Christmas time is here, which means lights, trees, Santa Claus and holiday events are everywhere. Looking for something fun to do this holiday season? See the below events.
Living Nativity at Granite Creek
Annual Holiday Festival
2016 IEOS Holiday Event at Candlelight Pavilion
The newly redesigned 2016 Chevy Malibu offers something for pretty much everyone in the family. This newest version of the Chevy Malibu has the team at Mountainview Chevrolet really excited not only for a new look, a new hybrid engine option and several tech features that parents will love. What we're going to focus on in this post are the tech features parents can use to keep track of their driving habits and encourage safe driving habits for their kids, even when they are not in the car with them. This can be great, especially with new drivers in the family.
The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu debuts a system, called Teen Driver, that provides parents with a tool to help encourage safe driving habits for their kids, even when they are not in the car with them.
It allows parents to set speed alerts, limit audio volume, and even receive vehicle reports "so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids-they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits.
1. Stereo audio is muted when front seat occupants aren't wearing safety belts.
2. Audible and visual warnings are given when the Malibu is traveling over preset speeds.
3. Music volume limitations can be put in place.
4. Parents can check to see how the car was driven; whether Forward Collision Alert or Lane Departure Warning features were triggered and what speeds the Malibu reached on its last drive.
Aside from the available teen driving safety tech, the 2016 Malibu also offers seamless Apple Car Play and Android Auto app integration with the Chevrolet MyLink system. This tech feature makes it easier to manage your busy life as a parent and working professional.
Want to take a look? Call us at Mountainview Chevrolet to schedule a test drive.
The vacations are over, the kids are back in school and cooler evenings have begun. Take advantage of this time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter weather ahead. Also, October is Fall Car Care Month so now it is the perfect time. Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, Mountain View Chevrolet recommends five proactive steps to make sure your car is ready for winter driving.
1. Battery - Keep the battery connections clean, tight and corrosion-free. Cold weather is hard on batteries, so it's wise to check the battery and charging system. Because batteries don't always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old.
2. Heater, Defrosters and Wiper Blades - Check that the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system are working properly as heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting. Fall is also a great time to check your air filters. Wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don't properly clean your windshield should be replaced. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When changing the blades, be sure to also check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir.
3. Tires - Check the tires, including the tire pressure and tread depth. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop.
4. Brakes - Have the brake system checked, including brake linings, rotors and drums. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.
Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18-24, 2016 so it is a great time to review these tips to keep your most precious cargo safe.
1. Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. Here's a quick car seat checklist to help you out. It takes only 15 minutes. If you are having even the slightest trouble, questions or concerns, certified child passenger safety technicians are able to help or even double check your work.
2. Learn how to install your car seat for free. The Safe Kids organization hosts car seat inspection events across the country where certified technicians can help you learn to install your car seat properly. They will teach you so that you can always be sure your car seat is used correctly. Click here to find an event near you. http://www.safekids.org/events
3. Buy a used car seat only if you know its full crash history. That means you must buy it from someone you know, not from a thrift store or over the Internet. Once a car seat has been in a crash or is expired or broken, it needs to be replaced.
4. We know that when adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. So be a good example and buckle up for every ride. Be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too.
5. Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. While it may be tempting to dash out for a quick errand, the temperature inside your car can rise 20 degrees and cause heatstroke in the time it takes for you to run in and out of the store.
Car seat Checklist
Follow this easy-to-use checklist when buying a new child safety seat:
? The seat you have selected can be used rear-facing.
? The seat meets the federal motor vehicle safety standard. This information can be found on a sticker on the side of the car seat.
? Your child's height and weight fits the height and weight limits listed on a label on the side of the car seat.
? The harness is easy for you to adjust each and every time you put your baby in and out of the seat.
? The seat is easy to install in your car.
? If you have more than one car and are buying an infant carrier with a base, you can buy a base for each car.
If you are buying a used child safety seat, you also have to check the following:
? The history of the child safety seat; make sure it was never involved in a crash.
? The seat has not been recalled. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for recall information.
? The seat is not too old. Most manufacturers place an expiration date on their child safety seats, which is normally around six years.
The Camaro legend was born Sept. 29, 1966 when GM introduced it's answer to Ford's popular Mustang. The Camaro (and sister model Pontiac Firebird) were designed to bring the sports car driving experience to the average driver. The first Camaro went on sale in September 1966 with a base price of $2466. The base engine was a 230-cubic-inch (3.8-liter) straight-six rated at 140 gross horsepower. The option list was long and included four different small-block V-8s and two big-blocks. The top choice was the 375-hp, 396-cubic-inch (6.5-liter) L78 big-block.
