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.

The Impala Goes Green

Chevrolet has finally released the pricing for the 2015 Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel model. This full-size sedan will run on gas or compressed natural gas. The sedan will be built in Oshawa, Ontario and should be available at Classic Chevrolet sometime during the summer of 2014. However, GM will only deliver about 1,000 cars during the first year because of the lack of public compressed natural gas refueling stations. The United States has about 1,000 stations; however, only about half of those are open to the public.

The Impala will have two trim levels: the base LS model and the upscale LT trim level. It is unknown at this time what the pricing is for each level, but it is expected that the bi-fuel Impala will start out at under $40,000.

The sedan features two fuel tanks – one for compressed natural gas and one for gasoline. The driver can switch tanks by pushing a button. The tank for the compressed natural gas is trunk-mounted and holds enough compressed gas for about 150 miles. The total range, combining the compressed gas and regular gasoline, is about 500 miles.

The Impala features a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that features hardened valves and valve seats, which are required for running compressed natural gas. Only one other automobile manufacturer has a vehicle that runs on compressed natural gas: Honda (the Civic).

The Chevrolet Cruze may be converted to run on compressed natural gas by adding an aftermarket kit. Many pickup trucks also have conversion kits available. If you are interested in converting your existing Chevrolet to run on compressed natural gas, contact the service department at Classic Chevy for more information and pricing.

For more information on the 2015 Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel model including convenience features, safety and security features and entertainment or infotainment features, stop by Classic Chevy or keep your eye on this space.

Truck Month: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

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When you visit Classic Chevy, you’ll find that the Grapevine dealership has specials on several trucks including the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD. If you need a heavy duty work truck for the farm, for a construction business, or because you have an RV or other heavy trailer to tow, now is the time to test drive this or another Chevy truck.

The 2014 Silverado 3500HD’s powertrain features a 6.0-liter Vortec engine with variable valve timing that is FlexFuel capable. The engine is backed by a heavy duty six-speed automatic transmission. The engine puts out 322 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200rpm. It runs on regular unleaded or E85 fuel. The transmission is electronically controlled and features overdrive and a tow/haul mode. It also features cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking.

Exterior features include a heavy duty suspension packages for handling/trailering, 35 mm monotube shocks and a 34 mm front stabilizer bar. The box is a Fleetside box. On four-wheel drive models, the transfer case is electronic shift with rotary dial controls.

Trailering equipment includes a heavy duty trailering hitch platform, seven-wire harness, 2.5-inch receiver with a 2-inch adapter, independent fused trailering circuits and a wiring harness for an aftermarket trailer brake controller.

Entertainment features include a Bose premium speaker system, sub-woofer in the center console, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, AM/FM stereo, CD player and MP3 payback USB port, an auxiliary input jack, radio data system, TheftLock and 36 cross-band presets.

Interior features include a 10-way power driver and passenger seat, two-way power lumbar control, heated seats, a two-position memory for the driver’s seat, adjustable outboard head restraints, leather seats, floor console with storage, two auxiliary power outlets, cup holders, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with transmission shift interlock and driver information center.

Additional features include remote keyless entry, remote vehicle starter system with two transmitters, a panic button and content theft alarm. The electronic cruise control features set and resume speed and is located on the steering wheel. The air conditioning features dual zone automatic climate control, giving individual climate settings for the driver and right front passenger.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive this or another model truck. Our dealership has a truck for you regardless of your requirements.

Two Chevy Classics at Classic Chevrolet

Some vehicles you may find in your search for the perfect new car may be “copy cats” of the manufacturer’s older models. Some vehicles show up for a several years, and then are discontinued in favor of others. When you visit Classic Chevrolet, you will find two vehicles that were popular in the 1960s, that continued throughout the years, and may have been discontinued, but came back.

Chevrolet Camaro

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The Camaro first went into production is 1967; and it was Chevrolet’s answer to Ford’s Mustang. The ’67 was based on the upcoming ’68 Nova. It gained popularity fast and the Camaro did well for Chevrolet. In 1971, federal mandates for emissions came into play, so compression ratios for the engines dropped, thus horsepower dropped.

