Gearing up Your Chevy for the Winter

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If you haven’t made an appointment for winter service for your Chevy yet, give the service department at Classic Chevrolet a call. You’ll want to have your vehicle ready for the winter, and that includes ensuring the tires have enough tread to handle snow and slush and the mechanics are most likely not going to let you down when it’s so cold outside.

The Importance of Maintenance

While there is no guarantee that you wouldn’t break down during the winter, having your vehicle checked could mitigate that. Your service technician will let you know what parts are wearing out and should be changed as you can expect it to give way sooner rather than later. This includes belts, hoses, tires, brakes and other wear and tear items.

While it would be nice to not see snow this winter, there’s a good chance that you will at least encounter cold weather; and sitting in a vehicle that might not start while you wait for a tow truck is not going to be fun.

As for tires, while most manufacturers recommend changing the tires when they have 2/32 inch of tread left, that is not enough to grip and release the snow. By the end of winter, your vehicle’s tires should have no less than 6/32-inch of tread on them.

Get the Emergency Kit Put Together

While you should carry an emergency kit all year, you probably won’t carry extra blankets and other cold weather gear during the summer. Be sure the first aid kit in the vehicle is all up to date and contains everything; and be sure you have extra blankets, high-energy snacks and a change of warm clothing in your winter emergency kit.

And, in the event that you do slide off a slippery road, you’ll definitely want to have reflective triangles, a flashlight and extra batteries.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Don’t get caught out in the cold. Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy or give our service department a call to make an appointment for maintenance so that you are prepared for winter driving.

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 Suburban at Classic Chevrolet

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If you are in the market for a Suburban with all of the bells and whistles, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD LTZ. This four-wheel drive model features tons of safety equipment and technology to keep your family safer while on the road.

Security and safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, OnStar and an automatic occupant sensing system for the airbag. The sensing system determines whether there is a passenger in the front seat and whether that passenger is a child. Additional airbags include front driver and passenger frontal and side impact airbags and seat-mounted side impact and head curtain side impact airbags for all rows. The Suburban also features StabiliTrak, a stability control system with traction control and brake assist.

Additional features include a rear vision camera, front and rear parking assist, a rear cross traffic alert sensor indicator, side blind zone alert with lane change alert, forward collision alert sensor indicator, lane departure warning, safety alert seat, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Convenience features include heated and cooled power front seats. The driver’s seat has 12 positions and the passenger seat has six positions. The driver seat has two memory positions, four-way power lumbar and power recline. The second row bucket seats are also heated. The third row is a 60/40 split bench with power fold.

The floor console features storage, cup holders, an SD card slot and an auxiliary jack. The steering column is features power tilt and telescoping features, a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel and theft deterrent locking feature. The steering wheel also features mounted audio, cruise and driver information controls.

The door locks are power programmable and feature lockout protection. Additionally, the Silverado features passive entry, remote keyless entry and remote vehicle start. The windows are all power and all have express down. The front windows also feature express up. The cruise control is electronic with set and resume, though you can order adaptive cruise control. The brake and gas pedal are power adjustable.

Furthermore, the Silverado features tri-zone automatic climate control with individual setting for the driver, right front passenger and rear passengers. The rear window features a defogger.

For a complete list of features and additional options, stop by Classic Chevrolet to take the 2015 Suburban for a test drive.

Chevy Impala Through the Years

The Chevrolet Impala was first available as a 1958 model year. It was a full-size sedan and Chevrolet’s most expensive car through 1965. Despite the expense, the Impala was the best-selling automobile in the United States. It easily beat out its competition: the Plymouth Fury and the Ford Galaxie 500. Even through the 1980s, the Impala was Chevrolet’s most popular full-size model.

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Currently, US News lists the 2014 Impala as the number one affordable large car. The Impala is sold in the United States, including at Classic Chevy, the Middle East, Mexico and Canada.

The first generation ran for one year only: 1958. The second generation of the Impala ran from 1959 through 1960. The third generation ran from 1961 through 1964; and the fourth generation fan from 1965 through 1970. Also, the Impala SS, which ran from 1961 through 1969 is considered a fourth generation Impala.

The fifth generation ran from 1971 through 1976 and the sixth from 1977 through 1985. Starting in 1994 and running through 1996, the seventh generation was available when the Impala was discontinued. Consumers didn’t see the Impala from 1997 through 1999, when the eighth generation went on sale. The eighth generation ran until 2005. The ninth generation Impala was sold from 2006 through 2013. This year – 2014 – marks the start of the Impala’s tenth generation.