The Camaro is all American Muscle and has been featured in several movies over the years. Here is a list for Camaro enthusiasts where the Camaro was featured. Whether a getaway car or a car -to- robot, the Camaro has made its mark on the silver screen.
2. Better Off Dead
3. Cop and a 1/2
5. Transformers 2 & 3
6. Fast & Furious
7. 2 Fast 2 Furious
8. Aloha Bobby & Rose
9. Tuff Turf
10. A Walk to Remember
11. Body Double
12. Once a Thief
13. Executive Target
14. Remember the Titans
15. After the Sunset
16. The Other Side of the Tracks
17. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
18. El Cartel
19. Summer of Sam
20. Brewster McCloud
21. Eat My Dust
22. Six Pack
23. The Gumball Rally
Trucks and trailering. They go together like summer and road trips. Mountain Chevrolet has some great tips for Aspen area drivers about trailering whether you haul a boat, RV or camper.
Keep in mind driving a truck and trailering are very different. Everything takes longer when you are towing--speeding up, slowing down and cornering. Remember, you've got a second center of mass 10 or 20 ft behind you which can make it more challenging to maneuver.
Aside from just physically getting the trailer hitched to the truck, here's a list of a few things to be aware of.
1. Proper Tongue Weight
Set tongue weight to 10 to 15 percent of the trailer's total weight for good stability. If the tow vehicle doesn't have enough rear suspension spring rate to accept this, get an equalizing hitch. The equalizing hitch will transfer some of the tongue weight forward to the front axle.
2. Safety Chains
Cross the safety chains under the hitch side-to-side, in an X pattern. If, for whatever reason, the hitch comes adrift, the trailer tongue will drop onto the chains instead of onto the ground. And that will maximize your control and minimize the damage to you and your rig. Bonus: With the chains crossed, you can turn in a tighter circle without them binding.
3. Tire Pressure
Check the tire pressures often. Run the tires at their maximum recommended pressure. They'll run cooler, and you'll consume less gas to boot.
Every time you pull over and stop on a long tow mission, do a walk-around inspection of the hitch, wiring and tires. Be sure the trailer harness connector and breakaway cable are still connected. Check the nut on the bottom of the hitch ball, and make sure that the hitch pin and its hairpin are still holding the drawbar on. You can probably skip checking the tire pressures at every pull-over, but a good thump of all four tires will let you know if one is low just by the sound. Now check the tire and brake drum and wheel-bearing temperatures. A noncontact infrared thermometer gun is cool, and will keep your hands clean, but just using the palm of your hand is fine. If one tire or bearing is noticeably hotter, you've got a problem.
5. Load Check
No matter how tight you make the tiedowns for the load, they'll loosen up as the suspension jiggles everything. Stop after 10 miles and retighten, even if that means opening the door and crawling into an enclosed trailer.
As you start your tow trip, check electric brake function as soon as you can by sliding the brake controller lever over an inch or so. You should be able to feel the trailer brakes actuate. I check to make sure all the trailer brake shoes are working by holding the brakes on partway on for 10 seconds or so, and then pulling over and checking that they are all heating equally up with my IR thermometer.
7. Bearing Life
Pack trailer bearings with the best synthetic wheel-bearing grease you can find, and do it annually. That goes double for boat trailers that are regularly immersed, and double double for trailers that see a lot of saltwater.
8. Battery Charge
Trailers with electrical-operated brakes have a breakaway switch and a small 12-volt battery to actuate the trailer brakes if the hitch accidentally comes apart. Check the state of charge of that battery regularly. Many trailers have no provision for charging this battery, so it has to be charged manually. I add a diode to charge it from the trailer's plus 12-volt circuit. Got a smaller trailer with no courtesy lights or 12-volt wiring? Run the diode from the brake-light circuit. It'll charge the battery a little every time you touch the brakes.
Now that it's summer, road trips have begun. More cars are on the road and more pedestrians are out walking the city streets. In addition to more traffic, summer also means it's hot and when our vehicle's air conditioners stop working, we notice it. With the arrival of all these seasonal changes, Mountain View Chevrolet has a few summer driving tips to help you make the most of your summer.
#1 Never leave your child or dog in a parked car.
Heat stroke can occur when temperatures are only 60 degrees outside. 80 degrees and above, heat stroke can become common. To be safe, never leave your pet or child in the car.
#2 Keep hydrated.
Regardless of how well your car's air conditioning is running, a day in the sun or a day driving in the sun runs its course on our bodies. Keep water bottles with you and make sure everyone stays hydrated.
#3 If your vehicle's tires are worn, replace them.
