Some of the Best Dallas Restaurants

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If you just bought or leased a new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet and are looking for a great place to celebrate your new vehicle, visit one of these restaurants. And, if you are celebrating something else, these are also good choices, depending on your tastes for the evening.

The French Room

This French restaurant, located in downtown at 1321 Commerce Street, Dallas, is in the historic Hotel Adolphus. The décor is romantic and reminds you of a European palace. The food is French-influenced New American and features haute cuisine, a great wine list and more. You may want to order butter-roasted lobster, the Grand Marnier souffle or the pan-seared branzini. If you like caviar, you’ll be happy to hear that the Adolphus Hotel restaurant has some of the city’s best caviar. You will need a jacket for this restaurant. For more information and reservations call (214) 742-8200 or visit hoteladolphus.com/dining.

Nick & Sam’s

This New York-style steakhouse features some of the best steaks around, seafood and wine. The setting is sophisticated and features excellent service. You may see some celebrities and A-list athletes dining here. While the prices are high, the food is worth it. Nick and Sam’s is located at 3008 Maple Avenue in Dallas. You may want to try the Cowboy Longbone, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and the creamed corn. For more information and reservations call (214) 871-7444 or visit nick-sams.com.

Hattie’s

This American restaurant is located in the Bishop Arts District and features sophisticated southern cuisine. Grab Sunday brunch or cocktails in this airy setting. The restaurant is classy but casual and has been serving soul food since the early 1900s. You may want to try shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles or the tomato bisque and grilled cheese. Hattie’s is located at 418 Bishop Ave. in Dallas. For more information and reservations call (214) 942-7400 or visit hatties.com.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next new vehicle, then take it out to celebrate at your favorite restaurant – or try one of these popular restaurants in Dallas if you’ve never been before.

Corvette Stingray Z51 3LT Convertible

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.

Rev Up Your Drive With the All-New Corvette Stingray Convertible Z51 3LT

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If you couldn’t wait for the new Stingray to come out, your wait is over. The 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible Z51 3LT is now available at Classic Chevrolet. Getting right to the nitty-gritty, the 6.2-liter engine puts out 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The engine features a dry sump oil system. It is backed by a seven-speed manual transmission that features active rev matching. The limited slip rear features a 3.42 gear – perfect for highway driving and great for getting the jump at the light.

Safety and security features include active handling stability control, all-speed traction control, a rear vision camera, daytime running lamps, several airbags, OnStar, six months of Directions and Connections – including automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, navigation and roadside assistance, a theft deterrent system and a rear window defogger.

Convenience features include the 3LT interior trim for the seats, console, door armrest and the instrument panel, eight-way driver and passenger seat adjusters, heated and ventilated seats, Napa leather, center console with two cup holders, USB ports, an auxiliary power outlet, an SD card slot and storage, a tilt and telescopic steering column with a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel and a head-up display with color readouts.

Additional features include keyless access, push button start, remote transmitters, driver and passenger express up and down windows, cruise control, two driver presets for seat, door mirror and steering wheel memory, universal home remote, dual-zone air conditioning, a pollen filter, illuminated vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, electric locking glove box, and storage behind the screen, in the center console and in the rear compartment.

Entertainment features include an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen display, Chevrolet MyLink, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, an AM/FM stereo, MP3 playback, a radio data system, SiriusXM/HD radio, a hidden integral antenna and a 10-speaker Bose system with a bass box.

To learn more about the Stingray’s entertainment, convenience, security and safety features, and to test drive your next hot rod, stop by Classic Chevy today. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any ongoing specials for purchase or lease, and about any maintenance specials.

Road Trippin’ In Your Chevy

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Now that Spring is here you’ll want to spend some time in the parks just to relax after a long week at work. Pack the picnic basket, grab the bathing suits and throw everything you need for a fun day in your Classic Chevy and head out for some fishing, swimming, horseback riding, boating and more.

