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The 2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD

Want to cruise around in one of the best looking SUVs available? The modern take on this classic design puts the 2011 Grand Cherokee at the top of many shoppers list of potential vehicles to purchase. It’s not just the sleek and sporty appearance that warrants further examination of this new Jeep, there are a number of additional features and components that distinguish it from competitors.

This 2011 Cherokee comes with Jeep’s 3.6-liter VVT V6 Pentastar engine. Here, VVT stands for variable valve timing. With VVT the control of the intake and exhaust valve functioning is changed as needed to maximize the performance capacity of the engine. Pentastar is a new form of engine that is scheduled to replace a number of the V-6 Jeep/Dodge/Chrysler engines that have been used recently. It is an all-aluminum dual overhead cam (DOHC) upgrade that Chrysler describes as, “the most advanced six-cylinder engine in the history of Chrysler”.

Drivers of the new Grand Cherokee Laredo 4X4 can rest assured that their chances of maintaining vehicle control have been maximized by design. The electronic stability control will determine when it is necessary to apply the brakes to one or more wheels to minimize wheel slippage. Also, it will reduce engine torque when necessary. Four-wheel traction control, Quadra-Trac 4WD, and stability control are systems that all work together to help ensure that this mid-size SUV can handle most any driving scenario that you are likely to experience.

Jeep Grand Cherokees have been transporting people and cargo safely and efficiently and in style for decades. All Star Dodge is the Jeep Dealer to seek out in Missouri when you want friendly and helpful service with many of your automotive related needs.

The Top-of-the-Line 2011 Laramie Longhorn

These days auto shoppers need not be as concerned that an engine as big as this Dodge Ram 5.7-liter HEMI V8 will cost them too much at the fuel pumps. With new fuel saver technology, this engine partially shuts down so that it operates using only four cylinders, conserving fuel in the process. However, it is nice to know that your new truck has the ability to tow up to 10,450 lbs if called upon to do so.

Ride quality is another aspect of truck buying that really comes into play when determining which vehicle meets your standards. The 2011 Ram comes equipped with multi-coil suspension, which improves comfort and handling by minimizing the bouncing in the rear end.  Dodge also boasts that the Ram’s hydroformed frame provides “high-strength steel for improved structural performance and torsional rigidity, as well as reduced noise, vibration and harshness.”

With the Laramie Longhorn edition, the story is really all about this truck’s interior upgrades. You get hand-crafted custom leather and beautiful woodgrain trim throughout the cab.  Upgraded floor mats, taupe silver accents, navigation technology, and an Alpine surround sound audio system that includes a subwoofer function as additional selling points for this model.

There are way too many great features of the new Laramie Longhorn to address all at one time. In order to get a more comprehensive presentation, speak to an expert at All Star Dodge located near Bridgeton, MO.  Take one of these full-size pickups out for a hassle free test drive and comparison shop among the other available vehicles that are available. Do so with caution though, you will probably feel like the king of the road and you may find it difficult to settle for a less comprehensive model.

Jeep Patriot: Surprisingly Affordable and with Plenty of Amenities

You don’t always have to strain your budget to get a brand new vehicle. A new 2011 Patriot Sport 4X4 can easily be purchased for less than $18,000. You can get behind the wheel of one of these new SUVs to test it out for yourself by visiting a Jeep Dealer in your area. All Star Dodge near Wood River is a good resource for auto shoppers who live in or around the great state of Missouri.

Here is a quick overview of some of the highlight of this year’s Jeep Patriot. With its 2.4-liter, 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine you can expect the 2011 Patriot to get good gas mileage. The EPA estimates that this Jeep gets 22/28 mpg city/highway, which makes it one of the most fuel efficient SUVs available.

There are a number of other nice Patriot features to discuss as well. Fog lamps and tinted glass are standard offerings on this particular model. The Patriot also comes with roof rails in place and Jeep’s Sentry Key theft deterrent system. With vehicle safety feature an electronic transponder within the key needs to be present in order for the vehicle to be started.

