Hang with the Winner: Chevy Colorado

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If you are in the market for a midsize pickup during our Truck of the Month sale, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive Motortrend’s Truck of the Year: The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado. The new Colorado features several engines, including 2.8-liter Duramax diesel that puts out 181 horsepower. Chevy is the only manufacturer that offers a diesel in the midsize range.

The diesel version, while heavier than some of the other midsize trucks out there, was engineered so that it feels more like a crossover; and that means that it handles quite well on the road and gives you a comfortable ride. The truck never feels as though it’s struggling to get moving or stay moving. It even tows smoothly, all because of the torque the diesel engine provides. While hauling a 7,600-pound trailer, the LT trim level ran the quarter mile in 23.4 seconds. The 369 pound-feet of torque made hauling 500 pounds up the strenuous Davis Dam grade – 11.2 miles of hill – seem like it was 50 pounds

As far as gas mileage, Chevy had not released those numbers as of the time Motortrend tested the vehicle, but testers got 23.2 mpg* in the city and 31.4 mpg* on the highway, making it the “most fuel-efficient midsize truck on the market,” according to the publication.

The Duramax diesel isn’t the only Chevy midsize truck that gets excellent gas mileage. The Colorado with the 2.5-liter and 3.6-liter gas engines were also at the top of the class for fuel economy.

The Duramax option is available only the LT and Z71 trim levels, and while the price is higher, these trucks also offer more features. The Z71 gets a standard trailering package and the LT gets a locking rear differential, safety and convenience packages as standard equipment, thus raising the price a tad.

Other features include six airbags, hill start assist, stability control with rollover mitigation and hill descent control.

The Colorado also has several options, including navigation, a spray-in bedliner, and a safety package with lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and to learn more about this model’s features.

Truck Month at Classic Chevrolet

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At Classic Chevrolet, we’re proud and excited with special rollouts this month for Chevy truck fans. Highlights of Classic Chevrolet’s truck month feature the 2014 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LT All Star 4WD, 2015 Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab LTZ with Duramax Plus Package and the 2015 Colorado Z71 Crew Cab 4WD.

Score a great deal on the 2014 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LT All Star 4WD with a $4,250 total cash allowance plus a $750 option package discount. That’s a total value of $5,000. And if you’re a GM owner with an eligible trade in, you’re privy to an additional $3,000. Voted North American Truck of the Year, this standout truck delivers efficiency, strength and dependability. It has an innovative EcoTec3 engine that is designed with advanced technologies like direct fuel injection, variable valve and active fuel management. Its engine delivers the most torque of any V6 in its class. Find it at the Texas Chevy dealer of Classic Chevrolet.

Next on the truck month lineup is the 2015 Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab LTZ with Duramax Plus Package. Save money with a $3,250 cash allowance with an additional $1,500 option package discount. That adds up to a $4,750 savings. This big rig has a new look with its big chrome front end. With its aero work and insulation, it delivers a quiet ride for those long hauls. On the highway, it drives like a luxury car. Slip behind the wheel and take it for a test drive at the Dallas Chevy dealer of Classic Chevrolet.

A $1,000 cash allowance is offered on the 2015 Colorado Z71 Crew Cab 4WD. This midsized truck is where luxury meets utility. Its shear-style body mounts ensure a smooth ride for outdoor adventures and everyday commutes. With its high strength steel and reinforced safety cage, impact is directed away from the cabin. All around, the 2015 Colorado Z71 Crew Cab 4WD is a truck for all occasions.

Chevy Introduces 2016 Equinox

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The Chevrolet Equinox is one of the hottest-selling SUV models and this year, Chevy gave this model something extra in the way of updates and new styling. The 2016 model year will make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, 2015.

The 2016 Equinox – the 2015 model year is now available at Classic Chevrolet – will have a wider grille and some minor tweaks to update the styling to keep the crossover SUV fresh. As of now, though, because of the great run the current model year is having, Chevy hesitates to do a complete update with a new platform, though that will likely happen for the 2017 model year, according to gmauthority.com.

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS

Many of the things on the 2015 Equinox will remain the same on the 2016 model year. The 2015 model year features a 2.4-liter engine with variable valve timing and spark ignition direct injection. This engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. This engine and transmission combination makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm.