The Camaro continued to sell numerous units each year, however, by 2001 the model’s days were numbered. The Camaro’s last year of production was 2002. Chevrolet brought the Camaro back with a retro model in 2010; and the Camaro was once again popular. Technology evolved so that engines would still meet emissions mandates even with tons of horsepower.

The 2014 Camaro features a 6.2-liter engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission. This combination puts out 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. To help the power turn the rear wheels, the Camaro is equipped with a 3.45 axle ratio and limited slip differential.

Chevrolet Impala

The Impala’s first year was 1958 – and lasted for decades. Chevrolet did take a break from the Impala – sort of – in 1986. While the name disappeared, the vehicle didn’t really go far – just over to the Caprice. The 2014 Impala is Chevrolet’s nameplate’s tenth generation. Like the Camaro, many changes were forced by federal emissions laws. And like the Camaro, the Impala came back with a bang when it was reintroduced with more horsepower, thanks to technology.

The 2014 Impala 2LTZ features a 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 305 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 264 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with electronic overdrive. This model is front wheel drive and features a 2.77 final drive ratio.

For more information including a full list of features, additional options, and to test drive the Camaro or Impala, stop by Classic Chevrolet today.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo!

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

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The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is back again! This year, it runs from Jan. 17, 2014 through Feb. 8, 2014 and is sponsored in part by North Texas Chevrolet dealerships like Classic Chevrolet.

Gates open every day a 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. The rodeo ticket office is open at 9:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday from Jan. 2 through Jan. 16, 2014. On Sundays – Jan. 5 and 12 – it is open from noon until 5:00 p.m. From Sunday, Jan. 17, 2014 through Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, the ticket office is open from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.

You’ll find tons to do at the show, and it will definitely take you more than one or two days to do everything, so plan to jump in your Classic Chevrolet and head out to the show for several days! Special events include the AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Contest on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, starting at noon. Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th starting at 7:30 p.m. on both days, you can see the Best of the West Ranch Rodeo.

The Chris Cox Horsemanship Clinic and the Invitational Ranch Horse Show and Sale will both be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. The clinic starts at 10:30 a.m. and the horse show and sale starts at 1:00 p.m.

Make sure you find time to see the All-Western Parade downtown on Saturday, January 18th, then check out the Celebrity Goat Milking Contest and the Goat Creative Costume Contest later that evening. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. and the contests start at 6:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, anyone wearing Dickies for “Dickies Day” gets free general admission to the stock show grounds, so be sure to find something with the Dickies tag on it.

For some really great excitement, be sure you are there for the Bulls Night Out Extreme Bull Riding show on Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. or Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Fort Worth Super Shootout Rodeo will be on Thursday, January 23. And if you’re really into rodeos, you can attend a free one-day rodeo camp for prospective bareback saddle bronc riders as long as you complete the pre-entry through PRCA. The school is limited to 50 participants. The public can watch the classes. The school takes place starting at 8:00 a.m. on January 26.

Be sure you stop by Classic Chevrolet for vehicle service or to test drive a new vehicle to take to the rodeo with you! And for more information about any vehicle or the rodeo, you can also stop by Classic Chevrolet.

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Fort Worth Cowtown Marathon

The annual Fort Worth Cowtown Marathon is taking place Feb. 21 through 23, 2014. While the marathon is for running, you’ll still need a reliable vehicle to get you to the start of the marathon. Or, if you want to watch the marathon, you can do it along the route. Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or to service your current Chevy before you head out to the marathon.

What is the Cowtown Marathon?

The Cowtown Marathon raised money for grants and running shoes for over 3,000 children in the Ft. Worth area. The grants are for over 3,300 children. The grants and shoes are to help the children enter the 2014 Cowtown event. Each runner’s participation helps to support the Cowtown Children’s Activities for Life and Fitness (C.A.L.F.) Program.

The Cowtown works with local community centers and schools to show children how important physical fitness is. It also teaches how to run properly, how to train and what proper nutrition is for children. The C.A.L.F. Program staff is made up of doctors, school coaches, community members and board members. The program’s goal is to keep children active throughout the year.