A number of Jeep Patriot competitors, even some which come with 4WD, simply do not perform well off road. This is not the case with the rugged little Patriot. The combination of high ground clearance and its low-range gear allow the Patriot certain capabilities not possessed by other vehicle in its class. However, for those who plan to use their Patriots in this manner, the optional hill-decent control system would be one extra to seriously consider. This throwback to the older versions of the Jeep Cherokee will perform well in a variety of driving conditions. And it is truly deserving of the title Sports Utility Vehicle.

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT vs. Sport Comparison

Drivers who wish to pay a little more to get an enhanced version of a great truck may be inclined to select the Sport version of the Ram. Those who opt for lower payments are still likely to be highly satisfied by what a new Dodge Ram SLT has to offer. There is no real bad decision that can be made here. It is simply a matter of personal preference in determining which model to drive away with.

First, consider the price differential between these two Ram trucks. The 2010 Ram 1500 Sport is available with a starting MSRP of $36,255. The 2010 Ram 1500 SLT’s pricing begins at $31,790. This represents about a 13% cost increase if a new Ram Sport is chosen.

Another glaring difference between these two trucks is the engine that comes standard with each. A 2010 Ram SLT will provide a more than capable 310 horsepower 4.7-liter V8 engine. Maximum payload with these 4.7-liter V8’s is 1,700 lbs. Ram Sport’s 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is a beast. It produces 390 horsepower and has fuel saver technology built in. This HEMI engine can allow drivers to tow up to 10,200 lbs.

There are numerous other upgrades that a 2010 Ram Sport provides as well. Integrated dual exhaust is an optional feature on Ram SLT, but it is included with the price of a Sport. The same thing can be said for the Sports 20” aluminum wheels. A 2010 Ram Sport comes with various exterior enhancements too. The body colored grill, door handles, and front fascia looks pretty smooth and the fog lights are a nice touch also. The entire front end of Ram Sport looks more dynamic and refined. In order to see for yourself, set up a test drive with a dealership sales representative. Those in and around the Ellisville area can visit All Star Dodge for assistance with the selection process.

Dodge Designed the Ram Outdoorsman for Hunters and Fisherman

Dodge now offers a truck specifically tailored to the wants of the boaters, campers, fisherman, and hunters in America. The 2011 Dodge Ram Outdoorsman has more capability, more room for gear, and is ready to hit the trails. This new truck is available with pricing that starts off at around $28,350. Visit a local dealership to request a demonstration. Those who reside in the Missouri area can head for All Star Dodge for further assistance.

The new Outdoorsman comes as a 3500, 2500, or a 1500 model. Winner of the Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas award, the 1500 Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4×4 was able to catch the attention of this group of truck enthusiasts. This rugged truck comes with an appealing two-tone paint job and various other exterior enhancements.

Rest assured that towing capacity had been addressed with this truck. Standard features allow you to hook up and head out whenever you wish to put the Outdoorsman to the test. Auto shoppers may want to look into the optional enhanced lighting package. The four halogen headlamps, fog lights, mirror puddle and under the hood light could be useful in situation where you find yourself isolated in dark conditions.

This new Ram features Outdoorsman badging as well as black handles and an anti-glare grill to minimize the chances that game will be scared off upon your approach. It also comes with 17-inch wheels, tow hooks, and a full-sized spare tire on board. The built in storage compartments make stowing away your gear easier than ever. There is a decreased change of getting a flat tire, since this Dodge truck comes with strengthened sidewalls to resist puncturing and to handle bigger payloads. Pick up a 2011 Ram Outdoorsman just in time for spring activities.

The Various Forms of the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

The most inexpensive of this group is the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4-Door. It comes with both electronic stability control and Jeep’s Command-Trac shift-on-the-fly 4WD system, as do the other three 2011 Jeep Unlimiteds. The same can be said for the engine that powers this rugged SUV, since all of the Unlimiteds come with Jeep’s a 3.8-liter SMPI V6.  SMPI stands for sequential multi-port fuel injection. This means that the vehicle’s computer controls the injection of fuel in sequence with the firing order of the engine, rather than injecting fuel continuously.