Cooper Lake State Park is about an hour and a half from Dallas. It is located at Doctors Creek Unit, 1664 F.M. 1529 South, Cooper, Texas, 75432. Cooper Lake State Park is a newer park and it features a large lake, hiking trails, nature trails, biking trials, horseback riding trails, a fishing pier, boat rental, water skiing, swimming and shelters.

If you want to camp overnight, you can rent a cabin or bring your tent. Be prepared to see wild turkey, bald eagles, deer, raccoons, waterfowl and more while you enjoy your stay at the park. For more information contact the park at (903) 395-3100 or visit the park’s web site at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cooper_lake.

Cedar Hill State Park is another park you can visit – you can visit for the day or make a weekend of it. Cedar Hill State Park is located at 1570 West F.M. 1382, Cedar Hill, Texas, 75104. The park land used to be the old Penn Farm. It features a lake and some original farm buildings. The park also features nature trails, hiking trails, fishing, swimming, a boat ramp and more. For more information about the park, contact (972) 291-3900 or visit the web page at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cedar_hill.

Eisenhower State Park is another destination that’s not too far – about an hour and a half from Dallas. It is located at 50 Park Road 20, Denision, Texas, 75020. You can reach the park at (903) 465-1956 or by visiting the park’s web site at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/eisehower. This park features camping spaces for tents or RVs, water skiing, nature trails, hiking trails, biking trails, fishing, a fishing pier, swimming and more.

Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures of all the fun – and include your Classic Chevrolet in the pictures. Stop by our dealership to test drive a new vehicle, make a service appointment or to just show us pictures of you having fun in your Chevrolet.

Winter Driving Tips

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Driving in the winter takes a toll on your vehicle, whether from dings or dents from ice and snow mishaps or salt residue. You can avoid many problems with some proactive measures when driving in the winter. For those you can’t avoid no matter how hard you try, the service department at Classic Chevrolet is here to help.

Preventing Mishaps

Not all accidents can be prevented, but your actions can go a long way in protecting your vehicle. If the roads have just been salted, wash your vehicle, especially the undercarriage. Salt eats paint and rusts metal, including the frame, fuel lines and metal parts on brake lines.

If you normally park near or under a tree and are expecting an ice storm, park elsewhere. Ice buildup on branches could cause the branch to break off the tree and crunch your vehicle. Even if it’s a small one that makes a dent, you still need to bring the vehicle in for service – even if the branch scratched the paint and left no dent, the exposed metal will start rusting.

Make sure you get your vehicle serviced before winter weather sets in and throughout the winter season.

Fall and Early Winter Checks

Checking your vehicle is not only an important part of maintaining your vehicle, but it is a safety check, too. When you bring your vehicle into Classic Chevrolet for service, the service techs check your brakes, tires, belts, hoses and more. If anything is worn or looks like it may not last, the techs will recommend that you replace the part.

Bald tires or the wrong tires can cause accidents, especially in the winter when it snows or sleets. If the braking system is not working properly – this includes the ABS brake computer – you could crash. Low brake pads, rotors that are overly grooved, dry-rotted brake lines and a leaking master cylinder will all cause stopping problems.

A belt or hose that fails while you are driving can cause you to be stranded with no heat in the vehicle. This includes heater hoses – not just hoses to and from the radiator. If the serpentine belt or a V-belt fails, you could lose the function of the water pump, alternator, air conditioning compressor and power steering pump – or all components if your vehicle has a serpentine belt instead of separate belts.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today for a service check if you have not checked your vehicle this past Fall or early Winter. Make sure you have the proper tires for the season – if not, request all-season or snow and mud tires. Keeping your vehicle properly maintained and checking for failing components can save you from getting stranded or from crashing.

How to Get Stains Out of Your New or Pre-Owned Chevrolet

If you or one of your regular car passengers is a known “spiller”, then I’ll bet you probably have a stain or two on the cloth seats in your new or pre-owned Chevrolet. I will freely admit I have several. There’s the huge one on my passenger seat from the time I knocked my Jamba Juice over while vacuuming out my car, and then just last week, I was taking back a rug doctor and the left over water leaked all over my back seat.