New features for the 2014 model year include 18-inch wheels or optional 19- or 20-inch wheels on higher trims; LED daytime running lights on the LTZ trim and low profile HID headlights on other trims; and a 4.2-inch color display on the LT and LTZ trims.

The Impala offers three engines: a 2.5-liter , a 2.4-liter with hybrid assist technology and the 3.6-liter engine.

Additional new features include HD radio on all trims, Pandora on the LT and LTZ trims and active noise cancelation on all trims with a four-cylinder engine. New safety features include an increase to 10 standard airbags and OnStar.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Impala and to learn more about its safety, security, entertainment, and convenience features.

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.

Ready Your Dallas Chevy For Winter

You had the windows down in the summer and enjoyed the changing leaves and cooler temperatures while you cruised along in the fall. But now things are about to get a lot more interesting. That’s right, it’s nearly winter! Winter doesn’t just bring plummeting temperatures, wind, and the possibility of snow. It also is implies a different means of driving. So it’s time to take that vehicle you purchased at your local  Grapvevine Chevy Dealer and make sure it’s ready to go when the winter warlock comes knocking. In some cases, you might just winterize and store your Chevy during the winter months. But if you’re going to be driving it during December, January and February (and some of March), make sure you complete these preparatory tasks beforehand:

  • Tire pressure: The correct tire pressure isn’t just crucial to managing the wear on your tread, but also to getting the right amount of traction on the road. What’s more is that as temperatures go down, you’re likely to lose air pressure in your tires. Check your user’s manual to see the manufacturer’s recommendation for your tire pressure and make sure your tires are topped off accordingly.
  • Wiper blades: When you’re driving in the middle of a snowstorm, you’ve got to be able to see! So be sure to check your wiper blades and make sure that they’re not damaged to the point where you’ll be sacrificing your sight – and safety – when you’re on the road. It’s estimated that wipers last for about a year. The good news is that they don’t cost a lot to replace. Furthermore, you’ll want to make sure your defroster and heater are working properly as well.
  • Check your battery: There’s arguably nothing more frustrating than a dead battery. In the wintertime, it’s often not you mistakenly leaving your headlights on that is the culprit of a dead battery – it’s the cold draining it of a charge. Make sure your battery connections are free of corrosion and, if your battery is more than three years old – take it in to make sure it can still hold a charge. It’s much better to have your battery replaced now than to be stranded out in the cold.
  • Be prepared: Arguably the most important part of prepping your Chevy for winter is being prepared – and this might not have anything to do with your vehicle. For instance, make sure you always have a coat on you in the winter, as well as gloves, an ice scraper, a flashlight, your cell phone, jumper cables, a spare tire and sand or some other type of abrasive material that you can gain traction on if you get stuck. You might also want to contact your insurance agent to see if you have a roadside assistance plan, just in case.

A Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 vs Porsche 911 Turbo! Who will win this one?

Let’s see what we have here….

2011 Corvette ZR1: 3,329 pounds, 638 HP, 604 pound feet of torque, front engine, real wheel drive.

2011 Porsche 911 Turbo: 3,500 pounds, 480 pound feet of torque, 500 HP, rear engine, all wheel drive.

How will they do on 1,320 feet of asphalt?

WHO WILL WIN?!?! Now, we all know I love the Chevy Corvette so this oughta be interesting.

Now, if only this had been a mile long track, there’s no doubt that the ZR1 would have smoked the Porsche. My beloved ZR1 wasn’t as quick off the line as I thought it would have been, still 0-60 in 3 sec is pretty respectable!!!

Still…. wouldn’t you rather have the Corvette over the Porsche?! DUH!!

Which Chevrolet Concept Are You Waiting On?

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Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Behind The Scenes Of The Chevy Camaro Vol. 1!

Have you ever wondered how cars are made? More specifically have you ever wondered how the new Camaro was made? Well some new videos have popped up from the 2010 Chevy Camaro Oshawa Assembly Plant. Well thanks to Matt Rigney over at CamaroBlog.com we can now see these videos. 

It’s not everyday we get a look inside at the Oshawa assembly plant where they produce the Chevrolet Camaro but some new videos shed light on what actually goes on if you don’t know already know.  We have come across five videos of workers assembling the 2010 Camaro with all facets of production shown.  One of the videos deals with the installation of the underside components including the gas tank and everything connected to it.  Another video shows us fenders being added along with various types of weatherstripping.  These are not Oscar winning performances by GM workers but its definitely very interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes as Camaros are being built.  

This is volume one. Check out our first 2 of 5 videos below. Let me know what you think! When you are ready to test drive one of these fabulous Camaros head on over to your Fort Worth Chevy dealer and get behind the wheel of an outstanding machine!


Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.