Next, there is the 2011 Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4-Door with the Sport S Package. One difference here is that this Jeep has larger 17” wheels as a standard feature. It also includes various other upgrades such as; power locks, remote keyless entry, fog lamps, security system, and front/rear tow hooks.

If you’re willing to spend a little more, you can drive away a 2011 Wrangler Unlimited Sport RHD. Some benefits of selecting this particular new Wrangler are; the full-size matching spare tire, tire pressure monitoring system, heavy duty rear axle, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel. As with all of the Wrangler Unlimiteds, drivers benefit from the increased cargo capacity that the vehicle provides compared to what you get with a regular Jeep Wrangler. It should also be noted that this is the only one of the bunch that comes equipped with an automatic transmission, a 4-speed to be specific.

Finally, there is the top-of-the-line 2011 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4-Door to consider. With this 2011 Jeep Sahara, you get steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Sirius satellite radio, a 7-speaker Infinity sound system that includes a subwoofer, and 18” painted aluminum wheel. To get hands on with one of these bad boys you’ll want to head to a Jeep dealer in your area. For auto shoppers who reside near St. Luis, All Star Dodge where you want to go for further information.

The 2011 Grand Cherokee

The 2011 Grand Cherokee offers new models that have lined the show rooms of Jeep Dealers, such as All Star Dodge in Bridgeton Missouri.  Initial development of the Grand Cherokee started as far back as 2006when Chrysler was still tied up with Daimler-Benz (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz). So although the new owner of Chrysler is the Italian Fiat Company, the newest Jeep shares many features with the Mercedes-Benz ML.

The styling is purely Jeep. “It’s our other icon,” says Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, referring to the difference between the Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler.  The 2011 model keeps the familiar Grand Cherokee appearance on the exterior, but it has been described as having “more athletic sculpting and softer edges, the new Grand Cherokee is better dressed to mingle with the soft-roader crossovers in the suburbs.”  Stretching the wheelbase by 5.3 inches has the positive result of adding four inches of knee- and legroom for rear-seat passengers.

Standard for all trim levels is; stainless steel window trim and fog lights.  The three levels are called; Laredo E, Laredo X, Limited, and Overland.

Extras in the higher trim levels include; body-color fascias, larger wheels, and chrome mirrors and handles – According to those who recently test drove the new Grand Cherokee; “Jeep has accomplished its goal of making the lowest priced trim just as attractive as the top-end trim.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has several features that keep the hum of the engine on the outside of the vehicle and not in the cabin.  Features such as laminated glass on the windshield and front doors reduces wind noise, while insulating wheel-well liners hush road and tire noise. Under the hood, there’s a panel between the engine and dashboard made from aluminum and composite material that keeps the engine hum contained.

Not only will one notice that the interior is quiet, it is also very apparent that this is a premium SUV. The top-trim level-Overland receives a stitched leather dash and real wood accents. Lower trim levels have upgraded materials and switchgear. Standard equipment includes a passive entry, keyless ignition, a power driver’s seat, and satellite radio. Options include a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, navigation, a power lift gate, and a panoramic sunroof.

Chrysler CEO Apologizes

All Star Dodge in Bridgeton Missouri, is committed to keeping its loyal customers updated regarding the most recent automotive news.

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has recently issued an apology for referring to the $12 billion his company received from the government as the infamous government bailout, as ‘shyster loans’. Marchionne has been clear in public statements about the fact that Chrysler Corporation has paid more than $1.2 billion in interest last year on its bailout funds, and that the company would have realized a huge profit if it had not been for that expense.

“I want to pay back the shyster loans,” Marchionne said Friday. “When we did this deal back in 2009, we couldn’t have borrowed a buck from a 7-Eleven store. The banking system was shut.”

“The loans to Chrysler were made at or below market rates and in full agreement with Fiat. At that time, the U.S. government was the only entity prepared to lend,” former car czar Steve Rattner said in an e-mail Saturday. “No one would be happier than members of Team Auto if Chrysler chose to refinance the government out.”

