Impala Throughout the Years

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The Chevrolet Impala, available at Classic Chevy, was first offered for sale as a 1958 model year. This was the only year in that first generation run. The second generation lasted longer and ran from 1959 through 1960. Eventually, after the seventh generation, which ran from 1994 through 1996, the Impala was discontinued. Chevrolet brought it back in 2000 for the eighth generation. Since then, the Impala has run through two more generations: It is now on its tenth generation, which started in 2014.

While the Impala wasn’t offered for sale until the 1958 model year, the name was in use in 1956. That specific vehicle was a full-sized vehicle built for the General Motors Motorama show. The 1956 Impala took many cues from the Corvette, including the grille. While the ’56 probably didn’t survive unless some collector is hiding it in his barn, the Impala name did.

The Impala was built on an “A” body, which it shared with Pontiac. The first year, the Impala was available as a two-door hardtop or convertible and had a choice of three engine and three different transmissions, including the two-speed Powerglide.

The second generation saw many changes. The Impala had five different models: a two-door convertible, coupe and hardtop; and a four-door hardtop and sedan. It offered three different engines and five different transmissions, including a new Turboglide automatic.

Chevrolet kept up with the times, changing the body style and available engines and transmission throughout the years. The seventh generation, which ran from 1994 through 1996, gave consumers a four-door sedan on the “B” body platform. It featured a 5.7-liter LT1 V-8 (small block 350) and a 4L60-E automatic four-speed transmission.

The 1996 Impala – the last year this model was available until it was resurrected in 2000 – got body-colored trim, a new unique grille, 17-inch brushed aluminum wheels, and more. After 1996, all “B” body cars – the Caprice, Impala SS and Buick Roadmaster – were discontinued.

Chevrolet decided to bring the Impala back. The eighth generation of this iconic vehicle ran from 2000 through 2005. It was offered as a four-door sedan built on the “W” body, and it featured a front-wheel driver powertrain. Consumers had a choice of three different engines and two different four-speed automatic transmissions.

The current tenth generation went into production in 2013. This generation also features only the four-door sedan.

While the 2015 model year is not yet available at Classic Chevrolet, keep your eye on it – it is expected to be a bi-fuel model. It will run on gas or compressed natural gas and is expected to go up to 500 miles on one fill-up. Stop by our dealership or keep an eye on this space for more information on the 2015 model year as it becomes available.

Southern Adventures

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If you’ve worked all summer you and have not taken a vacation yet, it’s time to take some “me” time. Jump in the new truck you just bought from Classic Chevy – or your newly serviced car – and head out to one or more of these great southern vacation spots.

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, located at 1700 NE 63rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73111, is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Adult admission is $12.50, seniors and students with a valid ID get in for $9.75, children aged 4 to 12 get in for $5.75 and children 3 years and younger are free. Current exhibits include Making Change and Cowboys of Influence. Fall exhibits will include Cowboy Artists of America 49th Annual Sale and Exhibition, Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 16th Annual Exhibition and Sale, Cowboy Crossings, and several other exhibitions and sales.

Frontier City is located at 11501 N I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73131 and is now open on the weekends. Events include the All-American Rejects Concert on August 23, 2014. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and Paperscissor starts performing at 7:00 p.m. All-American Rejects perform at 8:00 p.m. Other shows include The World of Magic in the Opera House at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., The Wild-West Gunfighter Stunt Show at Crack Axle Canyon at 1:00 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., and many more.

Visit the Alamo at 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205, to learn about the history of the Alamo and to remember those who died during the 1836 battle for Texas’s fight for freedom. Take any one of the tours and work on projects related to preserving the Alamo and its history. If you visit the right day, you just might see a well-known author set up for a book signing.

Take a trip to Louisiana to visit the French Quarter in New Orleans. Live the culture by eating in local restaurants – don’t pick one that has typical food you can get in a restaurant at home; visit America’s most haunted neighborhood; shop the local stores and enjoy a relaxing cultural vacation.

Be sure to bring your camera no matter where you go! Visit Classic Chevrolet when you get back to share pictures, get your vehicle serviced if you didn’t do it before you left, or even to buy that new vehicle you’ve been thinking of!

The 2015 Chevy Camaro at Classic Chevrolet

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Sometimes, you just have to have that second vehicle – or third… and it has to be something special. If you’re ready to get your dream car, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro. The 2015 model year features a 7.0-liter engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission.

The engine features a dry sump oil system. It makes 505 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 481 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. The transmission is mated to a limited slip differential with a 3.91 gear ratio. Stopping power is provided by Brembo four-wheel ABS disc brakes, six-piston performance calipers in the front and four-piston performance calipers in the rear.

Safety and security features include StabiliTrak, including traction control, daytime running lamps, Directions and Connections for six months, dual-stage frontal airbags, thorax side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger airbags, head curtain side impact airbags, front and rear outboard seating side airbags and a passenger sensing system.