The event is the largest multi-event road race in Texas. This year, it will be held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Last year’s marathon set a record for the most participants in a marathon – it had just under 27,000 runners.

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The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban is the perfect vehicle to carpool to the marathon — and the perfect work/family truck.

The Cowtown was established in 1939. The races are presented by the University of North Texas Health Science Center, HCA North Texas, Chase, MillerCoors, NBC5, the Star Telegram, and Radio Shack. This is the third year that the Cook Children’s Health Care System is the title sponsor of the Kids 5K event, which is named “The Cowtown Cook Children’s 5K.”

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive a new Chevy, especially if you are looking for something to carpool to the marathon. If you are happy with your current Chevrolet, stop by the service department to schedule a maintenance appointment – keeping up with your vehicle’s maintenance is as important as keeping up with your own health maintenance.

Maintaining Your Chevy this Winter

Maintaining your Chevy from Classic Chevrolet is important at any time, but winter maintenance is more important. Most of the winter maintenance you need to worry about is for the cooling system and tires, though you should not let these things overshadow other maintenance.

Tires: Before the first snow, check the tires. You should have all-season tires or mud and snow tires for the winter. If you don’t, it’s probably a good idea to get some now. The tires should have excellent tread. If the tread is the same height as the wear bars, you might as well be driving with ice skates instead of tires. If the tread is worn, replace the tires as soon as possible. Worn tires are dangerous any time, but more so in the winter if there is snow on the ground.

Furthermore, check for uneven wear – this could be caused by an alignment problem or suspension problem. It could also be caused due to wrong air pressure in the tires. If only the center is worn, the air pressure is too high. Release some air until the pressure is as recommended by the information on the tire. If both sides of the tire are wearing evenly, but the center is not worn, the air pressure is too low.

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Chevrolet Silverado – with proper winter maintenance your vehicle will last longer.

If only one side of a tire is wearing, the problem is most likely in the alignment. Have the wheels aligned, and then switch the worn tires to the non-drive wheels. If your vehicle is front wheel drive, move the problem tires to the rear. If the vehicle is rear wheel drive, move the tires to the front wheels. If the tire is worn too much on one side, you may have to replace it.

Cooling System: You’ll find several types of antifreeze on the market. Always use the type recommended by Chevrolet. If the antifreeze is long lasting, you should flush the cooling system every five years or as recommended by your maintenance schedule. If you put another type of antifreeze in your vehicle, it may need to be changed as early as every three years. Ask the service department to put the Chevrolet-recommended antifreeze in when it flushes the cooling system.

If you are unsure of any maintenance required to drive safely or protect your vehicle during the winter, make an appointment with the service department at Classic Chevrolet to have everything checked.

2015 Colorado has Everyone Talking!

To see what GM is bragging about, stop by Classic Chevrolet – you’ll notice trucks… lots of trucks of all sizes. From small to large, GM will have the only lineup of three different size trucks – a small truck, a midsize truck and a heavy duty truck. Chevrolet fans don’t have to go to another brand because they want two different types of trucks. In the spring, you will be able to choose a midsize truck – the 2015 Colorado.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado completes the trifecta. Ford and Ram do not offer a small truck and while Toyota and Nissan do, they don’t have a heavy duty truck. Yes, GM is the only auto manufacturer with a three-truck lineup.

Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America, stated that GM’s strategy is to “meet the needs of the broadest possible customer base.” He expects that the midsize Colorado will bring the midsize segment back into the front of peoples’ minds.

GM designed the Chevrolet Colorado to be the most versatile truck in its class. It has the strength and other attributes of the full size trucks, but it is in a smaller package. It can tow up to three tons yet it is two feet shorter and 5 inches narrower than larger models.

The midsize Colorado features a 2.5-liter engine that puts out 193 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 302 horsepower. Both engines are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels include the Work Truck, LT and Z71 trims and come in extended or crew cab configurations. Both the extended cab and crew cab are offered with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

For more information and a full list of the safety, convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevrolet. While you’re there, you can test drive one of the models on the lot. If you need the midsize truck, get the information about the truck, and stop by in the spring when the 2015 Colorado is released to test drive the new truck.