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The Chevrolet High Feature Engine

In 2004 General Motors introduced the High Feature V6 (HFV6), a new engine designed for its passenger vehicle lineup. The design and testing of the HFV6 was performed by a joint team of American and Australian auto engineers. In the United States, a team from Cadillac worked on development of the HFV6 and introduced it to the market under the hood of the 2004 Cadillac STS. In Australia, Holden named the new engine family Alloytec and released it first with the 2004 Holden VZ Commodore, a very popular full size sedan sold Down Under. Since then, the HFV6 has become a flagship Chevy engine.

The HFV6 replaced GM’s Ecotec family of Chevy engines. It is a lightweight 24 valve engine with various features across different models. Power, emissions control, and fuel efficiency are managed by sophisticated electronic controls. Early versions of the HFV6 were criticized as not having made a great leap in fuel economy. GM rectified the issue in later versions.

The HFV6 is currently produced in Australia, Canada, and in the United States (in Flint, Michigan). In the early days of the HFV6, the engine was included in several GM vehicles – but did not immediately replace earlier Chevy engines. Alloytec engines powered several cars around the world: Buick, Cadillac, Holden, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Daewoo, and even the luxurious and sporty Alfa Romeo Spider.

It took a few years for the HFV6 to become a full fledged Chevy engine. Chevrolet first rolled out the HFV6 tentatively in 2006, but not in the United States. The Chevrolet Captiva, a full size SUV popular in the United Kingdom was the first Chevy to be fitted with an Alloytec engine. In 2008, the HFV6 debuted as a Chevy engine under the hoods of the new Malibu sedan and the Equinox Sport crossover SUV. In 2010, the long awaited return of the All-American Chevy Camaro was fitted with a powerful HFV6 Alloytec engine. For this important event in GM’s history, the HFV6 was enhanced to a 6.2L V8 that can crank out 400HP at under 6000 rpm. Top of the line Camaros were assembled with this exclusive Chevy engine.

Even though the HFV6 is  relatively new among Chevy engines, the market for used and rebuilt Alloytecs is growing. Replacing damaged or worn out engines with used and rebuilt versions is considered a good option for car owners. In the United States, the practice of replacing failed engines with used ones was not very widespread until recent years. Used engines are usually salvaged from cars that are declared total losses by auto insurance companies. Specialty shops set out to carefully rebuild used engines in order to return them to the marketplace. The process involves extensive inspection and testing of the engine; as well as replacement of certain parts and machining of others.

Car owners who shun used engines do so under the impression that they are high-mileage engines. That is often not the case. In ecologically-conscious countries such as Costa Rica, a vehicle owner may opt to rebuild and overhaul the engine of the car they presently own after hundreds of thousands of miles. Purchasing a used engine is different than overhauling in the sense that a failed engine is actually being replaced. In fact, many used engines come from low mileage cars that were declared total losses due to the reduced market value of the vehicle at the time of the loss.

Used Chevy engine such as the durable HFV6 will come with rebuilt warranties, and they are often more affordable than buying a new car. They are a very sensible option for Chevy vehicle owners.

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Silverado Adds Rugged Luxury for Orange County Area Drivers with New High Country Trim

Santa Ana, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2013

The new 2014 Silverado High Country will further broaden Chevrolet’s and Guaranty Chevrolet’s portfolio in the premium pickup segment when it joins the LTZ and Z71 models in the Silverado lineup this fall.

Changes for the 2014 Silverado High Country are distinguished by a unique chrome grille with horizontal chrome bars, halogen projector headlamps and body-color front and rear bumpers. Unique 20-inch chrome wheels with P275/55R20 all-season tires come standard for, Orange County area owners, as do chrome body side moldings, door handles and mirrors.

Inside, Silverado High Country features an exclusive saddle brown interior, with authentic materials throughout. Features include heated and cooled perforated premium leather front bucket seats with High Country logos on the headrests, Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with an eight-inch touch screen, Bose premium audio and front and rear park assist.

“The High Country is the best the Silverado lineup has to offer,” said Joe Renden of Guaranty Chevrolet in Santa Ana. “It has premium features and materials, and a western-themed appearance. Southern California Silverado enthusiasts are going to love it.”

Standard engine for the Silverado High Country is the 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, SAE-certified at 355 horsepower (250 kW), with class-leading V-8 fuel economy of up to 23 mpg highway (2WD models). The all-new 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 also will be available. Both engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing, proving the refined power and torque truck customers expect. Both seamlessly switch to four-cylinder mode to save fuel during light-load driving.

Because of the high level of standard equipment, Silverado High Country will offer Orange County area buyers only a few options. In addition to the 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8, they include a chrome rear bumper with CornerStep, integrated trailer brake controller, sunroof, navigation, and a rear-seat entertainment system as well as a High Country Premium Package which includes heated steering wheel, driver alert package, adjustable pedals and integrated trailer brake controller.

About Guaranty Chevrolet in Santa Ana

Visit Guaranty Chevrolet and experience exceptional customer service and stress-free sales at our Santa Ana dealership and showroom. Conveniently located at 711 E. 17th Street, Guaranty Chevy is easily accessible from neighboring Orange, Huntington Beach and anywhere in Orange County. Guaranty Chevrolet has a large selection of new and used Chevy cars, trucks and SUVs.

Chevrolet Dealership Serving Orange and Orange County

If coming from Orange or elsewhere in the OC, take a look at some of the best sellers, such as the Suburban, Tahoe and Silverado 1500. Take a spin in the sporty Corvette or Camaro, or the fun-to-drive gas-sipping Spark, Sonic or Cruze, while enjoying the view and refreshing breeze.

Santa Ana Used-Car Dealer in Orange County

From the comfort of home go to and leisurely browse through inventory of certified pre-owned Chevy vehicles. Guaranty Chevy offers a wide selection of used cars, trucks and SUVs that are like new as customers find a vehicle to meet transportation needs. is designed to enhance the user experience, allowing users to easily filter the search results by a variety of categories such as model, year and color. After narrowing down your choices, come into our showroom in Santa Ana and speak to a sales representative that will be standing by to assist.

Santa Ana Service Center in Orange County

Find unmatched selections of specials offered on services, including brakes, maintenance, oil changes and more! We make it our goal to meet the needs of our customers by offering the most modern and serviceable access to information about our services. With technology, expertise and convenient hours, we make it simple to keep your car at its best.

About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

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