Summer heat causes air in tires to expand, which can cause blowouts in worn tires. You don't want to get stuck changing a tire in the summer heat.
#4 Look out for bikers.
The nice weather of summer brings out more mopeds, motorcycles and bikers onto the streets. Make sure you check all of your blind spots for these smaller rides on the road.
Trucks are bigger, stronger and usually have to work harder than their smaller sibling - the car. The major differences between the two types of vehicles mean different care tactics are required to ensure they both reach an old age. Below you'll find the top four truck care tips you'll want to follow in order to keep your truck on the road longer with fewer problems.
Life is not a race; it's a marathon.
Trucks are big, bulky and powerful. Due to their powerful engines sometimes drivers like to open up that engine and test its 0 to 60 speed. Please don't do it. Trucks aren't meant to be driven like race cars. Yes, they have big engines but those engines exist to haul and tow large payloads. When driving your truck, think slow and steady and your truck will finish the marathon.
Wheels are what keep you rolling.
Trucks trample bumpy roads often, and because of the rough terrain they tackle, drivers should pay extra attention to tires, alignment, balancing and suspension. Rotate tires regularly. When you notice pulling to one side, check your truck's alignment. If your tires are wearing unevenly, check wheel balance and alignment.
Clockwork oil changes fight father time.
As mentioned earlier, truck engines work extra hard, even when they aren't towing anything. The heavy duty truck body demands a powerful engine. Because of the output power regularly needed by truck engines, it's extra important to regularly change your truck's oil.
Keep it clean and it will hold its gleam.
Most trucks play in the mud and dirt fairly regularly. That atmosphere can leave its mark overtime if truck owners don't clean it regularly. Caring for a truck's exterior helps fight rust and deterioration.
One of the most important things to remember before you take a test drive is to not compare the car you're test driving to your old car. Instead, compare the car you're test driving to your wants and needs. You want to purchase a new car that meets your requirements; not limit yourself to the next best car. Before you take a test drive at Mountain View Chevrolet, consider the below checks.
1. Do your research online; know what type of vehicle you want before visiting the dealership. We suggest this because it will save you time and ensure you're analyzing vehicles based on your everyday needs. Consider garage size, towing capacity needs, roof racks for bikes and other everyday lifestyle needs.
2. Observe the car from the outside; don't just jump in and turn the key. You'll want to take in the design features and equipment quality, and make sure it meets your specifications. Is the front end too low? Will it scrape on the ground pulling into work or your driveway?
3. Open all doors: front, back and trunk. Make note of how far they open and how easy they open.
4. Once inside the car, pay attention to interior seating. Make note of comfort levels, control locations and technology features. Are they convenient for your life?
5. Move the drivers' side seat back and forwards. Note the distance from the steering wheel as well as how much leg space you have. This is important to ensure driving comfort and airbag safety.
6. Before you start the engine, turn the key slightly, only to start the battery and not the engine. Check the dash for any engine warning lights. You should see none.
7. Once the engine is started and you're driving, don't limit yourself to just smooth roads. Test drive the vehicle on rougher roads. This will give you an idea of road noise in the cabin and suspension performance.
8. Note any visibility issues with mirrors, how the steering and handling feels, and how well the vehicle brakes and accelerates.
9. Lastly, take time to park the vehicle, so you're certain you won't dread parking it later if you decide to purchase the vehicle.
Why does Mountain View Chevrolet give you all this information? Because we want you to like the vehicle you purchase from us.
The 2016 Malibu is redesigned and redefining car tech. Owners can now track driving habits. It might seem like Chevy is taking a step toward George Orwell's book 1984 but really Chevy is simply offering ways to instill good driving habits in teenagers, and allow car owners to have the ability to keep track of how their friends drive their car.
A few new Malibu tech features to ask about:
1. When front seat occupants aren't wearing seat belts, will the stereo audio be muted?
2. When the Malibu is traveling over preset speeds, will audible and visual warnings be emitted?
3. The Malibu also keeps a record on how it was driven; ask whether Forward Collision Alert or Lane Departure Warning features are triggered and whether max speeds are reached.
Aside from trip recording software and safety features in the Malibu, Chevrolet continues to add car features that sync to your life. New Malibu drivers will find Apple Car Play and Android Auto apps on the Chevrolet MyLink system - a system that connects to your car to your phone and keeps you connected to the outside world while you drive.
Whether you're a parent, a working professional or both, MyLink tech can help you manage your life and your digital entertainment. Want to learn more? Schedule a test drive with Mountain View Chevrolet today.