This model features a 120-amp alternator and a maintenance-free battery with rundown protection and 525 cold cranking amps. The chassis features four-wheel ABS disc brakes, a Refined Ride suspension and power-assist, electric-variable steering.

Safety features include hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control, daytime running lights, several airbags, a passenger sensing system for the airbags that also senses the presence of children, OnStar Directions and Connections for 6 months, the OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years, power door locks with child security locks in the rear, a tire pressure monitoring system and the LATCH system for child safety seats.

Interior features include the LS interior, a front center console with armrest and concealed storage, mounted cruise and audio controls on the tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a driver information center, express down on all four door windows, remote keyless entry, engine immobilizer, anti-theft alarm, rear window defroster, several power outlets, illuminated vanity mirrors and assist handles.

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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox and to learn more about this model; or keep your eyes on this space for more information on the 2016 model year, including a release date.

Deals at Classic Chevy

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The best time to buy or lease a new vehicle is often when you can find the vehicle you want on sale. If you have been looking for a Silverado, Tahoe, Impala or Suburban, now is the time to head over to Classic Chevrolet to test drive the vehicle you want. Many different models have specials running so you don’t necessarily have to buy the base model to get a great deal.

2015 Chevrolet Suburban LS

The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban LS features a 5.3-liter V-8 engine with direct injection, active fuel management and variable valve timing. This aluminum block construction engine makes 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with a tow/haul mode and overdrive. The combination gets 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

This two-wheel drive model features a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 engine with variable valve timing, direct injection and active fuel management. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with a tow/haul mode and overdrive; and this combination gets 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe makes 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm.

2014 Chevrolet Impala LS

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala LS is the perfect vehicle for those who need an economical yet comfortable sedan. The Impala features a 2.5-liter engine with intake variable valve lift and variable valve timing. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is electrically controlled and features overdrive. The Impala gets 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The engine and transmission makes 195 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 1WT

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado with a regular cab, long box, two-wheel drive and 1WT features a 4.3-liter FlexFuel EcoTec3 V-6 engine with active fuel management, variable valve timing and direct injection. It is backed by an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with a tow/haul mode and overdrive. This combination makes 385 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 305 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm; and this combination gets 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

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Visit Classic Chevy today to pick out your next vehicle – it just might be one that we have special pricing for!

2014 Chevy Traverse at Classic Chevrolet

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the Chevy Traverse if you are in the market for the perfect family vehicle that gets good gas mileage and has plenty of horsepower and torque. The Traverse features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission and gets 17 mpg* in the city and 24 mpg* on the highway.

Entertainment features include the Chevrolet MyLink system, a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen display, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM/HD radio, Bluetooth, a CD player, smartphone integration, Pandora/Stitcher, and voice activation. The audio system features a Bose 10-speaker system and Bose 5.1 Surround Sound with the optional U42 rear seat entertainment system.

Additional features include an auxiliary input jack, USB ports, rear system controls and headphone jacks.

Convenience features include reclining front bucket seats, flat-folding Captain’s chairs in the second row and a 60/40 split flat-folding bench for the third row. The seats feature leather appointed seat trim. The front seats are heated and cooled and eight power settings. The driver’s seat features lumbar control and memory.

The front center console features cup holders, a covered storage bin and a sliding arm rest with additional storage. The tilt and telescopic steering wheel is heated and leather wrapped, and it features mounted audio and cruise controls.

The remote keyless entry features is programmable and features a panic button and two transmitters with an extended range. The Traverse also features remote vehicle start. A universal home remote features a garage door opener and has three programmable channels.

The tri-zone air conditioning features climate control and individual climate settings for the driver and front passenger. The system also features separate controls for the second and third rows.

The interior rearview mirror auto dims. The interior features a total of 10 cup holders with the seven-passenger seating configuration and 12 cup holders with the eight-passenger seating configuration.

Safety and security features include a rear vision camera with a display that is integrated into the color touch radio, a rear window defogger, rear parking assist, front fog lights, heated door mirrors that are power adjustable, power folding and, on the driver’s side, auto dimming.

To learn more about the numerous safety and security features, and convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the Traverse.