“I used a term in reference to the interest rate being charged on our government loans that has raised concern. I regret the remark which I consider inappropriate,” Marchionne said in his statement.

If you are interested in test driving a new or used Chrysler, see your local All Star Dodge Dealer near St. Peter today, you won’t be disappointed!

Let Dodge Ram Be Your First

As the old saying goes, “There’s a first time for everything.” Remember your first job? Your first trip on an airplane? Your first kiss? Well, Chrysler wants its Dodge Ram to become your first pickup and the company is pulling out stops by launching the new Ram 1500 with a very friendly first timer price of $23,830.

Automakers are bit like the CIA in that they like to give the new models code-names. For this version of the Ram, Dodge  has dubbed it the Adventurer. Subtle, no?   What comes standard on the pickup is a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine that delivers to 20 mpg on the highway in two-wheel drive and powers up to 390 hp.

For those looking to compare this version of Ram is second cousin to 2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman. That light-duty work truck was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show. However, the Adventurer is going to be pack with loads of additional equipment.

The new Ram is a regular cab, short-bed model with optional four-wheel drive. It will ride on standard 20-inch aluminum wheels while the Tradesman has 17-inch wheels. For paintjobs, the new Ram shows off monochromatic paint in eight colors for the body, grille and front and rear fascias. You’ll also be getting fog lamps, a locking tailgate, cargo lamp, rear-bumper step pad, 6-by-9-inch side view mirrors and rear-wheel well liners, All Star Dodge in Bridgeton MO. offers plenty  to keep first time truck buyers satisfied.

If you do decide to buy a Ram you won’t be alone. Sales of the Ram pickup rose about 13% last year to 199,652. Next time you see a fellow Ram driver on the road, give ‘em a honk hello!

Dodge Ram Supports U.S. Soldiers

All Star Dodge in Bridgeton Missouri, is proud to announce that the Dodge Ram truck brand supports U.S. soldiers deployed around the world.

The “Letters for Lyrics” program is a national campaign developed to encourage letters of support to be written for U.S. soldiers to read.   The goal was to send one million letters to U.S. troops deployed around the world.

In exchange for writing letters, participants in the program received a CD from the Zac Brown Band titled “Breaking Southern Ground.”

“The Ram Truck Brand is grateful for the commitment and courage that U.S. soldiers give to this country each day,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Our company has been steadfast in its support of America’s armed services; we know these letters will help brighten a soldier’s day. We encourage our employees, suppliers and our customers to visit a local Ram Truck dealership to write or drop off a letter for these soldiers who protect our right to freedom.”

“We’ve had several opportunities to perform for the troops over the past year and each time we were deeply inspired by their positive attitudes and dedication to protecting our country and preserving our way of life,” said Zac Brown. “We were so moved that we knew we needed to recognize their efforts in a big way. Our hope is that by combining our experience overseas, our music, and the good people at Ram Truck Brand, we will be able to rally a movement of support for our brave service members abroad.”

The band actually traveled to the Persian Gulf to perform live for the troops and to document the experience which can be viewed at www.ramtrucks.com.

“This unique endeavor is derived from respect and admiration, from both the Ram Truck Brand and Zac Brown Band, for the men and women in the military,” said Marissa Hunter, Head of Ram Truck Brand Communications, Chrysler Group LLC. “It is our hope that these letters serve as a source of appreciation and comfort.”

The non profit agency involved in providing aid to men and women in the military and their families  called “Soldiers Angels” delivered the letters to the soldiers on behalf of the Letters for Lyrics program.

“By standing wingtip to wingtip, the Ram Truck Brand, Zac Brown Band and Soldiers’ Angels will be able to help build morale to heroes in combat zones one million fold,” said Soldiers’ Angels founder and president, Patti Patton-Bader. “We are truly grateful to the Ram Truck Brand and Zac Brown Band for their help in ensuring that our heroes know they are loved and appreciated.”