Whether it’s from coffee, greasy food, or a Jamba Juice, stains are definitely not desirable in our vehicles. While some of you may have the luxury of having your seats professionally steamed and cleaned, there are some home remedies we can use to try and get these stains out on our own.

For starters, you should vacuum out the seats regardless of the origin of the stain. Getting the dirt out of the way will help immensely since dirt tends to trap stains. As I mentioned above, I actually happened to create a stain while vacuuming out my car. Luckily, I was able to immediately pick up most of it with the vacuum. Let’s examine two of the most common stains and how to clean them up.

Greasy Food Stains.

To clean up a stain from greasy food, mix a teaspoon of Dawn, or any other dishwashing soap,  with a cup of warm water. Grab a clean cloth, dip it into the mixture, and then blot the stain. After that, take a second cloth,  dip it into a bucket of clean water, and blot away the soap mixture. You may have to repeat this several times.

Coffee Spills.

The best way to get a coffee stain out is to saturate it with clean cool water. Let the water dry completely, the soak the remaining stain with glass cleaner. Leave it alone for about five minutes, then blot the cleaner dry with a clean white cloth.

These methods can also work on other types of stains. As with most stain-removing cleaners, you should test it out on a small section first. So any of you with stains out there, give these methods a try and get your new or pre-owned Chevrolet looking amazing again. Happy cleaning,  Dallas Ft Worth and Grapevine!

[Source: ehow.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Keep Those Chevrolet Tires Cool in the Final Days of Summer

Summer is almost over in Grapevine, Dallas and Ft Worth. While I wouldn’t say it’s been the worst summer we’ve ever had, the nation as a whole has seen record heat levels.

What a lot of people don’t know or don’t think about is the fact that high temperatures take a toll on more than just ourselves and our electric bills… it also takes a toll on our new and used Chevrolets. I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about the dangers heat can propose to your vehicle, but today I’m going to focus on the tires alone.

ConsumerReports.org says that hot weather exacerbates heat build-up and actually weakens your tires which can potentially lead to abrupt and sometimes catastrophic failure. On a hot 90-degree day at our track, surface temperatures easily exceed 150-degrees. And let’s be honest, a 90-degree-day in the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex is a walk in the park compared to what we are used to, so think about what our tires are experiencing while we are cruising around in the cool a/c.

So what should we do to help prevent tire failure as much as possible? The answers are actually pretty simple. Check out these tips from consumer reports below:

  • Check the inflation pressure in each tire (and the spare) when the tires are cold or have sat more than three hours.
  • Inflate the tires to the recommended setting outlined on the tire information placard found most often on the driver’s door jamb and/or the vehicle owner’s manual.
  • Check the tires monthly. Tires will typically lose up to 1 psi per month, and pressure drops about 1 psi for every 10-degree drop in air temperature.
  • Buy a good tire gauge. It’s also a good idea to buy a portable compressor that works off of your car’s power outlet; these are available in many auto parts stores.
  • Tires also lose air to common punctures, so if you find you’re always adding air to one particular tire, it might have a slow leak. Have it checked out at a service garage.

The summer is almost over, DFW Chevy owners. So let’s make sure we do everything we can to give the tires on our new and used Chevrolets a smooth transition into the fall. Safe travels!

[Source: ConsumerReports.org]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Five Maintenance Tips That’ll Save the Chevrolet Driver in the Long Run

Last month, I told you guys about a study conducted by General Motors where two of their fuel economy engineers, Ann Wenzlick and Beth Nunning, drove identical Chevrolet Cruze LTs. From their study, we gained a little insight to what mistakes we as drivers make that hurt our overall mpg and also some tips on how to save a little this summer on gasoline. But did you also know that regular maintenance can save you significant amounts of dough in the long run?

In the details of that same study, General Motors provided five maintenance tips for Chevrolet drivers that will save them down the road.

1. Tires. Make them last. Properly inflated tires will improve your fuel economy, and they will last longer. Also rotate tires at manufacturer-recommended intervals.