Check Out the 2014 Chevy Traverse

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If you are in the market for a new vehicle but are still unsure as to what you want, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive several of the models in this year’s lineup. Make sure you include the Chevrolet Traverse. The 2014 Traverse features a 3.6-liter engine that puts out 281 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm. If you opt for dual exhaust, you can increase the horse power to 288 and the torque to 270 pound-feet.

The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse is a front-wheel drive vehicle with a 3.16 axle ratio. It also features four-wheel antilock disc brakes and a 660-cold-cranking-amp battery.

The infotainment system features Chevrolet MyLink with a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen display, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM/HD radio, a CD player, Bluetooth streaming audio, hands-free, Stitcher and Pandora. The 10-speaker system is a Bose premium system with Bose 5.1 Surround Sound if you order the Traverse with rear seat entertainment. If you opt for the standard, it is a 10-speaker Bose system. The audio system also features an auxiliary input jack, two USB ports and rear audio system controls with headphone jacks.

Inside, the front bucket seats recline. The Traverse seats up to seven people with two in the second row seats and three in the third row seats. The second row features flat-folding captain’s chairs and the third row is a 60/40 split bench seat. The seat trim is perforated leather. The driver’s seat features two position memory and eight-way power with the memory package. The passenger seat also features eight-way power adjustments.

The center console features cup holders and a covered storage bin. The armrest slides to access storage. The heated steering wheel is wrapped in leather and has the cruise and audio controls mounted on it. The steering column also tilts and is telescopic. It also features a brake/transmission shift interlock.

The Traverse also features remote keyless entry that is programmable with two transmitters. It also features extended range and a panic button. The rear vision camera display is integrated within the color touch radio. The Traverse also features a universal home remote that includes a garage door opener.

For a complete list of all safety, security, infotainment and convenience features, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Traverse.

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.

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.

Give Your Brakes a Break DFW Car Drivers

Arlington Chevy DealerHow long your brake pads will last in your car or truck really depends on your personal driving habits. It’s very easy to wear them down quickly, especially if you don’t realize you’re doing it.

One of the worst things for your brakes is stopping at high speeds. Braking a car requires a lot of energy, which your brakes then turn into heat. By driving at a lower speed, you’ll use less energy and create less heat, which will save your brakes from an early death.

It’s also a good idea to try and anticipate your stops with a sufficient amount of time before you have to apply the brakes. The next time your driving 60mph, try coasting down to 40 if safe to do so. This will help reduce the heat mentioned above from the brakes and ultimately the wear on your brakes.

If you can, try lightening your load as much as possible. Take out any unnecessary heavy objects you don’t need. This will help out your tires and fuel consumption, as well.

Lastly, be sure to maintain the brake fluid. This is a crucial step that will prolong your brake’s lifespan. Flush out the fluid periodically to keep it fresh and working properly. This will make the internal components last longer and help your brakes work more efficiently.  If you haven’t done this before, or can’t remember the last time you did, it might be time to bring your car in for some routine maintenance. If you’re ready to bring your car in now, you can schedule an appointment with us online.

Hey DFW, Say Hello to the 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1

Ft Worth Chevy dealerHey DFW Camaro lovers, I have some exciting news. Earlier today, Chevrolet announced that its most-powerful convertible ever, the 2013 Camaro ZL1, will debut at the LA Auto show next month. According to a press release issued by General Motors, this Camaro will deliver more performance and technology than many exotic cars and ultra-luxury convertibles. I told you I had exciting news!

The ZL1 will be powered by a 580-horsepower LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, so I’m sure Camaro Chief Engineer, Al Oppenheiser, wasn’t kidding when he said, “This is a car that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you drop the top – or hit the gas.”

The convertible will share all its characteristics and engine parts with the 2012 ZL1 coupe model which recently lapped the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife course in 7:41.27 minutes. The only changes we’ll see are a tower brace under the hood, a transmission reinforcement brace, an underbody tunnel brace and a set of X and V braces under the body. All of these are aimed at stiffening the chassis to better handle and apply all the power the LSA generates. Check out this video of the 2012 Camaro ZL1 at Nordschleife.

Are you getting excited yet? The ZL1 convertible will most likely be available for purchase in the late months of 2012. Until then, I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest updates!