Chevrolet delivered an outstanding showcase at the 2014 North American International Auto Show and won the crowd’s attention with the new Corvette Stingray and Silverado which were awarded car and truck of the year. This marks the first time Chevrolet has won both awards in the same year. The Corvette was last named car of the year in 1998 while the Silverado was last named truck of the year in 2007. The big win for Chevrolet also meant a big win for domestic automakers, keeping them at the number one spot in the automotive industry. Domestic Automakers have won North American Car of the year 12 times while Japanese, European and Korean automakers have won nine times combined. Similarly, domestic automakers have also won truck of the year seven times more than Japanese and European automakers combined.
More than 5,000 journalists from over 60 countries attended the North American International Auto Show this year and only 49 multi-media journalists from USA and Canada chose the winners. The Corvette Stingray swept the car of the year award beating the new Cadillac CTS and the new Mazda3 compact.
It is no surprise the new Corvette won the crowd’s attention considering its consistency in delivering outstanding performance driven features and futuristic technological characteristics. Improved features on the Corvette include the new aluminum-intensive chassis structure, which is 57 percent stiffer and 99 pounds lighter than the previous generation, and a re-designed spacious cabin. Corvette took a big leap forward and committed to creating not only a performance driven sports car but one that is also driven by beauty, comfort and safety.
The win for the Silverado was due to its re-designed structure and, improved interior and exterior appearance. The Silverado benefited from weight reduction from a redesigned exterior trim and a lighter but more powerful fuel efficient new 6.2-liter V8 engine. In addition to its spacious four-door spacious cab, the Silverado offers a two-door standard cab and an extended cab with a smaller rear seat and doors. This powerful truck has a towing capacity of 9,800 pounds and is capable of maneuvering through curves and steep surfaces. To top it off, the interior is superior in its class in terms of styling, quality, comfort and safety features.
The Car and Truck of the year By Chevrolet serve as a benchmark for other vehicles in similar segments in terms of creativity, innovation, style, comfort and most importantly, safety. The Corvette and the Silverado are a true depiction of Chevy’s commitment and dedication to transforming the over 100 year’s old brand into the next generation of futuristic and innovative cars. Visit Mountain View Chevrolet to learn more about the new Silverado and Corvette Stingray.
For years, millions have come to associate Chevy with the slogan “More than Meets the Eye,” as Chevrolet models have always received top-billing when casting the Transformers movie series. While that speaks volumes in and of itself for Chevy as a brand of cars and trucks, muscle and sophistication alike, there’s even more to Chevy than meets the silver screen. Chevrolet has been very busy helping to advance eco-friendly energy technology behind the scenes for years, and it shows not only in their Chevy car and truck lineup and record-setting fuel economy as a manufacturer, but in small towns all over the U.S. that are now home to renewable energy projects.
Outside the showroom, Chevy’s funding projects from South Dakota to North Carolina, from renewable biomass to wind turbines – and even waste heat recovery. The goal, for Chevrolet, is to prevent 8 million metric tons of CO2 from entering the earth’s atmosphere over the next 5 years. 16 various eco-friendly projects like these are receiving 40 million dollars in funding from Chevy; that’s not just an investment in sales, it’s an investment in the future sustainability of the entire world – which, as altruistic as it may be, is one of the most sound business investments any corporation can make in a win-win (or wind-wind) situation!
Convinced a Chevy is the right investment for you? Come to a dealership that invests in you back…with our goal to maintain long-term relationships no matter why customers are in our dealership, they can rest assured that while they’re browsing, waiting for a new car purchase or even getting an oil change…
Chevrolet introduced the 1967 Camaro as its entry into what would later be called the “pony car” segment, though the actual release date was September 29, 1966. Offered in coupe and convertible models, with 69 available factory-installed options and 12 dealer-installed options, the Camaro was designed to be many things to many people. First and foremost, the Camaro is to be adriver’s car, which is reflected in its handling, ride, high-performance engine availability and styling. It was intentionally designed to do what the Corvette can do for less money. Judging by its popularity, it accomplished this goal exceedingly well. Although it has always been available with options to suit a wide range of sports-coupe buyers, performance has been what the name Camaro brings to mind for most people.
Engine choices are what makes a Camaro a Camaro. At its introduction, Camaro was offered with a choice of either 230 or 250 cu-in. 6-cylinder engines. For those who wanted a Camaro with more authority, two 327s and a 295-hp 350 cu-in. small-block V8 were offered. In May of 1967, a 396 cu-in. big-block V8 with 325 hp became available in the SS model. And this was only the beginning of a series of big-blocks that could be installed in Camaros over the next several years. Camaros with these engines required a driver with a very disciplined right foot or a good lawyer to keep their record clear of speeding tickets. Braking action on the first Camaros was provided by 9 1/2-in. drums, front and rear. Later models offer ventilated front disc brakes as optional or standard equipment depending on the model and year. Rear disc brakes adapted from the Corvette were offered as a factory-installed option on 1969 Camaros on a very limited basis. This system was offered in order to meet the homologation requirements of the Sports Car Club of America, who sanctioned the Trans-Am races Camaro competed in.
