initial quality and long-term dependability recognition from J.D. Power. He also stated in a Chevrolet press release that “the 2016 Malibu is engineered and priced to give consumers impressive value and technology that’s hard to compete with.”

Trim Levels

The 2016 Malibu features five different trim levels and models including the L, LS, LT, hybrid and the Premier. The base model features standard cruise control, 10 airbags, fuel-saving stop/start technology and push-button start with passive entry.

The LS model features Chevrolet MyLink Radio, available compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen and a rear vision camera. The LT features an EcoTec 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with stop/start and is expected to get 37 mpg* on the highway.

The LT is also available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and eight-speed transmission, as is the Premier model. The Malibu models with the 2.0-liter engine are expected to get 32 mpg* on the highway.

Safety Features

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu also adds new-to-this-model safety features include front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist and low speed front automatic braking. The LT and Premier trim levels also feature “teen driver,” a system that mutes any device that is paired with the vehicle and the audio if the front seat passengers are not wearing seat belts. The Malibu also allows parents to see information on how their teens drove the vehicle.

Space and More

The new Malibu offers more space as it is longer; yet it is lighter than the previous model years. The Malibu lost almost 300 pounds, but gained 4 inches of wheelbase. And, later in 2016, the hybrid version will be released. Production is expected to start in the spring of 2016. The hybrid is expected to get 48 mpg* in the city and 45 mpg* on the highway.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a 2016 Malibu or to get more information on the upcoming hybrid version.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer


Join the fight against breast cancer by helping Chevrolet and Classic Chevy raise money to finish the fight against this disease. For every #IDriveFor used during October 2015, Chevrolet will make a contribution of $5 – up to $500,000. Just visit your Twitter or Instagram account to tell us who you drive for.

You can also visit chevrolet.com/making-strides-against-breast-cancer.html and enter the person’s name if you don’t have a Twitter or Instagram account, for Chevrolet to contribute $5. Whether you have a loved one, a friend, your kid’s teacher or the person at a local grocery store who is fighting breast cancer, you can help by entering their name with #IDriveFor on Instagram or Twitter; or by visiting the link above. Drive in their name to help combat this disease.

Walk, Drive or Post. Just Support.

This is Chevrolet’s fifth year in a row of teaming up with the American Cancer Society to help fight breast cancer. Contributions over the past four years have totaled $4,462,326. Additionally, there have been hundreds of local walks across the country for support and awareness. You can also join in any of the upcoming walks. To find upcoming walks in your area, visit makingstrides.acsevents.org/site/PageServer?pagename=MSABC_CY15_FindAnEvent.

If walking is not your thing or you just can’t physically do it, just post #IDriveFor and the person’s name to help Chevrolet continue its support of breast cancer.

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If you want to get more involved, stop by Classic Chevrolet to find more unique ways to help fight breast cancer. And, don’t forget, women are not the only ones to have breast cancer: Men can also have breast cancer. You can also ask about ways to help combat breast cancer when you stop by to test drive a new Chevy or when you bring your current Chevy in for service.

Best Weekend Getaway Places in and Around Grapevine


Sometimes you just need to get away from it all and you don’t have to go far. You can choose to stay in a local bed and breakfast just to relax and let someone else wait on you for the weekend. Make a great weekend out of it by going to the spa or pretending to be a tourist by visiting some of the tourist attractions in the area. If you are considering a new Chevy, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new vehicle so you can take it with you when you go for your relaxing weekend.

Azalea Plantation Bed and Breakfast

Stay at the Azalea Plantation Bed and Breakfast, which is located in a nice residential neighborhood at 1400 Robinwood Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76111. You’re about 10 minutes from the Stockyards Historic District and even closer to the newly restored Sundance Square. The Azalea Plantation features a view of an acre of oak trees, a gazebo, fountain and rock terracing.

If you want to just relax on the grounds and sleep on one of the most comfortable beds in the city, this is the place. Celebrate a birthday, anniversary or make a reservation just because you want to relax.

The Guesthouse on Allen Street

The Guesthouse on Allen Street is located at 2203 Allen Street in Dallas. If you are looking for a private and intimate spot to spend the weekend and don’t want to drive far, this is the place you’ll want to spend your weekend. The Guesthouse is located in the Uptown State Thomas neighborhood that offers lots of trendy things to do. You’ll need reservations, of course, and you’ll be able to walk to several popular restaurants.

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Visit Classic Chevy today to test drive the vehicle you’ve been keeping your eye on. Once you do that, you can drive it to your favorite place to stay for a relaxing weekend.