2. Oil. Always use the recommended grade of motor oil. Motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the performance symbol of the American Petroleum Institute contains friction-reducing additives that can improve fuel economy.

3. Octane. Check your owner’s manual for the most effective octane level for your car. For most cars, the recommended gasoline is regular octane. In most cases, using a higher-than-recommended octane gas offers no benefit – and costs more.

4. Batteries. They can make or break you. Check battery life, replace or charge your current battery and make sure battery cables are free of corrosion. Many breakdowns occur because batteries aren’t delivering full cranking power.

5. Tune-Ups. Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks. According to the EPA, tune-ups improve performance as well as gas mileage. Check your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance schedules and follow them. This will avoid fuel economy problems due to worn spark plugs, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid, or the transmission failing to go into high gear.

Keep on this list Dallas Ft Worth, and  you’ll be sure to get a long and happy life out of your new Chevrolet car or truck.

[Source: Media.GM.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Who’s Your Favorite Character from Chevrolet’s Under the Blue Arch?

I don’t know about you guys, but I love The Office. And as you know, I love Chevrolet. So naturally, I’m a big fan of Chevrolet’s latest advertising campaign “Under the Blue Arch”. Since it’s directed by the same guy who directed The Office,  Randall Einhorn, I had no doubt in my mind that I would love the commercials.

Back in February, GM issued a press release describing the ad campaign as a 30-second retail format featuring a consistent cast of characters – from the former radio host turned salesman to the top-selling single mom – set in a new Chevy dealership.

“The automotive retail advertising landscape is very crowded, so you have to find a way to break through,” said Joel Ewanick, GM vice president and Global Chief Marketing Officer. “Humor is a great educator and this campaign is designed to grab people’s attention, tweak their funny bone and get them to consider Chevrolet.”

“The dealership and each of its characters represents the Chevrolet brand, which are friendly people in a comfortable and inviting surrounding,” said Ralph Watson of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. “Randall and the cast brought the store to life in a way only they can – by thorough preparation and thoughtful choices for improvisation. Over the course of rehearsing, they became their characters.”

So who is your favorite character, DFW? Let Classic Chevrolet know! In case you’ve missed any episodes, you can check them all out right now!

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

 

The 2012 Chevy Sonic Says “Let’s Do This” Dallas Ft Worth

2012 Chevrolet Sonic DallasThe sky is no longer the limit for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. If you’ve seen the two most recent ads in this campaign, you know exactly what I mean. Chevrolet’s new campaign called “Let’s Do This” features the Sonic performing a variety of extreme stunts including skydiving and bungee jumping showing everyone that the all-new Chevy Sonic is up for adventure. It’s turbocharged, connected and fun to drive.

Did I forget to mention that the 1.4L turbo with the six-speed manual also achieves an EPA highway fuel economy of 40 mpg? To give you a real-life scenario, imagine taking a road trip to New Orleans from Dallas in your Chevrolet on one tank of gas. That’s right, the Sonic Turbo offers up to 488 highway miles in one tank, making it one of the most fuel-efficient small cars in the market.

Along with being one of the most fuel-efficient cars out there, the Sonic goes from 0-60 in 8.2 seconds and 0 – 60 mph in 0.4 seconds when dropped from a plane. If you don’t believe me, check out the video below.

Not only is this car adventurous, it’s also safe. So safe in fact, that the Sonic was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) earlier this year and is equipped with two more air bags than its competitors. It also has a vehicle safety cage that is 60 percent high-strength steel, features a LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top Tethers for Children) system and six months of OnStar service including automatic crash response and panic brake assist technology. Should you be involved in an accident, there are sensors that will diagnose the severity of impact and control the deployment of its 10 airbags. Talk about a “Smart Car”.

So let’s recap: the Sonic is fast, fuel-efficient, safe and smart. What more could you ask for from your Classic Chevy Texas dealer? Are you ready to get adventurous, Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet lovers? The 2012 Sonic sure is. Check out its latest bungee jumping adventure.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.