Additional features include the LATCH system for child safety seats, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a trunk emergency release handle. The Directions and Connections plan includes automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

Convenience Features

The easy-to-clean seats feature leather and sueded microfiber inserts, a floor console, armrest, a driver’s side dead pedal, alloy pedals, a three-spoke sueded microfiber-wrapped flat bottom tilt and telescopic steering wheel, driver information center, remote keyless entry, express up and down windows, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, an air filtration system, trunk release, theft deterrent system, locking glove box, power outlets and a rear window defogger.

Additional features include cup holders, map pockets, vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, front reading lamps, halogen headlights, intermittent wipers and power adjustable door mirrors.

Entertainment features

The Camaro features an AM/FM stereo, CD player, MP3 playback, Graphic Information display, music navigator, auxiliary jack, SiriusXM radio and Bluetooth. The radio controls are also mounted on the steering wheel.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Chevy Camaro and to learn more about all of the standard features and available options.

Awesome Specials at Classic

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Classic Chevrolet is having a summer drive event – and that means it’s the perfect time to test drive a new Chevy. You can save a ton on several vehicles whether through financing or on the principal. Several vehicles also have no payments for 90 days. Stop by today and ask about our vehicles that have awesome specials.

  • 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LS for just $39,967. There are only three at this price.
  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze LS for just $14,578. There is only one at this price, so if you just have to have a Cruze, head over to our DFW dealership now. Also, no payments for 90 days.
  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Crew 2WT for just $29,665. We have five units at this price. No payments for 90 days.
  • 2014 Chevrolet Suburban LS for just $38,863. We have only one at this price. Furthermore, there are no payments for 90 days – or you can choose 0 percent APR for 60 months.
  • 2014 Malibu LS for just $18,979. There is only one available at this price.
  • 2014 Chevrolet Impala LS for just $22,924. There are 11 at this price. These units also have no payments for 90 day – or you can choose 0 percent APR for 60 months.
  • 2014 Chevrolet Camaro LS for just $20,925. We have only one unit at this price, so hurry down to take advantage of this special!
  • 2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT – we have 31 2014 model years left in stock. You can take $5,000 off the purchase price of any 2014 model year.
  • 2014 1-Ton Express 12-foot Spartan for only $29,989. This versatile box truck features a 4.8-liter V-8 engine, an automatic transmission and air conditioning.
  • 2013 ¾-ton Chevrolet Silverado for just $27,989. This is a new truck with a 6.0-liter V-8 engine, an automatic transmission, power locks and air conditioning.
  • Look for our add coupons: $500 down payment assistance on any new vehicle; $500 GM accessories with the purchase of any new vehicle; or $500 trade allowance with the purchase of a new vehicle.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive any of these vehicles, additional vehicles we have on sale or any other vehicle on the lot. Be sure to ask your salesperson about all specials and for a complete list of standard features on the vehicle you are interested in.

The 2015 Chevy Silverado

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When the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado becomes available at Classic Chevrolet, you’ll find that it has been redesigned and features updated styling, a new double cab body style, an improved interior and new safety features. The 2500HD and 3500HD have been revamped with the same upgrades that the 1500 received.

Interior

The interior received better quality materials in the cabin, new safety features, bigger touch screens for hands-free phone operation and entertainment control, and a quieter cabin. The change in the double cab allows for more interior room – and it now has front-hinged doors for easier access.

Cargo Beds

The 2500HD and 3500HD give you a choice of bed sizes: 6.5 feet or 8 feet, though the regular cab doesn’t give you a choice – it comes with the long bed. The bumpers now have corner steps to make loading cargo easier. The truck also features a lower tailgate and some models have an EZ lift for easier access to the cargo bed.

Engine Choices

The engine choices are the same as last year’s, which means that you can get up to 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque in a diesel-powered truck. The 2500HD could haul up to 3,760 pounds and could tow up to 17,900 pounds if it is properly equipped with the right engine, suspension and towing equipment.

Options/Body Styles/Trims

Chevy is known for giving you many choices when it comes to trim levels. The 2015 Silverado 2500HD starts you off by letting you choose from a regular cab, double cab or a crew cab. Then choose whether you want four- or two-wheel drive. Choose the bed size; unless you chose the regular cab, in which case you get the long bed only.

Trim levels for the different body styles include the base Work Truck, the LT and the LTZ. The regular cab does not feature an LTZ trim level. The Work Truck features 17-inch steel wheels while the LT changes those out for alloy wheels. Additional features for the LT model include an upgraded tailgate, all power accessories, keyless entry, MyLink, voice controls, OnStar, Bluetooth and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Stop by Classic Chevy for more information about the 2015 Silverado – or keep your eye on this page for more information.

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.