New 2016 Camaro Lost Weight, Gained Performance


The new 2016 Camaro, soon to be available at Classic Chevrolet, went on a diet and gained some horsepower. Chevrolet shaved up to 390 pounds of the Camaro, which makes the coupe quite a bit quicker. The new 455-horsepower engine in the SS coupe reaches 60 mph in 4 seconds and has a 12.3 quarter mile when it is backed by the new eight-speed paddle shifted automatic transmission.

Additional Models Are Also Faster

The 2.0L Turbo model features a 275-horsepower engine and a six-speed manual transmission. This setup gives you a 14-second quarter mile; and it hits 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Choose the 3.6-liter V-6, which puts out 335 horsepower, and back it with an eight-speed automatic transmission to get a 13.5-second quarter mile. This combination gets to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

Agility and Braking

With the weight loss, not only is the Camaro faster, but it handles a lot better. The SS features .97 g cornering; and according to Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser, the SS model is “one of the most capable 2+2 coupes on the market.” And, the lighter weight means faster stopping times and faster acceleration. No matter which trim level and engine/transmission combination you choose, you’ll find that the vehicle is lighter, has more power and handles much better.

Stronger Body

You may be worried that with pounds shaved, the Camaro is not as strong and sturdy as previous models. However, Chevrolet used computer-aided engineering to determine the best design with the best materials to decrease weight and increase performance while keeping the Camaro solid as a rock. The 1SS model is 223 pounds lighter and it gained 29 horsepower, giving it a 14 percent power-to-weight ratio improvement.

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Stop by Classic Chevy for more information on the 2016 Chevy Camaro models or keep your eye on this blog for more information as it becomes available.

Get Your Chevy Ready for Fall


Whether you just bought a new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet or you have a Chevy that is a few years old, you’ll still need to get your vehicle ready for fall. You could get snow in late fall, so you should also think about getting your vehicle ready for some winter weather, too.

Exterior Care

Be sure to wash and wax your Chevy while it’s still nice. Washing the vehicle removes any dirt, grime and bugs that can eat through the paint. Putting a fresh coat of wax on your Chevy protects the paint through the rest of the fall season and the winter season.

Interior Care

Prepping the interior is just as important as the exterior, especially the carpets. Give the inside a good vacuuming. The fall and winter seasons will add more dirt and mud to the carpets and it’ll be difficult to get out if it builds up too much. And, even though the sun won’t seem as hot, it’s UV rays are just as damaging, so have the inside detailed and give the materials a coating of the appropriate protection, whether it’s vinyl, leather or plastic. And, remember to use the sun shields in the windshield.

Mechanical Care

Mechanical care is just as important that caring for the paint and interior materials. Have your service technician check your vehicle’s brakes, belts, hoses, tires and fluids. If something is leaking or worn out, it’s best to replace it now lest it leave you stranded in a snowstorm. Even if it’s not time for the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance interval, it’s a good idea to have your vehicle checked thoroughly.


Since it’s still warm, most people won’t think of this – but check the heater. If it’s not working like it was last year, you won’t be able to get your windows defrosted easily; and you’ll be stuck commuting in a freezing car. Be sure to check that all of the vents including the defroster works; and that the temperature and fan speeds work.

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Call our service department at Classic Chevy to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle checked and, if necessary, repaired for the fall and winter months.

Pumpkin Patches to Visit Around North Texas


Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new Chevy, and then head out to visit some of the pumpkin patches around North Texas. Be ready to celebrate Halloween by picking up some pumpkins for your yard decoration and for the kids to carve.

Andersons Farm

This pumpkin patch features a straw/hay bale maze, cow and barrel train rides, a fall festival, a child’s hay bale maze, concessions, tractor-pulled hay rides, restrooms/porta-potties, face painting and a picnic area. Andersons Farm is located at 7958 CR 619, Blue Ridge, Texas, 75424. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. through November 8. For more information email holly at andersonsfarm dot com or call (214) 794-7736.

Lavender Ridge Farms

Visit Lavender Ridge Farms for pumpkins, the gift shop and to see farm animals. Visit the snack and refreshment stand and picnic area. Restrooms are available. Lavender Ridge Farms is located at 22391 County Road 178, Gainesville, Texas, 76240. Hours through mid November are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The cafe hours from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information call (940) 665-6938 or email info at lavenderridgefarms dot com.

St. James Pumpkin Patch

For pumpkins and gourds, visit St. James Pumpkin Patch, 99845 McCree Road, Dallas, Texas, 75238. The patch is open every day through October 31, 2015. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Sundays from noon until 6:00 p.m. Also available, if the weather permitted during the growing season, is Indian corn. For more information call (214) 348-1345 or email inquiries at stjamesdallas dot org.

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Be sure to visit Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle. Ask your salesperson about any lease or finance specials we may be running. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle because yours is only a couple year old, call our service department to set up an appointment to have your vehicle’s maintenance completed.