During the late 1960’s the Camaro went through some basic changes of its design:
Camaro styling was largely a carryover for 1968, with notable changes being the addition of side marker lamps and the deletion of the front vent windows. Cloth and vinyl seat trim were available for the first time in Camaros (in a hound’s-tooth pattern). The optional console-mounted auxiliary gauges changed to a two-tier, stacked arrangement and the automatic transmission floor-mounted shifter changed to a “stirrup” design. This was the last year you could order a Camaro with a front bench seat. The RS package continued as before, but its hideaway headlamps were vacuum-operated instead of by electric motors. The Camaro SS package added a 350-hp 396 V8 to its specification sheet and all SS models had a black-painted rear panel. The Z/28 got exterior identification at the leading edge of the front fenders: a “302” insignia early in the model year and a full-blown Z/28 badge later that year.
The 1969 model stands alone as the most unique of the bunch. Except for the hood, roof and deck lid, no sheetmetal carried over from 1968. Neither did the instrument panel, which was completely new for 1969 and would change again in 1970. Why did Chevrolet go to all the trouble and expense to freshen the Camaro with a deeply recessed grille and scalloped wheel openings for 1969 when an all-new replacement was due one year later? Truth be known, Chevrolet was locked in a knock-down drag-out battle for the number-one sales position with Ford in the late 1960s and a three-year-old Camaro needed help if it was to gain any ground on archrival Mustang, which was all-new inside and out for 1969. Other elements set the 1969 Camaro apart from all the others. A few hundred 1969 Camaros were factory-equipped with a 427 cu in. V8, either the all-aluminum ZL-1 or iron-block L-72. While the 427 V8 option never appeared on dealer order forms, these could be special-ordered under codes COPO 9560 and COPO 9561. The resulting COPO rat-motor Camaros (COPO standing for Central Office Production Order) are valuable collector items today. Along with the COPO Camaros was an electrically operated cowl induction hood, with a ram air set-up, which could also be ordered on SS and Z/28 models. Also 4-wheel disc brakes (adapted from the Corvette) could be factory-ordered as options on the Z/28 and SS. Headlamp washers made their first and only appearance in 1969, standard on the RS and optional on all other models. Various under-the-skin improvements made their debut in 1969.
During the 1970s, key changes were again made and added to the Camaro. Chevrolet in 1970 launched their 2nd generation Camaro, which would be their longest running and most profitable production in GM history. The 2nd generation Camaro would be in production from 1970-1982 in where the 3rd generation Camaro was introduced.
Some key changes were new emblems both front and back, side marking lamps that flash in unison with the turn signals, soft vinyl steering wheel, also in 1973 full form rear seat cushions were introduce. A history piece in 1974 shows when federally mandated seat belt interlocking system were installed into the Camaro. 1978 shows the a factory-built iconic T-roof option with twin removable smoke-grey glass panels became available for the first time.
In the 1980’s the Camaro also went through some changes to make it more safe and stylish for drivers to drive. Some examples are in 1982 the newly design Camaro was at the time the most aerodynamic car at its time. 1983 the Camaro introduce an optional 5 speed manual transmission that came standard in the Berlinetta and Z28 models. 1985-1986 Shows the birth of the iconic IROC Camaro for the International Race of Champions. 1987 saw the return of the of the 350, which die hard Camaro lovers were waiting for. The 350 put out 225 HP and was the first Camaro Convertible since 1969. 1989 also showed the birth of the IROC-Z model, the model was mostly aimed at the younger car owners and people in their early and mid 20’s.
The 1990’s shows some minor changes again for the Camaro. Some key changes are that in 1992 Chevrolet celebrated their 25th year anniversary by releasing a special Heritage Package option that had two racing stripes over the hood and trunk, a body color grille, and other minor cosmetic changes. 1993 saw the 4th generation of the Camaro, nothing more changed but more cosmetic to give it a more sleek look. 1998-1999 made the debut of the LS1 model. It has a aluminum 350 block, a brand new plastic intake manifold, new and larger brake disks and Acceleration Slip Regulation system.
The 2000’s also had some minor changes but brings us up to the current model. Nothing from the late 1990’s changed in the car, other than style, color and design.
The Chevrolet Camaro still to this day stands as an iconic American legend and one of the most sought-after cars by collectors and enthusiasts alike.